Red Energy for Brain Health
Red, the Crimson Tide, Scarlet, a Sparkling Ruby, Burgundy Wine, Summer Cherries, Velvety Amaranth, Auburn Hair, the Flit of a Cardinal, a Carmine Crayon, Fire Engine Red, Molten Lava, Persian Red, a Bowl of Raspberry, Red Wine, Romantic Roses, Terra Cotta Warriors, Red Lights, Stop Signs, Tuscan Sun, Venetian Red, and a Strong Vermilion Gate.
There are so many ways to describe red, the color of the fire elements in Traditional Chinese Medicine, the heart beating red blood cells, transporting oxygen, energizing every cell in the body and the looping small intestine sucking the nutrients out of every morsel of food that comes. Red is also the color that balances and spins the pelvic chakra. In Color Therapy, Khwaja Azeemi shares the effect of light, heat, and color on cells, organs and on the entire human being. He correlates the color red with the heart.
We can send cashews to the small intestine, unless we have a nut allergy. A handful of cashews can provide iron which is a precursor (needed to make) for dopamine, that brain chemical of smooth voluntary movement. Red blood cells carry oxygen attached to the iron to energize the body.
A quarter of a cup of cashews has 2.67 mg or 15 percent of the daily value, according to Whole Foods.
Iron is needed in red blood cell production for good oxygenation of the blood and energy to the brain and body. Iron is also used in the brain in the neuromelanin or protective pigments in the brain. It is the reason the red nucleus of the brain is red and the brainstem's substantia nigra (where dopamine is produced) is called the black stuff. Delicious cashews can support people with anemia, Parkinson's and vision recovery.
In her book Nourishing Traditions, Sally Fallon Morell explains the benefits of soaking then drying nuts and seeds. Because “raw” cashews are not truly raw, they are heated to 350 degrees while in their shell to neutralize a toxic oil called cardol, it’s not necessary to dehydrate them at a low temperature to preserve enzymes.
Soaking still makes them more digestible and more delicious. Soak 4 cups cashews in warm water with 3 teaspoons sea salt for no more than 6 hours. Rinse, place on a stainless steel cookie sheet, sprinkle with salt and bake at 200-250 degrees for 12-24 hours, turning occasionally. Exercise common sense, if you are allergic to tree nuts or cashews do not eat them. Eating a handful of cashews in the evening can support deeper sleep, more rest for your eyes and more energy during waking hours.
Earthly Palette Flows in China's Rainbow Mountains
an excerpt from Art Thief Cracks Healing Code for Parkinson's Disease
Modern Day, Spokane, Washington
"Today's painting brought to mind the deep red sandstone of the Garden of the Gods in Colorado. Remember we stomped around Utah's Bryce Canyon on that wonderful trip seven years ago."
Mark smiled, a sad sort of smile at his brother, Robert. Seven years ago so different than today, before Robert was diagnosed with Parkinson's, before his wife was diagnosed. Everything was different.
For a moment Mark saw his existence in pieces, as if peering through a kaleidoscope at his life, "Our bones replace themselves every seven years. That means the bone cells we have now are all different than on that trip. And bones take the longest. There might not be any cell in your body that is the same as seven years ago. Maybe seven years from now all the Parkinson's, pain, and pity will have drained out with the old cells, eaten up by osteoclasts or mast cells.
These paintings can color all the cells—new again, hopeful again, powerful again."
"Wow, the philosophical doctor, you are today, Mark. It was interesting what Dr. Chang said about the painting. I somehow thought the red rock of the Southwest was unique, found nowhere else in the world but he said there are these mountains in China called the Rainbow Mountains. He showed us a photograph taken last year but the ancient painting brought the mountains to life so much better." Robert like sharing ideas and feelings from the clinical trial he participated in, perhaps Mark could use the images conjured up to help his wife.
"There are also Rainbow Mountains in Peru." Smiling again Mark said, "I have heard they call it a stagger, instead of a hike because the trail through the rich green and red rocks is 14,000 feet high. It turns the strongest young athlete into a panting mess, but it is stunningly beautiful."
"That would be an amazing trip, but our homework today is to look at the color of rocks and minerals, absorbing the light and color with our eyes and body. Iron oxidizes to impart a dark red pigment, which coats and cements together between the sandstone grains."
"Like red blood cells grabbing oxygen," interrupted Mark.
Robert continued, "This is the exact same process that takes place when a piece of metal is left out in the rain and forms a red layer of rust around the outside. You know like that old metal wheel barrel near the shed. Oxidized limonite or goe...something produces brown and yellow staining of sandstones. Magnetite forms black. Sulfur gets you a metallic yellow. I wonder if the Rainbow Mountains smell of rotten eggs because of the sulfur. Chlorite or iron silicate clays color the sands green. Dr. Chang said perhaps one day we can travel to the Rainbow Mountains in Northwestern China to see for ourselves but in the meantime, 'Go outside. Wander around. Look down and out on the landscape. Try to identify a rock with an overall red color. It might be iron oxide stained sandstone,' Dr. Chang told us all."
June, 1417 Nanjing, China
"He is here, Huncheng just galloped in."
"Does he look happy? Has he brought the paint sands?" Liu's inner artist trembled with excitement. Last year, Huncheng planned a trip to the famed Rainbow Mountains in Zhangye Danxia and he promised to bring back some of the brightly colored sands for Liu to work with. What stories he must have from his eight month trip to Gansu province in China's northwest.
"Words cannot describe the majesty." Huncheng laid out the carefully paper wrapped sands. Imagine a rainbow dancing brightly along the earth. The light playing in and out of the rainbows reds, greens, yellows, and blues. I have never seen such a vivid blues in nature." Huncheng opened the package of blue sand.
"I found and fought the fire monkey," Huncheng joked with bravado as he unwrapped the crimson sands. "In my dreams as there are no animals, no sweet potatoes, no red beans, no carrots, no plants at all. It is too dry. All supplies must be carried in. I brought you as many paint sands as I could carry."
"Thank you." Lui gave him a big hug. "The emperor will be pleased with the Fire Healing Book," she whispered. These sands crushed in the center of the earth, pushed up high into mountains, burned by the sun, watered and worn by the rain, and now crushed again into a fine paint dust carry such strong energy—the energy of red and blue and all the colors of life's rainbow.
About the Author
A busy Integrative Medicine practitioner finding solutions for people with Parkinson’s, eyesight issues, diabetes and more, Kimberly Burnham, PhD is The Nerve Whisperer. She is the award winning author of a messenger mini-book,Our Fractal Nature, a Journey of Self-Discovery and Connection as well as, The Eyes Observing Your World, a featured chapter in Christine Kloser’s Pebbles in the Pond, Transforming the World One Person at a Time. Her goal is to change the face of brain health, foster hope, and help you experiences this incredible world. Read more about Kimberly.