Left for Dead and the Miraculous Cayenne Pepper

I would like to begin my first post of Sowing Life proper by introducing the extraordinary herb, cayenne pepper. I first learned about the healing qualities of cayenne pepper from the fascinating book, Left for Dead, by Dick Quinn. At that time, I was searching for a way to clean out the body’s blood vessels naturally. Doctors had told me that there is no way to remove plaque from the arteries except by surgery. I had known enough by then to know that when doctors say, “There is no way…,” it means there is no way that they know of. It doesn’t mean they know everything. And it doesn’t mean there is no way.

I knew that if there were a way already provided by God, then it would be the best way. And I had a feeling that it had already been found. So, it was a matter of my finding what someone else had already discovered. I was hoping it would be as simple as eating an herb or a food, and so began my search. Before I knew how I got there, I was led to Left for Dead. In my search for an herb or food that would sow the seeds of life, I was first lead to death.

“Left for dead by his doctors after a 1978 heart attack and failed bypass surgery, Dick Quinn discovered an herb that saved his life.…”

The author, Dick Quinn, suffered a heart attack in 1978 at the young age of forty-two. Forty-two, for most people, is like, tomorrow. Even if one were in his or her twenties, it is too soon. Who would know when a heart attack would be coming? It would be like a thief in the night.

Mr. Quinn’s heart attack led to a near-death experience. “I had seen death and lived…. My heart attack happened when the blood flow to my heart was blocked for a few seconds by an obstruction in my left main coronary artery. My heart misfired like a water pump sucking air. That’s what happens in most heart attacks. It’s sudden, inexorable, utterly overpowering. You are a passenger on the life and death train. You can’t stop it and you can’t get off. You wait to see if you live or die.”

The next day, Mr. Quinn had an angiogram, which showed that his left main artery to the heart was 98% blocked. He was scheduled for an emergency coronary artery bypass surgery the following morning, two days after his heart attack. This type of surgery involves removing a blood vessel (vein or artery) from elsewhere in the body, usually the leg, and grafting it to the coronary arteries in order to bypass the blockage area (atherosclerotic narrowing) and deliver blood to the heart muscles. Single, double, triple, quadruple, etc. refer to the number of coronary arteries being bypassed. Mr. Quinn had a double bypass, meaning two alternate routes for blood flow were made to two coronary arteries, using the vein from his right leg.

Almost immediately after his heart bypass surgery, he began to decline, getting weaker almost the day he got home, and feeling faint at the slightest exertion. His bypass closed within a week.


“After I had been home about a week, I decided to drive to a nearby lake for some sun. It was an eventful decision.

I met an acquaintance at the lake…. She noticed I was exhausted after the short walk from the car to the lake shore and abruptly told me to begin taking Cayenne Red Pepper right away. I lay on the sandy beach…, utterly spent. She spoke of Dr. John Christopher and said Cayenne would help me recover my health and prevent another heart attack.

It seemed preposterous to recommend Red Pepper after what I’d been through. As if that could help. This was too serious for such nonsense. She told of seeing Dr. Christopher recently at a seminar in a midwestern hotel. During a break in the proceedings, a man had a heart attack in the lobby. Christopher hurriedly gave the man some water with Cayenne mixed into it and he was up and walking around in a few minutes.

I didn’t believe her. A heart attack can’t be that easy to deal with…. It was absurd to think that anything as complicated and serious as heart disease could be treated with a spice from the grocery store. She couldn’t possibly know what my cardiologist didn’t know. He had a wall full of degrees. He knew what was best for me – that’s why I put him in charge of my life. He knew everything. I had to trust him with my life, or die.”

Mr. Quinn’s reaction to the lady is very familiar. It is the reaction most people would have; I myself would have felt the same way at one time.

Mr. Quinn did not recover and his condition continued to deteriorate during the next six months. He lived like a shadow, with no energy, no color, no enthusiasm, and deeply depressed, fainting and falling often, sometimes in public. “I followed all the rules when I got home from the hospital. I ate no bad fat, thought no bad thoughts, avoided stress, exertion and excitement. I went for slow walks and tried to exercise, but just got weaker. Apparently my arteries collapsed from the stress of the surgery or became completely blocked after the bypass, decreasing the flow of blood through them. The veins they used to bypass the blocked arteries just couldn’t handle the job. My heart wasn’t getting enough blood. It’s called coronary insufficiency. My heart was failing. It was running out of gas. I expected to die at any moment. I lived like a mushroom, hiding from death….”

Perhaps the biggest scare for him was a blind spell. After his blind spell, he saw his cardiologist for his six-month check-up. At six months, recovery from a heart bypass surgery should be complete, but instead, he was failing. It was the moment of clarity:

“After the x-ray, he came back into the examination room to tell me to make another appointment. I should have another angiogram, he said. I might need another coronary bypass.

I couldn’t believe he would suggest something that already failed and left me an invalid.… I told him I was not ‘coming along fine,’ as he told me over and over. I was dying. My blindness couldn’t be ignored. The answer wasn’t more of the same thing that didn’t work in the first place. Something had to be done now. Something new.

‘What do you expect,’ he indignantly demanded. ‘They took your heart out of your chest, stopped it, cut it and sewed on it. You can’t expect it to run right.’

I was an ignorant, naive fool to expect to be ‘as good as new,’ just because he told me I would be. How dare I hold him to his word. He was above that. Important people like him can lie any time they want….

I had counted on him. I had put my life entirely in his hands. He was the expert. I expected him to have an answer, to give me hope. Instead, he got angry and rejected me. ‘Go die,’ he seemed to say. I was left for dead.

He couldn’t handle failure, so it had to be my fault. I was a failure because I was dying. Failures should go away and die. I was shocked, then angry to realize he had accepted my death. I expected him to keep trying. There were few heart drugs then, thank God, so we didn’t play chemical roulette. He wanted to sell another angiogram and bypass for $20,000 or $30,000. I wasn’t buying any. It didn’t work the first time and I was too disgusted to ever consider it again. Another bypass was unthinkable….

At that moment in the cardiologist’s office, I realized it was entirely up to me to heal myself….

He walked out of the examination [room], leaving me to my thoughts. I felt like I had been slapped in the face. It was stunning: He had taken me this far and then dropped me….

I walked out of his office that day, already thinking of the lady I had met by the lake six months before. ‘You need Capsicum,’ she had said. ‘Cayenne red pepper.’ Now it was the only game in town.”

And thus began his journey into the world of cayenne pepper and healing herbs from God.

Miraculous Cayenne

After leaving his doctor’s office, Dick Quinn drove directly to the grocery store, bought a can of cayenne red pepper, took it home, filled a few emptied capsules with the cayenne and swallowed three before falling asleep. When he awoke the next morning, he felt strangely good, not tired as he usually did, even energetic. It was an unusual day, but he did not yet know why. Then he went outside, even though it was cold and had snowed the day before. He thought he would help his sons by getting the ladder for them … and the shovel for the snow … then he climbed onto the roof of his porch… He felt so good he could not stop and before he knew it, he had impulsively shoveled four-feet-deep snow off the roof of his porch. Only after he had finished did he remember that he had taken the cayenne pepper. He ran to the kitchen to take three more. Since that day, he took cayenne every day of his life.

Dick Quinn went on to live for another seventeen years after his failed heart bypass surgery. Normally, patients are not expected to live long after bypass surgery – in fact, for a couple of years after his operation, he received letters from the hospital asking if he were dead yet. Mr. Quinn’s double bypass closed up (re-occlusion) within a week, yet he was able to survive without them. He credited his life to the saving grace of cayenne pepper. He would go on to start an herbal supplements company at the age of 52, as well as help start three more businesses, including his own publishing company. He wrote Left for Dead in 1992 to help people by telling them about cayenne pepper. Most people don’t know about natural healing herbs because the medical and pharmaceutical establishments work hard to ensure that the mainstream is in the dark about them; instead, all that the public knows about are drugs and surgery.

The first section of the book relates his personal journey from near death to living health, the start of his herbal supplements company, and the herbs that he prescribed for himself. The second section, written by his daughter Shannon Quinn, contains information on the herbs that are good for the heart: cayenne, garlic, ginger, gout kola, hawthorn, lecithin, onion and valerian. The last part of the book is the medical section on the heart and conventional treatments of heart disease. I very much enjoyed reading the book, for both the personal testimony and the information on herbs. The book is written in chronological order and it was engaging to read it that way; one thing I didn’t notice until I had to go back to look up something I had read was that certain information was a little bit hard to find, being scattered across a few chapters. So, my only complaint is I wish some of the information were a little more organized and better edited. This is a small issue however; the book overall was excellent because of its story of someone who actually had a heart attack and was saved by healing herbs. Through his book and his herbal supplements that he began manufacturing himself, Mr. Quinn was able to help many people. Copies of their letters written to him are also included in the book. Prior to reading Left for Dead, I had felt in my heart that such a superb healing food existed – and it was not a big surprise that the food is cayenne pepper – but what was astonishing was just how quickly it worked. Many foods cleanse the body, but it is as if cayenne pepper were made especially to target the heart and the blood vessels.

The body has thousands of miles of blood vessels (some sources say over 60,000 miles). Any part of them could develop plaque and blockages, and they do. Heart bypass surgery only deals with a few inches. The vein taken from the leg for the bypass is not any less susceptible to plaque than any other blood vessel. It is no surprise that re-occlusions occur. In light of all this, bypass surgery does not make any sense. The only sure thing about it is the pain and suffering, not to mention the risk of dying on the operating table.

After his experience with his cardiologist and his recovery through cayenne pepper, Mr. Quinn became very distrustful of doctors, drugs and the pharmaceutical industry. For the next sixteen years, he was his own doctor, prescribing cayenne and herbs for himself. He never saw a doctor again until the last year of his life, and only after much urging from his family.

Mr. Quinn passed away in 1995, 17 years after his heart attack. He had congestive heart failure, which is the end result of heart disease. Despite how remarkable cayenne pepper was at saving his life, he had already had damages done to his heart due to that one heart attack. Once a heart attack has happened, it is irrevocable; damages occur that cannot be undone. The very best thing is to do everything in one’s power to prevent it from happening in the first place – never let it see the light of day, cut it off at the root. That means to do better than normal. If doctors say that there is no danger below 30% narrowing, do better than 30%. They don’t have high standards anyway. Set high standards for yourselves. Aim for zero percent. Cayenne pepper is most effective in conjunction with a healthy diet and lifestyle, so, just because cayenne cleans everything does not mean we should keep polluting. That would be undoing all the good cayenne does and going back to square one. As Dick Quinn said: clean every day, keep cleaning and never stop. And even if one has already had a heart attack, there is still hope. Cayenne and healing herbs will help the body to heal and to repair tissue damage. It would take more work and cayenne cannot do it alone, but with lifestyle and dietary changes and one’s cooperation towards healing, it is possible to be almost like new. Have faith. And the best thing, next to preventing heart disease, is that with cayenne pepper, it is so easy.

Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne pepper is one of several varieties of the plant species Capsicum annuum. Other varieties include: bell peppers, jalapeños, pimiento, Hungarian wax (paprika) and bird’s eye chili (Thai chili). Although they belong to the same species C. annuum, these varieties range widely from small to large, sweet to sour, and from being very mild to very hot, as well as having a variety of common names throughout the English-speaking parts of the world. The genus Capsicum has five domesticated species, of which C. annuum and C. frutescens are the most common (some botanists consider them to be one species). Cayenne pepper is botanically the fruit of the flowering plant, but is considered a vegetable for culinary purposes. The fruits of all the Capsicum species and their corresponding varieties all together constitute the pepper family.

Capsaicin is the active chemical in the fruits that gives the burning sensation in any tissue that comes into contact with it. The intensity of this burning sensation (heat) is directly proportional to the concentration of capsaicin present, measured in heat units on the Scoville scale. The highest concentration of capsaicin is located in the white pith surrounding the seeds. Bell pepper, which has no hotness or burning sensation, is the only Capsicum fruit that contains very little or no capsaicin, thus rating zero heat units (H.U.). Cayenne pepper is rated between 30,000–50,000 heat units. All of the hot varieties of peppers are referred to generally as “chili peppers” or just “chili” or “chile,” while the mild varieties (i.e. low heat units) are referred to as “peppers,” “bell peppers,” “red or green peppers,” or “capsicum,” depending on the part of the world. Thus, cayenne pepper is one of a range of chile peppers.

Jalapeño Peppers

Capsicum annuum, variety: Jalapeño peppers

When Dick Quinn first took cayenne pepper, he began with the culinary variety, which was rated at a few thousand heat units. Gradually, he transitioned to more powerful cayenne, from 40,000 to 80,000 heat units. Later, he found even stronger cayenne rated at 90,000 heat units. What was happening was that, with more use, his body was building up a tolerance and he found that he had to find stronger cayenne with more heat units in order to have the same effects that he wanted. He kept looking for stronger cayenne and eventually found the African bird’s eye (not to be confused with bird’s eye chili), which was recommended by Dr. John Christopher, rated at a whopping 130–150,000 heat units. African bird’s eye (piri piri) is actually a variety of the species Capsicum frutescens, which also includes tabasco pepper. Although cayenne is one variety of C. annuum, many sources (including Mr. Quinn) use the term “cayenne” for any of the Capsicum species, with the other chile peppers (paprika, jalapeños, African bird’s eye, etc.) as varieties of cayenne. Therefore, when you buy cayenne powder or capsules, you may be getting any of the varieties of hot chile peppers.

Native to the New World, cayenne has been used for culinary and medicinal purposes for thousands of years in the Americas, long before being introduced to Europe by Christopher Columbus in 1493, from whence it spread to the rest of the world through trade. For cooking or as an herbal supplement, cayenne pepper is often dried and ground into powder. There are hundreds of uses for cayenne, but its most important functions are related to the heart and circulation.

Cayenne targets the circulatory and digestive systems and improves circulation all over the body. According to several herbal books, cayenne is one of the most powerful stimulants, and stimulation is the key to healing. Cayenne stimulates every cell of the body, calling up the body’s natural energies for healing. Cayenne strengthens the heart, nerves and blood vessels. It dilates the blood vessels and helps to restore the elasticity of arteries, veins and capillaries. Cayenne can even stop a heart attack dead in its tracks by opening up the arteries and allowing blood to flow. Dr. Christopher on several occasions was able to stop heart attacks in progress. When the blood vessels are opened wide, the body gets the blood circulation it needs without straining the heart, and without raising blood pressure or heart beat. Caffeine is also a stimulant that gives the body an energy boost, but it does it in the opposite way to cayenne. Instead of opening the blood vessels, caffeine contracts them, causing the heart to pump harder to get the same amount of blood to circulate. So, the body gets the extra energy, but with the side effects of stress on the heart, a rise in blood pressure, and narrowed blood vessels which could increase the chances of a heart attack. Drinking coffee could be harmless unless there is already too much plaque in the blood vessels.

According to Mr. Quinn, cayenne has the incredible ability to flush away practically any substance from the blood vessels. It does this in conjunction with other herbs such as garlic and ginger. Garlic oil penetrates hardened plaque and softens it, allowing it to be washed away by the vitamin A in cayenne. Cayenne is also a catalyst that boosts the strength and efficiency of other herbs and nutrients. This is why cayenne pepper is often used in colon cleansing formulas and other herbal combinations. It is not a surprise that herbs work synergistically together according to a higher order. Cayenne boosts the power of garlic and the two together regulate blood pressure. Cayenne, garlic and ginger prevent blood clots by lowering fibrin, the scar tissue that is the initial cause of arterial deposits. They also clean the arteries by chelation, grabbing onto the debris or waste matter so they can be washed away, similar to how soap grabs onto dirt and then washes away with water. And, as Mr. Quinn discovered by accident, ginger and lecithin help to make cayenne easier on the body by stimulating the stomach so it can handle the heat and helping the capsaicin to blend with water.

Cayenne pepper has vitamins, minerals and other nutrients vital to health. It is high in vitamin A and also contains vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin E, and the minerals sulphur, iron, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. Cayenne has remarkable healing and disinfecting powers; it kills infections and stops internal and external bleeding. It helps surgical wounds to heal faster than antibiotics, and helps to rebuild damaged tissue. It causes pain, and also reduces it. Cayenne aids in weight control by increasing the body’s metabolism and suppressing appetite. Cayenne detoxifies the liver and other organs, helping to promote healthy liver function and tissue production. It prevents the liver from turning the hydrocarbons in broiled meat into carcinogens. Cayenne is used in pepper sprays because it causes temporary pain and blindness, but does not damage cellular tissue. Cayenne also helps to lower cholesterol, ease congestion, aid digestion by stimulating the stomach to produce mucous, and regulate elimination. For the elderly, cayenne helps to ease pain from tired muscles, stiffened joints and poor circulation. It can also be mixed with other herbs to be used as an external massage for relieving pain.

Cayenne does not have side effects like drugs do. Perhaps the worst it could do is give you a stomach ache, or a big bite. Added to all its curative benefits is the fact that cayenne pepper is a food: it is natural, nutritious, safe, harmless and inexpensive.

My Experiment with Cayenne Pepper

After I read Mr. Quinn’s book, I decided to give cayenne pepper a try. Some time earlier, my mother had had a carotid artery ultrasound done. This is a diagnostic test using a Doppler ultrasound to measure blood flow velocities within the carotid arteries. The velocities then correlate to the amount of stenosis (narrowing of the arteries). She had a duplex ultrasonography, in which a standard ultrasound creates images of the structure of the carotid arteries, showing the insides and plaque. By looking at both readings, images and blood flow velocities, the reader can interpret how much the carotid arteries have narrowed.

You see, the coronary arteries are not the only blood vessels that can get blocked – so can any artery or vein in the body. The common carotid arteries are two large arteries that go up the left and right side of the neck to deliver oxygenated blood to the head. If you place your fingers on either side of the neck, right below the jaw, you can feel your pulse in the carotid arteries. On each side, the common carotid artery splits into two branches, forming the internal and external carotid arteries – the internal branch feeds the brain and the external branch feeds other parts of the head: the face, neck, skull and scalp. When a carotid artery gets blocked, a stroke occurs. An obstruction can occur at any point in the two main carotids or in the four smaller branches, and depending on where it occurs, people who suffer strokes can have brain damage or facial and speech damage (sometimes in half the face), or both. The most common location of atherosclerotic plaque buildup is at the point where the common carotid divides into the internal and external branches, called the carotid bifurcation.

My mother’s test results were not good. They reported elevated velocities that corresponded to stenosis of 40-59% in two of the branches and 60-79% in another. According to doctors, stenosis over 70% is considered high risk. It was a big realization for me that she could have had a stroke at any time all these years and we didn’t know about it. It was just that it hadn’t happened yet – thank God. Now, I could do something about it before it was too late. Her doctor recommended a vascular specialist but I was afraid that it would lead to more invasive tests (looking back now, perhaps we should have done the MRA). I didn’t rule out seeing the specialist, but I wanted to try something else first. Up to that point, she had been taking cholesterol and blood pressure reducing medications for years, and obviously, they had done nothing to remotely reduce the amount of plaque (I wasn’t expecting a miracle here, but after so many years, to still be in the high-risk category meant zero effectiveness to me). Cholesterol drugs like the statins lower blood cholesterol by suppressing the liver. They do nothing to actually remove the cholesterol deposits already present in the blood vessels, address any of the other debris or waste products, nor prevent their collisions. The doctor recommended even more medications, but I told her that 79% stenosis was already not a good track record. Her response: well, you never know, maybe it would have been even worse now if she hadn’t been taking those medications. Even worse? How much over the high-risk threshold do you have to be to negate the effectiveness of these drugs? Do you have to be close to death before they will admit anything? In Dick Quinn’s case, apparently, yes. So, once I learned what cayenne pepper did for him, I knew I had to give it a try.

Cayenne pepper is a food and I had to place trust in God’s food. Besides, it seemed so simple. God does not promise easy answers for everything in life, but here was a seemingly easy and fast method presented to me, without risk or too much loss of time if it didn’t work (we could still go to the specialist). If someone as sincere as Dick Quinn claimed that it worked for him, I had to trust that it could work for my mom. It was about six months after her carotid artery test when I had her start taking cayenne pepper – in capsule form since she is sensitive to the sting of hot chile peppers. The variety we used was rated at 40,000 heat units. I had her start at one capsule and build up one capsule per day until she reached seven capsules per day, half of them cayenne alone and half cayenne with garlic. She continued at that dosage – half with lunch, half with dinner – for about five months.

After five months, she had another carotid artery ultrasound done because, by that time, it had been over a year since the first one. The results came back and read: “Peak systolic velocities in the right…left internal and external carotid arteries are within normal limits.” And, “No evidence of significant stenosis in the bilateral carotid bifurcation vessels. There is evidence of heterogeneous plaque…” Wow! Thanks and praise to God! What was more amazing than the fact that the stenosis had been greatly reduced, was how quickly it happened – within the space of a year, to go from possible stenosis of 79% to under 30%! We are speaking about plaque build-up that had happened over a lifetime. Her actual period of taking cayenne pepper was even less than that: five months. Amazing indeed.

The doctor (now a different one) was surprised herself (knowing that we had tried herbs rather than going to a specialist) and she called the lab to verify the report. The radiologist replied, according to the doctor, that the results were good, so he did not quantify the stenosis because there was no danger. The doctor could not explain the differences in the two reports, so she attributed the “discrepancy” to old lab equipment used for the first ultrasound (both tests were performed and interpreted by the same lab, but the first was done in a different doctor’s office, while the second was done at the lab’s own facilities). She didn’t really know if it was in fact old, but she concluded in her mind that it probably was. End of story. But, I’ve since realized that her reaction was normal for doctors.

One question still lurking for me was: what percent stenosis is “normal velocity”? There was still plaque present, but since it was not quantified, I took that to mean that it was much less or not significant to them. The doctor said that the stenosis was between 1-30% since lab reports do not quantify a percentage lower than 30%, the range that they consider to be normal.

Well, 30% still seemed significant to me, but that is the best you can get from a Doppler ultrasound reading. For my first experiment with cayenne pepper, it was enough for me to know that, within five months, the cayenne pepper had helped to clear my mom’s carotid arteries. And it was a great relief.

While I am very thankful that the cayenne pepper helped to lower the stenoses, I am aware that there is still the presence of some plaque, so the work of cleaning must continue every day and forever. There is one thing that did not work for my mom: the combination of cayenne and garlic did not help to lower her blood pressure as it did for Dick Quinn. If stenosis and plaque did reduce, yet blood pressure did not, then it leads me to the conclusion that her HBP must have other causes in addition to vascular deposits.

I mention this to remind readers that each individual is different and if a certain food, nutrient or herb does not give the expected results, it could be due to many different things or combinations of things. The individual knows best his or her own situation and history, so adjustments must be made, whether that be the amount, eliminating/adding another supplement, or even not taking cayenne at all. Nutrition must be personalized for your body. With natural food and herbs used for healing, trial and error and flexibility are necessary, especially if one does not have access to an experienced professional (e.g. a naturopathic doctor).

Finally, it would not be complete if I did not mention that cayenne pepper is not the only solution for cleaning the blood vessels. Perhaps for some people, cayenne may not be enough. Chelation therapy is an excellent, proven therapy for removing toxic metals, like mercury and lead, from the body. As you may guess, it is also much more expensive than herbs (but much less than bypass surgery). I hope to cover this topic in a future article. There are many foods and herbs provided in nature that cleanse the body, but cayenne remains one of the best for the circulatory and digestive systems. Perhaps down the road, a person may need something stronger for his particular situation, but I believe cayenne pepper is the first viable option because it works, it is fast and, most of all, it is inexpensive and easily available.

Some Suggestions For Taking Cayenne Pepper

When taking cayenne pepper, I believe the whole dried powder or fresh peppers should be consumed. The powder can be mixed with water to make a paste for external use or as a wash for gargling. An infusion can also be made from the dried herb. I would not recommend any isolated capsaicin, the active ingredient, because studies have shown that it works in opposite ways to the whole fruit. For example, high levels of capsaicin damage the cells in the digestive system, preventing the absorption of nutrients from food, whereas whole herb cayenne helps to repair tissue damage and increases the body’s ability to absorb nutrients. The constituents of the whole herb work synergistically together and isolating any one of them is unnatural and could introduce unknown negative side effects. Isolated active ingredients are not safe because the nutrients needed to make them safe have been discarded during the refining process.

When I first started my mom on cayenne, I wasn’t sure how much she should take, so I had her start with one capsule to see whether she could tolerate it. Then I had her increase by one per day until she reached seven per day. I felt that this was a good therapeutic dosage to accomplish the task, and due to my perceived urgency of the situation, I wanted to reduce the stenoses as quickly and as naturally as possible. Once the emergency had passed, I was able to have her reduce to a maintenance dosage. The maintenance dosage varies according to the individual and how much he or she can tolerate, which will vary over time and circumstances as well. The therapeutic dose is usually much more in order to fix and overcome a certain problem. Capsule sizes also vary among different brands. Additionally, the higher the heat units, the more capsaicin there is, so the more powerful it will work. Each person must determine how much he/she should take, but keep in mind, cayenne is a food so this is not an exact science. Cayenne has beneficial nutrients, just like with any other food or herb. Try a little bit at a time, increase and settle on an amount that you feel comfortable with that is not too little or too much, but enough to make a difference. Cayenne pepper is very hot and for those who cannot tolerate the burning sensation, the powder form in capsules will help it to bypass the mouth. The stomach may not feel the sting, but it does feel some heat, so eat cayenne with food and not too much all at once. Cayenne’s bite is bigger than its bark. Too much cayenne can cause an upset stomach, as I found out myself, so it is always good practice to build up any herb or supplement. Dick Quinn himself also had a few episodes of heat and sweat as he took more than he could handle at one time. Cayenne also detoxes the body which is why it is a common ingredient in colon cleansing, but a word of caution: too much internal cleaning and releasing of toxins all at once could cause one to become sick or poisoned by one’s own wastes (especially if there is constipation). I know this from experience. Care and caution must be exercised when taking cayenne beyond a maintenance amount. As wonderful as cayenne is, it is not for everyone. There are some who are allergic to cayenne (a relative of mine is), so it would be wise to test and build up slowly to see how one responds to it.

Here concludes this introductory piece on cayenne red pepper, also known as Capsicum. This article is not meant to be an exhaustive piece but as an introduction and, I hope, as a piece of inspiration. Like Dick Quinn, I came to believe in cayenne pepper, but thankfully, I did not have to come close to a near-death experience before discovering its amazing healing power. I have him to thank, and his book, as well as all the people before him who contributed to the history of this knowledge. Such is the nature of how truth is revealed to us: a little bit at a time, gradually over time, growing bigger as it is carried from person to person as they pass on this knowledge to others. Such is also the nature of how life is sown: from a few seeds at first, growing slowly until it becomes something bigger than what it was, being life itself, and then passing on its life to other life.

How Does Cayenne Help the Body?

How does cayenne help the body? Let me count the ways.
Cayenne travels the depth and length of thousands of miles of vessels,
Going as far as the heart can reach, who with every beat
Gives life-giving blood to all living cells.
Cayenne paves the way and conquers obstructions,
Opening the passageways for life to flow through;
Cayenne feeds the heart and cleanses the blood,
Helping living organs to begin anew.
It heals wounds and kills infections;
It rebuilds tissue and destroys wastes;
As a heart attack hangs in the balance,
It vanquishes the enemy with utmost haste.
Cayenne dilates and restores;
It stimulates and alleviates;
It boosts and soothes;
It regulates and mitigates.
Cayenne performs its duties as if guided
By an All-Mighty Hand, and if God wills,
It shall not lose faith, nor waver from its purpose,
Sowing seeds of life to the very end still.

— SowingLife.com

Chile peppers grown in pots.

My father grows his own chile peppers in pots.

Capsicum annuum with fruits growing upright.

Capsicum annuum. The pepper fruits of this variety grow upright. They turn red when ripe. (Unfortunately, I don’t know the name of this variety.)

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