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I personally think one should follow a balanced diet however one configures it and learn to listen to what your body needs. Eating a lot of fresh vegetables is considered generally to be very healthy, however they should initially be eaten cooked if you have a raw gut or they will be too irritating. Similarly some people do better as vegetarians and others simply do not. Some tolerate fish, and others do better with chicken etc. etc. The one thing with this miracle diet that seems right on about is to eat a lot of vegetables and avoid grains.

Whether one can tolerate nuts and/or legumes can be up for grabs for some of us. I personally haven't gotten there. Thus I have to rely on both chicken and 24 hour yogurt and sunflower seeds for most of my protein. I occasionally tolerate salmon, and even less occasionally a bit of pork. And I can eat a boiled egg now once a week. That pretty much is it. Due to the fact I have 1/2 my right kidney scarred, I try not to eat a diet based just on protein. However I also generally seem to need to eat some meat each day -- plus it doesn't work either for me to eat a diet based on eating lots of carbs. Thus I try to balance what I eat, however it comes down, SCD, paleo, cave-man or not. Truthfully I am looking forward to the time I am over this candida overgrowth and can gradually re-introduce brown rice occasionally and maybe some teff. And meanwhile hopefully things like lentils...

The whole thing about pleomorphs introduced by this Miracle Diet however seems to be based on rather shaky science. However I do agree that the healthier we are, and the better we feed ourselves with what we actually need, the less pathogens, viruses, bacteria and opportunistic fungi etc. will be able to exist in our bodies. A healthy body will act as our best defense.

Meanwhile I believe that something that has proved to remove fungi, bacteria, viruses etc. like olive leaf should be used for those who have been plagued as I have been with candida/fungi overgrowth despite all my best efforts to control my diet (by avoiding all sugars, fruits and grains and eat lots of vegetables).

The problem with fungi is that they lie in wait for the next opportunity to reassert themselves, kind of like a moldy boot you dry out and clean up and make new--which when it rains and is put in a dark place will easily mold again. Thus in cases like that where the fungi have become systemic something that actually kills the molds and fungi etc. is what is really needed--as well as eating an optimum diet. The problem with most things that kill the fungi however are also very harmful to the host (meaning in this case: us humans). However olive leaf is safe for humans and once we get used to it, it gives us more energy since it does the job of actually killing the beasties off that were otherwise poisoning us and living off of us in a deleterious way. This isn't just me saying this, this has been proven over and over again.

I reassert that when one has constipation, there are a variety of things one can do to counteract that. I like to use herbs and magnesium citrate as well as eat a lot of greens--and drink plenty of water plus exercise.

I have found through trial and error that for me I need to eat some meat each day since otherwise I get too spacey. I have inherited one of those north European stomachs that easily breaks down meat protein. Thus for me just vegetal protein is not adequate (I have plenty of native HCL)--and fish unfortunately doesn't always agree with me. Due to having untreated celiac most of my life, I have damaged intestines and still a certain amount of leaky gut.

For others this PH Miracle Diet will help people who can eat more fish and legumes. Nevertheless I doubt it will do the whole trick for everyone since we are all built a little differently from each other. I looked up the diet and find a few of its claims a little off the mark --like there is no such thing as swine flu plus this pleomorph thing. However I also accede that the healthier one is, the less likely one is to get the flu...or anything else for that matter.

How I look at it is to use what proves useful to your own particular body, and don't get too caught up in doctrinaire thinking. The good thing is that as we get healthier, it looks like eventually many of us are then more able to become tolerant of more foods than we were before-- plus by continuing to eat a balanced diet with lots of vegetables and avoiding sugar and processed foods and an over indulgence of either protein or carbs (and in our case avoid all gluten) we should be able to stay healthy and live long and productive lives.

Bea

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Ali,

How does one know if they are too acidic or alkaline? What testing is done if it is not blood? As always its encouraging to hear your thoughts. You are always asking why? This is just like myself, I do not accept the status quo. There must be some reason, deficiency, problem with the way our digestive system is working/not working that leads to gut dysbiosis/SIBO and the many food intolerances that more people seem to be having each day. How does our environment have such an effect on so many peoples digestive difficulties? Surely the 60's - 80's didn't see as much G.I. issues and their diets were just as bad. It can't all be diet? I believe there is a genetic component, environment and ??? your thoughts. I thought that an acidic environment is needed to keep the beasties at bay? That having low acid gives the beasties an ideal environment? Donna

Hi Donna. There are pH strips available. I understand the 'proper' ones are more accurate than the Litmus type, and you test your urine and/or saliva. I know one lady said that her saliva had been about 5 which is very acid and at the time she had written the post it was 6.8 which is a lot better.

I do think that certainly a lot of our issues are down to the food. The last 20 years has seen a lot of changes. Food scientists have been busy making synthetic additives to add to the food, products like HFCS has become endemically added to processed food and drink. As fast as the FSA and other bodies are outlawing certain chemicals they are producing more. Wheat is being modified and adulterated continuously. Plants are being sprayed to within an inch of their lives. Water is being polluted. There is no end to it. I think our food has changed radically even since the 80's. It may not be that obvious but it is there all the same. But many of us now are reaping the results of the meddling with the food over the last 50 years or more in any case.

Apparently Americans consume an average of 148lbs of high fructose corn syrup, and a not much different amount of sugar. If you assume that not all of those people are having that amount, that means that some consume even more! Here in the UK we are not that much behind you. We are all sugar-junkies! Sugar is highly acidic to the body.

This makes sense to me, after all we all know that eating too much sugar leads to tooth decay. It's not the bugs that cause the decay, but the acids created by eating the sugar. The bugs are clean-up merchants. They are there to digest and break down decay and rot. If we think about what the acid is doing to our teeth then it is logical to assume that is being repeated throughout our bodies.

It seems that although certain areas of the body need to be slightly more acid, others need to be more alkaline but given the right tools, including the right diet the body is perfectly able to sort itself out. I know that when I went on the Alkalizing diet before, within a few weeks my Candida symptoms had all gone away. It seems that alkalizing our body actually helps to oxygenate it too, and that is a powerful health support.

Oxygen rich systems (alkaline based) neutralize formation of acids which might prove to be harmful. To help us stay in the neutral zone, our bodies use calcium and protein from bones, and possibly other places, to pump more alkaline to our systems in order to neutralize formation of acids, so as to keep us in balance. After the passage of time, if we fail to keep our systems in balance, and we become acid based, our bone formation will be reduced, calcium will be lost in our urine (leading to kidney stone formation), proteins will breakdown causing our muscles to waste away, our systems will be unable to repair cells, tissues and organs fully, our systems will age at an accelerated pace, more free radicals will be produced, we will be subject to increased fluid retention, and so forth.

I suspect that it depends on how acid or alkaline our system is as to which bugs survive. Some work in an acid environment, others in an alkaline one. Certainly the fact that my yeast symptoms went away suggests that getting my body more balanced meant that the yeasts weren't 'required' any more.

Robert Young's research and ideas has led him more towards Bechamp's theory that germs are a result of imbalance rather than the commonly held theory that they are the cause of disease. That does make a lot of sense to me because there are so many unanswered questions with the latter. Why will one person 'catch' a virus, or a 'disease' but another won't. Why would some get extremely sick with Swine Flu, others mildly and yet other not get it at all? Some might say, well it's the strength of their immune system, but what if it has more to do with how pH balanced their body is?

I have seen testimonials of people - not just in the book, but in blogs, and forums, who have reversed things like Diabetes and even recovered from Cancer. Robert Young is just one of many who have written about this subject - I have his books, and I also have Biobalance by Rudolph Wiley which is equally interesting.

At the end of the day it's all about diet. We know the type of diet that is damaging - what we need to work out is the type of diet that is healing - and whatever it is, it is going to be the exact opposite of the other one!

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Hi--and welcome Lynayah!

I don't know if it matters what kind of yogurt maker you use except that you want to make it so it stays on for at least 24 hours.

The idea in general for making yogurt is that you first heat the milk to almost boiling (roughly 175 degrees--or where the milk is starting to froth and about to boil) in a double boiler with water in the lower pot or (as I do) in a large pot placed in an even larger perhaps more open pot or stainless steel bowl with water in it. I use a large colander under the pot with the yogurt in it. Others just put the milk in large jars... Then let it cool sufficiently so that the milk no longer is so hot it will kill the yogurt (roughly 100 degrees or so).

I just put my large stainless steel pot into my old fashioned oven which always has the pilot light on. Alternatively one could put a drop light in (turned on) --or as many do put a heating pad on the lowest setting under the pot or jar of yogurt with a towel wrapped around the jar.

I have found (as others have here too) that using a small 1 cup package of Greek yogurt is best (plain and without additives of course) as the starter. From it use 2 or 3 tablespoons of yogurt, mix in with some of the warmed milk til runny and then stir into the milk with a wire whisk. Put the milk in the oven or yogurt maker or whatever and wait. You can let the milk sit even longer for even better results. The yogurt won't be as firm as store bought since no pectin, gelatin or added milk solids are put in there. However it is much better for you since all the lactose will have been digested out from the yogurt by the acidophilus etc.

I recently bought 2 cups of Greek yogurt to use as a starter. However after a while it lost its usual integrity9began to separate with whey rising to the top), and made less than perfect yogurt--so from now on I'm just getting the one cup at a time to use as starter.

You can make yogurt cheese too afterward, by dripping the yogurt over a colander lined with a while cloth for about 5 or 6 hours. It makes a delicious cream cheese. The resultant whey is good to keep by the way--useful in drinks to add to juice or in cooking. Has lots of acidophilus in it.

Wow, what a great reply! Thank you for all this excellent information.

I'm not sure I understand the 2 cups Greek yogurt losing integrity part -- did your homemade yogurt lose integrity due to your taking from your homemade yogurt to beging another batch, or did it lose integrity because you were using more Greek yogurt than needed? Sorry for my confusion.

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Bea, and anyone else that might be reading this, just to let you know that the water and salt regime is working.

I am just flabbergasted to realise that all my health issues have been due to dehydration.

We just don't realise that we are dehydrated. We think that because we are drinking ok and don't particularly feel thirsty that we are ok. Not true. Dehydration will manifest in all sorts of other ways long before thirst kicks in. I suspect that due to the warped Western diet our proper thirst mechanisms are out of kilter.

But it makes so much sense. It's the final bit of the jigsaw.

All sugar and anything that turns to sugar in the body, i.e. carbs, draw a huge amount of water out of the body for digestion. Because we are eating so much carb and drinking it too - we are so hooked on flavoured drinks that most of them have sugar in, or some other chemical that is also dehydrating like tea, coffee, chocolate, alcohol, sweeteners, etc - we are in hydration deficit and getting deeper all the time. Few people drink very much water, and if they do they may well still be eating loads of carbs which would negate any benefit from it.

Not only that but people often graze all day, so their bodies are continuously drawing on water reserves to constantly supply the stomach with more acid and the duodenum more bicarb solution to neutralise it.

That is why we have so many digestive issues, intolerances and allergies - because when the body is given a food that it doesn't have the resources to digest properly it throws a wobbly.

Over and over again I see people with constipation. Mine has gone. Already. Just 5 days of drinking 8 glasses of water and adding a quarter to a half teaspoon of good organic pure rock or sea salt to my meals spread over the day, and my body is beginning to sort itself out. I suspect that even diarrhea in some bizarre way is linked to dehydration.

If you want to be amazed at the healing power of salt and water go Google 'Sole salt' (Sole pronounced so-lay) and read some of the info that comes up. I even came across one guy who said that he and his family had healed their tooth decay by taking a teaspoonful every day!

I have sea salt, but Himalayan crystal salt is next on my list of things to get.

The SCD helps a lot because it removes most of the foods that are dehydrating, but unless we are drinking enough water and taking salt to rehydrate recovery is a much slower progress.

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I so agree Ali--drinking at least 8 glasses of water each day (throughout the day and not just all at once)and having at least some salt (not too much but not too little either) is de riguer!--Am glad your C etc. has finally disappeared! I am so happy for you! You have worked hard for this--kuddos!

Meanwhile I finally figured out what has been going on with me. Apparently the antibiotic (Clindamycin) I was given at the hospital is one of those really bad ones--I kind of suspected it, but did not realize the full extent. I finally looked it up in the Merk Manual and discovered I have had classic symptoms of "pseudomembranous enterocolitus" If its not treated properly it can be fatal. It causes violent D and destroys the lining of the gut thus creating excess mucous. Apparently its classic for the the D to occur 7 days after beginning the Clindamycin. But for me by then that was after I finished taking the antibiotic for my ear infection.

I thought it was the olive leaf and/or the dandelion root and yellow dock (which I was taking due to my kidneys feeling irritated)--but in point of fact those herbs probably saved me from getting a case of septic mucous colitis--which would have been a disaster since I am allergic to most antibiotics and they would probably have had to throw an even worse antibiotic at me. As it was the D continued for well over a week and a half. I felt awful. Fortunately I was practically living on the 24 hour yogurt as well as chicken/vegetable soup and unsweetened cranberry juice plus water.

To get my cure I needed stronger probiotics however--and now that I am taking enterically coated probiotics I am now thus quickly recovering myself. Just goes to show that while the 24 hour yogurt is very good, its not quite enough when the gut has been depopulated by one of those super antibiotics. The doctor of course did not warn me when he should have--esp. since he knew I had celiac plus an scar tissue in half my right kidney. Am now taking more of the olive leaf extract plus neem leaf tea with uva ursi to keep things under control, with marshmallow root now and then to soothe the inflamed intestines.

Thanks to the gods I am OK after all...

Bea

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Glad you have figured out what was going on Bea.

You might try making some Sole - you only need to take 1 teaspoon a day in water and it is so healing - well salt is so very, very healing anyway.

I am kicking myself for not figuring it out a lot earlier - I might have healed a lot quicker had I been doing this. Things are really moving now - the weight for one, and I am beginning to feel better - I slept for 10 hours last night! I could feel things happening in my liver and pancreas too which was weird, but my blood sugar is staying pretty stable so that is a positive sign.

A few years back I bought one of those salt lamps - you know, the pinky orange carved Himalayan salt things that are used as ionisers. It annoyed me because it would pick up moisture in the air and get wet, so I gave it away.

Had I realised what a healing gem I had, I would have smashed it up and used it on my food and to make Sole!

A friend of ours had one that she put in her fireplace - it emitted a nice glow when the fire wasn't lit, but that 'melted' in the humidity of our South Wales climate and rusted her fireplace and she threw hers away too! What a waste. Knowing what I now know, I'd have taken it off her hands.

I'm just going to go off to our local market to see if I can find some Himalayan crystal salt lurking in any guise!

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Glad you have figured out what was going on Bea.

You might try making some Sole - you only need to take 1 teaspoon a day in water and it is so healing - well salt is so very, very healing anyway.

I am kicking myself for not figuring it out a lot earlier - I might have healed a lot quicker had I been doing this. Things are really moving now - the weight for one, and I am beginning to feel better - I slept for 10 hours last night! I could feel things happening in my liver and pancreas too which was weird, but my blood sugar is staying pretty stable so that is a positive sign.

A few years back I bought one of those salt lamps - you know, the pinky orange carved Himalayan salt things that are used as ionisers. It annoyed me because it would pick up moisture in the air and get wet, so I gave it away.

Had I realised what a healing gem I had, I would have smashed it up and used it on my food and to make Sole!

A friend of ours had one that she put in her fireplace - it emitted a nice glow when the fire wasn't lit, but that 'melted' in the humidity of our South Wales climate and rusted her fireplace and she threw hers away too! What a waste. Knowing what I now know, I'd have taken it off her hands.

I'm just going to go off to our local market to see if I can find some Himalayan crystal salt lurking in any guise!

Hi Ali,

I am very glad to hear that the salt is helping you out so much. Have you tried using liquid trace minerals too? I find they are very good as part of one's daily healing ritual. As far as using a salt lamp as a source of salt, I'd have to investigate it more since I might not trust it otherwise...who knows where and what all it was exposed to in the factory? there are a variety of places one can get unprocessed salt. Here in the states at least its becoming more popular and available.

I don't know what you mean by "Sole"--is that fish?? I generally don't eat white fish since it tends to bother me.

However I have been using sea salt for years--plus drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. Right now I am drinking even more water to help counteract the debilitating effects of D--and am taking a little extra liquid trace minerals and salt to make sure my electrolytes are OK.

I have discovered that making blackberry tea with a little cinnamon is helpful against the D--so am going to do that again today. Carob tea is also good against D despite it not being SCD approved...but then neither is the marshmallow root, but right now I need the marshmallow root to soothe my inflamed intestines. I am starting to have the carob tea every couple of days or so as a treat at night that for now actually helps me...

I am realizing I have certain things that agree with me that are not part of the SCD or paleo diet. I don't need to lose weight and I don't think I really have a problem really with eating complex carbs. However I do seem to have a problem eating fruit sugar and potatoes. I went off chicken for a couple of days due to the D being so bad. I plan to re introduce it today in soup. I seem to do better being off grains overall though I can "cheat" and have a bit of brown rice now and then without ill effect. I think our dietary needs change depending on what all is going on with us.

Right now I am not 100% but I am better than yesterday. I see an upward trajectory. I no longer have green D with copious mucous--thank heavens! I am taking an enterically coated probiotic not recommended by SCD since it does have FOS in it and 8 types of probiotics.

I was reading in the Merk Manual that there are those people who simply cannot handle eating complex carbohydrates--which is what I think the SCD is built for.

I think going off grains and eating a basic diet of vegetables, squash and some roots and easily digestible meat such as chicken is very good for me and probably for anyone who has a tendency to get some kind of fungal or yeast overgrowth. Apparently whatever I have is not candida per se, but some other creature... This diet (without the fruit) relieves the itchies and scabbies etc. for me. And really eating like this is more what humans are designed to do...so it is a very healthy way to eat.

I am looking forward to seeing if the olive leaf extract (and neem) taken regularly will help finally eliminate whatever it is I am chronically battling--as well as the vestiges of this horrible intestinal crisis I have been going through. Whether or not I can go back to eating fruit or not etc. eventually without ill effect however remains to be seen.

Bea

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Glad you have figured out what was going on Bea.

You might try making some Sole - you only need to take 1 teaspoon a day in water and it is so healing - well salt is so very, very healing anyway.

I am kicking myself for not figuring it out a lot earlier - I might have healed a lot quicker had I been doing this. Things are really moving now - the weight for one, and I am beginning to feel better - I slept for 10 hours last night! I could feel things happening in my liver and pancreas too which was weird, but my blood sugar is staying pretty stable so that is a positive sign.

A few years back I bought one of those salt lamps - you know, the pinky orange carved Himalayan salt things that are used as ionisers. It annoyed me because it would pick up moisture in the air and get wet, so I gave it away.

Had I realised what a healing gem I had, I would have smashed it up and used it on my food and to make Sole!

A friend of ours had one that she put in her fireplace - it emitted a nice glow when the fire wasn't lit, but that 'melted' in the humidity of our South Wales climate and rusted her fireplace and she threw hers away too! What a waste. Knowing what I now know, I'd have taken it off her hands.

I'm just going to go off to our local market to see if I can find some Himalayan crystal salt lurking in any guise!

So what do you do if you cannot ingest sea salts? I have to get uniodized salts. I itch SO bad from anything that has iodized salt or sea salt. When I first started going truly gluten free, I didn't realize my itchiness was from sea salt since I had bought a huge container of it to replace regular table salt.

Needless to say I was not happy when I found this out.

I still have issues even though I'm gluten free and now after reading about the other 6 intolerances/problems one can have even after going gluten free I am back to where I was. Frustrated. I do watch my carb intake...used to bodybuild and anything more than potato and brown rice was a no-no, so I'm educated on that, but seeing that corn, soy, dairy, etc can be an issue, what in the world am I supposed to eat?? How am I supposed to supplement my daily intake needs of the nutrients and vitamins that come from foods that my body can no longer have? :(

Since I'm not on regularly, I'm afraid I'll miss a reply to this. If anyone feels led, you may email me at sixpackjeanie@yahoo.com

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Sole (pronounced So-lay - as in 'sun') is salt saturated water - nothing to do with fish - which was why I suggested putting 'Sole salt' in Google as it would bring up the references to it.

You put a tablespoon or so of salt granules or 'rocks' in a jar. Add two to three inches of water and leave for 24 hours. If all the salt has dissolved you need to add more salt until granules remain undissolved - at that point you have reached saturation point of 26%.

That can then be kept and used indefinitely. You can keep adding more salt and more water to keep the level up.

The saturation changes the properties of the water and apparently renders it into a very healing substance - packed full of essential minerals.

You take just a teaspoonful in a glass of water every morning to get the benefit from it.

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Sole (pronounced So-lay - as in 'sun') is salt saturated water - nothing to do with fish - which was why I suggested putting 'Sole salt' in Google as it would bring up the references to it.

So iodized salts have something to do with fish? Am I reading that correctly?

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So iodized salts have something to do with fish? Am I reading that correctly?

Swimmr--Seems not. Sole is the name of crystalized salt in water in a special saturated ratio. I just looked it up on Google like Ali suggested.

Ali--is it really helping you--or are you confusing its benefits with all the water you are now drinking? As well as your new more alkaline, vegetable rich diet. Is there any way to tell?

Bea

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Sole (pronounced So-lay - as in 'sun') is salt saturated water - nothing to do with fish - which was why I suggested putting 'Sole salt' in Google as it would bring up the references to it.

You put a tablespoon or so of salt granules or 'rocks' in a jar. Add two to three inches of water and leave for 24 hours. If all the salt has dissolved you need to add more salt until granules remain undissolved - at that point you have reached saturation point of 26%.

That can then be kept and used indefinitely. You can keep adding more salt and more water to keep the level up.

The saturation changes the properties of the water and apparently renders it into a very healing substance - packed full of essential minerals.

You take just a teaspoonful in a glass of water every morning to get the benefit from it.

Where did you purchase the "rocks" or Himalayan Crystal Salt Stones you used?

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Bea, it is the combination of the salt and water that is benefitting me. If I was only drinking a fairly 'normal' amount of water I probably wouldn't need the extra salt because I would be getting enough in my food, but because I am drinking the pretty high volume I need the extra salt otherwise the water would wash most of the electrolytes out of my body, and that, of course, would be dangerous.

If one is drinking enough water the body will automatically balance the water/salt ration and get rid of the excess. There is no need to go overboard with it though. Many people eat a lot more than quarter to half a teaspoonful during the day in their normal diet - unfortunately much of it is probably rubbish table salt in processed food which would give them loads of sodium chloride and nothing else. That is why it needs to be pure unrefined sea or rock salt.

The salt also helps the body to detoxify and balance pH levels and a host of other things. But the two have to be taken in conjunction. Too much water without salt is dangerous and too much salt without water is dangerous. Much of our body is bathed in salt water. It is in the blood, the eyes, the sweat, the skin.

If people are following low-salt diets, and the only salt they get is the naff stuff then they are lacking in the other 83 or so minerals and trace elements it contains.

Because our bodies have become so unbalanced by the 'normal' Western diet, our proper thirst responses have been dulled. The dehydration though is still damaging us in other ways - ways that we don't recognise as symptomatic of dehydration.

Dr Batmanghelidj healed people of all sorts of issues. Peptic Ulcers, other digestive problems, allergies, asthma, arthritis, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, depression, weight issues - you name it. He said that when he discovered the benefits of water it just completely turned on its head all the understanding he had of medicine.

His 30 years of further research and healing from then on led him to believe that many of our common diseases are dehydration-related. Long before Medicine was ever 'invented' the benefits of salt and water were widely known and used for healing - people would visit mineral spas and springs and 'take the waters'. But we have forgotten those things as Allopathic medicine has crowded in and pushed the more traditional and long-tested remedies out of the window.

But as the downside of drugs and Medical treatments and the poor outcome of said treatment for so many ills has become apparent, many are turning back to the old tried and tested remedies. Water and salt has to be right at the top. We are 75% water after all - even dipping to 74.9% will have a dramatic impact on our health.

Salt has many other functions than just regulating the water content of the body. Here are some of the more vital functions of salt in the body:

1. Salt is most effective in stabilizing irregular heartbeats and, Contrary to the misconception that it causes high blood pressure, it is actually essential for the regulation of blood pressure - in conjunction with water. Naturally the proportions are critical.

2. Salt is vital to the extraction of excess acidity from the cells in the body, particularly the brain cells.

3. Salt is vital for balancing the sugar levels in the blood; a needed element in diabetes.

4. Salt is vital for the generation of hydroelectric energy in cells in the body. It is used for local power generation at the sites of energy need by the cells.

5. Salt is vital to the nerve cells' communication and information processing all the time that the brain cells work, from the moment of conception to death.

6. Salt is vital for absorption of food particles through the intestinal tract.

7. Salt is vital for the clearance of the lungs of mucus plugs and sticky phlegm, particularly in asthma and cystic fibrosis.

8. Salt is vital for clearing up catarrh and congestion of the sinuses.

9. Salt is a strong natural antihistamine.

10. Salt is essential for the prevention of muscle cramps.

11. Salt is vital to prevent excess saliva production to the point that it flows out of the mouth during sleep. Needing to constantly mop up excess saliva indicates salt shortage.

12. Salt is absolutely vital to making the structure of bones firm. Osteoporosis, in a major way, is a result of salt and water shortage in the body.

13. Salt is vital for sleep regulation. It is a natural hypnotic.

14. Salt is a vitally needed element in the treatment of diabetes.

15. Salt on the tongue will stop persistent dry coughs (it relaxes the bronchioles).

16. Salt is vital for the prevention of gout and gouty arthritis.

17. Salt is vital for maintaining sexuality and libido.

18. Salt is vital for preventing varicose veins and spider veins on the legs and thighs.

19. Salt is vital to the communication and information processing nerve cells the entire time that the brain cells work - from the moment of conception to death.

20. Salt is vital for reducing a double chin. When the body is short of salt, it means the body really is short of water. The salivary glands sense the salt shortage and are obliged to produce more saliva to lubricate the act of chewing and swallowing and also to supply the stomach with water that it needs for breaking down foods. Circulation to the salivary glands increases and the blood vessels become "leaky" in order to supply the glands with water to manufacture saliva. The "leakiness" spills beyond the area of the glands themselves, causing increased bulk under the skin of the chin, the cheeks and into the neck.

21. Sea salt contains about 80 mineral elements that the body needs. Some of these elements are needed in trace amounts. Unrefined sea salt is a better choice of salt than other types of salt on the market. Ordinary table salt that is bought in the super markets has been stripped of its companion elements and contains additive elements such as aluminium silicate to keep it powdery and porous. Aluminium is a very toxic element in our nervous system. It is implicated as one of the primary causes of Alzheimer's disease.

22. Twenty-seven percent of the body's salt is in the bones. Osteoporosis results when the body needs more salt and takes it from the body. Bones are twenty-two percent water. Is it not obvious what happens to the bones when we're deficient in salt or water or both.

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I am very excited to learn about this! I went to the health food store today and purchased true, pink Himalayan Salt, which appears to be the best to use.

I purchased some to make the brine for the sole drink, and I also a salt grinder for Himalayan Salt, so I can use it on food.

Thank you for this information!

Have you heard of the book Water and Salt? It talks about Himalayan Salt specifically. I haven't read it, but found out about it while researching the salt on the internet.

I also found some excellent videos on Youtube by searching under Himalayan Salt Sole. GREAT info - thank you, thank you, thank you!

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Well I am definitely glad I have been using sea salt all these years plus drinking plenty of purified water and also taking liquid trace sea minerals. I remember liking celtic sea salt previously and found it better than regular sea salt, so I am going to try that--with the crystals etc. For me I don't have a problem if the sea salt has a little natural iodine in it, however for those with DH maybe the Himalyan variety is better... though originally even the Himalyan variety came from the sea--before the mountains lifted etc. No doubt though its very pure since it is so very ancient and away from any possible pollutants.

Bea

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Heya,

So many months ago when I first went to see my nuerologist which is also an Integrative health center(naturopath) he stated that all of my past health issues are due to Iodine deficiency. The cervical cancer, thyroid-Graves, Auto-Immune, High Blood Pressure iodine deficiency can all be directly the cause for my illnesses. He then had testing done by Doctors Data 24-hour urine iodine that showed an excretion rate of 46%. I have been taking Iodoral ever since(high potency iodine/potassium iodine supplement @ 8333% daily value). I have noticed no difference, either pro or con. What are your thoughts on this? As always my problems are carbs-stay away feel pretty good. My energy levels are up, I am able to have coffee again which motivates and sustains my energy. I am really starting to believe my problems are not with gluten, casein, mold but the amount of carbs a food has. For example I can have an apple or banana a day, or a couple of wheat crackers(low carb) but if I go over my carb limit I start reacting to environmental molds, food molds. Another example: I had a pancake last night after unsuccesful attempt at a non -gluten low carber(what a disaster) now this morning I am reacting to my morning coffee(mold)- gluten or carbs that's the question? My goal is to be gluten-casein free but lately as I tend to feel better I am "pushing the envelope"!I think that my body is lacking the enzyme to break down carbs-due to radiation/chemo-5mos later-E-coli food poisoning- which resulted in SIBO. I have been on Rifaximin for the SIBO for a week and have one more week left-but notice my carb dilemma still intact- So Sibo or no Sibo? I continue to search for answers, which only brings more questions? I have ordered the acid test strips along with Himalayan Sea Salt at Lame Advertisement.com. Which makes me wonder, how do I know that my supplements are not responsible for my results? When speaking of salt is it really iodine deficiency?

P.S. Do you notice all the carb blockers-diet supplements out there, Alli for one! My daughter stated " All they do is make you run to the toilet because if you eat carbs they go right thru you" and this essentially is my problem! Taking digestive enzymes specifically, Alpha amylase can be the reason for my continued recovery.

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Hi Donna. Have you read my previous posts on water and salt?

I am convinced that a lot of the reason that so many of us can't digest carbs and some other foods, is due to dehydration.

Yes, many of us certainly have unwanted gut bugs but that may well be because our bodies are too acid because of the dehydration.

Taking the salt will apparently help the body to rebalance the pH level in the body and make it more inhospitable to the bugs.

I was also thinking about your iodine deficiency thing. Yes, you may well be deficient in iodine, but what if you are actually deficient in salt? After all, many of these things work in conjunction with others and you often need to have something else in the body in order for a vitamin or mineral to be absorbed.

Salt is uniquely balanced for our body's needs. Real unrefined sea and rock salt contains 84 different minerals and trace elements all of which are needed by the body. If your body is lacking any of these other elements it might be possible that your iodine supplement is going straight through without actually benefitting you.

With all the minerals and trace elements taken together as salt you may find that your iodine deficiency will rebalance itself naturally.

The quarter to half a teaspoon daily is a guide. Taking salt is necessary because otherwise the extra water would dilute ones electrolytes too much. But the salt intake is an individual thing - some people may need a little more. This amount obviously doesn't include any that we get from any processed food, although that is best avoided anyway if possible as it likely would only contain sodium chloride, not real organic sea or rock salt.

You probably are right about the amount of carbs you have each day reaching a limit and that may well be because your body is not hydrated enough to cope with them properly.

According to Dr Batmanghelidj, dehydration will, in certain circumstances trigger histamine, which could explain your seeming mold reactions. Histamine is apparently the sensor regulator of water metabolism and its distribution in the body. When we are dehydrated the histamine activity becomes exaggerated or stressed - possibly because it recognises that there is not enough water in the body to be able to remove or deal with certain substances.

Tea, coffee, alcohol and other soft and fizzy beverages are all dehydrating substances - some draw more water from the body than they give to it!

I haven't been able to drink tea, coffee, alcohol or soft drinks, etc., for years and now I know why.

I now don't think that it has anything to do with a shortage of enzymes as such - the problem is a shortage of water! Without it, the body can't make enough of the fluids needed for digestion, including enzymes! Because carbs and some other foods need so much water for digestion, that's why we have issues with them.

Saliva, stomach acid, bicarbonate fluids for neutralising the acid, enzymes, mucus, stomach lining, moisture for digestive tract motility, joint lubrication, cell structure - internal and external, blood, tears, skin, nails, hair, eyes, sweat, any one of hundreds of bodily needs - water is the basis for it all. Without enough, none of it can function properly.

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AliB: "The quarter to half a teaspoon daily is a guide."

Does this refer to a quarter to half teaspoon daily of sole mixture, or a quarter to half teaspoon daily of pure salt?

How much sole mixture do you drink per day, and what is the ratio? (Kindly forgive if you already posted this).

Best,

Lyn

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I just purchased some digestive enzymes on line. (SCD legal) I follow the diet closely and eat yogurt everyday. I am wondering if anyone else here is using them and what I can expect. I realize we all respond differently. Will I be able to eat more legal foods?

I ordered them because I am pretty thin and need to add some carbs to either gain a couple pounds or stay my current weight. I can't tolerate the baked goods or citrus fruit, grape juice and more.

Just want some feed back.

Thanks

chaty

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Lyn. The quarter to half a teaspoon is for actual daily salt consumption to keep your electrolytes topped up with the added water intake.

I haven't yet done the Sole as I have yet got any Himalayan salt, but I understand that you take one teaspoonful of the sole water mixed in to a glass of water first thing every morning. It doesn't sound like much but it is apparently enough to give the body what it needs.

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Hi Chaty.

You might find that the enzymes help - I didn't personally, but then it has all been due to dehydration and without enough water in my body it can't manufacture enough enzymes anyway.

You might try drinking more water to see if that helps. It can take some time for the body to rehydrate - we just don't realize how dehydrated we are - just because we are drinking fluids and peeing doesn't mean that our body is getting what it needs. We are apparently 75% water - we only need to go to 74.99% and we are in deficit and that could impact anywhere in the body.

As I mentioned earlier, things like tea and coffee are dehydrating in their own right as are most of the other flavorings we add to drinks so very gradually we can be getting into hydration deficit without realizing it, or realizing that the issues we are having are due to it.

Things don't always seem obvious but when you think about it one process will often fuel another so if say you have thyroid issues it could be because another part of your body is too dehydrated to manufacture a particular enzyme or provide a particular mineral to trigger the thyroid hormones. A lack of any one of the 84 minerals and trace elements found in pure unrefined salt could also be a factor in many of our illnesses. Many people have to take thyroxin, etc., but what if, as I mentioned to Donna, it is not an iodine shortage that is the problem but a lack of another mineral or trace element that helps the body process and use the iodine, etc., properly?

I have to say that although its only been a week since I started the water cure, my digestion already feels better. Things are definitely moving - in more ways than one..... :D

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Great info. about the salt! I've been using sea salt and drinking purified water for a few years also Bea but in the last month or so started putting it in my 40 oz klean kanteen that i take to work with me. My allergies had flared up a while back and i did a search on here and found a post where Ali mentioned doing that can help allergies and it did! I've also been adding a pinch of baking soda along with the salt to try to alkalize - i used the hydrion paper to check my urine a few times and i'm pretty acidic. I've cut out bananas and carrots about 5 days ago and i'm only doing chicken, fish, bison and beef and low carb green veggies that i know i tolerate (asparagus, broccoli, romaine lettuce) for about 2 weeks. My stomach felt better pretty quickly after eliminating the bananas and carrots (higher carbs) so i'm pretty sure candida is my problem (i have many other symptoms also). I've also read gastritis can be caused by candida overgrowth which i'm still taking the carafate liquid my Dr. prescribed (with illegal sorbitol) but i've cut way back on it and my stomach still feels good so i'll be eliminating it soon i hope.

I still have some sea salt without iodine that i'm using but it's not celtic and Pele had mentioned the celtic sea salt a while back and i want to get that or the himalayan - i'm just not sure which would be better for me. Dr. Oz had mentioned himalayan salt being really good for you on his show not too long ago.

Now that i've cut out the higher carbs i don't get as hungry and maybe i can cut back a little on the animal protein to help with the acidity. I figure i'll do the low carb diet for 2 weeks and then try to add an anti-fungal maybe once or twice a week. I have some Grapefruit seed extract i'll try first - i know i need to go slow on the anti-fungals. Any recommendations on where to buy SCD legal oregano oil or olive leaf extracts? I'll try coconut oil again also - maybe that's why it didn't really agree - stirred up the baddies.

Ali and Bea - glad to see you're feeling better!

Michelle

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Good to see you here Michelle. Sounds like you are doing some good sleuthing!

These days I am liking the olive leaf tea or olive leaf extract capsules best as antifungals as well as anti virals, anti bacterials and anti microbials. That and Neem leef and neem oil. Both trees seem to have similar principals. Kills the fungus and virus etc. without harming the human being so much as most other solutions--though the impact of the fungal etc. die off can be a little overwhelming, especially at first--so start slow! A word of warning... Though soon enough you may find you have an extra spring in your step if you stick with them!! Lately I have combined these two herbs due to a horrific experience with antibiotic induced fulminant colitis.

I also have had to resort to using enterically coated acidophilus. I like the NOW brand best when taking capsules overall since they are generally gluten free. I found through this experience that The 24 hour yogurt continued to be very good--but not quite enough to combat the colitis--despite what Elaine Gottschall said in her book-- thus the entericallyl coated acidophilus to make sure it repopulates the gut. Though to its creditd, the yogurt probably kept my intestines from turning into some kind of septic factory despite the fact the intestinal lining was sloughing off!!

I also thus needed(and still need) to take the marshmallow root to soothe and heal the inflamed and deteriorated lining of my gut. Again despite what EG said. I am now actually taking pectin mixed with fresh ground flax seed. Both entirely non SCD approved for the same reasons!! However necessary fjor me right now. I prefer to be observant as to what actually works for me and others that I observe and be open minded and not doctrinaire in whatever approach I take. Though there are those who actually are allergic to complex sugars and thus cannot tolerate anything mucilaginous. Apparently there is even a test one can take to determine what sugars one can or cannot tolerate. I may be actually allergic to fruit sugar for instance. At some point when I have it more together I want to get tested for it.

Unlike what you are planning, I do tend to eat some squash each day. Not a lot, but enough. I have to make sure I don't eat too much meat due to my already degraded right kidney. Fortunately the 24 hour yogurt is very agreeable even to my kidneys. Plus somehow I handle eating quite a few sunflower seeds... Just have to make sure I eat plenty of green vegetables. Nothing quite like them for balancing the ph! If you can tolerate them raw, making a smoothie out of green veggies (etc.) is a quick pick me up!! Even there however I might add some zuchinni however...just to balance the energy. Right now though, with a degraded but recuperating gut, cooked veggies is de riguer! PLus the Chinese say, cooked veggies generally are better during the cold weather seasons than the raw.

Your plan of two weeks without starchy anything doesn't sound too awfully rough for most people and probably is a great way to help combat the yeasties...

Bea

PS--my celtic sea salt I ordered online will be arriving sometime next week. I am looking forward to experimenting with making the Sole as well as using the more natural highly mineralized tan colored sea salt. I used it in the past and liked it, but never tried the Sole before... Even got a special salt grinder too...the white sea salt is always caking and hard to get out of the container.

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Hi Bea. You can use the whole granules for making the sole - in fact it is better than using it ground because you can see more easily when saturation point is reached by the granules that are left undissolved in the bottom of the jar.

If you have issues with your kidneys you may need to start gently with the water and salt and gradually increase it, and keep your eye on the loading.

My skin is looking better - not so wrinkly, I don't feel so tired, it looks as though my hair loss has slowed or even stopped - well, no more than would normally be expected, and I am sleeping better, so positive things so far.

On Sunday I told a friend who has asthma about this. She went home and started drinking water and taking the salt. Last night she came up to me and was so delighted - she has hardly coughed since Sunday and has not had to use her inhaler at all!

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