Sunday, October 7, 2018


    Ever since the Indians fooled conquistador Ponce de Leon into believing that the Fountain of Youth actually existed in South Florida, the American people have been the targets of quack cures and medical charlatans. Medical technology has expanded since World War 2 at a rate undreamed of in Ponce's day; and we really should know better, but innovative 'miracle cures' abound nonetheless. 

     Conventional Medicine is unable to cure every disease known to man; and things like harmful viruses and bacteria can mutate quickly. That's what has lead many to conclude that Conventional Medicine is somehow keeping knowledge from the public. And while some home remedies are quite effective and some herbal mixtures do have healthful qualities, these beneficial effects happen according to natural laws, whether science understands how they interact with the body or not. The difference between these and the fakes is that the latter is based on pseudoscience and can be outright dangerous. 

     Such is a concoction, connected to a complicated protocol, called Jilly Juice. This product received a warning from the US Federal Trade Commission last week which reads:

     “It is against the law to make health claims, whether directly or indirectly, through advertising or other means, without adequate scientific support at the time the claims are made, or to exaggerate the benefits of products or services you are promoting. The FTC strongly urges you to review all claims for your products and ensure those are supported by competent and reliable scientific sources.”

    Jilly Juice was invented by Jillian Epperly who has no medical training at all. Made according to the 'protocol' she recommends, Jilly Juice is a brine of semi-fermented cabbage juice. It's made by mixing Pink Himalayan Salt (using this type of salt is critical according to Miss Jillian) with water and cabbage. Let this sit for three days at room temperature, strain, and drink one gallon per day. 

     Readers who do a lot of traditional home-cooking have no doubt already noticed that this is simply a recipe for spoiled sauerkraut juice. People who've tried to ingest this horrid concoction experience diarrhoea and vomiting---which it's promoters claim is all part of the cleansing process. It is, in a way. Vomiting and diarrhoea are physical defense mechanisms against potential toxins like juice from half-rotted cabbage contain. 

     According to theory behind this product, all of human ill-health is caused by relatively harmless, naturally-occurring intestinal yeast called Candida. Jilly Juice is supposed to kill this yeast; and drinking a gallon per day of this swill likely will do so, although one risks killing the entire body in the process. She claims that this stuff will cure cancer, AIDS, autism, and can regrow damaged cells. It even makes the extraordinary claim that it can cure homosexuality---making it one of the few nostrums that obviate the need for psychiatrists as well as medical doctors. 

    The high concentration of salt in Jilly Juice can cause actual dehydration. Our kidneys can only process urine less salty than what is ingested. The salt build-up causes one to drink more water (hence the practice of some athletes to take salt tablets). The kidneys can only process and expel about a pint of water per hour. Washing down Jilly Juice with an equal amount of water can cause a rare condition called Hyponatremia, or Water Intoxication. But more likely, the salt will build up in the system and cause an imbalance; the symptoms of which include vertigo, delirium, cramping, seizures, and a general breakdown. 

     The claims made about salts both on the Jilly Juice website and in their product literature are absurd anyway. They make the claim that Iodized Salt can cause chemical imbalances in the body and should be avoided---even though the Pink Himalayan salt that they recommend contains more naturally-occurring Iodides than the supplemented product. (Query: why do you think they started iodizing salt in the first place? Because scientists discovered that some our main salt deposits lack essential Iodine present in old-fashioned sea-salts). They also claim that Pink Himalayan Salt contains an exact balance of necessary minerals. Actually, the color comes from a few trace minerals, but Himalayan Salt is still 98% Sodium Chloride---roughly the same as Morton's Table Salt. 

    Recently, as the heat of public and political criticism has tuned up, Jillian Epperly and her followers have come up with some even stranger claims. Internal bleeding caused by ingesting this brew is being attributed to the expulsion of bodily parasites. They claim that these parasites have 'hooks' which are causing internal wounds as they are discharged. She's made some ridiculous claims about altering blood types as well by destroying antibody-producing antigens. 

     Avoid this product at all hazards. If you've really a craving for salty, fermented cabbage a good plate of homemade sauerkraut with sausage will do you a lot more good. 😇  


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