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Brasco Broth

By Kirsten Archer

This soup is what Nathan lived on for the first several weeks of Rubin’s program which helped to cure his severe Ulcerative Colitis (read Nathan’s story of his recovery). Kirsten’s mother was also suffering from a painful but undiagnosed digestive disorder and lived on this soup alone for months managing to maintain her energy levels and busy life! Kirsten says that her family still uses this soup when anyone has a tummy bug.

3 1/2 litres filtered water
1 tbs apple cider vinegar
4 - 6 tbs coconut oil
1 medium organic chicken
2-4 chicken feet
8 organic carrots
6 stalks celery
2 - 4 sliced zuccinis
3 medium white or yellow onions, peeled and diced
4 inches grated ginger
5 cloves garlic (omit if you have upper GI problems or severe heartburn)
2 tbs celtic sea salt
1 large bunch parsley

Place chicken and feet, water, apple cider vinegar, oil, veges, ginger, garlic and sea salt into a large stock pot and bring to the boil. Let boil for a minute, lower heat and simmer for 12 to 24 hrs. About 30min before removing from the heat add the parsley.

Remove pot from the heat. Remove and discard chicken feet. (I dont use feet anymore, but apparantely they are really high in gelatine). Remove the meat from the chicken bones and put back in pot, throw away bones. (We chop the chook into parcels and wrap in muslin bags tied with twine before cooking, this way we know that the bones wont be in the soup. If you are using feet I highly recommend a separate bag as I once got a toenail in my spoonful!).

You can also blend the soup up if preferred.

Kirsten and Nathan Archer live on the Gold Coast with two happy and healthy kids, a dog and seven chooks. They are passionate about organic living and love to share Nathan's story of recovery from Ulcerative Colitis in the hope that others will be helped. Their website, Digestive Health was started with that purpose in mind: to encourage people with digestive disorders towards recovery.

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COMMENTS - 8 Responses

  1. You need to tell me of all the goodness and benefits so that I might get the courage to use chicken feet… yikes.. hahaha

  2. Tell me about chicken feet… I saw them at the store and am not sure I will use them. I just need to know the benefits to health.. I know that will convince me.

  3. My daughter has Crohn’s and is a vegetarian. Is there an alternative to chicken for Brasco’s broth?

  4. Gayle,
    If your daughter wants to heal her gut it is mandatory that she consume LOTS of animal products and MINIMIZE most plants (at least in the beginning of the healing phase). Plants are too problematic re: lectins, and other gut irritants. The real benefit from this broth is from the minerals, glucosamines, chondroitans, gelatin, and glycine that comes from the bones and cartilage of the chicken, not the plant components. As a former vegetarian that developed Ulcerative Colitis I cannot stress how important it is to completely abandon that way of eating. These days I constantly have a stock pot full of bone broth as it is almost miraculous in its ability to help heal the gut so long as other lifestyle/dietary factors are in place.

    So to answer your question yes there is a substitution for chicken. It is cow, turkey, deer, or pig. No, I’m sorry but there is no vegan substitution that can bring the healing benefits of an animal based broth. Please work on getting your daughter to eat animal products. Good luck with your daughters Crohn’s.

  5. My daughter is 27, autistic, had shingles 3 times which have been causing herpetic nerve ending pain in the eye area where the shingles always appear. We have known she has leaky gut for a long time, tried many diets to no avail. As she gets older, her digestive problems are getting worse. We have found the GAP diet, and once again I am trying because she can’t make it without us doing something. We are really trying hard, but she still cries with pain, her lower abdomen becomes so distended that she looks pregnant. We know she is loaded with toxins not only from the leaky gut, but also constipation resulting from 3 months of pain meds and antibiotics. We are trying the Natrene probiotics, following what Dr. MCbride told us on GAPS, but don’t feel we are seeing results as we should. The constipation has eased some with all of the enemas, but I have no idea how long it takes to be sure there is no old waste in the colon. I recently ordered some organic pork and saw the chicken feet thing and the mention of Brasco Broth. Does it sound like our situation could be helped

  6. I just read about the book, but will this help with the healing of Celiac Disease?

  7. Melodie, Yes it will! if you buy the book “Restoring your digestive health” it has a section specificlly dealing with that diseases, but you always start off using the soup regardless of your problem. I personally used the book and swear by it. Now every day I take natural herbs and vitamins where I used to take 9 - 15 meds a day. Well worth it in my opinion.

  8. To the Authors and to Anne. I recommend that you consider that childhood vaccinations could have played a role in your children’s bowel disorders and the shingles. The largest part of the lymphatic system resides in the bowels and disturbances there will increase susceptibility to disease, impair the ability to absorb nutrients and could lead to losses in barrier integrity thus allowing toxins into the body that don’t belong. Antibiotics which are often used in the immuno-altered, vaccine-injured can add insult to injury regarding the health of the bowel and the susceptibiliy to further disease. Please do read up on the effect of live virus vaccines on the bowel, the ingredients in vaccines and their toxicities, the actual effectiveness of each vaccine (not probably what you think), the real risk of the childhood diseases in nutritionally balanced children before allowing any further vaccines to be swallowed, snorted or injected into your precious children. I will provide you with some links to get you started if you need them. There are also many wonderful books that can give you information that your doctor probably doesn’t know about, and that the CDC doesn’t want you to know about. As a medical doctor who has witnessed many adult and childhood vaccine injuries I attest that this is a real phenomenon that requires further independent investigation on the part of doctors and parents. There is no rush to vaccinate until you have learned all you need to know in order to make a good decision for your children. What you heard and read on the news is NOT the truth about Dr Wakefield and the link between autism and vaccines. Remember that the sponsors of major news and medical journals have a vested interest in maintaining the belief in vaccines and medicines. The drug companies prosper from the illnesses created after vaccines, not just from vaccines. Another great resource with many many peer reviewed references to help you see the problems with any of the vaccines is here. Best of luck and thank you for such a wonderful and healing recipe.


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