The Healing Power of Kefir


Kefir is a cultured drink that helps restore the inner ecology of the body.

It contains strains of beneficial bacteria and yeast that gives kefir its antibiotic properties. “A natural antibiotic” made from milk! It is a tart yogurt style drink with a refreshing taste and contains completely different microorganisms than regular yogurt. Even lactose intolerant individuals find they can drink this!

The mucous like quality of kefir helps to coat the lining of the digestive tract creating a “nest” for the good bacteria to settle.

Kefir is made from gelatinous particles called “grains”, a bacteria/yeast mix clumped together with milk protein and complex sugars. Once the grains ferment the milk, you remove these grains before you drink. These grains are kept for what then becomes your “starter” for the next batch of kefir!

Kefir can also be made with coconut water from the green coconut you see in the stores or Asian markets. This works even better for those you are lactose intolerant or allergic to dairy products.

Kefir is especially good for decreasing sugar and carbohydrate cravings, it tones the intestines, even flattening the abdomen, cleanses the liver and the endocrine system. It will give you great energy and tremendous healing power.

The beneficial bacteria help control the pathogenic bad bacteria, yeast and parasites. Also, it cleanses the colon due to its mild laxative effects. The good bacteria will create lactic acid that balances the pH level of your body, so important for a healthy life.

Donna Gates of The Body Ecology Diet says kefir is beneficial in cases of diarrhea, common problems with AIDS and cancer patients during therapy. Research shows that stomach ulcers caused by Helicobacter pylori respond better with kefir than antibiotics.

Protein is critical to healing along with minerals needed to assimilate the protein. So milk kefir has all the minerals, protein, and amino acids to help calm the nervous system. Some say it is like “Natures Prozac” for ADD kids and for sleep disorders. It provides the body with Biotin, Vitamin B6, B12, B1 and Vitamin K!

How can you go wrong adding a little kefir to your diet! Try some soon!


Nourishing Traditions by sally Fallon

Cindy Burrows
Cynthia Burrows, M.T. CWC, Herbalist

Cynthia Burrows, from Austin, Texas, owns Cindy Burrows, Natural Health Consultant; assisting individuals with health issues they would like to change. She will set up a program giving choices of foods, herbs, teas and homeopathic suggestions. Cindy is past owner of Nature’s Healing Herbs, an Herbal, Green Tea, and Tincture product line, and a rare product line of Green Tea Foods. She has certificates for Herbalist at East West School of Herbology, and as Wellness Consultant with the Wellness Forum in Ohio.

Cindy is also a Medical Technologist, with a B.S. degree from Mansfield University in Mansfield Pa., she has been in healthcare for over 30 years. In 2005, she started using a new device founded in Europe, Quantum Biofeedback, “an energy rebalancing of the body”, by using our bodies electricity or frequency waves it can detect stress points in the body, she has added this to her consulting practice. She now has her Certification as a Biofeedback Specialist. She helps her clients by working with the synergy of herbs, food, homeopathy, and aromatherapy within her practice. She is a speaker, writer, and teacher. Cindy has been interviewed on TV; about the benefits of Green Tea and has been on radio about her small business tour to Ecuador.

Cindy has been an herbalist for over 20 years and has spent 6 years learning through the East West School of Herbology with Michael Tierra. She has studied Western, Chinese and Ayurvedic Herbs with a strong emphasis on nutrition. Along with many other continued studies of alternative and complementary medicine. She is a Certified Wellness Consultant, through a special program, The Wellness Forum, which has its nutrition program, now part of the curriculum at Ohio State University, providing educational seminars and workshops designed to impart relevant nutrition information to individuals to take control of their own health. These programs give healthier options and choices that can impact your longevity and quality of life. Cindy has been a speaker to many groups and has conducted many of her own classes on food and healthy life style programs.

Cindy has been involved with a hands-on healing program for the past 4 years and offers energy healing, through donation only, to anyone who needs her services.

She is Co-president of the Austin Herb Society and a member of the American Herbalist Guild. Cynthia has been a board member on many programs in the past including; La Sertoma, Arthritis Foundation, Toastmasters International, National Association of Female Executives, Handicapped Equestrian Learning Program, Entrepreneurs Association, and Austin Integrated Health Care Program.

Cindy also loves nature, animals, reading, blending teas, juices, etc.; likes to hike, and work with plants and, of course, cooking., mostly vegetarian.
Cindy has an adventurous streak.
She has organized and taken tours with business and artists groups to Big Bend, Texas, New Mexico, USA, and Ecuador, South America.