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There are a couple of new additions to the Food Resource List included in this issue.

In this issue:

Article: Fruit Deprived?
Coping With Fruit Intolerance in The Summertime,
By Dr. Jared Zeff, N.D.

Sharing Experiences – Hope for Change
By Sandra Strom, CEO SOH

Food Resource Update



By Dr. Jared Zeff, N.D.

In mid-summer we see people with fruit intolerance suffer the most:  Those fresh peaches and apricots, cherries and all.  What can we advise for relief from this suffering?
My wife has fruit intolerance, and has followed that diet for over 25 years now.  She thinks she would be dead if she had not, and even a small amount of fruit will bother her. She chose not to accompany me to a dinner meeting last week that was held at a Lebanese restaurant due to the ubiquitous use of olive oil in cooking.  We even called the restaurant to inquire about any olive oil-free dishes, but they had none. 
Fruit intolerance seems to affect the kidneys and the nervous system.  The most common problem I see among fruit intolerant people is kidney irritation, pain, or disease of some sort.  Chronic bladder irritation or infection is another common problem.  As far as we can tell at this time, it is the acids in the fruit which the fruit intolerant person cannot well-metabolize, and they remain in the body as irritants, processed by the kidney and irritating it in the process.  They also seem to irritate the nervous system.
To avoid fruit yet still partake of a refreshing drink on a sunny afternoon, we will make hibiscus tea, and flavor it with maple syrup, fruit-free honey, or some other sweetener.  You can add sparkling water for a fizzy drink, or mint for a refreshing addition.  The hibiscus tea, sweetened, tastes like generic fruit juice - fruity, but you cannot tell just what kind of fruit.
Another wonder is rhubarb.  We grow our own, but it is plentiful in the markets at this time, and it freezes well.  We wash it, cut it up and freeze it for use in winter.  I make cobblers for Lauren, and she makes sauces for all sweet and fruity purposes.  The basic recipe is this:
*Two cups of rhubarb, which we cut against the grain of the stalk in 1/4 or 1/3 inch slices, 2-3 tablespoons of corn starch and two cups of sweetener.  I cover the rhubarb in the pan, almost, with maple or honey, add a couple teaspoons of cinnamon, and bring just to a simmer.  Then it is done.  I make a cookie dough: 2 sticks of softened butter, one cup of maple or honey, one tablespoon vanilla, one teaspoon salt, and cream it with a whisk.  I stir in two cups of (Bob's Red Mill - tested as fruit free) spelt flour, one tablespoon cornstarch, one teaspoon baking soda, two cups of rolled oats.  I spread half the dough onto the bottom of a large baking dish, pour in the rhubarb mixture, and then break up the remaining dough onto the top of the rhubarb mixture.  I bake at 350 for 45 minutes, and present Lauren with a delightful fruity treat, that is fruit free.
This is one answer to the fruit deprivation blues.  Anyone have any other suggestions?
Jared Zeff, ND     

*Editor’s note: Recipe may be also found in the recipes section of this month’s newsletter.


By Sandra Strom, CEO


In Native American teachings all creatures with which we share our earth walk, including the four-leggeds, the winged ones, and the sea inhabitants, have “medicine,” teachings for us to learn by and be gifted with. The dragonfly, which is the inspiration for the logo for Song of Health and for whom the newsletter is named, carries among its “medicines” the gift of being expert at what they do and they do it relentlessly – they are skilled in their aerial talents. They teach us to refine our skills to ensure abundance in our Earth walk. They also remind us to release ourselves from rigid patterns so that we may continue to learn and to gain knowledge and abilities in order to continue to grow.

How many times have you heard yourself or someone else say, “I was raised to think this way,” or “I’ve always done it this way.” Such rigidity can affect our concepts of medical philosophy and treatment, often to our detriment. Taking this one step further…the “definition” of insanity is doing the same thing over and over yet expecting different results! Following the Dr. Carroll Food Intolerance diet is a way of taking a different path – a promising approach to maintaining well-being.

A friend of mine recently shared his present medical dilemma of experiencing a series of catastrophic symptoms caused by one drug or another prescribed to him. He has gone to Allopathic doctors all his life and doesn’t trust changing to another way, even though he is miserably sick and concerned about ever getting well again. He has given me permission to share his story with you. What’s my purpose for sharing this with you? Read on and you will see:

I wish I knew exactly what the monetary business arrangement is between doctors, drug companies and the number of prescriptions the doctor writes for certain drugs. 

You have to be your own advocate. One of my doctors is very reluctant to discuss side effects of some prescription medications. I was prescribed Toprol XL, for example, and upon taking it I felt like it was about to kill me. Some of its positive effects are that it slows down the heart rate, lowers the strength of the heart beat and is supposed to make a damaged heart last longer.  It causes the metabolism of a turtle and the heart rate of an athelete.  It may, however, also cause ED (erectile dysfunction), fluid in hands, feet and legs due to a lack of good blood cirulation to the estremities and shortness of breath.  While taking it I felt tired and unable to do anything - I was a Zombie, the living dead.
Oh yes, I was the one who figured it out, just as I determined that I shouldn't have been taking Zyrtec for allergies and Prozac for depression at the same time.  I also had 2 allergic reactions to Lisinopril, so my doctor told me to quit taking that! 

I updated my GP’s nurse on how I’ve been doing on prescribed antibiotic medications in conjunction with the other medications and let her know I’m back on the Toprol XL. I got out my old breathing exercise apparatus from when I had bypass surgery and began using it to exercise my lungs.

 I checked out your website and found it to be rather interesting, although I am dumb when it comes to food and allergies.  I figure if I eat something and I do not throw it up, get diarrhea or a bad case of the hives then it will be okay for me to eat it again sometime.  I think the biggest problem is all the additives and preservatives put in processed food, all the pesticides sprayed on food and all the growth hormones fed to or injected into stock.  Then we import all this cheap stuff from foreign countries that is added to food that kills our pets. So you can guess that if it's cheap and makes money, “they” add it to people food too.  It's all about $$$!  How about the pill for diabetes that they now say causes too many heart attacks and increases cardiovascular disease?  How about the pill that eliminates a woman's menstrual cycle!  I cannot remember the name of it, but Jay Leno said that we men call it "hallelujah"!
I need to click on to your site and check it out again.

 I've been on this traditional medicine path for so long that I know I would feel like a totally lost puppy on the alternative path!  But, I will go there if I have to. My insurance does pay for some alternative medicine providers if they are in the United Health Care Network.  Otherwise, I would not be able to afford to see them.  Of course, most providers hate United Health Care because they cut the payment for services provided.  For example, Suburban Hospital charged around $3,000.00 for a couple of abdominal scans for me a few months ago, but United Health Care only paid them about $500.00 for the scans.  We were looking for the possibility of abdominal aneurysms because of my family history, but “only” gallstones were discovered.  So, I now have the possibility of gallbladder surgery out there in the future.  

I am just a "trial and error" patient!  It is called "practicing" medicine!  It's obviously not an exact science although much progress has been made since clothes-hanger abortion days.   
  Later, Bobby

The reason I am sharing my poor friend’s story is because his is not unique. The old merry-go-round of being prescribed drugs in a guessing game, to taking more drugs for the side effects of the first drugs, to eventually looking at surgery when all the drugs finally fail has caused my friend, like so many others, to have lost hope. I have learned that all I can do is share my experience, strength and hope – what has worked for me. It might not even work for him, but what does he have to lose? I can encourage him by explaining all the benefits of seeking one of our physicians for help; I can encourage him to muster the courage to break away from old, useless patterns. In the end, it is his choice to step out or not.

Hope. It is our responsibility, as fellow brothers and sisters who have found a way to heal and live well, to walk in courage by daring to be different, to show others by our actions that we believe our health is directly related to what we eat and that we are not afraid of being admonished by others for our choices. I am not advocating that we become missionaries and attempt to be saviors of the world. On the contrary (besides not having the right to exert our beliefs on others), we instead walk with grace and quietness in our wellness. The beauty of good health that we exude is the best way to bring hope to others.




The following are test results for patients from Dr. Jared Zeff:

Sunsweet Pitted Dried Plums


Trader Joe's Organic Maple Syrup





(Contributed by Dr. Jared Zeff, N.D., Salmon Creek Clinic)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2 cups rhubarb
2 cups honey or maple syrup
2-3 Tbsp. cornstarch
2 tsp. cinnamon

Cut rhubarb against the grain of the stalk in 1/4- or 1/3-inch slices. Put in saucepan and nearly cover with the honey or maple syrup, add the cinnamon and bring to just a simmer. Then remove from heat.

Cookie Dough Topping:
2 sticks butter, softened
1 cup honey or maple syrup
1 Tbsp. vanilla
1 tsp. salt
2 cups Bob’s Red Mill spelt flour
(tested fruit-free)
2 cups rolled oats
1 Tbsp. cornstarch
1 tsp. baking soda

Cream butter, sweetener, vanilla and salt with a whisk. Stir in remaining ingredients.
Spread half the dough onto the bottom of a large baking dish. Pour in the rhubarb mixture. Then break up the remaining dough over the top. Bake for 45 minutes.


(Contributed by Sandra Strom, CEO Song of Health)

Use on fish.

½ cantaloupe
1 Tbsp. rice vinegar
½ tsp. fresh cilantro

Cut cantaloupe in half. Remove seeds and rind. Dice cantaloupe in pieces about ½ inch in diameter. Sprinkle vinegar on. Finely chop cilantro and add to cantaloupe. Mix thoroughly.

For Fruit-tolerant people, add:

1 mango, diced
Replace vinegar with lime juice; increase to 2 Tbsp.



(Contributed by Sandra Strom, CEO Song of Health)

For years I’ve watched my best friend make wonderful sauerkraut the old-fashioned way while mine molded and/or turned to yuck. Then a neighbor woman introduced me to this recipe. It has never failed me.

1 head green cabbage
salt to taste
1 tsp. honey or sugar per pint
(original recipe calls for sugar)
boiling drinking water

*Heat canning jars in oven at 150 degrees until ready to use. Fill a saucepan with water, add canning lids and bring to just below boiling temperature.
Remove any discolored outer leaves and core of cabbage. Finely chop and place in a big bowl. Add salt according to personal taste, remembering that the salt is required for breaking down the cabbage.

Fill pint or quart jars about ¾ full with cabbage. Spoon honey or sugar on top. Fill jars with boiling water, leaving space at top. Seal with lids, screw on caps. **Turn jars upside down and let set until cool. Store jars (keep caps on!) until cabbage turns to kraut or until ready to use. The juice may ooze a little, at first, from the jars during the fermenting process.

*This is how I prepare my jars when canning anything.
**A trick I learned to ensure a good seal of lid to jar.

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