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So I grew up eating pork & shellfish, stepped on a few rusty nails, dug up a septic system when I was a kid (forced labor LOL!), had a run-in with a chemical something-or-other in an on-campus apartment in college, and spent a few decades running around getting Rx’s from docs for various ailments, which didn’t work, and then hunted down natural healing & detoxes, which finally did. After that mess, I’d finally got my body back, and I hit another “chemical something-or-other,” with a husband and 4 babies in-tow! My best guess is that it was an ex-meth house made over like a dream-home rental. At any rate, that sent me into a tail-spin, and fast. We got outta there, quick as we figured out it was the house, and I’ve been healing since.

One of the things the doc tried to pin on me was Rheumatoid (autoimmune) arthritis. He told me I had fibromyalgia, and that my “something-or-other” was high. I asked him what it was, and he said, “Oh, it’s a big word. You don’t need to worry about that.” …um, yeah… that went over like a lead balloon! I’m no doc, and don’t pretend to be one, but don’t tell me that somethin’ in my body is “too big a word”, and that I “shouldn’t worry my pretty little head about it.”!!! I was livid! All done with that doc, LOL!  My body got a LOT better once we got out of that house, but it took time and a LOT of work to make the headway that enabled me to become a strong, active, and even athletic woman again.

With that nut-shell background, a bit on what has been helpful for me in fighting the symptoms of severe, crippling (had to be carried when I could no longer crawl) arthritis:

MSM: methylsulphonylmethane– organic sulphur. No USRDA on it. Too much can give loose bm’s (which is a place where the zeolite can come in handy), but when I’ve been hurting badly, 2,000 mg every 2 hours has helped immensely. 3-5,000 / day maintenance dosage seems to be about right for me now. Also a nice anti-cancer tool.

FYI (by Garden of Life) or Rejuvenzyme (cheaper, but same strength of stuff): It’s pineapple enzymes, but super-potent: stronger than regular bromelain. Works better than Ibuprofen, and without the side-effects.

Wild Yam Root: terrible tasting stuff, and it took a good bit when I was in real pain. I’d take 2 heaping Tbsp of it every 2 hours, alongside the MSM when I needed it. I ordered it in by the pound b/c it’s cheaper that way, but it’s like swallowing gravel, so I had to be sure to have plenty of liquid on-hand to get it down. Again, an anti-cancer tool.

Ginger Root (Rhizome for technical folk): STRONG-brewed tea– great anti-inflammatory stuff. I was doing 3 quarts / day of about a heaping TBSP of ginger root powder per quart of hot water. Be sure to cover it while it brews to keep in the healthy stuff– steam can leach out some of the best properties in teas of all sorts. Also great for warming up cold tummies, and great for digestion.

Aloe Vera: 2-6 ounces / day– recipe here, and another post I wrote on it, with the Ancient Hebrew pictograph here. I’ve seen this plant do some beautiful things, both inside and out! Another anti-cancer tool in my basket!

Cod Liver Oil: 4 Tbsp / day– more info on my experiences with it & what king here. Great for weight loss and detox, too!

Zeolite: Great for drawing toxins out of the body. Slows down bm’s a bit if you have difficulty with diarrhea. Special kinds of minerals are just amazing tools!

Arnica: (only if you have some form of trauma you’ve dealt with) I was at the 1M level, as-needed for quite a while, but have since healed, got a reaction (“proving,” meaning that I’d healed at that level, and needed to move down to a lower potency) at the 1M level, and moved down to the 200C level, eventually had a reaction at that level, and was able to move down to the 30C level, again, as-needed. Only need it very occasionally now 🙂  More info on different potencies and how I use them here.

Diet : No GMO’s, No sugar, no grains except for brown rice, no legumes, TONS of Brassicas (broccoli, kale, collards, maca, etc.), no “unclean” animal meats (pork, shellfish, etc.), and for a while there, no dairy or eggs. Later on, I’ve been able to incorporate eggs & dairy back in, slowly and carefully– no hormones or antibiotics, no blood spots in the eggs, and the milk has to be RAW, and CULTURED– raw-milk organic cheese, or keifer, for example.

Sauna / Sweat: Great for getting rid of pesticides and petrochemicals– my joints LOVE sauna sessions. More info here.

Exercise / gentle movement, increasing as able– this one started out as moving whatever small appendage I was able to move in the mornings when I would wake up in the toxic house. Eventually, I’d be able to move another finger or toe next to that one, and so forth, until I could crawl, and then walk (most days). During that time, it was a choice– I could lie there and just quit breathing, or I could move a bit, even when it hurt. I recommend moving… as gently, and as much as possible 🙂

Heat at night: When I was living in the toxic house, I found that my lymph fluid would kind of “freeze up” in my joints– I’d wake up in the mornings with lumps everywhere– fluid that “got stuck” All but two are gone now– one in my right hand, and one in my left leg. Still working on those, but they don’t impede movement anymore 😀 Anyhow, I warm a cotton bag filled with rice or other grain in the oven or microwave ’till it’s as warm as I can touch, wrap it in a towel to hold the heat all night, and put one on my guts (where lymph fluid is supposed to drain into so that it can be eliminated through the normal channels), and one on whatever joints were worst-off, and elevated those joints, so the lymph fluid would flow back down toward the gut for natural elimination. I invariably woke up with better functioning when I started doing this.
I’m currently working on a book– if you have time to investigate any or all of those links (yeah… I know LOL!), I’d love feedback on what is / isn’t clear, helpful, etc– The book will be entitled, My Body Knows Torah… And I’m Not Jewish! (btw, for my Christian friends: Torah is the first 5 books of the Christian Bible)
OH… and the disclaimer thing:

I’m  no doc, and don’t pretend to be one. I am therefore not legally licensed to diagnose, cure, treat, prevent, or otherwise mitigate any disease, and neither is the stuff I generally choose for healing… but then, I’ve not been educated indoctrinated by boards with big pharma reps on them, either ;-)  so do your own research and find what works for you :-)

I’m also no rabbi, so please don’t take my experiences and path as your Rx for Kosher living :-)

I wrote a post a while back about the beautiful medicinal properties of Aloe Vera. I am happy to announce that the little girl with the growth on her eye no longer has it. After a couple of months of quasai-daily applications (she’d forget occasionally), the most recent application brought the growth sliding out, onto her finger! So thankful for the directions we’ve been given!!! Todah, YHWH!

 

So we all know and love the healing properties and potency of aloe vera. If not, read here. So how do we get it down?

Children (not regular ones– the kind who have never known a chemical-laden candy bar or a Mickey-D’s milkshake) call this “Aloe Vera Shake.” One of said children will actually voluntarily eat the stuff straight. That said, I’ve never had anyone balk at this concoction:

“Aloe Vera Shake”:

1/2 cup Honey

3/4 cup Aloe Vera Juice

1/2 cup Lemon Juice

Combine in a 1/2 gallon jug or pitcher. Add water & mix well. You can adjust ratios to taste 🙂

Take it easy on the stuff to start out. If you find you’re cleaning out too quickly, just reduce your dosage until you’re comfortable. Your should be able to tolerate more as your body heals.

Alternatively, mix the aloe vera juice with some orange juice.

If you have an abundance of aloe vera plants, trim the green skin off the leaf, and toss a chunk of it into the blender w/ your OJ or honey, lemon, and water. Beautiful glyconutrient value augmented with the fresh gel!

Ever felt like you’re living in a “tight spot,” with no room to grow?  Maybe you might feel a bit like aloe…

There’s a lot of info out there on all the wonders and Natural Miracles of Aloe. I’m a believer. I’ve watched a child’s wart roll out painlessly after a week of applying fresh leaf gel topically & drinking a few ounces a day. I’ve watched my own joint swelling reduce, mobility improve, digestion improve, and feelings of toxicity diminish significantly with daily internal use. I’ve seen chronic open sores heal quickly with topical applications.  I’ve watched another person’s eye abnormality shrink in size with 3 times daily topical applications of the fresh gel. (still waiting for it to totally disappear– she isn’t bothered by it, and forgets to apply it regularly now)

I bumped into aloe in my search for solutions several years ago, and again in TaNaK (Hebrew Scriptures) / first 2/3 of the Christian Bible. These points of juncture between Natural Miracles and the Teaching and Instruction in the Original Scriptures fascinate me.

The Original word for Aloe in Scripture is actually related to the word for Tent. That struck me funny… especially considering the way that Numbers 24:5-6 relates the tents of Jacob to Aloes:

“How fair are your tents, O Jacob,
Your dwellings, O Israel!

Like valleys that stretch out,
Like gardens beside the river,
Like aloes planted by the LORD,
Like cedars beside the waters.”
Pic of the Ancient Hebrew Pictographs of ‘Aloe’ and ‘Tent’/’Shine’ :

Aloe:
Aleph-Hey-Lamed
Aleph: Bull’s Head (Strength, First, Authority)
Hey: Man Standing in Awe, saying “Wow, LOOK!”
Lamed: Shepherd’s Staff (Teaching and Pointing the Way)

Tent:
Aleph-Vav-Hey-Lamed
Same as above, but with Vav added in: Tent Peg (Secure; Nail down)

Scripture mentions Aloes more than once, and I think it interesting: both their capacity to thrive, being root-bound, and the medicinal values in them. Aloe is beautiful for helping to heal eye problems, soothing irritated skin and digestive lining, and could be an ancient fertility drug (the glyconutrients in it could help the sperm and egg cells find each other)… Not to mention it could be helpful in the “drier times” for marital relations. Watch out, though: Proverbs 7 gives us a heads-up on how its use can be twisted.
So this got me to thinking… what relationships do the properties of this plant have to do with tents???
Maybe our homes are designed to be a place of nurturing so rich that we can thrive in them, even while “root bound” or “tied down” from the life we may have led before we were married?
Maybe our “tent” should be the place to find medicine and healing among those closest to us…
Maybe the most important place to “see clearly” and “have vision” is in our relationships with those in our tent…
Maybe our home is the place where we can find soothing for the irritations that we find outside our tent walls– a place where we sit down in peace and are nourished well…
And maybe our tent is the place for fostering new life and intimacy.
Maybe all of these aspects together are what make our tent shine: the candle left in the window, waiting for us to come home.
Our tent is to be the place that shines with Strength– where we stand in awe of the Shepherd’s Teaching and the Security that await us there.
As always, I’m not the expert on the pictographs. For more info, see
www.youtube.com/user/ancienthebreworg
I’m also no doc, and don’t pretend to be one. I am therefore not legally licensed to diagnose, cure, treat, prevent, or otherwise mitigate any disease, and neither is the stuff I generally choose for healing… but then, I’ve not been educated indoctrinated by boards with big pharma reps on them, either 😉  so do your own research and find what works for you 🙂