You’re going to do it. You know it will happen. So why does a large percentage of the Western world (including you) eat inflammatory weight gaining foods during the holidays? The kind that keeps them bloated with bad health? Most do this every year with the knowledge that after the crystal ball falls on New Year’s Eve, they will (again) wish they had eaten healthier, but couldn’t.

Most folks do this every year for a lifetime. Would you be interested in learning how to break this healthy cells-ravaging cycle? I might just be able to show you how in my extremely informative new book Healed by Farm. It only takes a short time to learn the johnrankinsway.

For those of you who need a little help getting through the holidays and keeping your health intact, I recommend 10 easy to do but very important things that will keep your gut healthier, inflammation lower, immune system stronger and weight lower, even if you haven’t changed your eating habits just yet and still eat terribly!

  1. Upon rising each morning drink a minimum 8 oz. water, even before your feet hit the floor. A human body is dehydrated after 8 hrs. of sleep. This will re-hydrate your organs such as kidneys, bladder, colon and liver–all while flushing out the bad toxins you ate the night before. The more you drink, the healthier you become. Water is cheap, so try some!
  2. Deep breathing. Take 10 deep breathes, half thru your mouth and half through your nose. Exhale slowly. Breath extremely deep into your lungs to the point you feel them expand. Do this 2-3 times daily for oxygenated muscles and faster metabolism, which will give you much more energy for any activity. And it makes you feel great!
  3. Enjoy a daily fresh-squeezed lemonade to help reverse an acidic body from an overdose of processed holiday foods. This happens when the lemon metabolizes into a great alkaline food source. It should help to keep inflammation and weight down. For sweetening, use only a pure stevia with no other ingredients on the bottle, no maltodextrin or dextrose labeling, none, just stevia! Squeeze 1 lemon in a quart of pure water and sip all day long, every day!
  4. Keep your vitamin-D 3 level at 85-90. (A simple blood test will reveal your level.) Some people take 10,000 to 15,000 units daily to achieve this level, especially in the winter. If needed, get this from organic liquid drops and not hard pills or capsules. This should do the trick to help keep your immune system in overdrive protecting you from disease, even while eating poorly chosen foods.
  5. Get some exercise. Even during the holidays, you need to move your body. Something such as hurrying up a hill or some yoga-type extreme stretching a couple times daily will keep your heart and muscles pumped full of healthy blood and oxygen. This takes 3 easy minutes, so do it in the morning and also before bedtime for a better night’s sleep.
  6. Spend time outdoors as often as possible…even a short time is better than not at all. This reconnects you to nature and allows your body to breathe in all of the healthy bacteria and viruses that are meant to pump-up our immune systems, naturally! It’s Mother Nature’s way!
  7. Steep and drink ginger, turmeric and cardamom tea once daily, swapping out occasionally with a healthy green tea. Make this with a couple of ginger and turmeric root slices the size of a quarter each and ⅛ tsp crushed green cardamom. Steep all this in 12-16 oz. pure hot water under 155 degrees. A tablespoon of pure local honey would add a little extra good health along with delicious taste benefits.
  8. Keep some healthy finger foods at your fingertips. Use olive oil on vegetables in place of processed ranch dressing. Go for the watermelon first (very alkalizing) if available on party trays and be sure to include nuts and seeds in your diet.
  9. Study something every day that will greatly improve your life like my new book Healed by Farm. This will make a big difference in the way you think, eat and feel, plus give you intense motivation to choose food wisely.
  10.  Getting a good night’s sleep could be your best friend. 8 hours is best. Slow down the evening sugars and caffeine by 7pm so that a good rest is possible. My favorite evening medicine is a glass of raw milk at bedtime.

Enjoy your holidays! All the best to you and yours!

~ John

Everyone loves the food traditions of the holidays. All of my life I have observed every detail of these and other holiday events. They usually start out with everyone arriving with their prized dishes to share, happy and excited for the celebration. A couple of hours later and after feasting well, everyone is sitting (mostly lying) on the couch, moaning that they ate too much, especially on Thanksgiving Day. Some announce they have stomach aches, headaches and even back aches. The bathroom door is usually revolving faster than a department store on Black Friday. At this point, many family members are asking Grandma if she has any over the counter medications to cure their ailments.

What causes these negative side effects of the feasting? The turkey always gets the blame. They say it’s the amino acid tryptophan in it that makes you tired. We have always been told this so everyone knows that to be true, right? If this were really true wouldn’t you think insomniacs would be taking tryptophan supplements at bedtime instead of taking all those dangerous and addictive sleep medications? No, tryptophan is not the culprit for that Thanksgiving Day post-feast coma. Turkey has less of the tryptophan amino acid than chicken, and chicken doesn’t knock us out when we eat any. When was the last time you heard someone eating a healthy lean chicken sandwich say it’s putting them to sleep? Most likely never.

From all of my years faithfully observing these holiday health disasters, I came to some probable conclusions for myself. After watching a couple of 5 pound bags of sugar, white flour and a can of hydrogenated trans fat disappear into that beautiful and tempting traditional family feast, I started putting the puzzle together. It’s obvious to me that the heavy overload of refined food ingredients in the feast is what bloats your family member’s stomachs all the way to the couch and bathroom.

An additional serious issue is the ingredients in all of those easy to fix ‘food’ items with seasoning packets. You see them stacked in all the grocery aisles and filling everyone’s shopping carts during the holiday season. These products may seem innocent enough but you need to be aware that these seasonings are not the kind of food you may have innocently thought you purchased. Your thoughts were of fresh dried herbs right out the garden, just like the picture on the packet. Nope. Most are nothing more than processed sugar, MSG, hydrogenated oils, dyes and highly addictive inflammatory chemicals, with a dash of onion and garlic powder.

What did we do for thousands of years prior to these products being introduced into our lifestyles? Are you starting to get the picture, and is it time to stop blaming the turkey? These chemicals are not only highly inflammatory (which can cause tremendous weight gain) but have also been known to cause a lot of disease. When you load your body with these neurotoxins and excitotoxins bad things happen, and I mean really bad things! These toxins kill healthy cells, and a lot of them! Besides the fact that your body becomes inflamed and is in distress when you ingest these chemicals, your thyroid crashes. What happens to your body besides the extreme swelling of your organs when you ingest these insulin exploding thyroid killing poisons? You become sleepy…very sleepy in fact. And it’s not just feeling tired. Most people become somewhat lethargic, some have headaches, some have kidney, bladder and bowel problems. Some can hardly catch their breath from all of the heart racing and palpitations caused by these refined chemical products.

So I advise you to take a step back from the traditional holiday feasting recipes, look at what’s really going into the bodies of your loved ones, and stop ignoring the truth: real food doesn’t cause you to feel ill, in fact it’s usually quite the opposite. Real foods make you feel alive and energetic! The truth is the truth, nothing more, nothing less! I invite you to learn these truths with me. I have spent over 4 ½ decades learning the truth about healthy living, and most of it I learned the hard way! I am extremely excited to share these truths with you in my new book, Healed by Farm. I know these truths will help you cook the healthiest meal ever during the next holiday season, and will most likely reward your family member’s bodies with extreme vitality. And when you make these healthy choices I suggest, know that your post-feasting coma and sickness will never come your way again. Blessings to everyone during the holidays ahead.

~John

ARE THE VACCINES REALLY GOING TO KEEP ME SAFE?

Is it back?  Did it ever leave?  Who has it?  Who doesn’t?  And will it ever be gone? Did the vaccine work or not? Will we all die? 

Why didn’t the great scientists of the medical field know the vaccine wouldn’t work for everyone? Why didn’t they know about the new strains that keep coming?  

Maybe it’s no fault of their own, because worldwide pandemics usually do catch the medical professionals off guard, as they do anyone. Either way, this virus is extremely dangerous and not to be taken lightly. 

Are we ever going to be protected? Are these the questions you are currently asking yourself? And what about the medical experts–are they hiding anything that could be of value to our lives?  

It seems no one can give us a clear and reasonable answer. That’s all we’re asking for, right? 

As of this writing, infections and re-infections are filling the hospitals in your neighborhoods, once again!! 

Viruses have the capacity to do two things:  they can sicken you and they can kill you.  So most common sense folks were naturally somewhat uneasy when it showed up in their hometown the first time.  But now it’s back, with a vengeance, and ready to kill again! 

Did you become even more uneasy as you again started witnessing packed hospitals? Our friends and families are dying and we are feeling helpless.  No one has really convinced us they know what to do, even the experts.  And still after all these months, nothing from the medical field seems clear. Everywhere we turn, there’s a different answer.  It’s blowing our minds and quickly draining our energy…and health! 

This dreaded virus seemed to show up in our communities much like any other seasonal flu virus…with a couple of exceptions:  it was/is highly contagious and no vaccine was available. Communities, cities, states and even countries shut down (boarded up) and temporarily disappeared as though they never existed. 

It seemed everyone had a plan for how to solve this dreaded disease. Every so-called expert (and non-expert), medically and politically, had an opinion as to how to solve this massive worldwide epidemic. Some suggested wearing masks, washing our bodies in sanitizers, cleaning our furniture and even locking up little fluffy (pets) so they wouldn’t magically get the virus and carry it back into our houses. 

Looking back to 2020, some may have been right, some wrong, but it seems in late 2021 we now have a much larger problem:  it’s back, with a vengeance!  

Fortunately (or unfortunately) for the good people of this world, medical companies worldwide banded together and miraculously created a medical miracle in warp speed to help prevent the spread of the virus. Problem solved. Millions everywhere anxiously waited to get vaccinated through the opened window while sitting in their cars.  Belief was with the hoped for comforting thought that covid would no longer be in their presence. 

Little did we know that the vaccine wouldn’t work for 100% of the recipients who received it and that new strains of the virus would make their way around the globe faster than the original virus. 

What is going on here? That’s the big question people keep asking, but It seems that no one knows where to turn for an honest answer. 

The medical experts are where we should be able to look for answers, but they don’t seem to have them. Of course we aren’t blaming anyone, because this virus is something new to them also. Scientists and doctors have worked at ending this worldwide catastrophe for endless months now, trying to make life safe for us. I applaud their efforts, but there seems to be much more to the story here. 

It seems the vaccination only worked for some of those who took it.  At the same time, several different variants of the disease quite suddenly became present in our lives…killing many, just like before!  This is extremely scary and not something to ignore.  It’s very real, and deadly! 

So just what is going on and what do we do?  How and when do we do it? Are these questions you have in the back of your mind? Now that you have had your big dose of reality, you should be hopelessly scared, and rightfully so.  Close friends and loved ones are dying, with no sure salvation in sight!!!  

Maybe your first thoughts are to stock up on more sanitizers, get new face masks, hoard toilet paper, groceries and lock ourselves up again. I’m not so sure these measures did as much good as you might think. Ask those who died! These are not political or anti-social ideas but just the facts. People are “scared to death” and don’t know where to turn for answers. 

It’s even more frightening when our trusted medical leaders don’t know where to turn for answers. Again, no fault of their own.  This little horror show just blew in without warning, and the professionals are working around the clock to take out this mutating monster as fast as they can.

So look at it this way:  unfortunately for us, this whole disaster will be around for a while, and more than likely will be knocking on your door soon. When it does, what’s your plan?  Do you even have one? I certainly hope so, because this time around this plague is coming with a vengeance…and with no end in sight! 

That’s right.  The experts have recognized more than one variant of this dreaded disease, even though one was quite enough for all of us!! The new variant is even hospitalizing children, unlike the first round.   

If you were not scared enough when this extremely dangerous flu came around the first time, you might want to sit down, buckle-up and hold on because this ugly monster isn’t going away anytime soon! 

Do you know of anything different and better you can do to protect yourself now that you didn’t know before? Is your only defense still a mask, some toilet paper and a spray bottle? If that is your only plan to save yourself from one of the worst worldwide pandemics in history, then your odds may not be so good. Hand sanitizers just didn’t seem like enough. All of the scrubbing in the world didn’t prevent the virus from attacking. I personally know two people who scrubbed everything for months and still died of covid. Interesting fact we will discuss further:  both had pre-existing autoimmune issues due to a bad diet. 

Constant breathing of alcohol vapors into your lungs and scrubbing healthy skin cells and live bacteria to oblivion with chemical compounds is not my idea of building a healthy immune system. Chemical poisoning is not something to mess around with, especially when the flu is invading your body! These chemicals can actually lower your immune system at a time when you need it the most. So then how do the sanitizers work in your favor? They don’t! Then why did the whole world clean the store shelves of this product? Marketing is usually that answer.  But I’ll give the chemical bath products a thumbs up for what they are–bacteria killers. 

The problem is that these chemical killers don’t know good bacteria from bad bacteria, so they kill both. When you kill healthy bacteria on the human body, you invite disease through a lowered immune system. This would be the same immune system you need to prevent the virus! 

Sometimes we just need to think things out on our own and use good common sense. And believe me, this should be one of those times. What do you think is more dangerous:  the flu, or scrubbing your body from head to toe with synthetic industrial chemicals? My lifetime of healthy research and experience has proven to me that there’s absolutely no synthetic chemical that should be introduced to a healthy red-blooded human body living on mother nature’s beautiful earth.

The human body, the earth and our food are naturally holistic.  So why would you believe that any chemical-laden product can heal and create a healthy body?  It is my belief that quite the opposite is true. You and your loved ones scrubbed for over a year, and the virus is coming back for round two. 

Are you ready?  Did you scrub too much?  If so, do you have enough time to rebuild your bacteria or are you thinking there might just be a better way to prevent illness? 

I may just have that way.  So keep reading.   

Another round with this virus just might be more than some people can take! It’s a very sad time in history.  This world pandemic has caused suicide rates to soar to new highs. So many good people (just like you) are depressed to the point they are taking their own lives just to escape reality, the reality of a killer virus! 

Just a short time ago our world seemed to be on top of its game.  The economy was booming and everyone seemed to be content and happy. And now our society has plummeted into a lot of mental illness. Some are even turning to or back to drugs and alcoholism, and unfortunately dying from both. Twelve good people commited suicide in my own little hometown just this past weekend. These are the facts, and people are scared and need answers! 

There are many causes of depression. We must ask ourselves if the flu is worth crippling our mental health, or even worse, losing our lives. Of course it isn’t. Hopefully I can help you see the way to leaving these issues in the past…and quickly. 

Unfortunately those of you who already had depression when this killer hit town now have a double whammy of depression. Your concerns are very real, but hopefully you can move through them if you follow my way of creating the defense that works best, by building your immune system the John Rankins Way. 

I believe many medical experts would agree with me.  That’s why people are currently being treated with immune therapies for numerous diseases. Here is the reality my friends: the flu (according to experts) is here to stay for a long time, so you are going to need to get yourselves a great survival plan. 

Personally I have a very easy and practical answer for this unfortunate ailment that so many are suffering, many endlessly. Did you know the stress hormone cortisol is closely associated with depression? Higher cortisol levels in our bodies have been proven to actually be the cause of depression and disease. Lower cortisol levels can have quite the opposite effect, giving us a sense of well-being for everything in life, including good health. 

There are those of you who think you can’t change your lifestyle. Some believe you don’t have the energy to drive to the gym, much less do any real exercise there. Remember the old story about whether the chicken or the egg came first? With depression you can’t exercise, but with exercise you can beat depression.  So what will you do? I suggest you don’t worry that exercise will be hard. The effort required to clear out depression quickly will take far less time than all of those trips for medications, surgeries and therapy.

Almost everyone has gained a considerable amount of weight during the pandemic. Weight gain is also closely related to disease caused by inflammation. In this writing and also in my profoundly detailed return to excellent health book, Healed by Farm, I explain how to combat the issues that concern this dangerous reality. 

Before this tragedy entered our lives, America already had an out of control obesity rate of over 40% in adults and over 20% in children. My professional guess from observation is that the real numbers are much higher. And I believe that the numbers of obesity will rise dramatically after the issues surrounding this pandemic are over. Some may have the mindset that they’ll just lose the weight after things get back to normal. News flash:  life doesn’t work that way! 

The real problem is that excess weight almost always leads to chronic diseases–heart disease, colon, breast and prostate cancer, dementia and type 2 diabetes–just to name a few. Isn’t it sad to think all of this destruction of health could come from a flu season, even if you don’t get the flu?  

And just because you can lose weight every summer like a post-hibernation bear doesn’t mean you are healthy. You’re not an animal, and the human body works a little differently.  An animal fattens on plants, nuts and fruits for winter hibernation whereas most humans fatten-up eating inflammatory chemicals, processed sugars and trans fats. Waiting until weed-pulling season could possibly be too late. Disease starts when you are overweight, and doesn’t care what date it is! 

Be aware that American children under the age of 10 years old are having type-2 diabetes for the first time in history.  This is most likely happening as they consumed the kinds of so-called foods that you probably fed your children during the lockdown. No fault of your own, as I’ll explain later. I imagine you are giving your 100% best and really trying to keep your family healthy, but what if in the process you end up fatter? What will you do then? 

As you follow me on this and other healthy topics, just keep in mind like I mentioned earlier, fat is more often than not a precursor to disease, especially diabetes. Most likely you’ve been doing home exercises and even cooked more meals than you ever have in your life, only to get fatter and less healthy. Confused at your results? Even your spouse, kids and the family pet gained weight! You tried your best so just what do you think went wrong, and do you think you’ll simply lose weight when all of the homebound madness is over? 

Most likely escaping quarantine and rushing out to enjoy eating again at your favorite restaurants and fast food drive-ins, consuming those processed meals is not the answer you’re looking for either.   

Let’s take a close look at what might have gone wrong for you during this everlasting flu season. Some homebound folks are very frustrated at the fact they actually cooked meals everyday for the first time in years, just to watch their waistlines grow larger. Some even got sick, or just lazy. You may be thinking everyone in the house must have just eaten too much of those home-cooked meals (even little fluffy). Yep, the meals you cooked! 

Well don’t throw grandma’s kitchen apron away just yet. It’s not so much the amount of food your family has consumed as it is the kind of food they have eaten. Now I’m sure there are a few of you who are saying, “no way John.  I am not going to eat salads and diet food all the time”. But once you learn my way of excellent food choices, the same way our ancestors ate, you will soon be very surprised. I eat the same flavorful greasy-cheesy foods that you eat but with totally different and perfectly good results. So then diet alone can help with the flu? Absolutely!  Keep reading! 

I sincerely want to teach you how to eat for yourselves and how to train your children to eat healthy. Without a doubt, this will be the best gift you can ever give them! 

I’m fairly certain that during this time of pandemic mayhem, most of you good folks have been feeding yourselves and your families the same old standard American fare of meat, white potatoes and veggies with salt and pepper. These foods are not necessarily bad for you. It’s the source of your food that matters most. Is your food pre-packaged before you cook it?  If so then you might want to start eating more fresh fruits and vegetables, and visit a nearby farmers market. Or better yet, grow your own! 

Because people didn’t like the fearsome reality of empty grocery store shelves, more gardens were started and grown during the pandemic than anytime in the last 50 years. You might want to remember that and actually visit a healthy plant nursery yourself, since this killer is coming back for round 2, or 3, 4, 5…who knows how many! It’s extremely dangerous, so let’s be prepared for it, and be able to eat delicious food at the same time. There’s much satisfaction in growing your own food and eating it 15 minutes after picking it. 

The major problem with packaged foods is that most have hidden MSG, sugar and other excitotoxins and neurotoxins that are processed in a chemical factory, not what is made by mother nature!  Believe me when I say that these toxins are a major cause of weight gain. Ingesting herbicides and pesticides on a daily basis can be a disaster for your thyroid gland, not to mention all the other glands and organs in your body. 

It just so happens that chemically-induced thyroid problems have been rampant in America, and now in most of the rest of the world as the American diet is becoming the trend. We all know what a slow thyroid causes. Yes, you got it–weight gain. 

We also know from statistics that the majority of people who have died with this virus were overweight people. Again, no fault of their own, but it’s time for a healthy change, the John Rankin Way!  

It may be that something good can actually come out of this pandemic. Use this time to take notice of the reality of your family’s diet and its results. I suggest you learn from this experience, discovering that most of the ways you have been eating and dieting for years are not providing good health results for you and your children. Isn’t that what you have been in fact finding out year after year when the newest greatest diet didn’t actually work?   

       This is a wake-up call folks. I am offering you the answers to help you get it right this time. John Rankin’s Way isn’t a diet at all. It’s all real food, and delicious. I teach truths that will open your mind and your life to a whole new way of living. I take you to the way the food world was before politics and science and greedy monopolys entered our lives, a world where food was real and very few were sick. I have spent the last 4 ½ decades researching that beautiful time in history when all was natural and safe.  And it is my passion and my heart’s intent to share my knowledge with you.  

So don’t you dare give-up now, keep reading! And remember this: if you don’t make some dietary changes now, nothing about your health will change for you.

There are a lot of sick children from all of this mayhem. No, not from the virus but the effects of the lockdown.  As per much study and observation including social media, it seems (courtesy of covid) most children have been doing just that: being locked indoors, out of the sunlight, breathing and touching bleach and/or alcohol products daily (for months)…all while eating mostly highly poisonous processed food! 

Loving, intelligent parents know that this is not a healthy way to protect your children from danger, and especially from the dangers that may be greater than the threat of a deadly virus. I will explain. 

We may soon discover that the effects of the virus have been minor compared to the consequences of the resulting quarantined lifestyle happening to children worldwide. Humans were created on this earth with bodies of very good health-promoting, life-saving bacterias. We were meant to mingle with other unhealthy bacteria and viruses throughout our lives. Everytime we step outdoors we breathe into our bodies billions of these (so-called) bad guys. Breathing these little bugs only serves to build a healthy immune system similar to building muscles when working out. If we don’t ‘work out’ our immune system by being exposed to viruses and bacteria, the immune system gets weaker–just like muscles! 

Sitting in the house for months only takes us away from one of the strongest immune-building medicines on earth–the sun. Endorphins and vitamin-D from the sun serve to build a healthy immune system. It’s one big factor to why older folks in nursing homes are more susceptible to disease. No sun, no immune system. I recommend getting those vulnerable grandparents outdoors more often. 

As I mentioned, It seems that due to this pandemic most parents are scrubbing, mopping and spraying their houses down (daily) with bleach and other kinds of hazardous chemicals. Some (if not all) of these noxious chemicals are meant for outdoors only and while wearing protective clothing and breathing equipment. Yet I’m guessing most of the time very young children were/are sitting nearby breathing in the hazardous lung tissue dissolving chemicals as you apply them. I personally know of parents who are washing little Suzy’s hands, face, arms and more with a diluted formulation of these same industrial cleaning agents. 

Remember what I said about the good bacteria on our skin. Be extremely careful my friends!  A 20-year study conducted by scientests at the University of Bergen in Norway found that using cleaning products was almost as harmful as smoking 20 cigarettes a day.  A holistic human body was never meant to be exposed to these (possibly deadly) chemicals. Your whole endocrine system can be irreversibly damaged from the physical application and inhalation of these poisons. Whether you breathe it in or wipe it on, it can (with a high likelihood) damage glands and organs such as your liver, heart, lung tissue, reproductive hormones, thyroid, adrenal glands and brain cells…just to name a few.   

According to most health organizations, a sneeze from a person with a flu virus can navigate its way across a large room and into another person’s nose, eyes or mouth. That’s why the world is wearing masks, right? So when your sweet little 2 year old baby is sitting on the floor watching you fumigate the house, just where do you think the little droplets and fumes from your spray bottle are going? That’s right: into their nose, eyes, mouth and lungs. 

Remember this: your children also have an immune system, but if you help them destroy it, then they will be susceptible to just about any virus or disease that comes along. You love your children more than that to let this tragedy happen, right?  

And there are more to the damages being done by the average family being quarantined from their so-called normal lifestyle. Besides the aforementioned everyday internal and external chemical baths, many families are feeding their children highly inflammatory (cancer causing) foods. I have witnessed most people in the stores these days pushing extra large carts loaded with what most people call comfort food. Well folks, there’s nothing comfort-able about childhood leukemia, obesity, diabetes or even death. 

I get it. Most parents just intend to keep their children calm and out of their way by giving them all the tutti frutti junk food they want during this (supposedly short time) of arrest. 

The hard truth is that when a kid is sugared-up and inflamed with these snacking and processed so-called foods, things only become worse. Inflammation causes a child to become irritable, attention deficit, and restless while awake and sleeping. Just what you don’t want when you’re on a year-long campout with the kids!

Some parents have been getting into their liquor cabinets much more often and earlier in the day–even staying smashed for months, using the excuse of the madness of a house full of rambunctious kids! A recent New York Post article says day-drinking for mothers with young children increased 323% after the lock down started. This is serious stuff! Unfortunately those months of day-drinking will turn into a lifetime of addiction, alcoholism and disease for many good folks, while the resulting neglect of their children’s needs leads to a whole other list of terrifying situations.

While this is a horrible result of the reality of life these days and hard to believe, this result is actually happening all over the world. It’s obviously not a good time in history for children and by no fault of their own of course.

It’s not just my highly observant opinion but also according to social media, children are not living a normal physically-active or brain-stimulating lifestyle. They are just sitting around the house getting poisoned, allowed and paid for by their parents. And again parents, no blaming here. You just happen to be living in a country that allows the promotion of dangerous disease-causing (so-called) food products with the constant bombardment of extremely seductive marketing. 

Many parents I know tell me they are bored and frustrated and don’t want to cook. The most often heard excuses I hear are that they don’t have enough time and resources. These are the same parents that just spent the last year repainting the house, power-washing the driveway and remodeling everything but the neighbors kitchen, all while being quarantined from the flu. If you don’t believe me, check out the masses shopping at the local home-improvement stores. They look like a mall at Christmas.

Now might be a good time to learn to cook healthy meals for your family while you have a captive audience. The right foods are the vital ingredient in keeping your children safe. You might observe that kids always seem to look healthy no matter what you feed them. But it’s usually a few years later when your dietary offerings come back to haunt them. 

You better hope those results are still a few years away because this flu is deadly, and it’s not going away anytime soon. Always remember, you reap what you sow! Seventy-five million kids sitting in dark rooms watching TV while eating sugar-loaded cold cereal, candy and donuts, breathing and wearing toxic chemicals?  That can only equate to a recipe for disaster…one that if you don’t personally intervene now is coming to your neighborhood soon!  So it just might be a perfectly good time to wake-up and pump-up your children’s immune systems, and quickly! 

The child obesity rate in America is nearly five million, with 14% of them being two to five year olds. America already has approximately two hundred thousand children with type-1 diabetes and for the first time in history, an explosion of type-2 diabetes in children under the age of ten. In 2020 the CDC predicted that one in three children born in the year 2000 will suffer with type-2 diabetes in their life unless they make vital changes in diet and exercise. My prediction is, unfortunately, much higher numbers.  

Remember this: the majority of the deaths from covid are from overweight sick (diabetic) people.

Here’s where it’s going to get tricky. As all of your caged-up children flow out into the wild blue yonder without (their normal) immunity from exposure to the usual bacteria and viruses, things are going to get ugly–real ugly.  It is my concern that these children will be wide open to disease. Everything from the common cold to childhood cancer will be knocking at their door.  Just like with the old folks in nursing homes, disease from low immunity has no age preference. Old or young, it matters not if your child’s immune system has bottomed out.

So even with the medical profession working overtime, no one seems to have a clear answer as to why millions are dying worldwide from a virus that should be gone by now. Not only is it not gone, it’s mutating into multiple strains that already have and are killing our loved ones, again, and again! What are we going to do?  

I know what I would do if I were you. That’s right:  get your immune system running on all cylinders, and just maybe you will put this thing behind you. 

Have you given much thought as to why the major medical companies are now looking into immune system cures for everything from cancer to Alzheimer’s disease? I totally agree with them.  A healthy human immune system will cure a lot of ills. We were just built that way, or humans wouldn’t still exist on the planet. Every man, woman and child has a natural defense system, just like every living critter from animals to insects.

It’s very obvious that pre-20th century human health was much better than it is today. Most American diseases did not exist in our society until after the introduction of un-natural and man-made food additives such as hydrogenated oils, refined sugars, monosodium glutamate (MSG), food dyes, preservatives and many more inflammatory ingredients. Read your labels!

Wouldn’t you like it that by simply changing a few things in your way of eating, you could prevent this plague or any other disease in your bodies?  And what if you could actually lose unwanted body fat (along with the diseases it causes) during the same simple process? Does this sound too easy? It might be possible to reach this state of excellent health by building a healthy immune system on your own, without chemical additions loaded into your once healthy food.

Nowadays it is becoming more widely known that a healthy immune system begins in the gut. That’s right, the food you eat can determine a healthy immune system, or not! Fairly new science has discovered that approximately 80% of the human immune system originates in the gut.  So the old saying, “you are what you eat” is actually a reality.

So how does this immune system thing work? Is it hard to achieve? It involves such things as shopping for fresh organic produce at farmers markets, growing, cooking, fermenting and consuming live food. One of the extra benefits of my way of eating is that you will enjoy extremely tasty food while shedding unwanted dangerous body (disease) fat at the same time! 

This wonderful lifestyle plan has worked for me and given me back my perfect health as evidenced in my very low body fat percentage, extreme energy like a kid again, and very youthful blood tests results. My successful discoveries are what inspired me to share my healthy living program (30-day meal plan included) with as many true health seekers as possible. 

My book Healed by Farm explains all the tools you need to get started on your own healthy journey, so begin now!! 

The lessons of my incredible life journey which have given me perfect health are all explained in my book.  And I believe without a doubt that they will work for you too!

Here’s a big bonus to get you started–a few of the truths shared in my book, Healed By Farm.

Fortunately for you, if you follow these guidelines, much more good health (including preventing a deadly virus) will come your way. Some of my recommended advice may seem new or unorthodox at first, but just follow me and reap the good fortune. What do you have to lose?  You will be very wise to learn and implement these 10 essential and priceless components to help prevent and heal covid and other diseases.

1. Raw Dairy is one of the fastest ways on the planet to help build the human immune system. Yes, I said it: unpasteurized milk, cheese, butter and yogurt! 

When you drink a glass of raw milk, your gut flora becomes saturated with billions of healthy bacteria. This is great news for those with Crohn’s disease and irritable bowel disease. The extremely healthy probiotics in raw dairy could possibly be the only relief you’ll ever need to help with those intestinal problems. 

Basically, drugs and bad foods can (and usually do) kill healthy gut flora–and raw dairy restores it! I know this from personal experience as well as that of many others who have followed me.  The real enzymes in raw dairy that mother nature put here on earth are for human consumption, and wonderful health has been achieved through the consumption of it for thousands of years. 

Things like higher testosterone levels to excellent thyroid health have occurred in my own body from drinking raw milk.  And for those of you who are concerned about E. coli, you are 18 times more likely to come in contact with it from store bought spinach!

State-by-state you will find different laws for the distribution of raw dairy. Most states allow it to be sold from private farmers (see realmilkfinder.com).  

Don’t be afraid to search for good health from a super immune system builder such as raw dairy.  Check out my raw milk kefir miracle story @johnrankinswayback.com.    

2. Fermented foods such as homemade salt-brine kimchi will certainly give your body some extremely healthy probiotics and prebiotics. Just the word kimchi intimidates some westerners because it’s thought to be some ancient, weird, hard-to-make Asian food. Well it is Asian and it’s ancient, but it’s easy to make and should definitely be in your arsenal against disease. I personally consume some daily and enjoy extremely good gut health (immune system) from it. 

Fermented foods are also well known for their superior weight loss benefits as well as better heart health, less cancer, lower cholesterol and less infections through the resulting lowered inflammation. 

You will naturally have better overall wellness when you have healthy bacteria and probiotics in your body, basically slowing down the aging process. There’s a reason all of those Asian folks are still walking around at 100 years of age! 

Salt brine fermentation is simple. Chop up veggies and place them in a quart jar with pure water (no chlorine or fluoride) and 1 1/2 Tbls. of pink Himalayan salt, put a lid on it and let it sit on the counter top fermenting for approximately 3 weeks. The end result will be a lifetime of excellent health for you and your loved ones. 

Watch my how-to video @johnrankinswayback.com to learn more about how easy it is to make this life changing food.   

3. Fruits are great for your immune system and have tons of hydration, fiber and healthy polyphenols and flavonols (antioxidants). They are full of healthy nutrients like vitamin-C, potassium, manganese, magnesium, zinc, B-vitamins, folate and of course fiber. These are all immune system builders and are necessary for the prevention of disease and most importantly at this time in history covid-19!  

I’m not the biggest fan of juicing simply because most so-called juice experts recommend way too much fruit for one meal. Your body does have a glycemic index and the whole fruit tree is just too much for one sitting. And yes I’m aware juicing helps with weight loss, but it’s the temporary kind of weight loss and not really a good long term alternative.  Plus most juicing machines strip away and dispose of the insulin-lowering, cholesterol-lowering, cancer-fighting fiber. Now just why would you want to do that? 

Most people don’t consume a sufficient amount of fruit on a daily basis, and some of you are just eating it at the wrong time of day. If an orange gives you energy then it obviously wouldn’t be something you would eat at bed time. Breakfast seems to be the time to eat oranges, but I like to save my citrus for later in the day when sugar cravings start knocking on the door. Simply eat the orange and no more cravings!  

Breakfast should be loaded with other energy producing fruits such as strawberries, bananas, blueberries and my favorite, grape muscadines. The skin of a muscadine is known by many as having the most antioxidants of any fruit skin in the world. Talk about virus protection! I buy them in bulk in September and freeze them for my winter smoothies. And the best part, I purchase them for $1.25 per pound from a local farmer friend. 

Real organic food can actually be cheaper to purchase than the gut destroying crop dusted kind sold in most stores. You just need to familiarize yourself with your local farmers markets and most importantly, the farmers themselves. This process won’t take long, probably less time than a trip to the doctors office. 

I highly recommend organic fruit! Fruit with glyphosate (herbicide) doesn’t mix well with your healthy gut flora and basically lowers your immune system. If you need to save money for the family budget, I suggest saving it on something other than your life saving food. Just remember, food is cheaper than disease. And yes, bad food=disease!  

4. Vegetables are loaded with healthy immune system vitamins and nutrients. They are low in fat and calories and rich in fiber, minerals and vitamins. Vitamin-C and potassium are a powerhouse result of fresh organic garden vegetables. I read a dozen articles per day about how important C and potassium are and that we should take a supplement for it. NEVER! If you eat vegetables of all colors in most meals then your body won’t need a fake supplement. I’m not saying all supplements are bad or unnecessary but most of them just create what I like to call “expensive urine”. 

Consuming most green leafy vegetables, colored peppers and foods that are orange, yellow, red, green and of course my favorite–purple–will certainly boost your immune system, fight disease much easier and potentially turn you into a very healthy human being. On the flipside, eating chips, crackers and inflammatory processed snacks will only open a whole world of problems for you. Remember, you are what you eat!  

5. Honey is undoubtedly one of mother nature’s finest creations when it comes to great health! As a beekeeper myself, I know this well. Honey is chocked full of natural antiviral and antibacterial properties (antioxidants). 

Honey is a very stable food that never goes bad. It has been used for thousands of years throughout ancient times as a healing immune building source and was even found in King Tut’s tomb. He died in 1325 BC, and the honey was still edible hundreds of years later! Wow, a big difference from a food or medication with a lifespan of only a few weeks. 

Honey will not make you fat as some unfortunate misguided people may think, or even told so by a health care professional. When eaten in moderation It can even be consumed by most diabetics with superior health benefits. 

Honey is a daily go-to energy food for me.  It has been studied for generations to give  wonderful life-saving results–everything from better heart health to a great natural cough syrup. Some studies even suggest lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and lower triglycerides. 

Be aware that just because some foods are good for you doesn’t mean more is better. Honey is a good example of just that and can actually raise triglyceride levels if eaten in excess of 6-7 Tbls. daily.  And don’t worry–it is not inflammatory, but in fact quite the opposite! 

For an absolutely delicious recipe to use your honey, check out my high energy protein bars @johnrankinswayback.com. These are a treat you do not want to miss. I promise you won’t be sorry when you bite into these powerfully delicious immune system builders.        

6. Spices are one of the most powerful ways to build a healthy immune system. The kind of spices I’m talking about are not just the American originals of salt and pepper. One of the additions that has personally supercharged my immune system was the adoption of the spices in the Ayurvedic diet. This diet consists mostly of whole foods, no processed foods, and is based on Hindu Indian wellness that dates back for thousands of years–with wonderful results. 

Some of these powerful immune building spices that I eat daily (and you should too) are ginger, turmeric, pink Himalayan salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, black pepper, cardamom, fennel, cumin, coriander, mint, fenugreek, garlic, onion and cayenne (or hotter) pepper. 

Don’t let this list overwhelm you. It’s simple. You don’t need to be a famous chef to use healthy life saving herbs and spices. Without necessarily changing your whole menu, slowly start adding these ingredients into the mix and a whole new world of delicious flavors will grace you with some very powerful immune system benefits. All of these herbs and spices have similar health benefits such as anti-inflammatory effects, which in turn help to prevent disease. 

Pink Himalayan salt alone is known to be the most alkalizing food in the world. Just so you know, an alkaline body is usually a disease free body! Dr Otto Warburg won a Nobel Peace prize in 1931 for this finding. 

Another fun fact is that garlic alone saved my father’s life. You can read this very true but sad story in my book Healed by Farm. 

Don’t forget to use healthy oils when cooking with these fabulous spices. My suggestion is to throw out those nasty chemically induced processed vegetable oils and start cooking only with organic extra virgin cold pressed olive oil, coconut oil, butter and lard.  

7. Exercise is also a great immune system builder. Physical activity (especially cardio) is a great way to lower the stress hormone known as cortisol. We just happen to be living in a time in history where there is an abundant amount of stress going around, and we all know stress lowers our immune system. When left unchecked this hormone will certainly open the door for inflammation and just about any disease. 

Besides the fact that exercise can and will boost your energy, it will help with heart health, arthritis, diabetes and especially depression and much more. One thing it improves that I don’t speak of much is your sex life. And yes, both sexes! 

  If you are an avid fan of the gym then you know how well exercise kills stress in its tracks. At this time in history most of the gyms are closed nationwide due to the covid pandemic, so I highly recommend doing just as I do. Besides spending time working in my garden, I make time each week for some hiking. If the parks are closed then just hike on a quiet country road, just as I do!  Push ups, squats, running, walking, curls and even bicycling are all exercises that you can do at home. 

If you just sit on the couch during this time off then you will only lower your immunity–not something I would recommend! The point I’m making here is the very true fact that if you get your heart rate up and push a few muscles, your body will have a much greater chance of defending itself from everything from the common cold to cancer!  

8. Vitamin-D3 is one of the best immune (anti-flu) builders available, anywhere, period! And just so you know, D-3 is not a vitamin, but actually a hormone.  

You know how you always feel better after spending a day in the warm sun? Well there’s a reason for that good feeling! The earth was created as a totally holistic planet with the sun being a hot ball of fire (a star) that gives us light. Through the latest studies we find there’s much more to this light than we ever imagined. The sun breathes pure health and energy into our bodies by activating our immune system. I marvel at the way the earth was created to naturally protect its inhabitants from disease–just by standing outside! 

Now here’s where it gets tricky. Notice how many more health problems arise in the winter than in summertime. Not just the flu but many more illnesses. It’s simple math folks. No sun = more illness. More sun = less illness. In the winter most areas in the Northern Hemisphere won’t give you enough sun to even tan, much less keep our D-3 in a healthy range. 

Actually most of us have levels at the bottom of the range every winter and aren’t even aware of it. Simply have your blood tested in both summer and winter. Do this a couple of times and from then on you can usually estimate fairly correctly how much you will need to supplement. The range for D-3 is approximately 30-95.  I keep my level somewhere around 85 year-round. The only D-3 supplement I recommend is organic liquid drops that are fairly easy to find. I personally take 10,000 to 15,000 units per day in the winter. 

Most people need the extra supplement in wintertime but I also highly recommend absorbing as much as possible from organic whole foods. Some of the best sources besides the sun are cod liver oil, home rendered lard, mushrooms, fish, eggs, orange juice (sugar free) and raw grass fed dairy including cheese. 

Your levels may need more supplementing, thus the need for a simple blood test. You’re probably going to read some guidelines that tell you not to take that much D-3, but it’s your body type and the location on the map where you live that determine how much you need, not a one size fits all order from your doctor. And to make my point, most doctors will tell you you’re just fine if you are at a level of 31 because it’s in the range. In my personal opinion the bottom of the range of anything is simply not where you want your health to be.  The bottom level of normal is just not acceptable for the building of a lean, mean, disease-fighting immune system.    

9. Drinks–lots of fresh spring water is essential.  Most people stay dehydrated and hurt all the time because of it.  Adults should be drinking 3-4 quarts a day. 

There are also many good drink choices that curb the sweet tooth while building the immune system.  Be sure to only sweeten with honey or real stevia if needed.  Everything listed here is a strong antioxidant that will actually heal your body & help fight disease.

Green Tea–organic varieties only, and be careful to read the labels–look for and avoid anything that says ‘natural flavors’, which only means hidden sugars.

Some of the following recipes can be used all day long, but these also really work their magic on a virus trying to take you down.  When you feel a sore throat or a chest infection coming on, take a lot of these warm drinks all day long:

Tonic Tea

1 gallon water in large kettle

4 cinnamon sticks

2 T coriander seeds

1 T cardamom seeds

3 whole allspice

6-8 peppercorns any color

1” fresh ginger knob, sliced thin

Simmer for an hour or more until the color is rich and dark golden.  Strain into your tea cup and sweeten with 1 t honey per cup.  This is a great tonic for any kind of respiratory ailment.  It’s been known to wipe out a really bad flu in less than a day.

Keep reserved amounts in glass quart jars in the refrigerator and heat it up in a saucepan as needed.  Add the honey just at time of serving.

Simple Ginger Tea

Grate 1” knob of fresh ginger.  Pour 2 c very hot water over.  Steep for a few minutes.  Strain into a tea cup and sweeten with honey.  This burns anything out of your chest.

Medicine Tea–’emergency formula’

Fill a teacup or insulated canister with very hot water.  

Add: 

1” piece grated ginger 

1 T apple cider vinegar (label must say “with the mother”)

Juice of ½ fresh lemon 

Pinch of cayenne pepper

Strain and serve with honey to taste.

Golden Milk

2 c raw milk

1 t turmeric powder or slices of fresh

1 t cinnamon powder or 2 small sticks

Pinch black pepper

¼ t ground ginger or ½” fresh ginger sliced thin

Pinch cayenne pepper

Honey to taste

Warm all in a small saucepan over low heat.  Do not boil, as this kills the probiotics in the milk.  Strain and serve warm.

Hot Chocolate or Chocolate Milk

In small saucepan put: 

4 T raw cacao powder

2 T raw organic honey

½ c water

Simmer on low until well dissolved.  

Add 2-4 c raw milk until desired richness.  Do not allow to simmer…stop heating just when warm enough to enjoy, saving the enzymes and probiotics!

Drink warm whenever you’re craving chocolate.  Put leftover in a glass bottle and refrigerate.  Drink as a snack…a huge antioxidant boost during the day.

Fresh-Squeezed Orange Juice

Have a little every afternoon!

10. Sleep–Loss of sleep is definitely an immune system killer. There are dozens of reasons most people don’t sleep well, and most of you are clueless as to why. Unfortunately most doctors, sleep clinics, and so-called scientific studies can’t fix your sleep problems. 

I personally once had a fairly serious sleep deprivation problem. It just happened that it was for most of my life–56 years and 8 months to be exact, and I fixed it myself! Read Healed By Farm for more unbelievable but true details of this story.  

Sleepless nights can wreak havoc on our health, or is it the other way around? More often than not, insomnia is an underlying health issue related to either diet, stress (cortisol) and/or physical or mental issues. Besides making you irritable, sleeplessness can cause extremely bad health effects to your body including almost everything from decreased cognitive skills to heart disease. 

The same foods you eat that make you fat and sick are the same foods that are keeping you from sleeping well. #1 on your list is to remove processed sugar from your diet. #2 is to remove all monosodium glutamate (MSG). And before you respond to this just take a quick look at yourself in the mirror. If you see your body looking much heavier than when you were 20 years old, then you are more than likely getting a fair amount of these dangerous inflammatory chemicals into your diet. 

You may think these products are not in your food, but unless you are a professional at reading food labels, you are totally unaware how these poisons are hidden into processed foods. The word alone (processed) should give a hint about its inability to be healthy. 

When you have inflamed knuckles or swollen legs, it becomes impossible to get a good night’s sleep. Companies have made billions of dollars selling gut-destroying medications for a fake so-called disease called restless leg syndrome. The only syndrome in this scenario are the guys making the billions, over and over again all while you suffer physically, mentally and more than likely, financially! Restless leg syndrome is quite simply caused by inflammation from eating the wrong foods. 

If you are eating boxed, bagged or canned products, it is most likely you are being misled. Several university studies agree that processed sugar is 8 times more addictive than cocaine, and MSG is an excitotoxin and a neurotoxin. Both are extremely dangerous, cause total inflammation, and keep you awake and miserable at night. 

I have a very healthy sugar-free protein bar recipe and a pure chocolate recipe available for free @johnrankinswayback.com.  Both are out of this world delicious and will help you steer away from the foods that are causing your insomnia and lowering your immune system. You know, the immune system that will help keep viruses away, like covid-19!  

I honestly taught myself how to quit eating the horribly addictive ingredients.  I got a clear mind and great health back, and now sleep like a baby. I can teach these truths to you too. 

I invite you to read my book Healed by Farm to learn much more. It’s a fascinating, sad, funny and true story that I wrote after four and a half decades of research and a life changing experience you would never want to relive. My sincere passion in all that I do is to help others achieve the excellent health that you once had when you were young. Please follow me on this journey and let me help you. It’s what I do best!    

GET AND STAY HEALTHY AMERICA!

~John Rankin~

Have you given much thought as to why the major medical companies are now looking into immune system cures for everything from cancer to Alzheimer’s disease? I totally agree with them 100%: the immune system can cure a lot of ills.

It’s very obvious that pre-20th century human health was much better than it is today. Most American diseases didn’t exist in our society until the introduction of un-natural man-made food additives such as: hydrogenated oils, refined sugars, monosodium glutamate, food dyes, preservatives and much more.

Would you like it if we could possibly prevent Covid-19 or any other disease in our bodies by simply changing a few small things in our way of eating? And what if we could actually lose unwanted body fat (along with the diseases it causes) during the same simple process? Does this sound too easy? It might be possible to reach this state of excellent health by building a healthy immune system on your own, without chemical medications mixed with your once healthy food.

Most of us are quickly becoming aware that a healthy immune system begins in the gut. That’s right, the food you eat can determine a healthy immune system, or not! Fairly new science has discovered that approximately 80% of the human immune system originates in the gut so the old saying, “you are what you eat” is actually a reality.

So how does this immune system building work? It involves such things as shopping for fresh produce at farmers markets, growing, cooking, fermenting and consuming live food. One of the extra benefits of my way of eating is that you will enjoy extremely tasty food while shedding dangerous body fat at the same time!.

This lifestyle plan has worked for me and given me back my perfect health as evidenced in my very low body fat percentage, extreme energy like a kid again, and very youthful blood tests results. My successful discoveries are what inspired me to share my healthy living program (30 day meal plan included) with as many true health seekers as possible.

My book “Healed by Farm” has all the tools you need to get started on your own healthy journey, starting now!!

My incredible journey has given me perfect health, and I believe without a doubt that it will work for you too!

JOHN

Truths to Consider about Diabetes

What’s the worst thing about diabetes? Is it the fact that you have to stab yourself with horrific pain-inducing needles–every day– forever?

Is it the tremendous amount of extra weight (body fat) most type-2 diabetics carry with them?

What about the struggles of the pancreas to make enough insulin for the body to even function…or the ups and downs of insulin that send a human body into shock, (or worse). You may think the insulin shots are available just so that diabetics can eat any kind of poison they want!

Being a diabetic is not nearly as much fun as those television advertisements seem to portray. Believe me, I’ve interviewed plenty of good folks who are suffering from autoimmune diseases, and they tell me it’s anything but fun.

Some diabetics take the situation for granted, assuming it’s no big deal. They just pop a pill or take a shot and everything will magically be okay again.

Sadly, this is the situation happening all around us even as we speak!  Insulin imbalance could just as easily mean death, so it is a big deal. In my professional opinion, a body that does not make insulin is equivalent to the lungs not breathing air. Both can kill you.

If you get the diagnosis of diabetes, do you think you will ever be able to just walk away from it?

Have you ever noticed what people look like in foreign countries where diabetes is almost nonexistent? Most have very lean bodies with very little body fat. So you might ask yourself: what do these healthy lean people do differently than those in the western world where we live, where autoimmune diseases run rampant?

Whatever it is, wouldn’t you want some of what they have? Doesn’t it make sense to just do what they do?

My belief is that we don’t ever have to reinvent the wheel. We should just do what people in the more healthy countries do, eating foods straight from Mother Earth. It’s my belief that this is what our ancestors did to stay extremely healthy.

Most university studies agree and have proven that processed sugar is eight times more addictive than cocaine. That’s a fairly powerful addiction to a single product that is responsible for so many autoimmune diseases, diabetes included.

The first case of diabetes was discovered in 1674 by the British doctor, Thomas Willis. If scientists in the medical field have been trying to cure diabetes for all the 347 years since then without success, it’s not likely going to happen, at least not in that way!

(And just as a note, processed sugar just happened to be available 347 years ago!)

Eat as I do, the John Rankin Way, choosing a lifestyle the same as my ancestors ate before food was corrupted.

I have spent 4 ½ decades learning the truth about real food and great health and have taken the guesswork out of it for you. I invite you to take a look at what I have learned. My studies have shown me everything I need to know to have an extremely healthy body. Living this way has changed my life to experience new highs in health, and I believe these truths will do the same for you.

I have assembled an amazingly healthy and disease-fighting 30-day meal plan included with my new book Healed by Farm. You can get on the same track as I’m on: the fast track to wellness. I encourage you to look for my book and meal plan at johnrankinswayback.com.

~John Rankin

There’s a reason your precious little Fluffy’s weight and health is less than perfect during the holiday season, every year! And also there is a reason why humans feel frustration from the same results, every year!

We all have partaken of foods and drinks that compromise our health unaware. Sometimes your conscience or the people who care about you will say, “you are going to kill yourself if you keep eating that.” I think you know exactly what I mean.

We are what we eat. There’s plenty of proof that this statement is very true. After 4 ½ decades of passionate and dedicated research, I have my own truthful information on why people become overweight and sick. I also have the same perspective on why your beloved pets are becoming chubby and sick, and the cause is, surprisingly, the exact same issues.

When you consume refined and processed foods that damage your body, the result is immediate weight gain all the while you are loading your body with inflammatory ingredients in almost every meal you eat. And most likely at the same time, you are offering inflammation and poisoning foods to your own pet, unknowingly of course!

That’s right, little Fluffy’s current weight gain or illness wasn’t caused by accident. It was caused by what you feed him. Again, I’m not putting blame on you.         After all if you are like most folks, you would certainly do anything possible to keep your pet healthy and happy.

The problem is not you or Fluffy. The problem is the marketing of very addictive refined food.

Many only feed their pets what they eat themselves. Are you starting to get the picture? Pet food manufacturers usually load pet food with less than healthy ingredients–the same ones that are included in your food, like MSG. The most common factor in both is explained with one word: addiction. That’s what food manufacturers do best–addict you to their products (toxic actually) so you will keep coming back for

more, forever! At the same time, little Fluffy becomes addicted, and sick.

I know you have questions, and I have answers for you…many answers that make sense! Unfortunately most pets are fed leftovers from dinner, your leftovers–the same food that more than likely is making you overweight and sick!

How would you like to become extremely lean and healthy, and give the same results to your pets, while still eating your very own food? If you can get your own weight and health in order, then it’s quite possible you can help your pets also. And I can help you with that!

This is my passion and my mission in life. What works for you will work for your prized pet. Don’t let anyone tell you differently, that animals and humans are different.

I know what I am talking about: poison is poison, and I will teach you how to wise up to discover how to avoid these bad choices made in innocence and ignorance of the present day market reality!

Everything I teach is true–nothing more, nothing less! You can get this information in my new book Healed by Farm at johnrankinswayback.com. Fluffy will thank you, and you’ll like what you see in the mirror in just a short time from now. Blessings to you and yours, and to all your dear beloved pets who deserve only the best you can offer them.

Just seeing the words home-brewed on a food product makes one automatically assume the product is something that is probably healthy. If you are one who seeks to eat wisely, this might give a sense of comfort, thinking that by partaking you will be further down the road to greater health.

Truth in labeling and truth about really great health can be miles apart. When it comes to becoming or staying well, you need to know the difference.

How many times have you had an illness that no matter what natural products you ingested, applied, sprayed, etc., you were still sick days later? Well no more, as I have a remedy for you!

Brewing your own remedy might just be the easiest, cheapest and healthiest way to take care of your family during flu and virus season, without any side effects! (And with a bonus of not having to stand in a drug store line with dozens of other sick people, coughing!)

When the flu infects your body, it usually hits fast. One of the major complications of that infection is inflammation. Sinus cavities, esophagus, lungs and all your airways shrink. Breathing becomes a chore. Your heart beats under higher pressure. And your liver struggles to empty your body of the toxins that have invaded it.

Would you like to naturally and permanently rid your body of these problems? Live the John Rankin’s Way where prevention is the cure! Being well is a much nicer and easier way of living than being sick and having to fight off infections and diseases.

I know this is true for myself. I haven’t been sick in many, many years, not since discovering the way to excellent, consistently great health and faithfully living by these truths. So do what I do, and skip right past all the usual misery of the flu season!

I have many healthy recipes in my wellness arsenal. For the flu/virus infections, I invite you to try something that works great for my family and friends, and that should help you too.

My first tip is to stay away from other sick people. Then drink lots of this home-brewed anti-inflammation tea. Lastly, get ready to feel much better. This is a simple (but proven) tasty medicinal drink to help get you up and going when you’re down with the flu.

JOHN’S VIRUS/FLU-FIGHTING TEA RECIPE

Place a gallon of spring water in a large pot. Add ½ # ginger root sliced thin.

Add ½ # turmeric root sliced thin.

Add cardamom seeds from 10-12 cardamom pods, crushed. (or use the whole crushed pod too, since we will strain this when done.) Add 5-cinnamon sticks.

Add the juice of 2 lemons.

Add a small handful of fresh mint leaves. My favorite is spearmint.

Place the lid on the pot and cook this brew on low heat for up to 2 hours, stirring every 15-20 minutes.

You will need 3 or 4 quart jars. Add 6-8 tablespoons (about ½ cup) of local honey (know the beekeeper) to each of your jars.

Pour your fresh pot full of wonderful tasting home-brewed elixir through a strainer into each jar while still warm.

Cap and shake until honey is dissolved. Drink warm or refrigerate.

Drink at least a cup full in the morning and again in the evening. Drinking it all day long is not a problem if needed.

I have 4 ½ decades of research and a life experience that has allowed me to be extremely healthy and to help others find and stay on the right path to excellent health as well. I sincerely care about you and the health of your family.

I hope this message will help you and your family to use a more holistic approach to health. Start right now, and never stop living as close as possible to the natural gifts of our beautiful earth.

You can find more of my healthy recipes along with the exciting story of my journey…all available now in my new book “Healed by Farm’’ @johnrankinsway.com. Be well!

You’re going to do it. You know it will happen. So why does a large percentage of the Western world (including you) eat inflammatory weight gaining foods during the holidays? The kind that keeps them bloated with bad health? Most do this every year with the knowledge that after the crystal ball falls on New Year’s Eve, they will (again) wish they had eaten healthier, but couldn’t.

Most folks do this every year for a lifetime. Would you be interested in learning how to break this healthy cells-ravaging cycle? I might just be able to show you how in my extremely informative new book Healed by Farm. It only takes a short time to learn the johnrankinsway.

For those of you who need a little help getting through the holidays and keeping your health intact, I recommend the following10 easy to do but very important things that will keep your gut healthier, your inflammation lower, your immune system stronger and your weight lower, even if you haven’t changed your eating habits just yet and still eat terribly!

  1. Upon rising each morning drink a minimum 8 oz. water, even before your feet hit the floor. A human body is dehydrated after 8 hrs. of sleep. This will re-hydrate your organs such as kidneys, bladder, colon and liver– all while flushing out the bad toxins you ate the night before. The more you drink, the healthier you become. Water is cheap, so try some!
  2. Deep breathing. Take 10 deep breathes, half thru your mouth and half through your nose. Exhale slowly. Breath extremely deep into your lungs to the point you feel them expand. Do this 2-3 times daily for oxygenated muscles and a faster metabolism, which will give you much more energy for any activity. And it makes you feel great!
  3. Enjoy a daily fresh-squeezed lemonade to help reverse an acidic body from an overdose of processed holiday foods. This happens when the lemon metabolizes into a great alkaline food source. It should help to keep inflammation and weight down. For sweetening, use only a pure stevia with no other ingredients on the bottle, no maltodextrin or dextrose labeling, none, just stevia! Squeeze 1 lemon in a quart of pure water and sip all day long, every day!
  4. Keep your vitamin-D 3 level at around 85-90. (A simple blood test will reveal your level.) Some people take 10,000 to 15,000 units daily to achieve this level, especially in the winter. If needed, get this from organic liquid drops and not hard pills or capsules. This should do the trick to help keep your immune system in overdrive protecting you from disease, even while eating poorly chosen foods.
  5. Get some exercise. Even during the holidays, you need to move your body. Something such as hurrying up a hill or some yoga-type extreme stretching a couple times daily will keep your heart and muscles pumped full of healthy blood and oxygen. This takes 3 easy minutes, so do it in the morning and also before bedtime for a better night’s
  6. Spend time outdoors as often as possible…even a short time is better than not at all. This reconnects you to nature and allows your body to breathe in all of the healthy bacteria and viruses that are meant to pump- up our immune systems, naturally! It’s Mother Nature’s way!
  7. Steep and drink ginger, turmeric and cardamom tea once daily, swapping out occasionally with a healthy green tea. Make this with a couple of ginger and turmeric root slices the size of a quarter each and 1⁄8 tsp crushed green cardamom. Steep all this in 12-16 oz. pure hot water under 155 degrees. A tablespoon of pure local honey would add a little extra good health along with delicious taste
  8. Keep some healthy finger foods at your fingertips. Use olive oil on vegetables in place of processed ranch dressing. Go for the watermelon first (very alkalizing) if available on party trays and be sure to include nuts and seeds in your
  9. Study something everyday that will greatly improve your life, like my new book Healed By Farm. This will make a big difference in the way you think, eat, and feel, plus give you intense motivation to make healthier food choices
  10. Getting a good night’s sleep could be your best friend. 8 hours is best for most. Slow down the evening sugars and caffeine by 7pm so that a good rest is possible. My favorite evening medicine is a glass of raw milk at

Are you interested in becoming extremely lean and healthy? If so, read on and decide for yourself what’s the best way. No pressure here, just lots of healthy real truthful guidance that is sure to improve your life.

Almost daily we hear someone tell us about the newest greatest diet plan. You know, the one that everyone in town is trying. You may even try that plan for yourself. Why not, everyone is doing it so it must work, right? But why would you even consider it? Didn’t you try last year’s greatest plan, and the year before that?

If you’re like most trusting Americans, I’m guessing that you have tried every so-called diet plan since the very birth of diet plans. So why do you keep doing something that’s really never worked for you? Maybe because it’s culturally popular and you are afraid you will be left out if the newest diet plan actually works.

My guess is that the powerful marketing scheme accompanied with the new plan convinced you to try it…the same marketing plan that convinced all of your friends to try it. The same friends that told you how great it would be, because someone else told them, but of course that person heard it from someone else! So then that settles it, it must be the mother of all diet plans!

That’s how mass marketing works and it has absolutely nothing to do with losing weight and improving your health, It usually goes something like this: marketing team 100 you 0! More often than not most people who buy into these plans end-up fatter and sicker than they were when they started. That’s how these plans are designed to work. Why you say? So that you will keep coming back for more year after year. That’s their exact plan and it works, just not for you!

You don’t possibly think they want to lose you as a permanent customer do you? I would love to lose you as a customer. That would mean I did my job, and did it well! That’s actually my intention, with all my heart I want to help you just like so many others that have followed my way!

Almost every adult we know has tried dieting as a fast and healthy fix at least once in their life. The only problem is that most of these nonsense (less than honest) fads don’t, won’t, and never will work.

They only help to hurt your health, not to mention the tens of billions of dollars spent annually by consumers for these dangerous products that don’t work!

You’re better off investing your money elsewhere. Many diet plans include high doses of caffeine and similar chemically induced products. Caffeine is considered an excitotoxin and is designed to speed up your body. The problem with this speedy heart rate substance is that it usually causes irregular heart rates and also over excites your brain neurons and can kill them. If that’s not enough reason to stay clear of these famous movie star endorsed plans, it can also cause irreversible thyroid problems and raise cortisol (stress hormone) levels. What happens when cortisol levels rise in your body? Yes weight gain…the very thing you were trying to rid yourself of in the first place!

Some of the most popular diets include the centuries old self induced diarrhea plan. Most of these products promise 15 pounds off in two days. But here’s where it gets tricky! These diets include ingredients that empty your bowels and cleanses the inner lining of bacteria. The problem with this kind of living is there can be some horrific long term effects. These diets greatly deplinish your healthy gut flora also. This could be the beginning of leaky gut (disease) for you. Yes you temporarily lose weight after sitting on the toilet for half of the

day. The summary is that you have stomach cramps, dehydration, and low energy all weekend as your immune system crashes to a new low.

Self induced dehydration and emptying your body of all healthy nutrients is not my way of becoming lean and healthy. When Monday morning rolls around and you start eating again, the 15 pounds comes right back on, plus a few more! This happens because your suppressed thyroid and liver are screaming for sugar and other weight gaining carbohydrates! And that’s where the addiction continues. Be aware that the 15 pounds was water (your hydration) and poop, not body fat.

Another not so good side effect from this dangerous fad diet is that some of the weight you lose is healthy muscle. There is simply no good (healthy) reason to force your body into something this damaging just so you can fit into last year’s jeans, for a weekend.

I have a completely different outlook on losing weight and becoming extremely healthy. It’s a tried and true way, the only way that works and is sustainable for life. John Rankin’s Way Back consists of eating real food that you cook, and plenty of it.

Eating delicious food until you’re full may seem somewhat unorthodox in the world we live in today, but actually we live in a very healthy world. We live in the same world as our healthy ancestors but unfortunately we don’t eat like them. There are many reasons why: marketing, addiction, economics etc.

I invite you to let me guide you to eat like we did back in a healthier time in history. I’ll help you become a lean and healthy person while eating delicious foods, not diet food! Follow me along on this journey. Hopefully it won’t be your last journey, but it will be your longest.

John

I am John Rankin, a “natural health guru” with years of proven results. I am not a medical doctor, but I firmly believe in using natural methods alongside the treatments of doctors and pharmacies. Many natural methods have worked for me and have improved my health.

Our world has continued to progress despite medical rough spots, like the plague and the flu epidemic early in the last century. We will get through the current pandemic of coronavirus, or COVID-19, as well.

All of us worry about our health and the health of our family members, neighbors and friends during the spread of COVID-19. I believe my years of study of Mother Nature’s offerings can give to us some winning solutions, using natural means, to keep ourselves healthy and resistant to the worst virus to hit our planet in 100 years.

It’s obvious at this time in history all of us are afraid we are going to get sick, if we haven’t already been sick, with this killer COVID-19 virus. I am not advocating violating the social distancing rules and I do not advocate abandoning a mask, but I have a completely different take on health and staying alive and well.

Let’s take a look at this.

We are all staying at home in order to stay safe and not get sick. But isn’t home usually the place we go when we are sick? Sounds confusing, doesn’t it, but the medical experts have decided quarantining the world, short of a medical cure, is the only way to fully eradicate this demon in our society. Everyone is staying inside to hide from the virus, which in the end may be all for naught.

Sadly, in the process of avoiding infection, world economies are being destroyed at the hands of the feared virus. We are practicing physical distancing with the intention of being saved from this dreadful disease.

We can flatten the curves, wear masks, draw new graphs and stay out of harm’s way all day long, but it appears to me this demon will still exist, only to rebound back into our communities just as fast as it left.

A good example of this was the 1918 flu pandemic. The world let their guard down after the first round, then a second blast of the flu killed millions more in the fall of that year.

In my opinion, staying locked up at home hiding behind our curtains sounds like we are waiting to hear the bombs blasting in our neighborhood during wartime. We are hoping one doesn’t hit us while in our home. That’s surely not the technique we want to use to save ourselves and our loved ones, and certainly doesn’t appear to be the best way to prevent illness.

Running from the bad guys has never been a winning strategy, in my view.

It seems everyone in the healthcare industry assumes they have the latest and most wonderful plan. I don’t know about you, but I am not comforted by the approach of simply taking experimental and probably dangerous medications and staying at home indefinitely while the economy and our futures are sinking. That’s not a very healthy approach. This sort of a plan technically could work, but only if 100 percent of the world’s population stayed indoors. They’re not. The bottom line for that plan appears to be somewhat useless in the long run. And we also must realize there are unknown side effects, such as gut problems, caused by dangerous medications.

All of the declarations and mobilizations deemed necessary by our leaders may help, but will not save us from an invisible virus pandemic.

If you look at this simple plan, I believe my study of natural ways could show you how you can save your own body. “How,” you say? Keep reading and by the time you finish this explanation of methods I have successfully taught for years, all over the world, you will have a whole new vision on life — a healthy new life.

As we examine 10 steps to protect ourselves, we must realize the most important way to battle any disease, (including this virus), is by having a healthy immune system. Most people have always been aware of this but really never quite know what that means nor have they seen it in action. Why? Because most Americans don’t have healthy immune systems.

Most of humankind has been programmed to believe the only way to fix a medical problem is to take a man-made synthetic medication. Our goal is to never have the medical problem to begin with.

The power of the human immune system is totally overlooked in today’s society. About 85 percent of the immune system is in the gut, and a healthy gut will prevent many diseases.

If you follow these guidelines, your life will be healthier and the body will ward off or minimize the effect of a deadly virus. Some of the advice may seem new or unorthodox at first, but just follow along and reap the good fortune.

Let’s examine the 10 steps:

1. Raw dairy is one of the fastest ways on the planet to help build the human immune system. Yes, unpasteurized milk, cheese, butter and yogurt. When you drink a glass of raw milk, your gut flora becomes saturated with billions of healthy bacteria. This is great news for those with Crohn’s disease and irritable bowel disease. The extremely healthy probiotics in raw dairy could possibly be the only relief you’ll ever need to help with those intestinal problems. Basically, pills can possibly kill healthy gut flora and raw dairy restores it. I know from personal experience and the experience of others these real enzymes Mother Nature put here on earth are for human consumption and wonderful health has been achieved through the consumption of it for thousands of years. Things like higher testosterone levels to excellent thyroid health have occurred in my own body from drinking raw milk. State-by-state you will find different laws for the distribution of raw dairy. Most states allow it to be sold from private farmers (see realmilkfinder.com). For those of you who are concerned about E. coli, you are 18 times more likely to come in contact with it from store-bought spinach. Don’t be afraid to search out good health from a super immune system builder such as raw dairy, so check out my raw kefir (milk) story at rankinsway.com. Raw milk has every vitamin known to mankind and all 21 essential amino acids.

2. Fermented foods such as homemade salt brine kimchi will certainly give your body some extremely healthy probiotics and prebiotics. Just the word kimchi intimidates some Westerners because it’s thought to be some ancient weird hard-to-make Asian food. It is Asian and it’s ancient, but it’s easy to make and should be in your arsenal against disease. I personally consume it daily and enjoy extremely good gut health from it. Kimchi is also well known for its superior weight loss benefits as well as better heart health, less cancer, lower cholesterol and less infections through less inflammation. You will naturally have better overall wellness when you have healthy bacteria and probiotics in your body, basically slowing down the aging process. There’s a reason all of those Asian folks are still walking around at 100 years of age. Salt brine fermentation is simple. Chop up veggies and place them in a quart jar of pure water (no chlorine or fluoride) with 1-1/2 tablespoons of pink Himalayan salt and let it sit on the counter top for three weeks. The end result will be a lifetime of excellent health for you and your loved ones. Watch my how-to video at rankinsway.com to learn more about how easy it is to make this life changing food.

3. Fruits are great for your immune system and have tons of hydration, fiber and healthy polyphenols and flavonols (antioxidants). They are full of healthy nutrients like vitamin C, potassium, manganese, magnesium, zinc, B-vitamins, folate and, of course, fiber. These are all immune system builders and are necessary for the prevention of disease and could assist you to avoid the severe effects of COVID-19. I’m not the biggest fan of juicing simply because most so-called juice experts recommend way too much fruit for one meal. Your body does have a glycemic index and the whole fruit tree is just too much for one sitting. Yes, I’m aware juicing helps with weight loss but it’s the temporary kind of weight loss and not really a good long-term alternative. Most juicing machines strip away and dispose of the insulin-metabolizing, cholesterol-lowering and cancer-fighting fiber. Now just why would you want to do that? Most people don’t consume a sufficient amount of fruit on a daily basis and some are just eating it at the wrong time of day. If an orange gives you energy, then it obviously wouldn’t be something you would eat at bed time. Breakfast seems to be the time to eat oranges, but I like to save citrus for later in the day when sugar cravings start knocking on the door. Breakfast should be loaded with other energy producing fruits such as strawberries, bananas, blueberries and my favorite, grape muscadines. The skin of a muscadine is known by many as having the most antioxidants of any fruit skin in the world. Real organic food can actually be cheaper to purchase than gut-destroying crop-dusted produce.

4. Vegetables are loaded with healthy immune system vitamins and nutrients. They are low in fat and calories but rich in fiber, minerals and vitamins. Vitamin C and potassium are a powerhouse result of fresh garden organic vegetables. If you eat vegetables of all colors in most meals then your body won’t need many supplements. I’m not saying all supplements are bad or unnecessary. Consuming most green leafy vegetables, colored peppers and foods that are orange, yellow, red, green and purple will certainly boost your immune system to fight disease easier and potentially turn you into a very healthy human being. Eating chips, crackers and inflammatory processed snacks will only open a whole world of health problems.

5. Honey is one of Mother Nature’s finest creations when it comes to great health. It is chock-full of natural antiviral and antibacterial properties. It is a very stable food that never goes bad. It has been used for thousands of years throughout ancient times as a healing immune-building source and was even found in King Tut’s tomb. He died in 1325 BC, and the honey was still edible hundreds of years later. Honey will not make you fat and can even be consumed in moderation by many diabetics. Honey is a daily go-to energy food and has been studied for generations with wonderful life-saving results – everything from better heart health to a great alternative to cough syrup. Some studies even suggest using honey results in lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol and triglycerides. Always keep in mind just because a food is good for you, it doesn’t mean more is better. Honey is a good example as it can raise triglyceride levels. You would have to eat in excess of six or seven tablespoons of it daily to have that adverse effect. For an absolutely delicious recipe for use of honey, check out my high energy protein bars at rankinsway.com.

6. Spices are one of the most powerful ways to build a healthy immune system. The kinds of spices I’m talking about are not just the American originals that consist of only salt and pepper. One of the changes that has helped supercharge my own immune system is adoption of the Ayurvedic diet to the daily food intake. This diet consists mostly of whole foods and no processed foods and is based on Hindu Indian wellness that dates back for thousands of years. Some of the powerful immune-building spices are ginger, turmeric, pink Himalayan salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, black pepper, cardamom, fennel, cumin, coriander, mint, fenugreek, garlic, onion and cayenne (or hotter) pepper. Don’t let the list overwhelm you. It’s simple. You don’t need to be a famous chef to use healthy, life-saving herbs and spices without changing your whole menu. Slowly start adding these ingredients into the mix and you will be serving the family a whole new world of delicious flavors, with immune system benefits included. All of these herbs and spices have similar health benefits, such as anti-inflammatory effects, which in turn help prevent disease. Pink Himalayan salt alone is known to be the most alkalizing food in the world. An alkaline body is usually a disease-free body; Dr. Otto Warburg won a Nobel peace prize in 1931 for that finding. Don’t forget to use healthy (no vegetable) oils when cooking with these spices. Start cooking with organic extra virgin cold-pressed olive oil, coconut oil, butter and lard.

7. Exercise is also a great immune system builder. Physical activity (especially cardio) is a great way to lower the stress hormone known as cortisol. We just happen to be living in a time in history where there is an abundant amount of stress going around and we all know stress lowers our immune system. This hormone, when left unchecked, will open the door for inflammation and just about any disease. Exercise will boost your energy and help with heart health, arthritis, diabetes, depression and your sex life with your partner. If you are an avid fan of the gym then you know exercise kills stress in its tracks. With most gyms closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, try making and working a garden or taking a hike. If the parks are closed, just hike on a quiet country road. Push-ups, squats, running, walking, curls and even bicycling are exercises you can do at home. If you just sit on the couch, then you will only lower your immunity.

8. Vitamin D3 is one of the best immune builders available, anywhere, period. In reality, D3 is not a vitamin but a hormone. You know how you always feel better after spending a day in the warm sun? There’s a reason. The earth was created as a totally holistic planet with the sun being a hot, fiery star that gives us light. There’s much more to this light than we ever imagined. The sun breathes pure health and energy into our bodies by activating our immune system. More health problems arise in the winter than in summer. There is an explanation: No sun equals more illness. In the winter many areas won’t have enough sunshine to keep our D3 in a healthy range. Most of us have levels at the bottom of the range every winter and aren’t even aware of it. Simply have your blood tested in both summer and winter and your doctor can tell you how much to supplement the D3. My personal preference is organic liquid drops that are fairly easy to find. In addition to a supplement, get as much D3 as possible from organic whole foods. Some of the best sources, besides the sun, are from cod liver oil, home-rendered lard, mushrooms, fish, eggs, sugar free orange juice and raw grass-fed dairy, including cheese. I personally take 10,000 to 15,000 units per day in the winter. Yours may differ and that is the need for a simple blood test.

9. Drink lots of fresh water, preferably spring water. Most people don’t drink enough water and stay dehydrated – and hurt all the time because of it. Adults should be drinking up to three or four quarts a day. There are many good drink choices that curb the sweet tooth while building the immune system (no colas). Be sure to only sweeten with honey or real stevia if needed. Everything listed here is a strong antioxidant that actually help heal your body and helps fight disease.

Green Tea – organic varieties only, and be careful to read the labels, looking for “natural flavors,” which only means hidden sugars.

Some of the following recipes could work their magic on a virus trying to take you down. When you feel a sore throat or a chest infection coming on, take a lot of these warm drinks all day long:

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Tonic Tea

Ingredients

  • 1 gallon water in large kettle
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tbsp cardamon seeds
  • 3 whole allspice
  • 6-8 peppercorns any color
  • 1 inch fresh ginger knob, sliced thin

Instructions

  • Simmer for an hour or more until the color is rich and dark golden.
  • Strain into your tea cup and sweeten with 1 teaspoon honey per cup.

Notes

This is a great tonic for any kind of respiratory ailment.  It’s also reputed to wipe out a really bad flu in less than a day. Keep reserved amounts in glass quart jars in the refrigerator and heat it up in a saucepan as needed.  Add the honey just at time of serving.
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Simple Ginger Tea

Ingredients

  • 1 knob fresh ginger

Instructions

  • Grate 1 inch knob of fresh ginger.
  • Pour 2 cups very hot water over.  Steep for a few minutes.
  • Strain into a tea cup and sweeten with honey.

Notes

This is reputed to burn anything out of your chest.
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Medicine Tea "Emergency Formula"

Ingredients

  • 1 inch piece grated ginger
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar (with the "mother")
  • juice of 1/2 fresh lemon
  • pinch of cayenne pepper

Instructions

  • Fill a teacup with very hot water, add ingredients.
  • Strain and serve with honey to taste.
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Golden Milk

Ingredients

  • 2 c raw milk
  • 1 tsp tumeric powder or slices of fresh
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder or 2 small sticks
  • pinch black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger or 1/2" fresh ginger sliced thin
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • honey to taste

Instructions

  • Warm all in small saucepan over low heat. (Do not boil, as this kills the probiotics in the milk.)
  • Strain and serve warm.
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Hot Chocolate or Chocolate Milk

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 2 tbsp raw organic honey
  • 1/2 c water

Instructions

  • Simmer on low until well dissolved.  
  • Add 2-4 cups raw milk until desired richness.  Do not allow to simmer; stop heating just when warm enough to enjoy, saving the enzymes and probiotics. 

Notes

Drink warm whenever you’re craving chocolate.  Put leftover in a glass bottle and refrigerate.  Drink as a snack for a huge antioxidant boost during the day.

Fresh-Squeezed Orange Juice
Have a little every afternoon.

10. Sleep deprivation is definitely an immune system killer. There are dozens of reasons most people don’t sleep well and most of us are clueless as to why. Unfortunately most doctors, sleep clinics and scientific studies can’t fix your sleep problems. I personally had a fairly serious sleep deprivation problem for most of my life, 56 years and 8 months to be exact. I fixed it myself. Sleepless nights can wreak havoc on our health. More often than not insomnia is an underlying health issue related to either diet, stress (cortisol) and/or physical or mental issues. Besides making you irritable, sleeplessness can cause extremely bad health effects to your body, including almost everything from decreased cognitive skills to heart disease. The same foods that make you fat and sick are the foods that are keeping you from sleeping well. The first step on your route to correct this is to remove processed sugar from your diet. Second, eliminate monosodium glutamate (MSG). You may think these products are not in your food, but the label listings are written to confuse when they are hidden in processed foods. The word “processed” should be a clue the item is not healthy. When you have inflamed knuckles or swollen legs, it becomes impossible to get a good night’s sleep. Companies have made billions of dollars selling, for example, gut destroying medications for restless leg syndrome. Now a growing number of people believe it is simply inflammation from eating the wrong foods. If you are eating boxed, bagged or canned products, it is most likely you are being misled. Several university studies agree processed sugar is eight times more addictive than cocaine and MSG is an excitotoxin and a neurotoxin. Both may be dangerous, cause inflammation and keep you awake at night. Try a sugar-free protein bar and free chocolate recipe at the site rankinsway.com. It will help you steer away from the foods causing your insomnia and lowering your immune system. A healthy immune system will help keep viruses away.

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