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Video Transcript: How to Beat Cancer with Ancient Medicine Part 1
Here are some of the most important foods I think that we should be consuming and, listen, I do think that another important thing to remember is that all medicine, including cancer treatments, should be personalized. Depending on where you have your cancer, what type of cancer, so I have organic meat down here. For some people they should definitely be doing that with cancer. For some people they shouldn’t. It really depends upon the person.
I know that can make it confusing because this happens, right, you’re going to have speakers here probably some will be saying, “hey, meat’s okay.” Some will say you should go completely vegan. There’s a lot of information out there. I’m here to tell you that the oldest form of medicine in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine will tell you everybody is different. Everybody’s body needs something different. So that’s important to remember, because a lot of times we want to be all black and white. Meat is all bad or dairy is all bad or it’s not. It really depends upon the person.
For somebody with cancer if they have an iron deficiency and their thyroid is having problems and they don’t have enough selenium or certain B vitamins like B12, then meat is great for them. But if somebody’s liver and their pancreas, their liver specifically and gallbladder, are totally overwhelmed then they need to be really conscious of the type of fats and things they’re getting in their diet but generally speaking, the most important foods we should be getting: herbs and spices, vege tables, berries, bone broth, organic meat, sprouted nuts and seeds, probiotic rich foods, and omega-3 rich foods.
When you’re coming up with your meal plan today, and I’ll talk more about this more in a little bit, these are some of the most healing foods you should add into your diet. And I want to say, of all the things on this list though, the foods we are most deficient in today when you compare us to the east such as, the Middle East, India, and Asia, we are missing herbs and spices and broth. When you are sick or when you are sick over in ancient Chinese medicine they would say, “You need to drink bone broth and herbs and spices.”
I read a book called “The Okinawa Diet,” and they said we consume about one seventh of the amount of antioxidants in our diet, or at least men over 70 do, compared to men in the U.S. okay. So Okinawa consumes seven times the antioxidants from things like green tea and turmeric and ginger and all these amazing super foods. We’re not getting these antioxidants, which reduce oxidation, which allow us to age slower. There’s a reason why in Okinawa, Japan, there’s more centenarians, that’s people living to be over 100, than anywhere else in the world. So much of it has to do with their herb and spice consumption.
You know you’ve probably heard me say the term “food is medicine” or Hippocrates or 100 other people but it’s most true with the herbs and spices. Do you know what they gave you or what was considered medicine throughout history up until a couple hundred years ago? Medicine was considered herbs and spices, whether it be in a tea form or tincture form, that’s what people used as medicine. Okay so I want to give you an example too. I kind of alluded to this a minute ago, but the biggest thing you need to do if you want to heal your body and this is from—whether we’re talking about cancer or lyme disease or autoimmune disease or hyperthyroidism or anything else. And I had my graphic designer, I thought this would be helpful, I had her draw this up for you guys to see, but I thought I wanted to simplify things and say, “Here’s how you should think about this.” So think about this too.
If we need to change your internal environment. We had flooding years ago in Nashville. And I had all of these patients coming in with mold toxicity because mold was growing on their home after flooding. In order to grow mold you have to have a damp environment, right? If it’s really dry, mold won’t grow. If it’s damp, it will grow. That’s an absolute fact. Mold is a type of microbe similar to bacteria or fungus or yeast. So the same thing goes for your body. In order for candida to grow, it has to be a certain environment. It has to be damp. In order for lyme disease to thrive in your body, it has to be damp. So I’m going to get into this here, but you’ll see internally your body can be either too hot or too cold, too damp or too dry. Too much movement called wind, too little movement called stagnation. Your body can be either too yin or too yang, or you can have too little chi.
Now when I first heard those words, I thought “those are kind of wacky and out there”, like yin and yang. It’s just a different language. Yin essentially means that’s your feminine hormones. It’s your estrogen. It’s your progesterone. And it’s doing something like yoga. It’s building peace. It’s… Yang is very crossfit. It’s testosterone. It’s adrenaline. It’s those hormones. And so it’s just balancing out. Having balanced hormones essentially is what they’re saying in Chinese medicine.
And so here is this too. Look at this. One of the things on here is a cold. Why do we call it a cold today? That comes from ancient Chinese medicine. It’s because your body is cold internally. What are all the remedies to heal a cold? Warming herbs and spices. It’s ginger. It’s cayenne pepper. It’s garlic. It’s oil of oregano. These are warm, spicy herbs.
When I was sick as a kid, I don’t know if any of you guys were like this, my mom always gave me chicken noodle soup and ginger ale. And if we were out of ginger ale, she gave 7UP, because I guess that’s a great replacement. But I went back and looked recently at what was in the chicken noodle soup and it was white flour noodles, MSG, just garbage. And the ginger ale was actually worse than the 7UP. It has like 40 grams of high fructose corn syrup. I told my mom, I’m like, “If you did not love me so much, I would be dead, because you gave me the worse thing you could give anybody.” This is why I was sick for weeks as a kid. It took me weeks and months to get better. But where did my mom get that idea? The ancient Chinese remedy for overcoming a cold and flu was chicken broth and ginger herbal tea. But today, in our society, somehow it comes out to 7UP, and white flour noodles, and a fake broth.
But you guys can see what I’m talking about here, and here’s what our medical system does is they see the bad bacteria and they say we’re going to treat the bacteria that can overgrow in a damp or cold environment. Chinese medicine says no, no we need to warm things up and dry things out. Bitter dries up damp. That flavor bitter. Now here’s the problem, almost everybody is dampness today, candida. By the way, dampness is candida or it’s mucus in your nose or phlegm, like somebody with ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s can have mucus in their colon. A lot of people have mucus and candida and yeast throughout their entire digestive tract. So they’re not absorbing nutrients.
This happen all the time, but the medical system says “we’re going to give you an antibiotic and treat the bacteria. We’re going to kill the good and bad.” The problem is now just the bad grows back. You never changed your environment. When you change your environment, you start eating bitter herbs in foods and foods that help balance your microbiome. All of a sudden, the bad can’t survive and the good can thrive. If you’re going to heal from anything, here’s a big thing to remember.
You don’t want to treat it. You want to transform it. You want to transform what’s going on in your environment, your digestive tract, your organ system.
So you can see here IBS-D, IBS with diarrhea, that’s cold dampness. IBS with constipation is actually an issue of dampness with heat of the liver, so things aren’t moving as well. So anyways, almost every condition you can balance out through simply changing your body’s internal environment. And I’m going to talk about how to do that here in just a minute. I want to mention this too. So I’m going to talk a little bit about Chinese medicine. There’s another speaker I know that’s speaking after me, a guy named Dr. Chris Motley. Make sure you guys listen to him. I’m going to touch on Chinese medicine here, but he’s ones of the most brilliant people I’ve ever met when it comes to Chinese medicine and emotions. Dr. Chris Motley. He’s got an awesome, awesome Instagram. You can follow him. Dr. Motley.
All right, so let’s dive into this. Let’s talk about detoxification. And I think I had pictures here. Maybe they didn’t come over. That’s okay. So milk thistle. So in order to fight cancer, we need our liver firing and working properly, okay. Certain herbs can help do that and I am going to talk about emotions and how emotions affect different organ systems here in a minute. I’m going to wait to do that, but I’m doing to talk about these herbs as well.
So liver detoxification. Milk thistle in medical studies has been shown to regenerate and heal your liver. Of all the herbs you can take, milk thistle is probably the most powerful or other forms of thistle, blessed thistle is also fantastic. But thistles work for detoxification. It’s so funny. I look at this too and here’s the thing I love about ancient medicine is that our medical system today, our conventional system, is based on about 150 years of research. Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine are 4,000 years old but are founded on millions and millions of individual case studies. So which is more proven over time? I mean they pull a drug off the market every month for killing people. Vioxx alone killed 80,000 people and they were approved. They went through all this process. How’s that happen. I can tell you this: ginger and milk thistle have never caused a single death. Look it up. How many people died from ginger? Nobody. Nobody.
And here’s the other thing to note. A lot of times in western formulas people, when they create supplements, will just throw in all herbs they think are good for the liver. In Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic, it was much more strategic than that. Let me give you an example. They’ll know, okay the liver, several things. It can be hot. It can be cold. It can not be moving. And so here’s the thing. Or can it can be not regenerating and healing properly. So again, milk thistle regenerates the liver.
Bupleurum, now this is an amazing herb a lot of people are unaware of but it’s what moves what’s called liver chi. It’s what caused your liver to start releasing bile and moving. It’s amazing. And so if somebody truly wants to detox, milk thistle’s amazing, but right after that Bupleurum, one of the most powerful herbs on the planet.
There are others as well, black seed is fantastic. Basically things that are bitter and sour activate the liver, okay. When you consume bitter foods, it releases bile helping you better digest fat. Bitter foods also help dry up the dampness. And so Andrographis is another great, bitter herb. Here’s the thing, most herbs are bitter. We just don’t get enough of. So the biggest thing I can tell you, I’m going to talk about a lot of herbs and spices today. Just get as many as you can.
When you’re cooking, throw turmeric in everything. Throw ginger in a smoothie in the morning. Throw turmeric in your hummus. Those rosemary and basil and copious, large amounts on your chicken you’re making. Chelsea and I sometimes have sort of dinner parties and have friends over and we love cooking. We’re big time foodies. And people always ask me, I’m not trying to boast here, but they’ll say, “Man why does your chicken taste so good?” Here’s my secret, I just use three times the herbs and spices. So it has more flavor. That’s it. So there’s health benefits but also there’s obviously benefits there for your palate and so again use as many herbs and spices as you can. But liver detoxification is so important for fighting and preventing cancer. Milk thistle, probably the number one there.
Supporting your immune system. One of the top five herbs prescribed in ancient Chinese medicine was astragalus. Astragalus is amazing. It’s known to both help boost your immune system, but also most importantly, it actually strengthens your digestive system. If you’re a person that has loose stool, okay. So, when you are having a bowel movement, should be well formed, put together. If it’s loose at all, you should take astragalus. It really helps strengthen. And that means, if you have a loose stool, it means you’re not absorbing and digesting properly. It’s leaky. That’s a big sign of leaky gut too.
But again astragalus, the most powerful herb at really strengthening what’s called your spleen and your pancreas, and its also going to really help strengthen your digestive system and your immune system together.