Would You Like Some Arsenic With That?

The following excerpt is from an article was published November 2013, by Dr. Isaac Eliaz.

It is certainly worthy of our attention, since toxins play a huge role in our overall health.


Tasteless and odorless, arsenic may appear innocuous enough; but it can be a deadly poison in your food. In sufficient quantities, the metal increases oxidation, destroys cells’ ability to create energy and ultimately causes major organ failure. To add to the danger, arsenic is a known carcinogen.toxic

Arsenic is everywhere. It’s found naturally in soil and plants. It’s used in pesticides, lumber, and infiltrates water supplies, particularly in rural communities.

For more than 60 years, farmers have fed poultry animal feed laced with arsenic because it makes the animals become fatter and grow more quickly.

The industry always argues that chickens excrete the poison and little, if any, ends up in the meat. We’re finding out this is simply not true.

High arsenic levels have also been found in rice and in rice products like brown rice syrup, rice flour, rice vinegar, rice breads and cereal. Research finds that arsenic concentrates in the rice germ that is removed to make white rice. So brown rice, which is a healthier food from the perspective of nutrient content, retains higher concentrations of arsenic.
Other studies demonstrate higher levels of arsenic in rice grown in the U.S. than in Basmati or Jasmine rice from Thailand or India. Rice grown in our Southern States were found to contain the highest arsenic levels. California’s had the lowest detected levels. Consumer Reports has a handy chart listing arsenic levels in many rice brands.


Because arsenic is so ubiquitous in the environment, food and water, it’s unrealistic to believe we can avoid it altogether. We must actively detoxify our bodies.

The first step is to adopt a cleansing diet: Avoid processed foods, white flour and sugar products, as well as forgoing non-organic dairy, meat, eggs or poultry.

Healthy fats are crucial additions. They support healthy cell membrane function.
A detox-oriented diet generally limits animal protein to smaller portions in favor of a colorful variety of vegetables and low glycemic fruits.

Consider adding a formula incorporating modified citrus pectin (MCP) made from the white pith of citrus peels, along with modified alginates derived from brown kelp, provides a gentle, natural way to remove heavy metals.

Medicinal mushrooms support immunity and have many capabilities with regard to detoxification.  For more rounded detoxing look into a formula that contains Astragalus root, Turmeric, Fenugreek, Dandelion and Stinging nettle, or most of them.  They support organs involved in waste removal, including the liver, skin, digestive tract and lungs.

Be diligent!

Read labels and check sources of your food supply, and regularly detoxify in a gentle manner to remove those toxins that escape your diligent eye.

Juicing for Liver Health and the Hunzukuts Story

I thought it would be helpful to title Juicing Recipes by the organ or system they support. Since our liver is one of the most taxed organs in our body, I thought I’d feature its supporters first!

In general, avoid the fats that present a high workload for the liver.

These are:

  • full-cream dairy products,
  • margarine,
  • processed vegetable oils (hydrogenated fats),
  • deep-fried foods,
  • foods that are not fresh and contain rancid fats,
  • preserved meats,
  • animal skins and
  • fatty meats.
  •  refined white sugar and candies,
  • fizzy drinks,
  • cakes and biscuits made with refined sugars

Apricot Juice

Are you ready for this?..

  1. Apricots are incredibly rich in provitamin A or beta-carotene.
  2. Numerous studies have shown that Vitamin A is one of the very best chemotherapeutic and chemo-preventative nutrients in coping with cancer.
  3. The fruit also has a great quantity of Sulphur.
  4. Hunza Land grows tens of thousands of apricot trees, yielding several million apricots annually.
  5. The oil from apricot pits is used for cooking, and to give their skin and hair richness.https://i0.wp.com/www.biblelife.org/Hunza-Terraced-Fields.jpg
  6. The juice is used as a tonic, in place of water in cooking, and often in place of milk.
  7. Very few of the older Hunzukuts have wrinkles!
  8. Vitamin A is critical for good vision, and as a protector of lungs against cigarette smoke, dust and pollen, and repairs injury done to them.

    How about them apricots?? 🙂



  • 12 organic Apricots
  • 10 fl oz purified Water
  • Cinnamon, opt.

Wash and remove pits from Apricots. Juice, and add water.  For a nutritional kick, add 1/4 tsp. organic Cinnamon.


Dandelion Juice

This is a very misunderstood plant.

Read my post entitled : The Overlooked, Misunderstood Dandelion.

The leaves of the dandelion are ready to eat in the early Spring, while most other plant life is still thinking about blooming again. After the Dandelion blossoms, its leaves become tougher and a little more bitter, so not ideal for juicing.


If you find them growing wild, (make sure they’re in an area that has not been sprayed!) use a small sharp knife to pry  out of the ground and cut leaves off just above the root.

You want to preserve the ‘bulb’ if you can. In markets, choose the bunch with lighter leaves.

In a perfect world, 1/4 pound (100 grams) of Dandelion leaves contain 300 mg of calcium, 65 mg of phosphorous, 3 mg of iron,, 395 mg of potassium, 14,000 I.U. of Vitamin A and some B and C Vitamins.

I say ‘in a perfect world’, because depending on the condition of the soil they are grown in, there may or may not be the sufficient minerals to pass on to the plant! This is the reality of life today, and why considering a high-quality, bio-available Vitamin and Mineral Supplement is so critical.

Always choose Organic.


Rinse leaves in a colander to remove dirt and pests. Tear into juicing size bits and juice.  For better flavor add 1 tsp. lemon juice or 1 carrot with skin.

Some people feel a big boost of energy when the juice hits the liver! For older people this may be a bit powerful, so dilute the juice.


Beet Juice

Out of the varieties of Beets, only one is therapeutic to the liver: the dark red, round garden variety.Beets

Beet is a wonderful food which contains a high iron content acting as a re-generator and activator on the red blood corpuscles.

The beet contains much potassium, magnesium, phosphorous, calcium, sulphur and iodine as well as many trace minerals.

Beet powder provides a wide range of nutrients, but its most significant phytochemical is betaine which helps the liver process fat.

According to the American Heart Association, beet juice can help lower blood pressure and due to the high content of iron in beets, it is good for anemia.

Dr. S. Ferenczi began his research in the use of the red beet especially in cancer patients in 1950. The Nobel prize winner Prof. Szent-Gyorgi of Budapest, also worked with Dr. Ferenczi to prove certain facts about the value of the beet in human nutrition.  Read more here.


NOTE: Since beet juice alone may be a little too potent on the body, always mix with at least one other low-sugar fruit or vegetable or dilute with water.

  • 1 organic Red Beet
  • 1/2 bunch organic Parsley
  • 3 leaves organic Romaine Lettuce
  • 3 small organic Carrots
  • and 1 clove Garlic

Juice 1 beet in either a centrifugal or masticating juicer.

Drink on glass daily for cancer, and two glasses weekly as a preventative measure.

There is also great benefit to taking organic Powdered Beet concentrate in water or in low-fat yogurt. Make sure product is not from China, where farming practices are questionable.

Here are a couple of Organic U.S. sources:


or:  http://www.floridaherbhouse.com

Tomato Juice

(Liver Specialist and Cancer Protective)
Tomatoes are abundant in lycopene, another of the carotenoid family.

A five-year Japanese study shows daily use of a supplement that contained a combination of natural tomato extract, beta-carotene, and vitamin E might be an effective way to reduce the risk of liver cancer in those at risk. Researchers found that patients who received the supplement had a 50% suppression of liver cancer.

Another study from Tufts University researchers found that taking a lycopene supplement may help protect against lung cancer by interfering with the body’s processing of IGF. Their study found lycopene rapidly metabolized in the ferrets studied and may counter the effects of exposure to cigarette smoke.

Juicing organic tomatoes, or drinking low-sodium V-8 Juice are wonderful additions to your weekly juicing.

~ Be Well!

Herbal Index: Common Herbs and Their Uses “D, E, F”

Hear, Hear for Herbs!


Medicinal Uses: Dandelion, commonly thought of as a weed, is a very useful medicinal herb and can be found growing wild or purchased in the store. Dandelion as a culinary treat is very beneficial. It is full of vitamins A and C, beta carotine, potassium, with enough iron and copper to keep you healthy. You can eat the leaves, stalk, and flowers as a salad. Dandelion tea is a safe, gentle tonic for digestive issues, constipation, indigestion and fatigue. It can also help strengthen the liver, gallbladder, pancreas, spleen, stomach and intestines and reduces inflammation from hepatitis or cirrhosis. Dandelions also promote kidney function, thereby improving overall health and clearing up skin problems. The sap from stems applied directly to acne, warts, and calluses is an effective treatment. Roasted, ground, dandelion root is a good coffee substitute as it eliminates fatigue yet contains no caffeine.

Outward Magical Properties: Persistence…

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The Overlooked, Misunderstood Dandelion

Once upon a time there was a tall, slender green plant called a Dandelion.  Its name came from Dent-de-lion‘ which means lion’s tooth in French.  This is due to its jagged edged leaves.

dandelionUnfortunately, when you say ‘Dandelion’ many people think of the tiny yellow flowers and the stemmed puffs of white wispy hairs that crop up in their lawns, disturbing the otherwise monotonous green blanket of grass.  It is treated like an unwelcome visitor, annoying and over-staying its welcome.

Aaah, if they only knew who this disguised visitor really was, not only would they welcome it, they would shove the grass over to make permanent space for it!

As said; “The war on lawn weeds in general — not just dandelions — is based on the notion that “the lawn is meant to showcase the diligence of the person who owns it. According to this view, lawns should be uniformly composed of grass, with no “intruders” permitted.

But others would argue that dandelions bear rather attractive flowers, whose yellow hue complements a green lawn nicely. “While the flower isn’t bad,” perhaps you object, “the seed head that succeeds it is unsightly.” Even so, there are easy ways to minimize the impact of dandelions on the lawn, as long as you’re willing to show some tolerance toward their presence. One way is to pluck the flowers as they appear. Another is to eat your weed problems away! ”

Unveiling the Dandelion

The Dandelion, Taraxacum officinale, which means the “Official Remedy for Disorders”, is so well-respected, in fact, that it appears in the U.S. National Formulatory, and in the Pharmacopeias of Hungary, Poland, Switzerland, and the Soviet Union. It is one of the top 6 herbs in the Chinese herbal medicine chest.

According to the USDA Bulletin #8, “Composition of Foods” (Haytowitz and Matthews 1984), dandelions rank in the top 4 green vegetables in overall nutritional value. According to data, dandelions are nature’s richest green vegetable source of beta-carotene, from which Vitamin A is created, and the third richest source of Vitamin A of all foods, after cod-liver oil and beef liver! They also are particularly rich in fiber, potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and the B vitamins, thiamine and riboflavin, and are a good source of protein.

This perennial has been known since ancient times for its curative properties and has been used for the treatment of various ailments such as infections, bile and liver problems, some cancers, dyspepsia, heartburn, spleen and liver complaints, hepatitis and anorexia. However, its use has mainly been based on empirical findings. There is evidence to suggest it may have anti-inflammatory effects and assist with urinary tract infections in women. 

Note: Due to its high potassium level, dandelion may increase the risk of hyperkalemia when taken with potassium-sparing diuretics.

The Plea

Now will you let it hang out in your yard?  Ok then, here’s yet another reason…It’s DELICIOUS!!

Sautéed with garlic, cilantro and lemon it beats Spinach in flavor…and  used in salads it adds a nice slightly bitter ‘edge’, much like escarole.

The following is my favorite Dandelion Greens Salad…it’s quick and simple to prepare.’

Hoda’s Simple Dandelion Salad

  • 4 cups chopped organic Dandelion leaves
  • 1/2 Red Onion, chopped fine
  • 2 Tbs. Lemon Juice
  • 2 Tbs. virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. cumin (opt)

Combine all in a deep bowl, toss well and serve.

~ Compliments whole grain, lentil and bean dishes. Also good with roasted chicken.