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How the mighty fall! And rise up again. Part 2 of 2.

By Robyn Openshaw, MSW | Jun 10, 2011

After drinking bacteria-infested water at his baseball game, Cade took some colloidal silver and Dr. Christopher’s Immune Formula and went to bed.

From my tennis club next morning, I had this text exchange with him. (Text messaging is part of my “drip system” of parenting: say as few words as possible, but make each word count. Repeat messages in different words on different days. Intermittent conversations, texts, and others giving them opinions to back your good ones up!)

Me: How are u feeling, kid?

Cade: I’m terrible.

Me: I am coming home to make u a tonic that will blast those bacteria right outta there.

Cade: That sounds pretty nasty.

Me: Garlic, lemon, ginger, apple cider vinegar, cayenne.

Cade: I’m getting sicker just READING that.

Me: Yes. But u will feel much better much faster and it strengthens ur immune system. U gotta kill those viruses or bacteria before they multiply and cause more problems. All those ingredients kill the bad guys and leave the good guys alone (unlike drugs). Plus–think of your throwing arm–some of those ingredients are great anti-inflammatories too.

Anyway, he was feeling good quickly after drinking the “kinda weird lemonaid,” I called it as I gave it to him a few times that next day. (I had some, too, just for fun. It’s not bad. I blended all those fresh ingredients with a whole apple, and water and ice. Use as much cayenne as you can stand–it amplifies the effects of the other ingredients.) The following day, Cade went to his job all day working as a laborer.

Thanks, readers, for the reminders of quick ways to deliver the knockout punch.

GSG reader Katrina Mayer who is my “facebook friend” wrote this on her wall this week:

“My parents put solar panels on our house in the 70’s. They made me read the labels on everything I ate, drank, or put on my body. They had two organic gardens and a huge compost pile in our backyard. They grew most of our own fruits and vegetables. They taught me about recycling and reusing before it was the “in” thing to do. We never had junk food in the house. And today they drive a Prius. Thanks Mom and Dad! I didn’t appreciate how cool you were until I grew up!”

If you’re doing some of this stuff, your kids will remember it. They may roll their eyes now, but you’re putting roots in them that run deep. Someday, like Katrina, they will follow your example and marvel at your environmental consciousness, your health that is the reason you can enjoy your grandchildren on levels some of your peers can’t, and your general foresight and wisdom.

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15 thoughts on “How the mighty fall! And rise up again. Part 2 of 2.”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    This sounds great! I think I would like it better with some avacado and cilantro instead of the apple. Do you think you can tell us how much of each you used? Could have used it a few days ago. I caught my sons stomach virus. It was awful. I ran high fever (103.9) is how high it got. Had the same “intervention” as you had with tennis. I havent been sick this bad in probably 7 years. I had strep last time i felt that bad. From the virus I ended up losing 5 lbs and I really like how it looks. I hope I can keep it off when I start eating my normal 75% raw mostly vegan (sometimes I cheat with cheese) diet. Maybe I might have to make my portions even smaller than they were. Thanks for the info!! I cant wait for your recipe book to come out.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Great Story about Cade, Wow he’s 6 4″ Amazing. I loved the post you shared from Katrina, how cute is that, it really warmed my heart. Sometimes I truly feel like I’m going against mainstream society in every way possible, and my kids let me know it. But I just keep moving to the beat of my own drum. It’s nice to know that someday my kids will think I’m actually pretty cool. Without websites like yours I’d feel lost and alone, thanks for all you do Robyn!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hi Robyn, this is a little off the blog topic but could you direct me to one of your old blog entries where you touched on why including at least some cooked foods into your diet is recommended versus %100 raw? I can’t remember which date it was but I remember reading it at one time and I would like to reread it…thanks

  4. Anonymous says:

    Hi Robyn: Can you tell me what kind of measurements you used for the immune formula? Debbie

  5. Anonymous says:

    just testing to see if the comment function works for me, my earlier one seems to have disappeared.

  6. Anonymous says:

    How much of garlic, lemon, ginger, apple cider vinegar, cayenne goes into the “kinda weird lemonaid”? I would like to try it.

  7. Anonymous says:


    First let me tell you that my wife follows your blog regularly and really loves a lot of the information you share. The wholistic and raw food diet I’m sure will provide much better nutrition and health to everyone who follows it. However as an ENT Surgeon I MUST correct a few of the recommendations you’ve put forth about ear care. Unfortunately it’s not just incorrect, but dangerous to hearing.

    Peroxide placed in the ear can help to soften ear wax….but if there is a severe infection or worse (a perforation in the ear drum), it can cause severe pain, middle ear damage causing extended hearing loss. In extreme cases it can even cause deafness if the inner ear membrane is breached through the perforation via the round window membrane to the inner ear. NEVER place peroxide in the ear canal without consulting a doctor first.

    Ear candles can also cause thermal damage to the ear drum with long term scarring or drum perforation which can lead to further damage later down the road requiring extensive surgery to correct. I advise all my patients against there use and if possible would outlaw them in the US (but unfortunately they are not FDA regulated). Like all medications that are considered “herbal” they have no regulation other than consumer regulation and safety protocols based on lawsuits against companies that produce them.

    Like I said, I think you provide a great service with a lot of the information you provide here; but I would hate to have some of your readers injured from these recommendation or the website prosecuted from those injuries.


    Jared Theler MD

  8. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

    Hi Jared, with all due respect, ear candles done correctly barely provide enough warming to create a vacuum and gently draw the wax up and out. If you were to burn them into the ear canal, that’d be harmful, but if you follow the directions (it will feel warm, not hot), they’re very helpful. My M.D. pediatrician recommended them and explained why she thought they are beneficial and noninvasive. They’ve been used for hundreds of years in Latin American countries. I haven’t used peroxide but that’s interesting–I hear of people adding it to water to make their water more alkaline and that seems unwise. Thanks for your comments.

  9. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

    Patsy, I didn’t measure. About 1/2″ of raw ginger, as much cayenne as I could handle and still drink it, a big slice of lemon (with part of the peel left on), 2 Tbsp. of apple cider vinegar, one apple, 1/4 cup water, 3 cloves of garlic. That’s a guess.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Hi Jared, I always have wax build up (hereditary) and have to have the doctor clean them out at least 1x a year. I use Debrox before I go see him which makes the skin around and in my ear sore and me nauseous. My doctor suggested using swimmer’s ear at least 1x a week, but I have not done this. What are your suggestions that can be used safely and is natural? Thanks!

  11. Anonymous says:

    Hey Robyn,

    I know your pediatrician is trying to be helpful, but the truth is; when they have ear questions they ask an ENT (an ear specialist). In fact, each year I give an inservice to pediatricians in the community about common ENT problems and misconseptions. This is something I deal with on a daily basis 8 hours a day, 5 days a week.

    I see patients with burns and injuries from them all the time. Anything when used properly can be safe, but the problem is even in the best of circumstances accidents happen….hence why I see children and adults with ear perforations from Q-tips and ear candles. The ear, next to the eye is perhaps the most delicate organ in the body. You wouldn’t put a potentially hot material near your eye even in a controlled circumstance?

    The last point though is if you haven’t used peroxide as a remedy yourself …why would you recommend it? The irony is that usually we recommend people use 50% alcohol and 50% vinegar drops to the ear after infections to protect the ear while the cerumen glands recover and can start producing wax. The reason being, cerumen is slightly acidic (not alkaline) which is a natural antibiotic for fungas and bacteria. Wax was put there by God (or evolution which ever you believe) for a reason. Taking it out only puts the paper thin skin of the ear canal at risk for otitis externa. Placing something alkaline in the ear canal would buff and neutralize the naturally acidic antibiotics environment of the ear canal. If you have questions about anything I’ve said here please feel free to email me and I can advise further. I appreciate your response to my comment.

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Hi Jared, I consider the blog a forum, and I collated all the remedies others use in a list, but only some of those are remedies I have used. I don’t have any wish to defend peroxide, although that’s another thing that some M.D.’s recommend.

      There are lots of things on 2,500 pages of this blog that I can’t vouch for–the internet is wild and woolly and the thing my staff says more than any other is this: “we can’t advise you relative to medical conditions or give medical advice.”

      Perforations from Q-tips, sure…but ear candles? How is that even possible? The ear candle burns quite a distance away from your ear, and having done it many times, I can’t imagine how it could burn the ear, let alone perforate it. I can imagine too much heat getting close to the ear canal IF you ignore the directions and let it burn far past a couple of inches from the ear canal? It’s very simple to control.

      In college, I went to more than one M.D. who used a Water Pik to irrigate my ear by blasting the eardrum with water, after putting stool softener in my ear (for hearing loss related to wax buildup). One of those times, I had a resulting middle ear infection, headache, and vertigo for several days. I was so thankful to discover ear candles, which seem far less invasive and dangerous than the M.D.’s solutions were.

  12. Anonymous says:

    I noticed on some of your recipes that you use eggs. Do you recommend eating eggs with a salad or Asian rice dish or just in baking? I have been feeding my kids mostly vegan with fish periodically over the past 6 1/2 years, but some of them seem smaller and skinnier than they should. Reading that your son is 6’4″ makes me think that we should add in eggs and goat milk kefir. Do you recommend goats milk plain or only cultured? Maybe you could make your answer a blog post.

    Garlic oil has also been helpful for our ear infections. Mullein oil also. Thanks!

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Amber, I don’t really serve eggs, just occasionally use them in baking. (But you can soak 1 Tbsp. chia in 3 Tbsp. water to replace an egg, which i often do.)

      Goat’s milk (raw) is good food, but I culture it too and highly recommend it for your kids.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Thanks, I am going to try it. I have another friend who has seen good results in her children with the raw goat milk kefir. You also mentioned that you could make coconut kefir- do you think the goats milk is better? Thanks for all your information. It is very helpful. I very much appreciate it.

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