Angela Harris Master Herbalist

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The philosophy is simple. If it was planted and God made it, in its original form or even cooked, you can eat it. If it's been processed or refined, it's not healthy. If it's an apple, fine. If it's a tomato, it's great. You can eat anything that grows and is healthy and full of nutrients. I believe you can take any food into your body that grows, that is plant life, that is a fruit or vegetable.

I'm not a purest. I don't say you can never have processed or refined foods, but certainly, if you fall off the wagon, especially when you're trying to get well, get back on again and do your best.

At the time I had cancer, not one thing went into my mouth that was not going to help me and heal me. Sometimes that level of commitment is what is needed. People know for themselves, individually, what they need to do or want to do.

Whole Wheat or Other Whole-Grains

People who are allergic to wheat are mainly allergic to the white processed flour and they need to gradually go back into using the wheat that is so nutritious.

Wheat is often referred to as being the "staff of life" for a very good reason. Wheat contains thiamin, riboflavin, pyridoxine, protein, pantothenic acid, niacin, barium, silver, inositol, folic acid, choline, vitamin E, boron, silicon, sodium, chlorine, calcium, iron, phosphorous, magnesium, potassium, manganese, copper, sulphur, iodine and fluorine.

Sproutable grains, beans and seeds produce 10 times the nutrients and are easier to digest. Use them in soups, casseroles, salads, sandwiches and breads. (See Recipes and Ideas)

Millet is the only grain that is a complete protein by itself. (Note: Any 2 different grains eaten together will make a complete protein.) Is excellent added to chili, as it solves the gastrointestinal distress problems and completes the protein without addition of high fat beef. Great in pancakes, breads and casseroles. Has mild flavor and mixes well with other dishes.

Barley, Buckwheat, Corn, Oats, Brown Rice, and Rye are excellent whole grain sources.

White Flour

White flour was invented in 1876. Later, it became evident that the lack of fiber, wheatgerm, vitamins and minerals caused illness. The government stepped in and told the manufacturer to stop removing the important nutrients. The manufacturer refused to stop because they had been making so much money and as an alternative, they "enriched" the bread with one mineral, three B vitamins and (in many cases) sawdust for fiber, which satisfied the demands of the public.
From: Eat & Be Lean By: Dana and Chriscilla M. Thornock

They put synthetic vitamins and nutrients back into the flour, leaving a white sticky chemical goo that glues itself to the inside of the colon so that we cannot absorb nutrients when we eat white flour.

White Rice

White Rice has all of the hull and the outside taken out of it and is no longer a whole food. It has been processed and you need to use brown rice instead. Restaurants are starting to cater to the more healthy trends and using brown instead of white rice.


Unrefined, Green Stevia can dramatically reduce blood sugar on diabetics. We've seen it a number of times. Sometimes they have to take ten capsules, three times a day. Part of the problem with diabetics is that they can't lower their blood sugar very well without insulin, so their body is not strong enough to absorb the other nutrients and they can't seem to get well.

Refined White Sugar

White sugar is a highly refined carbohydrate with only two molecules. Because of this, it absorbs quickly into the blood stream, raises the insulin level and then is changed into fat for storage. Sugar can also raise blood fat and cholesterol levels which leads to atherosclerosis and heart disease.
From: Eat & Be Lean By: Dana and Chriscilla M. Thornock

One food you can eliminate immediately to boost your health is refined sugar in all its forms. You will probably have to eliminate most canned and processed foods and soft drinks to do so. Most of the sugar we consume -- about 85 percent -- comes from sugar hidden in food. Ketchup contains about 50 percent sugar. McDonald's french fries contain about 20 percent sugar.

In one scientific study, three ounces of sucrose eaten in one sitting reduced the ability of white blood cells to engulf bacteria and other invaders by about 40 percent. The effect started within a half hour and lasted more than five hours (Sanchez et al., 1973, and Ringsdorf et al., 1976). Another trial showed that only two ounces of glucose suppressed the activity of B-and T- lymphocytes, key components of immunity (Bernstein, 1977). Our average intake of 150 pounds of sugar per year adds up to more than six ounces a day -- three times the level necessary to depress the immune system. A single soft drink may contain two ounces of sugar.

Virtually every tissue in the body is adversely affected. For an exhaustive review of the scientific literature on sugar, see Lick the Sugar Habit by Nancy Appleton (1996).

Some of the Adverse Effects of Refined Sugar:

• Exhaustion of the body's chromium supplies
• Reduction of calcium and magnesium absorption
• Tooth and gum disease
• Mineral depletion of bones and tissues
• Contribution to many Western diseases
• Reduction of high-density lipoproteins ("good" cholesterol)
• Elevation of low-density lipoproteins ("bad" cholesterol)
• Elevation of serum triglycerides

From: The Healing Power of Minerals, Special Nutrients, and Trace Elements By: Paul Bergner

Artificial Sweeteners

Saccharin: For the most part, has been taken off the market because of all the unhealthy side effects.

Aspartame (commercial name: Nutrasweet): Can lead to carbohydrate craving. Aspartame breaks down into methyl alcohol, a chemical that is poisonous to the human body. Aspartame is known to cause headaches, dizziness, anxiety, depression, memory loss, confusion, vision loss and convulsive seizures.
From: The Schwarzbein Principle By Diana Schwarzbein, M.D. and Nancy Deville.

Methanol poisoning is very dangerous for children. Now, aspartame is also being used in other products like sugar-free Jellos, sugar-free cocoa, diet soft drinks, and many other products. It is dangerous. It has also been linked to obesity, black outs, ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), etc. Some major airlines ask their pilots not to drink diet sodas or any Nutrasweet products because it is linked to a lot of problems. It is such a massive money maker that people haven't balked about it at all, and the information has been hidden.

Table Salt

The chemical and mineral composition of our blood and saline fluids have an amazing similarity to sea water. Sea water contains 84 mineral elements. These same 84 mineral elements are found in our bodies in almost the same quantities. 24 of these elements are known to be 'essential' for life (i.e., you will die if any are missing). Whenever a dietary deficiency of any of these essential elements occur, the cells in our bodies lose ions. A loss of ions in our cells causes imbalances, a breakdown of the cell regeneration and growth process, and loss of the cells themselves, which does lead to nervous disorders, brain damage, muscle damage or illness. Therefore, it is vital to your health to have the proper mineral balance in the saline and ion composition of your blood, and these compositions must be maintained within very precise limits. Illnesses and conditions which have been traced to a deficiency of the minerals which are found in sea salt include cancer, low energy, loss of memory, unnecessary aging, obesity, immune system disease, water retention and edema, ulcers, hyperactivity, fragile teeth and bones, Addison's disease, rheumatism, low sexual vitality, impaired thinking, impaired adrenals, neuralgia, impaired sexual organs, deformed breasts, kidney and liver illness.

The Modern Salt Making Process: The salt which we consume today is made by several large industrial companies. They sell the same salt for both industrial use and human consumption. 93% of their production goes for industrial purposes, 7% for food use. They start with salt which they have mined from large underground salt deposits which were left behind when inland seas evaporated many years ago. They also process salt which has been extracted from sea water. They then refine this salt. This is where things go wrong, at least in terms of health. The salt is refined to remove impurities, to make it attractive and uniform in appearance, and to extract most of the mineral elements. When they have finished refining the salt, it looks great, and flows easily out of your salt shaker, but 82 of the 84 mineral elements have been removed.

Why do they do this? The largest customers, industrial processors, only require a salt which has sodium and chlorine. Also, several of the minerals which are extracted have great commercial value. These chemicals are removed from the salt to be sold to other consumers. For example, Boron is sold to make anti-knock gasoline additives and chemical fertilizers, Magnesium is sold to makers of light metal alloys and explosives, and other chemicals and minerals are removed to make plastics. As a result, the salt we buy at the store is only sodium chloride. All of the other beneficial elements have been removed.

In addition to taking out useful minerals, chemical additives are used to bleach the salt whiter, prevent water absorption while the salt is in the box and to help it flow freely in your salt shaker, and iodine and iodine stabilizers are added. The chemical additives which prevent the refined salt from absorbing water while it is in the box also prevent the refined salt from being properly absorbed and processed in the human body. As a result, deposits of refined salt build up in our bodies. Deposits in the joints of bones increases the chances of arthritic problems. Deposits along the walls of veins, arteries, lymph system ducts, or in the brain, urinary tract, sexual organs, or glandular system can lead to brittleness of these areas, loss of function, and impairment of the body's vitality.

Many of us use too much salt in our diet. We crave it. Our bodies need part or all of the 82 missing elements which are absent from our table salt, and our bodies send the message to consume more salt. The kidneys are greatly affected by the long term consumption of refined salt. Natural salt assists bodily liquids to freely pass through all body membranes, including the kidney's blood vessels and glomerulus. Refined salt however, restricts the flow of fluids, causing edema and chronic kidney problems. Eventually, insoluble crystals of hemoglobin form in the kidneys which can lead to kidney failure.

Natural unrefined sea salt comes in precise dosages that are perfectly matched to the mineral composition of the body. They are in an organic form that is completely processable by the body and it isn't possible to take an over-dose, since all salt in excess of the body's need is expelled from the body rather than accumulating in harmful deposits throughout the body.

Where can unrefined salt be found? Forget the grocery store. Only refined salt there. The health food store is next, but use caution there also. Much of the salt sold as sea salt in health food stores and elsewhere is often at least partially refined, and therefore not desirable. Read the label carefully. Search for salt that is unrefined and unprocessed. It is worth the effort. Foods cooked with natural salt taste better, you will be supplying your body with necessary minerals and trace elements, and your salt cravings will be satisfied.


For those with "O" blood types, you will find you need more protein and will feel better if you have more protein in your body.

"A" blood types and most "B" blood types are okay with eating vegetables and grains for protein.

Beef: Our cattle have been bred to be fat. Selectively bred cattle in the United States today have four to ten times the fat content of beef as it naturally occurs. Most cattle in America today are also raised in feedlots. They are not allowed to graze on their natural diet of grasses, but are fed prepared foods and demineralized grains to fatten them up. Many become so sickly that they need antibiotics to stay alive, and these antibiotic residues can remain in the meat. Cattle also often receive steroid drugs for weight gain. Changes in cattle breeding and feeding have also eliminated the vitamin A content in beef during the last thirty years.
From: The Healing Power of Minerals, Special Nutrients, and Trace Elements By: Paul Bergner

It takes a lot of energy and strength to digest beef and chicken. The body needs all of its energy to get well. So you don't want to put anything into your body that will take that energy away.

Poultry: Poultry in the United states is raised for about 21 days. Most of the time their feet are cut off when they're first born so that the claws don't grow and wrap around the cage wire. When they pull the chicken's out they may lose a leg, or whatever. They are not allowed to move. They are not fed any grain. They're only fed chemical feed that makes them grow fast. They never see the light of day, they never get any Vitamin D. They are pumped full of antibiotics and hormones.

There are some brands that are not using hormones nor antibiotics, which is better, but they still never see the light of day and the chicken is very bad for you. At least cattle get to see daylight and get alfalfa and some natural substances, but not chicken. On the scale of foods bad for you, chicken is next to pork. Pork is worst, and then chicken in America. Most of these chicken have their bottom beak cut off so they don't peck each other to death. They get a hysteria kind of thing going on. I just have to think that the hormones that are raging through their bodies is just horrible. Many of them could not live more than a few more days, they are on the verge of dying at that point. They just kill those chickens and send them to market and we eat them up.

If you can find free-range chickens with no additives or injections, that kind of chicken could actually replace fish for the "O" blood types for the protocols, but only if its free range chickens. You almost need to know who raises them to be sure.

Pork or pork products

Pork is the garbage disposal of the world. A pig will eat anything it can get. It's the only enemy to the rattle snake and the stomach toxins go throughout the pork. A rattle snake will bite a pig, but it will not kill the pig because its blood is so toxic anyway. Pigs eat rattle snakes, it eats dead mice, and dead rats. It will eat garbage. As a matter of fact, there are many stories about towns becoming very wealthy as they start to feed their garbage to pigs and start raising pigs. Over time, the town eventually dies out from illness and cancers.

The pigs have a gland on the bottom of their feet where ooey, gooey stuff comes out. All considered, they are just as unclean as can be. The amount of toxins and poisons that are linked to pork is unbelievable and eating pork should be avoided like the plague. It is something I have not been able to go back to eating, never. I just can't because even the thought of it turns my stomach. Not that I don't like bacon or sausage, I just can't eat it anymore because it is one thing that is so bad for us.

Dairy Products

In America and around the world in civilized societies, they are making the cows produce more milk than normal. Cows normally produce about three gallons of milk a day. They inject the cows with so many hormones that they produce about 14 gallons a day. In fact, there are studies showing they can produce even more than that. It definitely affects the milk. There are so many hormones in the milk that it wreaks havoc with women's bodies, it causes PMS (Pre Menstrual Syndrome), I think it causes under-development of breasts in women, I think it causes breast growth in men. I think it sky-rockets breast cancer in men, and I think it contributes to a lot of the breast cancer problems we're seeing now.

I have no problem with the milk itself, it's what we do with milk. So if you can find pure milk, I don't have a problem with it. If you can find a non-separated, non-pasteurized, non-homogenized, fresh from your own cow or goat, that's about the only way I would use it.

There are some great options including rice milk and soy milk. Not everyone likes every brand. There are a number of good brands of rice milk and soy milk, you just have to try and see what works for you. There's also almond milk, there's a number of good options out there now.

Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Properly pressed Olive Oil is one of the seven healers of the world. It's used for many things topically and internally that is good for you.

Olive oil does not oxidize (turn rancid) very easily and keeps well at room temperature. Virgin olive oil is, by definition, made from high-quality olives by simple pressing. Extra-virgin olive oil is made from even higher quality olives. The olive-quality standards (but not the pressing method) for virgin oil were reduced in the last decade, so an extra-virgin oil today equals the virgin oil of the past. Virgin oils contain most of the nutrient elements that are removed during the refining process. Olive oil that is refined, rather than virgin, falls in the same nutrient-deficient category as other refined oils.

Some Beneficial Substances in Virgin Olive Oils



Vitamin E
Chlorophyll (contains Magnesium)

Nourishes the heart
Protects the heart
Reduce cholesterol

From: The Healing Power of Minerals, Special Nutrients, and Trace Elements By: Paul Bergner

Refined Oils

The introduction of refined oils to the American diet in the first decades of this century has probably contributed to our dramatic rise in atherosclerosis and heart disease. The main culprits are refined vegetable oils and margarine and related hydrogenated oils and shortenings. Our ancestors in the last century consumed oils, but they were invariably fresh-pressed oils that easily became rancid and were marketed as perishable foods like milk or eggs. These oils were rich in many of the nutrients in the original plant being pressed. These refined oils, or even the so-called "unrefined oils" you might find in a health food store, are depleted of the vitamins, minerals, and other substances that occur naturally in the plant. Their effects in the body are similar to those of white sugar or white flour. To metabolize their calories, the body must rob the bones and tissues of their stored nutrients.

The fatty acids in margarine and shortening have been chemically manipulated to make solid an oil that would normally be liquid at room temperature. The result is a fat molecule that is completely foreign to the human body.

Steps in the Refinement of Vegetable Oils





Raw material

Seeds, nuts, beans

Oils, protein, minerals, vitamins, fiber


Step 1

Clean and Hull

No Effect


Step 2

Add Solvent

Lose protien, fiber, vitamins, minerals

Unrefined oil

Step 3

Distill and degum

Lose Chlorophyll, calcium, magnesium, copper, iron


Step 4


Lose Phospholipids, minerals


Step 5


Lose chlorophyll, beta-carotene, flavor compounds


Step 6


Lose vitamin E


Step 7

Add Preservatives



Step 8


Lose essential
fatty acids

Supermarket oil
Margarine and Shortening

From: The Healing Power of Minerals, Special Nutrients, and Trace Elements By: Paul Bergner


Alcohol is very hard on the liver, loading it with fat. It causes blood platelets to stick together, reducing oxygen and blood supply to heart and brain. It actually destroys many brain cells, depresses the immune system, worsens arthritic discomfort, and irritates urinary tract and prostate.
From: Eat & Be Lean By: Dana and Chriscilla M. Thornock


The hydrocarbons in tobacco damage cells; nicotine is a stimulant. The nicotine in tobacco causes insulin resistance and increases blood pressure and heart rate. Medical studies have confirmed that smokers have an increased risk of developing Type II diabetes, lung cancer, osteoporosis, emphysema and heart disease. Tobacco is an oxidant that damages cholesterol, as well as brain and body cells.
From: The Schwarzbein Principle by Diana Schwarzbein, M.D. and Nancy Deville

Smoking seems to be the most highly addictive substance on the planet. I've seen and talked to heroine users who say it was easier to get off heroine that it is to get off cigarettes and nicotine. But it is possible. Lobelia, which is considered to be Indian tobacco, is something that some people roll and smoke in place of tobacco. It has a nicotine-type substance that is not addictive and helps them get off the nicotine. Stopping smoking is a vital part of getting better.

Black Tea

Black Tea has been fermented and has tannic acid in it, which is very harmful for the body. Tannic acid is used to tan animal hides and toughen blistered skin. It does the same thing to you inside. High rates of esophageal and gastric cancer are due to tannic acid. Black Tea can be used externally on wounds and things like that, but internally, it is very bad for the body. Some teas, including some green teas, also contain caffeine, about half the amount of that found in coffee.


Caffeine promotes arrhythmia in an otherwise normal heart beat and elevates blood cholesterol. One study of 13,000 patients in Boston showed that heart risks were the same for regular coffee drinkers and decaffeinated coffee drinkers, because the harsh acids are so stressful to the body. If you use caffeine or highly refined sugary foods regularly, you are probably addicted and will begin to suffer from withdrawal symptoms if you go without it for a few hours. Withdrawal symptoms include headaches, irritability, fatigue, shaking, depression and nausea. After 3-10 days of cold turkey and feeling lousy, you'll be free
From: Eat & Be Lean By: Dana and Chriscilla M. Thornock

Caffeine is a stimulant. All stimulants can cause insulin resistance and therefore increases metabolic aging. All stimulants are eventually depressants because they deplete serotonin.
From: The Schwarzbein Principle by Diana Schwarzbein, M.D. and Nancy Deville.

De-caffeinated coffee is also very bad for the body. Coffee must be replaced with coffee substitutes or something else.

Genetically Engineered or Altered Foods

It's the big rage now to have genetically altered foods. They are very cost effective and very cheap, and they are lacking in nutrients. There's something odd about them that I just don't trust.

Recipes and Ideas

Eda-Mames from Costco, Trader Joe's or health food stores. Make them as the package recommends. They are very good for you.

Tofu + strawberries in a blender.

Red potatoes cut and baked with garlic.

Sproutable Grains: Put 2 tablespoons of grain in a quart jar. Fill half full with warm water and let soak overnight. Place cheesecloth over the top and secure with a rubber band or jar ring. Next morning, drain off the water. (Save the water for cooking or for plants as it is full of nutrients.) Fill jar with warm water again and pour off. Turn the jar upside down at an angle so the water will drain during the day. That evening, rinse and drain seeds again. Continue process until sprouts appear. Wheat takes about 2 days. Other grains take two to four days. (Sprout should be as long as the seed.)

Stir-fried vegetables and brown rice.

Whole wheat, or whole grain pastas with un-refined sauces.

There are lots of options in health food stores and there are many Web sites for getting recipes.

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