Finding Balance

Dara Dietz

Finding my balance has been my goal this year.  Discovering what works and what will not.  Since beginning the latest part of this healing journey that is my life, the personal revelations just keep coming.  To quickly recap the past few years.  In August 2017 I began the perfect weight loss program for me.  By January 2019, my weight had dropped 220 pounds.  At that point I began a new journey.  I have been trying out all different types of food programs, looking for what is right for me.   The balance has been found; I am finally comfortable with my food program.

I am ready to share what is working.  There are so many diet books out there but one I recently came across, “How not to Diet” has validated so many of the parts that are working for me.  In his book, Dr. Michael Greger MD, pulls all the research together to prove what is truth.  With the science to back up my choices life have gotten much easier.

So here is what works for me.

I get on the scales twice a day, first thing in the morning and last thing at night.  Knowing I will be weighing before bed encourages me not to eat in the evening. 

My day begins with a trip to the walking trail or a walk on my treadmill before I eat or drink anything.  After my morning workout I consume three drinks over the next hour.  4 tablespoons of Superfood in water, psyllium husk fiber in a glass of water, Hot Lemon Aid drink (1 tsp. Cayenne,  ½ oz Apple Cider Vinegar, Lemon juice to taste in water)

My one meal for the day is sometime between 2pm & 4 pm

The weight watcher points program is perfect gage to keep my portions and amount of food right. 

A Vegan/Vegetarian  food program provides all I need.  I tried adding animal products last year and it just did not work.  After reading “How not to Diet” I understand why the Keto food program failed to take my weight down.  I was able to maintain my weight on the Keto program but did not lose.  He has a whole chapter on the Keto diet and explains exactly what it does and why it will not work.

After work in the late afternoon, when weather permits, Michael and I enjoy a walk on the local walking trail. 

Food Program: No Sugar,  No white flour.  Using Honey, or Maple Syrup is fine.  All other fruits, Veggies, grains, nuts, etc. are fine. 

Finding what will work and what did not has taken two years.  The emotional growth and faith in myself that I will continue to be able to make the good choices has not come easily.  Along with feeling more balanced than I think I ever have I can see the weight dropping again.  One day soon the final pound will fall off and I will have unwrapped the woman God created me to be.  

Posted in Emotional Healing, My Opinion

Multi-Seed Crackers

Here is the best High Protein & High Fiber Cracker. Easy to make and so good to eat.

Posted in Cooking With Dara

COLDS, FLU, and RELATED NUISANCES

One of the Best Dr. Christopher Articles on understanding the winter flu season!

Atchoo!!  You sneeze and everyone around you thinks you have a cold.  “Are you ‘catching’ cold?” they ask.  The reply is usually, “Oh yes, I feel awful,” or “everyone in the room got a cold yesterday from so-and-so.”  Well, a sneeze is the body’s reaction to foreign matter in the nose.  If you can’t sneeze once in a while in order to discharge the foreign matter from the nasal passage, then you might as well forget having a nose as a safety valve.

You might wonder when we are going to get to the formulas to cure the cold.  Well, dear friends, there is no cure for the common cold, according to current medical beliefs.  Of course, they are absolutely right.  There is no cure for the average elimination, either.  These must take place to clean the body.

You see, when you are following the program of the three-day cleanse (once a month, at least) and the mucusless diet, there is no doubt that what you are experiencing as a “cold” is no more or no less than an elimination of toxins from the human body.

Types of Colds

We believe that all “colds” stem from the basic cause that all other diseases stem from: MALNUTRITION.

The common cold is usually referred to as “a general inflammation of the mucus membranes of the respiratory passages caused by a variety of viruses.”  Most people contact the cold “virus” about 2 or 3 times in one year.

The main reason for a cold is toxic waste matter in the body which cannot readily be eliminated.  You have all heard of the cure for the common cold, ascorbic acid, or Vitamin C.

Vitamin C is one of the great cell cleansers of the body. 

Of course it will clear the toxins from the body just as fast as you can say “Jack Toxic,” but it is by no means the cure itself.  If you ever need to take an inorganic form of Vitamin C, take it with rose hips, acerola, fresh orange juice, or some other source of fresh Vitamin C, to raise the vibration of the straight ascorbic acid.

Causes of Colds in Winter

  • Heavier food–equals more waste in body (more grains that people will eat in cold weather).
  • Less exercise–(skiers and winter runners exempt) more waste retention because of less circulation in body.
  • Stuffy house air–less O2, less waste carried away by cells in body.
  • Cold causes pores of bodies to close thus eliminating free flow of toxins out through the pores.

Cough and Sore Throat

Sore throat is by no means pleasant.  The causes are varied.  The tonsils may be swollen from a clogged lymphatic system, or the throat can be sore and irritated from coughing. 

What we need here is instant relief from pain and something to soothe and heal the throat.  For the serious sufferer who wants very quick relief, cayenne pepper taken in juice or water will bring great results.  The stimulating effects of the cayenne will increase the circulation in the throat area, minimizing the pain. 

Jethro Kloss, the self-educated healer and author of Back to Eden, states that pain results from poor circulation in an area of the body.  Warm ginger tea is an excellent remedy for pain of sore throat. 

A hot fomentation of mullein and lobelia over the throat can also speed healing.  It, too, increases circulation. 

The soothing demulcent such as slippery elm and marshmallow root tea can lessen throat irritation. 

Mullein is another valuable remedy.  Sage tea has been used for centuries for colds and sore throats. 

A few drops of the liquid antiseptic formula, consisting: Of Oak Bark, Golden Seal, Capsicum, Comfrey, Garlic, and Myrrh, can be dropped into the throat.  This is one of our most wonderful formulas for the use on cuts and wounds.  We have found that it also obliterates the irritation of sore throat for several hours.  Because it is such a powerful remedy the taste is also very powerful.  It needs to be used very sparingly.

Licorice root has been used in commercial preparations for several centuries.  The 18th century herbalist, Nicholas Culpeper, mentions it as a soothing tea for hoarseness and cough.  It also helps loosen bronchial and pulmonary congestion.  The mild laxative effect that licorice root possesses makes it a wonderful remedy for colds and flu because it keeps the bowels open and satisfies the appetite for food. 

Eating should be discontinued during the period of healing from a cold or flu. 

We recommend going off all food and drinking plenty of red raspberry leaf tea at the first sign of cold or flu.  My son, David, did this one time and after one day, he started feeling much better, so he and his wife went out to dinner to celebrate by having a regular meal.  Well, this overworked his digestive system and his influenza symptoms came back.  The second time wasn’t so easy to feel better soon.  It took several days and several courses of our Anti-Plague remedy to cure him.  The curious thing about Anti-Plague remedy is this; some people can’t stand the taste of it while others maintain that it tastes as good as high quality salad dressing.  David is one of those people in the first category.

Respiratory Nasal Congestion

Mucus in the body usually takes the nearest route to the outside.  The stuffiness in the head, nose and chest area is the result of mucus plugging up the nasal passages in an effort to be eliminated quickly.  If you are uncomfortable in this area, a nose ointment, made from peppermint and spearmint oils in a base of petroleum jelly to prevent burning, can allow you to breathe easier

Two formulas which provide relief in breathing

  1. The General Lung Tonic (marshmallow, comfrey, mullein, chickweed, and lobelia) or;
  2. The Allergies & Hay Fever Formula (Brigham tea, marshmallow root, golden seal root, chaparral, burdock root, parsley root, lobelia and cayenne)

When these formulas are not on hand, you can make a tea of golden seal root (1/4 teaspoon to a cup of water) which can be inhaled into the nose to disinfect and cleanse the area. 

We have even used the old formula of sea salt water inhaled into the nose to cleanse this area.  This may be slightly uncomfortable at first but is not harmful and will do the job of “housecleaning” within a few minutes.

Snuff

A simple powdered herbal snuff can be prepared by combining a few simple ingredients. 

Since the middle ages, bayberry has been used as a traditional snuff.

Other ingredients can be added to this base.  Garlic, a pinch of cayenne, golden seal, or lobelia may be some that you would like to experiment with. 

After combining the desired powders, take a small pinch of snuff and inhale it into the nostril, holding the other nostril shut. 

In some persons we have seen a wave of sneezing with accompanying nasal discharge. 

At one of our recent seminars we demonstrated to the class the preparation and use of herbal snuffs.  One gentleman tried it and was so excited at the results that he loudly exclaimed, “Hey, I can breathe easily again after ten years of nasal blockage!”

During the time of a cold, an electric vaporizer or a simple vaporizer made by letting a pan of water steam on the stove should be used to introduce moisture into the air.  Some oil of eucalyptus or eucalyptus tea leaves in the water puts eucalyptus fumes in the air and aid in opening up stopped nasal passages.

The headache that often accompanies a cold will be greatly relieved by keeping the nasal passages and the bowels open. 

The migraine-type headache that people often experience is due to the impaction of the transverse colon. 

Headache can often be alleviated by taking some tincture of wild lettuce and valerian or nervine herbs for pain.

Dr. Shook, gave us a time-tested remedy for colds, influenza and fevers:

This is equal parts of elder flowers and peppermint combined as a tea and taken very warm. 

This formula should never be forgotten because it will work wonders. 

Dr. Shook has stated that more lives are lost for want of a simple remedy through influenza. 

Elder flowers and peppermint will break a fever so a person could sweat out toxins within about one hour.  Children are especially responsive to this remedy.

We have several herbal formulas that are blessings during cold or flu. 

Garlic Paste to the Feet; this procedure can save a life by quickly clearing the lungs of congestion.

The Infection Formula (composed of Plantain, Black Walnut, Golden Seal Root, Bugle Weed, Marshmallow Root, and Lobelia) is great for the cleansing of the lymph system as well as purifying the blood and fighting infection.

The Herbal Antibiotic: Garlic, Dandelion Rt. Goldenseal Rt., Ginger Rt., Horseradish, and Cayenne, is a proven germ fighter, clearing even the worst symptoms from the system.

Winter is known as the cold and flu season.  It needn’t be.  The dangers of the flu shots such as swine flu shots and other insipid immunizations are great.  Some of the older folks received these and serious consequences resulted.

Rafinesque, an early botanic physician, once said: “There are several modes of effecting cures by equivalent remedies; but vegetable substances afford the mildest, most efficacious and most congenial to the human frame.”

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Parasite Cleanse

Black Walnuts

Pinworms, tapeworms, and roundworms are parasites existing in the intestinal tract. The three most common types of worms found in the body are: the thread or seat worms (Oxyurix vermicularis), the roundworm (Ascares lumbricoides–lumbrici), and the tapeworm (Taeince-taenia solium, Bothriocephalus latus). There are other less-common worm types that enter the body, such as hookworms (Ancylostoma duodenal, Nectar Americanus) and those of unclean pork (Trichinella spiralis), which thrive upon various conditions of filth and degeneration.

Symptoms
Restlessness at night, picking the nose, gritting the teeth, itching at anus, dry cough, etc. Worms sometimes cause spasms, fits or convulsions.

Cause
Poor diet, poor hygiene, and constipation are usually the problem. Worms are found when the stomach is deranged from eating improper foods. Worms are the effect. The cause of the worms is improper diet–the lack of wholesome foods (do not use processed or refined foods) and heavy mucus and starchy food intake. To work on the effect and rid the body of worms is like killing the flies and leaving the garbage–which has attracted them–in the same foul condition.

Hulda Clark

Here is one of the most effective Parasite Cleanses. I’ve used this one for years and found it to be very effective. It was put together by Hulda Clark. The Schedule and amounts she suggests to use are on the attached file.

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Tooth and Gum Health

Dr. Christopher

Tooth problems start several generations back. The weakness of calcium deficiency is passed from parent to child. By following the same parental pattern of “poor food selection,” each new crop of babies becomes weaker. “The sins (of omission and of commission) of the parents are passed on to the third and fourth generation.” While the baby is being carried in the womb, Mother Nature is interested in that which is being produced more than the one producing. She is continually trying to upgrade humans and animals by drawing on the mother to supply the child. How often do we hear the expression, “Well, I’m carrying another child, so that means more varicose veins and loss of more teeth – I don’t see why mothers have to suffer this way.” Please don’t blame the Lord for these conditions, rather blame the use of pastries, soda pop, candy, sugar, ice cream, etc. The sugar leaches the calcium out of the body. Pregnancy is a strain on body calcium, because the mother must have enough calcium in her body for both her and the baby being formed, and later for nursing. If there is not enough calcium for her, because of this leaching process by the sugar (of past and present), the fetus draws on the mother’s body. The calcium it now takes is from the bones, muscles, and the teeth, etc. Sometimes so much is taken from the mother that she will, after a number of babies, have bone and muscle problems from a great lack of calcium.

When a child is being formed and there is not enough calcium being supplied to the fetus, the jaw of the child will not form fully. It will be narrow instead of broad. When it is time for the child to cut teeth, they cannot come in “Straight” because of a crowded jaw space. So, naturally, they will come in crooked. Later as there is not enough room for the wisdom teeth, they must often be extracted before coming through. When the day comes that the jaw is adequately large and well-shaped to accommodate all thirty-two teeth without crowding them to crookedness, and the wisdom teeth can remain until old age (and in comfort), it will mean we humans have “gained enough wisdom” to keep them!

The basic cause of calcium loss, of course, as mentioned, is leaching out the calcium with sugars and a toxic body condition. Nearly all tooth decay comes from the blood stream, saliva, and the inside of the teeth, not only from the external surface. The teeth deteriorate but it is from the toxic blood stream and the enamel-destroying toxic saliva which is a result of an impure (toxic) blood stream. If a child has good wholesome food and has been given a “good solid start in life” with a full healthy set of teeth and jaws, he can go through life without tooth problems. The condition of perfect teeth is, of course, dependent upon a continual use of wholesome and proper foods. –Advice from Dr. Christopher.

Dara Dietz on Teeth & Gums

Calcium from Eggshells:

Another type of natural calcium is found in the use of eggshells.

A chicken consumes grit and sandy materials, and these materials go into and through the gizzard into the blood stream. Then these calcium-type materials are taken from the blood stream to form the egg shell.

After breaking the eggshell open, be careful to pull out the small membrane that lines the shell. This membrane is high in cholesterol and it is wise to eliminate it.

Dry the shells at room temperature or under 130 F.

When thoroughly dry, powder the shells in a blender, nut mill or with a rolling pin.

When the powder from one dozen eggshells is ready and finely powdered, cover with one pint of apple cider vinegar or one pint of lemon juice (lemon juice will sour and spoil quicker than the apple cider vinegar).

Mix the eggshell powder and liquid in a large container, because the chemical reaction will cause the solution to foam.

Dosage:

  • For the adult, use two or more tablespoons (or add to distilled water, tea or juice if desired)

For children, the same, but in proportion

Some people like to add a tablespoon of honey for each tablespoon of the vinegar-calcium mix, as this is a great help in adjusting the hydrochloric acid balance in the body as well as feeding calcium to the system (read Cyril Scott’s book on Folk Remedies).  

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My journey to Date

The ability, staying power to continue on my current healing journey has been one long learning curve.  I’ve learned to allow myself to relax.  I’ve learned to trust myself to continue to choose well.  I don’t have to be perfect only consistently moving forward.  Growing into the ability to be consistently joyful knowing I deserve and am worthy of all the goodness.  The need to sabotage my life is over.  I can and will do this thing.  I’m learning to embrace each day with all it brings.  Slipping out of site behind all those layers of emotional padding is no longer where I want to be.  I’m ready to take my place in the sun.  

I’ve been on my current journey since the last week of August 2017, a little more than eighteen months. During the first six months I strictly water fasted three to five days each week, on the days I did consume food I kept my carbs intake to less than 15 carbs a day. The weight loss during the first six months was an amazing 140 pounds.  As the weight dropped I was better able to move around but did not add any daily exercise program.  Doing a strong exercise program while water fasting was beyond me at the time.

In February 2018, six months into my journey, the stress of water fasting was beginning to take an emotional toll.  Food is such a big part of our lives, an enjoyable part.  I missed eating.  My water fasting was cut to 2 or 3 days a week which, of course, slowed my weight loss considerably.  Eight months later my weight loss was at 200 pounds. 

In February 2019 I began a daily exercise program.  Using my treadmill to build endurance and muscle. I’ve been maintaining at 225 lbs. off since the first of the year.   As of today I have decided to do a stronger program again, a push to reach my goal.  Not sure where that will be yet but I feel this rest period is done.  I want to be at or close to my goal by the time we take our cruise in October.  I can do this!! So onward and downward. 

Posted in Emotional Healing, My Opinion

Jun Kombucha

Several weeks ago Denise, introduced me to Jun Kombucha.  During a visit she offered me a sample from her jar.  Explaining the great probiotic effect the drink was providing her I decided to give the stuff a test.  Here is what happened and why I’m sold on this great brew. 

My weight loss journey is anything but over.  Since dropping 240 lbs. my new goal is to discover how best to feed this body I know have.  The joy I’ve discovered in my daily exercise is reward enough for all the work that went into this project.  The downside is the constant battle to stabilize my weight. 

The weight watcher points program has provided the best simple guideline for the vegetarian/vegan food program I most enjoy.  That said, I do best on one meal a day with fresh raw veggie snacks in the evening.  Most days I eat my one meal sometime between 2 & 4pm.  Even small amounts of nuts, grains, or beans will cause my weight to tick up.  Keeping within my daily points dose not seem to make a difference. One of the worst offenders is beans of any kind.  Even the smallest serving of beans, which I love, and my weight will bounce up. 

That is how it all stood the day Denise offered me my first taste of Jun Kombucha.  I was on an upswing needing to have a raw food day or two to drop the 5 pounds that had crept on over the past week.  After sampling the Jun and finding it delicious Denise and I enjoyed our time together cooking in her kitchen.  She put out a lovely light meal we all enjoyed.  I declined her offer of a starter for the Jun kombucha not knowing how it would react in my body. 

Later that afternoon I had one of the best clearing of my bowels I’d experienced in ages.  It was not liquid or uncomfortable, just a healthy clearing of every bit of waste in me.  That evening I used my normal amount of the LBF #1. Upon rising my regular morning movement was fantastic.  Again I want to say, it was a healthy clearing of waste not the least uncomfortable.  After my morning sprint on my treadmill I stepped on the scales and was floored to discover I was down 5 lbs.

My body let go of everything it had been holding, those 5 lbs. I was needing to drop to maintain were gone.  I would have been on Denise’s doorstep with my cup in hand if she did not live a whole hour away.  It would be the weekend again before we would be able to make a return visit.  During the week even with extended effort on the treadmill, walking on the trail ect my weight still was trying to tick back up those five pounds.  By Wednesday I had not choice but to do my raw food day and easily dropped back down. 

Saturday we secured my SCOBY along with directions for making Jun.  I’d watched a few videos online during the week so was ready to get started. 

After several weeks of Jun my gut health has never been better.  I even enjoyed a bowel of chili with beans and lost 1.5 lbs. the next day.  This was a first for beans.  My issues now are to not overeat while I experiment on the food I can now eat.  I’m using about 6 oz of Jun a day.  Not really sure how much I need to use but with a full cup of Honey in each jar I’m a bit careful not to overuse the stuff.  It is also sooo nummy.  There is a nice fizzy effect that is such a treat.  The warmer weather is allowing the mix to be ready in 4 or 5 days.  Denise had told me that in the colder winter months it could be 10 to 15 days to get a good brew ready. 

Over the years I have use some of the most expensive probiotics on the market in an attempt to repair my gut health.  One dose of Jun Kombucha proved more of a benefit that months on the probiotic capsules.  Once you secure your starter SCOBY you will be on your way.  I’ve seen several places online where they are selling the SCOBY.  Try a Google search. Do share your experiences with me, I’d love to hear if you find the Jun as helpful.

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Plantar fasciitis; Serious Foot Pain

The past three weeks have taught me all I never wanted to know about foot pain.  Dealing with a case of Plantar fasciitis I have had to learn quickly what works and what will not provide relief. 

Herbal Support for Foot Pain with Dara Dietz

The most effective way I have found to relieve the intense pain has been using hydrotherapy along with stretching exercises.  I quickly discovered the hot and cold changes, which increase circulation, have the ability to all but end even the worse throbbing in my foot.  The relaxing effect of the circulation on the Plantar fascia tendon allowed for a more effective stretch with much less discomfort.

My daily program began with a new pair of supportive shoes.  First thing each morning I applied a BF&C Salve Pack to the bottom of my foot and another one around my ankle.  The packs are held in place with the Press N Seal wrap and my sock.  With the pack in place and my shoes on walking was much easier.

My herbal therapy program:

1 tsp BF&C extract in cup of hot water 3 times a day.  The BF&C Formulas and Salves have the nutrients to strengthen and repair the damaged tendon.

1 oz Echinacea once a day for 4 days each week.

Did an ELF; Flushed my liver one day each week.

Yes, I used the Advil as needed for the pain.  The first week I had to use the maximum dose allowed.  By the second week one dose a day of Advil for pain control was enough.  By the third week the inflammation is nearly gone along with the pain.  I am now able to do a half mile on my treadmill to stretch my legs.  The rebuilding process is slow.  As long as the tendon is stretched and supported there is no pain. 

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Physical Effects of Strong Negative Emotional Stress

Dara Dietz Author

For whatever it is worth I decided to put in writing what I have said to several of our members. Take time to be Joyful & Happy, your health depends on it.

Maintaining a healthy, infection free body means each of us must find an appropriate way to deal with all the emotional upset humanity is facing each day.  Over the past few months I have had to counsel several of our female members through their first painful bladder infections.  The cases of hives or other skin outbreaks is also on the rise.  The reason for an increase in these issues is not a surprise.  The whole body is impacted, becomes acid, when the strong negative emotions  of anger, hate, or fear are allowed to flow through us.  Strong negative reactions when allowed to rule the heart and mind equate to drinking poison. 

“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.”

Proverbs 17:22

The impact of all this societal upset can have a powerful and hurtful effect on our physical health.  An emotional gut punch, or a strong burst of anger will effectively wipe out your immune system.  To state this as plainly as possible, you will have no ability to fight off any invaders that choose to enter your body.  Whatever is floating around will find a welcoming home in your body. 

The immune system is not the only one effected by strong negative emotional upset.  For women, the hormone levels are depleted, is some cases completely wiped out.  Hormonal imbalance will bring on hot flashes, irregular cycles, mood swings, ect.  Abnormal weight gain can also be brought on when the body’s  hormone levels are compromised.

Our reaction to the events surrounding our lives is a choice we can and should control.  Choosing to surrender to anger or fear is the same as choosing to drink a glass of slow acting poison.  The Father has promised to never leave or forsake His children.  Rest in the truth that is His love for you.  The world may fall apart but the child of the Father need never be afraid or angry.  His never failing love is your protection, He has your back, front, and both sides.  You are surrounded, safe, secure, all is well.

Posted in Emotional Healing, My Opinion

Preventive Program for The Flu Season

Blessed crop 11.14.19

Why do we have a flu season each year?  In the Fall and Winter Seasons the weather becomes cooler causing people to bundle up their bodies, close the windows and drapes in their homes and stop going outside into the fresh cleansing air.  All these actions allow the system to become clogged up with waste.

Our bodies and or our homes need circulation of the fresh cleansing air to prevent the germs and bacteria from getting a foothold.

The Holiday season with all its special treats (sugar) add to the mess by clogging up our immune systems.  So a perfect recipe for the flu season comes around every fall and winter.  All the emotional drama of the holiday season along with the sweet rich food aids in weakening our immune systems.    Added to our tightly closed up homes, and lack of sunshine to purify our surroundings and the germs, viruses , and bacteria are allowing to grow.

Natural Support for Infectious Diseases

Infectious Diseases; the Preventive Program

  • When possible air out your living quarters.
  • Open the curtains let the sunshine in to purify your rooms.
  • On the warmer days open the windows if possible to let fresh air circulate for a few minutes. In very cold areas I understand this is not an easy thing to do.
  • Keep your body clean with a daily bath.
  • Change your bed sheets on a regular weekly schedule.

During the Fall and winter months I would suggest the following:

  • Vit C. 3000 mg time release at least once a day.
  • Echinacea 1 oz each day for 4 days each week.
  • When everyone around is trying to get sick add the Super-tonic or Herbal Antibiotic to your daily routine. These two formula are all about Garlic.

When you are concerned you have been infected here is a good program to follow:

  • 1 oz Each day Echinacea 4 to 6 days each week
  • 1 tablespoon Super tonic 3 times a day
  • 3000 mg Vit C twice a day
  • **Infectious Diseases add 1 dropper full of Lobelia every 2 or 3 hours. (waking hours)

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