Posts tagged ‘Pancreas’

October 22, 2012

Chaga Mushroom

The Chaga mushroom/conk doesn’t resemble a typical mushroom at all, it looks like a piece of burnt black charcoal on the outside and the inside is orange yellowish. I first thought it looked like a lightning strike. Chaga grows on rotted or wounded trees, and has a symbiotic relationship with them.

Chaga was known  by the ancient Chinese as the “King of all mushrooms” which is high praise coming from the masters of medicinal mushrooms in the East. The Siberian tribesmen who are also masters of medicinal mushrooms called it the “Gift from God,” and what an amazing gift it is!

Chaga mushroom is an adaptogen which means it helps the body adapt to any kind of stress, bringing balance to all systems and acts as a tonic to the adrenals and immune system.
It is an amazing medicinal mushroom that addresses malnutrition, fortifies the immune system, and has anti tumour properties.
It is a top source of SOD (superoxide dismutase) which is an enzyme that protects all cells in the body. Also it is very nutritious being rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, phytonutrients, tannins.

This Chaga mushroom weighs almost a pound and was wild-crafted from the Northern Ontario forest.

You can use the dried Chaga in a tea or in a tincture. A double extraction tincture is the best way to get the water-soluble and alcohol-soluble parts of mushrooms.
Use a cheese grater to break up Chaga into smaller pieces. Make a tincture by steeping ground chaga in 80 proof (40%) or stronger alcohol, for a month. Strain the chaga pieces and simmer them in water for at least half an hour, or use a crock pot.
I steep it on the lowest warm setting in a ceramic crock pot. I steep chaga tea this way without alcohol.
Cool and strain. Mix water and alcohol. Use 1:1 or 60-40% ratio above 20%
Here is how to make a tincture >

Wild-craft ethically or buy it from a reputable source.

More about Mushrooms:


Common   Name Chaga mushroom/conk aka Clinker polypore/mushroom
Latin Name Inonotus obliquus
Family Hymenochaetaceae
Parts Used Fungi/Mushroom
Target Organs Immune, Nervous, Endocrine, Pancreas, Spleen, Digestive, Liver, Urinary, Heart
Common Uses Strengthens and cleanses all systems.Tonic to Immune, Nervous, Endocrine systems, Heart, Stomach,   Digestive, Liver, Urinary system.Lowers cholesterol, normalizes blood pressure,Supportive treatment for cancer, diabetes, infections, allergies, hypertension, worms, liver digestive problems
Properties Primary properties underlined:Adaptogen,   adrenal tonic, analgesic, antiallergenic, antiatherogenic, antibacterial,   anticarcinogenic, anticardiotoxic, anticatarrhal, antidepressant, antihepatotoxic,   anti-inflammatory, antimutagencic, antineoplastic, antinephrotoxic,   antineurotoxic, antioxidant, antiradiotoxic, antithrombotic,   antiulcerogenic, antiviral, anxiolytic, aperient, appetite stimulant, astringent,    blood pressure normalizer, cardiac, depurative, diaphoretic,   diuretic, decongestant, emmenagogue tonic, expectorant secretolytic, hypocholesterolemic,   hypolipidemic, immune stimulant, immune tonic, nervine, pancreatic,   vasodilator,vulnerary
Constituents Polysaccharides, tannins, phytonutrients,  triterpenes, amino acids, saponins, inotodiol,
betulin and betulinic acid found in birch
Minerals, magnesium, chromium, iron,germanium
Cautions Correct identification   is important to avoid poisoning, illness and possible death.Caution with   hypoglycemia.
April 10, 2012

How my Dad Overcame Diabetes

When my father got diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes he did not want to take the pharmaceutical medication offered to him because his arthritis medication he had taken earlier caused him to have a bleeding ulcer so severe he almost died.

****** Note to others who are taking pharmaceutical medications: Pharmaceuticals and even OTC remedies like aspirin can cause bleeding ulcers.

The doctor gave my father 4 months to change his diet and try alternatives to see if he could avoid taking the pharmaceutical medication for his high blood sugar levels. I usually do not treat family and friends because of the conflict of interest it can create, but if they come to me openly and willing how can I refuse?

I gave my dad an herbal tincture formula and some diet and supplement advice. I also gave him a glycemic index guide to help educate him on the sugar levels in foods and how they affect the body, and told him to start reading food labels.

When he started to read the labels on food he couldn’t believe how much sugar was in everything, not to mention the other types of code words for sugar like glucose, fructose, high-fructose corn syrups, now under the code word corn sugar, and the list goes on. He said no wonder diabetes is a problem; the over-consumption of refined sugars is killing people.

The danger with diabetes is that high levels of sugar destroy blood vessels which cause glaucoma, heart disease, and stroke. It is also good to avoid bad fats like hydrogenated, animal saturated fats, and processed and refined foods, because they destroy blood vessels just like high levels of sugar do.

When my dad went back to the doctor 4 months later he was no longer diabetic and his blood sugar was under control!!! My dad stuck with the change in diet and in 4 months he lost 20 pounds and is diabetes free! It is a comfortable weight loss of 5 pounds per month and he will be less likely to put it back on. He also avoided getting a knee operation for his arthritis, and now has less arthritic flare-ups and is pharmaceutical free. Not many seniors can say they are pharmaceutical free! The doctor also asked my dad tips about how to lower his own blood sugar.

My dad has stuck with his all natural diet, takes herbs and supplements and has maintained his healthy weight. Now he feels great, and everyone in my family has received better health benefits because of this immense change in diet.

When the problem is detected early the better the chances are for rapid recovery. An individual detailed diet is recommended because everyone is different and unique.


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