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GIVEAWAY TIME!!!

Posted: October 1, 2011 in Uncategorized

Super Market Remedies I recently had the opportunity to sit and chat with Dr. Cass Ingram,  a well known physician and natural health researcher in the United States.  He has authored many health related books and has a number of websites promoting natural remedies through many of his popular natural products:  http://americanwildfoods.com/ and http://www.p-73.com/
He gave me a number of books to do as a GIVEAWAY for my fans!  How cool is that?!  I’m going to start off by giving away a copy of one of his BEST SELLING books Super Market Remedies. It retails on Amazon for $29.95 and has received 4.5 out of 5 stars.  Here’s a link to check it out on Amazon:  Supermarket Remedies (See all Health Mind & Body Books)

The book discusses foods found in the supermarket which fight everyday ailments, stop pain and save you money.  Included is a special section describing the Top 12 Diseases  and their Supermarket Remedies.  If you have arthritis, asthma, heart disease, cancer, anemia, colitis, diabetes, high blood pressure and numerous other illnesses this book will help guide you in the right direction, showing which foods to eat to help you fight back.

How to enter:

1.  First, share this post on your facebook wall

2.  Then comment on my drug free pharmacist wall by simply saying you’ve shared my article with your friends and you would like to enter the giveaway.  If you don’t have facebook, email this article out to your friends and then comment below on my blog.

Simple :)

A winner will be  selected randomly by the end of the day on Saturday October 8, 2011.   Good luck to everyone!

**Remember there is a cure for widespread diseases like cancer,  the best way to cure cancer is to prevent cancer as best we can.   If you like what you are reading help me spread the word by sharing my articles with your friends.  Follow me, Drug free pharmacist, on facebook**

–Hoda Elkassem, RPh, BSc Pharmacy, BSc Allied Health Sciences

Organic Fruits?  Organic Vegetables?  Organic Clothing?!  Where do we draw the line and is it all really necessary?  When it comes to food, there is no doubt that organic is BEST.  Think of a bug, a gross little creature that feeds on garbage, animal waste, dead animals, etc., etc.  When fresh crops are sprayed with pesticides, herbicides and whatever other ‘cides’ they can invent, these bugs cannot survive.  Interesting isn’t it?  If these sprays are able to kill bugs capable of surviving on garbage and animal waste then surely these sprays can’t be good for us.   Increased levels of pesticides has been linked to cancer.  So we need to stay away.

Buying only organic can get pricey.  Here are some tips on what you can do to reduce your exposure to harmful pesticides while not burning a hole in your wallet.

Dirty Dozen

The EWG (Environmental Working Group) has come up with a list of foods that are highest in pesticide level and therefore should be purchased organic when possible.  They are the following:

  1. Celery
  2. Peaches
  3. Strawberries
  4. Apples
  5. Blueberries
  6. Nectarines
  7. Bell Peppers
  8. Spinach
  9. Cherries
  10. Kale/Collard Greens
  11. Potatoes
  12. Grapes (Imported)

Clean 15

If buying all organic is not something you are currently able to do, due to lack of availability or cost, then here’s another list you may find helpful.  The EWG also composed a list of foods that contain the lowest level of pesticides and are therefore not as harmful to your body when purchased non-organic.  They are the following:

  1. Onion
  2. Avocado
  3. Sweet Corn
  4. Pineapple
  5. Mango
  6. Sweet Peas
  7. Asparagus
  8. Kiwi
  9. Cabbage
  10. Eggplant
  11. Cantaloupe
  12. Watermelon
  13. Grapefruit
  14. Sweet Potato
  15. Honeydew Melon

Grow a Garden!

Last year we decided to start our first garden.  We purchased organic seeds and organic soil and planted every type of seed we could find.  It was definitely a learning experience, some grew, some didn’t, and some were eaten by our little rabbit friends, but boy did we enjoy the ones that flourished.  Loads of tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, squash, arugula,  etc. and herbs galore!   We actually had enough tomatoes from one pack of seeds that we were able to freeze a large amount to use throughout the fall.  Purchasing all the seeds and the soil cost us approximately $35 (we obviously didn’t use any sprays on our garden).  It does involve time, but the amount of money you save and the fact you know without a doubt you have true organic fruits and vegetables is worth it.

Farmer’s Market

If growing a garden is not your cup of tea (I still think it’s worth giving it a try) then opt for your local farmer’s market.  Oftentimes they will have plenty of organic produce at a fraction of the supermarket cost.

Produce Spray

A final resort to help rid produce of harmful pesticides is a produce spray.  Although there are many on the market, you can make your own by simply mixing 1 tablespoon of vinegar, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and 1 cup of water.  Place it in a spray bottle, spray your produce and allow it to sit for approximately 10 minutes and then rinse thoroughly.  It’s even a good idea to do this if all you buy is organic; think of all the hands that have touched your produce!

Don’t forget, you are what you eat!  Even though you cannot taste the pesticides in your food, they are there and they are dangerous.  My advice: it’s the beginning of May, start planting!!!

**Remember there is a cure for widespread diseases like cancer,  the best way to cure cancer is to prevent cancer as best we can.   If you like what you are reading help me spread the word by sharing my articles with your friends.  Follow me, Drug free pharmacist, on facebook**

Hoda Elkassem, RPh, BSc Pharmacy, BSc Allied Health Sciences

Giveaway!! Detox Time!!

Posted: April 15, 2011 in Uncategorized

More and more of us are on jumping on board and taking charge of our health and well being.  New organic items seem to be popping up on shelves daily as more people are steering away from processed foods, and staying away from toxic chemicals.  More and more people are doing their best to ditch the boxes and cans as they eat fresh nutrient rich foods to nourish their bodies.

What if you are 40, 50, 60 years old and have just recently started taking charge?  What about the years that have passed and the damage done to our bodies years ago? I know I myself was not this health conscious years ago.  Did I cause enough damage then that cannot be reversed?

Along with the increase in eating healthy is also an increase in trying to fix past damage done to the body by actually detoxifying one’s body.  Perhaps the most astounding types of ‘detox’ I have ever come across is that of the Gerson therapy, which individuals with chronic degenerative diseases, like cancer, embark upon.  The detox involves daily fresh organic juices (13 of them to be taken every hour) in addition to a number of coffee enemas and supplements.  All of this is done to activate the body’s ability to heal itself from disease.  Yes, you read correctly, your body can heal itself from disease.

So does it work?

I have been fortunate enough to be in contact with a brilliant woman who was healed through the Gerson therapy.  Years ago, author Faye Hueston became very ill and sought medical help for treatment of her illness.  After preforming a number of tests her doctors determined her illness was all in her head and suggested she see a psychiatrist.  She met various people and tried various types of therapy but was unable to get better, or even determine a cause of her illness.  She then learned of the Gerson therapy through her friend, a friend who was cured of malignant melanoma after her oncologist had given up on her.  Faye then embarked upon the Gerson therapy and discovered her illness was not mysterious or in her head, but instead Faye’s illness was a result of exposure to chemicals, from pharmaceuticals to pesticides to those found in our food, air and water.  Although Faye had a sensitivity to these chemicals, the exposure to these chemicals that made her ill are the same chemicals we are all exposed to on a daily basis.  This is serious stuff.  During her illness and struggle to heal herself, Faye kept a diary which she later published into her book Silent Enemy.   I purchased her wonderfully written book on Amazon.  It is written as a novel, so it is easy to follow and keeps you engaged in her struggle as you find yourself wanting to read more.  Perfect for a book club or if you are looking for a novel that will change the way you look at your life and daily exposure to the most common of everyday chemicals.  Faye sent me 3 copies of her book to do as a giveaway for my fans.  She particularly wanted to give her book to someone in need who could not afford it, so I will split up the giveaway.   I will set aside 2 books for anyone who cannot afford the book, if you fall into that category then please me at giveaways@drugfreepharmacist.com.  For the rest of you looking for another wonderful chance at an awesome giveaway you can enter to win the book by doing the following:

1.  Share this post on your Facebook wall

2.  Comment on my Drug Free Pharmacist wall stating you have shared my post and would like to be entered in the giveaway

Simple!

A winner will be randomly picked by the end of the day on Saturday, April 23rd, 2011.

**Remember there is a cure for widespread diseases like cancer,  the best way to cure cancer is to prevent cancer as best we can.   If you like what you are reading help me spread the word by sharing my articles with your friends.  Follow me, Drug free pharmacist, on facebook**

Hoda Elkassem, RPh, BSc Pharmacy, BSc Allied Health Sciences

GIVEAWAY!! Food Matters!!!

Posted: March 16, 2011 in Uncategorized

I receive phone calls and emails regularly asking questions about natural and alternative treatments to various ailments.   I must say, I LOVE it when you ask  :).  Asking means you want to make changes in your life for the better, and that is my goal with Drug Free Pharmacist.  The funny thing is, my answer is almost always the same: the food you eat really matters.  There are definitely other contributing factors to poor health  (environmental factors, genetics, etc.), however with 80% of our immunity occurring in our intestinal tract, the fact is you actually are what you eat.

I’m not a fan of the conventional medical system; I don’t buy into the current medical protocol of  “a pill for every ill”.  Instead I like to follow Hypocrite’s philosophy of  “Let thy food be thy medicine and let thy medicine be thy food.”  Sound crazy?  Well it can’t be that crazy, after all, medical doctors today swear by his oath (the Hippocratic oath) upon becoming a physician.

I recently stumbled upon a documentary called Food Matters that shares in my above beliefs.  When I read the description of the documentary I knew it was something I had to see.  I contacted a team member at Food Matters (www.foodmatters.tv) and they sent me a copy of the DVD to view and a copy to give away to one of my lucky fans!  The film is phenomenal.  It discusses natural approaches to preventing and reversing chronic diseases such as cancer, depression, and heart disease.  It goes on to further discuss how nutritional therapy is more effective than most conventional medical treatments.   Nutritional experts from around the world discuss what works, what doesn’t, and what’s killing you.  You can check out their Facebook fan page here.

This documentary is a MUST see!!  The DVD retails for $24.95.  Here’s a chance for one of my lucky fans to get it for free!!

Here’s how to enter the Giveaway:

1.  Become a fan of Drug Free Pharmacist on Facebook (if you haven’t already done so)

1.  Share this article with your friends

2.  Comment on my facebook wall that you’ve shared my article and would like to enter the giveway

Simple 🙂

A winner will be selected by the end of the day on Wednesday March 23, 2011.  Good luck to all!

**Remember there is a cure for widespread diseases like cancer,  the best way to cure cancer is to prevent cancer as best we can.   If you like what you are reading help me spread the word by sharing my articles with your friends.  Follow me, Drug free pharmacist, on facebook**

–Hoda Elkassem, RPh, BSc Pharmacy, BSc Allied Health Sciences