Why our immune systems are shot
Food today is highly lacking in minerals and the average person’s iron levels are low, largely because of how overly industrialized agriculture has become.
Foods available to us in the supermarket are almost all hybrid and don’t measure up to the mineral-rich foods we left behind in the forest.
Many people will say that they can get iron from spinach or beets, however, these also are hybrid plants and just don’t measure up to natural plants like dandelion or watercress.
In fact, the cartoon character Popeye helped to greatly increase spinach sales in the USA. This, however, was due to the error of German scientist Erich Von Wolf, who misplaced a decimal point in his notes leading to the cartoon creators deciding to paint spinach as Popeye’s superfood. People just accepted that spinach had 35 milligrams of iron per 100 grams when in reality it has 3.5 milligrams.
The mistake wasn’t caught until 1937, 67 years later, and the scary thing – it is still widely believed today.
The importance of iron
Iron is a very important element in boosting and maintaining the immune system. Studies show that iron deficiency “affects the capacity to have an adequate immune response”.
Dr. Sebi said that no disease can prevail if a person’s iron level is up to par. He once told the story of treating a patient and giving him large doses of natural iron 3 times a day over a period of 10 days, after which the man was cured.
In most people, iron levels in the body are below where they should be normally. To remedy this you could take large doses in liquid form to help increase it to a normal level. If you do this 3 times a day for 10 days, your iron level should normalize and with it a boost to your immune system as well as energy levels and clearer thinking.
Following Dr Sebi’s advice, I went and bought some burdock root, boiled it down and drank the tea 3 times a day.
On the evening of the 10th day, it was like a light bulb lit up in my brain, and my thinking became much clearer. Not only did I feel a new mental clarity and increased energy, but I also found myself feeling less hungry.
The 10 Day Plan
Pour out a handful or 3 to 4 grams and boil it down in about 3 cups of water for 15 – 30 minutes on the lowest heat. Drink the tea and boil the herbs a second time. Drink this accompanied with plenty of spring water as it may loosen up a lot of phlegm. The second time you boil it the tea will have a milder taste but is still useful.
Do this 3 times a day if you have the time, do it twice a day if you can’t do 3 times.
You should feel a profound difference after 10 – 14 days. Once you reach this point you’ll only need to take it once a day and it’s up to you if you’d like to boil it down a second time or not.
P.s. If you want to learn more about different herbs, their uses and other ways to prepare them, this book is worth a read.
One of the most important things when trying to boost your immune system is to be consistent, it’s not a big deal if you miss a cup or two but it takes time to boost your iron levels. You won’t get anything out of it if you just take it once in a while. However, once you’ve boosted your immune system, you can take it whenever you see fit.
If you’re worried about the taste of these herbal teas, I would recommend using the burdock root. This was my personal choice as it was available to me and the taste is easy to accept. My first impression was it had a slight bittersweetness to it, though nothing terrible and easy to drink. Burdock seeds are bitter and so is yellow dock so avoid these if you’re particularly sensitive to bitter tastes.
What about taking too much iron?
It’s almost common knowledge that if you take too much iron it can leave you constipated, however, what most people don’t realize is that this is only true of the typical inorganic iron purchased in pill form.
Plant-based iron won’t leave you constipated and you can’t take too much of it. It will just give you more energy and your body will simply urinate out the excess with no harm done. Dr Sebi once said he, “tries to overdose on his iron compounds because he wants to feel good”.
Points to remember
- Remember to drink plenty of water throughout the day and stay consistent. The changes you will feel won’t happen overnight but they don’t take long at all.
- If you feel slight discomfort upon drinking the tea make sure to drink plenty of water. This feeling is normal as it will purge mucus from your body, you may feel slight headaches in the beginning – staying hydrated helps with this.