The Importance of Good Nutrition in Healing

I love this quote from Brigham Young, quoted by then Elder Harold B. Lee and more recently by Elder Dallin H. Oaks:

“You may go to some people here and ask what ails them. And the answer, 'I don't know, but we have a dreadful distress in the stomach and in the back. We feel all out of order and wish you would lay hands on us.' 'Have you used any remedies?' 'No, we wish the elders to lay hands upon us. We have faith that we will be healed.' That is very inconsistent according to my faith. If we are sick and ask the Lord to heal, to do all for us that is necessary to be done, according to my understanding of the gospel of salvation, I might as well ask the Lord to ask my wheat and corn to grow with out my plowing the ground and casting in the seeds. It appears consistent to me to apply every remedy that comes within the range of my knowledge and to ask my Father in heaven in the name of Christ to sanctify that application to the healing of my body. To another this may be inconsistent. But, supposing we were traveling in the mountains, and all we had or could get in the shape of nourishment was a little medicine, and one or two were taken sick without anything in the world in the shape of healing medicine within our reach. What should we do? According to my faith, ask the Lord God Almighty to send an angel to heal the sick. That's our privilege when so situated that we cannot get anything to help ourselves. Then the Lord and his servants can do all, but it is my duty to do when I have it in my power to do.” (Journal of Discourses, 4:24-24)

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When we are trying to help someone heal, we may also need to help them with good nutrition choices. Doing this is consistent with our faith, as expressed by Brigham Young above. An expression of our faith is to do all we can do to help the person heal. God provides the healing power both through 1) our energy work as conduits and priesthood blessings (healing comes through God either way), and 2) the nutrition our client receives by wise food and supplement choices which gives his body the building block ingredients to heal. Heavenly Father has provided us a marvelous body which usually miraculously heals itself if given the correct nutrition.

My wife and I have been on a journey to help my son heal of his anoxic brain injury. We have done everything in our power to facilitate the healing: the energy work taught on this website, over 50 medical and energy health practitioners, hundreds of supplements of all varieties, sunshine and exercise, and good nutrition, to name a few.

I would like to discuss the need of good nutrition and other factors affecting assimilation of nutrients into our bodies for the rest of this article.

We have always thought we had a good diet in my family. We have a large organic garden and orchard which we eat as things ripen and preserve what we don't eat for the colder months. We try to buy wholesome foods, looking on the labels for those least processed. We cook from scratch as much as possible. However, we neglected some things that were significant in our healing.

This year we have harvested lots of heirloom tomatoes

“Nutrition is the amino acids that form the proteins for our bodies, the glucose that generates the energy in these cells, the fatty acids that make up the membranes of our cells, and the vitamins and minerals needed to maintain body functions.” (ch 3, Nutrition and How it Works, Charles Krebs, 2006).

Dr. Krebs, in the book above, talks about macro and micro nutrients which are essential for our well-being. The macro-nutrients include proteins, fatty acids, bone minerals, body minerals, and carbohydrates. The micro-nutrients play a more subtle but equally important role in our health and include vitamins, micro-minerals and trace elements. The macro nutrients are needed in large amounts, and the micro-nutrients in only small concentrations (such as iron, zinc and copper). Unfortunately, our foods have become both stripped of many of these nutrients and replaced with high energy substitutes. “Studies have shown that much of the food available, particularly in Supermarkets where it is grown on 'factory farms' is lacking in many vital Vitamins and Minerals. Several studies have shown that in the past 20 to 40 years, the nutrient levels of many common foods consumed today decreased between 25% and 80% in important vitamin and mineral content. This makes it difficult to get all of the nutrients you need from your diets alone.” (ibid, p. 13-14).

I believe Moroni spoke of our day when he said "Yea, it shall come in a day when there shall be great pollutions upon the face of the earth;" (Mormon 8: 31, see also v. 36 and 38). The pollutions are not only spiritual, but they are physical. Our land has been so polluted that it is hard to keep our bodies well and healthy. Our food sources in the grocery stores are marginal at best.

I believe if we are to get nutrition from our diet alone, we need to grow it ourselves in mineral-rich soil. Organic foods that we buy are better than the normal, non-organic foods in the supermarkets, but are not even half of the nutrition of what we can grow ourselves. I have reached this conclusion after energy testing repeatedly the foods available. The garden that my family has consistently grown has never had chemical fertilizers or pesticides. We continue to nourish the soil year after year with our compost and manure from our own chickens. We grow non-hybrid seeds and eat as much of the garden in the season it produces. When we store our food, we either freeze it or dry it.

We might also need to consider other factors which affect getting the nutrition into our bodies most efficiently. Sometimes we might have a gene mutation which limits our absorption of nutrients. We might also have low stomach acid or poor assimilation of the nutrients as they pass through the small intestine. If we take grains with lots of phytates while eating other foods, the phytates might bind with the needed nutrients and thereby limit absorption. There may be sensitivities to certain foods and/or supplements that adversely affect the body. Lastly, some micro nutrients may need other 'transporter' or 'binding' vitamins or minerals to effect good digestion and nutrient movement into the body cells. This all is a very complex, bio-chemical design that is so amazing! I am awed by how the Lord planned it all.

My conclusion on all this complexity is to do two things:
1) Energy test if there is a significant limitation on the client's nutrition absorption or sensitivities. If there is a problem, research this more and attempt to find a solution to problem.
2) Flood the body with a balanced, high nutrition diet of foods and supplements. This is discussed more in the remainder of this article. I energy test what foods are acceptable and the best for the client, including if there are limitations for these foods.

When all is said and done, I feel the most effective remedies are often those in our own backyard, literally! Listen to the counsel of Elder Ezra Taft Benson

No more timely counsel, I feel, has been given by President Kimball than his repeated emphasis to grow our own gardens. Here is one sample of his emphasis over the past seven years:

'We encourage you to grow all the food that you feasibly can on your own property. Berry bushes, grapevines, fruit trees—plant them if your climate is right for their growth. Grow vegetables and eat them from your own yard.' (Ensign, May 1976, p. 124).

Many of you have listened and done as President Kimball counseled, and you have been blessed for it. Others have rationalized that they had no time or space. May I suggest you do what others have done. Get together with others and seek permission to use a vacant lot for a garden, or rent a plot of ground and grow your gardens. Some elders quorums have done this as a quorum, and all who have participated have reaped the benefits of a vegetable and fruit harvest and the blessings of cooperation and family involvement. Many families have dug up lawn space for gardens.

We encourage you to be more self-reliant so that, as the Lord has declared, 'notwithstanding the tribulation which shall descend upon you, . . . the church may stand independent above all other creatures beneath the celestial world' (D&C 78:14). The Lord wants us to be independent and self-reliant because these will be days of tribulation. He has warned and forewarned us of the eventuality.

. . . There are blessings in being close to the soil, in raising your own food even if it is only a garden in your yard and a fruit tree or two. Those families will be fortunate who, in the last days, have an adequate supply of food because of their foresight and ability to produce their own.

...Let every man who has a garden spot, garden it; every man who owns a farm, farm it.” (President J. Reuben Clark, Jr., in Conference Report, Apr. 1937, p. 26.)”

Peppers from our garden beds

Here is another quote from Teachings of Presidents of the Church, Spencer W. Kimball, (2006), 114–23: Chapter 11–Provident Living: Applying Principles of Self-Reliance and Preparedness:

We encourage you to grow all the food that you feasibly can on your own property. Berry bushes, grapevines, fruit trees—plant them if your climate is right for their growth. Grow vegetables and eat them from your own yard. Even those residing in apartments or condominiums can generally grow a little food in pots and planters. Study the best methods of providing your own foods. Make your garden as neat and attractive as well as productive. If there are children in your home, involve them in the process with assigned responsibilities.” (Conference Report, Apr. 1976, 170–71; or Ensign, May 1976, 124)

Some of you may ask what we do for our garden that makes the produce so well? We have been at this for over 25 years, and have tried multiple methods. We have settled on 2 basic growing methods: Square foot gardening and Back to Eden. In the ten approximate 4 ft x 4 ft square foot beds, we grow lots of greens of all varieties, onions, potatoes, strawberries, radishes, etc. In our six 20-ft long rows we grow tomatoes, peppers, squash, melons, cucumbers, etc. We try new things each year. We also have a large raspberry bed area and an orchard (40 trees or so) in which we grow permanent plants. We experiment with what grows best where. We water the entire garden, berries and orchard with a drip irrigation system.

I believe one of the keys in growing healthy produce is NOT to use chemical growing methods so common these days, and to continually nourish the soil. The nutrients in the soil that the plants grow in are continually being consumed by the plants to produce the food that we eat. Therefore, we try to also continually replenish that soil for a continued good harvest. For our square foot beds, we initially use the "Mel's Mix" soil for our 5 to 10 inch deep beds (Mel's Mix: 1/3 part compost from at least 5 different compost sources, 1/3 part vermiculite, and 1/3 part peat). Each year we replenish what has been used with more compost (the only part that the plant consumes), preferably from our our compost pile. For our six 20-ft beds, we never till the ground, but keep adding on top more and more organic matter. We try to follow the concepts on the "Back to Eden" organic gardening website and film. We add the more composted organic matter closest to the soil, and the least composted on top.

This Fall, for instance, we added layers on our 20-ft beds:

1) We first added mineral sources as a "base" on the ground of our bed and path areas: Azomite trace minerals, a trace mineral "sludge" we bought long ago from Trace Minerals, and finally an old natural fish fertilizer we had from long ago.
2) We next added 5 or so wheelbarrow loads of 1-2 year old aged compost from our compost pile on the bed planting areas, about 2 inches deep.
3) We topped this compost with chicken manure from my 50+ chickens (5-6 wheelbarrows full), another 2 inches deep.
4) Then we loaded 25 bags of small leaves we found around town on top of all the beds. The leaves were 4-5 inches deep.
5) We finally put the fences that were in each bed during the summer, flat down on top of the beds so that the leaves wouldn't blow away in the upcoming winter.
Hopefully come Spring, we will have the manure and leaves partly composted when we plant. We will set up the fences and supporting stakes again in the center of each bed for the tomatoes and other plants to grow up. When we plant new seedlings or seeds, we will move back the leaves and chicken manure, and plant in the soil and compost. Our watering lines will be on top of the leaves. When it rains or when we water, the manure will even make our own manure tea for the plant! The leaves will continue to provide a mulch.

One of our square foot garden beds

In finding the most beneficial remedies to help heal my son. I have been surprised that the most beneficial are often those that I can grow or harvest myself, in my backyard and fields! I also can buy from others who have organic and natural food items and remedies that are extremely healing when I don't have those resources.

I have searched for and then energy tested these high-nutrient remedies. These are listed below in the current order of importance for helping my son heal his brain. I believe that building up his nutrition levels in this way will really compliment all our other efforts in helping him heal. I provide you this glimpse into our lifestyle and diet so that it might help you, your client, and your loved ones to heal as the Lord intended. 

As you look over this list below, you might not recognize some of the items, so I have added websites. Upon more careful study, you will see that the highest-ranked nutrients are those providing a broad spectrum of trace and macro minerals which are missing from our foods of today. When we mix several forms of these concentrated minerals needed for human well-being, we tend to flood the body with everything it may need. The body then takes what it wants for prime performance.

Enjoy!


Rick

Carrots from our fall harvest!



Highest nutrients for healing of my son


Key:
10 = most important
0 = not important
EOD=Every other day

I have included only the nutrition and supplements that are on a scale of 3 and above, listed in descending order of importance.


10 Beef Broth from grass-fed, free-range cattle bone marrow 2 Tbsp-1x
(http://cmrbeef.com/products.html)

10 TJ Clark Mine minerals, Colloidal Minerals Formula 4 teasp-1x
(http://www.tjclarkinc.com/)

10 Rick's energy work (1x weekly)

10 Mensah Medical* evening with dinner 7-1x

9 Use intention and prayers to bless food and remedies each day

8 Mensah Medical* morning brain-specific supplements with breakfast meal 3-1x

8 Herbal Minerals 5 drops-1x
(https://cedarbear.com/)

7 Raw Milk: 1 glass 3x with meals
(http://www.hebervalleymilk.com/)

7 High nutrient foods daily, preferably from our own garden, soaked or sprouted grains, organic foods bought at grocery store, etc.

6 Mensah Medical Enhancer* 1-1x

5 ProOmega 1-1x
(http://supplementfirst.com/Nordic-Naturals-ProOmega.html)

6 Hops** 1-EOD T Th Sat

6 Green drink*** 4 oz-2x

5 Eggs from our own chickens, free-range, supplemented with non-GMO feed

5 Lithium Orotate** 5mg 1-2x

5 Nettles** (high in minerals) 1-1x

5 Evening Primrose Oil** 1-1x

5 Skullcap** 1-EOD M W F Sun

4 Salt: take from 2 sources 1-pinch 2x-day (Himalayan Salt, Real Salt)
(http://products.mercola.com/himalayan-salt/ and www.realsalt.com/)

4 Coconut oil** 1/2 teasp-EOD

4 Beef meat from grass-fed, free-range cattle
(http://cmrbeef.com/products.html)

3 Chia seeds** 1/2 teasp-1x

3 High Vitamin Butter Oil 1/4 teas-1x
(http://www.greenpasture.org/public/Products/ButterOil/)

3 Cod Liver Oil** EOD T Th Sat

* Mensah Medical, Warrenville, IL (www.mensahmedical.com). These medical doctors have been trained by Dr. William J. Walsh, a bio-chemist of the Walsh Research Institute (http://www.walshinstitute.org/). Refer to his book Nutrient Power (Natural Healing for ADHD, Autism, Behavior Disorders, Depression, Schizophrenia, and Alzheimer's). These doctors supplement the brain with specific nutrients the individual needs based upon extensive blood, urine and hair testing.

**From an online source or a health-food store

***Green drink is a freshly juiced concentration of the following plants which is in my own fields and garden: (listed in the order of importance)

7 Nettles
6 Alfalfa
6 Comfrey
5 Swiss Chard
5 Oregano
5 Red Clover
5 Kale


You might also be interested in viewing this video of my winter ground greenhouse methods so that we can eat our garden greens year round:


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