I recently started taking chlorine dioxide internally as part of my treatment plan. Chlorine dioxide kills bugs (bacteria, fungi, viruses, parasites), breaks through biofilm, neutralizes heavy metals and more. You can Google it for more information or get Kerri Rivera’s book Healing the Symptoms Known as Autism. The new edition was just released and has an entire protocol you can follow not just for autistic children/adults, but also for other illnesses such as chronic Lyme disease.
That is not the purpose of this post however. With this protocol, you have to stop taking antioxidants because they inactivate CD. In addition, CD is dosed every hour for 8 hours a day, longer on weekends. Coffee has antioxidant properties (one of the reasons it is good for you) so I had to cut back to one cup a day. I now drink my very large cup (ok, it’s more like two) of coffee in the morning, wait two hours, then start dosing CD. I was drinking three cups a day (AM, lunch, dinner) prior to this and had to wean slowly. Weaning from the caffeine wasn’t that bad, but I totally missed having something warm and yummy to drink after lunch and dinner. It was the taste, the ritual, the warmth….all of it. So I started looking for something else. My first try was roasted dandelion tea because someone (probably on Facebook or on a blog) said it tastes just like coffee. I am not sure what kind of coffee those people are drinking, but that tea tastes nothing like the coffee I was drinking. Not only that, but it’s nasty. I mean nasty. I tried drinking it hot, cold, with stevia, blended with coconut oil, blended with coconut oil over ice and I just couldn’t deal with it.
So began my research for a coffee alternative. Of course it had to be gluten free so any kind of Teecino with barley was out. I ended up trying one of Teecino’s barley free concoctions which had chicory in it and that wasn’t bad. However, I did not like the price so I decided to order some roasted chicory root and roasted dandelion root from Mountain Rose Herbs. I realize I just said I hate dandelion root, but I found several recipes online which included dandelion root that actually sounded good.
After a lot of experimentation I finally came up with a recipe that works for me. Unlike other recipes, which call for equal parts of dandelion and chicory, I changed the ratio of the two. Adding more chicory makes for a thicker, more coffee like concoction and I actually like the taste of it. I blend it with coconut oil, just like I do with my coffee, and enjoy it hot or cold and poured over ice. Although this is good and I truly enjoy the taste, it does NOT taste like coffee. It’s “thick” like coffee, but has a completely different taste.
what you need:
5 cups filtered water
1 1/2 tablespoons ground, roasted chicory root
1/2 tablspoon ground, roasted dandelion root
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
1 inch piece vanilla bean pod (optional)
what you do:
Either bring to boil and let it simmer for 5 minutes and strain or make it in a coffee press. Then prepare like you would prepare your coffee.