Q: How can I make the transition from cooked food, to raw food? Do you have any raw recipes for children? How can I get kids to eat raw?
Children do as you do, so let the child see you eating raw food as well. Fruits are the best raw foods to eat, as they are naturally sweet. Purchase "Alternative Diet and Lifestyle Manual", for the numerous raw food resources to assist you in this transition.
Alternative Diet and Lifestyle Manual
Q: Hi, I'm a 36 year old African/American woman with 4 children whose been trying to lose weight off and on for the past 16 years. I lose the weight but then I gain it right back after I go off of my diet. I know that I need a good body/colon cleanse, but what I need to learn how to do is to eat the right food's to keep my body healthy. I've been conditioned to eat the foods that I do eat, I need to know how do I go about "de-programming" myself from the bad food's and program myself to want and crave the healthy one's? I'm open to any suggestion's you have, even using crystals and meditation. Thank you.
Time is limited here in "Ask the Herbalist" so I humbly request you consider a full length health consultation. However, I can tell you that you'd greatly benefit from a FULL BODY DETOX Cleanse.
Q: I feel I'm not in the best of healthy at the age of 34 but what is a good way to get myself and family healthy. My husband and I need to lose weight and get healthy this is the heaviest we both have been in our lives. We need your help and we want to start a family. What do you recommend please help!
I run a vegan health coaching program over Skype that you may be interested in. please check out the website at www.theveganeffect.com.
It is my philosophy that we shouldn't be losing weight to get healthy we should be getting healthy to lose weight. If losing weight is your focus it will be temporary but if you get healthy it will be permanent.
The best way to lose weight in a healthy way is to change nutrient density of your foods (eat more raw vegan low fat foods) and to do a full body detox or cleanse. You can see detoxing options at www.dherbs.com
Hope this helps,
Gary Gibson HHC CPT BMI VLC
Q: My son eats, and 30 minutes or sooner he has to go to the bathroom. He is thin, and doesn't hold food. If he eats he goes. What can he take to try to hold his food a little longer so that we can gain a few pounds. Is this behavior healthy? The doctors say he is fine, but going to the bathroom everytime you eat something, is a bit much.
You're supposed to defecate 30 minutes after you eat. That's natural! You are going against nature to have the son to be like everybody else who are constipated, and don't know it. Don't follow societal norm!
Q: When looking at the Food Combining Chart I was wondering if smoothies are not a violation of all of the "recommendations." If it is suggested that certain items not be combined, how can smoothies actually be "healthy" to our bodies aside from the absolute nutrition they provide? Although I make them all the time, are we not potentially setting ourselves up for trouble? Just wondering. Thanks in advance for your expertise.
Hi! Thanks for the question.
The food combining chart is a suggestion for "optimal" digestion. It suggests we should eat mono meals optimally. This is often impossible and there is no evidence scientifically for this method. I am not sure how it would be studied anyway.
It is considered best to try to adhere to the rules to the best of your ability. However, mixing fruits and veggies as in a green smoothie is absolutely fine. The benefits of the nutrition you receive will out weigh any digestive disturbance that may occur. Feel safe to have green smoothies in your diet and cleanse.
Hope this answers your question,
Gary Gibson HHC CPT BMI VLCE
Q: I was looking at your recipes for infant milk. I am breast feeding but need to wean. I was interested in giving him rice milk (Rice Dream enriched with vitamin a, c, and other vitamins). However, the website says not for use as infant formula. Why would this not be a good substitute? What would this be lacking? Why is your recipe a complete formula for proper infant nutrition? Please Help a concerned new mom!
Rice Dream is fortified with SYNTHETIC nutrients (vitamins and minerals) and therefore it's not a good source of organic nutrition. If you use Rice Dream, please fortify it with organic nutrition like Dherbs.com Moringa Seed Extract, and Iodine Phosphate Extract (add 5 dropperfuls of each formula to infant milk).
Q: I want to find out about skin lightening or evening out my skintone. I am a dark skinned 46 year old black female, I do not use bleaching creams because they are cancerous, and I think that it borders on black female self hatred, But I have uneven, and very dry dark skin color, I would like to get my skin all to one tone, and moist and healthy. Do you have any ideas, or recipes for a natural bleaching cream?
Skin tone changes based upon life changes, just as your hands change based upon life changes. Live healthy, holistic, and everything will come back into balance. You see, evidently you did something for the skin to become uneven, after all, the skin was not always uneven. Something happened based upon what was going on in your life, and things you were doing and thinking. Go back to that period and reflect and start from there. Do the reverse and the healing will begin.
Q: Truth indeed. I just finished watching this youtube video, on mass control, fluoridation, and mercury poisoning. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?Feature=player_embedded). I wondered if there were any herbs, or natural rememdies that can counteract this? I am in my mid 30s, and feel as though I am going through alziehmers (growing forgetfulness, absent-mindedness, foggy thinking, ADHD, hypersensetivity to noises so as to find it almost impossible to concentrate). I have my "Back to Eden" Book, I will continue digging for answers there too.
Don't look for answers or solutions primarily from sources outside of the body. There are herbs, but first use your mind. Mental healing! will your healing into fruition. Good herbs that will assist include Gingko Biloba, Ginseng (all types), and Gotu Kola. Dherbs.com Brain Tuner, CNS, and Ethereal Bliss are also helpful for your condition.
Q: After I finish the Full Body Cleanse, and the Anti Viral Cleanse for HSV, will I have to follow a RAW diet forever? I want to go back to my normal (healthy but cooked) food diet, which will still include a substantial amount of raw foods.
Of course you don't have to eat RAW forever, your diet plan sounds smart and wise!
Q: What are some tips and healthy foods and supplements for pregnant women? and what are good exercises that are simple? (I just want a healthy, beautiful baby)
Q: My father (age 56 who's between healthy and sick. jogs every morning, but doesn't eat healthy) has pain traveling from knee, back to shoulder, I, myself am very health conscious! but I can't put my finger on this one! His (history) no high blood pressure, non-diabetic, no history of heart attics, stroke etc... but loves to eat sweets.. cakes, cookies, milk, ice cream, etc....I believe this could be a combination of many things, like yeast build up, gas, arteries clogged. Can you help me?
The best way to find out is have your father (or someone on his behalf) to schedule a health consultation so we can get at the root of the problem. While there could be a host of things causing the problem on the physical level, I'm more interested at getting at the emotional root of the problems. Product-wise, I would have your father start with the FULL BODY DETOX.
Q: I am in my first trimester of pregnancy and have been taking your PRE-NATAL FORMULA. I came online to look for other formulas for pregnancy and noticed the HEALTHY PREGNANCY. Cramp Bark is in healthy pregnancy, which you mention in your article itâ€™s not safe for a pregnant woman to use. So I wanted to know the reason for the use of it in the Healthy Pregnancy? What are some other formulas besides the green formula and prenatal are beneficial during pregnancy?
CRAMP BARK BY ITSELF SHOULD NOT BE USED DURING PREGNANCY. MY FORMULAS ARE COMPOUNDED WITH OTHER HERBS FOR PARTICULAR REASONS WHICH LESSEN THEIR MAJOR EFFECTS. PLUS, THE FORMULAS ARE MIXED WITH SPECIFIC INTENT. THEY ARE PROGRAMMED. OTHER GOOD PRE-NATAL FORMULAS INCLUDE MSM SULFUR, VITAMIN C FORMULA, AND IODINE PHOSPHATE.
Q: My son who is now 11 has a double bottom tooth meaning he still has his baby teeth along with some of his permanent teeth, this is evident in only my 2 sons. I want to extract the excess teeth. My dentist suggests braces and says nothing can be done as its genetics....neither myself or his father has that issue. Help! We are live food eaters and non diary consumers. 95% of our intake is healthy and my children have never been vaccinated. Thank you.
This is a dental issue, Beloved, and no herbs can help correct this matter unfortunately. My views on the dentist are expressed in the articles "BEWARE OF TOOTHPASTE AND DENTAL HYGIENE PRODUCTS" and "I DON'T WANT TO GO TO THE DENTIST BUT I HAVE TO!"
Q: I just started the Full Body Cleanse today! I reviewed the recipe section for ideas but I'm either allergic to the fruit or don't care for the vegetable. Based upon the Full Cleanse process, are there any other food combination or recipes I can do? I made the veggie shake but it was 'spicy' not sure why? Is there anything else I can add? I appreciate any guidance you can provide.
Could you explain a little further? What do you mean by allergic to the fruit? Do you have certain fruit allergies or getting a reaction to the fruit?
Changes in your body are going to occur. Know that your body builds up a culture of bacteria designed to digest your current diet. Your taste buds may have been hijacked by high fat, high sugar, high salt, chemically processed foods. It will take 3 days or more to begin the chance in culture. You will find as your body cleanses your taste buds will be significantly different.
Gary Gibson HHC CPT BMI VLC
Q: I have been healthy until the last year, when a abdominal hernia developed. I have done water fast for 2 weeks to heal this without affect. Do you recommend an herbal treatment for this condition?
I RECOMMEND THE FULL BODY DETOX AS WELL AS ACUPRESSURE OR ACUPUNCTURE TO HELP THIS CONDITION. ALWAYS DETOXIFY YOUR BODY.
Q: I am a generally healthy guy and do my best to eat consciously. But I have had these two unexplainable rock hard 'ball bearing' (about the size of small ball bearing that you'd find in a roller skate wheel...they are located just above my two front teeth under each nostril. They cause no pain or discomfort. Have you ever heard of such a thing??
SOUNDS LIKE AN ABSCESS BUT THEY ARE USUALLY PAINFUL. I HAVE NEVER HEARD OF THIS. BUT IF THERE IS A PROTRUSION THEN YOU HAVE FLUID BUILDUP. DETOXIFY YOUR BODY. GARGLE WITH WARM WATER, SEA SALT AND A LITTLE 3% HYDROGEN PEROXIDE. ALSO, SWOOSH WITH SESAME SEED OIL FOR ABOUT 10-15 MINUTES. DO NOT GARGLE; JUST SWOOSH IT FROM SIDE TO SIDE IN YOUR MOUTH.
Q: I would like to know what herbs you advise I should take for: healthy skin/even skin tone, hair growth and weight loss. I am pregnant at the moment but I would like to use herbs in approx 10 weeks. I am from England, I'm A 25 year old black woman who is beginning to take my health seriously! what foods do you advise I take out of my diet?
Please read our "PRE-NATAL HEALTH" article for the answers you desire! This is a common inquiry for us so we created an article on the subject matter.