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Interning with Lisa Wilson for the past month in West Simsbury, Connecticut, was such an amazing learning experience. Seldom do we come across people who actually walk the walk and it was a true pleasure walking alongside her. From our bike rides to Body Pump through beautiful bike trails, 2 quarts of green juice per day, raw food feasts and dark chocolate, to our mixtures and inventions of apricot kernel concoctions and citrus MMS shots, I experienced wholesome living to a new level (stay tuned to my blog posts, I will be discussing things I have learned and researched).

As the 7-Day Raw Food Institute Live program approached, we were ready to rock and roll. We greeted a remarkable group of individuals who were open to both learning and healing and together as a group a huge transformation occurred. I did not completely grasp this change until graduation the very last day, when I looked into the audience and saw the most beautiful and healthy glow radiating from each person. It was then that I completely became conscious of the effects of eating raw food.

During the 7-Day RFI Live program you will…

  • Listen to health and nutrition lectures from leading raw food educators
  • Learn about advanced healing and preventative tools
  • Have hands on food demonstration classes and workshops in raw food sprouting, juicing, equipment, dehydration and more
  • Undergo a one week supervised raw foods detox with medicinal raw and living foods, all meals and detox material provided
  • Click on this link to read through all the topics that are discussed during the program

A typical day during the program consists of taking a wheatgrass shot early in the morning followed by light exercise, green juice, classroom time, Reishi tea, delicious raw dishes prepared by our raw chefs- Eden Love and Kerry Lucier, more classroom time, dinner, 45 minutes in either the SOQI bed or sauna and nightly wheatgrass enemas.

I strongly recommend the 7-Day RFI Live program to all my clients and anyone who is interested in experiencing the benefits of raw food or is seeking alternative therapies to treat their disease, especially cancer. The program is based off the Dr. Ann Wigmore protocol, which includes raw, living and fermented foods, wheatgrass shots and enemas, and green juice therapy.

Prevention is the best medicine, let food be thy medicine.

For more pictures, check out the album Indigo goes to the Raw Food Institute.

For more pictures, check out the album Indigo goes to the Raw Food Institute.

Aruna, Dark Chocolate Made with 100% LOVE

I feel like a child who has discovered chocolate for the very first time. Perhaps because I have! This past month, aside from my high raw diet, I experimented with medicinal green juice and 85% or greater dark chocolate. What a therapeutic Screen Shot 2013-07-29 at 6.39.23 PMcombination. I am not your typical chocolate junkie and I cannot quite describe what came over me but I am so glad it did because I came across the king of all chocolate, ARUNA Chocolates.

Unprocessed, 90-95% dark chocolate mixed with raw honey, maca, spirulina, chlorella, cayenne, himalayan sea salt and 100% pure LOVE is a whole new type of chocolate in my book than anything I’ve ever tasted store bought. The comparison is night and day and so is the feeling. Throughout the month as I binged on my daily green juice, fresh spring water, over 2 pounds of ARUNA chocolate, raw food, Body Pump and ALA (amongst several other supplements), I feel fit, toned and happy.

I strongly advise you to indulge yourself and give ARUNA chocolates a try but be careful because once you do, you might never go back to anything store bought. Good thing he has a monthly auto-ship program… dangerous ūüėČ

During the last day of the Raw Food Institute, our guest speaker Ronnie Landis, showed us a brilliant picture of a raw, organic cacao nib taken via Kirlian photography and it all came full circle. It is pleasing to have a visual on what it means to be classified as a ‘superfood.’

cacao bean kirlian photographAccording to, “Kirlian photographic analysis combines high voltage, high frequency, ultra low current, electrical fields and photographic techniques to make visible subtle energy fields interacting around living and non-living objects of study. These techniques utilize 50,000 volts and a broad range of frequencies to resonate with the test objects, capturing their patterns for analysis. In traveling through and reacting with our complex systems, this influx of electrical energy amplifies and makes visible the body’s biological and energetic exchange. The camera and the subject interact to produce a corona of multi-frequency energy waves, from low infrared to well past the visible spectrum.”

kirlian photography

  Look at the difference between a Kirlian photo of a raw, organic food and a Kirlian photo of a cooked food, it is dramatic!

Laetrile, Vitamin B17

I had the privilege of listening to a live interview with Tanya Harter Pierce, author of Outsmart Your Cancer, Alternative Non-Toxic Treatments That Work by Lisa Wilson. For the past month, Lisa and I have been drinking all kinds of elixirs, tonics and homemade concoctions. One of them being our daily apricot kernel power shot. When I returned to Washington, DC, I wanted to write this blog about Laetrile, also known as Vitamin B17 and amygdalin, and in gathering my research I came across  shocking misinformation.

One would think that resources such as WebMD would give¬† accurate information about treatments but I was shocked to find otherwise. WebMD says that “apricot kernels contain a toxic chemical known as amygdalin. In the body this chemical is converted to cyanide, which is poisonous. There was interest in using apricot kernels to fight cancer because it was thought that amygdalin was taken up first by cancer cells and converted to cyanide. It was hoped that the cyanide would harm only the tumor. But research has shown that this is not true. The amygdalin is actually converted to cyanide in the stomach. The cyanide then goes throughout the body, where it can cause serious harm, including death.” Needless to say, all research referred to is performed by the FDA.

Surprised by WebMD’s statements, I read another article by Cancer Research UK, thinking surely in Europe they would be more advanced in alternative treatments. Instead, I found more supporting evidence on the side of WebMD and it reads very convincing.

I remembered Tanya’s book that I just ordered and flipped through it to the section on Laetrile. In summary, here is what I learned:

  • B17 is high in the diets of those people around the world who rarely get cancer
  • B17 is naturally found in lima beans, bean sprouts, most berries, yams, many seeds, cashews, macadamia nuts, millet and buckwheat
  • B17 is composed of 4 molecules: 2 glucose, 1 benzaldehyde and 1 cyanide
  • Cyanide becomes unlocked and released as a toxic substance from the 4-molecule unit when it comes into contact with the enzyme beta-glucosidase, which is only significantly present in cancer cells
  • Normal cells have the back-up protecting enzyme, rhodanese, which has the ability to neutralize cyanide on contact and convert it into other components that are beneficial to the body
  • Rhodanese is prevalent in great quantities except where there is cancer
  • To learn more about laetrile read the World Without Cancer by G. Edward Griffin. He reports that as early as 1974, there were 26 published papers written by well-known physicians who had used Laetrile in the treatment of their own patients and had concluded that Laetrile is both safe and effective in the treatment of cancerScreen Shot 2013-07-26 at 2.49.09 PM
  • The Hunza people of the Himalayas live to be over 100 years old and cancer was unknown to them before being introduced to modern civilization
    • The Hunza diet is historically high in B17, apricot trees have always been their main crop and the wealth of a Hunzakut man was measured by how many apricot trees he had
    • It would be common for the Hunza people to eat 30 to 50 apricot kernels daily as a mid-afternoon snack, 200 times the amount of B17 as the average American diet
    • The Healthy Hunzas by JI Rodale
  • The mineral zinc is an important transportation mechanism for B17, without it, dietary B17 does not get into the tissues of the body
  • Laetrile was studied and used in Germany by Dr. Hans Nieper, in Mexico by Dr. Ernesto Contreras and the Philippines by Dr. Manuel Navarro. Prominent American Physicians who successfully treated cancer with Laetrile are Dr. Philip Binzel, Dr. John A. Richardson of California and Dr. Douglas Brodie of Nevada
  • The use of Laetrile alone is not enough to cure cancer and high doses of intravenous Laetrile is key to the nutritional therapy approach to cancer
  • Dr. Binzel could keep an average of 62 patients out of every 100 with metastasized cancer alive for a minimum of 18 years, while conventional doctors could only keep about 1 in every 1,000 patients with metastasized cancer alive for 5 years
  • Despite prominent physicians and researchers around the world were showing positive results using Laetrile for cancer, the president of the American Cancer Society of California wrote a condemning article at the end of 1973, “Laetrile is goddamned quackery!”
  • The misleading information put out about Laetrile is focused around (1) that Laetrile is too toxic for people to use because it contains cyanide and (2) that it is simply not effective in treating cancer
  • If Laetrile is toxic, then why is Vitamin B12 allowed to be sold as a health supplement when it too contains the same type of cyanide molecule as B17?
  • Aspirin tablets are 20 times more toxic than the equivalent amount of Laetrile
  • As a result of their improperly done studies, the Mayo Clinic researchers concluded that they found no effectiveness of Laetrile on cancer
  • Dr. Sugiura was Memorial Sloan-Kettering’s senior laboratory researcher and found that Laetrile is highly effective against cancers of all types. However, most medical professionals do not know about his findings because the higher-ups at Sloan-Kettering found ways to alter his results
  • According to a study done by USA Today, more than half of the experts hired to advise the government on the safety and effectiveness of medicine have financial relationships with the pharmaceutical companies that are affected by their advice
  • Even the sale of apricot seeds, one of the richest natural sources of B17 is greatly restricted

I strongly suggest picking up Outsmart Your Cancer and reading it for yourself. This is just one of many non-toxic treatments available to us. I believe knowledge is power. Question everything and before forming an opinion, do your research and be well-informed.


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