Hello from east Tennessee.
Aunt Bean here , working hard on the farm. We are trying to create a food forest// permaculture farm here.
I feel really good….eating a lot of okra and fresh fruits, berries, sweet peppers, egg plant, fresh organic eggs (not from here). Still do not have chickens.
Have about 100 trees planted now since spring. Some delicious apples of many varieties that I saved the see from in the Oct/ Nov/ Dec months are now trees nearly shoulder high on me. Three are as tall as me already. Others in poorer soil are still about a foot tall…and may not make it thru winter. Still have holes to dig and more of them to plant. My wrist and finger joints are tender from spreading tree mulch, but happy to finally have it to use..
The road crews cutting around power lines nearby have dropped it here 4 times and there is a mountain of wood mulch! Perhaps in a few years…you can come pick apples and other fruits and berries with me. God is so good.
By the way, I am still doing very well taking black cumin seed oil and recommend it highly. I have energy to keep going all day. Also taking a Lions Mane Mushroom capsule daily to regrow brain cells. Only need to take about 2 droppers of fava pod tincture daily. That dose has gone up and down several times since 2009…..at one point I took it 5 times a day before starting to eat a variety of nuts….the nuts are amazing and good snacks too!
May God Bless You all. Have a great day!
Question: How do you make the fava tincture if not a gardener and only have access to the beans? do you know of anyone that sells the fava tincture?
Reply: You really cannot make the fava tincture I use without access to fresh organic fava beans or growing the plants. You can make a tincture from sprouting the beans, but I would recommend using the sprouted beans to eat instead of tincturing them. Follow recipe in downloadable pamphlet from Robert’s site . When I did an experiment for a couple of days…. it took 15 sprouted /steamed favas (that I had put in ziplock bag in freezer) in the morning and about 6 more about 1:00 in the afternoon ( I think) to get me thru the day with enough L-dopa to function well.
After the favas are steamed, which only takes a couple minutes with fresh beans,( watch for skins starting to get a split in skin) cool them until easy to handle and pop them out of skins by squeezing gently. Fresh beans do not have the same L-dopa amount as sprouted and it may require a cup of them a day to supplement your L-dopa deficiency. I like the fresh beans as is , and like to saute’ onions and garlic and throw the cooked beans in at the end to flavor and warm them. Also to throw beaten eggs on top of the onions, garlic and favas. YUMMMY.
Question: How do you peel the fava bean-that seemed very cumbersome when i tried to do it…what is the time frame necessary to get it in the freezer to perverse the ldopa? Also, how do you serve eat the peeled steamed fava beans?
Reply: The sprouted beans are much more tedious to peel. I usually freeze them with the skins on and peel as needed. I think this also keeps them from getting freezer burn. But, they have much more L-dopa. We like grinding the sprouts after peeled and frozen into a flour and making no bake sprout balls. Hope this helps…
love and blessings! Aunt Bean
“Greetings from east Tennessee.
Things are going well here at Bean Acres. We are planting trees, all kinds of fruit, berries, kiwi, hazel nut, & new herbs. Even trying grafting trees this year.
I am taking a couple of new supplements…black cumin seed oil, and lithium orotate. I have good energy and working hard to get the farm orchard planted. It will soon be time to plant the summer garden plots.
Still doing fine on the fava tinctures and only take a dose when my symptoms present , sometimes just once a day. Other days, if a lot is going on , may take a dose 2 or 3 times (every day is so different). Each day is special.
God is so good. Blessings to you all.
Just wanted to update you on what I have been doing lately and it has changed PD symptoms immensely. We are very excited and want to share the news so it might help my brothers and sisters with PD also.
After a couple of weeks doing this. I started noticing that I wasn’t taking my homemade L-dopa tincture from fava beans as often. After a month, some days I only needed it one time (some days I don’t need any) It really varies a lot depending on the other foods I have eaten (especially, whether I have had egg plant and peppers sautéed with onions and garlic cooked up with morning eggs).
DIET DOES AFFECT US SO MUCH. I wasn’t sure why my new additions to my diet were affecting my PD symptoms so much. Then, a precious friend sent me this link to a Dr. in Italy using Thiamine (B1) for PD treatment…
and it explained why I was so much better. Another friend found the link on thiamine and diabetes (I am also type 2 diabetic)
Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease
Question about Fava Beans
Hello. My parents bought fresh fava beans today. They chopped the pods, but
my dad says he can not eat it like that. Is the tincture of pods has the
same amount as the tincture of flowers like Aunt Bean is making? Also, what
can be used instead of brandy. Or alcohol preserves beans.
Aunt Bean’s Response
I am trying to get a regular dose of dopamine for my fiance. I don’t have a juicer, do you have any ideas. It would be extremely helpful. We are both interested in nutritional alternatives.
He is very sensitive to the medicine and gets side effects from synthetics quickly.
Not having a juicer is OK…If you have a strong blender or food processor…you still may be able to puree the bean pods with it and strain the juice , removing the hard fibers from the puree. I am very sensitive to chemicals and pharmaceuticals also….that is why I have to make myself work hard to discover natural ways of getting the L-dopa my body is short on to help me function with my PD.
Hope this helps.
Greetings from Bean Acres.
It is mid August now…and the produce is really coming in. Our food regimen has changed in accordance to the available fresh veggies. I am still mostly just using the dried fava top bud tincture for L-dopa. My friend ( that I am a caregiver to) has started depending now on eating 2 pod chips a day and mucuna capsule AM and PM .
The recipe for doing the bean pods (steaming/juicing/ adding salt & sweetener and ground flax seed is on this website as a downloadable pamphlet that I put together. I feel this is a better way to use the pods. The sprout tincture to me is a last resort for people who cannot find the beans or grow them. Actually just freezing the steamed sprouted beans works well and I wouldn’t bother tincturing them after all I have experimented with at this point.
For me , it took eating about 16 sprouts early in the morning first thing for a kick start. That lasted me until about 3 in the afternoon. Ate about 4 then and again at bedtime. My L-dopa needs are much less than some. I get a lot of exercise / sunshine and fresh garden produce.
Right now my egg plants are in and I have been consuming them…need for my tincture has gone from 6 times a day to a dropper and a half am and pm. The night shade family…peppers, tomatoes and egg plant have natural nicotine , which help dopamine receptors…helping us function more efficiently. Glen Pettibone has done a lot of research in this area and we communicate frequently about the natural things that we are trying out. I am baking and freezing large quantities of egg plant while they are producing in 1 cup amounts in freezer ziplock bags. I am amazed at how wonderful I feel…thought I felt good before, but this is better. I also have watermelons right now and they are helpful for us also.
Just had a friend recommend Barleens Lignan Flax seed oil for my constipation problem and using it this week seems to have help this considerably.
God is good.
Hope this helps. God Bless you.