This is the time of year to take advantage of the nutritional benefits of Pomegranates! Pomegranate is great blood builder, as it strengthens both red and white cell counts. So, if you are looking for adrenal balance and blood sugar stabilization, turn to pomegranates. Pomegranates’ high quality glucose also make them a brain food, helping with focus and concentration.
Try this easy, quick recipe below and I promise you, will be satisfied. Heaps of juicy pomegranate seeds and a smooth layer of creamy chocolate go together beautifully in this treat. Offer it as a gift, or make it for those moments when you’re craving an indulgence you can feel good about.
10 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips (at least 60% cacao)
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 cups pomegranate seeds
Stir the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a saucepan over low heat until the mixture in melted and combined. Add the maple syrup. Spread an even layer of melted chocolate on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Press the pomegranate seeds firmly into the chocolate layer. Place in the freezer and allow to set at least 30 minutes. Break apart and enjoy!
If you have trouble getting all the seeds from the shell. I found this great gizmo below that works perfectly. This can be found in the produce department in most stores, especially this time of year.
This recipe is taken from the book, Life Changing Foods, Save Yourself and the Ones You Love With the Hidden Healing Powers of Fruits and Vegetables by Medical Medium, Anthony William. This book offers 50 different types of fruits and veggies to consider incorporating more into your diet. Furthermore, he adds in the emotional and spiritual aspect of these foods. I found it a fascinating read!
Here is an excerpt on the emotional support of pomegranates:
Pomegranates make for a critical food for the person who struggles with impatience on a daily basis — and doesn’t believe her or his impatience is the problem, but rather everyone else is to blame. If you know someone like this, offer her or him a pomegranate. It will shift the energy and point your companion in the direction of composure, compassion, and patience. If you feel that someone’s impatience is directed at you and it’s throwing you off your game, turn to pomegranates to help you keep your equanimity and focus.
Today I am going to share some wonderful memories and things you can take with you to remember to love yourself. Louise Hay was big on that. To always love yourself. This first memory is called “Healing With Mirror Work“
Furthermore, this month Hay House is celebrating the inspiring life of Louise Hay by giving you access to Louise’s You Can Heal Your Life Movie for FREE! This movie is based on Louise’s best-
selling book and provide in-depth insights into Louise’s fascinating personal story; and shows how her views on self-esteem, abundance, and the metaphysical causes behind physical ailments were developed. It also reveals how she applied these concepts to her own emotional, spiritual, and professional life.
“Every experience I have is perfect for my growth.”
— Louise Hay
The legacy of Louise Hay continues and I hope you take advantage of these gifts and perhaps check out all the other wonderful life affirming activities you can do to make your life better every day. Louise was 90 years old when she passed peacefully in her sleep, surrounded friends and family.
There are so many workshops to attend and learn from through Hay House. If you are a writer, here is one workshop you might consider….
Today I want to touch on the subject of STUFF. Do you know what happens to all the stuff we buy? Once we no longer want it or it has fallen apart? Since we have become such a nation of consumers, the process is more complex than you may realize.
Annie Leonard, Founder of The Story of Stuff Project has put together several videos to educate us about our stuff. **Where it starts, what happens to it, how we are feeling about it and what we can do about this vicious cycle we call consumerism.** I hope you take the time to watch this informational and entertaining video.
Another way to look at our stuff is to consider shopping at Thrift Stores instead of the Big Box stores. You would be amazed at what shows up in these “thrift” stores. To me, shopping in a thrift store is like a Treasure Hunt. Furthermore, all the bargains and being able to find new items every time you go into these stores is a plus in my book.
We are all so easily enticed by new and improved. But an older item hasn’t necessarily outlived its purpose. In a big box store, even though it may be inexpensive, there is a good chance it will fall apart fairly quickly. While, if an item has made it to a thrift store still intact, there is a good chance you will be able to use it for awhile longer.
Or how about recycling your fruit and vegetable wastes?
Recycling your yard and food wastes helps sustain your garden and trees which is better than any commercialized fertilizer. A backyard composting project is the answer to less garbage in the landfill and more nutrients in your soil. This composting process takes as little as one month, can replace fertilizer and its free. Plus, composting helps neutralize toxins such as insecticides, herbicides and fungicides. Composting also conserves water, reduces weeds and is a great way to recycle organic materials as well as becoming a rich soil conditioner when organic materials break down.
Annie Leonard also does a video on The Story of Cosmetics. Personally, I try to stay away from too much makeup on my face, considering that over the years, I have become so sensitive to all the chemicals in these products. However, I found a very simple ingredient,( Baking Soda) that cleanses my face, doesn’t give me an allergic reaction and makes my face feel really soft.
And finally, I ask you to consider listening with your heart to understand the beauty of all living beings and your purpose of life on this earth so that it is around for years and years to come.
I hope I have inspired you and given you some ideas on making your life better as well as your neighbors.
To a healthier and more sustainable life,
The story of Aubrie Hill and her mom who moved to California to get reliable access to cannabis oil to treat her intractable epilepsy — with positive results.
A few weeks ago I met Vicki and Aubrie at an event here in Northern California. When they found out that I was the medical director for Hawaiian Ethos, Vicki couldn’t wait to talk to me. With courage and persistence over many years, they have figured out what works best for Aubrie’s epilepsy, and were eager to have me tell their tale. There is a wealth of scientific evidence on the use of cannabis in seizure disorders but nothing carries the message as well as a good story with a happy ending.
This is the story of a vibrant young girl and her determined, brave mother. In 2000, at age five, Aubrie got her scheduled MMR booster. Ten days later she developed a low-grade fever that lasted for 24 days. As the fever persisted, she was getting dehydrated and going deeper into what her mother called a ‘deep, strange sleep.’ She lost her ability to speak and her personality changed, with a loss of interest in her surroundings – unusual for this active five year old. After three weeks, her mother insisted she be hospitalized in Huntsville, Alabama where they lived, because she knew something was terribly wrong. Aubrie was seen by neurologists and, along with a myriad of other diagnoses, they assumed she might have multiple sclerosis. After one week in the hospital she experienced her first seizure, had a lumbar puncture, and they found grey matter in her cerebrospinal fluid. She was diagnosed with meningitis, transferred to Birmingham for ICU care and given 21 days of antibiotics, and started on several seizure medications.
After the 21 days of antibiotics, the doctors realized it was not infectious meningitis at all and gave her steroids for Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM), a rare side effect of the MMR booster. She improved immediately and was apparently back to normal.
But it turned out she was not normal. For the next two years, unbeknown to her parents, she was having conversations with cartoon characters in her mind. Finally, her mother observed a partial-complex seizure that looked like the original ADEM. They took her to the University of Alabama Children’s Hospital where she was given multiple anti-seizure medications, none of which were effective. At this point, she was getting partial-complex seizures 3-4 times a week and they were increasing in intensity and frequency.
The left temporal lobe appeared to be the source of the seizures, so she was referred to neurosurgeons who recommended surgery for a seizure disorder that was not responsive to any of the medications available. The family finally agreed to this so the surgeons removed a large amount of brain tissue: the left temporal lobe, some of the hippocampus and some of the frontal lobe. Then, in the ICU, right after surgery, she had her first grand mal seizure. She was in 8th grade.
Then, when Aubrie was 18, puberty came along. With the onset of puberty, she developed tonic-clonic grand mal seizures, some lasting more than 20 minutes. They were violent and often difficult to stop with any medications at hand. She was tried on 17 different medications and ended up on 2: Vimpat and Depakote – at maximum dosages. The other fifteen drugs had to be abandoned with “unacceptable side-effects.” Still, every time her period would come around, or the full moon, she would have at least one grand mal seizure, often requiring ER visits due to the severity and inability to control with home medications. She would have more than 4 in a 24-hour period during this early-puberty time.
Aubrie had a boyfriend, and they began to secretly smoke recreational marijuana. She was stealing money from her mother to buy it and telling no one. But her mother noticed that she suddenly changed from a suicidal miserable girl who wouldn’t come out of her room into a happy young woman with an enormous appetite. Asked ‘What gives?’ Aubrie told her about the cannabis. Vicki said no more stealing, but it’s obviously good for you so I’ll get it for you in a safe way. So, Mom took over finding marijuana for her daughter in the prohibitive state of Alabama. It did not seem to affect the seizures, but it did make her happy and helped her gain some weight back. At $400/ounce every month for substandard weed, they would parse it out to last the whole month. It was worth it.
Then Vicki found some oil being made in Santa Barbara, CA. Over an 8-month period, she sold some land she had inherited, and spent $16K for the oil that helped, but still didn’t stop the seizures. She knew she was on the right track.
Through Facebook, she connected with a grower in Tuolumne County, CA and he suggested she take the green herb, crush it, and sprinkle that and the kief over her daughter’s pizza. This increased dosage decreased the severity of the seizures, but she still had grand mals every month around her period time. They decided to move to California, where they could really learn and use this medicine.
Vicki sold her house in Huntsville, and $20K in debt, she, Aubrie, and their Maltese dog landed at an Airbnb in Santa Rosa, CA with no local connections or set plans. Two days after landing in CA, Aubrie had a grand mal and Vicki knew she had to get some cannabis quickly. They drove to Tuolumne County where her new friend provided medicine that was rich in THCA. It helped, but she needed large amounts. The THCA decreased the severity and frequency of the seizures, and she could stop one from coming on if the aura was noticed and the medicine was given under Aubrie’s tongue. For the next year they regularly drove to Tuolumne County (4 hours each way) to get this medicine.
They then added THC to the mix and found that this would stop the seizures immediately, but would not prevent them. Plus, Aubrie was stoned all the time, not a great situation. But they knew they were getting closer. As Vicki is quick to point out: “There are worse things than Aubrie stoned. She can function with THC, but she could not function on the maximum doses of Depakote.”
A year ago through Emerald Pharms, they found Care By Design and purified CBD products. Aubrie started taking CBD oil capsules twice a day, each with 30mg of CBD for a total of 60mg a day. She stayed on 200mg of Vimpat twice a day, with no side effects. And she took a single dose of Ativan 0.5mg every night, allowing her to sleep well through the night. The seizures decreased in frequency dramatically.
Still, during full moons and her period, Aubrie could get grand mals. They had several visits to the local hospital when rectal Diastat would not work for stopping violent seizures. (Diastat, which would knock her out for hours, often causes withdrawal seizures within 24 hours of taking it.)
Earlier this year, they met a physician who specializes in pediatric epilepsy and it was recommended that Aubrie take 300mg each day of CBD, according to her size and weight. So they increased the CBD. She is up to 125mg twice a day and it is holding her nicely. In addition, she is using a concentrated oil-extract that has 8.48mg CBD and 12.65mg THC, taking mom-made capsules in MCT (medium-chain triglyceride) oil twice a day. She has had stretches as long as 2-3 weeks with no seizures which they consider a miracle. If she gets an aura, she takes THC or THCA, which have been successful in stopping the seizure before it starts.
One year after starting the CBD, she is brighter, clearer and more active than she has been in years. She had made friends, will take an Uber to town to play pool, and has recently stated that she is ready to learn again. Aubrie is having a life.
At 22, Aubrie may never live independently, she wears an ID bracelet with her condition and medications listed, and she will never drive a car. But she is finally managing her ‘intractable’ seizure disorder and is happy to be alive.
Stacey Kerr MD is a teacher, physician, and author living and working in Northern California. Dr. Kerr was in private practice until she decided to write and educate full-time. After several years working with the Society of Cannabis Clinicians, and co-developing the first comprehensive online course in cannabinoid medicine, she is now serving as the Medical Director for Hawaiian Ethos, an evidence-based cannabis company on the Big Island of Hawaii.
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