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How Parasites Contribute to Autoimmunity

If you have been diagnosed with an autoimmune condition or experience chronic aches and pains, it is worthwhile to consider that you may also have an underlying parasitic infection.

In my 12 years of clinical experience, I have found that most people suffering from autoimmune or chronic conditions — including but not limited to multiple sclerosis, migraines, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, obesity, and irritable bowels — are carrying unseen invaders that are wreaking havoc with their immune system. Unfortunately, there is only so much better one can get without clearing out the parasites.

Christa Beigler and I spoke in depth about how parasites can contribute to autoimmune and other chronic conditions on The Less Stressed Life podcast

Click here to listen: 
Did it make you wonder if parasites could be contributing to your personal health issues? Book a free Naturopathic Assessment with me to see if a parasite protocol could change your life!

Are Thyroid Issues Related to Inflammation?

Reader Question: Have other hypothyroid / Hashimoto’s people done your protocols and seen improvements in their symptoms?

Answer: Yes! You may want to listen to this Thyroid Answers podcast where I talk a lot about thyroid issues with Dr. Eric Balcavage, or this episode of Save My Thyroid with Dr. Eric Osansky.

I believe that most symptoms are due to inflammation. Therefore, most symptoms will recede or disappear simply by reducing inflammation and eliminating inflammatory triggers.

Sounds simple, doesn’t it? But if wondering where and how to start is keeping you paralyzed from overwhelm and confusion, then it’s time to join my Inflammation Connection Community!

Check out this Guide or this Page to learn more about how joining this community could literally change your life, and then join us in the SLEUTH level or above for access to weekly Wednesday Wellness coaching sessions and targeted solutions for addressing inflammation from Hashimoto’s, Graves Disease, or other thyroid or inflammatory issues!

Want some direction about the right program level for you? See the FAQs or book a complimentary Naturopathic Health Assessment with me here to talk it over!

Clear Lungs and Sinus Naturally with a Nebulizer

Got a lingering cough that just won’t go away? Can’t breathe through your nose? Or even a wet, croupy cough with episodes of violent coughing that you can’t seem to stop? Try using a nebulizer and witness the healing magic of steam.

I have become a huge fan of my little nebulizer and am not sure how I survived without it. Use with a vial of hypertonic saline 7%, turn it on, and breathe. It’s that simple.

Hypertonic saline is salt water clean and pure enough to be safe for inhalation. Don’t use tap water or even bottled water in a nebulizer. Other things I like to use in my nebulizer are 3% hydrogen peroxide (the normal kind sold in any drugstore) for it’s anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties (yes, this is safe to do!), and sometimes a drop or two of essential oils of eucalyptus or frankensense. Eucalyptus has amazing lung-clearing powers and I often like to add a few drops to a hot bath, a vaporizer, or a diffuser.

Today I ran into someone with the lingering cough of long-haul syndrome, and a nebulizer was top on my list of recommendations! I think it is an essential item for the medicine cabinet in every home, and especially in homes with children. Using a nebulizer can replace medicinal cough syrups with questionable ingredients for sick kids without any risk of side effects. It is a safe way to help older adults clear fluids from their lungs at home as salt water (saline) draws excess fluid out of tissues gently.

Excellent for clearing cold and flu symptoms, surviving seasonal allergies, or even for shaking away brain fog, you may use a nebulizer multiple times daily or as needed. I have clients who use it every day after waking to help themselves breathe easily all day long without taking pharmaceuticals to suppress allergies.

You can order a nebulizer from my store here, or find one yourself. I recommend getting one that can charge through a USB cord rather than have to rely on batteries.

Have you tried using a nebulizer? Let me know in the comments below!

How Many Veggies In a Glorious One-Pot Meal?

Reader question: Hi Elizabeth! Thank you for your talk last week at the over 50 summit. I’m a BLE eater and just purchased yr cookbook. We eat a lot of veggies. Can we double the veggies in yr recipes and expect a good outcome? Thx so much. ~ Mary V.

Hi Mary!

I’m thrilled to learn that you enjoyed my masterclass on the weight-loss inflammation connection and have purchased Glorious One-Pot Meals! It will become an invaluable tool to use for following the Bright Line Eating plan as every single ingredient in every single recipe can be substituted or omitted without a hitch.

To answer your specific question: YES! Of course you can double or triple the amount of veggies in a meal, or even make a 100% vegetable recipe! You’ll even find an entire Vegetarian section in the cookbook to give you some inspiration, but every recipe could easily contain more vegetables and less or no meat or grains. Once you understand the technique, you’ll make very GOPM exactly the way you want it to be, with whatever ingredients and flavors you choose to include.

The only time to pay a bit more attention is when you want to include grains like rice or quinoa, pasta, or other dry goods. Then you’ll want to be sure to check with the Common Measurements section in the front of the book to determine exactly how much liquid you need to hydrate that dry good.

There are lots of video demonstrations on this website and on my YouTube channels to help you along the way.  🙂

Happy cooking! ~Elizabeth

Glorious One-Pot Meals on Stove

Reader question:
Dear Elizabeth, Please help me! I am a happy and retired grandfather, and my wife and I watch our one-year-old grandson every day. One day a week I make dinner for them. I usually make chili, given my limited cooking skills. I have your book, Glorious One Pot Meals, and I want to use it in my daughter’s apartment, but they don’t use their oven, only the stove top. I have a Dutch Oven. Would the recipes in your Glorious One Pot Meals book work on a stove top? What modifications would I need to make? Thank you for this wonderful information! This grandpa thanks you. Most sincerely,
Greg L., Wellesley, MA


Hi Greg!

I’m so excited to receive your email and learn that you will be preparing GOPMs for your grandson! I am a definite fan of intergenerational bonding over food! I raised my own kids on GOPMs and they grew to be adventurous eaters who appreciate many flavors and textures and enjoy trying new foods.
Yes! It is absolutely possible to prepare a GOPM on the stovetop! Here is where I talk about how to do it.
You might also be interested in this post about using a toaster oven to prepare GOPMs, too.
Anytime you have a GOPM question, you might find your answer here on my blog in the GOPM topic, or in the GOPM Q&A page.
Thanks for writing, Grandpa! You rock! Please feel free to respond in the Comments below. Happy cooking!