Human Design Welcomes Energetic New Year 2020!

Energetic New Year begins on January 23, 2020!

The Human Design New Year begins with the Sun moving into Gate 41. This is a time when the 4th quarter is competing and the new 1st quarter is about to begin. The 1st quarter of the new year starts 10 days after the official Energetic New Year when the Sun moves into Gate 13, which will happen on February 3, 2020.

Unfortunately, the traditional New Year’s resolutions that you’ve created in December or early January have been premature. The energy simply wasn’t right yet for manifesting new ideas and projects. So, release your disappointments if your new year resolutions don’t realize or if you have been feeling tired, unmotivated, and unproductive.

Until yesterday, the Sun was in Gate 61 called is the Gate of Mystery and Inner Truth. It was a perfect time to be open to inspiration and experience moments of truth without making any specific commitments or taking actions. It was a great time to open your mind to higher dimensions, to meditate, and to receive divine guidance from God and Universe. This period was ideal for introspection and preparation to receive fresh energy of the upcoming 2020. 


That inner awareness phase has ended on January 17. The purpose of that phrase was to teach us about making peace with our past and accepting ourselves as we are. 

When you make peace with your past, you allow it to transform itself. Only when you get real about reality, you begin to see ways to go beyond your perceived limitations and constraints. And when you are able to visualize and align yourself with a brighter future, you know you are on the right path. 

When you resist your reality and your past because you have negative fillings associated with it, this energy settles in your body and blocks the natural flow, making your sick and stuck in the past. Resistance to accepting yourself and your past interrupts natural cycles in body and blocks resourcefulness. When you are at peace with your past, your energy and resources become available and, as a result, you feel more energized and uplifted. 

So we are given this period between January 17 to 23 to review the 2019 and make peace with ourselves and our past.

Was 2019 was a challenging year for you?

Did you feel unproductive or stuck? 

Are you where want to be at this stage of your life? 

Our overreactive minds are always dissatisfied with what we have and with who we are. The mind always wants things to be different and change WHO WE ARE. However in order to find peace, we need to learn how to accept WHO WE ARE so we can move forward and begin to receive. The Universal law is to complete one cycle before starting another one. 

In order to make this transition, we need to have focus, clarity, and courage. And we cannot have all that when we’re stuck in self-judgment, self-pity, and blame. 

When you’re at peace with your current reality, with who you are and what you have accomplished, you bring closure to the passing cycle and make a space in your life to welcome new opportunities that Universe has for you in 2020!

Here’s what I want to share with you my own experience of this period in the hopes that it will help you as well. 


“When we’ve been treated deeply unfairly by others, we should have the tools to deal with that so the effects of that injustice don’t take hold in an unhealthy way.” ~ Dr. Robert Enright

We all know what it feels like to be hurt by someone. We’ve all felt the pain of betrayal and the hurt of some kind of violation of our truth. Maybe you had a cheating spouse, maybe somebody disowned you, maybe your parents neglected you, maybe your close friend lied to you, or perhaps your peers made fun of you. These events painful then, and thinking of them can be disturbing today.

Everybody has a different reaction to being accused or abused. 

The emotions created from mistreatment or abuse are ingrained into our minds and bodies. The reason for the long-lasting effects of trauma is that our brains are wired to create a memory circuit in the brain proportional to the emotional arousal of the painful situation. That is why letting go of emotions such as resentment, jealousy, envy, or rage can be so difficult.

Our brain prefers the world over talk, which is our brain’s inherent tendency to remember things that are emotionally impactful.

Unfortunately, this habit applies to unfavorable events including abuse and trauma. This habit also helps to explain why the emotions associated with abuse, such as depression, hurt, anxiety, fear, loneliness, sadness, or sleeplessness, may be difficult to treat.

While you may not be able to simply “forgive and forget”, you do need to develop skills to learn how to forgive in a way that helps you to move forward. It takes time and determination to learn these skills, but, in the long-term, it worth the efforts


Forgiveness is the most powerful remedy for the pain caused by others.

Forgiveness does not mean that you solely forgive and forget the painful experience. Nor does forgiveness mean that you excuse the person of their actions.

Forgiveness means letting go of the anger (or other charged emotions) and choosing to release the desire to punish someone (or yourself) for an assault.

Forgiveness is a conscious skill that can be learned. However, while we may accept the forgiveness statements mentally, our bodies often have trouble releasing the energy of the trauma.

Why do we have this trouble? Because we are wired to have emotional memories and we rationalize things.

One thing to remember is that you’re responsible for your happiness and peace of mind regardless of what happened to you in the past.


Dr. Robert Enright, a pioneer in the experimental study of forgiveness, suggests this approach to help us learn how to forgive ourselves and others.


Before we forgive, we must first recognize that forgiveness is possible. We must, at a minimum, accept the idea that forgiveness is a feasible solution to your problem. If you are not sure, research this topic and find our how forgiveness helps others in moving forward in life. 


Enright says: “People should not be forced into forgiving… it’s important that people are drawn to it.”

As I mentioned above, learning how to forgive doesn’t require forgetting your past. Understanding the positive influence of forgiveness’  on your emotions and all aspects of your life will allow you to understand how forgiveness works and why it can be a real solution to your problems. This awareness will help you make choices that lead to inspired actions towards freedom from your past. 


Making a list of everyone, starting back to childhood friends, who have hurt you in some way. After you make that list, prioritize it by ordering the names starting with who has harmed you the most. 

Start from forgiving people toward the bottom of the list and make your way up the list.

Take your time to process the emotion. It may take a while and you’ll know when it’s time to move to the next person. 


Enright says. “How are you doing in terms of your anger? How have you been denying it? Are you angrier than you thought you were? What are the physical consequences of your anger?”

 After you examine the effects of your anger, the question you should ask yourself is: ” Am I ready to heal it and let go of it forever?”. If the answer is YES, move to the next step.


After understanding how the effects of your anger have made you miserable, make a commitment to the act of forgiveness. Realize that forgiveness is a conscious choice that you are making that will set you free. 


Now that you know HOW to forgive, the next step is where the “job” of forgiving starts. This involves thinking about the person with compassion and trying to understand his/her situation. Ask these questions while contemplating the person who hurt you: 

  • Was he/she hurt in any way? 
  • If so, did his/her hurt possibly contribute to mine?

Make sure you are breathing deeply during this process – breathing releases stagnant energy from the places in the body where the energy is stagnant and creates more space for fresh energy.


They are humans, just like you and me. Humans get confused, make mistake, and sometimes do the wrong things. Have compassion for them.

Enright says: “You were both born, you will both die, you both bleed when you’re cut, you both have unique DNA and when you die there will never be another person like you. And given the humanity that you share with this person, is it possible that they might be just as special, unique, and irreplaceable as you are?” 


Consciously or unconsciously, the other person’s actions have damaged you physically and emotionally and closed your heart. Eventually, if you practice the act of forgiveness, you should begin to feel the healthy release of emotions associated with the traumatic event. It may take several hours or several months. Be patient with yourself.

One day you will wake up and notice that the emotions are no longer there. You will feel lightness in your body and be more optimistic and energized.


It’s natural to feel strong emotional pain when you are doing these practices, but this pain ultimately allows us to move beyond it. 

“Pain builds self-esteem because you’re saying, ‘If I can see the humanity in the one who didn’t see the humanity in me, and if I can soften my heart to the one who didn’t to me, then who am I as a person? I’m stronger than I thought.” 


Reflection time is required when the pain passes. You begin to realize that being human means experiencing pain, but suffering is optional. Spend some time journaling and reflecting on what you have learned from his experience. “Typically, people are more aware of the wounds in the world… They become more patient with people who might be having a bad day; they see the people are walking around wounded all the time, and they’re generally more aware of others’ pain and want to be a conduit for good,” says Enright.


Sooner than you think, you’ll have forgiven the people who’ve harmed you in the past. You will release the anger that has been building up inside of you. More importantly, you’ll enjoy a happier, stronger, more fulfilling life.


Forgive yourself for the thing (or things) you did wrong or for those things you didn’t do. Then forgive yourself for being so hard on yourself. Release the judgment and tension stored in your body. Observe and let your go of your self-pushing and self-distractive patterns. Breathe and imagine being at peace with yourself in every area of your life. 


NOW you’re ready to imagine and envision yourself in your new future.

Describe how you’ve perceived yourself in the situations over the past several months at work, with your significant other, with the kids or team, in social situations, and with strangers. Ask yourself this question:

  • Is that who I really see myself being in the future?
  • How would my future wiser self feel, look and behave in those situations?

Recreate yourself in your mind’s eye. See it, smell it, experience it with all of your senses. This is the space of your deliberate creation. 

If you could describe yourself in positive words and phrases that would describe who you are at your best in the future, what would those words be? Why are those words important to you? 

Once you find your words, write them down and put them in several places in your home and office so you know who you want to become. Look at them several times per day to remind yourself about your NEW YOU – even on the rough days.

I hope these practical solutions will help you thrive in 2020!




P.S. If you’re not sure what this year holds for YOU, please consider a Personal Human Design Chart Analysis. Or, if you haven’t had one yet, treat yourself to a Partnership Analysis that looks at the compatibility of energy between you and your partner (it can be a spouse, a parent, a child, or a business partner).

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“I was a different person before I started to write. When I realized I could be a songwriter and that people would listen—that was when I started feeling good in my life.” − Gwen Stefani

Do you feel that you aren’t a ‘creative person’ because you struggle to put an articulate sentence together, or you don’t know how to draw, or you’ve never played an instrument, or you never seem to come up with great ideas in business meetings?

Did you know that even the most creative people, bestselling authors, and songwriters, compare their creativity to others?

Creativity is the expression of your soul and the innermost part of our being when you share something private that only you can see, hear, or sense. It should be free-flowing, natural and spontaneous…

But if you’re like many people I’m blessed to work with, I’ve noticed these common challenges most of them face when getting into the realm of their own creativity:

  • We have forgotten how to be creative, even in the privacy of our own home.
  • We are often creative behind closed doors, but too scared to share ourselves with the world.
  • We don’t believe it’s possible to make a living from our creativity.

Creativity is not an exclusive gift just for artists and music makers. It’s part of being a leader, CEO and solution-oriented business owner. Each of us was born with a capacity to be creative. We simply channel and express our creativity in different ways. It can be easy for some people and a little painful for others.

Creativity allows us to think outside the box and to solve our problems. It also helps us be innovative and to generate new ideas. Sometimes, we’re in a flow with it, other times we’re not.

Regardless of your past conditioning and beliefs, the reality is that you ARE creative in many ways.

Creativity isn’t a magic and something rare, it’s part of who you are.

Many of us grew up being encouraged to focus on facts and logic, over-relying on the analytical mind, details, and science. Creativity is on the opposite side of this spectrum. It engages your imagination, artistic ability, music, passion, intuition, and playfulness.

Humans are designed to engage both sides of the brain, incorporating both, reality and fantasy. And even though many of us may have ignored our creativity, it’s still there in a dormant state, waiting to be discovered…

But how to unleash and tap into the power of your own creativity?

If you want to be creative, your job is to simply open yourself up, follow your passions, and allow an unlimited abundant stream of universal energy to flow through you onto the stage, onto the page, into your speech, into your canvas, or into your relationships.

There are many sources of inspiration available to you at any moment. You can tap into them and have access to millions of new ideas. But this information will only be revealed to you if you open yourself up to receiving inspiration. Daily practices of focusing your attention on the things that inspire and move you will shift your reality, allowing you to live in a flow with nature and life.

Try to be conscious of your self-criticism, fear of rejection, perfectionism, fear of judgment, and other negative emotions that intoxicate your creativity and disturb your inner balance. Removing these distractions from your life and focusing on the things that inspire you will help to shift your awareness and feel peaceful. 

Our soul craves to create and to play. But at the same time, we have a need to feel safe in life. When you allow yourself to be playful, you never know where your inspiration is going to come from or where it could possibly take you on…

Your Creativity is Unique 

Everyone has a different routine or rhythm that ignites creativity. Some need to be well-rested and nourished, creating effortlessly in the morning after breakfast. Others stream creativity in the darkest hours of the night. Some thrive with a rigorous routine, putting in long hours while others need to be free and only create when they feel inspired.


Immerse Yourself in Nature 

Experiencing nature awakens a sense of vitality and joyousness, which invokes your creativity. Without conscious thought, you can look up at the amazing number of stars in the sky or leaves on a single tree, and feel a sense of wholeness and delight. As you gaze at the sky, think about how humanity throughout history (even during the ancient times) and across continents has observed these stars. Have an experience of being a part of something larger than yourself that it timeless and unchanged.

Create Sacred Space at Your Home

In ancient times, sacred spaces, such as temples, churches, were built on land that evoked a sense of connection with the Creator. Sacred places like the temples of India and Machu Picchu have become a place for those who yearn for a sense of connection to the Divine. Your sacred spaces can be created wherever you feel a sense of spaciousness and connection to the life-supporting forces of the universe. Arrange the space in your home or office to bring in more light and nature. It helps you feel expansive as you open up to your important role in all of creation.

Move Mindfully

Many forms of physical movement can be a door into open-minded consciousness and creativity. Somatic therapies such as mindful dance, yoga, martial arts, tai chi, and qi gong, are the well-known ways of quieting the logical mind. They help to access your subconscious mind and connect with the creative forces of nature. Any physical activity that involves discipline and slows down your thoughts, from ice skating to dancing, helps to create new neural connections in your brain and promotes inner balance and problem-solving abilities.

Get Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable

A need for discovery, embracing the new and the unfamiliar, can help you transform your life in ways you never thought possible, as you find the strength to move out of fear into something new. We grow when we play out of our comfort zone. To close the gap between where you are and what you want to create, it requires discomfort.

Change Your Established Routine

Look outside of your industry for ideas, take a break to visit new, undiscovered places where you’ve never been before. Change your regular routine, take a different road while driving to work. Chose to wear a different color shirt or a dress. If you wear the make up every day, try not to use it for a couple of days. Go to a department store and try outfits that you wouldn’t normally wear. Look at yourself in the mirror and notice how you feel. Switch what you’re reading or listening to for a couple of weeks.

Turn Negatives Into Positives

If you have a habit of negative self-talk, try changing your automatic negative statements into positive affirmations. Do it as soon as you notice these negative thoughts in your mind. For example, you may change the thought “I can never get it right” to “I always get it right”. Develop a habit of doing this on daily basis and watch your life transform.

Be Present

Learn to be happy in the present moment instead of wishing you were somewhere else. Cultivate gratitude for the things you already have instead of wishing for things you don’t have.

Change Your Environment

Surround yourself with inspiring people, books, movies, music, and environments. Let go of the things in your environment that remind you of your old memories and people you’ve had disagreements or arguments with. Surround yourself with things that inspire you, promote imagination and uplift your spirit, such plants, artwork, crystals, objects from nature, and vibrant colors. 

Dismiss Negativity

Learn to hear and dismiss that voice telling you that no-one will enjoy what you’re creating, that your ideas aren’t interesting, that everything has been said or done before. We all have that voice, but all successful people choose to ignore it. Google executives encourage their employees to play fun activities like volleyball and bowling to activate the creative parts of their brains. You can do that too!

Do you really want to spend the rest of your life listening to this false perception of yourself, that only exists in your head? Or will you listen to the expanded voice of your soul that is calling you to open up the gateway to your creativity?

The Bonus “WAY” – My Favorite Stuff!

  • Singing along to your favorite music as you drive
  • Walking in silence on the beach with your feet in the sand while listening to the birds and waves
  • Doing a headstand or hang upside down
  • Writing with the less dominant hand
  • Learning a new language
  • Tracing figure 8’s in the air
  • Meeting connections with new people

Your family, your friends, and your community are all waiting for you to own and unlock the creativity that wants to pour through you. That passionate stream has been building up behind your mundane life and is ready to burst through you. It’s time to unlock and open those floodgates! Have fun! 

What’s your favorite “getting into your creativity vibe” exercise or activity? Share it in the comments below.

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Best way to reverse chronic illness and get more energy

  • Do you find it difficult to lose weight or keep it off?
  • Are you overweight or out of shape?
  • How’s your energy level?

Do you get out of bed each morning energized and feel strong, vibrant, and alert whole day? Or you drag yourself out of bed and suffer from fatigue, irritability, or poor concentration?

How is your overall level of health? Are you free of pains and distressing illnesses?

Or you suffer from a chronic disorder that just doesn’t go away, such as allergies arthritis.

Do you have indigestion, low blood sugar, cardiovascular problems, headaches, depression, or frequent infections?

If you have any of these symptoms, chances are you are undernourished. For many of my clients, undernourishment is very common, even if they think they eat “correctly”. Obesity, for example, is a sign of undernourishment. My overweight clients are literally starving for nutrients to satisfy their hunger and normalize their metabolism. Even if they are eating only the highest quality healthy foods, they very deficient in the vital nutrients their body needs to work properly.

Fortunately, our body always lets us know when we are not feeding it correctly. The symptoms we experience are the signals that our body sends us, telling us that it needs to be supported with energy that matched our metabolism.

If you want to enhance or maintain your health, there is no substitute for eating according to your metabolic type. Regardless of your current physical health, knowing your metabolic type is the first step in start enjoying a life full of vibrant health and fitness, and free of the degenerative illnesses that disturb many people in developed countries.

What’s Your Metabolic Type?

The three metabolic types are Protein Type, Carbo Type, and Mixed Type. Once you identify your metabolic type and the diet that is right for you, you can modify your diet, enjoy abundant energy, and extend your life!

You and your family member might both be Protein Types, which means vegetarian-based diets and carbohydrates will not be the best food for you. But even though you both need to eat protein and restrict carbohydrates, he/she might require heavier proteins and be more reactive to carbohydrates, such as sugars and starches.

Even though you were born with a specific set of dietary requirements dictated by your genetics, your needs can shift for a number of reasons, such as stress, illness, exercise or nutrient deficiencies. Your diet is highly individualized and it is constantly changing. That’s why I energy test foods and fine-turn their diet while we work together.

When we complete their blood tests and determine their metabolic type, we can fine-tune their diet. They know exactly what kinds of foods are compatible with their body chemistry. We determine what foods energize them, make them feel great, and support their health over the longer term. They learn the secrets of combining macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates, and fats) in the specific proportions that are just right for them. Learning exactly what foods to choose and exactly how to combine them is of fundamental importance for eating according to your metabolic type. The list below gives you a brief synopsis or preview of the three general metabolic types and the diets that correspond to each category.


If you are a Protein Type, it means your cells metabolize carbohydrates too quickly and your body relies on glycolysis for energy (fast oxidizer). The parasympathetic branch of your autonomic nervous system is stronger and more dominant than the sympathetic branch. Protein Types require a high protein intake in order to strengthen their sympathetic system and balance their slow metabolism. They need high protein to slow down their rapid cellular oxidation rate.

  • High protein
  • Heavy, fatty,
  • High-purine proteins
  • High fats and oils
  • Low carbohydrates
  • Metabolic Imbalance: fast oxidizer or parasympathetic dominant


If you are a Carbo Type, you need a higher percentage of carbohydrates in your diet in order to strengthen the parasympathetic branch of your nervous system. You need to consume more carbohydrates in your diet in order to speed up your naturally slow cellular oxidation rate and acidify your too-alkaline metabolism.

  • Low protein
  • Light, lean, low-purine proteins
  • Low fats and oils
  • High carbohydrates
  • Metabolic Imbalance: slow oxidizer or sympathetic dominant


If you’re a Mixed Type, you combine the other two types. You need to eat a mixture of foods that will support both sides of your autonomic nervous system – both your sympathetic and parasympathetic systems. Since your cellular oxidation rate is neither fast nor slow, you need to eat a mixture of foods so that you will not create a one-sided effect that speeds up or slows down your cellular oxidation rate.

  • Mixture of high-fat, high-purine proteins and low-fat
  • Low-purine proteins
  • Requires equal ratios of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates
  • Metabolic Imbalance: neither fast nor slow oxidizer neither parasympathetic nor sympathetic dominant

These 3 metabolic types provide a starting point that will enable you to customize your diet and eat in alignment with your body’s nutritional needs.

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  • Do you suffer from fatigue, joint pain, weight gain, frequent headaches, hair loss, insomnia, or food sensitivities?

Maria had been ignoring these symptoms for years because they seemed minor and not life threatening. She was living life as if she were healthy, ate whatever she wanted, and acted as if she was just like everyone else. As the years passed, she began to feel less energetic and gained weight. She looked older than her real age, suffered from constant joint pain, anxiety, and insomnia. When Maria came to see me, she said that she didn’t recognize herself and wanted to understand what was happening to her.

I ordered blood work and performed adrenal and thyroid energy tests. The results showed that Maria had a chronic autoimmune illness called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.  In addition, she had an overactive adrenal function, which caused her body to produce too much stress hormones – adrenalin and cortisol.

People with the autoimmune disease typically feel very discouraged. For them, undergoing conventional treatments rarely leads to a higher quality of life.

What is Autoimmune Disease?

Autoimmune disease can involve any organ or system in the body: joints, skin, digestive system, hormones, nerves, connective tissues, and muscles. Rheumatoid arthritis affects your joints. With Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, the thyroid is attacked. MS (multiple sclerosis) destroys myelin, the protective layer around your nerves.

While it may seem that these conditions are vastly different, the common theme in all of them is that your immune system gets confused and starts attacking your body. The immune system is designed to protect you from foreign invaders like viruses and bacteria. It creates antibodies that are used to identify and destroy pathogens; enabling you to recover from an illness. With autoimmunity, these antibodies target healthy tissue. This leads to inflammation and cell destruction: like an army aiming its own weapons against itself!

Autoimmune illness often affects multiple organs or systems; which makes it extremely difficult to receive proper treatment. Some autoimmune diseases cause chronic symptoms, while others have little or no disease activity or flare ups. Many autoimmune conditions commonly present with nonspecific symptoms like pain and fatigue. Because these symptoms are not easily identified with a specific condition, diagnosis is troublesome. Symptoms can also vary widely from person to person, making an accurate diagnosis problematic.

The AARDA (American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association) estimates that more than 50 million Americans (roughly 1 in 6) suffer from autoimmune diseases; 75 percent of whom are women. Medical science has identified more than 100 autoimmune diseases, with another 40 suspected to have an autoimmune component. Autoimmune disease is one of the most significant healthcare issues facing our world today.

Types of Autoimmune Diseases

Autoimmune diseases are classified into two groups: organ-specific diseases and non-organ-specific diseases. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (which affects the thyroid gland) and type 1 diabetes (which affects the pancreas) would be examples of organ-specific diseases. Some non-organ-specific diseases would be rheumatoid arthritis (which affects the joints) and lupus (which affects connective tissue). Organs of the endocrine system (thyroid, pancreas, adrenal glands, etc.) are the most commonly affected. The most commonly affected non-organ tissues are connective tissues: such as blood, muscles, and joints. Many autoimmune diseases commonly coexist with others: for example, celiac disease and Hashimoto’s.

Unfortunately, obtaining a proper diagnosis is often very challenging for those of us suffering from autoimmune diseases. According to the AARDA, those with an autoimmune disease spend an average of 4 years seeking diagnosis; with visits to more than 4 physicians in the process. Some go undiagnosed for years, while others get misdiagnosed with other conditions.

The undiagnosed and misdiagnosed rate for celiac disease can be as high as 83 percent; showing how difficult it truly can be to obtain answers. Autoimmune disease symptoms can be nonspecific, mild, and gradually build over time; making it difficult to determine if you need to see your physician. When you do, you are often told everything is fine and further testing that could uncover early warning signs is not ordered.

One of the biggest issues with the conventional treatment of autoimmune disease is that it’s often misdiagnosed. This leads to people being bounced around between primary care physicians and multiple specialists before getting proper testing and treatment. Many of us who suffer from autoimmune symptoms wonder why we should even bother seeking a diagnosis, especially if our symptoms can be improved just by making dietary and lifestyle changes. However, there are benefits to having a clear diagnosis.

THIS QUIZ will help you become clear about your risk of autoimmune illness. Also given are suggestions about the first steps you can make to start improving the quality of your life.

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One of the biggest issues with the conventional approach to autoimmune disease is that it’s often misunderstood and misdiagnosed. This leads to patients being bounced around between primary care physicians and specialists before obtaining proper testing and treatment. Many of us who suffer from autoimmune symptoms wonder why we should even bother seeking a diagnosis, especially if our symptoms can be improved just by making dietary and lifestyle changes. However, there are benefits to having a clear diagnosis.

In order to prevent complications from the damage caused by autoimmune disease, early diagnosis is important. A correct diagnosis helps you to connect with the specialists and other medical providers you need, weigh treatment options, and think about how you want to navigate dietary and lifestyle modifications. Unfortunately, obtaining a proper diagnosis is often the most difficult part of the process for those of us suffering from autoimmune disease.

Awareness of the autoimmune diseases related to your current diagnosis can be helpful if signs of new diseases become obvious, as it can make these new diagnoses easier for health-care providers by pointing them toward likely disorders and allowing for earlier identification of multiple autoimmune syndromes.

The following quiz will help you become clear about your risk of autoimmune illness. Also given are suggestions about the first steps you can make to start improving the quality of your life.


0 – never occurs

1 – symptom occurs monthly

2 – symptom occurs weekly

3 – symptom occurs daily

4 – symptom occurs several times per day


(Add an appropriate number for every symptom)

  • Abdominal pain or stomach cramps
  • Anemia of any type (YES – 10, NO – 0)
  • Blood or mucus in stool
  • Chronic pain in muscles, joints, and bones
  • Chronic viral condition (shingles, chronic fatigue syndrome, Epstein-Barr, mono, herpes, hepatitis, or other chronic viral condition) (YES – 5, NO – 0)
  • Cold hands or feet and trouble staying warm
  • Dark circles under eyes
  • Decreased sense of taste or smell
  • Dermatitis or itchy skin
  • Difficulty concentrating or focusing (brain fog)
  • Difficulty swallowing, hoarseness, or lump in the throat
  • Difficulty with exercise
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Dry eyes, mouth, or skin
  • Family members have autoimmune conditions (YES – 5, NO – 0, multiple – 10)
  • Fatigue and lack of energy
  • Feeling puffy or inflamed
  • Food allergies/ sensitivities
  • Food and sound sensitivities (YES – 5, NO – 0)
  • Headaches
  • Heat intolerance and/ or sun sensitivity
  • Heaviness in limbs, loss of muscle tone
  • I was diagnosed with 1 Autoimmune disease (YES – 30, NO – 0)
  • I was diagnosed with 2 or more Autoimmune diseases (YES – 50, NO – 0)
  • IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, diarrhea, or both
  • Loss of outer third of eyebrow
  • Morning stiffness
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Night sweats
  • Numbness or tingling in extremities
  • Osteoporosis or osteopenia (YES – 10, NO – 0)
  • Periodontal infections or gum issues
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Rashes, hives, and skin issues of unknown origin
  • Thinning hair or hair loss
  • Trouble falling or staying asleep
  • Overweight
  • Unexplained low-grade fever
  • Weakness and/or tremor
  • White patches on skin or inside of the mouth


  • I am a woman (YES – 10, NO – 0)
  • I have heavy and painful periods ((YES – 10, NO – 0)
  • I have infertility (YES – 10, NO – 0)
  • I have had multiple miscarriages (YES – 10, NO – 0)



Very Low Risk. If some of the symptoms you are experiencing are aggravating, make it a priority to speak with your doctor or holistic practitioner to find out if they could be caused by other conditions. Make lifestyle and diet modifications that help to reduce your risk.


Low Risk. This is the silent autoimmunity stage. You may have antibodies present, but you are not experiencing disruptive symptoms. If you are suffering from autoimmune disease, ask your doctor to order these lab tests. Remove gluten and dairy from your diet.


Moderate Risk. There is a high chance that some of your symptoms may be caused by an autoimmune reaction. At this stage, lifestyle and diet intervention can significantly improve the quality of your life. Order these lab tests and switch to the Autoimmune Paleo Diet. Order the food sensitivity testing (contact us to order) to find out which foods trigger the autoimmune response.

Over 101:

High Risk. You have an autoimmune disease, or your current symptoms make diagnosis very likely. Form a healthcare providers team (if you don’t already have one) and consider changes immediately to improve the quality of your life. Order these lab tests, begin the Autoimmune Paleo Diet, remove emotional and physical stress, and seek support from your friends and family. Connect with others who have the same condition and share your experience with them. If you live in a big city, consider moving into a cleaner area closer to the ocean or a park. Replace high impact exercise with yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, or walking.



10 Ways To Improve Your Vision

Over the past years, there has been a marked in­crease in the number of people who wear glasses and contact lenses. This can be put down to drasti­cally increased computer usage both at home and at work, and increased TV watching. Good news for opticians around the world – bad news for us. I hear complaints about the eyes related problems almost daily, some people have the dry eyes and must use the eye drops daily, others have excess fluid in the eyes which creates fuzzy vision and difficulties read­ing. This article provides techniques that help im­prove the health of your eyes and prevent develop­ing eye-related illnesses.

Your eyes need regular exercise and supply of energy in order to be healthy, just like any other muscle in the body. Your eyes may eventu­ally give up on you and you will need glasses or contact lenses. This doesn’t have to be the case if you regularly take care of your eyes. In this article, I will show you how you can care for your eyes naturally so you can have great vision at any age.

If you start wearing glasses or contact lenses your eyesight will only get worse over time rather than get better as your eyes will get used to the new lenses and need even stronger lenses to function properly. Everybody who wears glasses and contacts will tell you their eyes have grad u-ally got worse over time.

Conditions such as Chronic Dry Eyes, optic neuritis, glaucoma are often associated with chronic health problems. The imbal­ance in the body can manifest in the eyes, just as the health of the eyes is frequently an indicator of the illness or imbalance in the particular organ or other location in the body.

Puffiness and Dark Circles?

Puffiness in the eye area is either caused by a pool of liquid or a pool of mucus both of which are caused by issues with the kidneys. The type caused by pools of liquid is often caused by excessive liquid intake over­working the kidneys with frequent urination, leading to inflammation.

The second type, caused by accu­mulation of mucus and fat directly correlates to built-up mucus and fat in and around the kidneys and other organs in that region of the body. The consumption of mucus and fat-containing foods such as dairy products, meat, poultry, sug­ar, refined grains, and oils. Reduc­ing or eliminating these foods from one’s diet will not only reduce or eliminate puffy eyelids and eye bags but will also correct the inter­nal cause. Regular detoxification efforts will also be beneficial.

Dark Circles under the eyes typically indicate the problems or disorders with the kidneys, and adrenal and gonad hormones. These problems can stem from issues with reproductive or excretory functions which are often caused by the ex­cessive consumption of salty, roasted, baked, or dried foods. A yellowish tone in the eye area is directly related to an over-functioning liver and gallbladder.

A gray discoloration can not only indicate an issue with the kidneys, but also with the lungs, endocrine and lymph systems, and reproduc­tive system. These issues can be caused by excessive ingestion of yang foods such as salt, dairy, ani­mal fats, and meat. It can also indicate a lack of oxygen in the body and is often present with smokers.

Poor Eye Health Indicates Dysfunction in Organs

My approach to treating eye related problems is to correct the under­lined energy systems that support the eyes and to promote the blood circulation to the eyes. I have used these techniques on myself and my clients for many years to correct a wide range of eye problems. If your notice that your vision suddenly gets worse, it can be energetically related to the dysfunction in the Kidney, Liver, or Stom­ach meridians.

Holding Acupressure Sedating, Strengthen­ing and Control points for Kidney, Liver, or Stomach meridians helps to balance many eye related issues. Your energy medicine practitioner can determine if these meridi­ans are over or under energized and bal­ance them.

When you are treated for an eye condition with using the methods described here, any underlying imbal­ances that are attributing to your symptoms will be reduced. These techniques can be helpful in treating the following conditions:

  • Glaucoma
  • Floaters
  • Cataracts
  • Eye Allergies
  • Macular Degeneration Optic Atrophy
  • Night Blindness
  • Chronic Dry Eyes
  • Tired or Twitching Eyes Bad Night Vision
  • Circles Under Eyes

Natural Ways to Improve Eye Health

There are many Acupuncture Points located around the eyes that promote eye health. These points bring energy and blood to the eyes and allow nourish­ing the tissue around the eyes.

Visual information from the eyes is processed in the occipital area of the brain, located in the back of the head. Bladder meridian passes through the eyes as well as the occipital (back) part of the brain. Activating points of the Bladder meridian is very effective in re­lieving the painful symptoms. These points are located on both sides of the face. Apply a deep pressure with thumbs, index, or middle fingers of both hands for 2-4 minutes:

Screen Shot 2017-06-06 at 1.31.03 PMBladder 1 (BL-1) – This point is located in the inner corner of each eye. This point brings energy and blood to the eyes and can be used to treat eye pain as well as other eye related ill­nesses such as glaucoma, night blind­ness, early-stage cataracts, conjunctivitis and blurred vision.

Bladder 2 (BL-2) – This point is located at the inner end of the eyebrow. Some of the indications to use this point include twitching of the eyelids, glaucoma, frontal headache, blurring or failing of vision, excessive tearing, redness, swelling, pain of the eyes, dimness of vision, visual diz­ziness, night blindness, headache follow­ing alcohol intoxication, and color blind­ness.

HN-4 – Located in the hollow at the mid­point of the eyebrow, directly above the pu­pil. It is used for eye strain, acute conjuncti­vitis, cloudiness of the cornea, frontal head­ache, floaters, myopia, redness, visual ob­struction, swelling and pain of the eyes, twitching of the eyelids, and ptosis.

Triple Warmer 23 (TW-23) – The Triple Warmer 23 locat­ed in the hollow at the outside end of the eyebrows. This point is used for all eye and facial problems including headaches, red­ness and pain of the eye, blurring of vision, twitching of the eyelids, Optic nerve atrophy, and blurred vision.

Screen Shot 2017-06-06 at 1.31.13 PMGall Bladder 1 (GB-1) – Located on the out­side corner of the eye. This point is used to brighten the eyes as well as for headaches, redness and pain of the eyes, failing or blur­ring of vision, photophobia, dry, itchy eyes, early-stage cataracts, and conjunctivitis.

HN-7 – Located below the eye, approximate­ly one-fourth the distance from the outer to the center side of the eye. Used for all types of eye diseases, inflammation of the optic nerve, atrophy of the optic nerve, glaucoma, nearsightedness, and macular degenera­tion.

Stomach 1 (ST 1) – With the eyes looking straight forward, this point is located directly below the pupil, between the eyeball and the eye socket. This is the main point for all eye problems, conjunctivitis, night blind­ness, facial paralysis, and excessive tearing.

Exercises To Strengthen Eye Muscles


Blinking is an often overlooked yet simple way to keep your eyes fresh and being able to focus longer. Computer users and television watchers tend to blink less, es­pecially when they are intently focused on something.

After you have done this for two minutes, mentally take note of how your eyes feel, are they strained, re­laxed, tired.

Whenever you blink your eyes are going into a brief period of darkness which helps to keep your eyes fresh and discharges previous information. This also helps to reduce eye strain.


Palming is done to relieve stress around the eyes and as a way to relax your eyes while taking a break. It gives you the op­portunity to rest your mind and your eyes for a few minutes at a time. Palming

brings increased flow of energy to your eyes and balances the brain circuits that receive visual stimuli

  • Make yourself comfortable whilst leaning forward on a desk or with your elbows resting on your knees. Close your eyes.
  • Place your two palms over your eyes, your fingers on your forehead and the heel of your hands resting on your cheekbones.
  • If possible, extend your thumbs to cover the temples. Cross the baby fingers over the 3rd eye or cross one hand over the other.

Tracing Figure 8

Screen Shot 2017-06-06 at 1.50.20 PMThis is to exercise your eye muscles and increase their flexibility.

  • Imagine a giant horizontal figure of eight in front of you about 10 feet in front of you and mentally turn it on its side.
  • Trace it one way for a few minutes and then the other way for a few minutes.
  • Try figure-8-ting both eyes with fingers of one hand using a ‘Metabolizing 8’ that meets at the center. This helps the eyes to metabolize light, stimulation, and stress as well as increases coordi­nation and communication between the eyes and the brain.


Screen Shot 2017-06-06 at 1.57.53 PMTap your eyelids to brings energies into motion and resets the eye’s signaling to the brain.

  • Lay the finger over an eye and gently tap on that finger with the other hand.
  • Do the same on the other eye.

This helps with eye fatigue. You may also tap along the sutures of the skull and all over the scalp and temples to help release the muscles that support the eyes. End by pulling the ears.


  • Sit in a comfortable position.
  • Stretch out your arm and extend your thumb out.
  • Focus on your thumb as your arm is outstretched.
  • Bring your thumb closer to you, focusing all the time, until your thumb is about 3 inches in front of your face.
  • Move your thumb away again until your arm is fully outstretched.

Do this for a few minutes at a time.

Essential Nutrients For Your Eyes

Lutein and Zeaxanthin

Lutein and Zeaxanthin compounds are carotenoids related to beta-carotene. They are both found in large quantities in the lens and retina of the eyes. Their function is to protect the eyes from damage caused by free radicals, which can interact with and break down healthy tissue. Lutein and Zeaxanthin help protect the eyes by filtering high-energy blue light protecting underlying cell layers from potential light damage. Lutein and Zeaxanthin are found in yellow and orange fruits & vegetables, dark green, leafy vegetables and egg yolks.

Alpha Lipoic Acid

Alpha Lipoic Acid increases glutathione levels in the body. It is a naturally produced antioxidant that protects against cataracts in the eye and helps dissolve toxic substances in the liver.


Vitamin A helps prevent night blindness, stops the formation of cataracts, and may prevent blindness from macular degeneration.

Vitamin C helps the eye’s production of aqueous humor and the reformation of the cornea. It also helps to reduce the risk of cataracts.

Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant shown to prevent cataracts and helps prevent macular degeneration.

Vitamin B12 helps the eye shield protein in the lens.

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Irina Maryanchik, EHH-MA, EEM-CP, PLT



7 Strategies to Overcome Diabetes Naturally

Did your doctor order a blood test to check your glucose assuming that you may have symptoms of diabetes?

If your fasting blood sugar is between 108 and 125 you are considered pre-diabetic. But if your number is above 125 mgm/dL, they’ll say you have diabetes, which means your cells have a resistance to the hormone insulin. Your body uses insulin to push glucose into your cells where it can provide energy. But with insulin resistance, your cells refuse to accept glucose. As a result, it builds up in your blood.

When I work with my diabetic clients, lowering their fasting blood sugar is my main step. In this article I will share simile natural methods to overcome diabetes naturally.

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Metformin leads to lower levels of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH)

Research show that 70-75% of people diagnosed with prediabetes will progress to diabetes. If you are pre-diabetic, your doctor will most likely put you on a blockbuster drug Metformin (also known as Glucophage). Over 120 million people take it to try to control their blood sugar. Metformin creates serious health problems and makes it even more likely that you’ll develop diabetes, because it doesn’t address the root cause of a problem.

The most serious side effect of Metformin is that it leads to lower levels of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) for people with an underactive thyroid.1 Researchers studied data from over 74,000 people taking metformin over 25 years. Compared to another diabetes drug, metformin was linked to a 55% higher risk for low TSH levels.

Low TSH levels increase your risk of diabetes

Researchers in the Netherlands looked at 8,452 people without diabetes.  They found that those with the lowest TSH levels had a 20% higher risk of developing diabetes than those with the highest levels. But for people with prediabetes, the risk of progressing to full diabetes was 40%.2 Because Metformin lowers your TSH levels, it increases your risk of getting full-blown diabetes.

I’ve been helping my clients not just manage diabetes symptoms, but help them reverse their diabetes using energy medicine, lifestyle, customized dietary protocols.

Natural Solutions for Diabetes 

As a first step, I recommend all my clients to exclude sugar, alcohol and carbs. My diabetes diet plan includes low glycemic foods that don’t spike blood sugar. I also recommend specific supplements that naturally improve the body’s insulin response.

Foods to remove

  • All grains and corn
  • Caffeine, alcohol, sugar and salt
  • Processed foods, trans fats, high fructose corn syrup
  • Potatoes and other white colored foods

Foods to add

Look for grass-fed beef and non-dairy products, wild-caught cold water fish, and poultry and eggs from pastured animals. Fat and protein in these foods will not raise your blood sugar. Choose healthy fats like unrefined cold pressed olive oil and coconut oil.

  • Add protein each meal – meat, fish and poultry. Protein helps your body balance insulin, build muscles and repair tissues that are essential for preventing diabetes.
  • Nuts and seeds – they are a good source of protein and have Omega 3s.
  • Low glycemic vegetables.
  • Fruits and berries with the skin.
  • High protein breakfast every morning is critical. It will help to stabilize your blood sugar, reduce cravings, and supply energy for the entire day. Download my Breakfast Recipe Book for the Beautiful and Slim body.

Top 6 Diabetes Fighting Supplements

1. Berberine

Berberine is a plant phytonutrient extracted from medicinal herbs, such as barberry and goldenseal. And its performance in human type 2 diabetes clinical trials has been amazing. One study of diabetic patients who took 1,000 mg of berberine per day lowered fasting blood sugar levels by more than 20%, from diabetic to normal levels.

Benefits of Berberine:

  • makes the blood sugar lowering hormone insulin more effective
  • decreases insulin resistance and sugar production in the liver
  • helps the body break down sugars inside cells

Recommended Dosage: 500 mg capsule two to three times a day with food. A dose of 1,000 mg to 1,500 mg is effective for many of my people (see references section).

Berberine alone can help you lower your blood sugar. You may also add other minerals and nutrients such as like green coffee bean extract chromium, or vanadium.

2. Vanadium

Vanadium is a vital trace mineral that mimics the action of insulin. It helps to transport glucose from the blood into the cells where it can be converted to energy. In one study, people with diabetes who took vanadium supplements daily lowered their blood sugar levels by 10% on average after just three weeks.

Dietary Sources of Vanadium

The best food sources of vanadium are mushrooms, parsley, dill weed, shellfish, black pepper, beer, wine, and grains.

Vanadium exists in several forms, including vandal sulfate and vanadate. Vanadyl sulfate is most commonly found in nutritional supplements.

Recommended dosage: 500 mcg 3 times daily. Don’t exceed 10 mg in a day.

3. Guava

In Japan guava tea is used for prevention and treatment of diabetes. Guava tea compounds stop absorption of sugar and help to control blood sugar levels after meals. The article published in “Nutrition & Metabolism” listed two studies showing this effect. The first study showed the short-term benefits of drinking guava leaf tea after eating white rice had decreases in blood sugar that were greater after 30 minutes, 90 minutes and 120 minutes than people who ate the same amount of white rice followed by drinking hot water.

Drinking guava leaf tea may also cause beneficial changes in your cholesterol and triglyceride levels. According to an article published in “Nutrition & Metabolism” in February 2010, participants of the study who drank guava leaf tea had lowered total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein levels and triglycerides after eight weeks whether or not they were receiving medical treatment to lower their cholesterol levels.

When shopping for guava tea, look for varieties made from the dried leaves.

4. Vitamin D

Low vitamin D3 levels are directly linked to insulin resistance, prediabetes and full-blown type 2 diabetes. One study revealed that even a minor D3 deficiency can increase your risk of diabetes by 91%.5 You can get vitamin D3 from just 10 minutes a day in the midday sun. You may also eat Vitamin-D-rich foods like mackerel, tuna, sardines, salmon, pastured eggs, grass-fed beef, and liver. Take 8,000 IUs per day.

5. Chromium

Chromium is a very important mineral to help regulate and even reverse diabetes. In one study, participants took chromium picolinate for 30 days. All participants had diabetes. After 30 days, participants’ cholesterol had dropped an average of 19 points, with LDL cholesterol (the kind that can contribute to heart disease) dropping by more than 10 points. Even more important, the average fasting blood sugar level fell by 26 mg/dL.3

6. Alpha lipoic acid (ALA)

Alpha (ALA) helps to control and prevent nerve and circulatory damage done by diabetes. In one study, people taking ALA showed improved blood pressure, reduced nerve damage, and better circulation.

While chromium makes cells more receptive to insulin, ALA improves your body’s utilization of glucose. Vanadium acts like insulin and lowers your body’s need to produce insulin.

Together, these supplements will give you a natural and powerful support protocol to help balance your blood sugar and reverse diabetes.


Because of the potential for side effects and interactions with medications, take dietary supplements only under the supervision of a health care provider. Some animals given vanadate supplements have developed anemia, low white blood cell counts (the cells that help to fight infection), and high cholesterol.

People with high cholesterol, anemia, an infection, or any health problem causing a low white blood cell count, such as HIV, should not take vanadium without first talking to their doctor.

Because vanadium may lower blood sugar levels, people with diabetes who take medication to control blood sugar may be at risk of low blood sugar or hypoglycemia if they take vanadium.

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Irina Maryanchik is not a licensed physician, she has extensive experience in the fields of alternative and energy medicine. The information and material provided on this site are for educational purposes only and any recommendations are not intended to replace the advice of your physician. You are encouraged to seek advice from a competent medical professional regarding the applicability of any recommendations with regard to your symptoms or condition. It is important that you do not reduce, change or discontinue any medication or treatment without consulting your physician first. The personal stories shared on this website are personal to the users and will not be typical of the results you will have if you follow the advice provided on this website.

The information and recommendations provided on this website have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are provided for educational purposes only.

How to Make Homemade Yogurt

I love making my own homemade yogurt – it contains beneficial bacteria that helps to digest food and promotes healthy functioning of the immune system.

Yogurt that has been sitting on the shelves at the grocery store does not have the fresh, active bacteria that homemade yogurt does. Commercially manufactured yogurt is made from pasteurised milk, it is difficult to digest because it contains sugar, preservatives, and fillers.  It can often cause allergic reaction in many people. Once the commercial yogurt has been refrigerated, the quantity of friendly bacteria decreases and the health benefits decrease. Also, from the weight management perspective, it may contribute to weight gain due to the cold and heavy quality.

If you buy yogurt at the store, choose products that contain live active cultures. If the yogurt has been pasteurized or heated, the beneficial bacteria are dead and will not provide any health benefits.

Homemade yogurt is especially beneficial for individuals on a vegetarian diet. One cup yogurt contains about 13 grams of protein, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, B complex, and folic acid. People taking antibiotics, which can destroy digestive flora, are often recommended to eat yogurt to replace healthy bacteria.

Fresh yogurt is digested in about 1 hour, as compared to the 3 hours it can take to digest milk. People who have issues with digesting milk say that fresh yogurt is much easier to digest and it actually helps their immune system.

Learning how to make yogurt at home is easier than you think. Use the milk from only from the grass-fed animals, goat or sheep milk is best. Raw milk would be my first choice if you can find a local farm in your area.

Follow these steps to make a delicious homemade yogurt:

Equipment: 5- to 8-cup container with lid, thermometer, plastic or glass spoon.

  1. Heat milk in a large saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring frequently with plastic or glass spoon, until it is steaming, barely bubbling and registers 180°F on an instant-read thermometer. Important tip: Do not leave the milk unattended – it can boil over very quickly.
  2. Pour the milk into a clean, heat-safe 5- to 8-cup container. Let it stand, stirring frequently, until cooled to 110°F.
  3. Open 2 capsules of probiotics and add them into the milk (in a small bowl first), then stir the mixture back into the warm milk.
  4. Cover the container and wrap in a clean kitchen towel to help keep it warm. Place in a very warm place. You may use stove with a light turned on.
  5. Let it stand undisturbed until thickened and tangy, at least 8 and up to 12 hours.
  6. Refrigerate yogurt until cold, for about 2 hours. The yogurt will thicken a bit more in the refrigerator.
  7. You may sweeten yogurt with stevia, fruits, or cacao.

Homemade Yogurt can be stored in regenerator for up to 1 week.

Tip: Make sure that temperature is between 100 and 110 F, otherwise it may kill the bacteria and disturbs a fermentation process.

There are a few ways to create a very warm (about 110°F) environment for making yogurt:

  • Method 1: Turn your oven on to 200° for about 5 minutes, then turn it off. Add the towel-wrapped container of yogurt and if you have an oven light, turn it on for added warmth.
  • Method 2: Place a hot water bottle (or other small container) filled with very hot water alongside the towel-wrapped container in a small cooler.
  • Method 3: Wrap a heating pad set to High around the towel-wrapped container.
  • Method 4: Use yogurt maker (Cost: $25 online).

I hope you will try this recipe at home and enjoy its benefits. Post your comments below if you want to share your tips or recommendations.

#1 Russian Remedy for Cold and Flu


Did you know that Onions were used in Europe to successfully fight off the plague in the early 1900’s?

In Russia onions have been used to fight flu and cold we well as clear impurities around the house.

My grandmother used an onion compress for the chest and feet to cure coughs, fevers and flu. She also used the onion pad to reduce pain and inflammation in her joints.

My mother used onions to protect the body from viruses and colds. She used to say that white onions worked better than red onions. It was very common to have onions at a Russian home during winter flu season and to have cut onions in the room  an ill family member to relieve symptoms quickly and naturally.

If someone was sick, she would peel the onions and left them around the house as a preventive measure against flu and viruses. She would then replace the onions every 3 months.

If someone in your home becomes ill with a cough, flu, cold or fever, place a peeled white onion cut in half in a bowl in their room. The onion needs to be cut in half in order to expose the most amount of ‘healing power’ from its pungent odor.

It’s best not to leave a cut onion open in the fridge (to eat later) because as soon as an onion is cut, it will start to absorb bacteria.

If you cut an onion for a salad, either use the whole thing or put the other half in your garage or basement to absorb bad smells. Once the onion is in a salad in a sealed container, it is safe and can be eaten at a later time.

What Makes Onions So Effective

Onions are rich in sulfur-containing compounds that are responsible for their strong odor. Sulfur is a powerful detoxifying ingredient and helps the body to release toxins, especially for the liver. High sulfur foods help your body to detox from heavy metals like lead, arsenic and cadmium.

The onion is the richest dietary source of quercetin – a powerful antioxidant that has been shown to thin the blood, lower cholesterol, ward off blood clots, and fight asthma, chronic bronchitis, hay fever, diabetes, atherosclerosis and infections and is even linked to inhibiting certain types of cancer.

Onions are also naturally anti-inflammatory, antibiotic and antiviral. That, of course, is when you eat them.

Best Russian Cold/Flu Remedy

  • Cut one large white organic onion in quarters and place it in a food processor.
  • Add 3 tablespoons of raw, unfiltered organic honey and one organic lemon (cut it in half and remove seeds).
  • Blend this mixture together for 2-3 minutes until it becomes a paste-like consistency.
  • Eat one tablespoon every hour if you have flu or cold.
  • Or eat 1-2 tablespoons daily during the cold season to prevent getting sick.    

Sock Onion Remedy

  • Cut the white onion in half.
  • Place one half on the bottom of each foot so that the cut onion is against the skin.
  • Place a sock on top of the onion so it stays secure in place and leave overnight.
  • This remedy is excellent for flu and fever.

Let me know if any of these remedies worked for you. Leave your comments below.

Powerful Solutions for Seasonal Allergies

Allergy Relief Six-Oils Formula

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  • 1 drop of Cedarwood essential oil *
  • 1 drop of Idaho Balsam Fir essential oil *
  • 1 drop of Lavender essential oil *
  • 1 drop of Thieves essential oil *
  • 1 drop of Copaiba essential oil *
  • 1 drop of Idaho Blue Spruce essential oil *

Add these essential oils into the empty vegetable capsule. Take one vegetable capsule every morning for two weeks during the spring season. If your allergies get worse, take 2-3 capsules per day.

Avoid red meat, gluten, and dairy as they create excess mucus in the body.

*Use only Therapeutic Grade Young Living Essential Oils.


Allergy Relief Lavender Formula


  • Add 6 to 8 drops of Young Living Lavender oil into the empty vegetable capsule.
  • Fill up the capsule with organic, cold pressed olive or coconut oil.
  • Drink 1 oz of Ningxia Red every morning on an empty stomach.
  • Take 1 capsule of Lavender oil every morning as soon as you notice first allergy symptoms.

When allergies are at their worst, increase the Lavender oil dose to twice a day and drink 1 oz of the Ningxia Red before 3 pm.

*Use only Young Living therapeutic grade essentials oils.

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