So, if you have been following this series of posts on Remedies That Harm, I am covering some holistic practices generally thought to improve health, enhance the immune system, and provide natural cures. The ones I have chosen to discuss are remedies that may be highly praised, but in light of New Biology (TM) and the study of Live Blood as a pH Miracle Certified Nutritional Microscopist, I am choosing to break the bad news on some things you may have been doing or consuming to improve your health that is actually harming your health. So far we have covered Coffee Enemas, Honey, Apple Cider Vinegar, Probiotics, Algae, Fungus, and now today...Bone Broth. In the last year or so I have seen more and more blog articles pop up praising bone broth and even passed on from people I greatly respect. SO, what is up with Bone Broth?
1. Gelatin content healing leaky gut
2. A boost to the immune system. (Did anyone else that has read the other posts in the series let out a sigh?)
3. Joint improvement
4. Great skin and hair
So, why do I suggest otherwise?
1. While gelatin may be on record for helping leaky gut (a disease in part characterized by gas, bloating, IBS, food sensitivities and other digestive problems and autoimmune disease) it would be far more effective to eliminate that causes of leaky gut. One of the primary triggers is gluten. Vaccination history could also play a part as a causative factor.
Of course acid, being a key factor in all disease needs to be eliminated in order to heal. In this case, the most inflammatory acids related to the condition such as gluten, other food allergens, and future vaccines being the primary acidic culprits, would be most appropriate to eliminate first. Getting rid of the cause of a disorder does far more than a soothing band-aid. In addition, supplementing with sodium bicarbonate orally and in enemas would help neutralize acid in the gut.
2. Immune system boost. Sorry, but no again. I feel redundant repeating myself (again) that an increase in white blood cells following your "immune boosting meal" is not a good thing. We talked about this in the honey post in more detail, but when your white cell count gets a "boost" it is because there is a lot of filth to clean up. Bone broth, being an animal derivative, is loaded with pathogens, bacteria, and filth. It just is, and it takes the body extra effort to clean it up. The vitamins and minerals, though? That should give an immune boost! Well, since it is cooked for 20 hours the vitamin content is destroyed.
3. Despite the fact that there will be minerals in the bone broth, the body will end up depleting itself of minerals to make the bicarbonates needed to allow this acidic liquid (which also has a touch of apple cider vinegar) to pass through the body without instant and severe harm. It has to pull minerals from muscles, joints, and bones to manufacture alkaline compounds to neutralize the acid.
4. Improved skin and hair. An alkaline lifestyle is the best way to have great skin and hair and after neutralizing the other arguments, even if it did offer pretty skin, is it worth it? There are always long-term consequences when we treat ourselves to short-term benefits from consuming acids and acid-forming food and supplements. After becoming a vegetarian at the age of 14, my dad noticed how amazing my skin became. So much so, that he termed it "vegetarian skin". He would actually approach strangers on occasion with fantastic skin and ask "Are you a vegetarian? I can tell because of your skin, my daughter has vegetarian skin!" (The ones he approached always were vegetarian...I love you, dad!)
So, have you used bone broth on purpose for its benefits? What do you think of it?
Here are some recipes that really will offer the benefits boasted above:
Awesome Garlic Green Shake
Moroccan Tomato Soup (Raw)