I really enjoyed interviewing The Next World Medium, Carolyn Clapper, in this latest interview. She talks about some of her experiences after her near-death experience which opened up her abilities as a medical medium, evidential medium, and psychic. Currently, she works to find missing persons and works with doctors on occasion. Be sure to check out some of the amazing testimonials on her website.
Update: My memoir Angels in the OR is a #1 new release in several categories. It is available for pre-order and I would love your support.
Also, I made a video two years after this blog was posted to update you on my healing journey with hashimotos hypothyroidism. Thank you for all of your questions. May you be blessed and receive much healing.
The Medical Medium’s Cleanse: I made it! I ate raw, organic fruits and vegetables for 28 days. Besides a great reduction in pain from Fibromyalgia and an end to flare ups from Hashimotos, one of the best outcomes of this cleanse is a growing love and desire for more fresh fruit and vegetables in my daily diet. I am drawn to what is naturally good for me. I thought I ate a lot of healthy food and a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables before the cleanse, but participating in this cleanse taught me I can certainly add a whole lot more spinach, kale, and other greens into my daily diet.
For 28 -days, I primarily ate freshly blended, juiced, or raw foods, but as the new semester started I need a couple of quick snacks to get me through the day. Rhythm Superfoods has dehydrated Kale Chips flavored with Bombay Curry. They also have dehydrated broccoli that proved amazingly tasty. Because I missed spicy food, these two snacks were an awesome treat.
There were moments during the 28-days when I know my body was going through enormous changes, and I felt very tired. There were other moments when I felt great–super energetic and wondered why I didn’t eat like this more often. No matter the ups and downs, I stuck with it. Even after the cleanse, I am continuing with many of the great smoothie ideas and all-natural dressing for salads.
Weight Loss: By the end of the 28-Day cleanse I lost about eight pounds. I think I’ll gain a few pounds back in the coming days, but I love how all bloating went away with this diet. I didn’t want to lose a ton of weight, and I probably I lost the right amount of weight I needed to lose. Everything about this diet felt right and natural.
Also, I look at food differently after this experience. Celery is my new HCL pill. A ginger shot is my new digestive aid. I’m going to start growing my own spouts and an herb garden. Green drinks call to me more than Kombucha tea or coffee.
The Body as a Temple: We’ve all heard that we are what we eat, and I like myself more as someone who is mostly made up of organic fruits and vegetables. During my cleanse, people I barely know came up to me and told me that my skin had a healthy glow and to keep doing whatever I was doing. Moments like this helped me know I was on the right track to greater health.
I recommend this cleanse to jump start to one’s health. It isn’t easy, but I learned so much about habits and how to form healthier habits. Instead of reaching for a gluten free cookie mid-afternoon, I’m learning to stick to a piece of fruit for natural energy. I can’t say that I’ll be perfect going forward in my eating habits, but I am certainly aiming to avoid the ten foods Anthony William suggests avoiding.
Avoid these Foods, Additives, and Supplements: I have absolutely no trouble avoiding corn, soy, gluten, MSG, artificial flavors and sweeteners. I don’t take whey, iron, or fish supplements. I tend to avoid farmed fish and go for wild caught. I’ll admit that I will miss milk products and eggs. I was a vegan for several years, and a vegetarian for ten years. I tried the Paleo diet once I found that gluten had a bad effect on Hashimotos. While eating Paleo meals, I enjoyed pork occasionally, but it won’t be that hard to avoid it. I’m not sure that I’ve ever thought to put something down if it had processed beet sugar or citric acid. I will be checking for that now.
The hardest thing to avoid will be canola oil. I love eating out. I’m a busy professional, and I often grab premade foods from Central Market. Today, I realized that the green beans with almonds that I usually pick up are made with canola oil. Many gluten free cookies are made with canola oil. It has been hard enough to explain that I don’t eat gluten or soy to people. Now, I’m going to be the, “I’ll have the salad, but hold the cheese and dressing” type of eater at many restaurants. Canola oil is a lot cheaper, and I imagine that a majority of restaurants use it in place of olive oil.
I feel great though, so I’m sticking with the Medical Medium’s plan and looking forward to the next book Life Changing Foods. There’s a lot more to his first book than I have shared on my blog. I recommend it!
Update on 1/19/19: My memoir, Angels in the OR: What Dying Taught Me About Healing, Survival, and Transformation, can be pre-ordered now. It is a #1 new release in several categories. I would love it if you helped me make near-death experiences more mainstream.
Nine days of only raw fruits and vegetables, and only nineteen more days to go… Who in their right mind would give up amazing foods like goat cheese, eggs, salmon, wild rice, and chocolate for twenty-eight days?
Answer: Someone who is desperate to cut the pain of fibromyalgia and Hashimotos thyroiditis. I’m following the medical medium’s plan for a twenty-eight day cleanse. Anthony William describes autoimmune diseases and the causes differently from the way the medical profession describes them. In fact, he flat-out says, the body IS NOT attacking itself. The body is overloaded with bacteria, fungus, viral infections, heavy metals, and other toxicities.
I’ve heard theories like this before. I’m well-read when it comes to herbal medicine, Chinese medicine, and alternative medicine, so nothing he says in the book shocked me. I’ve already given up corn, gluten, soy, artificial flavorings, artificial sweeteners, alcohol, and cut back on caffeine. With my own muscle testing, I didn’t react well to whey protein or iron supplements, so I didn’t take these two things. I’ve tried a vegan diet. I’ve tried a Paleo diet. I’m open to experimenting with food as a cure. When I recovered from surgery after my NDE, I ate at least 80% fruit and vegetables every day thanks to my mom’s interest in health. She was reading books like Fit for Life and Diet for a New America among others. I healed remarkably well and quickly during that time and realized that raw fruits and vegetables can be very healing.
I was only shocked that the cleanse Anthony William suggests lasts twenty-eight days. Throughout my life, I’ve done lots of three day cleanses, seven day cleanses, and even one nine day Master Cleanse. After today, I’m journeying into uncharted territory as I start day ten.
The first day of any cleanse is the toughest. After that, you don’t really feel that hungry, and you only miss cooked food when you smell it or see others eating it. Today, I desperately missed the crunch of bean chips, but the moment passed and I felt fine.
With any cleanse, there are moments of fatigue, but I look at these moments as moments of healing for the body. It takes a lot of effort to reverse damage, and the body needs rest in order to right itself. I’m trying to feast and not starve, so I’m making awesome blended soups and smoothies. Avocado dressing has been a godsend for salads.
Autoimmune Disorders: The medical profession seems lost when it comes to fibromyalgia. I’ve watched doctors shrug and say they can’t offer me much advice. I’m not interested in taking an antidepressant, and most doctors who are honest say that Cymbalta will have side-effects and not help fibromyalgia as much as light exercise and diet.
My thyroid condition (Hashimotos thyroiditis) was overlooked for four years because my thyroid numbers appeared fine on the tests. Five years ago, I sent an MRI of my neck area to two family physicians and one specialist. None of the three doctors bothered to tell me that the technician noted that my thyroid was swollen. Finally, a chiropractor looked at the CD and told me to get my numbers checked one more time. I hadn’t struggled with weight issues or fatigue, but by the time I got in to see my doctor and get a blood test, my numbers were out of control. The doctor’s office called frantically, afraid I might be in danger of a Myxedema Coma. I’ve had a long journey trying to balance my thyroid.
I’m not bashing doctors. I’ll be forever grateful to my surgeon and honest doctors I’ve met over the years who’ve told me about supplements they personally take or their wives take. However, the “mystery illnesses” like autoimmune disorders, Lyme disease, depression, migraines, PTSD, PMS, and adrenal fatigue are not handled well by the medical profession.
I do recommend the book Medical Medium by Anthony William. He covers all the mystery illnesses and offers some hope. The section on how to heal is my favorite section of the book. I like a detailed eating plan, so I’m following his plan.
I’ll let you know how I feel at the end of the twenty-eight days. The celery juice in the morning seems to be helping with gut issues. It was gross as heck the first morning, but today, I added a little cucumber and enjoyed it. The recipe for blended spinach soup (featured in the picture) is actually pretty good–garlic, cilantro, tomatoes, spinach and spices.
I hope for much healing and health for everyone!
(Update….I made a video two years after this blog was posted to update you on my healing journey with hashimotos hypothyroidism. Thank you for all of your questions. May you be blessed and receive much healing.)