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Day 6 – A dose for your own good

If you saw my last post, you might have noticed I was slowly turning into a frog with my voice.  Friday morning proved that I was officially a fallen soldier and had to call out of work.  I had lost my voice completely, felt feverish and had a mean sore throat. I wasted no time and took a visit to my local City MD. If you live in New York, you would have to agree that these new City MD establishments are kind of fantastic.  However, I have a new tale to tell because I left there a little bit surprised. This has a lot to do with what I am learning about our body’s natural ability to heal itself, the systemic issues that exist in our healthcare system and some common sense. I was diagnosed with Laryngitis which most likely was contracted from my contact with children.  He prescribed me lots of rest, fluids and four prescriptions: Ibuprofen (800 mg tablet)Magic Mouthwash Liquid, Azelastine Nasal Spray Aerosol  and Hydrocodone-Homatropine (Cough) syrup.

Out of curiosity, I asked the medical assistant, “Why do I need the 800mg Ibuprofen? Wouldn’t an Over the Counter ibuprofen be sufficient?” He simply answered, “Well this is stronger.”  In my opinion, this is a perfect example of when to self-reflect.  For the most part – a golden rule if you will – always be skeptical of the advice and information you receive.  What I am trying to get at is, sometimes your body will have to combat a sickness.  In that time, you will feel discomfort, unease and possibly some pain.  All of the above that was prescribed to me were not cures for my laryngitis.  They are simply intended to numb me through the uncomfortable process.  Not surprising since our modern American culture conditions us to believe we need to comfortably heal ourselves.  According to Eastern medicine, healing is not always an easy going process.  Not to mention that filling prescriptions is a detriment to the pocket!  If I decided to fill each prescription, I would have walked out of Walgreens with a sweet $85-105 expense.  Adding hard-earned dollars to the pockets of pharmaceutical companies. Just think about it.

Ok, so let’s talk about alternatives.  The Ibuprofen was intended to ease my discomfort.  If you don’t know, 800 mg is a large dosage, enough to ease a stallion.  My throat is in a state of inflammation and it needs the assistance of an anti-inflammatory.  If needed, I saw no harm in taking one if I felt uncomfortable but I could use the one in my medicine cabinet.  Oh and Hi! I am in the process of cleanse that is based off anti-inflammatory foods and practices that could only enhance my cause.  For the Magic Mouthwash Liquid, you could gargle fresh lime juice and salt.  This is an old school fix that my parents always told us to do whenever we felt soreness in our throats.  For the Azelastine Nasal Spray, you could use some kind of nasal irrigation device like a neti pot. This will flush out all the guck from your nasal trap.  I also learned that nasal sprays are an unexpected but common source of heavy-metal exposure. The most commonly found metal in nasal sprays is aluminum.  Ick!  As for the Cough Syrup, I went to my local health food store and asked the vitamin counter lady what alternatives she suggested. She recommended some lozenges instead by a brand called Olba’s.  So far, they’re great.

It has now been 2 days since my visit to the doctor’s and I feel tons better already.  I still have a slightly sore throat but I’m easing it with lots of Lemon Ginger tea that I make from scratch.  Let go of the teabags mi gente!  Oh, and according to my sister, I sound a little less painful to listen to 🙂

– Stephanie

Day 5 – Virtual introductions are in order

The world of Whole Foods, Fairway, Costco, Local Natural food stores such as our esteemed Perelandra in Brooklyn Heights does not come at a cheap price. Grant it with any new undertaking there is a general expected increase in spend due to new recipes and condiments however, the premium is a little higher with the Clean Program in my POV. By the way, Stephanie and I are bonafied Virgos and if you haven’t been formally introduced I am the quintessential Virgo in the family. Therefore, when the deciding question – local vs organic or farm raised vs wild caught are asked – without a doubt I am going to commit to the higher quality even if it hurts the budget and the Whole Foods Fish guy is trying to save me a few dollars by choosing farm raised. We see it as a long-term investment on our health and a commitment to the Cleanse. The fact is this has always been the goal but throughout the past 2 years, concessions have been made to meet the bills. For example, I will say one area that I will not be able to address for us during this Cleanse – and trust that I am still in the middle of my research – is the decision on a water filtration system. You see, Junger believes in pure water but Brita doesn’t fit the min requirement. In the interest of timing and the fact that a water filtration system involves “heavy duty” installation and monetary spend – I have decided this is out of scope. Our water intake for this period will consist of sparkling, seltzer; Brita filtered water, coconut and bottled water. I have taken personal note that in my future apt/home – this will be addressed.

When we began I didn’t think we were far off from the world of healthy nutrition. We were knowledgeable but made poor selections by choice, knowing the consequences. And now on Day 5 I feel as though we didn’t even scratch the surface on true nutrition. We are all well informed that we are nutritionally deficient Americans and could truly learn practices from many of our third world countries. The amount of education that I have gained from the last 2 weeks has been astounding, so much that the vegan culture seems so appealing and ultimately a goal. Evidently, our former way of eating was “healthier” then the average American diet makeup. But again who wants to be compared to that? That is not the proper benchmark. Unfortunately, this dream is harder to achieve due to the deception that we all have been victims of in the food industry, true to the American culture.


I started a conversation with Stephanie (which we still have to finish) about the costs related to eating better and really began the discussion stating how are low cost families expected to reap the benefits or for that matter begin a Cleanse like the Clean Program? Call it positive thinking or side effects of the Cleanse but I woke up today hopeful that change is possible for all Americans. Yesterday, I spent the better half of the day with 90 local gardeners from Brooklyn and Queens where the representative majority includes West Indians, African Americans and Latin-Americans that live in low-income sectors of the boroughs and my conversations really empowered the fact that this change is truly possible. I spoke to a lovely lady Sabriya from the Garden of Eden in Queens and she schooled me on some naturopathic options and how she has been eating locally for decades. I also met a strong activist, Yolanda from a Brooklyn Garden near Bushwick, Jon the Baptist, that shared with me a program she is working on to teach the community nutritional recipes via an outdoor cooking space she is installing at the garden. These ladies were quickly added to my iPhone address book.

In short, there have been real gains in a matter of one week. I am grateful for this journey and experiencing it with my lil sis and looking forward to the whole month of April.