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Does Green Juice Improve the Health and Vitality of People and Pets?

Wheatgrass juice is the nectar of rejuvenation, the plasma of youth, the blood of all life. The elements that are missing in your body's cells - especially enzymes, vitamins, hormones, and nucleic acids can be obtained through this daily green sunlight transfusion. Wheatgrass juice has been proven over many years to benefit people in numerous ways: cleansing the lymph system, building the blood, restoring balance in the body, removing toxic metals from the cells, nourishing the liver and kidneys and restoring vitality.

Phytotherapy and Enzyme Therapy with Green Juice

Wheatgrass juiceMost people who have explored the wondrously wide avenues of self-healing have heard about wheatgrass, and has been proven over many years to benefit people in numerous ways: cleansing the lymph system, building the blood, restoring balance in the body, removing toxic metals from the cells, nourishing the liver and kidneys and restoring vitality. One ounce of wheatgrass juice has the vitamin and mineral equivalent of 2.2 pounds of fresh vegetables.

It contains most of the vitamins and minerals needed for human maintenance, including the elusive B12. Many of the benefits of the juice stem from the fact that it is a living food, which is a complete protein with about 30 enzymes and is approximately 70% crude chlorophyll. To be effective the juice has to be drunk immediately after juicing.

Anti-Mutagenic Power of the Chlorophylls

The Green Foods Bible Need help? George S. Bailey, Ph.D. - "Chlorophyll, the natural plant pigment that lends its color to grass, leaves, and many of the vegetables we eat, may play an important role in prevention of certain cancers. Researchers in the early 1980s discovered that chlorophylls and related chemicals can inhibit the ability of certain DNA-damaging chemicals to cause mutations in bacteria. How might this kind of "anti-mutagenic" activity be important in cancer prevention? Molecular geneticists now know that most if not all human cancers carry mutations in one or more genes that control the rates at which individual cells divide, differentiate, or die. According to current thinking, various combinations of mutations that upset this delicate balance to favor uncontrolled cell growth can then enable this irreversibly damaged cell to form a primary cancer in the lung, liver, blood, bone, skin, or another body organ. Therefore, it seems at least theoretically possible that the anti-mutagenic power of the chlorophylls might allow them to inhibit or reduce the formation of cancers in humans. Recent progress in our laboratory and elsewhere has brought this promise closer to realization."

One key question about wheatgrass is how long to wait after cutting it before you consume it? Most people, taking their cue from Ann Wigmore, say to take it immediately after cutting and juicing. However, the hormone abscisic acid (ABA) is 40 times more potent 4 hours after cutting the wheatgrass than it is at the time of cutting. So the question boils down to this: How important is ABA to treating cancer compared to the other anticancer substances in wheatgrass?

"I see people go through this therapy everyday and I can tell you, miracles happen." -Brian Clement, Director Hippocrates Health Institute, West Palm Beach, Florida

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"Why take these young grasses? Because you'll be giving yourself a health elixir unlike anything you've ever experienced! The effect these highly nutritious green drinks are having on all my patients, especially my arthritis patients, is nothing short of amazing." - Julian Whitaker, MD.

"Gary's platelet count rose every day for 7 days from 61,000 to 141,000 and the only thing we did differently was administer wheatgrass. That's absolutely phenomenal and it's fully documented on the hospital record." -Leonard Smith, MD., Cancer Surgeon

"Barley grass leaf extract dramatically inhibits the growth of human prostatic cancer cells grown in tissue culture. ...It may provide a new nutritional approach to the treatment of prostate cancer." - Dr. Allan L. Goldstein, Ph.D, George Washington Univ. Medical Center

"Wheatgrass juice is the nectar of rejuvenation, the plasma of youth, the blood of all life. The elements that are missing in your body's cells - especially enzymes, vitamins, hormones, and nucleic acids can be obtained through this daily green sunlight transfusion" Rev. Viktoras Kulvinskas - Rev. Viktoras Kulvinskas, MS, author of SurvivSurvival into the 21st Century

Home base business opportunity Wheatgrass and radiation
Tests have been made which point to a chlorophyll (wheatgrass) rich diet affecting the survival of experimental animals after lethal doses of radiation. In 1950, Lourau and Lartigue reported that cabbage supplement (chlorophyll) increases the resistance of guinea pigs to radiation.

Protection Against Radiation Fallout (Radioiodine) A person exposed to "fallout" can suffer from a myriad list of ailments, among them thyroid cancer. Thyroid cancer, due to radiation poisoning, is caused by the uptake (through inhalation or ingestion) of radioiodine (a radioactive isotope of iodine). If a nuclear emergency should occur, be it from a reactor or attack, the preferred way to block the uptake of radioiodine is by making certain that the gland is already saturated with iodine. Learn how to protect your thyroid with KI supplement.

Healing with Wheatgrass Juice
  • Wheatgrass Juice is one of the best sources of living chlorophyll available.
  • Chlorophyll is the first product of light and, therefore, contains more light energy than any other element. (more on Chlorophyll)
  • Wheatgrass juice is a crude chlorophyll and can be taken orally and as a colon implant without toxic side effects.
  • Chlorophyll is the basis of all plant life.
  • Wheatgrass is high in oxygen like all green plants that contain chlorophyll. The brain and all body tissues function at an optimal level in a highly-oxygenated environment.
  • Chlorophyll is anti-bacterial and can be used inside and outside the body as a healer. Wheat grass juicer
  • Dr. Bernard Jensen says that it only takes minutes to digest wheatgrass juice and uses up very little body energy.
  • Science has proven that chlorophyll arrests growth and development of unfriendly bacteria.
  • Chlorophyll (wheatgrass) rebuilds the bloodstream. Studies of various animals have shown chlorophyll to be free of any toxic reaction. The red cell count was returned to normal within 4 to 5 days of the administration of chlorophyll, even in those animals which were known to be extremely anemic or low in red cell count.
  • Farmers in the Midwest who have sterile cows and bulls put them on wheatgrass to restore fertility. (The high magnesium content in chlorophyll builds enzymes that restore the sex hormones.)
  • Chlorophyll can be extracted from many plants, but wheatgrass is superior because it has been found to have over 100 elements needed by man. If grown in organic soil, it absorbs 92 of the known 102 minerals from the soil.
  • Wheatgrass has what is called the grass-juice factor, which has been shown to keep herbivorous animals alive indefinitely.
  • Dr. Ann Wigmore has been helping people get well from chronic disorders for 30 years using wheatgrass.
  • Liquid chlorophyll gets into the tissues, refines them and makes them over.
  • Wheatgrass Juice is a superior detoxification agent compared to carrot juice and other fruits and vegetables. Dr Earp-Thomas, associate of Ann Wigmore, says that 15 pounds of Wheatgrass is the equivalent of 350 pounds of carrot, lettuce, celery, and so forth.
  • Liquid chlorophyll washes drug deposits from the body.
  • Chlorophyll neutralizes toxins in the body.
  • Chlorophyll helps purify the liver.
  • Chlorophyll improves blood sugar problems.
  • In the American Journal of Surgery (1940), Benjamin Gruskin, M.D. recommends chlorophyll for its antiseptic benefits. The article suggests the following clinical uses for chlorophyll: to clear up foul smelling odors, neutralize strep infections, heal wounds, hasten skingrafting, cure chronic sinusitis, overcome chronic inner-ear inflammation and infection, reduce varicose veins and heal leg ulcers, eliminate impetigo and other scabby eruptions, heal rectal sores, successfully treat inflammation of the uterine cervix, get rid of parasitic vaginal infections, reduce typhoid fever, and cure advanced pyorrhea in many cases.
How much wheatgrass juice do I start with?

Start with one ounce a day with a small amount of water. As you become accustomed, stop the water and work up to 6 ounces of wheatgrass juice a day. Your energy level will be very high. Wheatgrass juice should be mixed thoroughly with your saliva before swallowing. Drink slowly one hour before meals. Wheatgrass juice is a powerful cleanser and may cause nausea, through starting an immediate reaction with toxins and mucus in the stomach.

Toxicity studies have shown that chlorophyll is absolutely non-toxic when administered orally or intravenously to animals and humans. The juice should be extracted either by chewing or utilising a slow action machine. Some manual juice extractors are very good for the purpose. Grasses can be grown year round in any apartment or house, city or country.

Why Do Dogs and Cats Eat Grass?

cat eating wheatgrass While it may be alarming to see Fido or Fluffy nibbling on the front lawn or a houseplant, it shouldn’t be a cause for concern unless the grass or plant was recently treated with pesticide, fertilizer, or another poisonous chemical. Both dogs and cats from time to time may take an interest in grass or similar substances, each for different purposes that can actually benefit their bodies.

Dogs tend to self-medicate their bodies and regulate behavior through occasional ingestion of plants, as the diets they often receive in captivity are vastly different than what they would eat in the wild. Dogs are not simply carnivorous, and can be often seen hunting for roots and fruits. Since dogs evolved from wolves, in the wild, wolves and dogs may eat an herbivore prey that they have killed, and often first go for the stomach area of the carcass where they will find roots, leaves and berries.

In domestication, a dog’s diet often consists of commercial dog food, which contains synthetic preservatives, coloring and fillers. Constant intake of such substances often leads to dog aggression, when the dog’s discomfort exceeds tolerance levels. Over time, this grain-based, high-carbohydrate diet can lead to digestive upset and even diabetes. Again considering the evolutionary perspective, wild dogs consume only minimal quantity of grains, in the shape of already-digested paste and juices in the intestines of a seed-eating prey.

dog eating wheatgrass However, even though grass ingestion appears to have some redeeming qualities for an dog, it can sometimes lead to vomiting. Some veterinary experts suspect that ingestion could have been a catalyst for self-induced vomiting to relieve stomach upset. Whether or not it was intentional, it may have detoxifying properties for this very purpose.

Cats often ingest plants and grass for this very same reason—mainly to assist common bodily functions. Cats are avid groomers and seem to spend hours preening and licking themselves. Unfortunately, this usually means that they end up swallowing a lot of lose fur, which accumulates in their stomach to form matted lumps called furballs.

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While furballs are usually vomited or emitted in feces as part of the body’s natural elimination process, a weak digestive system, modern diet, sedentary lifestyles, or inadequate nutrition can interfere with this process. To help stimulate this elimination, cats may use grass as a laxative or to self-induce furballs, as it acts a roughage to promote bowel movement or regurgitation. This not only helps promote overall health as bodily functioning is restored, but also relieves the discomfort associated with the blockage. It may also be possible that the dog or cat just likes the taste! However, it is important to discourage ingestion of grass or plants directly after a meal, as unintentional regurgitation of dinner may result.

Wheatgrass for Your Pet's Health Testimonials

Cat eating Wheatgrass "Staff members of the Institute who lived with cats reported their animals had less illness once they provided wheat grass regularly. They noted that fur was more beautiful, and life spans longer. Formerly arthritic older cats who could barely get in and out of the litter box, were jumping on top of high surfaces. Immune systems in all the cats grew strong and common sicknesses much more easily resisted. Sores and strange lumps would disappear. Chronic conditions such as upper respiratory problems would clear away for good. Keen observers commented that cat's personalities and behavior changed. The cats became Need help? calmer, and more "jungle cat-like" in their gait and mannerisms. Making sprouts and growing wheat grass for your own cats is quick and easy! Living foods will beautifully compliment a cat's raw meat diet creating the perfect meal. Many different seeds and nuts may be sprouted and added to your cat's food."

"My 13 yr male cat is now walking around, does not have his mouth infected and swollen face, and is carrying on with his appetite... Wheatgrass changed his energy level in 20 minutes, he began eating, the swelling and infection went away in 2 days, his respiratory and sinus dis-ease (due to chemical medicine he was prescribed and I stupidly gave him when I don't even use them for myself)was gone in those 2 days and my love is now back to normal.I 'm also taking wheatgrass and feel great. With my cat I have to put it in a dropper cause he just does not like the taste but what the heck a grab by the neck everyday stimulates his senses and circulation soooo its ok. Thanks again for your website." Mayan Camera in NY

Cancer in cat cured with green juice
Fighting fibroid breast tumors and paralysis in a cat with vegetable juice

wheatgrass "I am pleased to say we are successfully fighting fibroid breast tumors and paralysis of the hindquarters brought on by colon cancer, and while I did have to use a few homeopathic medicines at first to reverse the kidney damage, the bulk of the credit goes to the juices."

"One month ago, this cat's hindquarters became paralyzed, and she was forced to ambulate by dragging herself by her forelegs only; bowel movements became virtually nonexistent. After one week of steady juicing, elimination functions have resumed and her rear legs are moving again! If you have not already gotten a copy, please check out Dr. Jensen's book, Foods that Heal. It efficiently presents in layman's terms how to heal using food and juice combinations based on the chemical elements contained therein. Of course, in pets, you just have to give very small portions (literally, 1/2-teaspoon amounts) to see results. And because the right combination of juices will taste good to them, animals willingly take the juice mixed into their foods -- resulting in less stress on both owner and pet. So now my cats get vegetable-only juice and the dogs get the pulp -- so there's no waste -- all are getting healthy, and I'm saving $$$ on vet bills."

"...once they provided the cats with wheat grass regularly, formerly arthritic older cats who could barely get in and out of the litter box, were jumping on top of high surfaces. Immune systems in all the cats grew strong and common sicknesses much more easily resisted. Sores and strange lumps would disappear. Chronic conditions such as upper respiratory problems would clear away for good.

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Note from Shirley Here is how I grow my wheatgrass:

1). I soak about 3-4 cups of hard winter wheatgrass seeds (preferably organically grown) for 3 to 8 hours in water. I add a couple of drops of organic vinegar to acidify the water which keeps fungus or mold from forming. Sprouters believe that all the nutrient is in the seed. For the first 4-5 days young plants can grow in anything because they are getting their nutrients from the seed. They can grow in anything, even shredded paper. After 4-5 days the plants have developed roots which begin seeking the soil for nutrients to continue to grow into healthy plants. Wheatgrass Wheat grass grower's shelfminerals, grow 2-5 days without the needed additional nutrients. I add one tablespoon of Sole per gallon of water, or one teaspoon of fulvic minerals or marine phytoplankton, rich with over 70 naturally occurring organic trace minerals and elements. Organic fulvic acids are created by micro-organisms in the soil, for the purpose of transporting minerals and nutrients from the soil into a plant. Wheatgrass grown with fulvic acid burst with health and nutrients which benefit us.

2. I drain the water and place the seeds in a colander. I rinse the seeds 2 to 3 times a day with the original water that the seeds soaked in. This prevents the seeds from drying out and from forming mold. NOTE: I do NOT wrap the seeds in the colander with plastic. I leave it exposed to air

3. I Line up a nursery growing tray with a sheet of paper and spread 1/4 to 1/2 inch of potting soil.

4. As soon as the seeds begin to sprout in the colander, they are ready to be moved to the growing tray. I spread the seeds in the growing tray over a 1/2 inch of potting soil. There is no need for fertilizer. I do not cover the seeds with soil. I place the tray on a plastic sheet in front of a window.

5. I place a second empty tray on top of the seed tray upside down (like a roof) and I cover the top tray with a wet towel. This will protect the seeds and sprouts from drying out. I make sure that the towel is kept wet or moist all the time.

6. As soon as the grass is tall enough to hit the roof of the top tray, I remove that top tray and towel.

7. During the first 2 or 3 days, the tray needs watering everyday, but not too much or the roots will rot.

Dog's faceMy German Shepheard dog, Kuuma, gets hit by this "bloat", or stomach spams once a month or so. It usually hits him soon after he eats kibbles (never when he eats raw food). He becomes extremely restless, and tries to nibble on just about anything. It is obvious that he's in great pain. The ONLY thing that I have found that helps him, is to let him eat plenty of grass. He'll be grazing for 20 min or longer non-stop. If no grass is available, I give him wheatgrass which I grow in trays by the windowsill (I drink wheatgrass juice everyday). I believe that he would actually die if no grass was available for him to eat.

Wheatgrass can grow year-round but it doesn't grow well in the hot summer. It grows best in cooler wheather. During summer, I keep my wheatgrass trays in the shade with good ventilation to prevent overheating and to prevent mold or fungus.

Various wheat growth stagesThe Organic Barley Grass Growing Kit  is the complete organic and simple set up! Each kit starts you out with enough organic barley seed, organic soil, organic minerals, and growing trays to grow five trays of Barley Grass- yielding at least 60 ounces of barley juice (1 month supply at 2 ounces a day). Each Barley Grass kit comes with simple easy to follow growing and harvesting instructions.

The growing instructions teach you to grow barley grass in the most nutritious and simple way possible! To insure the highest possible mineral content and barley grass yield, we have included an organic forest compost mixture and Azomite, an organic all natural mineral that insures that your barley grass contains all of the trace minerals required by the human body for maximum health. Each Kit Includes: 5 21''x10'' Growing TraysThese durable black growing trays can be reused over and over again. Drain holes and easy portable size make these trays perfect for growing grass even in your own kitchen. Each tray of barley grass will yield 12 to 14 ounces of juice.5 Measured bags (5 lbs) Certified Organic Barley Grass Seed 2 8-Quart Bags of Organic Soil Mix Forest Based Compost, Completely Animal Free !Enough soil to grow 5-6 flats of  wheatgrass, barley grass or sunflower greens.

This mixture is created using organic compost, and peat moss. This mix will allow you to increase your growing yield as well as increase the nutrition of your grass. Compost your spent soil flat and use it over and over. Azomite has 67 major and trace elements, so its name means "A to Z Of Minerals Including Trace Elements." Typical analysis shows every element that's beneficial to plants and animals, and other elements (micro-nutrients) scientists believe essential. Barley Grass Growing and Juicing Instructions Free growing technical support.

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Cilantro Healing and Mercury Detoxification Power

Dr. Omura treated several patients for an eye infection called trachoma (granular conjunctivitis), which is caused by the micro-organism Chlamydia trachomatis. Following the standard treatment, Dr. Omura found that the patients' symptoms would initially clear up, only to recur within a few months. He experienced similar difficulties in treating viral-related problems like herpes simplex types I and II and cytomegalovirus infections. After taking a closer look, Dr. Omura found these organisms seemed to hide and flourish in areas of the body where there were concentrations of heavy metals like mercury, lead, and aluminum. Somehow the organisms were able to use the toxic metals to protect themselves from the medicine. While he was testing for these toxic metals, Dr. Omura discovered that the leaves of the coriander plant (cilantro) could accelerate the excretion of mercury, lead, and aluminum from the body.

Dental Amalgams the "silver" fillings in your teeth Is It Safe? Dental amalgam, the material in “silver” tooth fillings, contains approximately 50 per cent of the highly toxic heavy metal mercury. But is it safe to put so much Mercury, the most toxic non-radioactive metal known to man, into the mouth of a person?

Sea Vegetables such as, kelp, and chlorella have been acknowledged as a detoxifyer, a balanced nourishment and a miraculous healing plant. Sea algae are the richest natural source of minerals, trace minerals and rare earth elements.

Steven Schecter, N.D - "There is no family of foods more protective against radiation and environmental pollutants than sea vegetables ... sea vegetables can prevent assimilation of different radionuclitides, heavy metals such as cadmium, and other environmental toxins."

Many kinds of seaweed are eaten by people because they are full of vitamins and iodine. Asian cultures use seaweed like green beans and carrots are used in the United States. One of seaweed's most prominent health benefits is its ability to remove radioactive strontium and other heavy metals from our bodies. Whole brown seaweeds (not granulated) such as kelp contain alginic acid which binds with the toxins in the intestines rendering them indigestible and carries them out of the system.

Note from Shirley

Need help? Healing Crisis: As with all true natural cure, the road to better health may begin with a healing crisis. As you move toward better health with natural healing programs and better nutrition, healing begins to occur. As part of the healing process the body will begin to discard toxic residues which have built up in your body over the years. The healing process usually does not occur without repercussions. During the initial phase of healing, as your body begins to clean house, (detoxify) and your vital energy begins to repair and rebuild internal organs, you may experience headache, uneasiness, flu like symptoms and fatigue. This is called a healing crisis. You may feel worse before you feel better. As you continue to improve, you may begin a process called retracing. For example, if you used to get skin rashes, the rashes may reappear or get worse for a period of time as your body eliminates toxins through the skin. You may also experience an initial increase in urination, or you may feel more nervous. In actuality, you are not getting worse, you are actually getting better. Eventually you will reach a plateau of better health. During the healing crisis, it is important to not suppress these temporary symptoms with drugs or the healing process may become interrupted.

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Wheatgrass Juice - Gift of Nature

The solid content of juice made from wheatgrass is 70 percent chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is often referred to as "the blood of plant life" and has almost the same chemical structure as haemoglobin (oxygen transport molecules in red cells in human blood), according to studies done in 1911. The difference between the two is that in human blood the metallic element of the haemoglobin is iron, while in chlorophyll this atom is magnesium. Chlorophyll goes into the red blood cells immediately. The red cell count was returned to normal within 4 to 5 days of the administration of chlorophyll in animals which were known to be extremely anaemic.

Chlorophyll was praised in the 1940 American Journal of Surgery by Benjamin Gruskin, M.D. for its antiseptic benefits. The article recommends the following clinical uses for Chlorophyll - to clear up foul-smelling odours, neutralise infections, heal wounds, hasten skin grafting, cure chronic sinusitis, overcome chronic inner ear inflammation and infection, reduce varicose veins and heal leg ulcers, eliminate impetigo and other scabby eruptions, heal rectal sores, successfully treat inflammation of the uterine cervix, get rid of parasitic vaginal infections, reduce typhoid fever, and cure advanced pyorrhoea in many cases.

Nutritionist Bernard Jensen lauds the virtues of Chloryphyll because of the magnetic and electrical quality of the raw enzymes it contains. According to Dr. Earp-Thomas, 15 pounds of fresh wheatgrass is equivalent in nutritional value to 350 pounds of the choicest vegetables.

Dr.Birscher, a research scientist, called chlorophyll "concentrated sun power." He says chlorophyll increases function of the heart, affects the vascular system, the uterus, the intestine and the lungs. According to Dr. Birscher, nature uses chlorophyll as a body cleanser, rebuilder and neutralizer of toxins. Wheat grass juice can dissolve scars that are formed in the lungs from breathing acid gasses. The effects of carbon monoxide is minimized since chlorophyll increases hemoglobin production. Wheat grass juice helps to reduce high blood pressure as the juice helps to reduce toxins from the body and gives the blood iron which helps circulation. It purifies the blood.

A small amount of wheatgrass in the human diet helps prevent tooth decay. Tooth decay is the result of other degenerative changes in the body. Gargle with wheatgrass juice for toothaches. Gargle with wheatgrass juice for a sore throat.

"Taking wheatgrass juice we will feel the difference in our sense of strength, health, spirituality, endurance and wellbeing. Research scientist Dr Birscher called chloryphyll "concentrated sun power. Chloryphyll increases the function of the heart, affects the vascular system, the intestines, the uterus and the lungs"

Wheatgrass Nature's Finest Medicine: The Complete Guide to Using Grass Foods and Juices to RevitalizeYour Health by Steve Meyerowitz is a complete guide to using grass foods and juices to help your health. Includes everything you need to know about wheatgrass and its miracle cures: how to grow it, juice it, and take it, in order to create a total health restoration program. Also contains information about detoxification, nutrition, research, benefits, and healing retreats. Includes real life testimonies about the effectiveness of wheatgrass. Wheatgrass has broad effectiveness, but its three most therapeutic roles are: blood purification, liver detoxification, and colon cleansing. As a food it is very nourishing and restorative with such a complete range nutrients that it can, by itself, sustain life. Wheatgrass earned its reputation from people with terminal illnesses who took it at the eleventh hour of their lives, after conventional medicine left them with no hope. But you can take it as part of a long range prevention and health maintenance program.

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Healing With Barley Grass

Dr. Howard Lutz. - "Barley grass is one of the most incredible products of this decade. It improves the skin texture and the dryness associated with aging."

Dr. Howard Lutz, director of the Institute of Preventive Medicine in Washington, D.C., has said this about barley grass: "(Barley grass is) one of the most incredible products of this decade. It improves stamina, sexual energy, clarity of thought, and reduces addiction to things that are bad for you. It also improves the texture of the skin, and heals the dryness associated with aging. Some people who try grass juice find that they just cannot tolerate wheatgrass juice. It is extremely detoxifying and makes some people nauseous every time they drink it. These people may find that they can tolerate barley grass juice. It is milder, although quite bitter, compared to the sweetness of wheatgrass juice."

The Benefits of Barley Grass
Barley grass is one of the green grasses. The young barley leaves have a tremendous ability to absorb nutrients from the soil. When barley leaves are 12-14 inches high, they contain all the vitamins, minerals, and proteins necessary for the human diet, plus chlorophyll. Barley contains a multitude of vitamins and minerals. Its juice is seven times richer in Vitamin C than an equivalent weight of oranges, five times richer in iron than spinach, ten times richer in calcium than milk, is a significant source of Vitamin B-12, and contains 15 times as much protein as an equivalent amount of milk.

A research pharmacologist from Japan, Dr. Yoshihide Hagiwara, M.D believes that the key to the nutritive value of this supplement is not just the nutrient content of the concentrated extract, but its biochemical form which promotes more effective assimilation. What really sets this powdered barley juice apart from other food supplements, he says, are the thousands of live enzymes. The anti-aging enzyme superoxide dismutase (SOD) is one of these. SOD aids in digestion and metabolism by helping to disperse vitamins and minerals into the blood stream to be absorbed by the body. Dr. Richard Cutler, a biophysicist at the National Institute of Aging has shown that the life span of many mammalian species, including man were found to be directly proportional to the amount or SOD contained in the cells. The animals with the longest life spans and man were found to have the highest levels of SOD. SOD acts as a cellular anti-oxidant, protecting against radiation and chemical free-radicals from pollution, as well as acting as an anti-inflammatory agent and preventing cellular damage following heart attacks.

Need help? Dr. Hagiwara and Biologist Dr. Jasuo Hotta, a specialist of gene engineering at the University of California at La Jolla, found that when powdered barley juice was added to damaged cells, the DNA within the cells repaired itself twice as quickly as DNA in cells receiving none. Current theories are that both cancer and aging result when genes fail to repair themselves. Moreover, when the barley juice supplement was added to cells before they were subjected to radiation and a carcinogen, Hotta says the repair rate was easily three times as fast as normal." Thus, Dr.Hagiwara claims, the findings may eventually help to prevent cancer, aging, or both. Experiments showing the ability of powdered barley juice to repair damaged cells, neutralize the effects of carcinogens and radiation, and retard the aging process have all been done on laboratory cell cultures and animals. While many people report improvement in a wide variety of physical problems, no controlled tests have been done on humans. The improvements noticed are the effects o[ detoxifying the body and providing the proper nutritional elements in a form readily absorbed by the body.

"Many people when they hear about the living foods program of recapturing health and regenerating the body instinctively know that it is true. I had had chronic fatigue for many years and had tried almost every herb, vitamin, and healing modality available in health food stores. Later, I attended the Ann Wigmore Institute in Boston and then began growing wheatgrass commercially for juice bars and health food stores. At first, I didn’t radically alter my diet – the main thing I did was faithfully drink the wheatgrass juice every day. I noticed a great increase in energy, enough to allow me to operate my business, which involved working ten to twelve hours per day."

Recently research has unveiled a wealth of other possible benefits of green barley leaves. Extracted compounds have found to have hypercholesteromic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-ulcer properties. A new antioxidant, 2"-0-GIV, has been isolated and reported to have antioxidant activity equal to or superior to vitamin E. Finally, studies have shown that when green barley juice is added to injured cells, the cells' DNA repairs itself rapidly. This may contribute to preventing the changes that often lead to cancer, rapid aging, and cell death.

Healing with Alfalfa

Daniel B Mowry, Ph.D. - “Alfalfa contains an enormous quantity of nutrients, in a form that is easily digested and assimilated by man. It is up to 50% protein, contains a good quantity of beta-carotene, chlorophyll and octacosanol. Herbalists have used alfalfa for many different purposes. Most of these applications bear one-to-one correspondence to the various nutrients in the plant. The one word that keeps appearing is “tonic”. The plant is a kidney tonic, prostatic tonic, reproductive tonic, musculoskeletal tonic, glandular tonic and so forth. Alfalfa has traditionally been one of the best herbal treatments of arthritis, gout and rheumatism. Alfalfa has a proven cholesterol lowering effect. Steroidal anti-inflammatory action is suggested by its content of plant steroids, and by some research that found an estrogenic effect on ruminants (grazing animals). Alfalfa has also been shown to possess antibacterial action against gram negative bacteria (such as Salmonella typhi), and it contains at least one protein with known antitumor activity.”

Dr. Donna Schwontkowski- "Alfalfa has been used for centuries by people world-wide for overall support and rejuvenation. Because of its deep root system, alfalfa is a rich source of the minerals calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, iron, potassium and trace minerals. Specifically, it is one of the best sources of protein and is very high in chlorophyll, carotene, the Vitamins A, D, E, B-6 and K, and several digestive enzymes. This may be why it is said to help reconstitute bone and when fresh, is beneficial for rickets. Alfalfa is one of the most studied plants. Research suggests that it may inactivate dietary chemical carcinogens in the liver and small intestine before they have a chance to do the body any harm. It is commonly used for bladder infections. Used on the skin or in the bath, Alfalfa is good for fatigue and muscle tenderness. It is also used to reduce pain and inflammation of rheumatism and arthritis. Alfalfa is used as an appetite stimulant, vitality augmenter (tonic), a digestive stimulant, for insomnia, and to relax the nervous system."

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Greens, Phytonutrients and Phytochemicals

What are phytochemicals? In the Greek language, the word 'phyto' means plant. Phytochemicals are, by definition, any biologically active compound derived from plants. They function as the plant's immune system, defending against exposure to diseases and viruses; determine plant color and taste; and aid the many biological tasks plant organisms must carry out to survive. Thousands of phytochemicals are found in plants, and humans have only recently begun to study the molecular structure of these valuable food compounds.

Examples of phytochemicals are carotenoids, flavonoids, plant sterols, polyphenols, lignans, sulfides, curcumins, saponins, coumarins, terpenoids, phthalides, and many more. On-going research continues to provide new insights into what they are and how they aid in the preservation of human health. According to Dr. Bruce West, Phytonutrients are the "raw material" nature provides for your body to cure itself. Derived from living things, primarily plants (phyto is Greek for plant), phytonutrients are a combination of naturally occurring phytochemicals, vitamins, minerals, trace elements, and enzymes. Also known as Super Green Foods or Green Super Foods. PhytoNutrients provide the synergistic combination of all of natures raw materials for healing the body - not just isolated and artificially created products.

Why do we need 'greens'? Greens are our most important foods because they provide us with all of the essential components of health. They are our foods, as well as our medicines. Where green plants cannot grow, we cannot live.

Making the Transition to a Diet Which Contains Not Only Enzymes but
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"Many people when they hear about the living foods program of recapturing health and regenerating the body instinctively know that it is true. When I first heard about Ann Wigmore and wheatgrass juice, I became enthusiastic about it, bought an electric wheatgrass juicer and began first purchasing and then growing my own wheatgrass. I had had chronic fatigue for many years and had tried almost every herb, vitamin, and healing modality available in health food stores. Later, I attended the Ann Wigmore Institute in Boston and then began growing wheatgrass commercially for juice bars and health food stores. At first, I didn’t radically alter my diet – the main thing I did was faithfully drink the wheatgrass juice every day. I noticed a great increase in energy, enough to allow me to operate umy business, which involved working ten to twelve hours per day. During the years of being in business, I noticed the reactions of people when they started on wheatgrass juice. Some who started wheatgrass juice daily, didn’t change their diets and found the juice so detoxifying that they were unable to continue taking it for very long. The reaction they got was an aversion to the juice—enough to make them nauseous. (The solution to this is to 1) change the diet, and /or 2) cut back on the amount taken each day or 3) drink barleygrass juice instead. 4)Also there is a possibility that mold on the grass causes the nausea. This can be alleviated by cutting the grass and power rinsing before juicing."

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Overcoming Chronic Fatigue with Wheatgrass Juice

by Pam Killeen

Does just getting out of bed in the morning seem to be a major effort? How about doing a simple job of vacuuming the living room floor? How about serious things like having to keep a job which required concentration, focus, intellect and creativity—operations which in my mind were simply not functioning. I didn’t know it then, but I had Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Need help? This multitude of symptoms which I was experiencing included the inability to use my cognitive processes. The sheer and utter exhaustion I felt every day made me think I was dying or wishing I was. I was really overwhelmed with severe problems such as memory loss, confusion, brain fog, digestive difficulties, PMS, and even insomnia. I would have thought being that exhausted, that sleep would come easy, but it didn’t. To better describe this illness: It would be like having the flu or being hung over day after day, month after month. Words cannot describe the feeling I had of no energy to feel, think, give, socialize, share, create, or exercise. Gradually over time, I lost my job, my friends, money, and possessions. Needless to say, this greatly increased my stress level.

In my desperation to get better, I turned to the medical profession only to have most doctors I went to uninformed about my illness. One doctor even said that I would be sick for the rest of my life and I may as well learn to live with it.

I began searching for answers elsewhere. I sought out alternative therapies, including chiropractic, acupuncture, massage therapy, reflexology, and nutritional changes.

Ultimately I accepted the responsibility of getting myself well. I decided that I absolutely was not going to accept the idea that I might feel this way the rest of my life. I rejected the attitude that I was a patient because the term patient implied passivity and submissiveness and would leave me without a sense of power to change.

I became proactive and actually forced myself to get out of bed and go outside every day, I initiated an exercise program including tennis and golf. During this time, I was still in an absolute fog, but I pretended to enjoy myself.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome was my enemy and the battle was just beginning. No one but myself really accepted the fact that I was extremely ill. This made life even more difficult. However, eventually, people began to come into my life who understood my problem. I even encountered some understanding doctors who gave me a lot of support in that they know I was not crazy, depressed, or lazy (as are many people so accused who have chronic fatigue syndrome.) They sensed my desperation to get better. I became an active participant in recovering from the syndrome in that I made changes in my diet-eliminating all processed and white foods, including refined processed sugar, dairy products, flour, salt, eggs) and red meat. I began to realize that this was not enough so I became a total vegetarian making a complete about face of my traditional North American eating habits which included animal protein, processed foods and overeating. I discovered that even these significant changes were not enough to completely heal my body. I remained a vegetarian but began to explore other alternative diets.

Thankfully, I discovered the living foods diet (Hippocrates Lifestyle or Ann Wigmore Diet.) Hippocrates, Father of medicine, said Let thy food be thy medicine and the medicine be thy food.

I integrated raw (living) food and chlorophyll into my diet. The chlorophyll I use comes from wheatgrass. I grow the grass indoors either in soil or hydroponically and then extract the juicer in a special juicer. I also grow sunflower and buckwheat greens.

I learned how to incorporate these highly nutritious foods into my diet when I attended a course at the Ann Wigmore Foundation in Boston. Ann taught that vegetables should be eaten raw in the form of blended soup, or fermented in a recipe she calls veggie-kraut. Prepared this way, vegetables become easier to digest. She emphasized a diet of dark greens (buckwheat, sunflower, wheatgrass juice), sprouts (alfalfa, lentil, pea, etc.) And high calorie, high enzyme fruits such as bananas and avocados. Other fruits she used are apples and watermelon. She included dehydrated foods and believed that food combining is important but not to let such a ‘science’ control our lives. Ann believed that the body becomes sick from eating foods that are dead (processed, microwaved, cooked, irradiated). Dead foods are devoid of enzymes and oxygen, the catalysts we need for proper digestion and proper assimilation and elimination. If we don’t eliminate properly at the cell level, we can become very toxic and subject to any disease. We can reverse this toxic nutrient deficient and diseased body by eating food in its natural state. Ann said that we must reform our attitudes toward dead foods, that they can be highly addictive and that most of the time we eat these foods because we are emotionally attached to them.

This whole lifestyle is easy and I haven’t felt that it has controlled my life. Ideally, I feel comfortable eating about 80% raw foods and 20% cooked. I feel that food which still has its life force intact, transfers that life force to my body and increases my energy. When I make inappropriate food choices, I feel tired and listless reminding me that my body is still very sensitive and requires further healing. click here to learn more about the Incredible Healing Powers of Raw (Living) Foods and Juices

Another thing I wondered about why did this happen to me? It was essential that I found this answer because it became interesting to me to explore this. Was it just physical, or was it emotional, spiritual, and/or intellectual? Therefore I became aware that in order to heal, I had to not only repair my physical body, but also the other three parts as well.

Looking back on my healing process, I realize even though it was quite painful, it was necessary for me to experience and in many ways I’m much stronger for having to deal with this struggle. I view chronic fatigue syndrome as a health challenge rather than a chronic illness or an impossible hurdle to overcome. I alone was responsible for regaining my health. Nobody was going to hand it to me in a pill or on a silver platter.

To those of you currently experiencing CFS, I would like to say: Don’t own the disease and let it get the best of you. The best of you has yet to surface and this disease has happened to you to wake you up to this fact. Never take your health for granted and try not to feel victimized by CFS, as you will only continue to let it control you. You must take control of your health by realizing that the body will only have the capacity to heal if you make the right choices. You must honor yourself and do what is right for you.

I cannot finish this article without expressing my gratitude to those who stood by me through thick and thin while I was sick. Their belief in me helped me more than they may ever be able to realize. I am truly blessed to have met these people at a time in my life when I needed as much support as possible.

I am now able to work part-time and enjoy a fuller life today than even a year ago. My focus is on feeling better. I am still experiencing vulnerabilities in my cognitive functioning and some other CFS related symptoms. However, I know the more I surround myself with healthy decisions, the easier my complete recovery will be. Health is now one of my main priorities since I know that without it, I stand to lose everything.
Permission to reprint was obtained from The Western Wheatgrass Journal, and the The Wheatgrasss Habit.

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