Cilantro Detox for Cilantro Haters (and lovers!)


You see this picture?  It pains me. Deep down to my very soul. Why?  The acrid odor filling my kitchen. Even worse- the FLAVOR.  Oh the terrible flavor!

You see,  I am a part of a rather large group of people who DESPISES cilantro. Apparently there’s some sort of gene that  makes you either deeply adore the flavor or be completely repulsed by it.  Now, I love the IDEA of it.  Cilantro really is such a gift- it gently chelates heavy metals like mercury, lead, and aluminum from the body. It contains phytochemicals that are antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral, shown in studies to destroy salmonella and the common cold. It’s anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidant. Studies have shown it fights various forms of cancer. It’s been shown to have a calming effect, and be beneficial for sleep and anxiety.

So how do you get the benefits if you don’t particularly look forward to eating it?

My husband got the DTaP shot last year, so I promptly put him on a regimen of encapsulated cilantro to detox the aluminum, glutaraldehyde, formaldehyde, polysorbate 80, and mercury found in the shot. Pills are nice, but they do get pricey. And because they are dried and not fresh, you can lose some of the potency over time.

My daughter was also recently lead poisoned from the trim, doors, and bathtub in our home, which led me to try to find an easy way to administer the cilantro to her.

So on my last trip to Woodmans, I bought a giant bunch of fresh organic cilantro. It was really cheap. I’m not about to ruin perfectly good food by seasoning it with the herb, so I figured- hey, why not juice it? Then I can take a quick shot of it with a chaser every day and be done with it. (Honestly, I’d rather do a shot of cheap vodka than a shot of cilantro, but so be it.)

I added a bit of fresh pineapple to liven up the flavor a bit, and it surprisingly ended up making quite a bit of juice. Enzymes, phytochemicals, and good bacteria all intact, love it. I decided to store some in my fridge, and then make frozen cubes with the rest of it to preserve it long term. I love using this preservation method with juices, infusions, herbs, and even my homemade elderberry syrup. (You should see my husband’s face when he goes to the freezer hoping for ice cubes and all he finds is elderberry cubes. He’s probably going to hate me when he sees my new concoction. Ha! Oh, I adore you Matt- sorry!!)


So now I have a long-term supply of concentrated, healing cilantro juice. I made another juice with fresh pineapple and cucumber, and added a bit of the cilantro to it for my daughter. As you can see, she LOVES it. Bottoms up!image


Megan Normansell (Kerkhoff), CHC, AADP, CFH

Certified Holistic Practitioner/Holistic Nutritionist/Herbalist/Wild Edibles Guide

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Is the Flu Shot more Dangerous than the Flu?

“Any medical professional who believes that it is justified to inject any type of neurotoxin into any person to prevent any disease is completely misguided, misinformed, deluded and ignorant of any logic regarding human health.”
– Dave Mihalovic, ND, Vaccine specialist

Winter: the time of year for skiing, holiday celebrations, and hot chocolate. It’s also the time of year when I notice a bombardment of flu vaccine ads. There’s an ad on every other commercial break, signs covering my local Walgreens inside and out. Now when I see something heavily marketed, my business education tells me there’s significant financial gains to be made by the advertiser. And when it comes to health and nutrition, the most unhealthy foods are always pushed the most. How many commercials have you seen for Pop Tarts vs commercials for carrots? How many McDonalds billboards have you seen vs billboards for quinoa? That alone should be making the public raise an eyebrow at the ever-present flu vaccine ads.

So why the flu vaccine in particular? The drug companies can market it to nearly everyone- from parents of infants to the elderly. Who wouldn’t want to avoid the flu? Easy money in the bank.

But is it really all it’s promised to be?

Not only is the answer NO, but it turns out the flu shot is even more dangerous than most had ever imagined.
Medical literature from the last 70 years shows a very high incidence of vaccine-related injuries and deaths. For example- from July 1990 to November 1993, 54,000 adverse reactions from all vaccines were reported to the FDA, including 471 deaths. But here’s the kicker: the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimate that only 10% of serious adverse reactions to vaccines are actually reported. Other government agencies state the actual figure to be less than 1%, since many physicians have not been trained to report them. This means the actual number of injuries could be as high as over 5 million in three years, with almost 50,000 deaths.

Hundreds of studies have shown the side effects of the flu vaccine to include: neurotoxicity, immune suppression, immune-mediated chronic inflammation, carcinogenic effects, leukemia, Guillain-Barre syndrome, Chrohns disease, meningitis, learning disabilities, encephalitis, and possibly autism. Because vaccines cause an imbalance in the immune system, there is also an increased risk of immunological illnesses years after the vaccination, such as multiple sclerosis, lupus, and chronic fatigue syndrome.

Targeting Innocent Children
Developing children and fetuses fall victim to the dangers of vaccines more than any other age group. Because vaccines are so heavily pushed in schools, during checkups, and even at churches, many well-meaning parents allow their children to get every recommended vaccine without realizing the dangerous consequences.
The average child receives 33 vaccine doses before they reach kindergarten, and research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association revealed that 20% of American children received vaccines that they didn’t need.

Vaccinated children have been found to be more likely to suffer from colds and ear infections than non-vaccinated children. As reported in a 2004 publication of the Archives of Disease in Childhood, a study of 800 children with asthma concluded those receiving a flu vaccine had a significantly increased risk of asthma-related doctor and emergency room visits.

A more recent study released at the 2009 American Thoracic Society International Conference showed children with asthma who received FluMist had a 3-fold increased risk for hospitalization.
It’s fairly obvious that the drug companies care little about protecting our children: A large-scale, systematic review of 51 studies, published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews in 2006, found no evidence that the flu vaccine is any more effective than a placebo in children under two. The studies involved 260,000 children, age 6 to 23 months.

Even more alarming, two years later in 2008, another Cochrane review again concluded that “little evidence is available” that the flu vaccine is effective for children under the age of two, yet it keeps being given to young children. The authors stated that: “It was surprising to find only one study of inactivated vaccine in children under two years, given current recommendations to vaccinate healthy children from six months old in the USA and Canada. If immunization in children is to be recommended as a public health policy, large-scale studies assessing important outcomes and directly comparing vaccine types are urgently required.” Nothing to date has been done to address this.

The available evidence with regards to protecting the elderly is equally abysmal. The authors of the above Cochrane reviews concluded that: “The available evidence is of poor quality and provides no guidance regarding the safety, efficacy or effectiveness of influenza vaccines for people aged 65 years or older.”

Vaccines Don’t Always Work
Any vaccine causes imbalance in our natural immune system. Has anyone you know gotten the flu shot, just to get sick with the flu shortly afterwards anyways? When our immune system is compromised, it leaves us vulnerable to bacterial or viral invasion. And because the flu shot is only specific to one particular strain at a time (like H1N1 for example), we are still susceptible to other forms of the flu. More often than not, that flu shot you’re getting is last year’s strain, offering you little or no protection this year. Our immune system has the ability to adapt to each new season and strain, but a vaccine does not.
In 1989, Oman experienced a widespread polio outbreak six months after completing a population-wide immunization program. In Kansas in 1986, 90% of 1300 reported pertussis cases were from people who were “adequately vaccinated,” and 72% of a Chicago pertussis outbreak in 1993 had been vaccinated for it as well.

From 1850 to 1940, well before mandatory vaccination programs, the British Association for the Advancement of Science reported a 90% decrease in childhood diseases due to improved sanitation and hygiene practices. By 1945, US medical authorities noted a 95% drop in deaths from the leading childhood infectious diseases (diphtheria, pertussis, scarlet fever and measles), again, well before mass-immunizations began.

A recent World Health Organization report found that third world disease and mortality rates had no direct correlation with immunization programs, but closely relate to hygiene and diet standards.

Dr. Bart Classen’s epidemiological research found vaccines as the cause of 79% of insulin type I diabetes cases in children under 10. The sharp rise in numerous other diseases may also be linked with mass-immunizations. California’s autism rate skyrocketed 1000% in the last 20 years. In the 1990s, MMR vaccine usage in Britain (for measles, mumps and rubella) occurred at the same time autism rose sharply. The January 2000 Journal of Adverse Drug Reactions reported that no adequate testing was done, so the vaccine never should have been licensed.

What is in a Flu Vaccine?
1. Thimerosal (Mercury compound): Banned in Europe. A typical vaccine dose has 50 mcg thimerosal, which contains 25 mcg of mercury. Mercury is well-known to damage the brain, lungs, and kidneys. Exposure during pregnancy results in potentially serious birth defects.
Following a review of mercury-containing vaccines, the CDC and The American Academy of Pediatrics asked vaccine-makers to remove it from their products. Yet, thimerosal still remains in the following vaccines:
DT (diphtheria/tetanus), TT (tetanus toxoid), Meningitis, and Flu.

The EPA has set limits on the amount of mercury that is considered tolerable for a person. The EPA’s maximum tolerable amount of mercury per day is .1 mcg/2.2 lbs/day. If the vaccine schedule is followed for infants in their first 6 months of life, the EPA’s safety limits for mercury are hugely exceeded. One dose of vaccine has 25 mcg, so for one flu shot to be considered “safe,” you must weigh 550 pounds!
One flu shot for a 25 lb child: 20x the EPA’s tolerable limit
One flu shot for a 6 lb newborn: 80x the EPA’s tolerable limit
According to the FDA, infants lack the ability to eliminate mercury, therefore the damage to fetuses and infants can be devastating.

2. Formaldehyde: Highly toxic and carcinogenic. Can cause spontaneous abortion, asthma, leukemia, inflammation, damage to the immune system, and death.

3. Squalene adjuvant: Because injection is an abnormal route for squalene, which is naturally found in our bodies, it can incite our immune system to attack all squalene in our bodies, not just the vaccine adjuvant. More than two dozen peer-reviewed scientific papers from US, Europe, Asia, and Australia concluded that squalene-based adjuvants can induce nervous system damage, brain damage, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and lupus.

4. Chicken embryos: Used as the culture media.

5. Polysorbate 80: A preservative that may decrease fertility.

6. Aluminum adjuvant: Highly neurotoxic. Known to cause motor neuron death and increases the risk of autoimmune disease.

Prevent the Flu Safely, Naturally, & Effectively
Contrary to what flu-shot makers want you to believe, preventing the flu can be done safely and easily. Just follow these tips:

1. Get your vitamin D. According to findings from a randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled study of 430 children aged 6-15, children taking low doses of Vitamin D3 were shown to be 42 percent less likely to come down with the flu. Some research even suggests that vitamin D deficiency is a major cause of most flu cases. While the sun is always the ideal way to get vitamin D (only the sun can synthesize vitamin D3 sulfate), a supplement is recommended for times when you can’t get enough sunlight.

2. Wash your hands with natural soap and/or natural sanitizer often.

3. Eat healthy! Your immune system needs vital nutrients to function, including vitamin a, zinc, amino acids, probiotics (like acidophilus) and selenium. Phytochemicals, which you can only get through food, are essential for a healthy immune system. Foods that lower your immune system: fast food, processed food, sugar, and dairy- they create mucous, creating a safe place for viruses to live.

4. Use natural disinfectants (like vinegar or lemon extract) for phones, doorknobs, etc.

5. Keep hydrated with clean water.

6. Get plenty of sleep and moderate exercise.

7. Nature makes its own time-tested “vaccines!”
a. Echinacea: Enhances the immune system. Can be used during pregnancy.
b. Elderberry: Stops viruses from adhering to cells. Significantly reduces recovery time if you do get the flu. Avoid during pregnancy.
c. Goldenseal: Antiviral, antibiotic. Stops viruses from adhering to cells, relieves congestion. Avoid during pregnancy.
d. Olive leaf: Fights infection. Ideal during pregnancy.
e. Oscillococcinum: A homeopathic remedy that reduces the severity and duration of flu symptoms if you contract it. Can be used during pregnancy.

Know that YOU as an adult and/or parent, ultimately have the right to make the decision to vaccinate yourself or your children. No one else can make that decision for you. With a written affidavit in the state of Wisconsin, you have the right to refuse any vaccination due to moral beliefs, religion, or for health reasons.

Please see The Vaccine Liberation page for Wisconsin’s statutes and laws regarding exemption from vaccines, as well as a listing of exemption forms.