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 diet and daily routine. We will also occasionally publish natural health topics unrelated to turmeric that we find interesting and believe could be helpful.
My Backstory and Journey to Recovery
In December 2010 the Turmeric Guru was stricken with a debilitating autoimmune condition which became chronic. I now have a pretty good understanding of why I was suddenly shocked into autoimmune hell and will write about that experience at some point. But for now, suffice it to say that the precursive condition was an excessive accumulation of toxic chemicals, metals, and radiation from multiple sources over time.
Over the course of two years, my symptoms worsened, eventually reaching the point where overall body pain was so great that some days I could not get out of bed. I would sometimes walk into a room struggling to remember why. Leaving the house without my wallet or keys was a regular occurrence. I even experienced moments where the sounds emitted from my mouth bore no resemblance to the thoughts I was trying to convey.
During this death spiral, I consulted fourteen physicians of various specialties in search of a cure. While there is clearly an important role for allopathic medicine, in my case this mainstream path was a road to nowhere. The advice I received basically boiled down to “we don’t know why your condition exists; you’re just going to have to get used to it and try to manage it.” Every M.D. 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: learn to live with the pain – and most likely die with it – or figure things out on my own. I resolved to dive deep into independent research and determine the source of my condition and experiment with every natural remedy and protocol that sounded the least bit promising. I read everything I could find on the internet about autoimmune conditions, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, Lyme disease, and anything else that seemed related to my condition.
Antibiotics and Hong Kong
During this period I was living mostly in Hong Kong where one can purchase antibiotics over the counter without a prescription, and I had achieved marginal success through experimentation with various antibiotic cocktails discovered through my research. But the pain had become so widespread and unrelenting that I was mentally preparing for the possibility of death.
Path to Recovery
Just when all seemed futile and lost, a path toward recovery revealed itself. It was so simple that, at first, I thought it must be nothing more than a coincidence. The most amazing thing is that the answer came from within. My body told me what I needed.
I had recently been craving leafy greens, cooked cabbage, bok choi, spinach, and other vegetables. I thought this couldn’t be bad so I ate what my body craved and started experimenting with a soup-like dish of my own creation. I wasn’t trying to win any cooking awards. This was medicine. And it seemed to work.
Turmeric and Singapore
At first, I thought my incremental progress was due to the antibiotic cocktail I had been taking for about six months.1 But I had moved back to Singapore where prescriptions are required, and the antibiotics soon ran out. Furthermore, 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.
Turmeric is a common spice in Singapore so I started adding it to my cooking creations. I had read that turmeric was effective in reducing inflammation, so why not try it. I started taking curcumin supplements and adding loads of turmeric to just about everything heated up in a pan or skillet. (See Foundational Diet below.)
Soon after moving back to Singapore, I met a new friend of a friend who had recently relocated there to establish a chiropractic practice. Having had no previous experience with chiropractic, but being open to anything that might help my recovery, I was curious to know more. We met several times over coffee where discussions focused on our mutual interest in natural health, and it soon became apparent that I needed to give chiropractic a try. And so I did.
Long story short, my new chiropractor was Dr. Tim Errington, a published author, and director of what is now the largest chiropractic practice in Singapore. In addition to his regular practice, Total Health Chiropractic Singapore, multinational companies like Apple contract with Tim’s company to operate clinics on-site to keep their executives in tip-top shape.
Over a period of about six months, Dr. Tim put me through a series of spinal and hip adjustments that proved instrumental in helping me overcome the pain. I’m sure Dr. Tim can explain the process better than I can, but my understanding is that by correcting and normalizing the body’s orthopedic structure the nervous and lymphatic systems are allowed to function as designed. In my case, the most important result was the facilitation of the natural removal of toxins by the lymphatic system, thereby accelerating the recovery process.
The Pain Slowly Melted Away
Within about a month after converting to this new lifestyle of curcumin supplementation, turmeric-saturated cuisine, and serious attention to posture, I was experiencing a notable reduction in joint pain and the widely-dispersed muscle pain known as fibromyalgia. Within three months I was enjoying amazing progress. And within six months 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 lifestyle, I was basically healed.
My Somewhat Radical Healing Diet
To this day, I have made only one material change to my admittedly, somewhat radical, healing diet which consisted of two large vegetable meals and two eggs per day, followed by a sixteen-hour distilled water fast every night and into the morning – a protocol called intermittent fasting. This, along with a few supplements mentioned below, has been the core of my diet since mid-2013 and I have never felt better.
I am now fully recovered and living a normal life that includes the occasional meat dish – about twice a week. I’m no longer purely vegan and do not believe it is a sustainable long term discipline. But I do believe this radical approach was instrumental in my healing process, and I thank our Creator every day for the guidance I received when doing the research that revealed this natural method of healing.
Healthful Healing Turmeric Brunch
My first meal of the day is at approximately 11 am and consists of a covered skillet full of various chopped vegetables, two eggs, 750ml of distilled water, Himalayan salt for minerals and seasoning, and a paste made of 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 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, and three cups of chopped greens such as spinach, kale, chard, green beans, cabbage, broccoli or cauliflower. Bring the ingredients to a boil in the covered skillet and cook until the greens are edible (about 20 minutes). I then crack two eggs on top, cover, and cook for another minute or so until the eggs are as you like them. Wow! This meal is bursting with nutrition and will keep you running at full steam until 6 pm.
By the way, I highly recommend that you drink and cook with distilled water. I have found that perceptions of mineral deficiency resulting from distilled water consumption are not true. 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.
Big Salad by Night
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.
Curcumin and Vitamin Supplements
In addition to my two large veggie meals, I also take 1500mg of turmeric-curcumin supplement in capsule form daily and a few other supplements and vitamins three or four times per week. The list includes vitamins B12, E, and D; chlorella, iodine, and magnesium.
I am absolutely convinced that this diet was what allowed 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 process. 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.
We live in a toxic world, my friends. Our air, water, and food are being poisoned at astonishing and saddening rates. 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 evidence to support this theory on the websites of Harvard University and numerous independent researchers. These toxic particulates ultimately fall onto our food and water supplies and are inhaled into our lungs.
Modern farming techniques regularly incorporate toxic chemicals and genetically modified seeds to produce cheap plant material that virtually indistinguishable from food by the naked eye, but which is severely lacking in nutrients and is considered toxic by anyone who is concerned with natural health.
Modern medicine’s so-called miracle drugs are usually symptom-masking palliatives that mainly manage symptoms without treating the underlying disease. This was admitted to me by prescribing physicians during my quest for a cure.
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-curcumin 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 under the Benefits tab in the Main Menu.
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To your health,
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