Bio photons, electricity in the body, and “chi” in raw food


by Jesse Boudreau

In mainstream western rationalist existence we grow up learning a scant amount of information about how to feed and care for our bodies. We behave, as a culture, as if the body is like a machine that needs fuel and  liquid and that as long you have  solid and liquid fuel with the right amount of nutrients, minerals and chemical compounds you are getting what you need. We regard our food as a lifeless, personality-less, mass of fuel. However, if we look at the world’s ancient cultures we see that our ancestors understood that the plants and animals that become our food are imbued with life, personality, and spirit and that by eating with respectfulness we are absorbing their energies for our continuance.

Chinese character for chi

 Everything in existence emits electromagnetism and carries a subtle electrical current within it. In 1939 Semyon Kirlian developed a method of photography whereby he could photograph the electricity or bio photons that living cells utilize for regulation of biological functions. The ancient Chinese understood this energy to be the chi or life force that animated creation. Indeed we are electrical beings. According to the heart math scientists at Stanford university, our hearts are electromagnetic dynamos that pump out subtle electrical fields far beyond our physical bodies. The heart also relies on electricity to beat. Our brains are  highly electrical organs. Cells utilize electricity to communicate with one another, for cell growth and more.

Raw organic plant foods, and especially raw wild foods, being essentially encapsulated solar energy are high in this electricity. They are also high in water, nutrients, minerals, and enzymes. This is made starkly evident when comparing kirlian photographs of raw foods to cooked foods. The raw foods are buzzing with electricity and the energy in the cooked foods is obviously diminished.

The Chinese believed  that this chi imparted brightness and clarity of thought. I believe this to be true because eating raw food has greatly helped me in this regard.  I believe  all people can use raw plant diets as a tool to recover from both physical and mental dis- ease as well as to achieve a state of health, longevity, and happiness. This simple act of self-love can help us have the creative energy we will need to better ourselves and thereby transform our world.

The importance of a natural diet, fat, cholesterol, and tonic herbs


By Jesse Boudreau

The rise in popularity  of whole food diets has  spawned various diet fads all purporting to have diet “understood.”  Depending on ones inclination one can choose from the raw food diet, the Rave diet, the Paleo diet, the Atkins diet, and on and on. People the world over in the pre agricultural era ate a mixed diet of predominantly wild plant foods, augmented with gardening, and with meat occasionally when the hunting was successful (with some exceptions like the Inuit who were predominantly meat eaters and African tribal people such as the Masai who eat meat, dairy and blood almost exclusively). When people began practicing agriculture (large-scale mono-cropping as opposed to natural gardening which increases biodiversity and the fecundity of all life; soil, plant, and animal) we began to hoard, create classism, domesticate and over consume animals, and through this action have deforested the earth. Clearing forests to raise grain for human and animal consumption is the main culprit in environmental degradation and our health crisis.  In contrast, the natural way of living and eating can help us restore balance in our bodies, our society, our mother earth and our hearts.

Permaculture food forest

I have been eating a raw vegetarian diet for over two years now and have experienced great healing though this diet. But as time goes on I have come to realize that a strictly raw food vegetarian diet or prescribing any diet for ALL people can have deleterious effects on the people and planet. For instance, my wife over the years has grown five human beings inside her body, had a thin build and cold nature to begin with, and has type O blood. After a few months of eating only raw foods, she began to be able to feel what her body’s needs were and she intuitively felt that her body needed meat. When seen from the perspective of Chinese traditional medicine, which holds that everything we consume as well as our very being itself has a yin aspect and a yang aspect, one can see why she felt this way. Too much of a yang element will cause a predisposition to heat, excess, aggression etc. Similarly too much yin will lead to quiet, cold, deficiency. So my wife, who may be said to be deficient due to childbearing etc., can benefit greatly from the building aspect of meat, dairy, and eggs. I am typically warm, loud, active, and aggressive so raw foods will benefit me inducing a calming, cooling yin type action. If one looks at American culture as a whole, it is easy to see that we are partially in a state of excess. We over consume  everything (including meat), are loud, aggressive, and ridiculously stressed out and busy. That is the reason I feel raw food is of benefit to everyone at this time.  We can, though diet recalibrate and reset our system, so we can then see what it is that we truly NEED.

To state that one diet fits all is preposterous. Our dependence on grain, meat, and chemical industrial agriculture has led us down a road of ill heath for all. The hollow lifeless foods raised on chemicals and shipped from afar have been highly refined and denatured.  The addiction to refined sugar and the overconsumption of unnaturally raised animal foods have also weakened our genetics.  Poorly nourished mothers generation after generation create an ever degenerating progeny.  At this point in time we have created a state of simultaneous excess AND deficiency. What we need to do now is embrace a culture of life that promotes healthy people AND ecosystems by utilizing all the kingdoms of earth (animal, vegetable, fungal and mineral) working synergistically to heal ourselves and the earth.

However beneficial it is to me, my diet of raw foods comes from all over the earth and a great amount of energy is spent in bringing it to me. Food grown naturally and nearby is tastier, more nutritious, more attuned to circadian rhythms inside and outside of us, and utilizes almost no energy in transport. While I personally believe that plant foods are more naturally beneficial to us as organisms, and while I do believe in a spiritually based reverence for all life, I do not think we need a dietary dogma which states that meat should never be consumed. The fact is that  balance increases functionalism in all things.

Factory feed lot

Everyone needs a balance of  good fats and cholesterol as well as leafy greens, fruits and vegetables. The misnomer is that cholesterol and fats are bad for you. I recently watched a film about plant foods being infinitely good for you and that the cholesterol in meat was what was responsible for the major debilitating diseases of our era. It cited the Framingham study which has been cited again and again as the study that proves cholesterol is bad for one’s health. However, this study did not take into account rancid fats, which are the main culprit of ill-health. Forty years later the top researcher of the Framingham study stated that  ” …we found that the people who ate the most cholesterol, ate the most saturated fat, ate the most calories, weighed the least and were most physically active.” Ones own body produces more cholesterol than we typically eat. 85% of the cholesterol needed by the body comes from the liver. The other 15% comes from dietary sources. Low levels of cholesterol can be dangerous to your health. Cholesterol is transported in the blood as a lipoprotein (either HDL or LDL). LDL’s attract free radicals that damage cells. HDL’s gather up LDL’s and carry them out of the body (with enough fiber and lecithin). When cholesterol is oxidized (rancid) those LDL’s can damage arterial walls (as can stress, smoking, and pollution). More Cholesterol, calcium, platelets, and other debris move in to repair the damage. Over time this causes the arterial build up often associated with high cholesterol diets. Another important role cholesterol plays is in the assimilation of vitamin D which, is one of the vitamins we lack most due to having little relationship with the sun as we did in our anthropological past. The body needs sunlight to make vitamin D and it needs cholesterol to assimilate it.

Fats and cholesterol help build the brain and nervous system, sex hormones, cellular health (cells are made mostly out of cholesterol) and are important for full balance and function.  The best fats are saturated fats because they never become rancid (due to their molecular bonds having no place to oxidize) and they have the correct balance of  omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. The best vegetarian sources are coconut oil,  and (pastured or grass-fed) butter. The best animal source is through fish. Vegetable oils are composed of monounsaturated or poly unsaturated fats. Monounsaturated fats have one molecular bond to receive oxygen and polyunsaturated fats have two or more molecular bonds for oxygen and therefore easily become rancid. These rancid vegetable oils are seriously detrimental to the health of people as rancid fats create free radical damage in the body. Heating these oils further oxidizes them. The best form of vegetable oils are from fresh raw, sprouted,nuts and seeds which are minimally rancid as they are unheated and in their whole state.

Of all foods the most detrimental are carbohydrates  in the form of highly processed cereal grains and sugar. Carbohydrates send the pancreas into a confusion that imbalances ones insulin production; usually tipping the individual into diabetes. Insulin also oxidizes LDL particles (cholesterol). These oxidized LDL particles attach to the arterial walls creating inflammation and plaque formation. Eating animals fed on grains ( which is not their natural diet) can create a similar effect.

Given that the high carb, chemical produced, preservative and additive rich standard american diet is the norm, raw foods can serve as an excellent remedy for cleansing and providing antioxidants to revitalize the system and repair free radical damage. However at a certain point one needs to rebuild and maintain the body/mind. Cholesterol, and good fats provide that needed building material. Considering the toxic barrage we are all inundated with (in the form of radioactive fallout, lead in the air from burning petroleum, mercury fillings, electrosmog, residues from chemical agriculture, fluoride and chlorine in the water and everything else we are exposed to) we must be aggressive about our health. In traditional Chinese medicine these things are consider “jing leaks” as is eating too many  raw foods (raw foods are yin foods). The Chinese believe that a person has three components to their make up. Jing is likened to the wax of a candle, chi is the flame or light coming from the candle and shun is the ineffable spirit within. If one’s jing is low or leaking than ones’ candle will not burn for long. By utilizing herbs like, reishi , maitake, shitake, and chaga mushrooms, as well as shizandra berry, goji berry, He sho wu, ginseng and gynostemma one can maintain a state of balance even on raw foods only. These “immuno-modulating” tonic herbs instruct white blood cells on how to deal with contamination and help support kidney and adrenal function.

No matter what you choose as a dietary path;  one can live a healthy lifestyle in accord with nature by carefully choosing your foods, insuring ample room for saturated fats, using tonic herbs, and leveraging our purchasing power into healthy and sane practices for people and planet. By so doing, our diets can uplift us and all beings.

                                                                                       

                                                                                        Reishi mushrooms

Sun foods, living water, and opening your third eye


by Jesse Boudreau

Over the course of history the human species has been undergoing a steady physical and spiritual degeneration as we have grown farther and farther away from our natural state and our connection to our natural environment. Anthropologists have noted this and call it the gracilization of the species. Our ancestors 20,000 years ago had larger brains and more robust skulls and skeletons than we do today.

Ancient people surely drank clean, structured, untreated, pure spring and stream water and ate a large quantity of raw wild foods. In contrast, today’s human drinks recycled sewer water that has been treated with chlorine and fluoride and, through mechanical and chemical processes, is denuded  of its inherent crystalline purity. The foods we eat are similarly processed with high heat, mechanical processes, and chemical pesticides, preservatives and additives. Dr. Weston Price observed this first hand when he studied indigenous cultures who had adopted refined and processed foods. He found that their teeth began to rot and their health deteriorated from this change in diet. The lifestyle we have adopted as modern humans has had the effect of domestication and degeneration of ourselves.

Through calcification, chlorination, fluoridation, mercury fillings, and the host of toxic chemicals in the environment, a physical change in the human species is occurring. One thing these constituents bring about is the calcification of the pineal gland in the human brain. The pineal gland is a gland in the center of our brain that is responsible for attuning to the cyclical, circadian rhythms of nature. It reacts to light and color and in some reptiles has a cornea and a lens. Rene Descartes believed it to be the seat of the soul and religious traditions the world over regarded it as the third eye of spiritual awakening. Between 1990 and 1996 Dr Rick Strassman completed a study of the naturally occurring and ever-present chemical compound call DMT or N,N-dimethyltryptamine. He posited that endogenous DMT, released from the pineal gland was responsible for spontaneous visions, mystical states, dreams, and near death experiences. Currently cell phone manufacturing companies are studying the micro crystalline structures of the pineal gland in their research on wireless communication as it is believed that the pineal gland acts as a sort of electromagnetic transmitter/receiver.

It seems clear that our modern lifestyle inhibits the function of this important little gland. Luckily there are many ways to break up the calcification of the pineal gland. The method is in the wisdom of our grandmothers. Fresh air, sunlight, clean water, healthful foods, and exercise are some of the best ways to break up this calcification. Oxygenation increases blood flow and metabolism and enlivens the cells enabling spinal fluid, lymph and other bodily juices to flow. One great way to oxygenate the body is meditation or yoga. Also, there are places on the earth that have exceptionally good oxygen. Good clean oxygen is high in negative ions. Negative ions grab dust and junk out of the air with static electricity. Mountain tops, beaches, and places where water is in dynamic movement are all places where one can get readily available ionized oxygen.  Another way to oxygenate the blood is through exercise. Pick your favorite sport and play!

Sunlight is another great way to break up calcification of the pineal gland. Since the pineal gland is sensitive to light, full spectrum light or sunlight can stimulate it. One way to get great sunlight is to sungaze at sunrise or at sunset.  Our ancestors would observe sunrise and sunset with reverence for the day. In the first or last hour of daylight the suns rays are attenuated by the oblique angle at which the sunlight is hitting the earth. This makes the sunlight safe to gaze at if done properly. Begin with 10 seconds and everyday increase your gazing by 10 more seconds until you reach 5 minutes. Some suggest gazing up to 45 minutes. For more information on the subject google H.R.M. He is an engineer and spiritual seeker from India. He posits that the body can utilize solar energy as food. According to his philosophy solar energy is a primary source of energy and raw plant foods are secondary solar energy. Plants convert solar energy into food and enable the plant to grow. Animals then are a third stage of solar energy as they eat plants and other animals to sustain their energy. Therefore eating raw plant foods is a way to obtain this energy in a more direct way.

Raw foods and tonic herbs can play a role in decalcification as well. They contain chemical compounds and a high water content which can neutralize and excrete toxins and calcification. Raw foods are also high in living water which leads us to another and perhaps the greatest decalcifier: fresh living water in foods and living spring water. Fresh spring water from forests is ultra purified crystalline water that has incubated in an aquifer for hundreds or thousands of years. Water is an incredibly hungry solvent and can clean your body free of unwanted bad calcium build ups such as the calcification of the pineal gland as well as bone spurs, arthritis, and other calcification related issues. Be sure to check that the spring has a low TDS count. TDS stands for “Total dissolved Solids” and indicates how calcified or mineralized the water is. For more information go to findaspring.com where you can search for springs in your area or google Daniel Vitalis and spring water to learn more. These tools or technologies are free or cheap to implement and lead to greater health and vitality as well as attuning your spirit to a higher potential. But don’t just believe me… Please research and try these methods for yourself and experience the transformation first hand. Take charge of your health!

Native New Mexico wild herbal medicines for winter


by Jesse Boudreau

Jesse’s native New Mexican wild plant medicines for health through winter and how to prepare and use them: (Yarrow, Mullein, Osha, mushrooms)

Yarrow:

Yarrow is excellent for the Blood. If you ever have a wound simply mash fresh yarrow in your mouth or apply dried yarrow to it. It works like an herbal band aid. Yarrow often keeps some of its fresh green leaf on through the winter. Dried and steeped in hot water it makes an excellent and tonifying tea. Good for alleviating fever as well as combating the flu.

Mullein:

Mullein is a large candlestick with the yellow flowers and soft leaves.The tea is good for digestive ailments. As a wash the tea is excellent for skin problems like rashes or wounds. The vapors from a strong fresh leaf tea is excellent for congestion.

Osha:

Osha has been used by indigenous peoples as well as the Spanish settlers as a cure all. It has strong antiviral properties and is excellent for combating cold or flu if taken when first symptoms start. It is particularly good for respiratory ailments. One may eat the leaves or pick and dry them for the winter. Most of the medicine is in the root. Eat the root fresh or dry and use as a powder or as a tea. One can also chop up the root and infuse it in honey. This will preserve the osha as well as impart the plants medicine into the honey.(warning: osha looks alot like hemlock which is deadly poisonous so only harvest it with someone who knows the plant well)

Polypore mushrooms

Polypore mushrooms like the wood conk that grows on live trees in the mountains of northern new mexico has adaptogenic, anti-fungal, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties. This means that they are good for combating disease and tonifying the system. Make a tea by boiling for 1-2 hours(decoction). Also excellent for maintaining an ember for fire.

10 universally tonifying herbs you can wildcraft or grow


By Jesse Boudreau

In today’s times, health and health care have become elusive and expensive
for many individuals. High costs of hospital bills and pharmaceutical
drugs have people looking to more holistic, less expensive means by
which to maintain one’s health. One simple way to maintain one’s health
is to use tonic herbs. Unlike pharmaceutical medicines (and even many
herbal medicines) that treat symptoms after one is already ailing, the
regular use of tonic herbs helps to tone and strengthen the body’s own
natural defense mechanisms. Many of these herbs are easy to grow or
wildcraft and are easy to incorporate into one’s own health
sovereignty regimen. Here are my top ten tonic herbs:
1. Dandelion
2. Nettles
3. Alfafa
4. Garlic
5. Thyme
6. Yarrow
7. Chamomile
8. Parsley
9. Comfrey
10. Asparagus root
One simple way to administer the herbs is to merely decoct the leaves
or flowers by boiling them in water to make a tea. You can also mix and
match herbs without deleterious effects. Another simple way to take
these herbs is to simply add them to soups, salads, or stews. In times
like these where health is such a major issue to so many these
surprisingly simple methods are an excellent and cheap way of
maintaining one’s health in the long term. As Hippocrates, the
father of modern medicine said, “Let food be thy medicine and
medicine be thy food.”