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Dear Marlene

This site could not come at a better time for me. I have been a somewhat healthy eater for most of my adult life. I found out about a year ago that I have high blood pressure so that just prompted me even more to healthy eating. I also would like to get my kids eating healthy so I pray as well that this site would be a ray of sunshine for me. I will definitely share the link with all that I can. 

High Blood Pressure
Hypertension, commonly known as high blood pressure, is a sustained increase in the pressure in the blood vessels. Three out of ten people who have high blood pressure don't know, about seven out of every ten people don't have their blood pressure under control. So if you have no idea what your blood pressure is ask your doctor to check it. If you have already been diagnosed, follow your doctors advice. The best advice is to follow a treatment of diet and exercise. Your doctor may have prescribed medication, and this is fine however, lifestyle efforts are truly essential. 





     ·        Fruit

·        Leafy green vegetables

·        Legumes

·        Celery

·        Squash

·        Garlic

·        Guava

·        Pear

·        Grapefruit

·        Fiber – flaxseed is an excellent source of fiber, ¼ cup ground flax with ½ cup soymilk, drink right away or it will become thick and oily.

·        Potassium – found in bananas, potatoes, tomatoes, peaches, avocados, oranges

·        Calcium – spinach and broccoli

·        Magnesium – cooked dried beans and peas, dark green leafy vegetables, nuts, soybeans

·        Omega 3 fatty acids –Flaxseed, walnuts, soy products

·        A vegetarian diet with lots of fruits and vegetables, is the best way to lower high blood pressure. If not make sure to minimize your intake of animal fat.

·        Live juices are very effective for lowering blood pressure – celery, carrot, beet, watermelon, citrus, parsley, spinach and cranberry. Take 6 stalks of celery, 2 carrots, and 1 apple and juice. This is only enough for one sitting, and you will need 4 eight ounce glasses of this mix per day. Have one before breakfast, one before lunch and the last two for supper. {Supper like a pauper}

·        Whole grains – brown rice, rolled oats, millet, barley etc.

·        Drink only distilled water

·        Rest is very important, so make certain you get sufficient sleep. At least 7 -8 hours nightly is recommended. It is also recommended that one get to bed at least by 9 p.m. the room should be dark and void of a television and radio.

  • Wait 4 1\2 - 5 hours in between each meal.
  • Eat 2 meals per day, Breakfast and Lunch.  If you must have a third meal make it very light. Juice
  • Drink 7 – 8 glasses of water per day.
  • Use Olive oil.  It is a laxative and aids in digestion, and has many other health benefits.
  • Make sure your last full meal is not late.  Preferably by 4 p.m.
  • Avoid sugar and foods with sugar . This slows the metabolism and suppresses the immune system.
  • Limit your intake of meats. Use non-meat products, peanut butter, nuts,etc.  to get your daily intake of protein.
  • Regular gentle exercise is very important for the success of your program.
  • Lose weight – just losing 10 pounds can help to significantly lower blood pressure.

    ·        Begin with a day of fasting, followed by three days in which only apples are eaten (raw, cooked, stewed, dried or frozen) at each of three meals. Apples have been found by Dr. B.S. Levin to have a beneficial effect on the blood pressure. After the three days of apples, for the following two days eat only fruit and salt-free, whole grain bread for breakfast, and vegetables and the salt-free bread for dinner. Eat only one apple for supper. (Omit supper if overweight). FASTING 3 DAYS EACH MONTH HELPS TO DETOX AND CLEANSE THE SYSTEM OF TOXINS.

    ·        Careful attention to proper clothing of the extremities is essential to calm the autonomic nervous system and to equalize the circulation. Cool skin causes an alarm reaction in the autonomic nerves. Chilled tissues cause the blood to shunt from the extremities to the interior of the body where vital organs are congested and their function is made less efficient. Keep all skin warm except during active sweating for cooling. Check especially the hands and feet, the backs of the arms, and the sides of the thighs. Wear only clothing loose enough to move up and down freely. Adaptation to messages from the skin signaling chilling takes a large tax from nerve energy resources.


    • Avoid soft drinks like sodas, juice, make your own juice - carrot, celery.
    • Avoid salt.  It retains water and causes blotting. Italian seasoning is salt free and enhances the flavor of food adequately
    • No snacking in between meals



              ·        Caffeine drinks and foods with caffeine should be avoided at all cost

  • ·        Chocolate

  • ·        Alcohol

    ·        Spices – avoid cinnamon, nutmeg, mace and in there place use coriander and cardamon

    ·        Fermented {foods with vinegar}  pickles, hot sauce, soy sauce,

    ·        AVOID ALL animal meats and meat products.

    ·        Cheese - a substance called tyrasine breaks down to tyramine, a chemical capable of constricting blood vessels and causing headaches or an increase in blood pressure. It is well for all to leave off cheese for the sake of healthy blood vessel reactions.

    ·        Salt – no more than one-half to one teaspoon of salt per day. Baking soda and baking powder are also high in sodium, as well as being unhealthful in other ways. All baked goods using these substances should be avoided. After high blood pressure has developed, salt, baking soda, baking powder, most antacids, even toothpaste and all other sources of sodium may need to be eliminated for a time until the blood pressure is entirely normal and stable. Do not forget that sodium is in many over-the-counter and prescription drugs. Sodium is present in most antacids.

    ·        Free fats promote high blood pressure. Any fat that is added to your food, while cooking, is considered free fat. The blood vessels are apparently sensitive to fats and the entire cardiovascular system responds to their presence by maintaining greater tension. 




      Breakfast                                             Lunch                                

      Scrambled Tofu                        Baked brown rice                                 Fresh juice [opt]

      1 1\2 cups grits                         Lentil stew                                           

      Fruit                                         Garden salad

      1\2 cup soymilk with                

      1\4 cup ground flax


      2 Cups oatmeal                        Baked brown rice and peas                  Fresh juice

      8 ounces soymilk                      Vegetarian Burger {griller}

      Nuts {1\4 cup almonds}           Stir fry vegetables

      Ground flax                              Fresh salad

      Fruit                                         Orange







Dear Marlene

According to my doctor my cholesterol level is very high,  what should I do?

Cholesterol ia a fatty substance manufactured by the liver and is found only in animal fat. It is needed to form sex and adrenal hormones, vitamin D, and bile salts. It also has a vital function in the brain and nerves. Research has indicated that increased intake of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated forms of faty acids can lower blood cholesterol.

Cholesterol is manufactured from dietary fats, saturated fats, and refined carbohydrates.  In addition, all cells in the body synthesize cholesterol; however, the liver and intestines are the major producers. The production averages about 1 to 2 grams per day and takes place even if there is no cholesterol consumed.

When cholesterol levels in the blood become abnormally high, fatty deposits compose of both cholesterol and calcium tend to accumulate in the arteries, including those of the heart-a situation that increases the susceptibility to heart attacks and other complications. Cholesterol deposits occur mostly in parts of the blood vessels which have been weakened by high blood or undue strain. Another collection point for fatty cholesterol deposits and plaque, one of the first signs of heart disease in men, may be in the arteries that supply the penis, making it less full during an erection.

There are other factors besides diet that contribute to high cholesterol, these include stress, anxiety, smoking, overeating, lack of exercise, and high consumption of refined carbohydrates. Also we should consider the facts that the individual may have diabetes, gout and high blood pressure.

The normal cholesterol level should be no more than 100 + your age, or lower.

Tips For Lowering  Cholesterol


Grapefruit Extract, which can be purchased at the local health food stores is helpful.

Oat Bran, or Unprocessed  Bran, used everday can be added to cereals, breads etc.

Whole Grain Cereals–Bran, Kashi, etc.use cereals that have at least 5 or more grams of fiber per serving

Brown Rice instead of white rice

Lots of Fruits & Vegetables {5 a day}

Fasting  with Carrot & Celery juice at least once per week. Or simply adding them to your diet is helpful

Olive oil unrefined or expeller pressed oils should be used, instead of the regular oils

Consume no meats & animal products, cholesterol is only found in these

Avoid junk food, cakes, candy, pies, tea tobacco, caffeine, white bread, avoid nuts, walnuts in small amounts can be eaten, if raw

Exercise regularly

*Flaxseeds ¼ cup ground  taken with 1\2 cup soy milk everyday has been proven to lower the cholesterol 26+ points in a month.

Prayer is the anwer to all our questions, put this and any other problem that you may be experiencing before the Lord in prayer, He hears and answers prayer.


Dear Marlene

I found out that I have cancer and I want to know what do you think about chemotherapy and radiation?

Poor diet and environmental factors are special causes of tumors. Changing both of these can reverse the process and even eliminate these strange growths. The body uses tumors as containers in which to store toxic waste collected throughout the body, when the system's natural ways of elimination are overloaded: lungs, bowels, kidneys, liver, and skin. When these channels of elimination become clogged or inadequate to care for the excess refuse, then the body starts manufacturing garbage cans [the tumors] and placing the waste products in them.

A doctor can burn, cut or radiate them away but soon the body will manufacture more of them. The best solution is to change your lifestyle. A complete change is totally necessary.


Fresh juice, made daily.

A blend of carrot, celery, and beet juice.

4 carrots

2-3 stalks celery

1 beet

Juice and drink.

The goal with juicing is ou want at least 48 ounces of juice daily. Make this a part of your lifestyle.

In addition

Avoid all animal products and become a vegetarian immediately. You do not have a choice if you really want to live a better quality of life. This would include all dairy products, [milk, ice cream, creamed soups, cheese and countless other foods], chicken, fish, turkey, pork, beef, eggs, etc.

Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Ideally you should aim for your meals to be 75-80 percent raw.


Start taking hot and cold baths. A cold bath is great for boosting the immune system. [Not if you have a cold].

Avoid sugar, and foods with sugar. Sugar destroys the immune system. Sugar eaten in large amounts is more dangerous than meat.

Execise in fresh air daily. 20-30 minute walks in nature will help to revive and rejuvinate your immune.

Drink lots of fresh water. Half your body weight in ounces. 8-10 glasses daily. No soft drinks or alcohol please.

Get rid of the stress in your life. Depend on God. Tust Him for everything.  

Herbs: Chaparral, red clover, pau d' arco, echanacea, goldenseal, kyolic, etc. Please go to the page on herbs.


Dear Marlene

Dear Marlene

I want to know about mushrooms, should I add them to my food? So many cooks are using them in their dishes that I am tempted to do likewise.


Certain mushrooms have been reported to be cancer-producing in animals. It would be wise to omit mushrooms from the dietary. There is the reishi and shitake and they are known to have some medicinal properties, however they should not be taken for prolonged periods of time.

These remedies do not take the place of your doctors recommended medication. All changes in diet or medication should be accompanied by the advice of your doctor.

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