The Kidney Cleanse
It takes a lot of liquid to "wash" the inside of your body. Taking it in the form of herbal teas gives you extra benefits. And extra enjoyment if you learn to make them with variations - especially if you need to produce a gallon of urine a day!
Any edema or "water holding", whether in lungs, arms, or abdomen, also requires strengthening of kidneys with this recipe.
When kidneys or bladder are actually involved in the cancer, gradually increase the dose to double the regular amounts. Be sure to start just as slowly though to avoid feeling pressure in the bladder. You will need:
Add vitamin B2 powder. After four hours (or overnight), heat to boiling and simmer for 20 minutes.
You will get a pot of fresh parsley-water with a kidney formula at the kitchen close to the dining hall with a pinch of vitamin B2.
Dose: Each morning, pour together 3/4 (three fourths) cup of the root mixture and 1/2 (half) cup parsley water, filling a large mug. Add 20 drops of kidney cleansing tincture and any spice, such as nutmeg, cinnamon, etc. Then add a pinch of B2. Drink this mixture in divided doses throughout the day. Keep it cold. Do not drink it all at once or you will get a stomach-ache and feel pressure in your bladder. If your stomach is very sensitive, start on half the dose.
Ginger capsules: one with each meal (3/day) (3 per day).
Kidney Formula Capsules: one capsule in the morning and 2 capsules in the evening.
Vitamin B6 (250mg): one a day.
Magnesium oxide (300mg): one a day.
Take these supplements just before your meal to avoid burping. You do not need to duplicate the B6 and magnesium doses if you are already on them.
Some notes on this recipe: This herbal tea, as well as the parsley, can easily spoil. Reheat to boiling every third day if it is being stored in the refrigerator. If you sterilize it in the morning you may take it to work without refrigerating it (use a glass container).
The Coconut Diet -- An Interview With Cherie Calbom
How would you convince those who have tried and failed many fad diets like Atkins and South Beach that the Coconut Diet isn't just another fad diet?
Fad diets come and go -- they're fads because they don't work long term. The Coconut Diet is a way of eating that individuals can follow for a lifetime of good health and weight management. The diet focuses on replacing vegetable oils that are fattening and not healthful, such as corn, soybean, canola and safflower oil, with virgin coconut oil and extra virgin olive oil.
After all the bad press concerning coconut oil, it turns out that it is actually heart healthy and slimming. But The Coconut Diet doesn't stop there. It promotes eating lots of fresh vegetables and it doesn't toss the carrots and beets out with the potato chips, as other low-carb diets do.
The Coconut Diet is about eating plenty of brightly colored vegetables that are rich in antioxidants, and whole foods versus refined ones. It eliminates high-glycemic-index foods such as refined flour products, white rice, white potatoes and sweets. The Coconut Diet doesn't recommend artificial sweeteners such as NutraSweet or sucralose (Splenda), which are detrimental to one's health, but rather recommends healthy low-carb sweeteners such as stevia.
You talked about the tropical islanders early in the book and the many health benefits they experienced from adding coconut oil to their diets. Were there less documented incidences of cancer and heart disease in the populations of the tropical islanders?
Yes, there were fewer incidences of cancer, heart disease and obesity among the islanders studied. One example can be found in the 1960s studies that were conducted in the South Pacific islands of Pukapuka and Tokelau near New Zealand. These populations ate only natural foods (no refined foods). Coconut foods were the most prevalent, being consumed at each meal in one form or another.
While most people in the West were consuming 30 percent to 40 percent of their calories as fat, these islanders averaged between 50 percent and 60 percent of their calories from fat from coconuts. The overall health of both groups was extremely good compared with Western standards. There were no signs of kidney disease, hypothyroidism or hypercholesterolemia; digestive problems were rare and constipation was uncommon.
Also, other diseases such as atherosclerosis, heart disease, colitis, colon cancer, hemorrhoids, ulcers, diverticulosis and appendicitis were uncommon. The inhabitants were lean and healthy despite the high-fat diet. They had ideal weight-to-height ratios as compared to the Body Mass Index.
Some people worry about dietary fat and heart disease. Is there any correlation between coconut oil and heart disease?
P. K. Thampan, the former chief coconut development officer of the Coconut Development Board in India, studied traditional cultures that consumed large amounts of coconut. In his book Facts and Fallacies About Coconut Oil, Thampan shows that coconut oil is unrelated to coronary heart disease morbidity and mortality, which is contrary to what is taught in Western culture.
In 1998, the Department of Medicine in India conducted a study at the Safdarjang Hospital in New Delhi, comparing traditional cooking oils such as coconut oil and ghee (clarified butter) with modern polyunsaturated oils such as safflower and sunflower oil in relation to the prevalence of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. They found that heart disease and diabetes had actually increased after a decrease in consumption of traditional cooking oils (coconut oil and ghee) and the introduction of polyunsaturated oils.
They concluded that these modern, presumably "heart friendly" polyunsaturated oils actually possessed an undesirable ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids, which contributes to health problems. Other similar studies in the region indicated that the sole use or excessive intake of these modern vegetable oils were detrimental to one's health.
In 2003, Drs. P Rethinam and Muhartoyo wrote in the Jakarta Post that before 1950 heart attacks were uncommon in Sri Lanka. However, from 1970 to 1992, hospital admission rates for heart attack grew dramatically, which they conclude might be explained by the fact that coconut consumption had drastically decreased from 132 coconuts per person per year in 1952 to 90 per person in 1991.
What recommendations would you offer in terms of making good food choices when dining out while following The Coconut Diet?
Here are the tips I have to offer when dining out, which my husband and I practice:
What about pregnant women and The Coconut Diet?
Pregnancy is not the time to diet for weight loss or to detoxify the body. If you are pregnant, I would recommend either Phase III or IV of The Coconut Diet. This is a very healthful program for anyone including those who are pregnant. I would recommend simply exchanging virgin coconut oil and extra virgin olive oil for all other cooking oils; there is no need to consume extra coconut oil over what you would normally use in food preparation.
Any tips for parents and families who want to know the easiest way to incorporate The Coconut Diet in their lives?
I would recommend simply exchanging virgin coconut oil and extra virgin olive oil for all other cooking oils and follow the basic food plan in The Coconut Diet. It's very easy to incorporate with plenty of recipes for busy families to enjoy such as healthy hamburgers, super speedy supper and golden chicken.
Was there any specific reasoning behind choosing a 21-day weight-loss plan?
The 21-day weight loss plan is designed to offer the best weight loss opportunity. It's strict and designed to kick-off the weight loss program with three weeks that should produce encouraging weight loss results -- about three pounds per week. Most people notice a number of exciting health improvements during this time such as an increase in energy, better sleep and increased mental performance. It often takes about three weeks to begin experiencing significant health changes.
Is there any average weight-loss one could expect to lose after following the 21-day program or is it very dependent on the individual?
Though it is dependent on the individual, most people report a weight loss of about three pounds per week. Some people have lost considerably more weight than that. Other people seem to be stuck and unable to lose weight no matter what they do. In this case, I recommend that they follow the dietary plan of Phase I and incorporate Phase II, which is the cleansing (detoxification) program that includes the colon cleanse, liver cleanse, gallbladder cleanse and kidney cleanse.
Many people have discovered that when their organs of elimination are cleansed and performing more efficiently, weight comes off naturally. If weight loss is still slow, there may be specific conditions such as candadiasis or hypothyroid that should be addressed. I cover such conditions in Chapters 4 and 5 of The Coconut Diet and there are quizzes to help in determining if any of these conditions apply.
You mentioned that The Coconut Diet could help women with PMS symptoms. What other health conditions specifically related to women does the coconut diet help? What about specific health-issues related to men?
Chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, candidiasis and hypothyroid seem to plague more women than men. The Coconut Diet has helped improve all these conditions. The Coconut Diet appears to be very heart healthy, which is excellent for men. There are a number of stories in The Coconut Diet from people who have actually seen their cholesterol -- LDL and triglycerides -- go down and HDL (the good cholesterol) go up with The Coconut Diet.
What's the best way to get the full sleep benefits coconut oil has to offer rather than experiencing the opposite -- extra energy?
One of the benefits many people report after starting The Coconut Diet is better sleep. Some people experience exceptional energy with The Coconut Diet; they have found that they cannot eat coconut oil in the evening or they will experience too much energy and find it hard to fall asleep. It is advisable to start adding in coconut oil slowly. Some people have started with just one teaspoon, others with one tablespoon per day.
In a testimonial one woman said she was hesitant about the taste of coconut oil in foods such as eggs and in stir-fry. What advice would you give to those either not fond of the taste of coconut or hesitant about how it may change the taste of their foods?
Most people have found that cooking with coconut oil makes the food taste better and blends well with other flavors. Actually, the oil doesn't taste like coconut. From ethnic dishes to eggs and vegetables, coconut oil doesn't alter flavor unfavorably. Most people say they really enjoy meals prepared with coconut oil.
Your recipes sound very tasty yet simple and easy-to-make. Where did your recipe ideas come from?
A number of the recipes are dishes I prepare at home for my husband and myself such as curried chicken salad, turkey roll-ups and Thai coconut salmon. Other recipes such as the lemon-tarragon fish, Indian coconut vegetable curry, and wild rice and butternut squash pilaf were designed by chefs -- three chefs in all contributed recipes.
How important is it to incorporate cleansing into The Coconut Diet program?
I have observed that the cleansing programs are very important to ideal weight management and vibrant health. For example, the liver, which is the filter system of the body and the fat-burner, cannot burn fat as efficiently as it should when it is congested with toxins. Once the liver is cleansed, people often find that weight loss is accelerated.