According to Hippocrates, “Touch not with iron that part of the body ruled by the sign the moon is transiting in.” Another way of saying this is: Do not perform surgical procedure with a knife (iron) on any part of the body which is ruled by the astrological sign in which the Moon is moving through at the time. So, if you are planning on having an excision involving your breasts, avoid having it when the Moon is in the sign of Cancer. Cancer rules the breasts. It also rules stomach and the womb. Taurus is the ruler of neck and throat, therefore, do not perform a tonsillectomy when the Moon is in Taurus. There are some other rules regarding when to schedule and not schedule a surgical procedure. This includes avoiding surgery during Mars retrograde or Mercury retrograde. Mars rules surgery. Mercury is the planet of communication. Another rule: Avoid surgery on the full moon and 5 days before and 5 days after. Another rule: Avoid surgery during the time the “moon-void-of course”. Moon-void-of-course means its the time when one sign leaves the moon and another one has yet to enter. It’s best to have surgery when the Moon is transiting a Fixed sign (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, or Aquarius). Unless the body part that is cut upon is ruled by any of these signs. The Ephemeris or Farmer’s Almanac is a good place to see what astrological sign the Moon is in. When I learn that someone that sees me is planning on a surgical procedure, I like to look up the astrological timing to make sure the procedure will go well.
It’s January 2019 here in Los Angeles. It is the winter season. Granted, the weather is mild compared to the East coast, but nevertheless, it’s still winter here. A lot of people are still eating as if it’s summer. They are drinking cold smoothies in the morning instead of eating a warm cooked breakfast. They eat raw salads for lunch and probably for dinner. Raw food is cold in nature. It’s a great way to add some enzymes in your body, as well as a good way to detox. However, winter is not the time to eat like this. On warm summer days, our digestive system is more able to process the raw cold foods. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, it’s best to eat according to the season. Even if the seasonal weather pattern is mild. So, at winter time, it’s best to eat all of your meals cooked. Soups, stews, baked, or cooked is the way to prepare foods.
What are Oxalates and What Do They Do? Oxalates (or oxalic acid) are a chemical that’s naturally found in many foods. They are also produced in small amounts by the liver. They are in the category of an “anti-nutrient”. Other anti-nutrients include lectins and phthalates. Anti-nutrients are in healthy foods and they have a bitter taste. Oxalates exists as a protection for plants against predators (harmful bacteria, insects, and animals). Oxalates are strong acids constructed of two carboxylic acids (COOH groups). High protein intake can cause elevated oxalate levels. Vitamin C supplementation increases oxalate excretion by the kidneys and urinary bladder. Citrates bind with calcium (instead of oxalates), therefore, citrates help reduce the risk of the oxalates in the urine. Oxalate only gets absorbed from our gastrointestinal tract when it is in soluble form. Sodium oxalate and potassium oxalate are predominant soluble forms. Calcium oxalate is in the insoluble form. Gut bacteria plays a crucial role in the amount of oxalate available for absorption. Numerous species of gut bacteria break down oxalates. These include oxalobacter formigenes, lactobacillus, and some species of Bifidobacteria. The “good bugs” in probiotics help to block the absorption of oxalates. Leaky gut syndrome allows oxalates from food to enter the blood stream. Therefore, this condition predisposes you to not tolerate consuming high oxalate foods. When you consume anti-nutrients in plant foods, they prevent you from absorbing any beneficial nutrients present in other foods. Oxalates bind to the mineral calcium and prevents your body from absorbing the calcium. When oxalates bind with calcium, it forms calcium oxalate stones. Excessive oxalates can cause kidney stones. Other conditions linked to excessive oxalates include painful inflammation. Oxalates also interfere with the function of glutathione, lipid peroxidation, which is linked with atherosclerosis and painful joint deposits. The liver produces oxalates which act as chelators – they help carry toxins out of the body. Lowering the oxalate intake in the diet is a way to prevent oxalates from binding with calcium in the blood. The staple foods on diets such as SCD, GAPS, Paleo and veganism are very high in oxalates. High levels of oxalates are in the following foods: legumes, nuts and seeds, leafy greens (includes beet leaves, spinach, kale), cruciferous vegetables, the berries, and dark chocolate.
A young man, age 28, comes to see me in my office. He has symptoms that include tightness in the throat, sinus drainage and gastrointestinal symptoms. He was diagnosed with strep throat, put on antibiotics, but still has sharp pain in the throat. I put together a Chinese herbal formula for him. He recovers and I don’t hear from him until 6 months later.
Using the testing methodology I learned from Matt Van Benschoten, I started testing to see if he has a reaction to foods in my test kit. The test showed that he does not tolerate beans, legumes. I then asked him about his ancestry. He has Native American, Serbian, and Spanish in his genetic make-up. I run signals and identify that he is on the spectrum of an enzyme deficiency called g6pd. This enzyme deficiency, g6pd, is a shortened name for “glucose-6-phospate dehydrogenase deficiency”. This condition used to be called “Favism”. In my research on this enzyme deficiency, this is a recessive genetic defect on the X-chromosome. It predisposes people to hemolytic anemia. It is predominant in the African, Asian, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern heritage.
I put together a customized Chinese herbal formula to address the issues in his body, and instructed to avoid all foods that are legumes. He reports to me within one week the he’s never felt better.
Ten percent of the world population is affected by this gene defect. There are several variations of this condition. Those people who have a milder version of it won’t start showing symptoms until later in their lives. And stress of any kind can trigger the beginnings of symptoms.
There is no cure for g6pd enzyme deficiency. However, this condition can be well managed by following a dietary regiment that includes avoiding all legumes, aspirin or silicates, sulfa, and certain prescription medications.