The New Dirty Dozen: 12 Foods to Eat Organic …And the Clean 15 Foods to Eat Inorganic

16 11 2012

Dirty Dozen:

Foods With Pesticide Residue

The benefits of eating organic food go straight to the farm, where no pesticides and chemical fertilizers are used to grow the organic produce shipped to grocers. That means workers and farm neighbors aren’t exposed to potentially harmful chemicals, it means less fossil fuel converted into fertilizers and it means healthier soil that should sustain crops for generations to come.

For individuals, organic food also has benefits. Eating organic means avoiding the pesticide residue left on foods, and it may even mean more nutritious varietals, though research into that subject has yielded mixed results. While there are few if any proven health impacts from consuming trace quantities of pesticides on foods, a growing number of people take the precaution of avoiding exposure just in case, particularly in the cases of pregnant women (growing babies are exposed to most of the chemicals that mom consume) and the parents of young children.

But organic food can cost more, meaning many families are loathe to shell out the extra cash for organic produce on every shopping trip. That’s what makes the Environmental Working Group’s annual list of the dirty dozen foods so useful. The group analyzes Department of Agriculture data about pesticide residue and ranks foods based on how much or little pesticide residue they have. The group estimates that individuals can reduce their exposure by 80% if they switch to organic when buying these 12 foods.

The USDA and farm and food industry representatives are quick to remind consumers that the government sets allowable pesticide residue limits it deems safe, and the produce for sale in your grocery store should meet those standards. Watchdogs like Environmental Working Group see those limits as too liberal, and see the dirty dozen list as a teaching tool to educate consumers about the benefits of organic food.

Even Environmental Working Group says that the benefits of eating fresh fruits and vegetables outweighs the known risks of consuming pesticide residue. At TheDailyGreen.com, we always favor educating consumers so that we can make the decision for ourselves.

Note: The 2011 dirty dozen list reflects testing data from the 2010 harvest, and because some pesticide use is dependent on weather conditions that vary by farm, it may not reflect the pesticide residue on produce in your grocery store. That’s why we include not only those fruits and vegetables on Environmental Working Group’s current list, but produce that has made the list in the past, as well as information about pesticides used to produce meat, dairy and some other favorite foods that aren’t on Environmental Working Group’s latest dirty dozen list. In general, tree fruits, berries, leafy greens dominate the list. Since the USDA tests produce after a typical household preparation, fruits and vegetables with thick skins that are removed before eating (melons, avocado, corn, etc.) tend to have the lowest amounts of pesticide residue. If you don’t see a favorite food here, check Whats On My Food, a project of the Pesticide Action Network that makes the same USDA pesticide residue testing data available in an easy-to-use database.

1. Apples

Topping the 2011 dirty dozen list is a tree fruit that always makes the list: Apples. (Apples ranked No. 2 in 2009 and No. 4 in 2010.) more than 40 different pesticides have been detected on apples, because fungus and insect threats prompt farmers to spray various chemicals on their orchards. Not surprisingly, pesticide residue is also found in apple juice and apple sauce, making all apple products smart foods to buy organic.

Some recommend peeling apples to reduce exposure to pesticide residue, but be aware that you’re peeling away many of the fruit’s most beneficial nutrients when you do so!

Can’t find organic apples? Safer alternatives include watermelon, bananas and tangerines.

2. Celery

Another perennial food on the dirty dozen list is celery. It’s a good one to commit to memory, since it doesn’t fit the three main categories of foods with the highest pesticide residue (tree fruits, berries and leafy greens). USDA tests have found more than 60 different pesticides on celery.

Can’t find organic celery? Safer alternatives with a similar crunch include broccoli, radishes and onions.

3. Strawberries

Strawberries are always on the list of dirty dozen foods, in part because fungus prompts farmers to spray, and pesticide residue remains on berries sold at market. Nearly 60 different pesticides have been found on strawberries, though fewer are found on frozen strawberries.

Can’t find organic strawberries? Safer alternatives include kiwi and pineapples.

4. Peaches

Another tree fruit that always makes the dirty dozen list: peaches. more than 60 pesticides have been found on peaches, an nearly as many in single-serving packs, but far fewer in canned peaches.

Safer alternatives include watermelon, tangerines, oranges and grapefruit.

5. Spinach

Leading the leafy green pesticide residue category is spinach, with nearly 50 different pesticides. (While frozen spinach has nearly as many, canned has had fewer detected pesticides.)

6. Nectarines (Imported)

Nectarines, at least imported ones, are among the most highly contaminated tree fruits. Domestic nectarines don’t test with as much pesticide residue, but overall33 pesticides have been detected on nectarines.

Can’t find organic nectarines? Try pineapple, papaya or mango.

7. Grapes (Imported)

Another perennial entrant on the dirty dozen list, imported grapes can have more than 30 pesticides. Raisins, not surprisingly, also have high pesticide residue tests. Makes you wonder about wine, eh?

Related: Organic Wine Recommendations from $11 per Bottle

8. Sweet Bell Peppers

Another fruit that usually makes the dirty dozen list because it tends to have high pesticide residue is the sweet bell pepper, in all of its colorful varieties. Nearly 50 different pesticides have been detected on sweet bell peppers.

9. Potatoes

America’s favorite vegetable is the potato; unfortunately, more than 35 pesticides have been detected on potatoes in USDA testing. Sweet potatoes offer a delicious alternative with less chance of pesticide residue.

10. Blueberries

Blueberries usually make the dirty dozen list, since more than 50 pesticides have been detected as residue on them. Frozen blueberries have proved somewhat less contaminated. Unfortunately, obvious alternatives like cranberries and cherries, while they may not make the dirty dozen list this year, are often contaminated themselves. For breakfast cereal, if you can’t find blueberries, consider topping with bananas.

11. Lettuce

Joining spinach in the leafy greens category, lettuce makes the list of dirty dozen foods with the most pesticides. More than 50 pesticides have been identified on lettuce. If you can’t find organic lettuce, alternatives include asparagus.

12. Kale (Tie)

A superfood, traditionally kale is known as a hardier vegetable that rarely suffers from pests and disease, but it was found to have high amounts of pesticide residue when tested in each of the past two years.

Can’t find organic kale? Safer alternatives include cabbage, asparagus and broccoli. Dandelion greens also make a nutritious alternative.

12. Collard Greens (Tie)

Put on par wit kale for the 2011 dirty dozen list, collard greens tests have revealed more than 45 pesticides. Alternatives include Brussels sprouts, dandelion greens and cabbage.

13. Fatty Meats

While it doesn’t make the list of dirty dozen foods, meat makes our list. While there are generally no pesticides found in beef muscle, fat is another story. Fewer than a dozen pesticides have been detected in beef fat, but among them are long-lived chemicals that accumulate in human fats just as they do in beef cattle. The same pattern holds for other meats, with pork fat and chicken thighs tallying the most pesticide residue, while lean meat comes up clean.

14. Milk

Pesticides and other man-made chemicals have been found in human breast milk, so it should come as no surprise that they have been found in dairy products, too. Twelve different pesticides have been identified in milk, and milk is of special concern because it is a staple of a child’s diets.

15. Coffee

While the watchdog lists don’t include data on coffee, many of the coffee beans we buy are grown in countries with lax regulations for use of pesticides. Look for the USDA Organic label to ensure you’re not buying beans that have been grown or processed with the use of potentially harmful chemicals.

Go a step or two further, and look for the Fair Trade Certified and Rainforest Alliance (or Bird Friendly) labels to ensure that your purchase supports farmers who are paid fairly and treated well. And look for shade-grown (Rainforest Alliance- or Bird Friendly-certified) varieties for the trifecta; that way you know the coffee is being grown under the canopy of the rainforest, leaving those ancient trees intact, along with the wildlife – particularly songbirds – that call them home.

Wine

Similarly to coffee, there’s no watchdog reporting on pesticides found in wine, but grapes are among the crops that are typically heavily doused with pesticides to ward off fungus and bugs. Fortunately, there are more and more fine organic wines on the market. Many will be labeled “made with organic grapes,” rather than “organic wine” because winemakers add sulfites as a preservative to allow for long-distance shipping.

See our favorite organic wines.

Chocolate

Like coffee beans, cocoa beans are grown across the developing world, sometimes in countries without strict laws governing use of pesticides, worker rights or other factors we’d consider basic in the U.S. Buying organic chocolate ensures your sweet treat isn’t harming the environment or workers elsewhere.

Check out our favorite organic and Fair Trade chocolates.


Buy the Clean 15

If the cost of buying all organic isn’t within your budget, fear not. Check out The Daily Green’s list of fruit and vegetables so clean of pesticides you don’t have to buy organic. (Of course, buying organic is always a good choice for the health of farms and farm workers, regardless of the residue left on the end product.) The feature also includes tips for buying, cleaning, storing and using each fruit and vegetable – as well as delicious recipes! Here’s a look at the Environmental Working Group’s 2011 Clean 15 list:

1. Onions
2. Sweet Corn
3. Pineapple
4. Avocado Avocado
5. Asparagus
6. Sweet peas
7. Mango
8. Eggplant
9. Cantaloupe (domestic)
10. Kiwi
11. Cabbage
12. Watermelon
13. Sweet Potatoes
14. Grapefruit
15. Mushrooms

Source: http://www.thedailygreen.com/healthy-eating/eat-safe/dirty-dozen-foods#ixzz2CRuflS6Y





Documentary: “Forks Over Knives”

25 04 2011

The feature film Forks Over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods.

SYNOPSIS:

What has happened to us? Despite the most advanced medical technology in the world, we are sicker than ever by nearly every measure.

Two out of every three of us are overweight. Cases of diabetes are exploding, especially amongst our younger population. About half of us are taking at least one prescription drug. Major medical operations have become routine, helping to drive health care costs to astronomical levels. Heart disease, cancer and stroke are the country’s three leading causes of death, even though billions are spent each year to “battle” these very conditions. Millions suffer from a host of other degenerative diseases.

Could it be there’s a single solution to all of these problems? A solution so comprehensive yet so straightforward, that it’s mind-boggling that more of us haven’t taken it seriously?

FORKS OVER KNIVES examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the so-called “diseases of affluence” that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods. The major storyline in the film traces the personal journeys of a pair of pioneering yet under-appreciated researchers, Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn.

colin campbell 375 SynopsisDr. Campbell, a nutritional scientist at Cornell University, was concerned in the late 1960’s with producing “high quality” animal protein to bring to the poor and malnourished areas of the third world. While in the Philippines, he made a life-changing discovery: the country’s wealthier children, who were consuming relatively high amounts of animal-based foods, were much more likely to get liver cancer. Dr. Esselstyn, a top surgeon and head of the Breast Cancer Task Force at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic, found that many of the diseases he routinely treated were virtually unknown in parts of the world where animal-based foods were rarely consumed.

These discoveries inspired Campbell and Esselstyn, who didn’t know each other yet, to conduct several groundbreaking studies. One of them took place in China and is still among the most comprehensive health-related investigations ever undertaken. Their research led esselstyn farm 375 Synopsisthem to a startling conclusion: degenerative diseases like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and even several forms of cancer, could almost always be prevented—and in many cases reversed—by adopting a whole foods, plant-based diet. Despite the profound implications of their findings, their work has remained relatively unknown to the public.

The filmmakers travel with Drs. Campbell and Esselstyn on their separate but similar paths, from their childhood farms where they both produced “nature’s perfect food”; to China and Cleveland, where they explored ideas that challenged the established thinking and shook their own core beliefs.

The idea of food as medicine is put to the test. Throughout the film, cameras follow “reality patients” who have chronic conditions from heart disease to diabetes. Doctors teach these patients how to adopt a whole foods plant-based diet as the primary approach to treat their ailments—while the challenges and triumphs of their journeys are revealed.

toastingsaladbowls 450 SynopsisFORKS OVER KNIVES utilizes state of the art 3-D graphics and rare archival footage. The film features leading experts on health, examines the question “why we don’t know”, and tackles the issue of diet and disease in a way that will have people talking for years.

FORKS OVER KNIVES was filmed all over the United States, and in Canada and China.

Official website:  http://www.forksoverknives.com/





Spiritual Significance Behind a Disease, its Healing Affirmation, Herbal & Food Therapy along with Food to Avoid.

7 12 2010

The primary focus is to present spiritually, unconscious messages that our body is communicating through our physical maladies. In general, the body is letting us know when we are off and on track all the time. Our complicated lives distract us from these communications informing us when to get back on board. Clarity and transformation is possible when we tune in.   The brief explanations are intuitive and have repeatedly been found to sustain. Of course, we can always add more info and there may be other explanations.   A special thanks can be given to LOUISE HAY for providing this well respected work. To view her website click here for more personal development.  For additional reading material related to this topic, also review the New York Times bestseller written by CAROLINE MYSS “ANATOMY OF THE SPIRIT”  (Click here to read on Google books.)

A LIST OF DISEASES & THEIR SPIRITUAL SIGNIFICANCE

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ACNE: Not Accepting or disliking self
AFFIRMATION:The love and acceptance I have for myself is reflected in my outer appearance
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID
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ADDICTIONS: Running away from self, Not facing the fear. Not knowing how to love the self.
AFFIRMATION: It is safe to look within for the answers I seek.
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID  

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AIDS: Feeling defenseless and hopeless. Denial of the true inner being, or sexual guilt
AFFIRMATION: I love and appreciate all of myself for the unique, powerful and capable person I am.
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID  

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ALCOHOLISM / ABUSE : Futility, guilt, inadequacy, self-rejection
AFFIRMATION: I live in the now. Each moment is new. I choose to see my self-worth.I love and approve of myself.
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID  

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ALLERGY & HAYFEVER: You are allergic to someone who or yourself denies your power
AFFIRMATION:The world is safe and friendly. I am safe. I am at peace with life.
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ALZHEIMERS: Refusal to deal with the world as it is.
AFFIRMATION: There is always a new and better way for me to experience life. I forgive and release the past. I move into joy.
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID  

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ANKLE PROBLEMS: Inflexibility and guilt Inability to receive pleasure.
AFFIRMATION: I deserve to rejoice in life. I accept all the pleasure life has to offer.
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID  

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ANOREXIA: Denying the self and life. Extreme fear of rejection.
AFFIRMATION: It is safe for me. I am wonderful just as I am. I choose joy and self-acceptance.
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID  

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ANXIETY / NERVOUSNESS: Distrust the natural flow of life.
AFFIRMATION: I love and approve of myself and I trust in the process of life. I am safe.
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID  

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ARTERIOSCLEROSIS: Hardened narrow-mindedness.
AFFIRMATION: I am completely open to life and to joy. I choose to see with love.
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID  

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ARM PROBLEMS: Can’t hold on to lifes experiences.
AFFIRMATION: I lovingly hold and embrace my experiences with love and joy
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID  

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ARTHRITIS: Feeling unloved, criticism, resentment
AFFIRMATION: I am love. I now choose to love and approve of myself. I see others with love.
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID  

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BACK (upper): Lack of emotional support, or feeling unloved.
AFFIRMATION: I love and approve of myself. Life supports and loves me.
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID  

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BACK (middle): Guilt. Stuck in all that stuff back there or Get off my back.
AFFIRMATION: I release the past. I am free to move forward with love in my heart.
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID  

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BACK (lower): Financial woes and concerns.
AFFIRMATION: I trust the process of life. All I need is taken care of. I am safe.
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID  

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BALDNESS: Fear, tension. Trying to control everything and not trusting in the process of life.
AFFIRMATION: I am safe. I love and approve of myself. I trust life.
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID  

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BLACKHEADS (pimples): Small outbursts of anger.
AFFIRMATION: I calm my thoughts and I am serene
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID
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(B-C)

BLOOD PRESSURE:
HIGH (hypertension): Longstanding emotional problems not solved.
LOW: Lack of love as a child. Defeatism. “Whats the use? It won’t work anyway.”  

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AFFIRMATION:
HIGH: I joyously release the past. I am at peace.
LOW: I now choose to ive in the ever-joyous NOW. My life is a joy.

BONE BREAKS: Rebelling against authority.
AFFIRMATION: I am the only authority in my world for I am the only one who thinks in my mind.
BOWEL PROBLEMS: Fear of letting go
AFFIRMATION: I freely and easily release the old and joyously welcome the new.
BREAST (left):Feeling unloved, refusal to nourish oneself. Putting everyone else first.
AFFIRMATION: I am loved and nourished by all around me
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID  

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BREAST (right): Over protection, over bearing, difficulty in giving love.
AFFIRMATION:I embrace and trust life knowing that I am safe and loved. I choose to love and be loved
BREATHING PROBLEMS: Fear or the refusal to take in life. Not feeling worthy to take up space.
AFFIRMATION:It is my birthright to live fully and freely. I am worth loving. I now choose to live life fully
BRONCHITIS: Inflamed family environment.
AFFIRMATION: I experience peace and harmony within myself and all around me. All is well
BRUISES: Self-punishment.
AFFIRMATION: I love and cherish myself. I am kind and gentle with myself. All is well.
BULIMIA: Hopeless terror. Purging self hatred.
AFFIRMATION: I am loved, nourished and supported by life. It is safe for me to be alive.
BURNS: Anger, burning up inside.
AFFIRMATION: I create only peace and harmony within myself and in my environment. I deserve to feel good.
CANCER: What’s eating at you? Deep hurt, secret or grief.
AFFIRMATION: I lovingly forgive and release all of the past. I choose to fill my life with joy. I love and approve of myself.
CARPAL TUNNEL: Anger and frustrations at life’s seeming injustices.
AFFIRMATION: I now choose to create a life that is abundant. I am at ease.
CHOLESTEROL (high): Clogging the channels of joy.
AFFIRMATION:
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID  

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CIRCULATION: Lack of joy or the lack of circulation of ideas.
AFFIRMATION: Joyous new ideas are circulating freely within me
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID  

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COLD SORES: Festering angry words and fear of expressing them.
AFFIRMATION: I only create peaceful experiences because I love myself. All is well.
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID  

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COLDS: Too much going on at once. Mental confusion and disorder.
AFFIRMATION: I allow my mind to relax and be at peace. Clarity and harmony are within me and all around me.
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID  

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COLIC: Mental irritation. Annoyance with surroundings
AFFIRMATION: This child only responds to love and loving thoughts. All is peaceful.
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID  

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COMA: Fear. Trying to escape from something or someone.
AFFIRMATION: We surround you with safety and love. We create a space for you to heal. You are loved.
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CONSTIPATION: Refusing to release old ideas
AFFIRMATION: As I release the past, the new and fresh and vital enter. I allow life to flow through me.
COUGHS: A desire to bark at the world. “Listen to me!”
AFFIRMATION: I am noticed and appreciated in the most positive ways. I am loved.
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID  

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DEPRESSION: Anger, hopelessness.
AFFIRMATION: I now go beyond other peoples fears and limitations. I create my own life.
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID  

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DIABETES: Longing for what might have been. No sweetness left in life.
AFFIRMATION: This moment is filled with joy. I now choose to experience the sweetness of today.
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID  

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DIARRHEA: Fear and rejecting. Running off or away from something/someone.
AFFIRMATION: My intake, assimilation and elimination are in perfect order. I am at peace with life.
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID  

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DIZZINESS Flighty, scattered thinking.
AFFIRMATION: I am deeply centered and at peace with life. It is safe for me to be alive and joyous.
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID  

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EAR PROBLEMS: Not wanting to hear. Anger or too much turmoil
AFFIRMATION: I hear with Love
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID  

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ELBOW PROBLEMS: Not being flexible, not able to change directions or accept new experiences.
AFFIRMATION: I easily flow with with new experiences, new directions and new changes.
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID  

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EYE (astigmatism): Fear of “seeing” the self
AFFIRMATION: I am now willing to see my own beauty and magnificence.
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID  

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EYES (cataracts): Inability to see ahead with joy
AFFIRMATION: Life is eternal and filled with Joy
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID  

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EYE PROBLEMS: (children) Not wanting to see what’s going on in the family
AFFIRMATION: Harmony and joy and beauty and safety now surround the child.
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID  

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EYE (farsighted): Fear of the present
AFFIRMATION: I am safe in the hear and now. I see that clearly
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID  

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EYE (nearsighted): Fear of the future.
AFFIRMATION: I accept life and am always safe
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID  

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FAINTING: Fear, can’t cope, blacking out what’s really going on.
AFFIRMATION: I am strong and powerful and I have the knowledge and ability to handle everything in my life
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID  

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FEET PROBLEMS: Fear of the future or not wanting to move forward.
AFFIRMATION: I understand clearly and I am willing to change with the times. I am safe.
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID
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(F-H)

FEMALE PROBLEMS: Denial of the self and rejecting the feminine aspects within.
AFFIRMATION: I rejoice in the feminine. I love being a women and I love my body
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID  

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FEVERS & INFECTIONS: Anger, burning up.
AFFIRMATION: I am the cool, calm expression of peace and love
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID  

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FIBROIDS: Nursing a hurt from a partner, a blow to the feminine ego
AFFIRMATION:I release the pattern in me that attracted this experience. I create only good in my life
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID  

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FINGER (thumb): Worry, always thinking. Being ‘under someone’s thumb’.
AFFIRMATION: My mind is at peace
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID  

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FINGER (index): Fear of authority, or egotistical; abusing your authority.
AFFIRMATION: I am secure
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID  

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FLU: Responding to mass negativity. Putting too much faith in statistics.
AFFIRMATION: I am beyond group beliefs or the calendar. I am free from all congestion and influence.
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID  

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GAS PAIN (flatulence):Undigested ideas or concerns.
AFFIRMATION: I relax and let life flow through me with ease.
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID  

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GRAY HAIR: Stress, feeling under pressure and strain.
AFFIRMATION: I am strong and capable. I am at peace and comfortable in every area of my life.
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID  

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GUM PROBLEMS: Inability to back up decisions. Being wishy-washy about life.
AFFIRMATION: I am a decisive person. I follow through and support myself with love
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID  

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HAND PROBLEMS: Grasping on to tight, not wanting to let go. Not ‘handling’ things well.
AFFIRMATION: I choose to handle all my experiences with love and with joy and with ease.
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID  

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HEADACHES: Self-criticism. Not wanting to accept what is going on
AFFIRMATION: I love and approve of myself. I see myself and what I do with eyes of love. I am safe.
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID  

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HEART ATTACK: Squeezing all the joy out of life, in favor of money or position.
AFFIRMATION: I bring joy back to the center of my heart. I express love to all.
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID  

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HEARTBURN (reflux): Clutching onto fear. Not trusting in the process of life.
AFFIRMATION: I breathe freely and fully. I am safe. I trust the process of life.
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID  

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HEART PROBLEMS: Lack of joy, dealing with issues from anger, not love.
AFFIRMATION: My heart beats to the rhythm of love
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID  

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HEMORRHOIDS: Fear of deadlines. Afraid to let go and move on.
AFFIRMATION: I release all that is unlike love. There is time and space for everything I want to do
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID  

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HERNIA: Ruptured relationships, feeling the burdens.
AFFIRMATION: My mind is cleansed and free. I leave the past and move into the new. All is well.
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID  

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COLD SORES: Festering angry words and fear of expressing them.
AFFIRMATION: I only create peaceful experiences because I love myself. All is well.
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID

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(H-S)

HIP PROBLEMS: Fear of going forward in major decisions.
AFFIRMATION: I am in perfect balance. I move forward in life with ease and with joy at every age.  

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HYPERACTIVITY: Feeling pressured and frantic
AFFIRMATION: I am safe. All pressure dissolves. I AM good enough.
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID  

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HYPERVENTILATION: Resisting change. Not being able to take it all in.
AFFIRMATION: I am safe everywhere in the Universe. I love myself and trust the process of life.
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID  

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IMPOTENCE: Sexual guilt or pressure, feeling spite against a previous mate
AFFIRMATION: I now allow the full power of my sexuality to flow with ease and with joy
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID  

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INDIGESTION:Dread or anxiety about a recent or coming event
AFFIRMATION: I digest and assimilate all new experiences peacefully and joyously
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID  

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INFECTION:Irritation, anger or annoyance about a recent situation.
AFFIRMATION: I choose to be peaceful and harmonious
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID  

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KIDNEY STONES: Lumps of undissolved anger.
AFFIRMATION: I dissolve all past problems with ease.
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID  

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KNEE PROBLEMS: Lumps of undissolved anger.
AFFIRMATION: Inability to bend. Stubborn pride.
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID  

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LARYNGITIS: Fear of speaking up.
AFFIRMATION: I am flexible and flowing
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID  

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LEFT SIDE OF BODY: The feminine side. Represents receptivity, taking in, women, mother, love.
AFFIRMATION: My feminine energy is beautifully balanced.
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LEG PROBLEMS: Fear of the future, not being able to carry things forward.
AFFIRMATION: I move forward with confidence and joy, knowing that all is well in my future.
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LUNG PROBLEMS: Depression, grief or fear of life. Not feeling worthy.
AFFIRMATION: I have the capacity to take in the fullness of life. I lovingly live life to the full
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MENOPAUSE: Fear of no longer being wanted.
AFFIRMATION: I am balanced and peaceful in all changes of cycles and know that I am loved.
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MENTAL ALERTNESS & SENILITY: Returning to the “safety” of childhood. Demanding care and attention.
AFFIRMATION: I am safe and life is peaceful. The intelligence of the Universe operates at every level of life.
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID  

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MIGRAINE HEADACHE: Sexual fears, or fear of being close, letting someone in too close. Feeling driven or pressured.
AFFIRMATION: II relax into the flow of life and let life provide all that I need easily and comfortably. I love Life!
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID  

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MENSTRUAL IMBALANCE/PMS: Rejection of one’s femininity. Guilt or feeling “dirty”.
AFFIRMATION: my bodily processes are a natural part of life. I love and approve of myself.
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID  

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NAUSEA: Fear, rejecting an idea or experience.
AFFIRMATION: I am safe. I trust the process of life to bring only good to me.
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID
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NECK PROBLEMS: Refusing to see another’s side or position. Stubbornness. Who/what is being a pain in the neck?
AFFIRMATION:I am peaceful with life
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OSTEOPOROSIS: Feeling there is no support left in life.
AFFIRMATION:I stand up for myself and Life supports me in unexpected, loving ways.
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID

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OVERWEIGHT PROBLEMS: Fear, feeling a deep need for emotional protection. Running away from feelings, insecurity.
AFFIRMATION:I am at peace with my own feelings. I am safe where I am. I create my own security. I love and approve of myself.
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID  

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PAIN: Self punishment, feeling emotional guilt.
AFFIRMATION: I lovingly release the past. They are free and I am free. All is well in my heart now.
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID  

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PROSTATE ENLARGEMENT: Mental fears weakening the masculinity. Sexual pressure and feelings of guilt or inadequacy.
AFFIRMATION: I accept my own power. I embrace life and feel young in spirit. I love and approve of myself.
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID  

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SEIZURES: Running away from the self, family or from life.
AFFIRMATION: I am at home in the Universe. I am safe and secure and understood.
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID  

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SHOULDER PROBLEMS:: Carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders. Feeling like life is a burden.
AFFIRMATION: I choose to allow all of my experiences to be joyous and loving.
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SINUS PROBLEMS:: Irritation to someone, usually someone close to you.
AFFIRMATION: I choose to declare peace and harmony with all the individuals around me. I surround my self with love and goodwill.
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID  

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SKIN CONDITIONS: Anxiety, fear, feeling threatened.
AFFIRMATION: I lovingly protect myself with thoughts of joy and peace.
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID  

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SLIPPED DISK: Feeling unsupported in life.
AFFIRMATION: Life supports all of my thoughts; therefore, I love and approve of myself and all is well.
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID  

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SOLAR PLEXAS: Ignoring ‘gut reactions’, or your own intuitions.
AFFIRMATION: I trust my inner voice. I am strong, wise and powerful.
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID  

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SORE THROAT: I trust my inner voice. I am strong, wise and powerful.
AFFIRMATION: I release all restrictions, and I am free to be me.
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID  

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SNORING: Stubborn refusal to let go of old patterns.
AFFIRMATION: I release all that is unlike love and joy in my mind. I move from the past into the new and fresh and vital.
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID  

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SPASMS: I release all restrictions, and I am free to be me.
AFFIRMATION: I release, I relax and let go. I am safe in life.
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID  

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STOMACH & INTESTINAL PROBLEMS: Dread, fear of the new, or not feeling nourished.
AFFIRMATION: I digest life with ease
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STROKE: Insecurity, lack of self-expression. Not being allowed to cry.
AFFIRMATION: Life is change, and I adapt easily to the new. I accept life – past, present and future.
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID 

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TEETH PROBLEMS: Being indecisive, not being able to break down ideas for analysis and decisions.
AFFIRMATION: I make my decisions based on the principles of truth, and I rest securely knowing that only right action is taking place in my life.
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID
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(T-Z)

TESTICULAR PROBLEMS: Not accepting masculine principles, or the masculinity within.
AFFIRMATION: Not accepting masculine principles, or the masculinity within.
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID 

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THYROID PROBLEMS: Humiliation. Feeling repressed or put down. Feeling as if you never get to do what you want.
AFFIRMATION: I move beyond old limitations and allow myself to express freely and creatively.
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID 

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TUMORS: Nursing old hurts and shocks. Building on remorse
AFFIRMATION: I lovingly release the past and turn my attention to this new day.
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID 

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ULCERS: Fear, a strong belief that you are not good enough. “What is eating away at you?”
AFFIRMATION: I love and approve of myself. I am at peace. I am calm.
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID 

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URINARY PROBLEMS: Feeling pissed off! Usually at the opposite sex or lover.
AFFIRMATION: I release the pattern in my consciousness that created this condition. I am willing to change. I love and approve of myself.
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID 

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VARICOSE VEINS: Standing in a situation you hate. Feeling over worked and over burdened.
AFFIRMATION:I stand in truth and live and move in joy. I love life, and circulate freely.
HERB & FOOD THERAPY/FOOD TO AVOID

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