About the Turmeric Guru
Thank you for visiting my site. This blog is a work in progress, the objective of which is to provide useful information for anyone interested in learning about the benefits and methods of incorporating turmeric into your daily routine.
I will also occasionally publish natural health topics unrelated to turmeric that I find interesting and which I believe could be helpful.
A little background.
In 2010 the Turmeric Guru was stricken with a debilitating autoimmune condition which became chronic and persisted for five years. Over the course of this downward spiral, I consulted fourteen physicians of various specialties in search of a cure. While there is clearly an important role for allopathic medicine in our world, in my case the mainstream path was a road to nowhere. The advice I received basically boiled down to “we don’t know why your condition exists; so sorry, but you’re just going to have to learn to live with it.” Every physician I visited prescribed palliative pharmaceuticals which they admitted would only mask, not cure, some of my symptoms.
Clearly, these were unacceptable prognoses. I was left with two choices; either learn to live with the pain – and probably die with it – or figure things out on my own. I resolved to dive into an exhaustive independent research process to determine the source of my condition and experiment with every natural remedy and protocol that sounded the least bit promising. I was either going to find a cure, or I was going to die trying. After all, I felt like my time on this earth was rapidly coming to a close so there really wasn’t anything to lose.
After two years of spiraling slowly toward a point where I was mentally preparing for the possibility of an early exit, a pathway to recovery revealed itself. It was so simple that no one, not even I at first, believed it could be real. And the most amazing thing is this: the answer came from within. My body told me what I needed for recovery.
When I first started feeling better I had recently been craving leafy greens and other vegetables and started preparing them into a soup-like dish of my own creation – this was medicine, I wasn’t trying to win any cooking awards! At that time, I thought my incremental progress was due to an antibiotic cocktail I had been taking for about six months – something I had figured out through my own research on the internet.
But the antibiotics soon ran out. I had developed concerns that long-term antibiotic therapy was destroying the microbiome in my digestive tract, so it was a good time to stop. I continued my regimen of natural supplements and a primarily vegan diet – half raw, half cooked. Strangely, I was craving things like cooked cabbage, bok choi, and spinach, so I ate what my body craved. Because I was living in Singapore at the time, turmeric was a common spice and I started adding it to all my cooked dishes.
Within the first month of converting to this lifestyle, I was experiencing a notable reduction in joint pain and the widely dispersed muscle pain known as fibromyalgia. Within three months I was experiencing amazing progress overall. Joint and muscle pain were almost completely gone, brain fog had dissipated and my short-term memory had recovered. Gradually, over about a year of strict adherence to this new diet, I was basically healed.
Previously, I would sometimes walk into a room and struggle to remember why. Leaving the house without my wallet or keys was a regular occurrence. I even experienced moments where the sounds emitted from of my mouth bore no resemblance to the thoughts I was trying to convey. This all ended after about six months of adherence to my new dietary regimen.
To this day I have not made material changes to my diet which consists of two large vegetable meals followed by a sixteen hour distilled water fast every night and morning – a protocol called intermittent fasting. My first meal of the day is at approximately 11 am and consists of a covered skillet full of various chopped vegetables, 750ml of distilled water, Himalayan salt for minerals and seasoning, and a paste made of two or three tablespoons of olive oil mixed with a heaping tablespoon of turmeric powder, another tablespoon of freshly ground avocado pit, and freshly cracked black pepper.
I mix up the olive oil-turmeric-avocado-pepper paste in a small area of the skillet as the first ingredient. The veggies can vary but I normally include one onion, one tomato, one head of garlic, a thumb of ginger, a bit of red cayenne pepper, one half red bell pepper, one carrot, three cups of chopped greens (spinach, kale, chard, green beans, cabbage, broccoli or cauliflower). Bring the ingredients to a boil in the covered skillet until the greens are edible (15-20 minutes) and then crack two eggs on top and cook for another minute or so until the eggs are as you like them. Wow! This meal is bursting with nutrition and should keep you running on full steam until 6 pm.By the way, I highly recommend that you drink and cook with distilled water. I have found that the rumors of mineral deficiency resulting from distilled water consumption are a myth. You will get plenty of minerals from your fresh vegetables and Himalayan salt. I purchased a home distiller which produces more than enough water every night for the following day. This link will connect you to the one I have and highly recommend.
My 6 pm meal consists of a large salad comprised of one avocado, one tomato, one small onion, one small apple, one half cucumber, one half red bell pepper, one small carrot, red cabbage and lettuce seasoned with fresh lime juice, apple cider vinegar, Himalayan salt, freshly cracked black pepper, a swish of olive oil and mustard to taste. Again, all I can say is wow! I just love this meal and never grow tired of it. It is absolutely amazing how the body is so fully and naturally sated when given the nutrition it needs to heal and sustain.
In addition to my two large veggie meals, I also take 1500mg of turmeric supplement in capsule form daily and a few other supplements and vitamins about three times per week. The list includes vitamin B12, vitamin E, vitamin D, chlorella, iodine, and magnesium. This has been the core of my diet since late 2013 and I have never felt better. I am absolutely convinced this diet was critical in allowing my body to naturally detox and heal. And I am as sure as one can be without conducting a double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial that turmeric has been a critical element in my recovery. Having said that, if you want access to clinical studies, they have been done, literally hundreds of them, and I can point you to them if you contact me directly.
I am now fully recovered and living a normal life that includes the occasional meat dish. I’m no longer purely vegan, but I do believe this radical approach helped me in the healing process. And I thank God every day for the guidance I received when doing my research for recovery.
We live in a toxic world, my friends. Our air, water, and food are being poisoned at an astonishing and saddening rate. Particulates of aluminum, barium and other elements saturate our skies, some say, in a purported effort to reflect the sun’s heat. It’s called solar radiation management and you can find an enormous quantity of evidence on the websites of Harvard University and numerous independent researchers. These particulates ultimately fall onto our food and water supplies and are breathed directly into our lungs.
Modern farming techniques regularly incorporate toxic chemicals and genetically modified seeds to produce cheap plant material resembling food that’s devoid of nutrients and often toxic.
Modern medicine’s so-called miracle drugs are usually symptom-masking palliatives that often only “extend and pretend” without treating the underlying disease.
My friends, I could write a veritable tome documenting my journey to recovery, and perhaps someday I will; but for now, let us pause and return to the subject at hand – helping you find the turmeric products you need to enjoy a life free of pain and full of health. To read about some of the most studied uses of turmeric and curcumin, please refer to my article on the Health Benefits of Turmeric and Curcumin.
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To your health,