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Healing Ulcers in Days with Cabbage Juice

In 1949, a fascinating study was published in the first issue of the 70th volume of California Medicine, the journal of the California Medical Association. The study, titled “Rapid Healing of Peptic Ulcers in Patients Receiving Fresh Cabbage Juice” showed the remarkable healing power of raw cabbage juice.

Here is the abstract of the study:

“Thirteen patients with peptic ulcer were treated with fresh cabbage juice, which, experiments have indicated, contains an anti-peptic ulcer factor. This factor (vitamin U) prevents the development of histamin-induced peptic ulcers in guinea pigs.

The average crater healing time for seven of these patients who had duodenal ulcer was only 10.4 days, while the average time as reported in the literature, in 62 patients treated by standard therapy, was 37 days.

The average crater healing time for six patients with gastric ulcer treated with cabbage juice was only 7.3 days, compared with 42 days, as reported in the literature, for six patients treated by standard therapy.

The rapid healing of peptic ulcers observed radiologically and gastroscopically in 13 patients treated with fresh cabbage juice indicates that the anti-peptic ulcer dietary factor may play an important role in the genesis of peptic ulcer in man.”

As part of the study, the patients were allowed to consume milk, eggs, some animal flesh (excluding pork, ham, bacon, and fatty meats), and cooked vegetables, including peas, green beans, asparagus, tomatoes (which is technically a fruit), carrots, beets, baby lima beans, artichoke hearts, and squash.

In addition, they the patients could have cooked potatoes (fried potatoes were not allowed), rice, pasta, dark bread and cereals, and moderate amounts of butter and lard.

Other foods that were permitted included cooked or canned fruits (peaches, pears, apples, cherries, apricots, strained orange juice or tomato juice), jello, puddings, fruit pies, and cake. Ice cream was not allowed.

For beverages, the patients could consume fruit juices, powdered roasted grain beverage (a coffee substitute), as well as some coffee and tea.

Sugar, honey, and jelly were also allowed. However, the patients were forbidden from consuming nuts and seeds.

If you think that this diet does not seem conducive to healing, you are absolutely correct. After-all, how can removing almost all fresh, raw (living), enzyme-rich fruits and vegetables help in repairing and regenerating damaged tissues?

This specific diet was chosen for a reason, however.

That reason behind excluding uncooked foods was to eliminate possible sources of the anti-peptic ulcer factor—found in fresh cabbage—which is readily destroyed by heating.

That said, the study participants were required to consume at least 1 liter (approximately 34 fl. oz.) of fresh, green cabbage juice daily, which had to be made using a hydraulic press extractor. (I always recommend that people invest in a masticating juicer that uses an auger, or augers, to slowly squeeze the juice out of produce without heating it [unlike high-speed/centrifugal juicers]. Slow juicers produce juice of superior quality; juice that contains appreciably more nutritious that the juice produced with a regular high-speed juicer. Moreover, slow juicers yield significantly more juice than centrifugal juicers, especially when processing fibrous plants like leafy greens and herbs.)

It took, on average, approximately 4.5 pounds of cabbage to make 1 liter of cabbage juice.

Some patients began with half that amount (17–20 fl. oz.) for a few days until they became accustomed to the acquired taste of raw cabbage juice and started to consume the full amount.

The cabbage juice was prepared fresh twice per day, and was divided into 5 daily doses of just under 7 ounces (almost one cup) each. The juice was served to the patients in the morning, at lunch, in mid-afternoon, at supper, and in the early evening.

There were a few patients who found the raw cabbage juice more palatable when combined with raw celery juice. These patients thus received a blend consisting of 75% cabbage juice and 25% celery juice.

The results of this study were impressive:

“In 11 of the 13 cases the craters disappeared within six to nine days…In one patient in our series, case 13, the crater took 14 days to ‘heal’…and in one, case 9, 23 days…The average healing time for the total of 13 cases of peptic ulcer treated with cabbage juice was nine days.”

It continues:

“The results of gastroscopic examination proved even more dramatic in the six cases of gastric ulcers than the x-ray demonstration of rapid crater healing. In two of these patients, case 1 with three small gastrojejunal ulcers visualized through the gastroscope and case 11 in which two small gastric ulcers were seen on the lesser curvature of the stomach, the lesions appeared to be completely healed at the time of the second gastroscopic examination which followed treatment. In the other four cases typical healing lesions could still be identified after treatment but crater depression was either not discernible or so slight as to be almost indistinguishable.”

The author also aptly acknowledges the importance of raw foods in the prevention and healing of peptic ulcers:

“The fact that the anti-peptic ulcer factor is readily destroyed by heat indicates that the preparation of food for human consumption by heating or cooking may completely destroy this factor. If this is so, it may become necessary to include certain raw foods in the diet of peptic ulcer patients, not only to promote the healing of ulcers which have already formed, but to prevent the development of lesions in the future.”

If you or someone you know experiences peptic ulcers, incorporating raw cabbage juice into the diet may be a wise thing to do. I would, however, only use organically grown cabbage without harmful agricultural products and make sure to consume plenty of unheated vegetables and non-acidic or low-acid fruits.

Moreover, I would eschew ultra-processed foods, grains, refined sugar, and animal products altogether, as they tend to induce the production of excessive acid in the body, which is counterproductive healing.

Never Do This When You Wake Up at Night

One of the biggest mistakes people make when they wake up at night is trying to solve their life’s problems. The reason why this is a horrible idea is that when the brain abruptly transitions from a state of sleep (be it the deeper non-REM [non-Rapid Eye Movement] sleep or the lighter REM [Rapid Eye Movement] sleep) to an alert and wakeful state, its level of cognitive capacity is significantly compromised, impairing one’s problem-solving abilities and leading to sub-optimal decision-making.

At nighttime, our perception of problems is profoundly distorted. During this time, the mind perceives even inconsequential issues as severe and insurmountable; it magnifies negative thoughts, making them seem more overwhelming than they actually are. This subsequently increases cortisol and adrenaline secretion, induces anxiety, and makes it difficult to fall back asleep.

Whenever you wake up at night, it is crucial that you use your willpower to resist the temptation to engage with thoughts, which will inevitably try to steal your attention. Failure to do so will put you in a viscous cycle of unproductive thinking, undue stress, and disrupted sleep patterns, eventually leading to chronic sleep deprivation and its associated negative effects.

Below are a few things you can do to reduce your risk of waking up during the night.

  • Eat a clean, whole-food diet.
  • Limit fluid intake to two hours before sleep.
  • Do not consume stimulants (e.g., coffee, energy drinks, etc.) after noon (12 p.m.).
  • Keep the bedroom temperature between 60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit (approximately 16 to 21 degrees Celsius) at night.
  • Limit exposure to screens to 8 hours a day, and avoid screens at least 2 hours before bedtime.
  • Install blackout blinds (organic/non-toxic ones).
  • Adhere to a strict ethical code and act according to your principles so that you maintain a clear conscience. (A guilty conscience and remorse will override everything written above and prevent you from experiencing restful, uninterrupted sleep.)

6 Things to Start Doing to Mitigate the Health Risks of Modernity

Your health is not the responsibility of your parents, your partner, or the government. Your health is your responsibility, and yours alone.

Bombarded with a barrage of harmful man-made chemicals on a daily basis, it is incumbent upon you to protect yourself. By implementing prudent practices into your routine, you can markedly mitigate the pernicious impact of these poisons on your body and mind.

First and foremost, it is important that you acknowledge your personal contribution to this pervasive planetary pollution. As a consumer, your persistent pursuit of material possessions coupled with the complete dependence on the copious comforts and conveniences of modernity is partially to blame for this predicament.

Maintaining this modern way of living that millions have become accustomed to necessitates extensive utilization of resources, which invariably leads to the pollution of the Earth, and, consequently, the contamination of our own bodies.

While enhanced regulations are urgently needed to curb the grossly irresponsible practices of profit-driven corporations that heedlessly produce, distribute, and dispose of health-damaging products and substances, it is ultimately the general populace that drives this endless demand for more.

As a global community, propelled by Western consumption, we have collectively contributed to the creation of this toxic mess. Having witnessed its disastrous ramifications, which continue to amplify decade by decade, implementing substantial lifestyle modifications is not an option but a necessity.

Although attaining total immunity from the ubiquitous synthetic pollutants is impossible, you can significantly diminish your exposure and ameliorate their deleterious effects. This proactive approach is critical if you desire to minimize the risk of preventable maladies and thereby avert unnecessary suffering and untimely death.

Choose inaction or minimal effort and you will end up like most: diseased, devitalized, and depressed.

The money you have toiled for all your life will go to hospitals and doctors, who will prescribe you side effect-laden drugs that will keep you just barely alive to revisit for perpetual prescription refills.

As your vitality wanes, the men in white coats will subject you to increasingly invasive, tissue-damaging diagnostic procedures, while concurrently augmenting the administration of their allopathic poisons to continue profiting off your declining health.

After perusing this article, most readers will proceed with their normal daily routines.

Some will be inspired to take action, but alas, the motivation will be ephemeral.

A minority of readers will go beyond mere contemplation and choose to take charge of their health. It is they who, through assuming responsibility for their well-being, will increase the quality of their earthly existence and elongate their lifespan.

Initially, a lifestyle transformation necessitates a substantial degree of self-discipline. However, over time, the newly adapted habits become ingrained requiring less conscious effort.

Herein, I present a few practical suggestions for those of you who are ready and willing to prioritize your well-being. (Undoubtedly, most health-conscious individuals are already incorporating these practices into their lives. If you belong to this conscious cohort, you are traversing the sane path.)

Organic Food: Always buy organic produce. Although organic is not always perfect, unless you are cultivating your own garden, it is the best option available. Admittedly, the cost of organic produce is higher, but given the extensive and indiscriminate use of cancer-causing agricultural products, it is a wise and necessary choice for safeguarding your health.

Clean Drinking Water: Spring water in glass bottles is the optimal option for drinking water. Should this prove economically unfeasible, consider purchasing a water filter and a distiller so that you can produce clean drinking water at your home. The process goes like this: First, filter; then distill, and finally, remineralize (by adding some lime or lemon juice or a pinch of raw sea salt).

Shower Filter: Install a shower filter to protect your skin, hair, and lungs. While shower filters do not remove fluoride, they help to considerably reduce chlorine and other injurious contaminants that taint public water supplies.

Non-Toxic cookware: Transition to cookware made of stainless steel, enameled cast iron, enameled ceramic, or glass. Stay away from non-stick, aluminum, copper, and subpar stainless steel pots and pans, as they tend to leach dangerous chemicals such as PFAs and heavy metals into the food.

Lymphatic Movement: Rebound on a trampoline for at least ten minutes both in the morning and evening to stimulate the flow of lymphatic fluid through the lymphatic channels. Additionally, incorporate a daily walk of at least 30 minutes, preferably in nature, into your daily routine, to enhance lymphatic flow.

Dietary Choices: Eschew processed foods, fried foods, oils, refined sugars, table salt, processed meats, and dairy. Moreover, eliminate, or drastically reduce, the overall intake of animal proteins and grains, while increasing the consumption of fresh, organic fruits, vegetables, soaked nuts and seeds, and herbs, in their living (uncooked) form. Furthermore, flood your body with bioavailable vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytochemicals by drinking at least four cups (32 ounces) of freshly-pressed, raw juice daily, ideally on an empty stomach.

Many more health-optimizing lifestyle modifications can be implemented, however, the purpose of this article is to provide only the most meaningful recommendations that a receptive reader can integrate into their daily routine.

The Dangers of Non-Stick Cookware

Non-stick cookware contains a cocktail of health-damaging chemicals.

PTFE (Polytetrafluoroethylene), also known as Teflon, forms the foundation of most non-stick coatings. When subjected to high temperatures, it releases toxic polymer gases that damage the lungs and cause what is known as “polymer fume fever” or “Teflon flu.”

However, this is merely scratching the surface (pun intended).

Non-stick cookware is also rife with PFAS (Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances), which encompass the following chemicals:

  • PFOA (Perfluorooctanoic Acid)
  • PFOS (Perfluorooctanesulfonic Acid)
  • GenX (a group of PFAS compounds)
  • PFBS (Perfluorobutanesulfonic Acid)

These substances have been linked to an array of health hazards, including but not limited to cancer, thyroid disorders, immune system dysfunction, developmental abnormalities, reproductive problems, infertility, and detrimental effects on liver and kidney function.

If you haven’t done so yet, you may want to seriously contemplate switching to safer alternatives such as high-quality stainless steel, cast iron, ceramic-coated, or glass pots and pans.