The common cold is probably the most poorly understood
Most of us look at a cold as an irritating pain in the okole
(Hawaiian for butt), caused by some “virus” going around. So what do we do? We
direct all of our efforts to eliminate by any means possible and in as short a time
a time as possible, the various uncomfortable symptoms.
The first thing that’s done is to visit a drug store with
their unbelievable arsenal of weapons to wipe out this enemy, the common cold with
antipyretics, to wipe out a fever, antihistamines, decongestants, sedatives and
much, much more.
These treatments are given to us in childhood, recommended
daily on TV, and of course, what the man in white advises. Yet, strange as it
may seem, this is the worst possible of all courses to follow.
The common cold is not an infection that jumps out from behind a bush and
attacks an innocent, unsuspecting passerby. It is not a disease whose symptoms
are best suppressed or shut of like a leaky faucet.
A cold is not a disease. It is rather the cure of disease.
What’s important to understand about a cold is that these myriads of
symptoms usually present are actions, not reactions by the body in an attempt
to establish internal balance or equilibrium. The cold is the body’s defense
mechanisms working to reestablish balance and once this can be seen to be true,
then to suppress this action by the body is not a reasonable course of action.
The original causes of the imbalance that the body is attempting to correct
may be multiple with an improper diet being the most influential factor.
An excess of dairy products and refined carbohydrates will cause an increase
in the amount of mucus formed by the body causing the bodily fluids to become
more sticky and acidic. Add coffee, tea, spices, salt, alcohol, cigarettes,
lack of exercise and stress, and acidity becomes rampant.
Toxicity is the second major factor. Toxicity implies that something
detrimental has accumulated within the body and may be due to simple excess
consumption on normal food elements beyond the body’s capacity to deal with
Excess animal fats will cause the liver to work overtime on their
metabolism. Also, toxic pesticides, food colorings, hormones, heavy metals and
preservatives, all found in the average diet, must be detoxified by the liver
as well or stored in the tissues. The same is true of toxins caused by excess
alcohol or drug use.
Take all of the above and add in poor elimination due to constipation, lack
of demanding exercise, smoking tobacco, vitamin deficiency, and environmental
air and water pollution and it’s easy to see how the body’s vitality and
ability to maintain inner balance becomes compromised.
What the body is doing is trying desperately to counterbalance these adverse
factors. Once toxic levels reach an unacceptable level, the body acts to clear
the crippling debris. It opens up all the channels of elimination and does its
best to rid the body of the toxins.
The nose begins to run and the excess mucus stimulates both sneezing and
coughing to help expel the blockages. Then, sometimes, vomiting and diarrhea
take over to clean out the stomach and intestine. Fever then comes to increase
the general speed of metabolism and circulation, and promotes perspiration to
rid the body of toxins and to help burn up and destroy any secondary bacteria
or virus that may have taken hold in the more favorable environment created by
If the body is acting out of an innate intelligence, which is how it must be
because we cannot direct our body’s heartbeat or other life-sustaining activities,
then it is reasonable that we encourage, not discourage, its healing actions.
So, instead of suppressing our cold by the use of drugs, we have to
stimulate and aid the body’s actions.
In a healthy individual a cold needs little or no encouragement. If general
vitality is high to begin with, all one needs to do is, almost as the TV
advertisements say, “Rest, drink plenty of fluids (unfluoridated water and
fresh juices), and don’t take aspirin.” The body will do the rest.
It’s as if the body is going through a “spring cleaning” of all the toxic
accumulations stockpiled routinely and almost unavoidably by our out of
control, dictating senses, led by the tongue.
Obviously, everyone has to breathe, yet our air, in most cases, has become
toxic due to factory spewing and chemtrails. In an otherwise healthy individual
a cold will be moderately intense, short-lived, and if treated properly, will
leave the individual feeling in good health after it is over.
Let’s face it, the cold of a healthy individual contrasts sharply with the
cold of a sickly person. Rather than the one or two quickly resolving
eliminations that are common and acceptable per year, the sicklies will suffer
for weeks with the acute stage and could endure a cough for up to two or three
months. The end result of this is a feeling of weakness and fatigue, which may
This happens for two reasons:
First, the cold usually is treated with drugs, or at least not treated
properly with fasting, proper fluids, rest, and soothing herbs.
Second, due to the severity of the internal congestion and toxicity usually
due to chronic self-poisoning and suppression of previous attempts by the body
to heal itself, the body acts out of desperation, rather than desire.
An analogy can be found comparing the normal cleansing effort undertaken
each spring with the effort needed after a flood or a hurricane. In the latter
instance great resources are needed. In the case of the sickly person these may
simply be unavailable. This is the reason these colds are much more sluggish
and prolonged, and also the reason these people often need external assistance
to help the body in its attempt at equilibrium.
The aids should not be synthetic drugs, pushed by the “pimp” pharmaceutical
industries, and recommended by the “hooker” MDs, as they are no real aid at
all. What should be utilized are the simple, gentle measures such as fasting,
hydrotherapy, utilizing baths and compresses, etc., and herbs.
The real danger of a cold, if handled improperly, is not only its prolonged
nature, but also the possibility of complications such as pneumonia.
If colds ate actively suppressed the body eventually loses its ability to
release internal toxins safely with the end result being the development of
chronic disease down the road like bronchitis, emphysema, and other serious
diseases possibly unrelated to the respiratory tract.
I play ball with guys that brag about never getting colds. Yet, they show
absolute disregard for their health by improper diet, excessive drinking and smoking,
and excesses of all kinds imaginable. The fact is that they are too sick to get
a cold. And these are the guys who are prone to chronic disease, heart disease,
heart attacks, cancer, and the rest of society’s so-called degenerative
A cold is your friend and ally. Do not try to fight it off.
The best course of action during a cold is to encourage elimination through
all possible channels so that elimination through only one channel does not
Liquid fasting is the best diet during a cold. Grapefruit juice, hot water,
lemon and honey, hot water, apple cider vinegar and honey, potassium broth and
medicinal herbal teas are most useful.
For breakfast, eat citrus fruits (mostly grapefruit). For midmorning have
some fresh carrot juice. For lunch have a large plate of steamed onions with a
little non-GMO soy sauce or Bragg’s Amino Liquid for flavor. For mid-afternoon
have some potassium broth (see recipe below) or carrot juice. For supper, same
All Fruit Diet
Eat unsprayed and organic fruit or fruit juice other than banana. Banana is
considered too starchy for an elimination regimen. Take only one type of fruit
per meal. Alternate the juice and fruit every 1 to 2 hours.
Slice a large onion thinly, place in a bowl, and cover with 1 to 2
tablespoons of honey. Cover container tightly and allow to sit for 8 hours.
Mash, strain, and take in 1-teaspoon doses four to eight per day. Excellent in
Take ¼ inch of outer peelings of potatoes (including the skin), fresh
parsley, unpeeled carrots, beet greens, onions, garlic, and any other
organically grown green vegetables on hand. Prepare broth by washing and
chopping the vegetables and then simmer in a large covered pot of water for 30
to 40 minutes. Strain and drink the essence, discarding the vegetables. The
excess can be stored in glass containers in the refrigerator for up to two
Herbs (as Tea)For Colds: Elder Blossom.
For Congestion: Eucalyptus as an inhalant.
For Cough: Coltsfoot; Gum Plant;
Ma-Huang; Licorice; Mullein; Squill; Sundew; Wild Cherry Bark; Wild Clover.
For Expectorant: Licorice; Wild
Cherry Bark; White Pine.
For Sore Throat: Goldenseal
For Sweating: Peppermint; Pleurisy
Wheat Grass: For chlorophyll
Garlic: For general healing
Propolis: For sore throat
Sulfur crystals: For oxygenation
and restoration of the cells in the body.
It is never too late to change your
diet and it’s never too late to go natural.
When I was a kid, if I were told that I'd be writing a book about diet and nutrition when I was older, let alone having been doing a health related radio show for over 36 years, I would've thought that whoever told me that was out of their mind. Living in Newark, New Jersey, my parents and I consumed anything and everything that had a face or a mother except for dead, rotting, pig bodies, although we did eat bacon (as if all the other decomposing flesh bodies were somehow miraculously clean). Going through high school and college it was no different. In fact, my dietary change did not come until I was in my 30's.
Just to put things in perspective, after I graduated from Weequahic High School and before going to Seton Hall University, I had a part-time job working for a butcher. I was the delivery guy and occasionally had to go to the slaughterhouse to pick up products for the store. Needless to say, I had no consciousness nor awareness, as change never came then despite the horrors I witnessed on an almost daily basis.
After graduating with a degree in accounting from Seton Hall, I eventually got married and moved to a town called Livingston. Livingston was basically a yuppie community where everyone was judged by the neighborhood they lived in and their income. To say it was a "plastic" community would be an understatement.
Livingston and the shallowness finally got to me. I told my wife I was fed up and wanted to move. She made it clear she had to be near her friends and New York City. I finally got my act together and split for Colorado.
I was living with a lady in Aspen at the end of 1974, when one day she said, " let's become vegetarians". I have no idea what possessed me to say it, but I said, "okay"! At that point I went to the freezer and took out about $100 worth of frozen, dead body parts and gave them to a welfare mother who lived behind us. Well, everything was great for about a week or so, and then the chick split with another guy.
So here I was, a vegetarian for a couple weeks, not really knowing what to do, how to cook, or basically how to prepare anything. For about a month, I was getting by on carrot sticks, celery sticks, and yogurt. Fortunately, when I went vegan in 1990, it was a simple and natural progression. Anyway, as I walked around Aspen town, I noticed a little vegetarian restaurant called, "The Little Kitchen".
Let me back up just a little bit. It was April of 1975, the snow was melting and the runoff of Ajax Mountain filled the streets full of knee-deep mud. Now, Aspen was great to ski in, but was a bummer to walk in when the snow was melting.
I was ready to call it quits and I needed a warmer place. I'll elaborate on that in a minute.
But right now, back to "The Little Kitchen". Knowing that I was going to leave Aspen and basically a new vegetarian, I needed help. So, I cruised into the restaurant and told them my plight and asked them if they would teach me how to cook. I told them in return I would wash dishes and empty their trash. They then asked me what I did for a living and I told them I was an accountant.
The owner said to me, "Let's make a deal. You do our tax return and we'll feed you as well". So for the next couple of weeks I was doing their tax return, washing their dishes, emptying the trash, and learning as much as I could.
But, like I said, the mud was getting to me. So I picked up a travel book written by a guy named Foder. The name of the book was, "Hawaii". Looking through the book I noticed that in Lahaina, on Maui, there was a little vegetarian restaurant called," Mr. Natural's". I decided right then and there that I would go to Lahaina and work at "Mr. Natural's." To make a long story short, that's exactly what happened.
So, I'm working at "Mr. Natural's" and learning everything I can about my new dietary lifestyle - it was great. Every afternoon we would close for lunch at about 1 PM and go to the Sheraton Hotel in Ka'anapali and play volleyball, while somebody stayed behind to prepare dinner.
Since I was the new guy, and didn't really know how to cook, I never thought that I would be asked to stay behind to cook dinner. Well, one afternoon, that's exactly what happened; it was my turn. That posed a problem for me because I was at the point where I finally knew how to boil water.
I was desperate, clueless and basically up the creek without a paddle. Fortunately, there was a friend of mine sitting in the gazebo at the restaurant and I asked him if he knew how to cook. He said the only thing he knew how to cook was enchiladas. He said that his enchiladas were bean-less and dairy-less. I told him that I had no idea what an enchilada was or what he was talking about, but I needed him to show me because it was my turn to do the evening meal.
Well, the guys came back from playing volleyball and I'm asked what was for dinner. I told them enchiladas; the owner wasn't thrilled. I told him that mine were bean-less and dairy-less. When he tried the enchilada he said it was incredible. Being the humble guy that I was, I smiled and said, "You expected anything less"? It apparently was so good that it was the only item on the menu that we served twice a week. In fact, after about a week, we were selling five dozen every night we had them on the menu and people would walk around Lahaina broadcasting, 'enchilada's at "Natural's" tonight'. I never had to cook anything else.
A year later the restaurant closed, and somehow I gravitated to a little health food store in Wailuku. I never told anyone I was an accountant and basically relegated myself to being the truck driver. The guys who were running the health food store had friends in similar businesses and farms on many of the islands. I told them that if they could organize and form one company they could probably lock in the State. That's when they found out I was an accountant and "Down to Earth" was born. "Down to Earth" became the largest natural food store chain in the islands, and I was their Chief Financial Officer and co-manager of their biggest store for 13 years.
In 1981, I started to do a weekly radio show to try and expose people to a vegetarian diet and get them away from killing innocent creatures. I still do that show today. I pay for my own airtime and have no sponsors to not compromise my honesty. One bit of a hassle was the fact that I was forced to get a Masters Degree in Nutrition to shut up all the MD's that would call in asking for my credentials.
My doing this radio show enabled me, through endless research, to see the corruption that existed within the big food industries, the big pharmaceutical companies, the biotech industries and the government agencies. This information, unconscionable as it is, enabled me to realize how broken our health system is. This will be covered more in depth in the Introduction and throughout the book and when you finish the book you will see this clearly and it will hopefully inspire you to make changes.
I left Down to Earth in 1989, got nationally certified as a sports injury massage therapist and started traveling the world with a bunch of guys that were making a martial arts movie. After doing that for about four years I finally made it back to Honolulu and got a job as a massage therapist at the Honolulu Club, one of Hawaii's premier fitness clubs. It was there I met the love of my life who I have been with since 1998. She made me an offer I couldn't refuse. She said," If you want to be with me you've got to stop working on naked women". So, I went back into accounting and was the Chief Financial Officer of a large construction company for many years.
Going back to my Newark days when I was an infant, I had no idea what a "chicken" or "egg" or "fish" or "pig" or "cow" was. My dietary blueprint was thrust upon me by my parents as theirs was thrust upon them by their parents. It was by the grace of God that I was able to put things in their proper perspective and improve my health and elevate my consciousness.
The road that I started walking down in 1975 has finally led me to the point of writing my book, “A Sane Diet For An Insane World”. Hopefully, the information contained herein will be enlightening, motivating, and inspiring to encourage you to make different choices. Doing what we do out of conditioning is not always the best course to follow. I am hoping that by the grace of the many friends and personalities I have encountered along my path, you will have a better perspective of what road is the best road for you to travel on, not only for your health but your consciousness as well.
Last but not least: after being vaccinated as a kid I developed asthma, which plagued me all of my life. In 2007 I got exposed to the organic sulfur crystals, which got rid of my asthma in 3 days and has not come back in over 10 years. That, being the tip of the iceberg, has helped people reverse stage 4 cancers, autism, joint pain, blood pressure problems, migraine headaches, erectile dysfunction, gingivitis, and more. Also, because of the detoxification effects by the release of oxygen that permeates and heals all the cells in the body, it removes parasites, radiation, fluoride, free radicals, and all the other crap that is thrust upon us in the environment by Big Business.
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