Hippocrates Soup

hippocrates soup ingredients

Hippocrates is said to be the “father of western medicine,” since I practice TCM, I’m not so sure, but what I really do like is his quote, “let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” I also appreciate the part of the Hippocratic Oath that talks about “first do no harm,” this is the root of the Gerson Therapy, which is probably why Dr. Max Gerson named the very important component of his therapy, Hippocrates soup after him. Hippocrates soup is an integral part of The Gerson Therapy. On this diet it is required to have at least 8oz with lunch and 8oz with dinner every day. This soup is made fresh every other day. The ingredients are really pretty simple and we are lucky that even the local Fred Meyer (mega chain grocery store) carries the most challenging ingredient to find… celery root. We are especially lucky that we live in Portland with so many amazing co-ops that offer so much amazing produce.

I would honestly say that I find this soup pretty bland, but there are some great garnishes to add to make it so tasty. The most simple addition that I find really makes it taste so good is ginger,* just grate some fresh ginger root to taste and yummy!! Another easy addition is a little lemon juice… this is Dan’s favorite way to have the soup. I personally like both and then add a little cilantro or basil… muy delicioso!!!

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*Ginger was an ingredient that originally not allowed on the Gerson Therapy, but now it is allowed and of course anyone on the Gerson Therapy should check with their Gerson trained MD to make sure it can be added to their program.

TCM Properties of Hippocrates Soup

Onion and leek are warming and moving, they nourish Lungs and Spleen to help reduce phlegm in the body. Celery and celery root are cooling and cleansing to the body, the salty nature helps to dissolve masses. Tomatoes are strengthening to the Spleen and Stomach; help alleviate thirst by promoting body fluids. Parsley builds blood, is warming and drying, which is great for Spleen and the pungent flavor enters/supports the Lungs. Potatoes are neutral and sweet in flavor which tonifies the Spleen/Stomach. Garlic is very pungent and warming to help dissolve masses, purge toxicity and parasites from the body.

Together all these foods and herbs work together to build the Spleen and Stomach energy to improve digestion and build qi. They also help to dissolve masses in the body to reduce tumors. It is interesting that many of these foods are also high in quercetin which is considered a strong antioxidant that is proven to prevent and breakdown cancer cells.

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Healing Food at Health Institute de Tijuana

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Delicious Lunch Served Today: salad with coleslaw, cooked plantain and apricot, quinoa, prickly pear with pico de gallo and broccoli salad.

Amazing how life takes you places that you ask to go… When I was in undergrad at Bastyr University my roommate at the time had just finished a rotation at the Gerson Institute in San Diego before starting school to become a naturopath. The Gerson Institute uses the protocol of Max Gerson, MD to treat cancer and other chronic diseases using nutrition therapy. At the time my father was diagnosed with stage IV sarcoma and was struggling to stay alive doing conventional cancer treatment: radiation, chemotherapy and surgery. His oncologist at the time was absolutely opposed to any “alternative” treatments. Unfortunately my father passed away 2 years after his diagnosis and because he was only 48 at the time; I have always thought, “what would I do if I was diagnosed with cancer?” I continued to see Gerson Therapy researched in different books and watched the documentary The Gerson Miracle, and I thought this is a place I want to study or visit sometime in my life. Well I got my wish sooner than I thought…

Since I have been vegan for 20 years and my partner Dan has been vegan for 10 years I honestly felt like cancer is something we would never have to face. Then December 12, 2017 my partner was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer… what a shock to stay the least!!! Dan is young, healthy, physically active, and one of the most positive people I have met in my life. So after letting the news sink in and meeting with the chemo and radiation oncologists Dan decided he wanted to go to the Gerson Clinic, or Health Institute de Tijuana. The day after his diagnosis we started the Gerson Therapy at home. This is a diet therapy with no SOS (salt, oil, sugar), eating cooked oatmeal for breakfast every morning, Hippocrates soup with lunch and dinner, and all fresh (no frozen or canned) vegetables and fruit. The Gerson Therapy involves prescribed juices (since food is our medicine), coffee enemas, and some supplements. Here is a video of the 4 basic components of the Gerson Therapy: diet, juicing, detox and supplementation.

At home we did the Gerson Therapy for 3 weeks until coming to the Health Institute de Tijuana (HIT). In 3 weeks time Dan already had amazing progress… for instance his AST and ALT (liver enzymes) dropped in 1/2 and are now just barely above the normal range. He has metastasis in liver so this is significant!! Now that we are at HIT and it is like a vacation!! It is only 3 blocks from the ocean we get amazing meals prepared for us and juices. There are cooking classes, yoga, meditation, group therapy classes, and the most inspiring people you could meet (patients, nurses, and doctors alike). He is on a specific regimen of juices, and supplements that are prescribed by his doctor. We see his MD every day for 1 hour check ups. He has his vitals taken three times/day and does an IV drip of Laetrile and vitamin C. He gets his blood work done weekly and when we go home we check back in monthly with blood work.

Gerson Therapy is a nutrition based cancer treatment that works by healing the body and boosting the immune system to eliminate cancer and other degenerative diseases. This treatment has been used for over 70 years and even on the shuttle ride down here we met a mom and daughter who beat cancer 6 years prior using the Gerson Therapy. One of the main nutritional components of this therapy are the juices. Here is a recipe for the green juice (please note that they are adjusted accordingly to each person; for instance Dan’s green juice has green pepper omitted to not aggravate GI bleeding).

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Green Juice Recipe (from Gerson Institute)

  • Dark green lettuces – ¼ to ½ of a head (depending on the size of the lettuce): red and green leaf lettuces, romaine, endives. Iceberg is useless and do not use
  • Escarole – 2 or 3 leaves
  • Beet tops (young inner leaves) – 2 to 3 leaves
  • Watercress – 5 or 6 leaves
  • Red cabbage – 2 or 3 leaves
  • Green bell pepper – ¼
  • Swiss chard – little
  • Green apple – 1

Preparation: Greens should be washed taking care to rinse off sand or soil that is often present at the base of the leaves. Shake off water or put in salad spinner to remove excess moisture. Cut off bottom portion of stems of chard or any other fibrous leaves. Chop up because it is quite stringy and hard to pulp. This avoids raising temperature of pulp and killing enzymes.

Using a two-step (grinder/press) juicer, grind and collect pulp in a bowl. When all produce has been ground stir thoroughly, but not so much as to introduce unnecessary air into the pulp.

If you’re using an electric press raise the juice part slowly to avoid having pulp squirt out of cloth and onto the juice person.

Using multiple juicing cloths you can prepare the second cloth while the first one is pressing. Also, some people will fold over the squashed cloth/pulp package and press it again to get a little more juice out of the pulp. Wash juicer after every green juice.

After pressing, the remaining pulp, conveniently packaged in the juice cloth, can be discarded.

The green juice is much more active than the carrot or carrot/apple juices and should be consumed immediately. Dr. Gerson did not recommend storage of the green juice for any length of time before consumption as it deteriorates rapidly.

 

The Best Ginger Cookies EVER!!!

In an attempt to eat without grains… crazy right? Well it is an experiment to get all in my family healthy and happy and reestablish some really good GI flora and gut healing. I’ve been super inspired by this amazing book Breaking the Vicious Cycle by Elaine Gottschall, B.A., M.Sc. It is a SCD or Selective Carbohydrate Diet, meaning no starches since they are longer chain carbohydrates and extremely hard to digest when you have compromised gut flora or food sensitivities. What I do like about this diet so far is that instead of focusing on grains + veggies + fruit + nuts = my diet, I do lots more veggies…. which come on are the super nutrient rich foods anyway.

In my search of craving something sweet that is on this diet I found the most delicious Ginger Cookie Recipe EVER! You might think I am joking, but for real the texture is gummy and chewy with a little crisp on the outside. So satisfying!! I got the recipe from: The Comfy Belly Blog and here it is… just a side note that this blog is definitely gluten free and grain free, but NOT vegan. Some recipes are vegan friendly though.

Ginger Snap Cookies (from www.comfybelly.com)

  • 2 cups blanched almond flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup or honey
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C, or gas mark 4).
  2. Prepare baking sheets with parchment paper or non-stick baking mat.
  3. Blend the dry flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves together in a mixing bowl.
  4. Add the maple syrup and coconut oil to the dry ingredients and blend well until a soft dough forms.
  5. If the dough is too soft to shape into small balls, place it in the freezer for 5 to 10 minutes.
  6. With a spoon or your fingers roll up to 1 tablespoon of dough into a small ball and place it the baking sheet. Place them about 2 inches apart.
  7. Press each cookie with the palm of your hand to flatten it out into a disc shape. Optionally, sprinkle some sea salt on top of each cookie.
  8. Bake for 10 minutes or until the cookies are turning golden brown and dark around the edges. Careful not to burn them because they do so easily.
  9. Cool for 10 minutes.

Makes about 24 small cookies…. ENJOY!!!

Jade Helping Make Ginger Cookies

 

Yummy Beet Smoothie to Build Blood

So last night I asked my 4 year old daughter, “what kind of smoothie do you want?” She replied a “red smoothie mommy.” Well okay so I thought I don’t have enough strawberries to make it red so I decided to go with beets. I have plenty of those since I’ve been doing some amazing fermented beets and veggies mix, but that will have to be another post…

The beet smoothie consisted of really simple ingredients and when I was thinking about their medicinal properties I realized that actually this smoothie was quite a blood building smoothie. In Chinese Medicine our Blood is made from the Spleen and Stomach Qi and stored in our Liver. Basically it is a part of our post natal essence that we can affect through diet and lifestyle. Our Blood gives us energy and turns into Qi. The Blood is what nourishes our organs, tendons, and ligaments and is even a part of our Yin… pretty important stuff isn’t it? So of course I want to build my blood to help nourish my whole body, mind and spirit. Here is a delicious smoothie to help and nourish our blood.

Beet Blueberry and Hemp Smoothie

  • 1 small beet (can include the greens too)
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • about 1/4 cup hemp seeds
  • enough water to blend

In TCM most dark colored fruits and vegetables build blood. In this case the beets, beet greens and blueberries and blood builders. Beets and their greens are also great for the Liver, which is the complimentary organ for this time of year, Lungs. Hemp seeds are actually an herb used in TCM called Huo Ma Ren to build the blood. Since it is a smoothie these ingredients are easy to digest and better assimilated. Hope you enjoy this as much as me and my daughter!!!

Jade drinking her Beet Smoothie

Food Fight! Now Carries Rescue Rub

 

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One of my favorite grocery stores, Food Fight! (vegan grocery store) is now carrying Rescue Rub! They are carrying Boo Boo Balm and Sore Muscle Salve. I’m super happy because this is actually benefiting two amazing farm sanctuaries: Green Acres Farm Sanctuary and Out to Pasture Sanctuary. If you are in the Portland area and didn’t know that Food Fight! opened up a second location (on Halsey and NE 112th) you should come and check it out. Both locations are carrying Rescue Rub. Plus there is a new vegan coffee shop next to their new location, Jet Black Coffee. I got a decaf mocha and it was amazing!!!

Here is some more information on the two products they are carrying:

BOO BOO BALM:

  • Rescue Rub Boo Boo Balm is a totally vegan and organic salve made with calendula and St. John’s Wort infused extra virgin olive oil and candelilla wax (from the wax slipper plant). This is more of a ointment/salve combination.

    Candelilla wax gives protection over cuts, scrapes and burns.

    St. John’s Wort:

  • An amazing herb for healing burns and injury to the skin. It has many anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. For healing tissues while alleviating pain as well.

    Calendula:

  • Great herb for healing trauma and reducing inflammation. It promotes cellular repair and is great at healing wounds. Gentle for all skin including babies and good for any skin irritation.

    Lavender Essential Oil:

  • Anti-microbial and anti-viral. It has a balancing affect of promoting circulation and also promoting relaxation.

    Chamomile Essential Oil:

  • Promotes relaxation and is anti-inflammatory. It is safe and soothing for all ages and promotes healing.

    Directions: Use on any minor scrapes, wounds, and burns. If the skin has a deep gash or severe burn please get medical attention. Since this is a medicinal grade salve do a patch test first. Can put Boo Boo Balm around an injury instead of over if the injury is too deep.

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Boo Boo Balm-For Adults to Babies!

SORE MUSCLE SALVE:

  • Rescue Rub for Sore Muscles is vegan, organic and non-GMO. The base is unrefined shea butter, extra virgin olive oil and candelilla wax from the Mexican wax slipper plant. These are hypoallergenic and non comedogenic. Shea butter is full of Vitamin E, is great for all skin types and very soothing. Extra virgin olive oil is loaded with antioxidants like Vitamin A and E, also great for all skin types.

    Arnica:

  • Arnica is great for healing trauma and injury. It can be used topically for sprains, strains, superficial burns, and relief of arthritis. Arnica is anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antimicrobial.

    Eucalyptus Essential Oil:

  • Anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, decongesting, antibacterial and stimulating. This helps to promote blood flow to promote localized healing.

    Peppermint Essential Oil:

  • Considered to be cooling, reduces heat and inflammation around an injury. Very aromatic so it increases localized circulation and blood flow to promote healing.

    Rosemary Essential Oil:

  • Great for reducing both acute and chronic pain. Can help with boosting our immune system and alleviating pain from arthritis.

    Cinnamon Essential Oil:

  • Very warming to promote circulation, this warming ability is what really helps to relieve pain and balance the cooling properties of the other oils.

    Directions: Use on any tight/sore muscles, chronic pain, arthritis, strains, sprains and trauma. Since this is a medicinal grade salve do a patch test first. Also avoid contact around eyes or open wounds and mucous membranes.

 

Hope you can stop by Food Fight! to check out their awesome stores and then you can even get some salve too! If you aren’t local you can order my salve on etsy.

Fall Into Health

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Autumn in Traditional Chinese Medicine is associated with the Metal element. The Metal element correlates to the Lungs and Large Intestine. Their primary function is to take in new things and let go of the old. The Lungs control inhalation-exhalation and also control the opening and closing of our pores. Our skin is governed by the Lungs and one way to renew and give new life to our Lungs is through our skin. Our skin protects us from any external evils also known as pathogens like bacteria or viruses. Here are some steps for supporting the Lungs during the fall.

  1. Practice meditation that involves focus on breathwork. For instance the mantra by Thich Nhat Han, “breathing in I relax breathing out I smile”
  2. Take care of our skin and help it let go of what is not wanted. Exfoliate your whole body with a sugar or salt scrub. See recipe below.
  3. Use a detoxifying massage oil to nourish your skin and perform lymph massage while applying the oil. See this site for making calendula oil, a detoxifying oil you can make at home. You can also just use some extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil. Or spice it up by adding a couple drops of your favorite essential oils.
  4. Nourish your Lungs with food. Pears are a great food to moisten the Lungs if you have a dry cough or tend towards dryness in your body. You can also make stewed pears (add walnuts to tonify the yang) that nourishes the yin and yang and is aromatic to help open the Lungs.
  5. Take an herbal formula to support our Wei qi or protective qi. Like Jade Windscreen Yu Ping Fang San. This supports the Lungs and prevents us from catching a cold or flu. Make sure to see a practitioner of TCM to help you get the right formula for your constitution.

Have a beautiful Fall and stay healthy and happy!

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Lovely Calendula Blooming in the Garden

 

Spicy and Sweet Body Scrub 6oz.

  • ½ cup brown sugar or turbinado sugar or sea salt*
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • (can use almond or sesame oil as well)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (powdered)
  • ½ teaspoon ginger (powdered)
  • ½ teaspoon clove (powdered)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon ground rice
  • (or 20 drops vanilla essential oil)
  • *optional* add 10 drops cinnamon EO

Mix all ingredients in a glass or metal bowl, using a whisk to uniformly mix. Scoop into storage container. Use on moistened skin to exfoliate, then rinse. Not intended for using more than 1 x per week. *Can also use sea salt for this recipe, especially Epsom salt to penetrate tight muscles. Use caution since salt is more abrasive and can sting on freshly shaven or sensitive skin.

Beets are a Beautiful Blood Building Food

The Fall Equinox has come and it is time to celebrate the amazing colors of the season. This time of year is considered the transition between Earth and Metal in Chinese Medicine. We are into the full phase of harvest time or late summer which represents the Earth energy in its fullest. There is just a sprinkling of color and leaves changing, that will soon indicate we have moved onto Metal or Fall. One of the beautiful colors I have in my garden are beets and beet greens.

Beets are a beautiful red color. To just call them red seems so inaccurate, the color is deep and the red veins in the leaves are more vibrant than my words can do justice. So like the veins and brilliant color you can see, the root is even shaped like a heart. These are one of those foods that even without nutrition training you can imagine how it can really nourish our heart. In TCM we say beets have blood building and Liver cleansing properties. The root itself is so sweet and nourishes the Spleen and Stomach as well. The leaves are more bitter to nourish the Heart and sometimes have a slight astringent quality that nourishes the Liver.

One amazing discovery I had about the regenerative properties of beets was made in my compost bin. I would get whole beets and use the greens for soup/smoothies and the root I would roast; I would then have a section of the beet that still has a little of the root and a the smallest amount of foliage on the top. I would throw this into the compost bin. Then a few weeks later while turning my pile I saw fresh leaves growing out of the top. So I started just planting this little bit in my garden and here are the results:

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I can’t decide what my favorite part of beets are, the root or the leaves! They are both so delicious. Use beet greens as a green in any green smoothie; they are mild tasting and so so good!

Here is a recipe for beet roots used in soup:

Beet Soup with Lemon Dill Sour Cream

  • 3-4 Beets
  • 1 Sweet Potato
  • 1 Potato
  • 1/2 medium onion (chopped)
  • 2-3 cups beans (I used black beans)
  • 2 cups cooked rice (optional for more texture)
  • Beet greens or 1/2 bunch kale
  • 2 cups chopped cabbage
  • 1 Lemon
  • Salt or liquid aminos to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon each (oregano, cumin, celery seed, chipotle or black pepper)

Wash and cube beets and potatoes (no need to peel them). In a large skillet saute beets with half the onion and half the sweet potato for 5-10 minutes until the beets are starting to get tender. Add enough water to the pan to cook fully cook beets and sweet potato and blend in a food processor or blender. Set Aside.

Then in another pan cook the rest of the onion and cubed potatoes and boil for 10 minutes with the seasonings listed to make a nice veggie broth. I used about 4 cups water, but feel free to use more or less depending on how thick you like your soup. Add the rice, beans, and whole lemon halves after they have been juiced and cook for another 5-10 minutes. I added the kale, cabbage, and juice of 1 lemon at the end since I don’t like my greens very mushy. Add salt to taste and REMOVE the lemon halves. Then add the pureed beet, sweet potato and onion mixture. Remember to garnish with some delicious Lemon Dill Sour Cream (see recipe below).

*side note on why I add the lemon halves to the soup… the skin of the lemon has all the essential oils and a very potent lemon flavor so I like to add them just to up the lemony goodness.

Lemon Dill Cashew Sour Cream

  • 1 cup raw cashews (soak them first if you don’t have a high-speed blender)
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon + a little lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon dill
  • pinch of salt

If using a high speed blender add a little bit of water and blend until super thick and creamy (almost as thick as sour cream). Then put in freezer while heating up soup to thicken and spoon it on top. If using a food processor make sure to soak the cashews ahead of time (at least 4 hours… can even soak overnight for convenience) and only add water as needed. You may want to double this recipe to have some amazing sour cream on hand… keeps in refrigerator for about a week.

Beet Soup with Lemon Dill Sour Cream

Beet Soup with Lemon Dill Sour Cream