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Answers to Prune Questions

Dear Geri,

Thank you for your email. Here are my answers to your questions:

1. Is there a specific brand of prunes you recommend so that I know I’m not getting ones with preservatives?

The prunes I'm using I buy at the Whole Foods Market in bins where you scoop out the prunes yourself. The bin label says the only ingredient is organic, pitted prunes (no preservatives) and no brand name is mentioned.

I've also bought prunes that are not organic from another health food store where the bin label says the only ingredient is pitted prunes (no preservatives) and again, no brand name is mentioned.

2. When you make four days worth at a time, are you using 12 prunes and pouring boiling water over them first?

I stopped using boiling water. I decided I wanted to try to prevent the enzymes in the prunes from being destroyed by the heat. I was using boiling water before as I wanted the jar lids to seal tightly as the bottles cooled, but since I drink the pureed prunes within three days it's not necessary for them to be air tight. So, now I'm using ice water and some ice cubes to keep the prunes from ever getting hot (from the boiling water or getting hot in the Vita-Mix after being pureed for 2-3 minutes). I can't tell any difference in how I feel after drinking them, but at least I know I'm keeping them from getting hot (they just get warm).

3. If so, how much water are you using with 12 prunes and how long do you let them sit?

I make one quart of prune-puree at a time. First I put 12 prunes (they weigh about four ounces on my kitchen scale) into a one quart Mason jar and add three cups of ice water and put the lid on and put the jar in the refrigerator for an hour (or sometimes overnight) and, right before I puree them, I add one cup of ice cubes with ice water around them.

You don't have to let them sit in the water very long -- Dale says I don't have to let them soak at all -- I can puree them in the Vita-Mix right away (the only reason to let them soak in the water for awhile is to soften them so the Vita-Mix doesn't have to work so hard).

4. Then you just throw the soaked prunes and water into the VitaMix and store the resulting mixture in the refrigerator?

Yes. After they are pureed I pour one cup into a cup to drink right away and pour the rest back into the Mason jar and store it in the refrigerator. Every cup contains about three prunes and by using the Vita-Mix you're sure to get all the nutrients out of them.

By the way, I've learned to cut the prunes in half with scissors as I put them in the jar because, if you don't you might grind up a pit (the prunes are mechanically pitted and sometimes a pit gets missed) and, even though the Vita-Mix grinds it up, there will be little bits of pit in the puree and I hate it when that happens. Even if you strain the puree, there will still be some little tiny pieces of pit in the puree.

5. Are you still drinking this or did you stop as soon as your inflammation went down?

I'm still drinking a cup of pureed prunes every morning. I love the energy it gives me and that my crooked little finger joint never hurts any more.

As long as I keep eating the acid-forming foods that I eat every day (eggs, cheese, chicken, beef, bread) I believe I'll have to keep drinking the prunes in order to keep the inflammation under control.

This is no problem as I love the taste of the prune puree and the increased energy I feel after drinking it. Also, I love the idea of the prunes protecting my bones. Exercise is not my favorite thing to do, so, in my opinion, a delicious, energizing, alkalizing drink that helps keep my bones healthy is worth the extra effort.

Note: I always wait an hour after drinking the prune puree before I eat protein (eggs, cheese, chicken, beef), because waiting an hour allows my stomach to go back to it's normal state, which is the "able-to-digest-protein state."

Also, since I can digest protein easily, but I do not digest carbohydrates easily, I'm taking two 500 mg capsules of Amylase, the enzyme that digests carbohydrates, with every cup of pureed prunes I drink, which keeps me from having undigested prunes fermenting in my large intestine, which causes gas.  The Vita-Mix helps by breaking the prunes down, but by taking the Amylase capsules with the prunes I've eliminated my gas problem completely -- my saliva must not contain very much amylase, maybe that's another reason why I am a "meat eater" according to Dr. Kelley's Metabolic Test for the Different Metabolic Types and not just because I have excellent stomach acid, which is needed for digesting meat.

Thank you again for your email. And thank you very much for your appreciation of my newsletter.



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Original Prune Story

Prunes Reversed My Inflammation

I started eating prunes every morning since I read about them in July's Reader's Digest (Health Secrets to Living Longer, "A Sweet Way to Stay Strong," page 63).

At first I noticed I had more energy. That was good enough for me to keep eating prunes (along with the hope that it works to prevent bone loss in humans as it did in animal studies), but they were causing me to have lots of noise coming from my intestines all day (gurgling and popping noises).

Dale suggested that I pulverize the prunes in our VitaMix to find out if that would stop the noise (he thought the noise meant that I was not digesting the prunes properly and they were fermenting in my large intestine).

Dale was right! As soon as I started drinking the pulverized prunes (I mixed them with distilled water when I put them in the Vitamix) the noise stopped. But that's not all . . . my energy got even better and I started urinating three times as  much urine throughout the day. This led to no more finger joint pain (I have one little finger joint that lets me know if I'm eating too many acid foods and/or liquid by swelling, hurting and getting stiff).

My little finger has been pain-free ever since I started drinking three pureed prunes every morning (and I can eat a much more varied diet including tomatoes, vinegar, mustard, etc.).

It's really worth taking the time to use the VitaMix. I've been making four day's worth of pureed prunes at a time and storing it in two two-cup Mason jars in the refrigerator. The prunes get hot in the VitaMix because I blend them for 2-3 minutes. The heat helps the Mason jars seal tightly as they cool on the counter (the jar lids pop as they cool). I make it the day before I drink the first cup as I drink it as soon as I get up in the morning (no time to pour boiling water over the prunes, let them sit for awhile, and then mix them up in the VitaMix). (Be sure to buy the prunes without preservatives.)

I received several e-mails thanking me about the info on prunes after I sent out my last e-mail about them. Thank you, it's very satisfying to hear from you. Let me know what you think about using the VitaMix for getting more good out of the prunes and avoiding intestinal noise.

Dale did a presentation about getting more nutrition out of your food featuring the VitaMix. He had the VitaMix Question and Answer Guy join in to answer questions (it's a really neat video).  To watch it go to:

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How Strong Is Your Immune System?

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Bonnie O’Sullivan, Editor, The Road To Health Newsletter:

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The Material in this letter is for educational purposes only and is not intended as a prescription for any illness.

Inflammation and Pain

Dear Friends,

I've been experimenting with my supplements again. This time with different brands of Aloe Vera in powder and capsules.

I thought it would be easier (and less expensive) to buy it as a powder in 4 or 8 ounce bottles (for mixing with distilled water for gargling and spraying on the skin).

What I discovered is there is no pure Aloe Vera powder in bottles on the market (when I tried one that has pomegrante powder mixed with it, it gave me a headache), but there is a pure freeze dried powder in capsules that I have been using since March 10th and I love it.

These wonderful Aloe Vera capsules contain 450 mgs pure freeze dried whole leaf Barbadensis Miller Aloe Vera and there are 60 capsules in the bottle.

(I learned that you have to be careful not to confuse the Aloe Barbadensis Miller Aloe Vera capsules with Aloe Ferox Miller capsules or Cape Aloe capsules which are laxatives).

The price of the 450 mg capsules (450 mg's active ingredients -- approximately 30,000 mgs of Aloe Vera Juice) from The Road To Health is $26.50 (plus $7.50 shipping) and when you purchase four ($100) there is no shipping added. Combination I use Is Flora-G plus and the Aloe 1 bottle each.

If you have any problem with pain (Aloe vera is great for fighting inflammation) or healing (Aloe vera has antiseptic and cleansing agents and it also contains lignins, which give it the ability to penetrate the skin) these capsules are a must. They prevent and/or heal everything from a cold to an abscessed tooth.

Another reason I love these extra strength Aloe Capsules (Candida-G capsules have just 100 mg Barbadensis Miller Aloe Vera) is that since I began taking them (I take four per day) I haven't had to gargle with the distilled water/Aloe vera powder solution to keep a tooth that had a small abscess pain-free; just taking the four capsules a day does the job.

I must add that while these 450 mg Aloe Vera capsules are less expensive than Candida-G, they do not have the probiotics that Candida-G has, so I've been taking two Flora-G Plus capsules a day along with the four Aloe vera capsules.

If you would like to read more about Barbadensis Miller Aloe Vera and how I have not had to take antibiotics since August 2006 (when before I was taking them frequently most of my life) please go to: and



The price of the 450 mg capsules (450 mg's active ingredients -- approximately 30,000 mgs of Aloe Vera Juice) from The Road To Health is $26.50 (plus $7.50 shipping) and when you purchase four ($100) there is no shipping added. Combination I use Is Flora-G plus and the Aloe 1 bottle each.

Aloe Research Collection PDF