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Digestion Part 3 – Fats and Problems

Mary-Ann covers fats, and then goes on to discussing problems from indigestion.


From our Mondays with Mary-Ann sessions . . .
Digestion Overview
Digesting Fats, and some potential problems that create indigestion and techniques to fight it.

Digestion – Fats

There are no enzymes in the mouth, and most of the role the mouth plays in other food’s digestion doesn’t happen.

Fats are somewhat unique in that most of the common forms of
“Concentrated Fats” are typically already broken down.

Some foods that contain a lot of fats (Nuts and Seeds for example) need to be chewed thoroughly in order to have their fats digested.

Digestion – Fats

Bile, which is made by the liver and stored in the gall bladder.

The Gall Bladder concentrates the bile and uses it to emulsify and blend the fats into a workable form that can continue on in the digestion process.

This is where Essential Fatty Acids are made available and absorbed into your body for CRITICAL work in many different systems.

Digestion – The MACRO nutrients

Carbohydrates provide the Glucose, which is used in cell metabolism, brain function etc…

Proteins provide the Amino Acids used to repair and grow tissue.

Fats provide the EFA’s for the Endocrine system, which regulates hormones and many other processes.

These 3 main groups provide the foundational elements of the body, and then associated products like vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, phytonutrients etc… get brought along and absorbed in the body as well.

Digestion – Fiber and digestive muscle

Fiber is a key, non nutrient product involved in digestion.

Peristalsis is the process of muscular contraction that moves food along the digestive tract. Without fiber, the process doesn’t work and fiber provides the bulk that carries the food along.

Eventually this process forces the left over waste (and undigested food) out of the body.

Digestion – its Hormonal!

This entire process is controlled by hormones, and therefore the Endocrine system.

Peristalsis is controlled by hormones.

Hydrochloric acid is manufactured and controlled by hormones.

Without a health Endocrine system digestion is near impossible.
Stress affects the Endocrine system, and can inhibit digestion.

Anything that inhibits hormonal
function can mess with digestion.

Digestion – potential problems and solutions

Some people have trouble regulating or using digestive enzymes and need supplemental forms.

Prepzymes by AIM are very good at helping digest Fats, Protein, and Carbohydrates.

Supplemental digestive enzymes help make up for a deficiency and keep food digesting properly and avoid the negative effects of indigestion.

Some people who have suffered with specific problems (Pancreatitis for example) may very well need digestive enzymes for the rest of their life.

Digestion – potential problems and solutions

Periods of high stress can result in indigestion, and supplemental digestive enzymes can help.

Poor eating habits can have long term damage to the digestive tract (dyspepsia).
Using products to cope with the pain and acidic conditions don’t actually help the problem.

Anti-acids wont help digestion.

Digestive enzymes and intestinal flora supplement (FloraFood) will help counteract the problem, as well as help restore the lack of digestive bacteria.

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Digestion Part 2 – Proteins and IN-digestion

Digestion and Indigestion

Part 2 of my Mondays with Mary-Ann Shearer (of The Natural Way) sessions where I’m talking with her about Natural Health Topics and extracting the little nuggets of Natural Health wisdom she has collected over 30+ years of research, application and education.

This session comes on the heels of Part 1, where we reviewed the basics of what digestion is, and understanding the digestion of starches (carbohydrates).




From our Mondays with Mary-Ann sessions . . .

Digesting Proteins and a common cause (and side effects) of combing Carbohydrate and Proteins at same meal.

Concentrated Foods

  • Many foods have some carbohydrate and protein and fat in them.
  • When a food has more than 20% carbohydrate, it is considered a “Concentrated Carbohydrate” or simply a “Carbohydrate”
  • When a food has more than 15% Protein, it is considered a “Concentrated Protein” or simply a “Protein”.

Amino Acids

  • Similar in concept to carbohydrates which are made out of chains of sugars (Glucose, Galactose, Fructose), Proteins are made up of Amino Acids
  • Each Amino Acid is different in shape and size, and there are over 20 of them known to man.
  • “Essential” Amino Acids must be gotten from food in your diet.
  • 9 are considered essential for Babies, 8 for toddlers and older.
  • From those 8 Essential Amino Acids, we make over 24 different proteins for use in the body.

Proteins in the mouth

  • Digestion is the process of breaking food down into their component nutrients. In this case, we are breaking down concentrated proteins by Mechanical and Chemical processes.
  • Digesting proteins start just like Carbohydrate in the mouth by chewing.
  • Chewing reduces the size and complexity of the food, and sets the stage for the chemical process of digestion.

Proteins in the stomach and intestines

  • Hydrochloric Acid is first released by the stomach, which in turn triggers the release of enzymes.
  • The digestive enzyme called Pepsin is released to reduce and extract the amino acids from the other parts of the proteins.
  • It continues into the small intestine for further breakdown and extraction until the Amino Acids are fully extracted, and then released into your body for use.

Problems with digesting

  • When you eat Fruit, it is very simple to digest because the raw ingredients are already broken down and easy to digest.

Problems with digesting

  • Raw nuts and seeds are very high in protein, but easier to digest than animals.

Proteins vs Carbs . . . ph problems

  • As your stomach senses the quantity and quality of protein coming in, it will respond by releasing digestive acids.
  • When your stomach releases Hydrochloric acid, it is creating a very acidic environment (ph of 3.0).

Proteins vs Carbs . . . ph problems

  • As your stomach senses the quantity and quality of carbohydrates coming in, it will respond by releasing digestive Ptaylin.
  • As you body moves the food along the digestive tract, it continues to release enzymes to finish breaking down carbohydrates into Glucose for use.

Proteins vs Carbs . . . ph problems

  • Carbohydrates require ph of >4.0
  • Proteins require ph of <=3.0
  • If you remember basic chemistry in school… you cannot have 2 ph levels in the same solution.
  • The ph levels of both solutions will combine and create a different resulting ph in the residual solution.

The wonderful side effects of indigestion

  • The wrong ph creates an environment where none of the food breaks down correctly.
  • The carbohydrates will normally begin to ferment, with the resulting problems of gas, poison and…


  • Gas – carbon dioxide, methane and many other ever expanding gases that are looking for a way out… time for the giggles…
  • However, gas pain can be very painful, and is a sign of several problems your body is having digesting food.
  • Walking and exercise can help alleviate gas. But it is better to avoid it in the first place!

Other problems

  • Ammonia – very carcinogenic (cancer causing)
  • Acetic Acid – Strong acids normally seem in vinegar
  • Ethanol – The least toxic of the 5 alcohols to humans.
  • Some people even experience the effects of alcohol after eating concentrated proteins and starches at the same meal… they have become their own brewery!

Optimal Digestion

Optimal digestion actually makes you feel better! Clear headedness after eating is a sign you are digesting properly!




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Digestion Part 1 – Starches

Potato Carbohydrate starch

How does food digest? How do we take food and turn it into energy, tissue, and life itself? Mary-Ann Shearer goes into each piece of this amazing process, starting with starches.



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Digestion of Starches / Carbohydrates

From our Mondays with Mary-Ann sessions . . .


Digestion Overview

Why do we have a digestive tract and what does it do?

  • What is digestion
  • Breaking down food into usable resources
  • This is primarily accomplished through 2 methods, Mechanical and Chemical
  • Mechanical is accomplished normally through chewing, but could also be accomplished via Juicing or other pre-ingestion mechanical steps.
  • Most people do NOT chew their food enough, and this has a significantly negative effect on the subsequent digestive process
  • Your teeth are designed specifically for the first step, and are actually part of the digestion process.

  • Starches are carbohydrate rich foods, for example potato, grains, fruits, sweet vegetables.
  • You cannot use a potato without breaking it down.
  • As you chew starches, you break them down mechanically, and then your mouth secrets Ptyalin, a form of amylase found in humans and some animals.
  • This enzyme breaks down the starches (long strings of bonded carbohydrates) into the shorter, smaller, simpler sugars to be used by the body.
  • The poly-saccharides (multiple sugars) become di-saccharides (2 sugars) and eventually move into your stomach.


  • In your stomach, the Ptyalin breaks down and new enzymes are used.
  • As the starches move to the small intestine, your body releases even more digestive enzymes (intestinal amylases).
  • The digestive process finishes by breaking the di-saccharides into Glucose.
  • Glucose is then absorbed and used by the body.

The body uses Glucose in the brain and central nervous system. Without enough stable Glucose (i.e. Low Blood Sugar), the body simply doesn’t function effectively:

  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Mood swings
  • Irrational Thoughts
  • Anxiety

The optimum form of Starches are WHOLE FOOD sources, which digest correctly. Refined starches (refined carbohydrates) do NOT digest correctly, and cause ill health.



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Essential Fatty Acids Overview

This is an attempt to give people a baseline understanding of essential fatty acids (Omega-3 and Omega-6 particularly) and how they work in the body. As well, it presents the idea that EFA’s alone aren’t enough, they require other nutrients to work well.

This presentation is put together from basic research, a 60 min conversation I had with Mary-Ann Shearer, and some personal experience with feeding our own bodies and kids in our family.


The audio of my discussion with MAry-Ann is below. To save the mp3 file right click here and select save as . . .

Supplementing with Essential Fatty Acids

Throughout the discussion and video, you will see the following products mentioned over and over again. These products are simply the best resources we can find to help supply EFA’s.


essential fatty acids AIMega AIMega® is an organic seed oil blend that delivers an important source of healthful and essential omega-3, -6 and-9 fatty acids. Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are incorporated into every cell of the body, and are key structural, metabolic, and regulatory components of cells. They improve and regulate cellular function, reduce inflammation, modulate immune response, optimize health and well-being, and help prevent chronic disease.
essential fatty acids catalyst BarleyLife BarleyLife is a non-gmo, all-natural, green barley juice concentrate (in powder form) that provide the nutrition you need to for a good foundation of health. The power starts in the young barley leaves. Research shows green barley juice contains large amounts of enzymes, essential amino acids, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory activity, immune system support, and cholesterol-lowering effects. Its truly one of the most health promoting foods possible.


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My High Hopes to Raise a Picky Eater

Picky Eater Havah and friend

Do you really want a picky eater? That might depend on your definition. This is an article written by Danielle Henry, when her daughter Havah was just a few months old. Havah is now 7, and the oldest of a set of 3 “littles” who have all grown up following many of the simple concepts in this short excerpt.

A few times a week I will talk with other moms about nutrition for the family. Up until the past year I’ve really only be responsible for feeding myself. Our two older daughters are old enough to go to the kitchen and feed themselves. Sean and I encourage them to make good choices, but they are at a place where they will choose what they do and don’t eat when they are at school or at a friend’s house.

When our youngest daughter started to seem interested in food I realized that I had some big decisions to make. When is the right time to introduce solid food? What is the right first food? I looked all over the internet, I went to the bookstore and to the library in search of answers.

I found a lot of helpful information. I also found a lot of useless information!

Common Answers, no Real Help

The most common answer that I found was something like this, “Around 4-6 months of age your baby will need something in addition to breast milk. This is great time to introduce rice cereal. If you feed your baby rice cereal before putting him to bed, you can expect that he will begin to sleep through the night.”

This was helpful, but not exactly what I was looking for. The information that I really wanted was something like, “Here are the nutritional needs of your baby and why. Here are good foods that meet those needs.” I did find a few sites and books that provided that type of information.

Great Resources to make a Picky Eater

The best source I found was a book by Mary-Ann Shearer called Healthy Kids the Natural Way. I had read a few of Mary-Ann’s books before, but didn’t realize that she had a book about children’s health until my friend Merrily Bright turned me onto it. Mary-Ann discusses nutrition from pre-pregnancy all the way to adolescence. The chapters on when to introduce solid food and what to give my baby were great! She goes on to break down several fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds – providing the vitamin and mineral content of each. It was great information. It really helped me to understand that these foods have everything that the body needs for optimum health. Unfortunately, if you look for this book on the web you will have trouble finding it. If are interested in getting a copy email me.

Another good resource is Many of the articles are very practical. Besides having a super fun raw food family, they discuss great tips on providing proper nutrition to your children and practical advice on how to survive travel, school lunches etc. while keeping health in mind.

Recently, my friend Paul Nison (raw food author, chef and educator) has been posting information on nutrition for babies and children as he and his wonderful wife Andrea just had a baby girl. Andrea wrote a great post about her plans for their daughter’s diet in the coming years. You can check out some posts she did on a blog at Guaranteed good info and great videos.

So here’s what happened with Havah: At around seven months old I gave her a taste of ripe banana mixed with breast milk. Over the next several months I introduced several other raw fresh fruits and vegetables. Some of her favorites are mangos, blended apples and pears, avocados, carrot juice, bananas (when she wants something to eat she asks for a nana), nectarines, papaya, young coconut meat, some of our raw shakes of course BarleyLife. A few times a week we give her food that is lightly steamed like yellow squash, peas and green beans.  Basically, she loves any food we give her!

I found some interesting info the on rice cereal suggestion. It turns out that babies don’t produce ptyalin, the enzyme that is produced in the mouth to help convert starches into sugars. Babies don’t produce this enzyme until they have a mouth full of teeth and are good at chewing. This usually happens around 18 – 24 months. Introduction of complex starches (rice cereal, potatoes, bread etc.) can sometimes result in constipation, mucus production and food intolerances.

My hope for Havah and all of our children is to raise picky eaters! I hope that if she grows up being stuffed with wonderful foods that help her body thrive that she will prefer them all of her life. I hope that our children will try anything, but have a preference for raw, fresh, ripe fruits and vegetables.

Danielle Henry

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Enzymes (and where to find them)

It is our belief, shared by many proponents of Raw Foods that the single best mechanism for getting enzymes inside your body is by eating Raw Foods. It is also often true that we need to supplement with enzymes in order to recover from ill health, or to make up for the limited amounts in even the best diets. If you are struggling with ill health, poor digestion or similar problems, enyzmes may really be at the root cause.

First off, what is an enzyme, and why it is so important.

Enzymes are the fundamental catalysts (helpers) of processes occurring in the body. They help facilitate chemical reactions and allow them to speed up and work more efficiently. Without enzymes, these reactions might never occur quickly enough, powerfully enough, or occur at all.

What kind of processes? Almost every single one! It is common reading articles readily available that enzymes are largely held as the measuring stick for biological activity. Meaning Life is measured by the amount of enzymatic activity! Your body is producing millions of these every second, and using them immediately:

  • Digestion of Food
  • Creating Cellular Energy (For more information research ATP, Krebs Cycle, and cellular metabolism) from the resource digested.
  • Cell repair in all tissues, organs etc…
  • Brain Function

While there are lots of chemical catalysts, most chemical catalysts catalyze (help) a wide range of reactions. They are not usually very selective. Enzymes are usually highly selective, catalyzing specific reactions only (for instance digestion). This is due to the shapes of the enzyme molecules, and how they fit into the substances they help.

Types/Classes of Enzymes

There are generally 3 types, or classes, of enzymes.

  • Metabolic Enzymes:
  • Digestive Enzymes
  • Food Enzymes

Metabolic Enzymes

These enzymes work directly within the cells, functioning as helpers to do whatever specific work that unique cell needs to do. Examples would be the conversion of minerals into a usable substance (Phosphorus or Calcium or Magnesium into human bone), providing the bind for iron within a red blood cell, regulation of valves in cardiac tissue, dilation of blood vessels, and much, muhc more.

Digestive Enzymes

These function outside a cell, and are normally associated with the break down of food into the usable, basic elements like Amino Acids, Essential Fatty Acids, Vitamins, Minerals etc… Most digestive enzyme supplements are focused on the breakdown of macro nutrients: Carbohydrates, Fats, and Protein. These enzymes are created by your body itself.

Food Enzymes

Food Enzymes are actually contained within the food itself, allowing the body to begin digesting and breaking down the food before the Digestive Enzymatic process actually begins. These enzymes are also what causes fruit to ripen, and then subsequently rot.

Functional scenarios for enzymes

Enzymes humans use fit into 2 categories, ones we make (Intrinsic) and ones we get from outside (Extrinsic).  A great example of Intrinsic enzymes is digestive enzymes. Our bodies produce these in many areas of the body that help break down food into its simpler and more usable substances. An example of an Extrinsic enzyme is Papain, which comes from Papaya.

Enzymes humans use function within a fairly narrow range of Temperature, PH, and Concentration. The optimum Temperature is about 104 degrees F. Above that, the enzymes begin to break down and degrade (actually they “denature” similar to cooking proteins) as the temperature increases. They also function in very narrow ranges of PH. They are also limited by Concentration. If there aren’t enough enzymes molecules, they won’t work on all the chemical “substrates” (molecules) that need them.

So what does this mean to me?

This essentially means that a very fundamental ingredient in the basic functions of most every part of life are dependent on and governed by, some very specific products that have very specific requirements. The performance of this vital element has a very narrow range to work their best. This has huge impact on our bodies because there is really only one source of these products if they are not enzymes the body can make itself: EATING!

So now what?

It isn’t simply eating, but eating enzymes that are functioning within their correct parameters; Temperature, PH, and Concentration. Without these factors, the enzymes will not work as well as we need. 1

Concentration: Considering basic logic that all true food designed for Humans has within itself what we need (or it really wouldn’t be food), Concentration isn’t hard if we don’t affect the other parameters. The levels of enzymes should be sufficient assuming they haven’t already been denatured or modified. The concentration of enzymes in a particular food will be highest if we ensure the following:

PH: There is a lot of debate about this topic, but we can safely say enzymes themselves function within specific ranges, and if you need enzymes but are not able to have an environment within their optimum range, they are not optimally active! Some enzymes function only in acidic environments, but those are typically specialized, and occur only in areas they are needed (think pepsin in the stomach). Most references point to human enzymes, especially metabolic enzymes (enzymes that affect metabolic processes that are located in EVERY cell of the body) working at about 7.2, slightly alkaline. Therefore, more alkalinity would be considered better than more acidic for most enzymes in the human body.

Temperature: This is the easiest to control, but the hardest to implement! The more closely most enzymes is to 104 degrees F, the better. Any higher, and it starts to denature, until they are totally ineffective. Note this serious dilemma, I have found no easily accessible research claiming that at 118 degrees F all enzymes break down! I cannot find it anywhere other than on sites selling raw Foods, and it is not backed up by a results based study, it is simply made as a blanket claim!

However, it is clear from a simple looking around that enzymes do break down after heating, and I found a claim that Papain (from Papaya) is able to handle one of the highest temperatures, 190 degrees F.

Therefore, it is safe to find some maximum, and we think most Plant based enzymes handle up to 125 degrees F, which is awfully close to 118!

So tell it to me straight.

So, all factors point to foods that are slightly alkaline, near 104 Degrees F are optimum sources of enzymes. This would mean that RAW PLANT FOODS that have not been brought to Acidic PH, or above 104 degrees, have to be some of the best, if not THE best, enzymes for us to eat. The other alternative is taking supplements that have been extracted from Plants, and we think you should skip the middle man when possible, and go right to the source.

Common biology and understandings point by themselves to basic raw plants as optimum source of enzymes.  This isn’t rocket science, and it isn’t a metaphysical argument.

The basic conclusion is: More RAW FOODS! And when you are making a transition to a healthier lifestyle or find your digestion sluggish or incomplete, use a good supplemental source of digestive enzymes.

Digestive Enzymes

PrepZymes Digestive EnzymesWe believe that the AIM Prepzymes are some of the best digestive enzymes available. They are highly effective, and high value.



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Mary-Ann Shearer interviews her daughter, Marie-Claire, and discusses the reality of eating healthy and taking responsibility for your own health.



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Mary-Ann Shearer interviews her husband Mark. Hear how Mark began to adapt to a Whole Food diet and the tremendous benefits to his overall health.



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This remarkable story about how many problems are truly related to diet and lifestyle. Pamela suffered with several different autoimmune disorders with no help from several expensive medications.



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Success Stories Weight Loss

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Some of our success stories in weight loss on the Natural Way and 100 Days to Health. 

Read our article on our quick, natural method to lose weight quickly.

“I can’t thank you enough for what you have put into this programme. You are a great blessing. I bought your 1st book about 20 years ago or so. I think it was newly out then. I read it and believed every word you said, but I was not at that place in my life where I had the will to execute your plans. I SO regret that, for my children as well as for my husband and myself.

BUT……..God is good, because 13months ago He just gave me the divine ability to do a 360 degrees with my life and get on track for the very first time in my 58 years.

I have Muscular Dystrophy (Limb Girdle type), plus I had breast cancer in 2004 and my gall bladder removed in 2005. I have been in a wheelchair since 1996.

Well, I have to confess my life became a mess in almost every way.

But on the 31st January 2009 in the midst of experiencing the MOST unbelievable pressure sores from sitting, I just cried out to God and HE began to do a work in my heart and mind. I have never been so serious with God in my life and He knew it too.

“I was weighing around 230-240kgs!!! I used to eat my way through stress. Not really in quantity, but in WHAT I ate!! I just got this divine idea to eliminate flour, dairy, sugar. So I began to eat a lot of raw fruit and veg with a small bit of complex carbs like potato and rice milk to replace dairy.

I went to find your book but I think it’s either packed away or I have lent it to someone with whom I have lost track. So I’m planning on getting another one soon. In the mean time I decided to find you on the internet and that’s when I saw your 100 day programme. It is amazing. I realised for the first time that eating correctly is not about following a diet, which sets one up for failure anyway, but it’s about understanding how to go about eating foods. Suddenly I have so much understanding about correct eating.

It’s as though the entire puzzle has begun to fit together for me! I have lost 45kg so far!

I still have to ask God each day to renew my strength and give me the ability to remain true to what I’m doing. And, He DOES!!!

Now my husband is also following my “eating with understanding” and has lost 7kgs!

Thank you so very much for having inspired me again from all those years back. When I bought your book I KNEW it was for a purpose. But sometimes us humans take too long to learn!!
God bless you in all you do,”

 Lost 18 kg/40 lbs

“I’m now 18kg down and still going strong

This has been the easiest and most amazing lifestyle change I have ever managed, and that fact that now just on 6 months down the line I am still so focused and encouraged.

Lots and lots of thanks and gratitude”

Lost 11 kb/25 lbs

“Just to let you know, I have read your Perfect Weight book and the kilos are still coming off! I have now lost 11 kg in weight since I did the 100 days program a year ago and although my weight loss has been slow, I know I am on the right road to healthier living.”

Lost 33 lbs

“I’ve actually started excising January this year and following the natural way lifestyle together with the exercise (no diet whatsoever!) I have dropped 3 dress sizes and the scale shows around 33 lbs weight loss so far (not that I pay much attention to the scale) it is my body that feels good and looks much better.

Doing all the stuff you’ve taught me Mary-Ann I am walking proof that this works. My family from my mother’s side is all riddled with arthritis and cancer from my father side of the family. My brothers & sister all have serious osteoporosis and I am 100% healthy, nothing wrong with me.”

Reached Goal Weight

“I’ve only just managed to get your e-mail address from my friend Francoise Holley, who thankfully helped me get on to your 100 days to health programme. I started it, I’ve just checked on the 21st of April last year. I was feeling unfit, unhealthy and overweight, which I was. I’m 1 metre 57 and I weighed 71 kgs. And I’m 58 years old.

I have been living in the U.K for 11 years now and I was “trying” to eat healthily, but nothing worked. I spoke to Francoise and she told me about the 100 days to health and she helped me get on the programme as I said. I started receiving the e-mails and found it so easy to do. I love fruit and fresh veggies and found it no hardship at all, in fact it is such an easy lifestyle to keep. It’s easy when you go out, eat salad or veggies or no carbs and chicken salad. I love eating seeds and nuts between meals and just don’t feel like cakes or biscuits and chocolate any more. Of course I have them occasionally but it’s not a must, if I feel like something sweet I have some grapes or strawberries or bananas.

I have got down to my goal weight now of 54 kgs and I feel so fit and well, I haven’t felt so well for years. I won’t ever change my eating habits thanks to this programme, I wish I’d known about it years ago. Thank you so much.”

6 Weeks in, 14 lbs gone

“Thank you so much for the Health program and your advice.

I had lower back surgery 2 years ago which included a huge anesthetic, lots of pain killers and sedatives, so my digestive system went haywire. I rumbled and grumbled and felt tired, unhealthy, sore and bloated until you suggested I join the program. Within the first week my digestion settled down and I began to feel so much better. The eating plan is brilliant as I no longer have to force myself to eat the red meat a dietitian advised (for B12) and I am truly grateful to feel so good.

Mary-Ann, this is absolutely the most exciting journey!!! God bless you for sharing your knowledge with us all. I’ve been learning & applying for about 6 weeks now & LOVING IT!!! I feel wonderful, have lost about 14 pounds, feel so good, and look better too. Thank you a million times. I’ve been praying for this for years.”


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Vitamin B12 Deficiency – Let’s Get Real

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Vitamin B12 Deficency: Some common sense and science

I came across this article some years ago and it is one of the best explanations on vitamin B12.

I have been telling people for years that sterilizing our digestive tracts is one of the main reasons people are vitamin B12 deficient and every time you drink a glass of municipal water you are doing just that! The chlorine added to kill bacteria, will also kill your friendly bacteria – vitamin B12 is just one of many good bacteria produced in the digestive tract. In fact a healthy digestive tract is the key to healthy vitamin B12 levels. Read Perfect Health – The Natural Way by myself to get clear guidelines on how to have a healthy digestive tract – chapter 4 in particular.

Research done  some years back in Australia, indicates that 40% of meat eaters, vegetarians and vegans suffered from a vitamin B12 deficiency.

This indicates clearly that eating meat does not prevent B12 deficiency and being vegan does not cause B12 deficiency. So … read on carefully.


An Introduction To Cobalamin Metabolism-
cobalamins: form, function, inhibitors, a vegan perspective

John Coleman

I am not a health and nutrition expert, nor am I an expert at biochemistry. But to the best of my knowledge the information here is correct, being derived from well informed sources, but given some of my own interpretations and deductions. Some information is based on reading and knowledge gained from sources not mentioned in the references, such as the well known food chain effect in concentrating toxins up the food chain.


Most vegans, sooner or later, will discover the Vitamin B12 (cobalamin) requirement stories that circulate and often form the basis for demonstrating the alleged dangers of veganism. This text aims to demonstrate that it is not so much a lack of B12 that causes ill health, but that rather it is the modern western lifestyle that may generate excess requirements of this micronutrient. In particular this text will look at the little known issue of mercury, and how it interferes with normal cobalamin metabolism.

I hope to encourage people to read about, examine and challenge popular nutritional and health issues, because my experience has taught me that only learning the issues for yourself frees one from the many misleading schools of thought that surround dietary practices. Perhaps most people will be satisfied just to know that they get enough B12, but this text is for those who want to understand what the real health issues are.

I suggest that rather than focusing always on B12 intake, a far more health giving practice is to ensure that the B12 in your body is used effectively. The human body can only absorb about 8 µg of B12 from any one oral dose. If one lives a conventional “toxic” lifestyle it would seem sensible to take a modest B12 supplement if you are a vegan. I have yet to see any strong evidence that this is necessary or what levels of intake may be required depending on lifestyle factors.

Lifestyle risks other than your heavy metal load

  • meat or other animal products and refined carbohydrates (sugars) when used generously may more than double B12 needs
  • persons who use drugs (eg Losec), chemicals, or beverages which destroy or remove B12 (e.g., tobacco*, alcohol, caffeine, laxatives, etc.)
  • egg albumin and egg yolk decrease B12 absorption
  • heavy metals present in food decrease dietary uptake
  • a lack of calcium in food may decrease dietary uptake
  • intestinal disorders or surgery affecting the intestines
  • washing, cooking and light exposure of food containing B12
  • sterilisation of your environment and food
  • stress effects the digestive tract

[adapted from; Thrash & Thrash, “NUTRITION FOR VEGETARIANS”, 1982, “Heavy Metal Bulletin” Vol 2, Iss 3, Dec 1995 and Thorsons “Complete Guide To Vitamins and Minerals”]
*B12 detoxifies cyanide in food and also tobacco smoke

The primary loss of B12 in the human body seems to be through bile excretion, which is a greater factor amongst meat eaters. Also failure of intrinsic factor or poor production of stomach acid (usually due to aging and or long term mismanagement of chronic stress) can contribute to B12 deficiency.

B12 is a vitamin required for blood formation and rapidly growing tissues. Methylcobalamin production requires cobalamin and is the cobalamin found in the central nervous system (CNS) and brain where it transports methyl groups (-CH3) to proteins in the myelin. It is for these reasons that B12 deficiency leads to anaemia (blood disorders include macrocytos and pernicious anaemia) and neurological disorders (Alzheimer’s disease and suspected amalgam related disorders). There are, as with many diseases, usually more than one factor which may be involved with causation. Given that the former disorders are rare, even in vegans who have low B12 intakes, what I am more concerned about is the potential for neurological disorders that may be subclinical. This occurs because it is possible to have a deficiency of B12 in the CNS even when blood levels of B12 are “normal”, or what is called non-anaemic deficiencies. These occur for meat eaters with huge B12 intakes as well as for vegans. So laying the blame for neurological problems on veganism or indeed any alleged B12 intake deficiency is not always accurate, since increased B12 dietary intake will evidently, not always work. In these serious cases B12 is usually injected since dietary availability of B12 can be as low as 1% of the total ingested for mega B12 doses, and some patients do not convert dietary B12 to the methylcobalamin required for normal neurological activity so well.

Myelin is the insulating layer which, along with fatty acids*, surrounds nerve fibres. This protects nerves just like the insulation around electrical cables. In B12 deficiency, toxic 15-17 coal atom fatty acids have a demyelinating effect on nerves, and electrical impulse transmission is disturbed. Large doses of B12 supplements may help to repair damage to the myelin given time, but once a nerve cell is destroyed it will not “grow back”. Essential fatty acids and antioxidants will also assist with protection and regeneration of myelin.

*Myelin is made up of; cholesterol, polyunsaturated fats (PUFA), and phosphatidyl choline complex with lipid call sphingosine. (L. Mervyn)

What Is Cobalamin and What Does It Do?

Cobalamin (vitamin B12) is the largest B vitamin and was the last one to be isolated in 1948 by Dr E. Lester Smith in the UK from liver. It is a red crystalline substance. It had been known as early as 1926, that something in raw liver was a treatment for anaemia. There are various forms of the cobalamin (so called due to the presence of cobalt) molecule, some of these are; methyl-, cyano, adnosyl- and hydroxocobalamin (B12b). There are also nitrit (B12c), sulphito and aquacobalamins. The human body can normally convert from one to the other. The human body typically contains 5000-10000 µg of B12 distributed about equally between the liver, kidneys and nervous system. Indeed the liver can store enough B12 for many years of supply, so that daily ingestion of B12 is not required. Most of the B12 present in animal tissues is in one of the two coenzyme forms, adnosylcobalamin or methylcobalamin, and not actual vitamin B12 (cobalamin), which may be present due to diffusion from gut bacteria or active transport using intrinsic factor. Vitamin B12 is also water soluble and therefore easily lost, whereas cobalamin coenzymes will remain in the liver and nerve cells, and can be effectively recycled. B12 is now obtained by deep fermentation. According to Leonard Mervyn, B.Sc., PH.D., C.Chem F.R.S.C, in Thorsons Complete Guide to Vitamins & Minerals, pp42, 8 µg of B12 can be absorbed at any one time by the intrinsic factor and calcium mechanism, only 1% being absorbed by simple diffusion following oral dose. According to Mervyn, pig’s liver contains 25.0µg/100g of B12, therefore 100g of pigs liver will result in 8.017µg of B12 absorbed, assuming digestion is healthy.

Vitamin B12 is produced exclusively by microorganisms, but is also found in animal flesh due to ingestion, or presence of the micro organisms in the gut. However, since grazing “meat animals” tend to accumulate heavy metals from the environment, it might be suggested that animal sources of B12 are not as “good” a source as might be supposed. Poultry, especially chickens, are routinely fed fishmeal, which may contain significant amounts of mercury and other heavy metals. Bottom feeding rather than deep sea fish contain the most mercury. Vegans, by avoiding eating higher on the food chain, will therefore accumulate less heavy metals (via diet) and may require far less B12 as a result of that risk factor. We may therefore expect to find a lower incidence of dementia, caused by heavy metal intoxication, amongst amalgam free vegans.

b12 Molecule

Detailed structure of cobalamin showing the corrin ring (in black), cobalt (in red) and 5,6-di-methylbenzimidazole ribonucleotide (in blue). The corrin ring coordinates the metal cobalt and the benzimidazole ribonucleotide is coordinated with the cobalt of the corrin ring and also via the phosphoester linkage to a side chain of the corrin ring system

Vitamin B12 is converted to 2 coenzyme forms of cobalamin (methyl and adenosyl) by enzyme catalysis to catalyse reactions in the human body. The vitamin is therefore a precursor, and not the active substance. Cobalamin coenzymes are part of the prosthetic group, that is the tightly bound group of coenzymes. This refelects the strength of interactions with their apoenzymes (proteins), which are inactive without the cobalamin cofactors, but convert to active holoenzymes when bound (The coenzymes bind to help form the active sites of their apoenzymes thus making an active enzyme). So, if methylcobalamin is inhibited, then the building and repair of nervous tissues is inhibited due to enzyme inactivity. Read literally, we get a “nervous breakdown”!

b12 process

Methylcobalamin participates in the transfer of methyl groups as in the regeneration of methionine from homocysteine in mammals, as shown here. The methyl group of 5-methyltetrahydrofolate is passed to a reactive reduced form of cobalamin to form methylcobalamin, which transfers the methyl group to the thiol side chain of homocystein

What May Cause Non-Anaemic Deficiency?Symptoms would include: disturbed sense of co-ordination, paraesthesiae, loss of memory, abnormal reflexes, weakness, loss of muscle strength, exhaustion, confusion, low self-confidence, spacticity, incontinence, impaired vision, abnormal gait, frequent need to pass water and psychological deviances. Non-anaemic deficiencies play a role in diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia, Diabetes and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Schizophrenia has also been successfully treated with B12 plus other supplements, and cardiovascular disease is linked to B12 deficiency while herpes zoster used to be treated with B12 injections back in the 1950s.

The transport of vitamin B12 into the brain can be disturbed or prevented by heavy metals such as inorganic mercury or lead. These affect the blood-brain barrier by causing leakage and restricting the active transport of nutrients. Also exposure to nitrous oxide (N2O), often called laughing gas, can cause cobalamin deficiencies in the brain. This may occur to women given the gas in labour or otherwise during use of this anaesthetic, and may result in permanent brain damage to someone with B12 deficiency. It is also worth bearing in mind that since metals can cause deficiency, and then anyone exposed to sufficient quantity of metals may suffer permanent brain damage, even when ingesting RDA levels of the vitamin.

Heavy metals such as mercury, lead and cadmium can be detoxified by high doses of vitamin C (3000mg/day) plus supplementary essential minerals. (L. Mervyn)

The stock method of measuring vitamin B12 levels is not going to reveal deficiencies of the coenzymes required for healthy neurological functioning since it measures blood levels of vitamin B12 and not the CNS levels. These are not necessarily related to blood levels of B12. Deficiencies in the brain and CNS can be measured by checking “increased homocystein in LIQUOR”, (liquor cerebrospinalis). However it would be expected that lower B12 levels in serum would indicate lower levels in the CNS.

The precise mechanism of brain B12 deficiency causation is theorised to be the oxidation of cobalt from CO2+ to CO3+ due to heavy metal action. The denatured and thus enlarged cobalt molecule will therefore not pass through the blood-brain barrier, the molecules size being already large. Meanwhile the heavy metal molecule will have been reduced. The result is a biologically inactive B12, and a modified heavy metal.

Dr. Britt Ahlrot-Westerlund from Stockholm is an advocate of this hypothesis. She recommends high doses of B12 for those suffering from heavy metal exposure, such as from dental amalgam, since in the presence of metals in the blood-brain barrier (plexus chorioideus), most of the vitamin B12 is consumed depending on the level of metal, such that regular B12 intake will not be sufficient.

Mercury (Hg) seems to change valency and binding site in the body, and therefore causes increased formation of free radicals. Maybe Hg valency change in pro-oxidative direction oxidizes cobalt atoms. To confirm this theory, electron spin resonance investigation was planned at Stockholm University’s Department of Biophysics.

With dental amalgam now banned in Sweden and Germany, we can only wonder at the fate of populations who are continually exposed to this major mercury source in other nations. It would be sensible for people with amalgam fillings to have them replaced by a non-metal material. Vegans should also be careful to avoid alocohol, refined sugar, smoking and the other risk factors listed above. It would also be advisable to filter tap water. Dietary fibre helps to remove heavy metals from the body as does sweating. Unfortunately the half life of Hg in the brain/CNS is 25 years, thus steady accumulation, leading to neurological disorders is virtually guaranteed.

Alcohol May Cause Tissue Cobalamin Deficiency

Just as mercury may cause cobalamin deficiency in the nervous system, so alcohol can cause deficiency in tissues. Even worse, alcohol seems to raise serum levels of vitamin B12, so that the deficiency is masked and the subject may look like they have higher than normal B12 levels! Whether these effects correlate to alcohol intake, or are only found in “alcoholics” is not clear.

Serum, erythrocyte, and liver levels of total corrinoids, cobalamin (vitamin B12), and cobalamin analogues were determined by differential radioassay in 27 patients with alcoholism. Compared with normal subjects, liver content of total corrinoids and cobalamin in alcoholics was low. Conversely, serum total corrinoids and cobalamin were high. Compared with normal, levels of erythrocyte cobalamin analogue in alcoholics were elevated, but levels of cobalamin were not. Analogues in liver represented a similar percentage of total corrinoids in alcoholics as in normals. The data confirm prior work suggesting that, in alcoholism and in liver disease, cobalamin depletion in tissues may be masked by normal to high serum cobalamin and analogue levels. The failure of damaged liver to take up from the serum cobalamin and analogues, compounded by release of these compounds and their binders from damaged liver into the serum, can account for these findings.
Kanazawa S; Herbert V,Total corrinoid, cobalamin (vitamin B12), and cobalamin analogue levels may be normal in serum despite cobalamin in liver depletion in patients with alcoholism, Lab Invest, 53:1, 1985 Jul, 108-10

Upon investigating Victor Herberts research I found useful background information at the Journal of Optimum Nutrition (JON) web site. Also the book Dirty Medicine by Martin J Walker contains some critique of Herberts research methods and his political actions against the alternative health movement. Elaborating upon the quality of his studies is beyond the scope of this article and is covered by the JON.

Mercury Sources

Table 2 on page 36 of the WHO Health Criteria 118 has the following table:

Estimated average daily intake and retention (ug/day) of total mercury and mercury compounds in the general population exposed to mercury
Exposure Elemental mercury vapour Inorganic Mercury vapour Methylmercury
Air 0.030(0.024) 0.002(0.001) 0.008(0.0064)
Diet/Fish 0 0.600(0.042) 2.4(2.3)
Diet/Non-Fish 0 3.6(0.25) 0
Drinking Water 0 0.050(0.0035) 0
Dental Amalgam 3.8-21(3-17) 0 0
TOTAL 3.9-21(3.1-17) 4.3(0.3) 2.41(2.31)

From: Environmental Health Criteria 101: Methylmercury (WHO 1990)
Values given are the estimated average daily intake; the figures in parentheses
represent the estimated amount retained in the body of an adult.
Values are quoted to 2 s.fs.

More alarming than these WHO figures is the conclusion of Prof. Aposhian and his colleagues at the University of Arizona who demonstrated that two-thirds of the body load of mercury with those with dental amalgam, comes from mercury vapour released from the amalgam.
[Aposhian HV; Bruce DC; Alter W; Dart RC; Hurlbut KM; and Aposhian MM.
Urinary mercury after administration of 2,3-dimercaptopropane-1-sulfonic acid:
correlation with dental amalgam score. FASEB J. 6:2472-2476,1 1992]

A similar study in Germany by Zander et al, provides data to show that release of mercury from amalgam fillings represents the main source of mercury exposure in subjects with amalgam fillings.
[Zander D; Ewers U; Freier I; Brockhaus. Studies on human exposure to mercury. 3.
DMPS induced mobilization of mercuy in subjects with and without amalgam fillings.
Zentralblatt fur Hygiene und Umwelmedizin 192(5):447-454, Feb 1992.]

Most of the scientific evidence used by the pro-amalgam “experts” to justify the continued use of amalgam represent gross underestimates of mercury exposure because they only measure exposure during dental visits, and do not include the exposure due to vapour found otherwise!

Psychological and Neurological symptoms Related To Amalgam

Psychological Neurological/Neuromuscular
Irritability Numbness
Nervousness Sensitivity to EMF
Sleeping Difficulties Tingling Sensation
Anxiety Headaches
Sudden Anger Dizziness
Rapid mood swings Chronic fatigue
Forgetfulness Tremor
Impaired short term memory Speech problems
Suicidal tendencies Restless legs
Concentration difficulties Cramps
Hallucinations Stiffness
Lack of self-control Feeling of pressure in the body
Depression Fainting


Talking about B12 deficiencies is a reversal of the scientific facts. The real dangers are due to exposure to toxins in industrialised populations. Taking vitamin B12 will not protect you from heavy metals, but it will help in the short terms. However a high intake of vitamin C and essential minerals along with dietary fibre will assist with reducing your heavy metal load, and therefore improving methylcobalamin status in the brain. The very reason The Natural Way diet is so beneficial is that it is high in Vitamin C and minerals. Chlorophyll has also been shown to neutralise heavy metals and this is most concentrated in Barleylife.

Meat, fish and dairy products may be “good” sources of vitamin B12, but expect them to also be good sources of heavy metals that will accumulate in tissues over time. Winding up in a hospital dribbling and with dementia is perhaps the worst way to go out. Going vegetarian or sticking to small amounts of organic meat & chicken occasionally is a good way to significantly reduce your heavy metal intake.

High dietary intakes of vitamin B12 do not always guarantee safety from neurological disorders, as mental patients with “normal” B12 serum levels exist. In contrast, vegans with “low” serum levels of B12 do not always display medical problems associated with B12 deficiency.

Many factors inhibit cobalamin bioavailability and function. These have been highlighted and should be eliminated or heavily restricted for a healthy mind and body. How much B12 we each need will vary widely depending on your lifestyle. We can only absorb small quantities of B12 via digestion, so it is safest to reduce the B12 expenditure. Consider the risk factors indicated, and if you fit any of the groups, then supplementation may be required. If you have mercury “amalgam” fillings your B12 requirements may be drastically increased to the point that only injected B12 will help you. Some nutritional supplement providers suggest that hydroxocobalamin rather than cyanocobalamin is preferable.

Since the various state, medical and nutritional bodies are evidently aware of the problems, but do not inform the public of the dangers, one can only conclude that there is a conspiracy of silence to protect economic interests and credibility to the public. This comes at the expense to the public’s health and wealth, and the future viability of the affected populations.


The links below will fill you in on many other environmental hazards, and what you can do to help yourself avoid them.


Much of this text was adapted from an article Vitamin B12- metals disturb transport by Monica Kauppi, assisted by Dr. Ahlrot-Westerlund, which appeared in “Heavy Metal Bulletin” dec 1995 vol 2, 3:8-10.
HMB is available from Lilla Aspuddsv. 10, S-12649 STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, tel/fax: +46 8 184086.

  • Dr. Ahlrot-Westerlund was the first physician in Sweden to identify the need for Selenium supplementation due to very low soil levels in Sweden. In the 70’s she suspected that there might be a connection with heavy metals and Multiple Sclerosis. In 1978 she was invited by the Norwegian Scientific Acadamy to speak about selenium and vitamin E deficiency, as she had found that these were involved in the lipid peroxidation of cells in MS patients. Free radicals and dental amalgam are, according to her, an important part in explaining the MS syndrome. From 1980 she worked at the Institute for Neurochemistry and Neurotoxicology. She has been studying the effects of B12 mainly in heavy metal patients since 1987. In 1990 she was associated to the Karolinska Institutes Department of Applied Biochemistry.

The original references for this article are:

  • Cees J.H./van Tiggelen. Alzheimers Disease/Alcohol Dementia: Association with Zinc Deficiency and Cerebral vitamin B12 Deficiency. J. of Orthomolecular Psychiatry, 1983, vol 12, No. 2, 97-104.
  • Eriksson S/Svensson.A, Catalytic effects by thiotransferase on the transfer of methylmercury and p-mercury-benzoate from macromolecules to low molecule weight thiol compounds. Toxicology 10, 1978, 115-122.
  • Gran B. B12 i hög dos vid neuropsykiatriska symtom hos misstäktamalgamsjuka patienter. Swedish Medical Journal, 1994
  • Hanson M. Vitamin B12, TF-bladet, 4, 1992
  • Ideda T. et al. Vitamin B12 levels in serum and cerebrospinal fluid of people with Alzheimer’s disease. Acta-Psychatr. Scand 1990, 82:337-329
  • Lind/Friberg/Nylander. Demethylation of mercury in brain, National Institute of Environmental Medicine and Dept. of Environmental Hygiene, Presented at the First Meeting of the International Society for Trace Element Research in humans, Palm Springs, Dec.8-12., 1986.
  • Lindenbaum J. et al. Neuropsychiatric disorders caused by cobalamin deficiency in the absence of anaemia of macrocytos. The new England Journal of Medicine, June 30, 1988.
  • Metz J. Cobalamin Defciciency and the pathogensis of Nervous System Disease. Ann Ren Nub., 1992, 12:59-79.
  • Mottet K. et al. Effects of Methylmercury Exposure in Primates, Presented at the First Meeting of the International Meeting of the International Society for Trace Element Research in humans, Palm Springs, Dec. 8-12, 1986.
  • Mörnstad H/Norberg B. Paradigmskifte för bedömning och behandling av vitamin B12-brist, Swedish Dental Journal, nr 1 1994.
  • Patridge W. Inorganic mercury; selective effects on blood-brain barrier transport systems. J. of Neurochemistry, 1976, No. 27:333-335.
  • Reynalds E.H. Multiple Sclerosis and vitamin B12 metabolism. J, of Neuroimmunol. 40 (1992):225-230.
  • Rochelle et al. Interactions between Hydroxocobalamin and Nitric Oxide (NO): Evidence of Redox Reaction between NO and Reduced Cobalamin and Reversible NO Binding to Oxidized Cobalamin, 1995, Journal of Pharm. and Exp. Terapheutics, vol 275, 1995, No. 1:48-52.

The article also goes in to some detail on explaining how B12 levels are assessed and the use of methylcobalamin to treat metal patients, and the problems associated with non methylcobalamin treatment. Details on B12 testing and supply of methylcobalamin were also given. Multiple deficiencies/excesses can also obscure diagnosis of B12 deficiency, ie. folic acid and B1 and other B vitamins.
Dr. Ahlrot-Westerlund also presents some case studies of successful methylcobalamin treatments.

The following publications were also used:

  • Sam Ziff, Michael F. Ziff, DDS Dentistry Without Mercury, Bio-Probe, Inc. Available from Bio-Probe web site.
  • Horton/Moran/Ochs/Rawn/Scrimgeour Principles of Biochemistry 2nd Ed., Prentice-Hall International, Inc. Available from Prentice-Halls web site.
  • Leonard Mervyn, B.Sc., PH.D., C.Chem F.R.S.CThorsons Complete Guide to Vitamins & Minerals, Published by Thorsons available via HarperCollins web site.
  • Brian Leibovitz, Ph.D. Journal of Optimal Nutrition Editorials, Journal of Optimal Nutrition (contains useful critique of Victor Herbert)

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  1. AIMega contains the perfect balance of Omega 3 & 6
  2. This perfect balance of Omegas is needed for a healthy hormonal (endocrine system) system to regulate blood pressure, blood sugar, bowel function, heart, liver, lungs and kidney function.
  3. AIMega is a balance of flax seed, sunflower and olive oil with the essential sesame seed oil needed to stabilize the flax oil and prevent oxidization
  4. AIMega is encapsulated in gelatin from water buffalo that has been coloured with carob to help prevent oxidization
  5. AIMega being a complete plant source that contains Alpha Linolenic Acid or ALA in its most natural form. In this form the body converts it to 5 different derivatives needed by the body including Eicosapentanoic acid (EPA) and Docoshexanoic Acid (DHA). By allowing the body to make these derivatives, it makes only what it needs, unlike when you take a supplement containing them like fish oil, which can lead to excess bleeding.
  6. The nutrients in Barley grass juice (with BarleyLife being the most nutritious available) help the body convert the natural fats in AIMega to all the Omega 3 derivatives you need, including EFA and DHA.
  7. These natural fats found in AIMega help the body to produce the right amount of anti-inflammatory substances and hormones to correct and prevent gout, arthritis, and fibromyalgia
  8. These natural fats found in AIMega help the body to produce the right amount of anti-histamine substances and hormones to correct and prevent allergies and hay fever
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Allergies and Hay Fever

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Addressing Allergies and Hay Fever The Natural Way

Allergies occur when the body alters its normal immune response in some way, due to the presence of an allergen.

The body responds to allergens in two ways;

  •  In the case of “contact sensitivities” or allergies to nickel in jewelry or detergents for example, it is the lymphocytes and macro-phages, (White blood cells) which over-react.
  • In other allergies it is the antibody response, which appears to over react.

Allergies and Antibodies

The role of antibodies in allergies only became well known in 1967, when the antibody IgE was discovered and associated with hay fever. IgE is made mainly in the nasal and throat areas and the gut. When these IgE molecules cross-link with other cells such as mast cells and basophils, histamines are released. This histamine is what causes the reaction in hay fever and the soreness and itching. Response to an allergen may be delayed or immediate and is an over reaction by the Immune system to and inhaled or ingested allergen.

Allergy vs. Intolerance

Allergy and intolerance is often used interchangeably but allergy involves an Immune response and is more severe, whereas intolerance is thought not to involve the Immune system and is generally less severe. Usually the result of irritation to the body by the substance. Such as in a dairy intolerance, the mucous membranes are irritated.

Whether you have an allergy or an intolerance is not the issue and as the physiology behind it is not totally understood. It is important to find out what is causing the response and deal with it, so that you can get on with living. Deal with the cause rather than treating the symptoms.

Almost anyone today can suffer from either allergy or intolerance and these problems appear to be getting worse. To make it even more difficult to deal with, the symptoms may change, as we get older. A baby with eczema may ‘grow out’ of it and become an adult with hay fever.

Allergy Medication and Symptoms

Taking medication may initially ease the symptoms but do nothing for the cause. All medication used in treating allergies and hay fever will have a side effect.

Some of these being peptic ulcers, muscle disorders, stunted growth in children, bone disorders – including loss or poor development of teeth, diabetes, mental disturbances such as depression and euphoria and suppression of the symptoms of an infection resulting in it becoming advanced.

The medication most commonly used is from the corticosteroid family. These hormones are made by our adrenal glands naturally, but when administered are manufactured in a laboratory. The natural version has no side effects, the artificial many side effects.  The fact that adrenal hormones are used to ease the symptoms is an indication that the adrenal glands are not producing enough of these hormones, when we have an allergy or hayfever.  This could be due to a variety of reason such as stress, (stress taxes the adrenal glands) a poor diet or even a good one just lacking in a vital nutrient such as essential fatty acids, or even lack of sunlight or exercise. Often when you go on holiday you feel better and the symptoms are less is because you have less stress and more sunlight.

Managing your lifestyle and finding the balance is therefore essential.

Caring for our Adrenal Glands

The adrenal glands are part of the important endocrine or hormonal system and therefore we will focus on what we can do to help this system function more efficiently.

  • Exercise:  Helps 16 different hormones work better.
  • Sunlight: Helps the endocrine system work more efficiently.
  • Stress management: If you don’t manage this your adrenal glands suffer. Learn to plan for the future live in the present and learn from the past.
  • Relationships and emotional poise: Forgive, forget, and move on. Develop a thick skin.
  • Spiritual well being: Faith in God results in good health, read a Proverb from the Bible every day.
  • Mental well-being: Scientists have found that people who continually learn and extend their brain, live longer and are healthier. Write down 3 things you’d like to learn then start.
  • Meaningful work:  Hating your work can cause stress and make you sick
  • A healthy diet:  Follow a high plant based alkaline forming diet, with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. Make sure you are getting the total range of nutrients by following the 5 steps
    • Removing the following
      • Alcohol (combine food correctly)
      • Refined sugar
      • Artificial sweeteners
      • Heated fats
      • Too much animal fat (more than once a day)
    • Include  the following
      • Plenty of foods containing vitamin C (The adrenal glands need a lot of this)
      • Sufficient essential fatty acids. Check out the AIMega product from AIM
    • Remove the most common allergy producing foods and re-introduce them once your life is in balance:
      • Gluten: Wheat, oats, rye & barley
      • Dairy products especially those containing protein such as milk, cheese and yoghurt
      • Processed foods
      • Preservatives and food additives such as Tartrazine (read the chapter on additives in Perfect Health: The Natural Way)
      • Nuts, especially heated and processed with sugar or salt
      • Vinegar (Dr Beiler says vinegar produces excess mucous by irritating the mucous membranes- also formed in bad combining)

A healthy digestive tract fights allergies

Dr Jeffrey Bland in the book, “Digestive Enzymes” suggests that, faulty digestion is one of the major causes of allergies. Based on research by Dr W. A Hemmings and now generally accepted as the problem, “leaky gut syndrome” appears to be the single most common contributing factor to allergies and intolerance.

Leaky gut is when partially or incompletely digested protein molecules are absorbed directly from the intestines into the blood stream. The body then responds by producing antibodies to these ‘foreign’ proteins and a reaction results. The Immune Soldiers in the blood stream get rid of the undigested food, but in doing so they make antibodies to it, treating it as an antigen.

Once these antibodies are made to a food, the body is sensitised and makes more of them when that food is encountered next. The result is that antibody or antigen complexes are formed, some of which may go to the liver; but others are deposited in joint spaces where they activate neutrophils and a release a powerful free radical called SUPEROXIDE – this can cause pain and swelling in the joints and result in arthritis.

All the leaves of sprouted grains contain SUPEROXIDE DISMUTASE, which destroys these free radicals (Superoxide). Sprouted organically grown Barley has one of the highest natural SOD levels of any plant, which would be one of the reasons people that suffer from allergies, hay fever and arthritis respond so well when taking BarleyLife. BarleyLife has the highest SOD levels of all dried barley leaf juice products

3 causes of bad digestion

There are 3 main causes of these proteins not being digested completely, resulting in strain to the digestive tract which in turn results in poor digestion.

  • Food simply cannot digest completely due to either poor food combination, insufficient chewing or eating under stress.
    • Combine your food correctly, see chapter 3 in Perfect Health: The Natural Way
    • Chew your food more efficiently
    • Avoid eating when under stress. Drink juices and BarleyLife to keep your strength up during stressful periods.
  • Another reason that is common cause is that you are secreting insufficient digestive enzymes. This could be from pancreatic insufficiency or stress. In this case it is suggested that you take Prepzymes (from Aim) with your meals.
  • Parasites can also contribute and sometimes even cause allergies and for this I suggest you take a course of Para90 (Aim)


Meek Jennifer P, Immune Power, Optima

Medicines, Bloomsbury

Bland Jeffrey PhD, Digestive enzymes, Keats

Hagiwara Yoshide M.D., Green Barley Essence, Keats


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Q & A: Caffeine and Adrenal Fatigue


By Mary-Ann Shearer

The connection between caffeine and adrenal fatigue

Hi Mary-Ann

I am 40 year old overweight woman, who has regular panic and anxiety attacks. I heard that caffeine was the cause of this and so stopped the 7-10 cans of diet cola ( I have been drinking for 27 years), plus 7 cups of coffee with sugar a day.

My panic attacks have worse, and I feel spaced out, unable to concentrate, have terrible headaches, and feel like I am going mad!

It is now a month I have been off all coffee and cola, and her symptoms have grown worse. I can’t even work! 

I have had a brain scan and blood tests done, all are negative. What can I do?

Paula C

Dear Paula

It takes 3-6 months to recover just from the caffeine! Caffeine causes the nerve cells to fire very rapidly and when you remove it the entire nervous system battles to function efficiently. I recommend a gradual removal of caffeine rather that just stopping everything suddenly. With so much caffeine I have seen people take at least 3 months to recover, but in some it can take up to two years. Not a long time if you consider how long these habits have been around.

I suggest you try to reduce coffee to 1-2 cups after 1-2 weeks and then 1 cup a day for 2 weeks and then half decaffeinated coffee and half normal coffee for a few weeks and then you should be able to stop all caffeine. Caffeine is a drug to the central nervous system and aspartame affects the brain, central nervous system and the hormonal system Basically when stopping caffeine suddenly like this, the body has to recover enough to start regulating the hormones that have been affected by the caffeine (and aspartame sweetener in the diet cola). So by reducing the caffeine gradually rather that stopping you allow the body to take up the slack slowly but surely.

Read More about Adrenal Fatigue here.


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Adrenal Fatigue

By Mary-Ann Shearer

What Adrenal Glands do

Adrenal glands can get exhausted causing a state called Adrenal Fatigue.Caffeine, together with artificial sweetener puts a huge strain on the endocrine system, the very system that helps us manage stress. This could affect your thyroid, which is one of the endocrine glands (thyroid controls mental clarity, bowels, metabolism, calcium levels). Because these glands have been strained they are not working properly. The adrenals help us manage stress, control blood pressure and blood sugar and when you remove the caffeine, it is as if you have been whipping a donkey for years, but only when you stop does the donkey collapse. The aspartame sweetener is known to cause neuro-endocrine disorders or disorders of the hormonal and central nervous systems.

Medication and Hormonal Supplements suppress the Adrenal Glands

Taking hormonal supplements or medication can suppress the normal activity of the adrenal glands. These glands also produce testosterone, estrogen and progesterone and can help you as you get older as they can take over the hormone production of the ovaries and testes to a degree. It is important to do your best to handle stress efficiently so that they can do what they are designed to do.

Typical symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue

  • extreme tiredness
  • depression
  • fuzzy head
  • no libido
  • no motivation for anything
  • irritability
  • sleep problems,  which can be , sleeping all the time to not being able to sleep (this very lack of sleep can make you feel as if you are losing your mind)

Natural Support for Adrenal Fatigue

  • Lots of natural plant fats: avocados, nuts, seeds and olive oil in abundance until your mind and body is right, then you can slow down your fat intake.
  • Natural Vitamin C: Taking Vitamin C in supplements can just strain the body more, unless it is at levels of below 100mg daily. Eating lots of fresh fruit daily especially fresh pineapple juice, red peppers, tomatoes, berries will give you all the natural Vitamin C you need, especially if you eat at least one entire fruit (with raw nuts or seeds if possible) meal a day.
  • Follow the Natural Way 5 steps will help you obtain all the Vitamin C and essential fats you need to recharge and repair your adrenal glands.
  • Maca Root is an annual plant cultivated in Peruvian highlands and is an edible root, resembling a radish and a staple food of the local population. According to legend Maca root was eaten by the Incan warriors for strength and endurance. Modern studies suggests Maca helps promote libido, sexual potency and energy. Many have found it sorts out hot flashes, nights sweats, mood swings, depression and improves thyroid function, helps increase mental clarity as a result and has an anti-inflammatory effect in fibromyalgia. Together with Lycium is known to improve eye and vaginal dryness. Clearly it has a positive effect on the hormonal system, the immune system and central nervous system.
  • Lycium – also known as wolf or Gogi berries or the matrimony vine due to its effect on libido and fertility. Lycium has been used in China for centuries. Lycium is excellent for eyesight as it is high in 5 carotenoids including lutein and zeaxanthan. Lycium is known to encourage the body to produce more HGH or Human Growth Hormone, the hormone that keeps us young and slim. It si an essential plant to take to help with weight regulation. Research on 20 elderly people over just a 3 week period indicated that in 67% of the people, T-Cells tripled and white blood cells doubled indicating a clear positive effect on the immune system. Depression lifted (natural antidepressant), appetite balanced and sleep improved. 35% of the people recovered full sexual function. Pretty powerful stuff! Clearly the endocrine (hormonal) system is being affected in a positive way.
  • Licorice – has been used for centuries too and research indicates that licorice (raw, unprocessed and with no added sugar) will benefit people who have asthma, emphysema and tuberculosis, athlete’s food, baldness, bursitis, canker sores, chronic fatigue, depression, colds, coughs and flu (I well remember those cough and cold syrups of old that contained licorice), gingivitis, tooth decay, out, heartburn, viral and fungal infections, ulcers, liver, menopause, psoriasis, shingles, sore throat, yeast infections, prostate problems & arthritis. Whew a real cure all!
  • Chia – is the seed of a herb grown in North & South America as a staple food and once staple of the Aztecs. High in Omega 3 and 6 with the perfect ratio of Omega 3 to 6. Contains water soluble fibre which is ideal for constipation and diarrhea (regulates bowel function), regulates thyroid and other hormonal function, contains all 8 amino acids for complete protein, has powerful antioxidants (chlorogenic and caffeic acids and the flavenols, myrcetin, quercetin and kampferol).
  • Ginseng – Panax (panacea, meaning heal all) and Siberian is a muscle relaxant, so helps with stress, it is adaptogenic in that it helps where help is needed. Ginseng is a natural aphrodisiac helping with libido and sexual function, helps regulate blood sugar especially in diabetes and insulin resistance, contains many antioxidant and anti carcinogenic properties and protects against radiation form treatment or electronic equipment, is anti inflammatory, has a positive effect on the pituitary gland (manages the entire hormonal system) improves sperm quantity and quality and is considered a revitalizing plant.

You may want to use 1 or more of these products and they can safely be used all at the same time. Forever Living produces the last 5 products and has distribution in over 145 countries. You can obtain them from us at

Exercise Outdoors

Exercise regulates at least 18 different hormones including those secreted by the adrenal glands. Sunlight also has a positive effect , so try exercising outdoors for at least 20 minutes daily.

Here is a bit more detail on the adrenal glands so that you can see just how important it is to look after them

What are adrenal glands?

Anatomically, the adrenal glands are located atop the kidneys, one on each side. They are surrounded by an adipose (fat) capsule and renal fascia. In humans, the adrenal glands are found at the level of the 12th thoracic vertebra. Each adrenal gland is separated into two distinct structures, the adrenal cortex and medulla, both of which produce hormones. The cortex mainly produces cortisolaldosterone, and androgens, while the medulla chiefly produces epinephrine and norepinephrine. The average combined weight of the adrenal glands in an adult is 7 to 10 grams.

The adrenal cortex is devoted to the synthesis of corticosteroid hormones from cholesterol. When they work efficiently cholesterol is converted efficiently. Corticosteroid hormones help the body regulate inflammation. With exhausted adrenals they can often not produce enough resulting in inflammatory conditions like gout, arthritis and fibromyalgia.

Some cells belong to the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis and are the source of cortisol and corticosterone synthesis. Under normal unstressed conditions, the human adrenal glands produce the equivalent of 35–40 mg of cortisone acetate per day. Other cortical cells produce androgens such as testosterone, while some regulate water and electrolyte concentrations by secreting aldosterone. In contrast to the direct innervation of the medulla, the cortex is regulated by neuroendocrine hormones secreted by the pituitary gland and hypothalamus, as well as by the renin-angiotensin system.

The adrenal cortex comprises three zones, or layers.

Zona glomerulosa (outer)

The outermost layer, the zona glomerulosa is the main site for production of mineralocorticoids, mainly aldosterone, which is largely responsible for the long-term regulation of blood pressure. It is easy to see why blood pressure can increase when we are stressed and in some it can decrease.

Zona fasciculata

Situated between the glomerulosa and reticularis, the zona fasciculata is responsible for producing glucocorticoids, chiefly cortisol in humans. The zona fasciculata secretes a basal level of cortisol but can also produce bursts of the hormone in response to adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) from the anterior pituitary.

Zona reticularis

The inner most cortical layer, the zona reticularis produces androgens, mainly dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) and DHEA sulfate (DHEA-S) in humans. In  healthy person there is no need to supplement with DHEA.

Remember that Adrenal Glands can take 6-12 months to recover from this type of abuse, so be patient and allow yourself peace, rest and time to recover.

Remember we choose the lives we live, so choose Life!


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Diet and the Thyroid

By Mary-Ann Shearer

Where and what is the Thyroid Gland

The Thyroid is wrapped around your larynx (voice box) in a butterfly shape and is involved in a variety of functions in the body, the major ones being regulating Basal Metabolic Rate (which will affect your body weight), temperature regulation, metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins and fats, nervous system function and development, normal heart function, muscle tone, normal growth and maturation of skeleton, bowel movement, a healthy reproductive system in women and lactation in a breast feeding mothers, normal skin function, mental clarity, blood pressure and regulates calcium levels. These are just some of the functions controlled by this unassuming gland.

The thyroid gland is one of many glands that form the endocrine system and as such the endocrine system needs to be looked at as a whole rather than each separate gland as anything that upsets one gland will in turn upset the others. Your thyroid gland tells every cell in your body the rate at which it should function.

Having too little thyroid hormone, called hypothyroidism, results in a slowdown. Having too much thyroid hormone, called hyperthyroidism, races your engine, so you feel all revved up-as if you were burning out. Feeling tired and chilly, having constipation or losing your hair, can mean your thyroid is underactive-but these could also come from overwork, or aging, or a dozen other causes. Feeling totally tense and overworked could mean an overactive thyroid-or just plain stress. That’s why your doctor needs to do the proper blood tests to make sure.

Common problems with an underactive thyroid and too little thyroid hormone

  • feeling tired and listless
  • feeling chilly, especially when other people are comfortable (particularly hands and feet)
  • dry skin
  • hair loss
  • constipation
  • slow-growing and brittle fingernails
  • slow heart rate
  • leg cramps
  • sore muscles
  • depression
  • for women, heavier periods
  • for men, loss of interest in sex, erectile dysfunction
  • weight gain due to fluid retention, but usually no more than 3-4 pounds
  • fuzzy head/cannot think clearly
  • anemia

Common problems with an overactive thyroid and too much thyroid hormone:

  • feeling too hot when others are comfortable
  • shakes and tremors of your hands
  • feeling nervous and irritable
  • sweating more than you used to
  • fingernails growing faster
  • muscle weakness, especially thighs and upper arms
  • faster heart rate, sometimes irregular rhythms and an erratic pulse
  • more frequent and looser bowel movements
  • for women, lighter periods, as well as difficulties in becoming pregnant or in carrying the child to term
  • for men, loss of interest in sex, erectile dysfunction
  • eyes that appear larger than normal

Other thyroid problems

Other thyroid problems show up when the thyroid gland (at the lower front of your throat) swells or gets sore.

These may be signals for other thyroid diseases:

  • an enlarging thyroid, called a goiter, is usually a sign that the gland is overworking but could be a failing thyroid trying to do better
  • lumps or nodules in the gland, found by you or your doctor, may contain cancer or be overproducing thyroid hormone thyroiditis
  • soreness due to inflammation of all or part of the gland can change hormone levels causing either hyper- or hypothyroidism

Your risks are higher if…

  • others in your family have thyroid or other immune-system problems (such as insulin-dependent diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, colitis, pernicious anemia)
  • you are pregnant or a new mother. you are a woman over 50 or a man over 60

If you think you have a thyroid problem, make an appointment to see your doctor who knows you and should be in the best position to decide if thyroid tests should be done. In the meantime you can do a lot to help this important gland work efficiently without the use of medication. This is just a brief summary of the thyroid gland which is part of the endocrine system. This system directly or indirectly affects heart, liver, lung, and kidney and skin function so that any problems in these areas may stem from an endocrine system out of balance. It also controls blood sugar, blood pressure, bowel function, allergies, arthritis, muscle , skeleton and brain development, body weight, appetite, Immune function and if fact just about every possible body function can be traced back to this system. If any one of the many glands is out of balance it can upset the function of any other gland.

From a dietary perspective, there are many factors affecting the Endocrine System and in turn the Thyroid gland. I believe that one of the main reasons we have such a problem with our thyroid gland today is the use of artificial sweeteners, lack of essential fatty acids and insufficient sunlight and exercise. In our obsession with our weight we have traded natural foods for artificial sweeteners, low fat foods and are told to stay out of the sun because we may get skin cancer. I will cover each of these issues in turn and we will take a look at the effect they have on the endocrine system with possible effects on the thyroid gland.

  1. Aspartame (Trade names are NutraSweet, Candarel and Equal): Aspartame, it is claimed by independent scientists, causes neuro-endocrine disorders, i.e. disorders of the Central Nervous System (CNS) and the endocrine system. Aspartame can upset any of the endocrine glands, but is suspected of slowing down the function of the thyroid thereby slowing down metabolic rate which defeats the reason for taking it. Because of the close links with the CNS, foods that affect the endocrine system could in unknown ways affect the CNS.
  2. Refined sugar Refined sugar affects the pituitary gland by causing a drop in blood sugar, which in turn, causes the pituitary, adrenal and thyroid glands to malfunction. This could result in a number of endocrine disorders, including rheumatoid arthritis. Refined sugar also causes ‘reactive’ hypoglycemia resulting in an adrenaline rush with consequent explosive temper, panic attacks, fainting, epileptic seizure and migraines. This reaction also causes a ravenous appetite and food cravings. Refined sugar also affects the adrenal glands as it affects the blood sugar levels, which puts an unnatural strain on both glands. Typical Premenstrual Tension (PMT) symptoms can result, making people comment that it is just your hormones! As if your hormones misbehave on their own. Typical PMT symptoms are hostility, aggressive behavior, panic attacks, epilepsy, headaches, food cravings and increased appetite and these don’t just happen to women! Recent research also shows reduced progesterone levels in women with PMT. Progesterone helps control menstrual bleeding, has a calming effect and helps prevent asthma, skin eruptions, acne and herpes. A high raw fruit and vegetable diet controls all these aspects too, so you could conclude that a high raw diet helps the body produce sufficient progesterone.
  3. Lack of Essential Fatty Acids – best found in natural unheated foods such as avocados, nuts, seeds, olives and cold-pressed oils such as flax oil and olive oil. EFA’s help the hormonal system in males and females to function properly and help us to produce prostaglandins, which help to produce progesterone, which helps prevent PMT and associated pain with menstruation, heavy bleeding and menopausal symptoms.
  4. Milk and milk products
  5. Alcohol (consumed or manufactured by the body through bad food combining)
  6. Processed and heated fats, low vitamin intake and excess animal fat intake can compete for the Linoleic Acid (an EFA) available, which the body requires to manufacture several prostaglandins. This in turn, can upset this delicate hormonal balance in some women. This explains why many women with hormonal problems improve drastically when their diet changes to exclude animal fats, and combining properly (no alcohol) and including a low of raw plant food (high vitamin intake). A deficiency in prostaglandins can lead to a breakdown in the immune system resulting in asthma, hay fever, sinusitis, Candida albicans and eczema.
  7. A high protein diet is known to upset thyroid function, so it is best to keep your animal protein intake to not more than once a day. Any diet that promotes a greater intake of protein is encouraging your thyroid gland to malfunction.Other substances that can upset the thyroid gland are:
  8. Caffeine – found in tea, coffee, chocolates and colas.
  9. Vinegar
  10. Any  drugs or medication (remove only with medical supervision)
  11. Gluten – the protein found in wheat, rye, oats and barley. Gluten can have a direct effect on the thyroid function and in fact within 12-24 hours you can find your skin becoming dry and even itchy, the bowels becoming sluggish and your head feeling thick and fuzzy.
  12. Mustard oil (found in high levels in garlic and onions and to a lesser degree in the cabbage family) is an irritant to the digestive tract and the thyroid gland and some sources believe it results in a sluggish thyroid. According to J I Rodale in his book The Complete Book of Food and Nutrition, Dr Kalser of the University of Illinois conducted experiments on himself, some medical students and on dogs, in which the effect of onion consumption resulted in anaemia. It was found that the red blood cell and haemoglobin count were starkly reduced with an increased intake of onion.
  13. Lack of iodine can also result in a sluggish metabolism; iodine is found in kelp, and dark green leafy vegetables and sea salt.
  14. Lack of sunlight and exercise. Both sunlight and aerobic exercise have a profound effect on endocrine function and just 20-30 minutes a day of both will improve thyroid function dramatically. Exercise directly affects the production of the 2 main Thyroid hormones T3 and T4 helping to regulate both. 20 minutes a day

Obviously then, these above substances should be avoided, and a total change in diet and lifestyle needs to be made.

Chronic long-term stress will have a detrimental affect on this entire system particularly the thyroid and adrenal glands and stress management is essential. The first step to stress management should involve an exercise program, a healthy  diet and an action plan to simplify your life and include spiritual balance.

To sum up:

  • Basically a 75% raw, alkaline diet with a maximum of 25% acid forming and cooked food, with the removal of unnatural foods and substances is the only way to get the hormonal system to function properly.
  • Remember that in some people, the balance is extremely delicate and can be easily thrown out by the consumption of animal products – one of the reasons why many people’s overall health improves drastically when they become vegetarian or vegan. Animal produce that is not organic has been produced with the addition of hormones to the animals and these hormones have a detrimental effect on our hormonal system including the thyroid. A recognized animal sanctuary in Gordon’s Bay (W Cape) has found that the birds of prey given commercial raised chickens get extremely ill and die due to the antibiotics and hormones administered to speed up the growth process in the commercial world. (A better return on investment if the animals grow quicker, never mind what it can do to us)
  • It is also important to get at least 30 minutes of sunshine (no glasses or contacts)
  • Exercise every day. Exercise for 20 minutes at least, per day, helps the endocrine system regulate at least 16 different
  • Enough Essential Fatty Acids, which you can get from 1/4 – 1/2 cup nuts or seed and 1/2 – 1 avocado a day or 1 – 2 Tbs. of cold-pressed vegetable oil. Flaxseed oil contains more Omega 3 Essential Fatty acids than other oils and it is suggested that you take 1-3 tbsp per day, depending on the severity of your problem. 1 tbsp a day is great just for maintenance. The natural way Omega 3 & 6 blend and Aim’s Aimega are the only blends that I recommend. Sprouted green foods like barley grass or wheat grass contains a vitamin E succinate that helps the Pituitary gland work efficiently. I suggest 1 glass of barley grass (2-4 tsp of BarleyLife – the dried juice) and 2 glasses of wheat grass each day just for maintenance more if your condition is serious. I have also found the Maca root, Lyceum and Licorice to be of great benefit and the best products I use are Multi Maca and Lyceum Plus from the Forever Living company. hormones, so get moving!

For more information read my book “Perfect Weight” which focuses on this system in great detail, in particular the chapters on “Happy Hormones”, “Exercise” and “Sunlight” Available from most book shops in South Africa


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These natural health principles can be followed by anyone, men, women, children of any age. If you are pregnant, breast feeding, retired, sick, fat, thin, short, tall you can benefit from these simple tips and they are safe for everyone.



 Pick what you like, preferably in season, and ripe. If you can get organic, even better. The natural anti-oxidants, vitamins, phyto-chemicals, fiber, natural sugars and water all work more for your benefit than almost any other product on earth.

Read about why here . . .



Get creative, and experiment. Find what works and keep it on hand instead of the “other stuff”. To go further, don’t have the bad snacks on hand! Simply not having other things but raw fruits and veggies will stop the intake of the bad, and increase the intake of the good!



Put out a plate of veggies with a good dip. Eat a salad. Get those enzymes in before the cooked food and you will help your body digest better. Pick what works. This will become a habit, and an easy way to keep the nutrients coming..



Natural Health starts with digestion. Complete digestion needs the right environment. The simplest element of good food combining: Don’t combine concentrated proteins and carbohydrates at the same meal.



Animal products are the hardest to digest, and least nutrient available of all foods. Do your best to minimize your intake of animal protein to avoid the leading cause of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.

Read more here . . .   or here . . . or here . . .

When in doubt, ask yourself the question:

“Will this benefit my health?”

Its all about understanding how your body works, and a long term commitment to a healthylifestyle, not just a diet.


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Breast Cancer

Some nutritional considerations from Dr Campbell’s website with this article from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. Check out some of the topics he has written about (see one below) and see some of the professional people that work closely with Dr Campbell, like;

Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., M.D. The Cleveland Clinic
Suzanne Havala Hobbs, Dr.PH., M.S., R.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Henry J. Heimlich, M.D., Sc.D. The Heimlich Institute
Lawrence Kushi, Sc.D. Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente
Virginia Messina, M.P.H., R.D. Nutrition Matters, Inc.
John McDougall, M.D. McDougall Program, St. Helena Hospital
Milton Mills, M.D. Gilead Medical Group
Myriam Parham, R.D., L.D., C.D.E. East Pasco Medical Center
William Roberts, M.D. Baylor Cardiovascular Institute
Andrew Weil, M.D. University of Arizona
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Breast Cancer: Nutritional Considerations

  • A plant–based diet: Researchers have long noted a low incidence of breast cancer in countries where traditional diets are based on plant foods. In contrast, a striking increase in breast cancer incidence has been noted in migrants who abandon traditional diets (e.g., rice, vegetables, and soy foods) and adopt Western–type diets high in meat, dairy products, and fat.Part of this risk may be related to eating fiber–depleted, fatty foods that increase blood levels of estrogen or to an increase in estrogen production from fat cells. High–fiber foods help to remove excess estrogens from the body in the same way that these foods remove cholesterol.
  • Maintenance of a healthy body weight: Large studies, including the Women’s Health Initiative, indicate that breast cancer risk increases significantly with overweight and obesity. Lower body weight also appears to improve the prognosis in patients with breast cancer. Overweight patients with breast cancer were shown to have a shortened life expectancy and greater risk of cancer recurrence after treatment.
  • The same low–fat, plant based diet that reduces fat intake and increases fiber will also help reduce body weight.
  • Reduced intake of saturated fat and meat: The high intake of saturated fat and meat may be a part of the reason that breast cancer is much more common in areas where Western diets prevail.In the Nurses’ Health II Study, premenopausal women who ate the most fat had a slightly increased risk for breast cancer. This risk was attributed mainly to the intake of red meat and high–fat dairy products.Lower fat diets may also improve survival in patients who are diagnosed with breast cancer. A Japanese study showed increased death rates when high–fat foods (particularly butter and margarine, cheese, ham, sausage, and dairy products) are consumed. Other studies have suggested that patients who eat the least fat when they are diagnosed have a better prognosis. Further, results from a large randomized clinical trial, the Women’s Intervention Nutrition Study, showed that postmenopausal women who ate a low–fat diet were less likely to develop a recurrence of breast cancer, compared with those who ate a standard diet.

Increased fiber intake: A large study of postmenopausal women found that women who ate the most fiber had the lowest risk. And the risk was even lower among women who ate the least fat. High–fiber, low–fat diets also reduce serum estrogen, which is known to be associated with breast cancer risk.

With the addition of exercise, this type of diet is known to help keep blood glucose levels within normal limits and to lower the risk for adult–onset diabetes, both of which have been related to increased breast cancer risk.

Fruits, vegetables, beans, and legumes (including soy products) are particularly good sources of fiber. Studies show that women who eat more fruits and vegetables may have greater long–term survival from breast cancer, possibly because of the combinations of carotenoids, folate, and phytochemicals present in these foods.

When the intake of these foods begins before or during adolescence, the healthy effects are especially prominent.

  • Reduced or eliminated alcohol intake: Alcohol intake is associated with an increase in the incidence of breast cancer. People who had two (approximately 30g of alcohol) or more drinks per day had a 40 percent increased risk compared with nondrinkers. Even one drink daily increases one’s risk by up to 10 percent.
  • Increased intake of folic acid: Eating foods high in folate may help lower the risk for breast cancer, especially in women who consume alcohol. Foods that contain folic acid (green leafy vegetables, legumes, and oranges) are likely to be preferable to folate supplements, due to their fiber, beta–carotene, vitamin C, and phytochemical content, all of which may have important roles in reduction of breast cancer and cancer risk in general.

Breast Cancer, Diet and Lifestyle

By Mary-Ann Shearer

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The incidence of cancer has increased dramatically in the last 2 decades, with the incidence of breast cancer corresponding to that increase.

Some of the reasons I’ve researched that contribute to this disease follow below;

  • One of the most common factors that appear in research is that breast cancer is more common among women who have a high intake of animal fat and protein. It is suggested that a high intake is the inclusion of more than 1 portion of animal protein or fat per day.
  • High intakes of meat and red meat were associated with a significant increase in breast cancer.


Increased intake of animal fat and animal protein shows a corresponding increase in breast cancer.


  • Breast cancer mortality rates among women in Uruguay are the highest in the Americas. Previous studies in Uruguay have associated breast cancer with high intakes of alcohol, red meat, and saturated fat. A recent study confirmed that increasing intakes of red meat, beef and fried meat was clearly associated with an increased risk of breast cancer.
  • Cancer Epidemiology 8/97.
  • Some researchers indicate that dairy products also contribute to breast cancer.
  • So what is it in animal protein and fat that seems to cause cancer?

It appears that consuming high levels of protein and fat, from animals that are given oestrogen based hormones to promote growth, is a factor. Heated fat and too much animal fat, prevents the body using Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s). These EFA’s are essential for the production of prostaglandins, which are essential in turn for the production of Progesterone, which is the hormone that counter balances estrogen. Without sufficient Progesterone we suffer from the natural consequences of too high Oestrogen levels, one such consequence is breast cancer.

Many women today exclude the natural foods that contain these EFA’s in their natural form because they are convinced that these foods will cause weight gain. EFA’s in their most natural and usable form are found mainly in natural plant foods, high in fats, such as, Avocado, raw nuts and seeds, olives, sweet corn and cold pressed oils like extra virgin olive and cold pressed flax oil. Without these foods in our diet it is impossible to take in enough EFA’s and therefore pretty impossible to produce enough progesterone to balance the normal oestrogen we produce, let alone balance the extra oestrogen we are taking in from animal protein and fat.

Incidentally without these EFA’s the whole Endocrine system cannot function correctly and as this system controls the metabolism, appetite and water levels in the body, without them, you could find that you actually gain weight!

  • The Endocrine system is intricately involved in the Immune function, which is the system that helps the body prevent and fight cancer
  • Alcohol is another substance that appears to promote breast cancer. Alcohol is known to upset the Endocrine system (hormones)

Alcohol and Breast cancer

Studies in France have found that regular intake of alcohol in women (4 litres or more a month of red wine; that is about half a 1 wine glass per day) is associated with a substantial increase in the risk of breast cancer among premenopausal women.

European Journal of Epidemiology Sept 1997:  A pooled analysis of 6 studies (USA, Canada, Sweden, Netherlands), involving 322,647 women over a period of 11 years supports the hypothesis that alcohol intake is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer in women. Each intake of 10g daily (found in less than a glass of wine) of alcohol is associated with a 9% increased risk in breast cancer. JAMA Feb 18 1998

Dr Robert Mendelsohn in his book, “Male Practice” suggests that further factors contributing to breast cancer:

  • The contraceptive pill
  • DES or Diethylstilbestrol, prescribed to dry up breast milk, or as a morning after contraceptive pill
  • Hysterectomy and Hormone replacement Therapy
  • Radiation from x-rays
  • He states that not ever having children and never breast-feeding when you do, is also a factor in Breast Cancer. It appears from statistics that the more pregnancies you have and the longer you breast feed the less chance there is of developing breast cancer. From a purely dietary perspective, I suggest you increase your intake of fresh fruit and veg., as they are high in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytoestrogens and water-soluble fibre, that all play a role in prevention of all cancers.

Other foods or substances that upset the hormonal system, and could possibly contribute to cancer are caffeine, refined sugar and artificial sweeteners

Phytoestrogens and Breast cancer

Phytoestrogens are a group of naturally occurring chemicals derived from plants. They have a structure similar to estrogen, and have anti-estrogenic effects in the human body. IImportant groups of Phytoestrogens include isoflavones found mainly in soy products and lignans, which are found in the fibre present in most plant foods. (lignans are very high in Flax oil)

The results of a study completed in Australia indicate that consumption of Phytoestrogens may be associated with a substantial reduction in breast cancer.

Lancet Oct 4 ’97 Carrots, Spinach, Vitamin A and Breast Cancer

  • Consumption of carrots and spinach is associated with a reduced risk of breast cancer. Eating these vegetables 2 or more times a week showed a significant reduced risk of breast cancer.
  • It is not certain whether the reduced risk is due to the carotenoids or other unknown substances, as supplementation of the known nutrients showed no reduced risk.

Where do you start?

  • Do this by starting all your cooked meals with raw vegetables, trying to eat at least one total fruit meal each day and by snacking on fruit and veg, in-between meals instead of sweets and crisps.
  • If your life is so busy you are not sure you are taking in enough vegetables, try drinking a glass of freshly extracted mixed vegetable juice daily. This should include at least some green, red and yellow vegetables.
  • I find taking 2-3 tsp BarleyLife (dried, juiced organically grown sprouted barley leaves) , 1-2 tsp Just carrots (dried, juiced, organically grown carrots) and ½ -1 tsp Redibeets (dried, juiced, organically grown beetroot), the most convenient way to do this.
  • Reduce the amount of animal fat and protein to no more than once a day (less than 3 X a week is better, and Professor Colin Campbell from Cornell University, the nutritional biochemist who headed the most comprehensive nutritional research ever done, maintains that no animal protein is best to avoid breast cancer. Animal protein and fat includes meat, chicken, fish, cheese, butter, yoghurt and cream.
  • If you do feel the need for additional protein rather eat raw nuts and seeds, many of which contain as much protein as meat, chicken or fish without the estrogen. (See chapter on protein in Perfect Health -The Natural Way)
  • Make sure you are obtaining enough EFA’s by eating at least 1 natural plant food contain raw fat, such as Avocado etc.
  • Taking at least 1-2 Tbsp of cold pressed flax seed oil (like our Natural way pure liquid flax or blend or Aimega blend of oils in capsules) a day will benefit you tremendously in this area.
  • Try replacing alcohol with natural unsweetened fruit juices or spring water and remove all substances that upset or hinder the Hormonal (Endocrine) system.
  • Aim’s Renewed Balance progesterone cream helps correct estrogen overload as does Aim’s Revitafem. All Aim’s products are available at the wholesale price directly from the company.

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High Protein Diet Review

Sarah Kalell, Health Consultant with The Natural Way Network

(Note: This article is written evaluating the current craze of High Protein Diet talk in South Africa. The information is very applicable, however some of the terms might be different.)

High Protein Diet, is there anything good about it?

There are four very good things that the current (almost evangelical?!) focus on the “Banting” diet has elicited.

First is the focus on the dangers of refined sugar and refined flour (i.e. refined carbohydrates).  This is a very severe problem in this country because most of our population consume refined carbohydrates in the form of refined mealie meal and refined sugar.  If you add all the anti-biotic and hormone laden chicken into the equation it is just a ticking time bomb for a massive country-wide health disaster.

The second thing is the encouragement to eat more fresh vegetables.  All fresh vegetables (especially those which are grown without poisonous pesticides and herbicides) are the best nutritional and economical source of minerals, vitamins, anti-oxidants and fibre.

The third thing is the publicity surrounding the controversial subject of cholesterol and statins.  Prof Noakes is absolutely correct in raising this issue because we NEED cholesterol but most people don’t need statins in order to correct any imbalance.  Where the reporting of this issue appears to be lacking is the consideration that must be given to those people who have “familial hypercholesterolemia” – the inherited tendency to high cholesterol.  Although dietary and lifestyle changes can be made to help most FH sufferers, sometimes natural statins (such as red yeast rice) are beneficial.  Cholesterol values (particularly LDL and Lp(a)) need to be read in conjunction with other factors such as inflammation (HSCRP) and homocysteine so it is totally incorrect to say that cholesterol should be ignored.  Furthermore, atherosclerotic plaque consists of oxidised LDL (the lipoprotein carrier for cholesterol) so for Professor Noakes to say “It just shows you cholesterol has nothing to do with heart disease” is not quite correct.  For more information on cholesterol, click HERE.

The fourth good thing is the publicity on how Big Pharma has such a massive (and very often, adverse) influence on the medical profession.  It’s a huge topic – twisted statistics, fraudulent studies, “buried” science etc.  I’ve finally got around to ordering the book “Bad Pharma” by Ben Goldacre because this book apparently gives the ‘lowdown’ on this very subject and goes into great detail.  Anyone who has an interest in understanding more about why natural alternatives get a bad rap might be interested in this book.

The High Protein Diet is Nothing New

All of the above information though is nothing new to enlightened nutritionists and dieticians.  Neither is anything new about “Banting” although when you read further down what the REAL Banting diet is, you are going to be quite surprised!

Health Improvements

  • The truth is that if someone just cuts out refined carbohydrates from their diet, without doing anything else, most people will experience HUGE health improvements!  Not only will they lose weight but they will improve digestion, remove allergies, lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, normalise blood sugar and improve mood and sleep patterns.
  • Just losing excess weight can reverse insulin resistance and lower blood pressure!
  • If you now add to that more vegetables in the diet then this will have even more of a positive impact!  Now the person has recouped the loss of minerals and vitamins that were being lost through the refined carbohydrates and ADDED more minerals and vitamins at the same time!  No wonder people are feeling SO good! 

With just these changes (no refined carbs and adding more vegetables) anyone is going to feel better.  Weight loss, improved skin tone, more endurance, more energy, clearer eyes, better hydration, clearer thinking, improved immune system – the list goes on and on. A High Protein Diet/Banting “works” because of low calorie consumption – just like other fad diets. Anyone who has done their sums on the calorie content of the “Banting” diet will automatically realise (as with the Atkins diet and all the other low carb/high protein/high fat diets) that they are also eating far less in terms of calories, hence the weight loss (and for many people, the weight loss is also comprised of water loss).

So why all the fuss over the “Banting” diet and its “incredible” health benefits? Many people are saying “wow” at the weight loss and health improvements they have made on this “Banting” diet without really understanding what it is they have done to get these improvements. And without understanding the long-term implications, or understanding the background to where the “Banting” diet came from.

This type of diet is not new.  Everything that has been said about this diet is not new. Anyone who has been studying nutrition for the past few decades will know that it is nothing new.

  • We already knew (and it was published) decades ago that refined sugar and flour was bad for you, that it will raise cholesterol, promote diabetes and heart disease
  • We already know that cholesterol is not the ‘bad guy’ but oxidised cholesterol is
  • We already know that statins are a big scam
  • We already know that we should eat natural, unprocessed foods
  • We already know that we need the right type of fats and should not be scared of fat
  • We already know that doctors are not taught nutrition
  • We already know that the food pyramids are nothing to do with what is best for people but what is best for the food production industry
  • We already know that gluten is a problem for diabetics and many other people


So where did the term “Banting” (a current term for High Protein Diet) come from?

The discovery by a public medical professional of all of the above.

Banting is absolutely not new.  This type of diet has been in and out of fashion in various guises for several decades.  It all started with an obese undertaker called William Banting ….

William Banting was an obese English undertaker who lived from 1796 to 1878, who undertook a change in diet at the recommendation of a friend, Dr William Harvey. The diet that he followed bears little resemblance to the “Banting” diet currently in fashion:

  • Approximately 42% of the diet was alcohol (classed as a refined carbohydrate)
  • Approximately 16% was bread (carbohydrate, possibly refined but unknown)
  • Approximately 101g of protein
  • Approximately 110g carbohydrate
  • Approximately 52g of fat

Total caloric intake was approximately 2000 calories (which is roughly 500 to 700 calories less than an average man needs) but if you removed the alcohol it was approximately 1150 calories.


And, as one blogger commented “take out the alcohol and he’d starve”……


So if you take the protein as 400 calories (4 calories per gram of protein) this is 20% of daily intake.   And if you remove the alcohol, then the protein intake is roughly 35%.  And the carbohydrate intake was close to 60%. Although the proponents of this latest fashion are trying to say it’s low carb and not high protein, just crunch the numbers yourself and you will see that it is.  The moment you get to 20% of your total daily intake as protein, it begins to be high protein.  As for those carbs – 60%?!  That doesn’t make it “low-carb” in my estimate.

You can see an analysis of his diet here:


And William Banting’s original “Letter of Corpulence” here: – original document


From then on, there have been several variations:

1961 – Calories Don’t Count

1967 – The Quick Weight-Loss Diet

1972 – Atkins first publication

1978 – The Scarsdale Diet

1992 – Atkins “The New Diet Revolution”


Then there is the ketogenic diet – Protein Power and various other non-ketogenic diets – all based on calorie restriction and on little or no science.

Why did Professor Noakes choose “Banting”?

Before we answer that question, let’s look at some facts.

In 1985 (when Professor Noakes wrote his book “The Lore of Running”), it was already well-documented that refined carbohydrates were bad for you.  In fact, in 1975 William Dufty wrote “Sugar Blues” where he wrote extensively on the detrimental aspects of refined sugar and refined carbohydrates.  Dufty wrote in his Chapter “What the Specialists Say”:

“Obesity is not a disease.  It is a symptom”.  “Getting rid of a symptom is like turning off an alarm.  It leaves the basic cause untouched”.

“Any diet or regime undertaken with any objective short of restoration of total health of your body is dangerous”.

“Any diet which lumps all carbohydrates together is dangerous.  Any diet which does not consider the quality of carbohydrates and makes the crucial life-and-death distinction between natural, unrefined carbohydrates like whole grains and vegetables and man-refined carbohydrates like sugar and white flour is dangerous”.

Dufty wrote the above in 1975 and it is as true today as it was then.  Dufty even explained the concept of how sugar ferments in the stomach and how refined carbohydrates are poisonous to the human body.

So why didn’t Professor Noakes understand this basic concept of nutrition in 1985 when he wrote his book “The Lore of Running”?   This was TEN YEARS after Dufty published his book.  He has freely admitted that he was a “bad scientist then” and that “I’m better at reading articles now”.  I would suggest, though, that this is not the case because it would appear that he has not looked at the huge resource of various doctors who are reversing heart disease and diabetes on whole food, plant-based diets, including Dr Dean Ornish, Dr Gabriel Cousens and Dr Caldwell Esselstyn.

Mary-Ann Shearer wrote her first book “The Natural Way” in 1991 after a number of years of studying Natural Hygiene and referencing many sources of nutritional information, including the Institute of Life Science in Texas.  She reversed her own poor health then and that of her husband and has helped thousands of people since, including me.  The information she wrote in 1991 (which included advice to avoid all refined carbohydrates) is as relevant and true today as it was then.

As far as I’m aware, Mary-Ann has never had to retract any advice she has given to someone on how to improve their health.

Sadly this is not the case for Professor Noakes who has told people to “tear out” the chapter on “carbo-loading” in his book.

In 2010 Professor Noakes suffered from sleep apnoea, gastric reflux, asthma, allergic rhinitis and irritable bowel syndrome and had done so for 10 years, according to the newspaper reports.  Ten years is a long time to suffer from these debilitating conditions (all of which can be caused by a diet high in refined carbohydrates) and one wonders why, as a doctor, he could not heal himself.  But then as we all know, doctors are not taught anything about nutrition at medical school.

According to his own reports, the change in Prof Noakes’ approach began when he bought a book on low-carb diets (after receiving an email which attracted his attention) and then one hour after reading the book he “ate his last carb”. Somehow the warning bells are ringing loudly again here for me.  One hour?!  He knew he was at risk of diabetes (a potentially life-threatening condition) yet at this point he conducted no further research before changing?  He is so ready to criticise others for not doing their due diligence and for not being scientific yet unless I’m reading the news reports incorrectly he didn’t look any further than the low-carb/high protein diet.

Yet he is on record as saying “science is my life blood ….. who understands the scientific method much better than 99.99% of my critics”.

In the article on 21st September 2012 in the on-line Mail & Guardian it reports that three months into his new diet he did a glucose blood test which revealed an elevated score of 5.9 and declares that his blood sugar, which he had not tested prior to the diet, must have been even higher before the radical nutritional change and that he must have been suffering from pre-diabetes, which a change in diet had cured.  As M&G said “a bizarre conclusion even for those with a layman’s understanding of the scientific process”.  Noakes also measured his insulin level and found it to be low, which he interpreted as a sign that his pancreas could be failing as a result of his surmised pre-diabetes.

“Not at all” said Tanya Kinvig, a Cape Town endocrinologist.  “Low insulin is a normal response to a low intake of dietary carbohydrates.  I would expect it on the diet he is following”. Again, Professor Noakes was proven wrong in his assumption because he has since developed full-blown Type 2 Diabetes.

More False Logic

To quote Men’s Health 17th February 2012 :

“Noakes believes there’s a reason for his pre-diabetic condition ‘If I’m carbohydrate resistant and there are 300 million people with diabetes, that means 300 million people have the same gene that makes them resistant to carbohydrates’ .”

No, it just means nearly 300 million people follow an unhealthy lifestyle, including a poor diet high in refined carbohydrates (which Noakes freely admits he did for 33 years), no exercise, high animal protein/fat consumption and/or excess weight.

I also question the term “Carbohydrate Resistant”.  As far as I can gather, there is no such medical term.  It should rather be termed “Insulin Resistant”.  If you do an internet search on both terms you’ll see what I mean. The fact that he was pre-diabetic in 2012 but now has full-blown Type 2 Diabetes and is taking medication (Metformin) means that he has been unable to control his condition with his diet.  His answer is that one cannot turn around 33 years of poor diet.  However, this is again, untrue.  Dr Gabriel Cousens is well-known for his work in reversing diabetes within 30 days on a raw vegan diet.  Will Professor Noakes be bold enough to try this way of reversing his diabetes?  Many other doctors, professionals and nutritionists, including Mary-Ann Shearer are reversing T2 diabetes and getting people off their medication using whole food, plant-based diets which are NOT high in complex carbohydrates, let alone refined carbohydrates.

Conflicting Stories and Conflicting Advice

  • In the 20th March 2012 article in “Runners World”, Professor Noakes says that his diet is high protein.  Yet now he is at pains to say his diet is NOT high protein.  And yet he promotes Sureslim which is also high protein.
  • Again in the same article, he admits that “one reason one feels so good on this eating plan may simply be because it removes the currently unrecognised toxic elements found in the highly processed foods that are commonly eaten”.  Bingo!!!  See the beginning of this article!!
  • In 2012 he says “no portion control” yet now he advocates no more than 80g per meal of animal protein. In March 2013 (Health24) he said “In fact, my preferred choice is now to eat a “proper meal” only once every 12 to 24 hours”.  Does that mean his one meal consists of no more than 80g of protein and 80g of vegetables?  160g of food per day?!
  • He also said “I think fish should be the primary drive” and doesn’t “hold back on dairy”.

This is what he says he eats on an average day:

Eggs = protein

Bacon = high protein (and one of THE worst carcinogenic ‘foods’ out there, unless it is totally free range)

Sausage = protein

Cheese = protein

Yoghurt = protein

Previous night’s fat/protein meal = protein

Cheese (again) for lunch = protein

Nuts = protein

Biltong = protein

Real Meal Revolution meal = 50% protein (when you go to their web site they recommend that the plate is 50% meat (i.e. protein) and 50% non-starch veg)


Where’s the fish?!

Dietary recommendations which do not make sense

From everything I’ve read about this latest recycled fad diet (including “The Ten Commandments of Beginner Banting”), all the portions and dietary recommendations don’t make sense at all:-

  1. Is the focus on fish or not?
  2. Must I eat twice or three times a day or just once a day?
  3. Is it high protein or not?
  4. Must I limit my meat intake or not?
  5. If I eat 80g of meat and make that 50% then my veg intake is only 80g as well – that’s roughly the size of a large tomato.  If I eat this twice or even three times a day, no wonder I’ll lose weight!  My body will be starving!  Unless I add loads of butter, coconut oil or other oil/fat without additional protein.
  6. If I only eat once a day and limit my protein intake to 80g of meat or fish, how is that going to sustain me if I abide by the 50/50 rule?  And don’t snack?
  7. What about the different requirements between men and women?

In March 2013, Professor Noakes said :

“I do not believe I have all the answers and am continually reading the scientific literature and the internet and tweaking my diet”.

Judging by this statement, the above contradictions and his inability to control his own Diabetes, it would appear that the recycled “Banting” is somewhat deficient, and not just in healthy carbohydrates.

The big question I have is this : how does this recycled fad diet fit into creating a healthier nation?  In my opinion, it is an elitist diet which only the more well-off South Africans can afford.  What we should be looking at is promoting natural whole food and educating people about the dangers of refined and processed foods – and that includes commercial meat/chicken.

The Dangers of Low Carb, High Animal Fat and High Protein Diets

  • If you are in the approximately 30% of the population which doesn’t have a ‘feedback’ mechanism in your liver, and if you eat more cholesterol than your body needs, your liver will not compensate and your cholesterol will rise.  Most people’s livers DO compensate by reducing the amount of cholesterol it makes in response to dietary cholesterol.  So this is why many studies get different results when it comes to dietary cholesterol.
  • Because of ketosis, you will more than likely get bad breath (halitosis).  Noakes says this is OK if you want to be healthy.  I disagree.  It is not natural or normal to have bad breath as this can mask other diseases which may be present, besides the fact that chronic ketosis is not a normal state for a human being.  There are no examples of human cultures in chronic ketosis.
  • Ketogenic diets are associated with sudden cardiac death.  Current ketogenic diets are characterised by the elevation of free fatty acids.
  • Insufficient fibre.  It is not normal to use laxatives on a healthy diet (even if it is a natural product) – as demonstrated by the fact that Noakes uses psyllium husks instead of natural vegetables or complex carbohydrates in order to move his bowels.
  • For women, you may find that you will get unbalanced hormones because of the low complex, whole food carbohydrates.  Even the Paleo guys concede that unrefined carbohydrates are necessary – especially for females.
  • The danger of kidney stones, arthritis and other inflammatory conditions.  Even on the official Banting website, the “Banters” confirm that :  “Some people on low carb diets have reported kidney stones and number of other ailments.”
  • Even those who advocate high protein and high fat diets are beginning to be concerned about the lack of fibre in a low-carbers diet.  Specifically the concern is that it can lead to gut dysbiosis (imbalance of gut microbes/bacteria) which can lead to increased gut permeability (leaky gut).
  • Cancer Chemotherapy produces the same results as high protein/low carb diets : suppressed appetite, decrease in food intake, weight loss, lowered cholesterol and triglycerides.  Yet no-one would argue that this is healthy?
  • Stalled weight loss : Initial dramatic weight loss is most often followed by a plateau as recognised by the official website where “heaps” of people have this problem.

For more information on the dangers of low-carb/high fat diets see the end of this article to read Mary-Ann Shearer’s fascinating and insightful analysis.

Who eats low carb/high fat/high protein and who is healthy with longevity?

The truth is we don’t know.  No-one on this planet can tell us.  There are no cultures or nations around the world who live according to the Banting ‘rules’.  There are no long-term studies to determine the safety of such a diet/lifestyle. Sure, there is conjecture, short term studies and theory plus anecdotes and lots of hype.  But that’s where it ends.  Short-term weight loss studies count for nothing when it comes to proving long-term health.

The low-carbers like to point to the Inuits (Eskimos) and the Masai as shining examples of what lots of meat and no carbs do for you.  Well, if you want to eat raw meat, have a shortened lifespan and osteoporosis then by all means emulate these people!  What the low-carbers omit to tell you is that these people, although they have a high intake of animal foods and have very little heart disease and diabetes, they are also extremely active and physically fit.  Their metabolism clears any excess artery clogging fats before they can do any damage.  And the reason why they don’t get cancer is because they don’t live long enough to develop it.

On the other hand, there are plenty of cultures and peoples around the world who are extremely healthy on a whole food, plant based diet with little or no animal products but high in complex carbohydrates.  These are real people, not theoretical or anecdotal or clinical or thumb sucking or outdated ‘research’:

The longest living – including most active people over 100 years of age – and healthiest communities in the world, like the Okinawan Japanese, the Sardinians in Italy, the Loma Linda community in Southern California and many others (see the Blue Zones) live on whole food plant based diets that are high in natural unprocessed carbohydrates such as rice, potatoes, corn, legumes, starchy and other vegetables and fresh fruit and either exclude or drastically limit animal fat and protein

  • The Papua New Guinean highlanders were found to consume as much as 94.6% of energy from carbohydrates, predominantly from sweet potatoes which have a relatively high sugar content, yet diabetes, heart disease, stroke and obesity were very rare.
  • The people who have the lowest life expectancy like the Inuit and Masai (40 – 60 years depending on the source), and a poor health record, are those that follow a low carb, high fat and high protein diet.
  • The Arab Bedouins also traditionally consumed a very high carbohydrate, with about 750 grams of full-grain wheat per day, yet diabetes and heart disease were also very rare. Their wheat bellies were flat, not fat.

Professor Noakes said in March 2012 (Runners World) “Rice is not essential for health” I say “try telling THAT to the Chinese and Indians!”

So how should we eat?

This is what I love about The Natural Way eating lifestyle.  It is not extreme.  In fact, it is in agreement with much of what the low-carbers advocate:

  1. No refined sugar
  2. No refined flour
  3. No processed foods
  4. Natural food – go organic wherever possible
  5. Eat healthy fats – yes, we agree, fat IS good for you! But our advice is that it must be unheated plant fat with only small quantities of animal fat (but you don’t need the animal fat).  We advise that you listen to your body and that you balance your Omega 3 and 6 and stick to three to four portions of plant fat a day depending upon your energy needs.
  6. Animal flesh – this is where we differ. We say if someone still wants to eat animal flesh then we advise that you restrict it to free-range/organic (no hormones, anti-biotics, preservatives, treatments or residual pesticides) and eat it no more than once a day and no more than three times per week.  A portion of meat is the size and thickness of your palm.
  7. We advocate that you DO need complex carbohydrates but you don’t need large quantities. In fact, our advice is no more than a fistful of complex carbs a day.
  8. We also say that you don’t have to worry about eating fruit. Even if you are a diabetic you can eat the acid and sub-acid fruits (note that these are not acid-forming – all raw fruit is alkaline-forming unless cooked) and combine them with nuts to facilitate slow release of healthy carbohydrates.

The Natural Way is Safe for Everyone – no limitations, no restrictions, no exclusions

Anyone can eat The Natural Way because it is not cutting out any vital nutrients.  It is not extreme.  You don’t get constipated or bad breath.  You don’t have to go into ketosis to lose weight.  You don’t run the risk of kidney stones or inflammatory conditions.  You don’t have to supplement with laxatives or psyllium husks to get your bowels moving.   You don’t have to worry about osteoporosis or developing diabetes or heart disease.

It’s just a natural, whole food, plant-based dietary lifestyle with the emphasis on unprocessed foods which anyone from the poorest person to the richest person can easily follow.

In Summary

I honestly believe that most people involved in nutrition are on the same page in that we WANT to get our clients healthy and keep them healthy. The fact is that people can be slim, healthy and vibrant both short-term and long-term on diets that either exclude free-range/organic animal products or include small quantities.  The key is getting your food as natural and as unprocessed as possible.

We all know and appreciate that different people react differently to different risk factors.  We can all cite a relative who lived to be 100 years old who smoked their entire life and drank a bottle of whisky a day!  But that’s not the norm.  Most people don’t get away with that type of lifestyle these days.  When did you last hear of someone who passed away simply of old age?  Most of the time it is cancer or heart disease or diabetic complications. So whilst we can all say “but I do this or that and I’m healthy”, the scientific analysis of one person is not science.

The current debate surrounding dietary lifestyles is great and long may it continue!  The more that people educate themselves about what is right for them, the better.  But the key is to look at all aspects of diet and health and that includes long-term health.  Losing weight is not indicative of optimal health.  Anyone who went into a concentration camp could tell you that. What is great about this debate is that it is bringing certain subjects out into the open, e.g. the dangers of refined and processed food, the statin scam, the biased and controlling medical profession and Big Pharma, and the need for food that hasn’t been drugged, doped or dosed with poison.

I would like to see more people get involved in protesting against GMO, cruel animal feedlots, battery chicken, poor/inadequate food labelling, over-regulation of complimentary medicines and supplements etc. I would like to see more people vote with their consumer power and stop buying refined foods and chemicals disguised as food. If people embraced these health issues with as much gusto as the publicity surrounding Professor Noakes we should be able to flex our consumer muscles and make changes to the quality and price of the food in our shops. I would like to see real health education programs for those who don’t have the advantage of good education and the internet.  And I mean real programs that are not ‘industry sponsored’ by the producers of refined bread, soda drinks and alcohol.

One huge concern that has been overlooked is the capacity of South Africa to provide meat for a growing population.  Here is an article that has nothing to do with health but more to do with feeding a population. It says that if you want to feed 40 to 50 million people, half of whom want meat, to rear that amount of beef on pasture is impossible.  And when you consider that the estimated population of South Africa in 2030 is approximately 85 million, then we have a real problem on our hands.  The only answer is to increase the number of CAFO – concentrated animal feeding operations – where animals are injected with growth hormones and anti-biotics.  Is that really a healthy prospect?

In closing, and as I often say, don’t take my word for any of the above information – go and seek it for yourself and satisfy yourself that what you are reading is either true or that it makes sense.   You and you alone are responsible for your health – not me, not your doctor, not the government, not the internet.


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Best Green Barley Grass Juice

Green Barely Grass

Barley-GrassBy Mary-Ann Shearer

This is an excerpt from a newsletter sent in 2013 by The Natural Way

The other Green Stuff (as opposed to dollars or dope..)

What is it about green foods that is so beneficial to us as humans?

First, all these foods are extremely high in chlorophyll.  Chlorophyll is similar in structure to hemoglobin and with chlorophyll comes a high level of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. As well, chlorophyll has a high alkaline forming effect in the body.

Therefore it is difficult to say that chlorophyll alone is responsible for the benefit experienced from green foods. What appears to be the case is that the higher the chlorophyll levels:

  • The higher the alkaline forming ability
  • The higher the antioxidants, minerals – like calcium
  • The higher the overall nutrients.

Chlorophyll and health

Research on the health benefits of chlorophyll has focused on the area of cancer (including treatment and prevention). This research got underway when damage to genes (or more precisely, to the genes’ DNA) by carcinogenic substances called aflatoxins (or more precisely aflatoxin B1, or AFB1), was found to be prevented by chlorophyll. Research studies in humans have found that damage to DNA by aflatoxin can be decreased as much as 55% through consumption of green foods containing chlorophyll. Prevention and treatment of liver cancer, skin cancer, and colon cancer are all being investigated in relationship to intake of chlorophyll-containing vegetables.

I have personally seen people with cancer take up to 12 tsp. of BarleyLife ( dried green barley grass juice) with a raw diet and recover from cancer.

Foods that contain chlorophyll

While all green plants contain chlorophyll A, and most vegetables that we eat contain both chlorophyll a and chlorophyll B, some vegetables contain particularly high amounts of total chlorophyll.

To understand how high in chlorophyll this amount turns out to be, compare the chlorophyll content of spinach to olives. Chlorophyll is one of the primary pigments in olives, but olives contain only 30-300 micrograms per ounce – 95-950mcg. per 100 gm. (about 1/1000th as much as spinach). Some olive oil producers deliberately allow leaves to be placed in the olive presses to increase the chlorophyll and “grassiness” of the olive oil.

All of the green vegetables – asparagus, bell peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, green cabbage, celery, collard greens, green beans, green peas, kale, leeks, green olives, parsley, romaine lettuce, sea vegetables, spinach, Swiss chard, and turnip greens contain concentrated sources of chlorophyll.

The leaves of sprouted grains like wheat grass and barley grass contain the highest levels of usable edible chlorophyll, with wheat grass containing 0.1% and barley grass containing 0.855%.

Now perhaps you can understand why I only consume a 100% barley grass juice products (BarleyLife – which has consistently over the years had the highest nutritional levels of all the barley grass products on the market) . It contains not only more than 8 x its nearest rival, wheat grass, but it contains more calcium, iron, Superoxide Dismutase (an extremely powerful antioxidant found in sprouted leaves, vitamin e and a whole host of other nutrients. I do not like using a product that contains other green plants as it dilutes the very high levels in the barley grass. I know it looks and sounds impressive when you read a very long list of plants on the container of many products, but don’t be fooled, all it is doing is lowering the cost of the product and diluting the nutrient levels overall

The effect of cooking on chlorophyll

One of the primary reasons for the change in colour when green vegetables are cooked is the change in chlorophyll. What happens during this process is actually quite interesting..

The chemical perspective

Chlorophyll has a chemical structure that is quite similar to a chemical structure found within our red blood cells. A basic difference is the fact that this structure (called a porphyrin ring) contains an atom of iron at its centre when it is found in our red blood cells, but when it is found in plants, it contains an atom of magnesium at the centre. When plants are heated and/or exposed to acid (and when green vegetables are cooked and/or exposed to acid), the magnesium gets removed from the centre of this ring structure and replaced by an atom of hydrogen. (In biochemistry, the chlorophyll a gets turned into a molecule called pheophytin a, and the chlorophyll b gets turned into pheophytin b). With this one simple change, the colour of the vegetable changes from bright green to olive-gray. (The pheophytin provides a green-gray colour, and the pheophytin b provides an olive-green colour).

The practical perspective

The jury is definitely still out on the impact of cooking on chlorophyll. At one end of the spectrum, it’s totally clear that dramatic loss of chlorophyll occurs after prolonged cooking. In studies on broccoli, for example, about two thirds of the chlorophyll was removed after 20 minutes of boiling. Researchers have also determined that there are steadily increasing losses of both chlorophyll a and chlorophyll b when the boiling time for broccoli is increased from 5 to 20 minutes. However, at cooking times less than five minutes, the research is not as clear, and some studies suggest that brief steaming of vegetables like spinach actually increases the amount of chlorophyll that can be absorbed into our body.

Whenever when a vegetable is cooked long enough to cause a change in colour from bright green to olive-gray, we know that some of the chlorophyll a and chlorophyll b in the vegetable have been changed to pheophytin a and b. This colour change is one of the reasons we need to cook vegetables for as little time as possible and at the lowest heat possible (such as steaming).

Practical tips

Overcooking is particularly important to avoid when it comes to chlorophyll, but with very short steaming times, the chlorophyll content of these foods is preserved, and absorption of chlorophyll from these foods may actually be increased. Consumption of these green vegetables in raw form is also an excellent way to obtain the health benefits of chlorophyll

As Barley grass juice is the most nutritious of these vegetables here is a detailed look at this amazing food.


BarleyLife is Green Barley Grass Juice to the Rescue!

This is the dehydrated powder from the juice of sprouted, organically grown barley. Because of the sprouting process, there is no gluten in this product, so is suitable for gluten intolerant people. Barley grass juice is as much a whole food as any fresh juice. The most nutritious of these ( BarleyLife) is spray dried at room temperature and therefore maintains the complete array of nutrients, much in their original form. The barley leaves should be organically grown under stringent conditions, the crops rotated and then cut at a certain height when nutrients are at their peak, juiced and immediately spray dried.

BarleyLife is the only product I believe processed like this.

Barley juice has been studied and researched for over 30 years and after looking at it for the past 14 years; I am now convinced that it can benefit a wide array of people.

Initially produced by Dr. Hagiwara, a pharmacist, who established one of the largest drug manufacturing companies in Japan in the 1950’s and 60’s. He became ill from mercury poisoning from years of continual exposure to the metal in his laboratory. Due to ill health he was forced to give up his company and spent the next few years studying the properties of plant foods, especially green plant foods. His research proved to him that sprouted barley leaves were the most beneficial green food to humans. This cured him of mercury poisoning.

Here are some of the substances isolated in the juice of the barley leaves:

  • 1983 a protein was isolated that has very strong anti-inflammatory qualities. This would explain why countless reports and letters I have read mention the great improvement in arthritis, gout and fibromyalgia.
  • 1985 another substance was reported that reduced hypercholesterolemia or unhealthy cholesterol levels. This research indicated that cholesterol would be reduced by up to 50%. Barley grass juice does appear to benefit people suffering from the problem of unhealthy cholesterol levels.
  • Other substances where found at the same time that resulted in a strong anti-ulcer effect, in particular stress driven stomach ulcers.
  • Anti-oxidants such as beta carotene, vitamin C and another isolated at the University of California in 1991, 2’-0-Glycosylisovitexin, are found in extremely high, but safe levels and these together with an enzyme called peroxides have been shown to be anti- carcinogenic and anti-mutagenic.
  • Peroxides actually breaks down and neutralizes Try-P1 and P2 a carcinogen in grilled meat and fish and 3-4benzypyrene, another carcinogen in tobacco. Therefore people who smoke or eat cooked animal products would reduce their risk of cancer. In fact anyone with cancer or trying to avoid it would do well on barley grass juice.I only use Aim’s BarleyLife, as it has consistently showed the best results with the highest nutritional levels.
  • SOD or Superoxide Dismutase has been isolated, which is an extremely powerful ‘anti-aging’ antioxidant. It converts a harmful substance called Superoxide, into water and oxygen, which is completely harmless.

Other beneficial elements of green barely juice

  • The water-soluble components in barley leaf extract, has been shown to be very effective in lowering or balancing blood sugar. Which would benefit diabetics and hypoglycemics.
  • Research completed at George Washington University found substances that protect blood vessels from damage.
  • In 1994, at the same University, a Vitamin E succinate was identified. This was shown to improve or modulate Prolactin and growth hormone. Prolactin is vital to breast feeding moms, so breast feeding Moms will benefit from taking barley grass juice.
  • Growth hormone will benefit children and those that are overweight. Growth hormone also slows down the aging process
  • Fatty Acid Oxidase, cytochrome oxidase, peroxidase, Catalase and Transhydrogenase are enzymes found in barley grass juice that help the decomposition of fats in the body proceed smoothly which also helps to promote correct body weight; without these enzymes, weight gain results.

I have seen a lot of cases where children and overweight people benefit tremendously from barley grass juice. (Children, not only from a growth perspective, but also from a general health perspective.) Children are very often picky eaters and may exclude whole food groups, such as green vegetables. This can result in them excluding a whole range of essential nutrients. Barley grass juice is a safe efficient way to get concentrated, balanced nutrients in a whole food form.

Obviously, one of the most active ingredients in green barley grass juice is chlorophyll

Chlorophyll bears a very close resemblance to hemoglobin. Dr Fisher, a Nobel prize winner used chlorophyll to cure anemia. Since then Chlorophyll has been used to successfully treat peritonitis, brain ulcers, pyorrhea and skin disorders Chlorophyll increases the function of the heart, the lungs, the intestines the uterus and skin.

Chlorophyll has been studied for its potential in:

  • stimulating tissue growth
  • stimulating red blood cells in connection with oxygen supply
  • reducing absorption of dietary carcinogens
  • removing carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide
  • anti-inflammation
  • antioxidant behavior
  • wound-healing

Chlorophyll loves Heavy Metal (the elements, not the music!)

Chlorophyll is also one of the most powerful neutralisers of heavy metals like mercury (from amalgam fillings) lead, cadmium, arsenic and cadmium. In fact many well known supplements contain these heavy metals like spirulina! These are environmental toxins that we are exposed to just living in cities and towns with motor vehicles and industrial pollution. Barley grass juice contains more than any other plant and that is one of the many reasons I take it.

Green Barley Grass Juice and Nutrient Density

Barley grass juice contains on average more vitamins, minerals and enzymes than other dark green leafy vegetables and sprouted grain, to maintain excellent health. It is also a source of Vitamin B12. Barley grass juice is also an excellent source of Folic acid needed to prevent Spina Bifida. It has Lutein and Zeaxanthan both extremely powerful nutrients that help prevent macular degeneration and help eye function. Many people have reported to me that their eyesight has improved dramatically. Here follows a list of some of the nutrients found in BarleyLife the most nutritious barley grass juice products on the market. This is by no means a conclusive list of nutrients, just the most well known.

Chlorophyll is a marker of freshness. The amount of chlorophyll in a product indicates how green and healthy the grass was that produced it.
The amount of protein in a product reflects its level of enzymes and amino acids. Enzymes are markers of freshness and amino acids are the building blocks of proteins, which are the major constituents of every cell and body fluid.
SOD is an enzyme with powerful antioxidant abilities.
Peroxidase is an enzyme that reduces peroxide to water when SOD breaks down super oxide. Peroxidase is also a strong indicator of the freshness of the product.
Calcium is essential for bone development.
Vitamin A is an important antioxidant known to protect cells.

To sum up;

Green barley grass juice is a wholefood, rather than a fractured nutrient. The result is that it operates by promoting the best functioning of the body, rather than targeting a specific condition or symptom. It is beneficial for the following conditions or people:

People with Amalgam fillings (neutralizes mercury filings and or gas)
Obesity or weight problems
Skin problems such as acne
Libido problems
Auto Immune diseases such as Arthritis, Lupus
High and low blood pressure
High cholesterol
Heart disease
Retards Aging of cells
Assists the body in any inflammatory conditions
Smokers and drinkers (have found that they stop these harmful habits on their own)
Halitosis or bad breath (the chlorophyll is the active ingredient here)
Eyesight problems or infections , such as sties



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Lose WeightBy Mary-Ann Shearer

To lose weight quickly, you can simply follow this daily routine. In fact, this doesn’t need to be “going on a diet”. It is an effective daily lifestyle not just to lose weight quickly, but cure and avoid disease.

Upon Waking

A basic day would start with 1-2 tsp. or 3-6 capsules Barleylife and Aimega 3-6 with 1 tsp. Just Carrots and ½ tsp. Redibeets and a full glass of cold water.

This will help correct your endocrine system and get your weight moving

30 minutes later


A quarter cup of raw unsalted nuts or seeds with at least 2-4 pieces of fresh acid or sub acid fruit. If still hungry eat more fruit not nuts. Never go over the quarter cup of nuts but do include it every day or you will just binge if you skip the nuts. Keep all nuts in the freezer.

Mid Morning

Any sub acid fruit (1-2 pieces only)


Either fresh sub acid and sweet fruit (as much as you like but at least 2 pieces OR

A large fresh salad with an olive oil dressing with any cooked neutral veg

Grilled veg like butternuts, baby marrows, eggplant etc is delicious here or any steamed veg

No starch at this meal and if you add avo, leave out the olive oil

Mid Afternoon

Sweet or sub acid fruit ( 1-2 pieces) and up to a quarter cup of dried fruit (sulphur free) Rather eat a little every day that a lot every other day!

Evening (never after 7pm, best not after 6pm)

A large fresh salad, have either ½ an avocado or 1 Tbsp oil

If still hungry only have more salad.

No gluten, no sugar under any circumstances while on this program as both can interfere with your endocrine function and particularly gluten can cause constipation and weight gain.


Exercise for at least 30 minutes a day, preferably outside with no glasses or lenses covering your eyes.


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What is osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is the most common bone disease in the world. It is estimated that 1 in 4 women in westernized countries suffer from it. Osteoporosis is a condition in which there is chronic loss of calcium from the bones resulting in severe loss of bone density. Loss of bone density is normal as you age, it is when this becomes too severe resulting in fractures, pain and crippling that you have a serious problem. Obviously you cannot wait until the condition is that severe and need to take precautions in advance.

Bone structure

Bone is comprised of a tough framework of protein that is strengthened by deposits of calcium. Mature bone is about 30% protein framework and 70% mineral deposits. The framework of bone is mostly strands of protein fibres, called collagen, that crisscross to form a web. This gives bone the flexibility to withstand pressure without cracking.

The spaces within this framework are filled with crystals composed primarily of two minerals, calcium and phosphorous. Other minerals such as magnesium, fluoride, zinc and sodium are also found in this framework.
These minerals together give strength and rigidity to the bone tissue. The more tightly packed the minerals and the larger the crystals formed in the bone, the denser & stronger the bone tissue. When this mineral balance is thrown out of balance and we lose some of these minerals, the bones become less dense and weaker, resulting in osteoporosis.

What are the symptoms of Osteoporosis? 

  • For many people the first symptom may be a bone fracture.
  • Others may find they have various aches and pains, which they often attribute to getting older.
  • Bone is lost in various areas at various rates. Research indicates that bone loss in the jaw is the most common first area to go. This can result in loss of teeth, which can results in malnutrition due to difficulty in chewing food.
  • The ribs and vertebrae are the second most common bone loss areas with the hip area following closely. This all results in pain, loss of mobility and loss of quality of life.

Who is at risk of Osteoporosis? 

Everyone is at risk of developing osteoporosis, as loss of bone as you age is normal. However this bone loss is affected by lifestyle and genetic makeup.

  • Women are 8 times more likely to get osteoporosis as their bones are a lot thinner than men’s and they live longer, which widens the window in which they can suffer from the condition.
  • The lighter your skin and the smaller your frame the more chance you have of suffering from it.
  • Low calorie and poor diets, menopause, prolonged bed rest and a sedentary or inactive lifestyle will all predispose you to osteoporosis.

What can you do about Osteoporosis? 
Many people today are confused about the issue of osteoporosis and decide to take a supplement of some type, sort of as an insurance policy. They are then surprised when they are diagnosed with chronic bone density loss as they thought they were covered. As can be seen from some of the most recent research, supplementation is not the route to go. There are many factors that contribute to osteoporosis and these need to be sorted out, long before supplementation is even considered. You will see from these notes that eating dairy products can in fact contribute to osteoporosis, yet the media and general medical profession continue to encourage us to drink glasses of milk, to prevent osteoporosis. It reminds me of an old European proverb, “An old error is always more popular than a new truth”

So let’s look at some facts;
Contrary to popular belief, dairy products do not prevent osteoporosis.

The countries that have the highest incidence of osteoporosis, have the highest intakes of dairy.

In a article published in the American Journal of clinical Nutrition (1990 vol. 52 pg142-6), they indicate that dairy products may in fact contribute to osteoporosis. “ ……the protein content of milk might have a negative effect on calcium balance by increasing urinary calcium excretion….” This is in line with statistics that indicate that the countries that consume the most dairy usually have the highest incidences of osteoporosis. These are most westernized countries.

Dietary calcium and bone fractures in women
In a study conducted over 12 years on 77 761 women, between the ages of 34-59 years, it was found that, “There was no evidence that higher intakes of milk or dietary calcium reduced fracture risk. There was no significant difference in the risk of hip fracture between women who drank two or more glasses of milk per day and women who drank 1 or less per week.”

Obviously bone fractures and density are affected by more than just calcium intake. Factors such as exercise and sunshine play a vital roll. Previous research shows that salt can cause loss of calcium as can gluten (wheat, oats, rye and barley), smoking ,coffee and tea.

American J Public health 6/97
Supplementation is also not the route to go as we see from the following;

SA Medical Journal Vol. 75 3 June 1989
A 19 member panel prepared the latest information on dietary recommendations and after looking at more than 5000 studies, “strongly condemned the use of dietary supplements, maintaining that there was no convincing evidence that calcium supplements were necessary to prevent osteoporosis.”

Journal of Internal Medicine 1992 vol.231 pg.161-168
“Osteoporosis constitutes an important health problem in modern Western countries and is an increasing problem in the Far East. The clinical condition has no one basis, but many different factors have been suggested to contribute to its development, such as low peak bone mass, early menopause, sedentary lifestyle, cigarette smoking, slender figure, and various dietary components, such as daily calcium intake. The mean dietary consumption of calcium varies throughout the world from 150-200mg per day in the Far East to 5-600 mg per day in the United States to 1000-1200mg per day in the Nordic countries. The dissimilar intake of calcium in the different countries with the same incidence of osteoporotic fractures points to the fact that osteoporosis is a multifactorial disease, where calcium is one of the important contributing factors……….”

The article goes on to say that sunlight (for the manufacture of Vit D), hormones such as parathyroid hormone, growth hormone, oestrogen and progesterone enhance the absorption of calcium and glucocorticoids, excess Thyroid hormone and possibly calcitonin, suppress the absorption of calcium.

To manufacture sufficient Vitamin D, unheated, unprocessed, unsaturated fats are required to pick up cholesterol from the blood stream (where your liver dumps it) and transport it to the skin, where the sun converts it to Vitamin D. Without sufficient Vitamin D, you cannot use calcium. (regardless of the amount you force down your throat.) Best sources of the right fats are avocado, raw nuts and seeds, olives, sweet corn on the cob and cold pressed unprocessed oils.

The article continues, “…Instead of focusing on the exact number of milligrams of calcium that should be included in the diet, one should rather centre upon making sufficient efforts to maximize utilization of that calcium.”

Factors affecting calcium balance

  • Vitamin C in supplement form consumed in large amounts results in the formation of oxalates, which reduces the bioavailability of calcium.
    Considering that our RDA is about 60-150mg per day, it is easy to take in excess in supplement form, as most supplements are from 500-1000mg often taken 1-3 times daily.
  • Dietary fibre consumed in large amounts (as when adding bran to meals) interferes with calcium absorption as do Zinc, Vitamin A and iron supplementation.
  • Caffeine and alcohol increase the urinary excretion of calcium, as does table salt. So use a herb or veg based seasoning.
  • Irrational mega doses of vitamins and minerals appear to have an adverse affect on bone status.
  • A diet high in protein will increase the urinary excretion of calcium.

Age, Gender, Diet and Bone Loss (Osteoporosis)

In March 1983, the Journal Of Clinical Nutrition reported the results of the largest study ever undertaken at that time. Researchers at Michigan State and other major universities found that by age 65 in the US;

Male vegetarians had an average bone loss of 3% women 18%
Male meat eaters had an average bone loss of 7% women 35%

By the time a woman reaches the age of 65, the average meat-eating woman in the US has lost over a third of her skeletal structure. In contrast, vegetarian women tend to remain more active, maintain erect postures, and are less likely to fracture or break bones even with their increased physical activity. If their bones do break or fracture, they heal faster and more completely.

Phosphates and Gluten can affect Bone Loss

Phosphates found in animal protein and fizzy soft drinks increase the fecal excretion of calcium and increasing dietary sodium (table salt) will result in an increase in urinary calcium.
This often happens when the alkaline balance of the blood stream is thrown out by too much of one mineral, such as sulphur or phosphorus. The body in its attempt to correct the situation invariably uses calcium as a buffer, resulting in a higher excretion of calcium. One of the many reasons to follow a 75% alkaline based plant diet.

Recent published research, in numerous recognized journals, indicated that gluten intolerance could also result in loss of calcium from the bones.

References from: Lancet 14/7/97 & 10/2/96 & 22/1/94, Archives Internal Medicine 12/5/97,J Clinical Gastroenterology 3/97, J Family Practice, American 1/95, J Gastroenterology 10/96,& 8/97 & vol 89/94, Scandinavian J Gastroenterology 2/95, New England J Medicine 2/5/96, J Paediatrics 4/96, Medical J Australia 17/3/97, etc.

Where do hormones fit in here?

The Endocrine (Hormonal) system is intricately involved in maintaining bone density and blood calcium levels. To isolate one hormone (oestrogen) out of dozens and one gland (the ovaries) out of several is ridiculous and dangerous. No one gland or hormone works on it’s own. The Endocrine system is like a large orchestra, conducted by the Pituitary gland. If one member of the orchestra is not present, or not doing it’s job the whole company suffers.

The usual approach is to encourage women to take Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) in the form of oestrogen. I have personally dealt with three women who have developed breast cancer after being on HRT, which resulted in radical mastectomies. HRT is not the wonder cure it is made out to be. In fact many women have found that their bone density is worse after being on HRT.

Rather we should be looking at the whole body including the whole Endocrine system and following a lifestyle that encourages overall health.

Can Osteoporosis be reversed?

The answer to this is yes, although the average medical practioner will tell you no. When the following guidelines are followed I have always seen a marked improvement in bone density. Usually a time period of a year is required to see a noticeable difference.

To sum up:

You need
Sunlight; – 20-30 minutes a day is needed to convert cholesterol into vitamin D, which is needed to use calcium. Without Vitamin D you cannot utilize calcium.

Exercise; – a minimum of 20-30 minutes a day with regular weight bearing exercise is needed to strengthens bones.

The right fats; – Essential Fatty Acids and polyunsaturated fats from raw plant sources, are essential for the hormonal system to work correctly. These need to be taken on a daily basis and taking Flaxoil (1-3tbsp id ideal) would be ideal, Millbrook & Aim’s Aimega is the best on the market.

Low animal protein diet to avoid osteoporosis.

A high plant based; at least 75% raw alkaline forming fruit and vegetables. Do this by the following three steps;

Try to eat one meal each day that is just fruit.

Eat fresh or dried fruit and vegetables in between meals if you crave sweet or savory foods.

Start all cooked meals with any raw vegetables.

You also need to cut down or remove

Caffeine, Salt, Gluten (wheat, oats, rye & barley – if a gluten intolerance is suspected) and processed food from your diet.

Any substance that upsets the endocrine system could indirectly cause osteoporosis. Sugar, artificial sweeteners and heated fats are just a few.

Dietary supplements should be avoided, with the right nutrients coming from your diet and concentrated foods such as Barleylife, Just Carrots and Redibeets.

Special Foods to focus on

Taking Barleylife, Just Carrots and Redibeets, provides an extremely usable source of calcium. Barleylife alone contains an average of 20-25 times more calcium than cow’s milk; the difference in the absorption rate being 80-100% in Barleylife, and 20% in dairy products if you are not dairy intolerant.

Green leafy vegetables have the best calcium/phosphorous ratio for utilization and are therefore the most alkaline forming foods, yet another reason to take your Barleylife.

Remember that being a dried juice the Garden Trio is concentrated plant food not a fractioned supplement. They are therefore not only a good source of minerals and vitamins, trace elements & phytonutrients, but also completely alkaline in the body. Maintaining the alkaline balance in the body is perhaps one of the most important issues when it comes to osteoporosis.


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Rheumatoid Arthritis

Painful jointsBy Mary-Ann Shearer

Rheumatoid Arthritis and inflammatory conditions

Basically, from a Natural Health perspective (which now also seems to be the general consensus among many dietary researchers), all degenerative disease is as a result of incorrect lifestyle and diet. And most disease relates to endocrine (hormonal) function. This is definitely the case with these conditions. Arthritis is defined as any one of more than 100 inflammatory joint disorders, characterised by pain, swelling, and limited movement. According to current research, more than 31 million people of all ages suffer from some degree of the disease JUST IN THE USA! The three most common forms of arthritis are rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and gout, with fibromyalgia becoming more and more common.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

It is a painful swelling of the joints, together with destruction of tissues around them. In children it is often referred to as Stills Disease. Eventually the joints can become calcified and fused resulting in severe restriction of movement.

Allopathic treatment: physiotherapy, Aspirin, anti-inflammatory medication, injections of gold salts, and the use of corticosteroid and chemotherapy drugs.


It is also called degenerative joint disease, and occurs when a joint wears out. Most common areas are the knees, the hips, and the spine. Pain is usually associated with all types of arthritis.

Allopathic treatment: anti-inflammatory medication and painkillers. Aspirin is also often used.


This is a state of disease in which the body cannot rid itself of all the uric acid it produces. The uric acid builds up in the joints as well as in the soft tissues. This can cause extreme pain.

Allopathic treatment: usually some type of anti-inflammatory medication and painkiller.


Fibromyalgia was also previously known as fibrositis or fibromyositis, but as inflammation is not always present, it is now known as Fibromyalgia.

This condition is a type of muscular arthritis, which can be quite painful.  Basically, there is pain originating in the fibrous connective tissue components of muscles, tendons, ligaments, and other so-called white connective tissues.  Various combinations of these conditions may occur together and is often termed muscular rheumatism.  According to the Merck manual:

“… the conditions may be induced or intensified by physical or mental stress, poor sleep, trauma, exposure to dampness or cold, … sometimes toxaemia … Fibromyalgia is particularly likely to occur in healthy young women who tend to be tense, depressed, anxious, and striving, but may also occur in children and older adults,”

Symptoms of this condition are usually a feeling of muscular stiffness and soreness that is generally quite uncomfortable, many people complain of aching all over and not wanting to be touched.

Allopathic treatment for most inflammatory conditions is usually with anti-inflammatory medicine and or cortisone based drugs. The drugs are dangerous and have many side effects.

It is not clear what causes arthritis, but what we do know is that the more refined carbohydrates, tea, coffee, protein, and heated fats you have in the diet, the more chance you have of developing the disease. The Hunzas do not suffer from any of these diseases or any other degenerative diseases. Their diet is high in fresh, raw, and dried fruits and vegetables and low in protein. Whatever the type of arthritis or gout, it has now been conclusively shown that a “period of fasting followed by a gluten-free vegetarian diet” (Lancet, October 1991), is the only eating programme to follow to be free of inflammation and pain. I have seen hundreds of people, relieved of debilitating pain and stiffness by adhering to this simple yet effective approach.

Following the 5 Basic Steps of The Natural Way and excluding all animal products (although butter, cream seem fine), and gluten (wheat, rye, barley, and oats), will help to correct and reverse these conditions.

Food to Avoid

Gluten appears to promote inflammation and other auto immune diseases. It appears to affect the endocrine system in a variety of ways especially the thyroid gland.

It is also important to remove any foods that might upset the endocrine system, such as artificial sweeteners, caffeine, heated fat, too much animal fat, refined sugar, and carbohydrates, including alcohol and vinegar.

Most people with inflammation anywhere in the body find they cannot tolerate citrus fruit and pain can result on consumption. This is because the natural acids in fruit, which a healthy body usually “burns” up during digestion, seem to get into the bloodstream and can cause problems (referred to as free acid radicals) by aggravating the arthritis rather than causing it. This is usually sorted out by a fast of seven or more days or a period on vegetable juice only. The best vegetable juice programme is 4-6 glasses of carrot and Barley grass juice or celery (as much celery or barley grass juice as you can cope with as celery and barley leaves are one of the most alkaline foods you can eat, for anything from 1-6 weeks. This is often very beneficial to people who cannot fast due to work, time, family factors, or if they are too nervous.

We also know that animal protein contains arachidonic acid, a fatty acid that increases inflammation (and blood pressure). Although inflammation is part of the healing process, when it is not controlled or regulated by the body, disease and pain can result. This is one of the reasons the Lancet Journal of October 1991 recommended a gluten free, vegetarian diet as best for arthritis.

Food to Include

Essential fatty acids from plant sources like flax and chia seeds, olive (& their oil), raw nuts and seeds, sweet corn on the cob and avocado, should be included on a regular basis.

A diet high in natural vitamins and minerals is vital; these nutrients must be from raw fruit and vegetables as supplements especially Vitamin C is known to actually cause arthritis.

I have found that many arthritic sufferers tend to be petite, and have an emotional predisposition that tends to be nervous of fasting, so a period of dietary adjustment is needed as well as education before fasting is contemplated.

Rheumatoid Arthritis and The Endocrine System

The Hormonal (Endocrine) system is a collection of interrelated glands that produce hormones.  Hormones are chemicals that travel through the blood to cause an effect on distant parts of the body.  The entire system works very delicately and a fine balance of hormones is needed for the whole system to function properly.

One pair of these glands, the adrenal glands, plays a major role in arthritis besides functions such as controlling mineral salt levels controlling blood pressure, blood sugar, mobilize fats for energy, stimulate protein use, help the body cope with stress including flight or fight, they also control inflammation and immune responses and produce oestrogen after menopause.

Any disease in which the body is having problems in this area is helped by feeding the adrenals correctly as you would the whole endocrine system. From a dietary perspective, there are many factors affecting the Endocrine System, food & stress being major ones. People most likely to have arthritis are A-type personalities who are more prone to worrying incessantly. Stress (worry) will cause chronic strain to the adrenal glands. It is important therefore to control stress,  and the starting  with prayer, exercise and the right diet.

  1. Aspartame (Trade names are Nutrasweet, Candarel and Equal):

Aspartame, it is claimed by independent scientists, causes neuro endocrine disorders, i.e. disorders of the Central Nervous System (CNS) and the endocrine system.   Aspartame can upset any of the endocrine glands, but is suspected of slowing down the function of the thyroid thereby slowing down metabolic rate which defeats the reason for taking it.   Because of the close links with the CNS, foods that affect the endocrine system could in unknown ways affect the CNS.

  1. Refined sugar

Refined sugar affects the pituitary gland by causing a drop in blood sugar, which in turn, causes the pituitary, adrenal and thyroid glands to malfunction.   This could result in a number of endocrine disorders, including rheumatoid arthritis.

Refined sugar also causes ‘reactive’ hypoglycaemia resulting in an adrenaline rush with consequent explosive temper, panic attacks, fainting, epileptic seizure and migraines.   This reaction also causes a ravenous appetite and food cravings.

Refined sugar also affects the adrenal glands as it affects the blood sugar levels, which puts an unnatural strain on both glands.  Typical Premenstrual Tension (PMT) symptoms can result, making people comment that it is just your hormones!   As if your hormones misbehave on their own.   Typical PMT symptoms are hostility, aggressive behaviour, panic attacks, epilepsy, headaches, food cravings and increased appetite and these don’t just happen to women!   Recent research also shows reduced progesterone levels in women with PMT.    Progesterone helps control menstrual bleeding, has a calming effect and helps prevent asthma, skin eruptions, acne and herpes.  A high raw fruit and vegetable diet controls all these aspects too, so you could conclude that a high raw diet helps the body produce sufficient progesterone.

  1. Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s)

Best found in natural unheated foods such as avocados, nuts, seeds, olives and cold-pressed oils, EFA’s help the hormonal system in males and females to function properly.   EFA’s help us to produce prostaglandins, which help to produce progesterone, which helps prevent PMT and associated pain with menstruation, heavy bleeding and menopausal symptoms. Over and above eating foods with natural fats, we take a flax oil blend as a supplement. You need to listen to you body and take from 1 tsp. to 3 Tbsp. a day. I never advocate fish oil, as fish oil contains cholesterol, has been heated to high temperature and goes rancid within 2 hours of the fish dying. It can also result in indiscriminate bleeding as EPA & DHA found in fish thins the blood, this could affect menstrual periods, gastrointestinal bleeding, child birth and injuries. When you take in plant sources of Omega 3 fats like from flax oil, your body converts the Omega 3 into the EPA & DHA as and when it needs it

  1. Other substances

Milk and milk products, alcohol (consumed or manufactured by the body through bad food combining), processed and heated fats, low vitamin intake and excess animal fat intake can call compete for the Linoleic Acid (an Essential Fatty Acid -EFA) available, which the body requires to manufacture several prostaglandins. This in turn, can upset this delicate hormonal balance in some people.   This explains why many women improve drastically with hormonal problems when their diet changes to exclude animal fats and combining properly (no alcohol) and including a high intake of raw plant food (high vitamin intake).  A deficiency in prostaglandins can lead to a breakdown in the immune system resulting in asthma, hay fever, sinusitis, Candida albicans and eczema.

Caffeine – found in tea, coffee, chocolates and colas.


Any  drugs or medication (remove only with medical supervision)

Foods containing mustard oil, which tends to slow, down the function (onion and garlic family can be problematic and occasionally kale, cabbage and watercress).

Alcohol has a similar effect on the body as refined sugar (only worse) Remember that alcohol is made in the digestive tract when your food ferments. To avoid fermentation combine your food properly. See chapter 4 in my book “Perfect Health”

  1. Gluten

The protein found in wheat, rye, oats and barley grain not the leaf. Remove these. Gluten is highly inflammatory in the body as is animal protein due to the arachidonic acid it contains.

To sum up:

Basically a 75% raw, alkaline diet with a maximum of 25% acid forming and cooked food, with the removal of unnatural foods and substances is the only way to get the hormonal system to function properly.   Remember that in some people, the balance is extremely delicate and can be easily thrown out by the consumption of animal products – one of the reasons why many people’s overall health improves drastically when they become vegetarian or vegan.

It is also important to get at least 30 minutes of sunshine (no glasses or contacts) every day as well as enough Essential Fatty Acids, which you can get from 1/4 – 1/2 cup nuts or seed and 1/2 – 1 avocado a day or 1 – 2 Tbs. of cold-pressed vegetable oil. Flaxseed oil contains more Omega 3 Fatty acids than other oils and it is suggested that you take 1-3 tbsp per day, depending on the severity of your problem. 1 tbsp a day is great just for maintenance. Try AIMega from AIM for a fantastic EFA supplement.

BarleyLife (dried juice of sprouted barley leaves) and sprouted green leafy foods, contains a vitamin E succinate that helps the Pituitary gland work efficiently. I suggest 2-4 tsp. each day just for maintenance more if your condition is serious.

Renewed Balance is a natural progesterone cream, made from wild yam that can be used very effectively to help correct hormonal imbalances, but must be used with the right lifestyle to be fully beneficial. I would only introduce this once all the lifestyle changes have been made.

Aloe Vera Gel made from the aloe Barbadensis plant has a natural anti-inflammatory effect on the body, with added MSM, glucosamine and chondroitin, you will find quite quick relief. Royal Jelly is also known for its anti inflammatory effect on the body.

Another very important issue is exercise. Exercise for 20 minutes at least, per day, helps the endocrine system regulate at least 16 different hormones, so get moving!

My book Perfect Health covers the endocrine system in great detail and both recipe books 1 & 2 have many gluten and animal protein free recipes in them and so can help you regain your health.

When it comes to worry and stress, prayer is your most powerful tool, so get down on those knees and ask God to first give you wisdom in making better choices regarding you food and secondly to help you to let go and allow Him to take your burdens. I have found every time, that God does not need my help. So all I can do is stand and pray!


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7 Stages of Disease

By Mary-Ann Shearer

Disease normally progresses through varying stages. We have identified the 7 stages of disease. if you are experiencing them, this will help you understand how to respond.

Stage 1  –  Enervation

This means tiredness or exhaustion. An extreme state of enervation is “nervous exhaustion”. Sleep regenerates nerve energy. Lack of sleep, on-going stress and an unhealthy lifestyle all contribute to enervation.

Stage 2  –  Toxemia or toxicosis

The body produces a lot of toxic by-products such as Carbon Dioxide. If the body is overloaded with an unhealthy lifestyle, these waste products build up. Natural Hygiene explains that un-eliminated RNA and DNA result in disease and are diagnosed as viruses by the medical profession.

Stage 3  –  Irritation

Irritation results from the un-eliminated waste products being sensed by our central nervous system. When we feel unsettled, itchy, queasy, jumpy or uncomfortable without being able to detect the source, irritation exists. Excess mucous or an itchy nose is a form of irritation. Substances like alcohol, caffeine or cigarettes can trigger irritation of the body.

Stage 4  –  Inflammation

This stage is recognizable usually by pain and or redness and swelling. Any condition ending in “itis” such as sinusitis, tonsillitis, appendicitis is a form of inflammation. Running a temperature would fall into this stage.

Stage 5  –  Ulceration

This stage develops if stage 4 is not dealt with and usually means mass destruction of cells. Lesions or ulcers occur anywhere in the body. This condition usually results in pain.

Stage 6  –  Induration

Induration is when the body tries to patch itself up. Scarring and hardening of the tissues result. Very often the body will wrap cells around toxic substances which then hardens and a tumor is formed.

Stage 7  –  Cancer

The final stage of disease takes place and cells start to behave independently and multiply. Cancer results. Cancer, as you can see, doesn’t just appear. It starts with enervation. If you don’t listen to your body and correct the condition as it progresses, cancer will be the end point.


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Natural Health Benefits of Beets

By Mary-Ann Shearer

BeetsThis is taken from The Natural Way

I have always hated beetroot or beets. I hated the taste, which is like sand and I hated the way it would ‘bleed’ all over my food and colour and flavour everything. A plate of sandy, bloody food! ugh!

Even when I started seriously researching health and nutrition 25 or 30 years ago, I still could not myself to bring a piece of beetroot near my mouth. Mind you, recently I have found ‘grilled’ beets are almost nice.

It was only 10 years ago that I started drinking barley grass juice that I combined dried beet juice with my dried barley and carrot juice. As I was not anemic, and was travelling a lot, I kind of stopped using the beet juice (Aim’s Redibeets) for the last year or so. (I use their beets because it does not taste sandy!)

I just recently (August 2009) became aware of the research conducted by Professor Andy Jones, which shows that drinking beet juice daily can increase your stamina by 16%. So I started drinking my dried beet juice with my barley grass and carrot juice in the mornings again last week and by Saturday I went for a 2 ½ hour walk/run, thinking I may be a bit stiff and tired the next day, but was not. Then I went for an 90 min walk the next day and have increased my daily exercise since then because I am feeling like I have the energy and strength to just keep going for hours. (I normally walk 30-40 min a day and maybe once or twice a month 1-2 hours) Hey man and I am getting older and have just come through the menopause! This is awesome!!

I can honestly say that there is a distinct increase in my stamina and that maybe why I responded so well because I follow a healthy diet, but the subjects in the research were just regular folk with no particular dietary program and they responded pretty quickly.

You can make your own organic beet juice with a juice extractor and beets from your garden or if you need convenience – or order Redibeets from Aim with their BarleyLife, (barley grass juice) and their Just Carrots (carrot juice)

Cheers – with a glass of beet, barley and carrot juice – Mary-Ann

Below is the research on stamina increase and previous research on beets ability to help the body lower blood pressure dramatically.

Beetroot Health Benefits – August 2009 UK

Drinking beetroot juice increases stamina and could help people exercise for up to 16% longer, claims a new study conducted in the UK.
A University of Exeter (U-E) led study shows for the first time how nitrate in beetroot juice leads to a reduction in oxygen uptake, therefore making exercise less tiring.

Drinking beetroot juice boosts stamina and could help people exercise for up to 16% longer, a UK study suggests.
A U-E team found nitrate (these are natural healthy nitrites and nitrates, not like sodium nitrite and nitrate in smoked and processed meats so don’t panic) contained in beets leads to a reduction in oxygen uptake – making exercise less tiring.

The Journal of Applied Physiology study suggests the effect is greater than that which can be achieved by regular training!?!
Beetroot juice has previously been shown to reduce blood pressure.
The researchers believe their findings could help people with cardiovascular, respiratory or metabolic diseases – and endurance athletes.

They focused on eight men aged 19-38, who were given 500ml per day of organic beetroot juice for six consecutive days before completing a series of tests, involving cycling on an exercise bike. On another occasion, they were given a placebo of blackcurrant cordial for six consecutive days before completing the same cycling tests.

After drinking beetroot juice the group was able to cycle for an average of 11.25 minutes – 92 seconds longer than when they were given the placebo.
This would translate into an approximate 2% reduction in the time taken to cover a set distance.
The group that had consumed the beetroot juice also had lower resting blood pressure.

Mechanism unclear

The researchers are not yet sure of the exact mechanism that causes the nitrate in the beetroot juice to boost stamina.
However, they suspect it could be a result of the nitrate turning into nitric oxide in the body, reducing how much oxygen is burned up by exercise.

Study researcher Professor Andy Jones – an adviser to top UK athlete Paula Radcliffe – said: “We were amazed by the effects of beetroot juice on oxygen uptake because these effects cannot be achieved by any other known means, including training.

“I am sure professional and amateur athletes will be interested in the results of this research.
“I am also keen to explore the relevance of the findings to those people who suffer from poor fitness and may be able to use dietary supplements to help them go about their daily lives.”

Professor John Brewer, an expert on sports science at the University of Bedfordshire, said: “These findings are potentially exciting for many people involved in sport and, but will almost certainly require further more extensive studies before the exact benefits and mechanisms are understood.
“We must also remember that exercise and training and a sensible diet will always remain as the essential ingredients for a balanced and healthy lifestyle.”
Dr Simon Marshall, of the University of San Diego, has carried out work on exercise and health.

He said much more work was needed involving many more subjects to draw firm conclusions.

“Certainly, a diet high in nitrate-rich fruits and vegetables is good for your heart health and this study provides further evidence of this.”
Beetroot juice also aids in reducing your blood pressure. Researchers say that a daily glass of beetroot juice can do wonders for hypertension and many cardiovascular diseases.

Beetroot has the power to cleanse your system and increase haemoglobin, along with purifying your blood.

Nutritional facts in Beetroot

Vitamins – Beetroot is a good source of vitamin C and folic acid. It also contains small amounts of vitamins B1, B2, B3, and vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene.

Minerals: Rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and sodium. Also, smaller amounts of iron, zinc, copper, manganese, and selenium.
Amino Acids: While raw beets are mostly water and carbohydrate, they also contain small amounts of all the essential amino acids that make up complete protein.

Antioxidants: Its carotenoids and flavanoids can help reduce the oxidation of LDL cholesterol which could lead to damaged artery walls and ultimately heart attacks and strokes.

Anti-carcinogenic Color: The deep red color of beetroot comes from betacyanin an anthocyanadin a group of powerful antioxidants which protects against colon cancer, slows down ageing and boosts natural immunity

Silica: The rich stock of silica in it does perfect utilization of calcium in the body and is also required for healthy skin, hair, nails and bones.

  • Beetroot is a natural source of vitamins and minerals
  • Beetroot is used traditionally as a blood building food
  • Beetroot may aid the natural process of elimination and support detoxification processes
  • Beetroot has liver, spleen, gall bladder and kidney cleansing properties
  • Beetroot is particularly rich in Vitamin C, calcium, phosphorus and iron
  • The iron contained in beetroot is organic and non-irritating and will not cause constipation
  • Beetroot is useful in acidosis due to it being rich in alkaline elements
  • Beetroot purifies the blood and has anti-carcinogenic properties
  • Research shows it boosts the body’s natural defenses in the liver, regenerating immune cells.
  • Beetroot also contains silica, vital for healthy skin, fingernails, ligaments, tendons and bones.

Beetroot and Blood Pressure

Drinking 500ml of beetroot juice a day can significantly reduce blood pressure, UK research suggests.

February 2009

The key beneficial ingredient appears to be nitrate, which is also found in green, leafy vegetables. (another reason for me to drink my Barley grass juice). The researchers found that in healthy volunteers blood pressure was reduced within an hour of drinking the juice. The study, by Barts and the London School of Medicine and the Peninsula Medical School, could suggest a low-cost way to treat hypertension.

Previously the protective effects of vegetable-rich diets have been attributed to their antioxidant vitamin content. While it took less than an hour to note a reduction in blood pressure in the beetroot juice tests, it was more pronounced after three to four hours and a degree of reduction continued to be observed for up to 24 hours, the report published on the online journal Hypertension said.

Saliva breakdown

The researchers showed that nitrate in the juice is converted in saliva, by bacteria on the tongue, into nitrite. This nitrite-containing saliva is swallowed, and in the acidic environment of the stomach is either converted into nitric oxide or re-enters the circulation as nitrite.

The peak time of reduction in blood pressure correlated with the appearance and peak levels of nitrite in the circulation. No such drop in blood pressure was recorded in a second group of volunteers, who did not swallow their saliva while drinking beetroot juice, or for three hours afterwards.

More than 25% of the world’s adult population are hypertensive, and it has been estimated that this figure will increase to 29% by 2025. Hypertension causes around 50% of coronary heart disease, and approximately 75% of strokes. In total, cardiovascular disease kills over 110,000 people in England every year.

Researcher Professor Amrita Ahluwalia said: “Our research suggests that drinking beetroot juice, or consuming other nitrate- rich vegetables, might be a simple way to maintain a healthy cardiovascular system, and might also be an additional approach that one could take in the modern day battle against rising blood pressure.”

Certainly drinking beet juice daily with a wide variety of fresh fruit and vegetables is a better solution that most meds which cause a variety of side effects from erectile dysfunction to diabetes. Funny enough I have had reports for the last 10 or so years from numerous people telling me how drinking barley grass juice, carrot and beet juice from Aim has reduced their blood pressure and many have been able to discontinue their meds. (With their doctor’s approval)

One man made absolutely no changes to his diet as he is a food critic and wine connoisseur and has to eat in restaurants almost every night and makes no time for exercise.

Now we have the science to explain why.

Amazing things vegetables – so what you waiting for get out the juicer!

A cup of beetroot juice a day may help reduce your blood pressure, according to a small study published in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension.

According to researchers from Barts Health NHS Trust and the London Medical School, high blood pressure patients who volunteered to drink 250ml of beetroot juice daily registered a drop of 10mm of mercury (mmHg).

A previous study involving participants with normal blood pressure, three years ago, also suggested there could be health benefits to drinking juice that contains nitrate — a chemical that reduces blood pressure.

However, in a statement, lead author of the study Dr Amrita Ahluwalia pointed out that those more at risk of a stroke or heart disease, caused by high blood pressure, may also benefit.

“We were surprised by how little nitrate was needed to see such a large effect,” Ahluwalia said. “This study shows that compared to individuals with healthy blood pressure much less nitrate is needed to produce the kinds of decreases in blood pressure that might provide clinical benefits in people who need to lower their blood pressure.

“However, we are still uncertain as to whether this effect is maintained in the long term.”

In a statement, researchers highlighted that Beetroot juice contains dietary nitrate, which may help relax blood vessel walls and improve blood flow. Increasing intake of foods rich in dietary nitrate may be an affordable and attainable way to manage blood pressure, they added.

“Our hope is that increasing one’s intake of vegetables with a high dietary nitrate content, such as green leafy vegetables or beetroot, might be a lifestyle approach that one could easily employ to improve cardiovascular health,” said Ahluwalia.

Getting More Beets

You can drink fresh beet juice daily by juicing them yourself!

The following are available from the Aim Companies.

Do what we do, drink 1 tsp. Redibeets from Aim, with your BarleyLife and Just Carrots

Redi Beets

Drink a bottle of RedRush a day


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The Dangers of Dairy

Dairy (Cow, Goat, Sheep, Camel, Tiger etc…) IS A PERFECT FOOD…. (for Baby

Cows, Goats, Sheep, Camels, Tigers etc…)

Is there a connection with tonsillitis, ear infection, colds and flus? Autoimmune diseases? Heart Disease? Cancer/Tumor Growth?

Are Dairy products Addictive?

Put aside all the marketing and advertising funded by dairy interests. Temporarily suspend the advice from individual and organizations with little or no nutritional education and get down to the bottom of the matter. Learn some of the research as well as personal experience from Mary-Ann Shearer as she discusses this provocative topic.

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Want to learn more? Here are some references mentioned

The China Study: Read how Dr T. Colin Campbell was able to effectively turn on and off tumor growth by adding or removing casein (one of the main proteins in milk)

Are Dairy products Addictive?: Review of studies looking at hwo the human body responds to certain foods, including chocolate and dairy.

Dairy and Disease: In depth review of research about disease and dairy products. Most shocking is the connections between Type 1 diabetes and Cow Milk

Milk Proteins and Diabetes

Insulin-dependent (type 1 or childhood-onset) diabetes is linked to consumption of dairy products in infancy.40 A 2001 Finnish study of 3,000 infants with genetically increased risk for developing diabetes showed that early introduction of cow’s milk increased susceptibility to type 1 diabetes.41 In addition, the American Academy of Pediatrics observed up to a 30 percent reduction in the incidence of type 1 diabetes in infants who avoid exposure to cow’s milk protein for at least the first three months of their lives.42″

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Simple Changes = Sinus Relief!

 “For many months my daughter battled with her nose and sinus only at night. It would block up just a couple of hours into the night and bother her for most part of the night. I would then set up an oil burner with Eucalyptus oil, which seemed to make a small difference. Our family did not get much sleep when this happened as it was very disruptive and irritated my daughter until she cried from frustration.

Then on reading your book Perfect Health: The Natural Way you mentioned leaving a window open at night for fresh air. We started doing this in the middle of winter and I was a little apprehensive because of the cold. I added an extra blanket and was amazed at the results. My daughter has not had a blocked nose for the last 2 months and we are all reaping the rewards of a good nights sleep. I have heard of adenoids being removed? We are not prepared to go that route… The open window works well! Thanks for the great advise…”


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Asthma and Antibiotics

By Mary-Ann Shearer

A connection between Asthma and Antibiotics

Asthma is a disease of the lungs and of the air tubes leading to them. It causes the walls of the bronchioles, the tiny airways in the lungs, to swell and produce mucus so that it becomes difficult to breathe.

  • Children given antibiotics during the first six months of life are up to 11 times more likely to develop allergies and asthma, warn experts.
  • Early exposure to the drugs dramatically increases the risk of triggering common allergies including pets, dust mites and hay fever, a study found.
  • Experts discovered the threat rose with each course of antibiotics given to an infant and for those whose mothers had allergies.

Connection – having antibiotics as a baby can trigger asthma

Broad spectrum antibiotics

The highest risk was for babies given a broad-spectrum antibiotic, which includes penicillin, while breastfeeding for more than four months also heightened the chances of allergic reaction. Because antibiotics wipe out both good and bad bugs in the gut, it is thought they may disturb the body’s immune programming in the crucial early months of life.

The findings by a team at the Henry Ford Hospital, in Detroit, are unveiled as scientists and child health experts become increasingly concerned over the rising level of medical problems linked to allergic reactions over the last 25 years. More than a million British children have been diagnosed with asthma, while many thousands more have wheezing problems, allergies and skin rashes caused by eczema. Senior researcher Dr Christine Cole Johnson said the latest findings were a ‘new warning’ over the need to restrict the use of antibiotics. Doctors were now aware of the hazards of antibiotic resistance in fueling the growth of superbugs, and were cutting down on their use.

‘I’m not suggesting children shouldn’t receive antibiotics. But I believe we need to be more prudent in prescribing them at such an early age. In the past many of the drugs were prescribed unnecessarily, especially for viral infections such as colds or flu when they would have had no effect anyway.” said Dr Johnson.

11 Fold risk between Asthma and Antibiotics

Researchers studied 448 children from birth to the age of seven – 50 per cent of whom had received antibiotics in the first six months of life. Half had been given more than one course. The team took into account the type of antibiotic prescribed, whether the children had pets, the period of breastfeeding and the mother’s history of allergies. They found that by the age of seven, youngsters who had been given at least one antibiotic in the first six months of life were 1.5 times more likely to develop allergies than those who did not have drugs and 2.5 times more likely to develop asthma.

The risk was even higher for children who lived with fewer than two pets – thought to protect youngsters against developing allergies. Children on antibiotics whose mothers suffered from allergies had double the risk of developing them, and those breast-fed for more than four months were three times more at risk.

The risk was a massive 11-fold for children who received broad-spectrum antibiotics, were breast-fed for four months and did not have any pets, Dr Johnson told the European Respiratory Society’s annual conference in Vienna.

She said ‘The results of our prospective birth study suggest that antibiotic use is a risk factor for allergy in children, particularly those who already have other risk factors.

‘What’s more, the increased risk is proportionate to the number of courses of antibiotics given.

‘Three courses in the first six months mean that the risk is multiplied by five for a child who did not have much contact with animals and was breast-fed for a long time.’

Antibiotics had an extra damaging effect in children who had inherited a predisposition to allergies or had not benefited from protective factors. Dr Johnson, a senior epidemiologist, said the most likely reason was changes in bacteria in the gut.

A spokesman for the National Asthma Campaign said: ‘Studies looking at the relationship between the development of asthma and allergies in children who have received antibiotics at an early age, as well as the effects of when women have taken antibiotics while pregnant, have been inconclusive.

‘Whilst this is an interesting study, further research is needed to understand the complexities of the relationship between these factors.’

Asthma and Diet

Modern eating habits maybe one of the main causes of the huge rise in asthma that has left one in five children with the disease. The wrong diet, including those with low amounts of fresh fruit and vegetables, can lead to an eightfold increase in the risk of asthma, say researchers. Britain has some of the highest rates of asthma in Europe, and latest research shows that teenagers here have the highest rates of severe wheezing in the world. But although asthma has reached epidemic proportions, doctors are still not sure what causes it or why it is increasing at such an alarming rate.

For years, pollution took much of the blame, and a huge number of suspects ranging from car exhausts, the weather and cigarettes, to dust mites, antibiotics, and homes that are too clean, have been investigated. But our children’s eating habits are now fast emerging as a prime suspect. Increasing evidence suggests that a poor diet, especially one low in antioxidant and vitamin content, could be implicated.

‘I think diet is the factor that has made the biggest contribution to increased asthma in wealthier countries. I can’t see anything else that has changed that could have had this effect,’ says Professor Anthony Seaton, of the University of Aberdeen, who has been carrying out diet and asthma research work with 2,000 pregnant women and their babies.

Each year in Britain there are 1,500 deaths from asthma and 74,000 hospital casualty attendances. Over the past three years the number of asthma sufferers has increased from 3.7 million to 5.1 million.

It is thought some people have a genetic susceptibility but that environmental triggers are also needed to turn the inherited risk into real disease. The European Community Respiratory Health Survey of 22 countries shows that the highest rates are in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and the U.S., while the lowest are in the Mediterranean countries, Eastern Europe, and India.

‘The fact that we can show geographical variations suggests differences are due to environmental factors, not only pollution, but also the food people eat and the way they live,’ says Dr Christer Janson who led the study.

How a chinese silkworm has the power to ease my asthma

by MARTYN HALLE, Daily Mail 16:04pm 12th November 2002

When keen athlete Stephen Kershaw was laid low by a bad bout of asthma he sought help from a treatment using the Chinese silkworm.

Scientists have recently discovered that the tiny creature produces a unique enzyme which has an anti-inflammatory action.

Despite taking antibiotics and oral steroids, the 18-year-old A-level student was unable to shake off a bug that had exacerbated his asthma and had been forced to abandon his regular visits to the gym.

And in case you all think I have totally lost my mind; I do not think a silk worm can help you! This type of article is just so typical as people are desperate for a cure and looking to take something instead of changing their lifestyles and diet. My personal observation is that parents that give children antibiotics are unaware of the role diet plays in asthma and that when the diet is changed and the parents are made aware of the side effects on the immune system of antibiotics, that the child gets well and stays well until the offending foods are re introduced.

The main dietary causes which would encourage the use of antibiotics are

  1. Preservatives (especially Sulphur dioxide and sodium benzoate)
  2. Dairy products (including yoghurt and cheese)
  3. Gluten intolerance
  4. Lack of essential fatty acids in particularly Omega 3 found in dark green leafy vegetables (taking BarleyLife is very convenient here) and flax oil (like Millbrook and AimMega)
  5. Lack of fresh fruit and vegetables

Following The Natural Way 5 steps would cover the fruit and veg base and taking BarleyLife and AimMega daily with maybe fresh carrot juice or Just Carrots (dried carrot juice) excluding preservatives and dairy and gluten would go a long way to getting rid of asthma or breathing problems.

For more info on this read Perfect Health: The Natural Way:  and “Healthy Kids”


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Health A-Z Archives: Eczema

By Mary-Ann Shearer

E is for Eczema and Psoriasis

Eczema is a form of dermatitis or inflammation of the epidermis (the outer layer of the skin). In England, an estimated 5,773,700 or about one in every nine people have been diagnosed with the disease by a clinician at some point in their lives.

The term eczema is broadly applied to a range of persistent skin conditions. These include dryness and recurring skin rashes that are characterized by one or more of these symptom: redness, skin edema (swelling), itching and dryness, crusting, flaking, blistering, cracking, oozing, or bleeding. Areas of temporary skin discoloration may appear and are sometimes due to healed injuries. Scratching open a healing lesion may result in scarring and may enlarge the rash.
In some languages, dermatitis and “eczema” are synonymous, while in other languages “dermatitis” implies an acute condition and “eczema” a chronic one. The two conditions are often classified together.


Dermatitis is often treated with corticosteroids. They do not cure eczema, but control or suppress symptoms in most cases

Side effects of Medication

Prolonged use of topical corticosteroids is thought to increase the risk of possible side effects, the most common of which is the skin becoming thin and fragile. They can also, cause endocrine disorders as they affect hypothalamus, pituitary and adrenal glands suppression . A major part of the neuro-endocrine system that controls reactions to stress and regulates many body processes, including digestion, the immune system, mood and emotions, sexuality, and energy storage and expenditure. By their immunosuppressive action they can, lead to some fungal or bacterial skin infections. Care must be taken to avoid the eyes, as topical corticosteroids applied to the eye can cause glaucoma or cataracts. Other treatment is usually some sort of topical cream.

Diet & Natural therapies

One of the main dietary causes here is gluten and or a dairy intolerance. Removing gluten and or dairy (milk, cheese and yoghurt) will go a long way to correcting this condition, It is essential that essential fatty acids are included in your diet and this means including natural plant fats as suggested above and the inclusion of dark green leafy vegetables. I avoid gluten and dairy and include either Aim’s Aimega or The Natural way Omega blend and BarleyLife in my diet. As a child I suffered from white patches on my face (from dairy) and bumps of the back of my arms (from gluten). Both are a form of eczema and both cleared up when I removed these foods. Now as an adult my skin gets extremely dry from gluten. Sulphur dioxide the preservative also appears to cause eczema. It is found on many dried fruits, soft drinks and in meat.

I have found that Aloe Vera Gel, also contributes to a healthy skins, as aloe is naturally anti-inflammatory, and benefits epithelial cells (speeds up healing and repair) and as a result the skin responds very positively. Aloe Gel also is very healing to the digestive tract and a healthy digestive tract always benefits the skin.

Bee Propolis is also a huge help with any skin conditions in that it is a natural antibiotic, which kills bad bacteria and promotes good bacteria.

I recommend taking Forever Aloe Gel internally and applying Forever Bee Propolis cream to the skin for the most dramatic improvements.. days or even hours!

On average there is a dramatic improvement within 2 days and completely clear skin within 2 weeks.

Natural Sunlight is also known to improve almost any skin condition.

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Allergies in Children

By Mary-Ann Shearer

What is an allergy, and how do you identify allergies in children?

An allergy could be defined as 1 of many physical reactions to a food or substance (see out article about Allergies and Hay Fever). Sometimes allergies are referred to as an intolerance. Allergies and intolerances can be identified  and manifest in a variety of ways, but the most  common signs to look for in a baby are:  runny  or stuffy nose

  • diarrhea
  • constipation
  • skin rashes
  • recurring infections
  • behavioural problems
  • difficulty in settling or sleeping
  • inexplicable crying
  • asthma or eczema
  • inability to gain weight
  • unexplained fevers
  • arthritis [this has been seen in a 13 month old baby!]
  • coughing or wheezing

Allergic reactions can be delayed

Reactions to a substance or food is not always immediate and can sometimes take 2 to 3 days to appear. Sometimes a child could eat a particular food three times in a row and then react. The reaction may differ considerably from child to child. When I eat dairy products for example, I develop sinusitis, my oldest daughter Melissa develops tonsillitis, my middle daughter, Marie-Claire develops rhinitis [runny nose] and my youngest daughter develops ear infections.

Is it possible for a totally breast-fed baby to develop allergies?

Yes, it is possible and in fact very common. Many mothers don’t realise that whatever food they eat can and often will affect baby. If for example a mother eats a small piece of cheese or a little yoghurt, a dairy intolerance baby will react. The reaction could be a stuffy or runny nose, tonsillitis, ear infections, coughing, skin rashes, diarrhea, constipation, bloating and possibly small amounts of blood in the stools.

Allergies in Children and Vaccination

Some babies appear to develop allergies or eczema after the first inoculation, is there a connection? There seems to be a definite link in some babies between inoculation and the development of allergies and eczema. The most common allergies or intolerance to appear is to dairy products and wheat. With the most common reaction resulting in eczema. It would appear that the vaccination suppresses the bodies ability to produce natural cortisone which is the substance responsible for controlling allergic reactions. If this is the case then it would appear that vaccinations upset the endocrine or hormonal system.

Can a parent with asthma and or eczema and affect the baby?

If one or other of the parents has asthma, eczema, or any other allergies or hayfever, this could indicate that the parent has weakened adrenal glands. In this case he or she  cannot produce enough natural anti-inflammatory and antihistamine substances. There is a 50/50 chance of any offspring inheriting the weakened adrenal glands and subsequently the allergies. Both parents and children can live a very healthy life if a diet high in raw natural an unprocessed foods is followed.

What is a brain allergy and can babies be affected?

A brain allergy usually results in behavioural problems and develops because certain foods or substances are having a chemical reaction on the brain. Many children develop behavioural problems as a result of consuming refined sugar or carbohydrates. This is because these products rob the body of B vitamins which are catalysts in the brain. Catalysts make chemical reactions take place in the body. Without enough B vitamins certain chemical reactions cannot take place in the brain resulting in a behavioural problem. This could result in inexplicable crying, temper tantrums, hyperactivity, general bad behaviour or dullness and poor concentration.

What is it in dairy and wheat products that can cause allergies in children?

Most allergies and intolerance to wheat and dairy are due to the protein portion of the food eliciting an anti-body reaction in the body. This appears to happen  for two main reasons, firstly, babies cannot secrete starch digesting enzymes in their saliva until they’re able to chew properly which is usually between the ages of 1 and 2 years. This results in fermentation of the food which can result in an anti-body reaction, usually directed at the protein portion of the food.  If you want to feed a baby starches while they cannot chew then you should chew the food first to start the digestive process with the enzyme ptyalin that your baby cannot secrete yet.

Secondly, wheat and dairy products are usually introduced to a child together with refined sugar.  A typical example   is milk formula, biscuits, bread and jam, ice-cream, flavoured milk etc. Refined sugar has a suppressive effect on the immune system and this can also result in allergies over a period of time or an antibody reaction to the protein in the food.

Why do sugar or refined carbohydrates result in hyperactivity  or behavioural problems in one child and not in another.

In some children the ability of the body to correct the blood sugar is not as efficient as in others. This results in huge swings between high blood sugar levels and low blood sugar levels, this in turn results in mood swings and or behavioural problems.

Some children get regular bouts of tonsillitis and ear infections regularly. Is this a form of allergies?

I’ve yet to find a child with either tonsillitis or ear infections that does not improve dramatically when dairy products are removed from their diet or if breast-fed, from their mother’s diet. Even minute amounts of dairy in the diet can cause discomfort in a dairy intolerant or allergic child.

Some doctors insist that allergies are related more to the house mite house dust than to a food allergy.

Unfortunately diet and dietary allergies are not included in medical studies, so many doctors are unaware of the many possible food allergies that exist. During the 1980’s an article appeared in pediatric circles laying the blame for most childhood allergies on the unsuspecting house mite. The house mite is usually only the last straw,  with a weakened endocrine or hormonal system being the cause. Removing any foods such as sugar or foods  containing sugar or refined carbohydrates, caffeine, vinegar  and processed and heated fats and increasing foods containing natural vitamins particularly vitamin C, such as raw fruit and foods containing essential fatty acids such as mothers milk, avocado, raw nuts or seeds and cold pressed oil will help the endocrine system to be strong enough to cope with the lowly house mite.

The best dietary program to avoid allergies

The number 1 thing to do to avoid allergies in a child is to breast feed your baby for an absolute minimum period of 1 year preferably 2. Dr. Robert Mendelsohn, the well known American pediatrician and author of How to raise a healthy child in spite of your doctor, says that bottle-fed babies are that least 20 times more likely to develop allergies than breast-fed babies. I have found this to be the case when dealing with allergic babies or children.

The next thing to do is to make sure that your diet is high in fresh fruits and vegetables, remove all processed foods, caffeine, alcohol, additives and preservatives and all possible allergens such as milk or dairy products, wheat, gluten [found in wheat, oats, rye and barley]

Testing for Allergies

Ultimately, the best and most fool proof method is to eliminate possible foods and substances, one at a time for a period of 7 to 21 days. If the symptoms disappear then you’re on the right track. To double check reintroduce the food and the symptoms should return within 1 to 48 hours.

Other tests are available such as skin tests, blood tests or kinesiology. These tests are very often traumatic an extremely inaccurate.

Common Allergy Cuses in Food

Most common allergy offenders The better alternatives
cow’s milk  breast milk                                                                fortified soya or goats milk
cheese  yoghurt                                                                                             tofu  can be used in place of both cheese and yoghurt
grains and starches before the age of 1 fresh ripe fruit is the easiest way for a baby to digest carbohydrates  
eggs  tofu
Pork, beef, chicken babies under 1 year do not need animal protein. Otherwise use tahini, tofu or free range chicken
 artificial preservatives, additives and colorants[most common ones being Sulphur dioxide-found in colddrinks and dried fruit, Sodium benzoate-found in all margarines and many colddrinks, Tartrazine found in most sweets and colddrinks.] Natural juices without added sugar or preservatives, Sulphur free dried fruit and raw butter. Make your own sweet treats using dried and fresh fruit with carob and raw honey.
water containing chlorine  use filtered water only

Foods that help to prevent allergies

breast milk

fresh ripe fruit

foods containing essential fatty acids

whole natural unprocessed foods

clean filtered water or natural spring water

dark green leafy vegetables that are high in SOD. Barleylife is highest of all the dark green leafy vegetables and is made from organically grown barley leaves that have been dried at room temperature.

“It is a sad fact that allergies and nutrition-receive little attention in medical school and constitute an area of vast ignorance in contemporary medical practice.”

Dr. Robert Mendelsohn-paediatrician

“It became evident to me that medicine at large as been negligent in examining the ecologic-organic evidence of food and chemical allergies as causes in both physical and mental illness.”

Dr. William Philpott-psychiatrist

“Allergies are caused by incorrect feeding of babies under the age of 1 year with cereals, meat and cow’s milk for which at that age the child lacks suitable digestive enzymes.”

Paavo Airola-American nutritionist.


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High Protein Diet Facts

Nutrition Facts

By Mary-Ann Shearer

Mary-Ann responded to a magazine article, and shared the following High Protein Diet Facts

The Editor

You Magazine
23 July 2003

I am responding to your article “Give us our daily meat” (You 24 July 2003) in which Richard van Rensburg reports on the so called miracle of high protein diets.

Firstly he does not name his sources and instead claims “suddenly researchers” and “researchers world wide”, “now respected researchers”, “foremost researchers” implying that everyone everywhere is in agreement. I can only assume that this “research” comes from a source that needs to promote animal protein for financial gain. He gives no independent research, quotes no real actual research or studies and quotes no studies published in recognised nutritional and medical journals.

So to counteract the nonsense in the article here is some real research from real researchers, not funded by an organisation or company that can gain from the information.

“Red meat, especially hamburgers, are associated with increase in non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.”

“High intake of animal protein – more than 95 gm per day – showed a significantly higher risk of osteoporosis. Plant protein showed the least. (The average person following a Westernised diet, can easily consume 120 grams of protein daily)”

“The latest on protein levels – 45 gm daily for women and 55 gm daily for men. The average intake in the UK and USA is easily 80-90 gm daily.”

“A diet high in fat and meat increases cancer.”

“People consuming more meat, spend more money on medical expenses and cost the government more in medical costs.”
PREVENTATIVE MEDICINE, vol.24, November 95

“High intakes of meat and red meat were associated with a significant increase in breast cancer.”

“Increased intake of animal fat and animal protein shows a corresponding increase in breast cancer.”

Some More Facts
The Lancet ( Oct 1991) published research that clearly states that the only way to get rid of arthritis, is a vegetarian, plant-based diet.

Tests on rats, eating a 20% protein diet, all developed cancer, but those on a 5% protein diet were all clear. On a low-fat, high-protein diet, the rats developed hardening of the arteries and very high cholesterol levels, and after one year, 75% had developed kidney disease. (Health Revolution – Ross Horne)

“In the digestion of protein we are constantly exposed to large amounts of ammonia in our intestinal tract.”
Dr. Willard Visek, Clinical Sciences, University of Illinois Medical School

Ammonia behaves like a carcinogen, i.e. it kills cells, increases infections, affects the rate at which cells divide, and increases the mass of the lining of intestines. In the colon, statistics show that cancer parallels the concentration of ammonia. Ammonia is also formed when we badly combine foods.

“Compared to carbohydrates, the digestion of protein requires seven times the amount of water to flush out the ammonia produced.”
Dr. Nathan Smith, Prof. of Sports Medicine, University Washington

A high-protein diet makes extreme demands on the thyroid, resulting in the thyroid becoming sluggish.
“A potent carcinogen, Malonaldehyde (a chemical that begins to form in flesh soon after death), has been identified in beef and smaller amounts in pork, chicken, and fish.”
Dr. Raymond Shamberger of Cleveland Clinic Foundation

In 1968, when Danish researchers tested muscle energy levels of men cyclists, they found the following;
• Those eating a meat, milk, and egg diet, cycled for 57 minutes before muscle failure
• Those eating a meat and vegetable diet, cycled for 114 minutes before muscle failure
• Those on a vegetable, grain, and fruit diet, cycled for 167 minutes before muscle failure

Dr. Colin Campbell headed one of the most comprehensive nutritional research projects to date. The research involved Cornell, Oxford, and Beijing Universities, 6 500 Chinese people, and took nine years to complete. The conclusion? “Man is designed for a plant-based diet”, and if you wish to reduce your chances of developing any form of degenerative disease, you need to reduce your intake of animal protein and fat dramatically.


I suggest you try to reduce your animal-protein intake to not more than once a day, but eating meat one to three times a week is even better. Researchers clearly indicate that people on a plant-based diet have higher levels of health.

More Reasons to Avoid or reduce Animal Flesh

A chemically manufactured hormone that encourages rapid growth in all animals, it is fed to chickens, cows, pigs, and other livestock. It affects susceptible humans by causing premature maturation in children, breast cancer in women (One in ten women develop breast cancer in most Westernised countries, and an estimated 50% of these will die as a result of breast cancer), and in men it can result in sterility, breast formation, and effeminate behaviour.

This substance is fed to hens to make the yolks of their eggs as yellow as those of free range-eggs. It is suspected of being carcinogenic and causing an accumulation of crystals in the eyes, as well as damage to the liver in humans.

This is also fed to chickens so that their droppings are toxic to the fly larvae. It is absorbed into the bloodstream and remains in the flesh of the chicken. It is toxic to humans and as yet, no real long-term research has been done on the long-term effects of this substance to human beings.

This potent carcinogen begins to form in flesh soon after death.

High fat and or, high protein and low carbohydrate diet.
This is extremely dangerous, as this type of diet has been shown to encourage, if not cause heart disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis and osteoporosis. A high protein diet will strain your kidneys and digestive tract contributing to disease in these areas.

It is physiologically a fact that the human body needs a high alkaline forming diet to maintain health. This will only work on an 80% raw fruit and veg diet. A high alkaline forming diet promotes a healthy Immune system and only in the right alkaline environment will fuel be converted into energy efficiently. A 75 – 80 % alkaline forming plant based diet will do this. If fuel cannot be converted into energy it will be stored and weight problems will result. (Dr Leonie van Heerden) If you follow the 5 Natural Way steps below, you will easily have an 80% alkaline forming diet.

The article further states that “No one has complained about these high protein diets yet over the years I have personally met many people who have developed serious health problems from these diets, such as constipation, haemorrhoids, heavy menstrual bleeding and menstrual disorders, depression, and increased blood sugar and blood pressure levels. I also have thousands of people who have seen a drastic reduction cholesterol levels when they reduce their animal protein intake.

Yes low fat diets are dangerous as fat is needed for all body functions, but in an unprocessed and unheated plant form. Incidentally animal fats are high in trans-fatty acids so your source is either misleading you or ignorant of real nutritional facts.

Yes you can lose weight on any diet including high protein diets, but your health will deteriorate, I have yet to find someone who does not develop some health problem somewhere down the line. Extracted from “Perfect Weight- The Natural Way” by Mary-Ann Shearer


“Despite their popularity, high-protein diets aren’t making good on their promise of long-term weight loss, says a new scientific advisory from the American Heart
Association. Moreover, the AHA says the diets are a health risk for people who stay on them beyond short periods of time. ‘In general, quick weight-loss diets don’t work for most people,’ says Robert H. Eckel, M.D., co-author of a scientific advisory from the AHA’S nutrition committee.

It’s important for the public to understand that no scientific evidence supports the claim’ that these diets work, Dr. Eckel says.

“In 1998 the AHA ‘declared war’ on fad diets for misleading claims of instant weight loss. But Tuesday’s advisory was the result of scientific documentation that
gives credibility to the AHA’s nutritional guidelines. The advisory specifically targets the Atkins, Zone, Protein Power, Sugar Busters and Stillman diets. Over the past decade these ‘quick weight loss’ regimens and their authors have topped best-seller book lists and have been promoted predominantly in the mass media.

“Some of the diets increase fat intake and reduce nutritionally rich foods such as fruits and vegetables, which is not a good approach to meeting a person’s long
term dietary needs,’ says Dr. Eckel, immediate past chair of the AHA’S nutrition committee. ‘Many of these diets fail to provide essential vitamins, minerals, fibre and other nutritional elements, in addition to their high fat content.’ Eating large amounts of high-fat animal foods over a sustained period has been shown to increase the risk of coronary heart disease, diabetes, stroke and several types of cancer, the advisory says.

“The statement notes that a diet rich in animal protein, saturated fat and cholesterol raises LDL (bad) cholesterol levels–an effect that is compounded when high-carbohydrate, high-fibre plant foods that help lower cholesterol are limited or eliminated. In the Atkins and Protein Power diets, the AHA is disturbed by the intake of saturated fat and cholesterol, as well as the risk for heart disease and stroke. Although the Zone, Sugar Busters and Stillman diets have lower fat, they are still high in protein, raising concern of kidney disease, particularly in people with kidney ailments and older adults with diabetes.

“Dr. Eckel says the public and health-care professionals should consider the possibility that these diets are associated with osteoporosis and cancer, although those
links have yet to be scientifically substantiated. [Because of] the lure of the fad [diets], more than half of all adults in the United States are either overweight or obese.

‘Many of these people are looking to high-protein diets as a popular ‘new’ strategy for successful weight loss,’ Eckel says.

“These diets cause a drop in weight primarily through loss of body fluids caused by the diuretic effect of eliminating most carbohydrates. Glycogen, the form of sugar used by the body for energy, is lost from the muscles as well, sometimes causing fatigue. Some of the diets also cause ketosis, a metabolic condition associated with low blood levels of insulin that results when the body is deprived of dietary carbohydrates.

“Sustained ketosis also causes a loss of appetite, which may lead to lower calorie intake. Matthew W. Gillman, M.D., associate professor of ambulatory care and prevention at Harvard Medical School and its Harvard Pilgrim Health Care affiliate, endorses the AHA advisory. ‘Because Americans often get lured by the fad and don’t see the dangers in going to extremes’, Dr. Gillman says, ‘ . . . we should be considering eating reduced amounts of the refined carbohydrates, but maybe not less carbohydrates overall.

Try, for example, eating whole grain breads, brown rice, and cereals that are high in fibre.’ But clearly, the quick fix promised by the high-protein diets is not the way to go, the AHA says. Studies consistently show that keeping weight off happens when people follow a nutritionally sound diet and increase physical activity to burn more calories than they consume.

“Experts recommend following current AHA guidelines on nutrition: a variety of foods, including fruits and complex carbohydrates such as breads, cereals, starchy vegetables,rice and pastas. . . . ”

These five natural way steps will help you find the right balance from a carbohydrate and alkaline forming approach. Start with at least one of them today as you keep reading and making small adjustments rather than one huge change.
1. Eat at least one fruit meal per day
2. All snacks should be fresh or dried fruit or vegetables
3. Try to eat no more than one animal protein meal a day
4. Start all cooked food with some raw vegetables
5. Try not to eat a concentrated protein with a concentrated starch at the same meal.

Incidentally, who ever your source is has neglected to inform you that Dr Atkins died a few months back (April 2003), supposedly from slipping on a pavement, (info from the billion dollar Atkins diet organisation, who are now sitting with millions of his diet books and no guru to promote them) . Exactly a year before in April 2002 Dr Atkins went into cardiac arrest and claimed it had “nothing to do with diet” but was just a condition he developed. Rumour has it that he died from a heart attack, but the Atkins Research Center has covered up the real cause of death.

“In 1999, Atkins established the Robert C. Atkins Foundation to finance diet research. It has sponsored research at Duke University, the University of Connecticut and Harvard.
Last April, Atkins was hospitalised for cardiac arrest, which he said was related to an infection of the heart and was not related to the diet.”
Possibly the info (research) you have is from Dr Atkins foundation, it certainly sounds like it, especially when you read the info below.
“In 1999. Atkins set up a foundation to provide “funding for research and education on the role of controlled carbohydrate nutritional protocols in treating and preventing a wide range of medical conditions.” [9] In 2002, a 6-month study funded by Atkins found that followers of the Atkins diet lost more weight than comparable people on a high-carbohydrate diet and improved their blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels [10]. However, the dropout rate was much higher in the low-carbohydrate group and the improved lipid levels did not necessarily mean that the diet would have a cardio protective effect in the long run [11]. In response to publicity about the study, the American Heart Association cautioned:
• A high intake of saturated fats over time raises great concern about increased cardiovascular risk. The study did not follow participants long enough to evaluate this.
• The study did not actually compare the Atkins diet with the current AHA dietary recommendations [12].
The Bottom Line
Although short-range studies have found that low-carbohydrate diets can produce weight loss, no study has demonstrated that such diets are safe or effective for long-term use [11-15]. Atkins advocated his diet for more than 30 years and stated that more than 60,000 patients treated at his centre have used his diet as their primary protocol. However, he never published any study in which people who used his program were monitored over a period of several years. Score-keeping can be done simply and inexpensively by mailing an annual questionnaire and tabulating the results. Why do you suppose he never did this?”


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7 Steps to Breaking Food Cravings


By Mary-Ann Shearer

Tired of feeling like food has an uncontrollable hold on your life? Wondering whether you really could live without chocolate, cheese, sugar, or meat? Here’s a list of tips to help you free yourself from unhealthy food cravings:

Step 1 
Start with a good breakfast. Cutting hunger is the first step in cutting cravings.

Choose foods that steady your blood sugar. Beans, green vegetables, fruit, and whole grains help prevent blood sugar dips that can lead to cravings.

Step 3
Eat at least 10 calories each day per pound of your ideal body weight. This tip is directed at calorie-cutting dieters who do not realize that, if they eat too little, their bodies stop making an appetite-controlling hormone called leptin. A person whose ideal weight is 150 pounds needs at least 1,500 calories per day, and probably much more.

Step 4 
Break out of craving cycles, which can occur daily, monthly (with a woman’s cycle), or yearly (with the change in seasons). Monthly chocolate cravings, for example, can be reduced with a low-fat, vegetarian diet, which tends to reduce the hormone swings that lead to cravings.

Step 5 
Exercise and rest are keys to restoring your physical resilience.

Step 6 
Use social support. Enlisting the help of friends and family makes changing habits much easier.

Step 7 
Take advantage of other motivators. New parents, for example, may decide to eat healthy foods not just for themselves, but for the sake of their children.

Most importantly, try the “Three-Week Break.” Research shows that if you have managed to set aside an addicting food, such as chocolate, for three weeks, you crave it much less than if you had just had it yesterday.

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Aging Naturally

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By Mary-Ann Shearer

Theories of aging, and aging naturally

When we are born our cells are already programmed to die by a certain age: this depends on your parents and grandparents, skin type etc.

Wear and tear
An organism has to achieve a balance between the energy it puts into reproduction and the energy it puts into maintenance. The better the maintenance, the more the organism approaches immortality. However, some energy must always be put into reproduction or the species would die. So maintenance can never be complete and wear and tear is inevitable.

Adverse environmental factors may occasionally accelerate aging but mostly they increase vulnerability to the diseases of old age, including those that are potentially fatal. The basis of preventative medicine is to remove negative environmental influences such as a high fat diet, or else increase beneficial ones, such as exercise. There is some evidence that dietary restriction without malnutrition can slow down ageing.

The aging body
The potential lifespan of a human is probably finite and around 115 years. Deterioration in body function, and death, is ultimately inevitable.

“Ageing seems to be the only available way to live a long time.”
Daniel-François-Esprit Auber (1782-1871), French composer.

The aging immune system
Slowing of cell division, which may occur through DNA mutations, reduces the response of the immune system, which depends on rapid defense cell reproduction and mobilization. Reduced immunity with age means that:

  • Infections are more likely to take hold.
  • Dormant infections can be reactivated.

Auto antibodies (directed at their host body), and therefore autoimmune problems such as rheumatoid arthritis, are more common in old age. As well as causing autoimmune problems, auto antibodies may be implicated in a number of age-related problems, including vascular disease.

Aging and your Skin

The skin ordinarily receives little respect or attention until something goes wrong and it either itches, flakes, burns, or erupts in a rash or blemishes or we notice the effects of ageing. From a creative or architectural point of view, the skin is one of the most amazing organs.

The Aging of the Skin

Although the skin is constantly aging, aging becomes more pronounced in the late forties (for the average Western person). Around this time, collagen fibres (elastic fibres) decrease in numbers, stiffen, break apart, and form into a shapeless matted tangle. The Langerhans cells (Immune system) dwindle in number, decreasing the skin’s immune response. The oil glands decrease in size and function, tending to result in a dry skin. The number of functioning melanocytes (pigmentation cells) decrease, and the hair becomes grey. Some melanocytes increase in size, and produce pigmentation or “liver spots”. “Liver spots” cannot be reversed, but their development can be slowed down by following a diet high in antioxidants (raw food). In general, the skin functions less efficiently, becoming thinner and more susceptible to skin cancer, itching, pressure, sores, and shingles.

Ageing of the skin can be slowed down and be a lot more “gracious” if plenty of natural antioxidants like vitamin A, C, and E are available in the diet, as well as natural Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s). Natural vitamin A, C, and E in raw foods help to boost the Immune system (Langerhans cells) and the EFA’s help the sebaceous (oil) glands to function properly (including the Endocrine system, which also helps the skin function efficiently).

Natural antioxidants help to prevent damage done to the skin by free radicals Free radicals are electrons that have been literally thrown out of orbit in the cells, by radiation, bacteria, dead cell debris, medical or street (recreational) drugs, or rancid and heated fats. These antioxidants are most easily available in raw fruit, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. Barleylife and Just carrots are particularly high in many antioxidants.

In barley leaves anti-oxidants such as beta carotene, vitamin C has been isolated at the University of California. 2’-0-Glycosylisovitexin, was also found in extremely high, but safe levels and these together with an enzyme called peroxides have been shown to be anti- carcinogenic and anti-mutagenic. Peroxides actually break down and neutralize Try-P1 and P2 a carcinogen in grilled meat and fish and 3-4benzypyrene, another carcinogen in tobacco.

Therefore people who smoke or eat cooked animal products would reduce their risk of cancer, by taking in a regular dose of Barleylife.

In fact anyone with cancer or trying to avoid it would do well on Barleylife.


SOD or Superoxide Dismutase has been isolated, which is an extremely powerful ‘anti-aging’ antioxidant. It converts a harmful substance called Superoxide, into water and oxygen, which is completely harmless.

George Washington University found in 1994, a Vitamin E succinate. This was shown to improve or modulate growth hormone. Growth hormone slows down the aging process.

Overeating also tends to speed up the ageing process in the skin. Rats fed less than their usual amount of food were, over a lifetime, smaller as adults, but they lived twice as long and aged more slowly. Research done in 1959 by Czech scientists showed clearly that collagen in the skin was stronger on a lower calorie intake, resulting in slower ageing of the skin.

Richard Passwater did research in 1975, showing that animals fed natural foods, containing high antioxidant levels, lived much longer and when compared to a human life-span, the animals lived to 124 years as opposed to 75 years.

The Hunzas of Pakistan eat a diet high in natural antioxidants, e.g. apricots, peaches, pears, apples, mulberries, apricot kernel oil, fresh vegetables, and freshly ground grains with very little animal products. Their skins and bodies age very slowly, with the average life expectancy being 120 years.

The Vilcabambans in the Andes still work at the age of 100, with many people living to 150. Their diet too, is high in natural antioxidants, consisting of fresh fruit and vegetables, very little fat, and animal protein and a little honey.

Quick fix anti aging

Things to DO

  • A period of supervised fasting, preceded and followed by a 100% raw diet, and then progressing to a minimum of 75% raw fruit and vegetables with proper food combining and eating only whole, natural foods, is the best way to slow down the ageing of the skin.
  • As the skin is controlled by the endocrine system it is vital that you pay attention to this system. The chapter in Perfect Weight called Happy Hormones covers this function and how to eat.
  • Then an absolute must is Barleylife, Organic Carrot Juice (Just Carrots) and AIMega EFA supplments.
  • Essential fatty acids are exactly that and taking in enough of them on a daily basis will make a huge difference so include either avocado, raw nuts and seeds, olives and cold pressed oils including Millbrook flax oil and extra virgin olive oil.
  • Exercise has a profound effect on the endocrine system and 20 minutes daily of brisk walking is essential. On the other hand extreme exercise like doing 3 hours a day can actually speed up the ageing process.
  • Anything that helps to slow down ageing in the skin also slows down general ageing of the entire body. Your external appearance reflects the condition of your body internally.

Things to AVOID

  • It is best to eat a low salt, gluten free diet. Gluten tends to dry out and age the skin.
  • Alcohol, caffeine, gluten, refined sugar, artificial sweeteners, heated fats, lack of EFA’s etc all interfere with endocrine function. The bad news; people who drink alcohol in any quantity, smoke, eat a high salt diet and don’t exercise on a daily basis age a lot faster than those who do not have these bad habits.
  • Slapping on expensive creams no matter what the manufacturer claims is pretty futile. These creams tend to clog the pores and at best have a temporary effect, in that when you stop using them the skin returns to its natural state.

Cleaning the Skin

The best and most natural way to clean the skin is with a brush or loofah. Most writers of natural skin care suggest dry skin brushing towards your heart. I personally prefer brushing in the shower as it is more comfortable for me. Decide what is comfortable for you.

  •  Stimulates the Skin

… and helps it to be more efficient at cleaning out the waste products (up to 250g per day) directed to it. By brushing the body, many pressure points are activated, which in turn naturally stimulate and invigorate the Central Nervous System and all the systems connected to the Central Nervous System, like the endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, and muscular systems.

  • Removes Dead Skin Cells

It leaves the body’s natural oils behind, as well as maintains the slightly acidic skin pH.

  • Increases the Flow of Oxygen and Blood

… to the skin which brings more nutrients and keeps the skin looking younger. This reaction has helped many people get rid of a headache just by brushing their bodies.

  • Helps to Tone and Tighten the Skin

… by exercising the skin. In so doing, you will notice that it is a lot easier to get rid of cellulite.

  • Helps Oil Glands to Function

… more efficiently and lubricates your skin far more efficiently than any body lotion.

Tools Needed

All you need is a natural fibre body brush or loofah. It is best to start with a softer brush or loofah, and then progress to a firmer brush. I find it comfortable to use a natural sea sponge, soft brush, or small soft loofah on my face and neck, and a firmer brush on the rest of my body.

How to Do It

Brush very gently before you bath or shower (for dry brushing), or in the bath or shower for wet brushing (which is gentler as the brush softens in water).

Brush in the direction of the heart. The whole body should take 5-10 minutes. Do not over-brush as you can irritate the skin, and do not brush a skin that has a rash or a wound.

Do not put soap in the water or on the brush. Soap removes the natural oils of the skin, leaving behind the dead skin cells and altering the pH. In doing so, the skin feels dry and tight and you will feel a need to add artificial oils and creams.

The best oils to use (if you must) are cold-pressed olive, Extra Virgin coconut (my personal favourite), avocado, sesame, grape seed or almond oil, but continual use can prevent your skin from producing its own oils.

If you do use skin care, it can take 1-4 years to wean your skin off a lotion or cream. At the same time you should be improving your overall diet.

Ageing Gracefully – The Natural Way

To age gracefully you need to prepare for the process, you cannot just decide you want to age gracefully when you retire, and it starts now; just like you cannot start saving money when you retire. At the same time you may have invested wisely with your money and assets but have neglected to invest in your body; resulting in money in the bank and bankrupt health. Bankrupt health will soon drain your financial resources. The good news is that the sooner you start the better but even if you do start later you will see results pretty quickly.

The most common results of bankruptcy in health are

Heart Disease





Senile Dementia or Alzheimer’s


Your body sends you signals though long before that

The first signs that your health is going to be bankrupt are


Digestive disturbances – diarrhea, flatulence,

Lack of energy

High blood pressure

Excess weight



This is what you can do

  1. Eat a fruit meal a day

Fruit is loaded with anti-oxidants like carotenoids, Vitamin C and water soluble fiber. Carotenoids and Vit C help the immune system function more efficiently and help slow down the ageing process externally and internally. Taking these in supplement form can cause damage. Beta Carotene in tablet form appears to contribute to cancer but in plants protects against cancer, Vit C prevents Parkinson’s but in supplement form can cause arthritis, osteoporosis, gout, stomach ulcers.

Water soluble fibre will prevent the most common of cancer colorectal cancer and help regulate bowel function

  1. Make sure you have at least 1 portion of dark green leafy vegetables daily

These foods are the most alkaline and have the best calcium to phosphorus ratio both which help to prevent osteoporosis far more efficiently than dairy products.

These are best eaten raw or juiced and you can have wheat grass or Barley grass juice like Barleylife.

  1. Start all your cooked meals with raw vegetables

Vegetables are alkaline forming – prevents osteoporosis

Excellent source of fibre – prevents bowel problems

High in natural Vitamins and minerals – slows ageing

  1. Include a portion of natural fats on a daily basis from an unheated plant source

Avo, nuts, seeds, cold pressed oils

Over and above that try and include some flax like Aimega daily

  1. Use your muscles or you’ll lose your bones

Resistance exercise causes the muscles to pull on the bones, this has the effect of strengthening them. Dig, lift things, do weights, just use your muscles any way you can

  1. Use your lungs

Aerobic exercises helps regulate 18 different hormones many of which help regulate blood sugar and blood pressure

  1. Use your brain or you’ll lose it

Your brain is like a muscle; use it daily by learning new skills. Stretch yourself mentally. Make a list of things you want to learn and cross them off as you do, then keep adding new things.

  1. Keep your animal protein intake to not more than once a day preferably not more than 3 times a week and you can provide all your protein with nuts and seeds if you like.
  2. Keep your concentrated carbohydrate intake to not more than one a day, again 3 times a week is even better if you are trying to maintain an ideal body weight. Make sure these are only unprocessed i.e. baked potatoes with skins, brown rice and other whole grains.
  3. To help correct digestive problems keep you meals simple by eating carbohydrates and protein at separate meals, this will help increase energy levels and reduce flatulence and allergies.
  4. Then make sure you are passionate about what you do on a daily basis, if you hate your job, find something you love and do that.
  5. Aim for spiritual balance, people that believe in a higher power live longer and are healthier and are less likely to suffer from depression. Read a Proverb a day.

Remember to have fun as you invest in your health.

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A is for apple  –  plenty of them


By Mary-Ann Shearer

The old adage of “an apple a day, keeps the doctor away” has never been more true than today. With all the latest research pointing to the importance of fruit and vegetables to avoid the “BIG 3” killers (heart disease, diabetes and cancer) the World Health Organisation has now concluded that to avoid degenerative diseases we need to eat not only an apple a day, but at least 5 – 11 portions of fruit a day.

Apple Facts:

  • A deficiency in folic acid can result in neural tube defects and spina bifida. All raw fruit contains folic acid, including that apple. (bulletin of PAHO – Sept. 1995, European J, Clinic Nutr. – Nov. 1995)
  • Diets high in fruit are associated with reduced risks of colon cancer and pre-cancerous polyps. (Cancer Epidemiology – Oct/ Nov 1995)
  • Antioxidants might prevent diabetes and minimise it’s complications. All raw fruit, (yes – that apple as well) are high in antioxidants. (BMJ – Oct. 1995)
  • Antioxidants not only help prevent diabetes, but also all types of degenerative disease – cancer, heart disease, arthritis, etc. (Drug Safety – July 1995)
  • Taking supplements of Vitamin A can be harmful to your unborn child, yet all Vitamin A and Beta-Carotene in fruit (and vegetables) is completely harmless. Let’s face it that apple looks and tastes much nicer than a handful of pills. (New England J. Medicine – Nov. 1995)
  • The more fruit you eat, the less likely you’ll suffer from heart disease or stroke. (J.A.M.A – Oct. 1995)
  • The new dietary guideline released in America states that the best form of fibre – which helps prevent the “BIG 3” is found, not in food supplements, but in natural foods such as all fruit, including that apple.
  • A high intake of fruit is important in the prevention of all cancers of the digestive tract. (American J. Epidemiology – Nov.1995)
  • Vitamin B6 helps prevent and reverse dermatitis – almost all fruit including apples contain Vitamin B6. (British J. Dermatology)
  • Eating a fruit meal 2 – 3 hours before flying can prevent airsickness (Aviation, Space & Environmental Medicine – June 1995)

According to Dr John Heinermann (Ph.D.), just a common apple contains 12 vitamins, 13 minerals, 386 phytonutrients of which 59 are proven cell protectors and detoxifiers and those are only the known nutrients!

Most scientists today acknowledge that there could be many hundreds more vitamins, minerals and nutrients in all fruit that has yet to be discovered. The sugar in fruit, known as fructose, is in the most simple and easy to use form for our bodies to use. It does not upset our blood sugar or chemical reactions in the brain, as does refined sugar.

The variety of apples available in South Africa is considerable with “Starking”, “Golden delicious” and “Granny Smith” being the most common. Most people think of winter as a lean fruit time, yet this is “apple season” with apples at their best. I find that each year I look forward to the three months (usually March to May) that the Royal Gala apple variety is available. Most apples store well all year round, but Royal Gala apples don’t, so they’re only available for a short season.

Apples throughout History

All fruit tends to have a history with a variety of therapeutic uses, yet none are as colourful as the history of the apple. Apples are often referred to as the first fruit. (remember the garden of Eden?)

Hieroglyphic writings found in the pyramids and tombs of ancient Egyptians indicate that they used the apple both as a food and medicine. Apples have been used as a cure for jaundice, (mixed with saffron) rubbed on warts as a cure, and eaten to prevent fever and restore youth. Today many people still use grated apples to stop diarrhoea.

Apples appear to help the body absorb iron more efficiently and the high levels of pectin they contain helps stimulate the gentle movement of the intestines aiding natural bowel elimination. Apples are recommended to help low blood pressure, hardening of the arteries and encourage weight loss in the overweight.

In winter apple juice is a much healthier drink than any hot or cold beverage. Incidentally, apple juice with boiling water and a pinch of cinnamon is delicious and comforting.

Another fruit that is available in abundance during winter is the pear. Whether juiced or in salads, or simply eaten “straight”, they’re not only as delicious as apples, but equally beneficial to your health.

One of my favourite winter meals is a bowl of diced pears and apples, sprinkled with chopped pecan nuts, with a squeeze of lemon juice – now that’s what I call feeding your immune system.

Apples, pears, and most fruit can be preserved by drying them, and the best dried fruit is home-made. Today, many people have mini-dehydrators in which they dry their own fruit – this ensures that there are no preservatives on the fruit, alternatively there are reliable shops that sell preservative-free dried fruit.

Remember that an apple a day is no longer enough, 5 to 6 are better, but a good variety of fresh fruit eaten in abundance daily is the best health insurance you’ll find.

Two different and tasty apple recipes are :

Apple and carob mousse   (Mary-Ann’s recipe book 1) – a caffeine- and sugar-free treat

1 cup macadamia nuts

3 – 5 Granny Smith or Golden Delicious apples

½ – 1 cup carob powder

4 Tbs (½) pkt) mashed dates

½ cup desiccated coconut

½ tsp vanilla powder or natural vanilla essence

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp cereal coffee (optional)

Blend the macadamia nuts in a food processor until a fine paste is formed. Core and quarter apples (the number of apples you use depends on the texture you require). Add to the nuts with the remaining ingredients and blend until the texture resembles a mousse. Spoon into cocktail glasses and chill before serving. Garnish with nuts, mint or fresh cherries. You may like to top the mousse with some whipped cream.


Apple and celery cider   (Mary-Ann’s recipe book 1).

8 parts (8 cups or 8 Tbs) apple juice

4 parts celery juice

1 part lemon juice

pinch of cinnamon (optional)

pinch of nutmeg (optional)

Mix all the ingredients together, adding the spices according to your own taste. Serve in tall glasses.

This cider is especially delicious when chilled ingredients are used.

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AIDS – Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome

By Mary-Ann Shearer

“Modern ‘scientific’ medical practice relies very largely on medicines whose ultimate effect is to impair the patient’s immune system. This is no secret, no great discovery. It is discussed in all the relevant literature. But it has never seemed significant until today when the world is faced with an epidemic rooted in a pervasive crippling of the immune system. The drugs synthesised since the end of World War II have achieved their end – the antibiotic sterilisation, more or less, of patients’ bodies, at the expense of the immune system, and AIDS is the last stop on the line. The immune system cannot be undermined indefinitely without a price being paid. The chickens have come home to roost.”

Harris L Coulter Ph.D. (AIDS & Syphilis: The Hidden Link, 1987)

I will go into a lot of detail in this section as I believe that the above quote and the information below is the basis for all immuno-deficiency related diseases today.

What do AIDS, Yuppie Flu, and the Common Cold have in Common?

  • They all reflect a state of diminished resistance to infection. In other words, a state of lowered immuno-competence due to a weakened immune system, and reduced vitality.
  • They are all lifestyle-related problems insoluble by traditional medicine.

A run-down state is a direct result of harmful habits, wrong diet, overwork, stress, late nights, and so on, which, according to degree, can soon reduce a vigorous young person to chronic fatigue and a depleted Immune System.

AIDS: What it is not

There are hundreds of thousands of people in the modern world, and perhaps millions in third world countries, who are thought to have AIDS. This is simply because they “test positive” for the feared and supposedly deadly retrovirus called HIV. Most of these people are in average health, not displaying the sickness of the syndrome, which is the S in AIDS. So how on earth can someone without a syndrome be said to have the syndrome (A syndrome being a condition or state of health)?

AIDS is a syndrome, and if you don’t have the syndrome you don’t have AIDS.

Moreover, even if it were true that HIV was the cause of AIDS (and this has never been more than supposition as will be shown), the fact that antibodies to the virus are detectable in someone’s blood does not mean they harbour the virus at all. On the contrary, as with all other viral diseases, it means that the body has in the past encountered the virus and has mounted a defence against it. For example, when you have measles antibodies in your bloodstream, it indicates that you were exposed to that disease and have successfully combated it. Usually this indicates future immunity to the disease.

That some of these HIV positive people, particularly those in the high-risk category (those busy destroying themselves), will eventually display AIDS is only to be expected. But that does not prove anything other than that their high-risk behaviour is responsible. It is a fact that even in the high-risk group, less than three per cent of “AIDS-antibody positive” people have proceeded to develop “full blown” AIDS. How many of these were taken over the brink by destructive medical procedures, and the associated paranoid fear of their death sentence? The typical paranoia associated with the “deadly AIDS virus” was displayed on one occasion in Sydney when a policeman, bitten in a struggle with an AIDS suspect, later in abject fear shot and killed himself with his own service pistol!

 The Medical Definition of AIDS

There has been a great deal of confusion among doctors as to how to diagnose AIDS. This is no wonder, when it is considered that most of the information on the subject released by the so-called AIDS establishment is based on pure supposition. A virus is supposed to be the cause, but can hardly ever be found; antibodies to the virus can be found in most cases but not in all cases. People with the antibodies mostly don’t get sick, while some without antibodies do. So, setting aside the theory of the virus as more or less irrelevant, the “official” method of diagnosis has been on the basis of whether a patient had one or more of the classic symptoms:

  • Pneumocystis pneumonia
  • Kaposi’s sarcoma
  • Cytomegalovirus, or others of the AIDS complex or chronic fatigue syndrome

As already mentioned, any of these could get you an AIDS pronouncement if you happened to be a male homosexual or an intravenous drug user. For anyone else, a diagnosis would be made in an unbiased fashion and be called simply pneumonia, hepatitis, or perhaps chronic fatigue.

As this method of diagnosis is at best only an “educated guess”, a new system has been adopted by which a patient is defined as having AIDS if their T4 (also called CD4) lymphocyte level falls below a certain figure. Thus, a person without a syndrome will be decreed to have the syndrome simply on this account. However, even if at this stage the diagnosis is wrong, it won’t be for long. Fear takes hold and the destructive medical drugs get to work. A patient’s already compromised immune system can only get worse. Fear alone can reduce a patient’s normal T4 cell count by over fifty per cent, from 494 to 234 in one week. This new method of diagnosing AIDS would appear to be based on just as shaky a foundation as the “official” AIDS theory itself.

Medical “maverick” Dr. Laurence Badgley of San Francisco has had as much experience personally helping AIDS patients as anybody, and is the author of two books about it, Healing AIDS Naturally and Choose To Live. About T4 cells he has this to say:

“People with AIDS must learn that much of what they are told about AIDS is mere speculation, i.e. theories. The idea that the virus invades white blood cells, called T4 helper cells, and destroys them is one such theory. This theory and myth has been presented to the public as fact. The idea that a diminished number of T4 cells is the critical factor in the development of AIDS is another such theory. The idea that a number of T4 cells below 200 is the magic measure of whether a person should start taking AZT is a pig-in-the-poke choice of numbers.

In my own medical practice I have a few patients who have had less than 50 T4 helper cells for months and years and they haven’t become weakened or ill with serious infections. On the other hand, one patient who followed a natural therapy had a T4 increase from less than 100, to over 600, at which time he developed pneumocystis carinii pneumonia.

T4 white blood cell counts are intimately related to mental focus. One of my patients was without symptoms and went to another doctor for an “AIDS test”. The doctor did the test, which was positive, as well as the T4 helper cell count, which was 494 and normal. Upon learning that his antibody test was positive, the patient went into a tailspin of depression and fear. One week later he returned to the doctor because of his anxiety, and his T4 helper cell count was taken again. After one week of depression and no other symptoms, his T4 cells count fell over 50% to 234.

This intimate relationship of the mind and body raises a question about the true nature of the AIDS epidemic. It is not far-fetched to postulate that much of the immune system depression among AIDS-test-positive patients might be the result of doctors telling them that it is likely they will get AIDS and die. The brain is a giant immune system gland that operates on hope, joy, and optimism. The gland turns off in response to mental attitudes of fear and depression.

The question is raised as to how many people are dying because they have been programmed to die. The observation is made that doctors who tell their patients they have a terminal disease are programming their patients to die. The charge is made that these doctors are performing malpractice.”

AIDS: What It Is

AIDS is a state of illness characterised by depleted vitality, and a progressive increase in severity of a number of opportunistic infections. All of these factors are associated with a more or less complete breakdown of the immune system. The name AIDS is an acronym for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, and although this title also accurately describes the condition called chronic fatigue syndrome (the two syndromes differing only in degree), it is applied only to the more severe, more or less final stage. Again it must be made clear that the mere trace of a suspected viral infection (HIV or any other virus) does not constitute AIDS, nor does it mean that AIDS will develop.

“None of the infections which together constitute AIDS are new to medicine; what makes AIDS a ”new” disease, just as ME and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome are “new”, is the unusual appearance of a number of the symptoms at the same time or in close succession. That Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Aids are “new diseases” is not because new strains of viruses have evolved, it is because a new lifestyle has evolved, availing to an already semi-sick society the additional potential for destruction: permissiveness, junk food, promiscuity, and a bewildering array of drugs both medicinal and “recreational” – a lifestyle reminiscent of that which led to the decline and fall of ancient Rome, only using drugs instead of wine and food.”

Ross Horne, “Health Revolution”

Medicne/Drugs a Factor

The evidence that medical drugs are a major, if not the major, factor in AIDS is overwhelming. Dr. Joan McKenna, Director of Research, T&M Associates, Berkeley, California, has researched AIDS since 1981. She began by searching all the medical literature of the past for reports of illnesses displaying AIDS-like symptoms.

One report she found was on an epidemic of Pneumocystis Carinii Pneumonia (PCP) among children in European orphan asylums after World War II, when the children had been given penicillin and terramycin to protect them from infections. According to McKenna:

“PCP is one of the classic symptoms of AIDS and is the main denominator in AIDS diagnosis. Pneumocystis Carinii exists dormantly in all healthy humans and becomes pathological only when the immune system is selectively damaged.

The outbreak of PCP among the orphans was not due to contagion, but due to the individual damage caused to the children’s immune systems by the very drugs designed to protect them.”

Thus it became evident to Dr. McKenna that the habitual prolific use of antibiotics by some homosexuals was the main common factor among all the factors involved in AIDS.

Dr. McKenna Medical History Analysis of 100 Homosexual Men

  • Gonorrhoea: There were multiple incidents, up to twenty a year, treated with antibiotics.
  • Hepatitis: There was high incidence, some chronic.
  • Non-specific Urethritis: There were multiple incidents, sometimes chronic, perhaps six or seven episodes a year, with increasing doses of antibiotics as antibiotics became less effective.
  • Dermatological Eruptions: These were treated by continuous use of antibiotics, tetracycline, and corticosteroids for five to eighteen years.
  • Psychological Conditions: For these were taken sedatives, tranquillisers, and mood drugs.
  • Chronic Sore Throat: More than fifty per cent reported frequent episodes treated by antibiotics.
  • Herpes Simplex: Twenty-five per cent reported chronic herpes, ninety per cent herpes within the past ten years.
  • Allergies: There were high incidences, both chronic and severe, treated by allergy medications and symptomatic suppressants.
  • Lymphadenopathy: Frequent to chronic swollen lymph glands were reported in forty per cent of cases.
  • Diarrhoea: There was high incidence, with various treatments.
  • Recreational Drugs: There was a nearly universal use of marijuana, multiple and complex use of LSD, MDA, PCP, heroin, cocaine, amyl and butyl nitrites, amphetamines, barbiturates, ethyl chloride, opium, mushrooms, and “designer drugs”.

Dr. McKenna said that out of the 100 men, a quarter shared nine or more of these conditions, and the only ones out of the 100 diagnosed as having AIDS or ARC, all came from this smaller group.

She went on to describe the grotesque damaging effects of the various antibiotics and added that although “recreational” drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, “poppers”, etc. are all immuno-suppressive, and therefore major co-factors in AIDS, “they should not deflect attention from therapeutic drugs whose immuno-suppressive impact, all in all, is probably far greater”.

Antibiotics and AIDS

The dangers associated with antibiotics have long been known, but this knowledge has not prevented careless and prolific use of them in the treatment of patients who are totally unaware of the dangers. In 1975 Dr. Maynard Murray, MD BSc, of Fort Myers, Florida, and a practising physician and physiologist for forty-five years, said in his book Sea Energy Agriculture (Valentine Books, 1976):

“Despite drug industry propaganda, these new medicines are fraught with shortcomings, and the long-term effects may prove them more harmful than beneficial.”

Dr. Finland and his colleagues recently examined Boston Hospital records covering a period of 24 years in order to evaluate the long-term results of wonder-drug therapy. They learned that wonder-drugs had reduced the death rate from infection caused by pneumococci and streptococci, but there had been an increase in deaths due to infection from bacteria which previously were considered harmless. This is what happens with AIDS.

Reliance on antibiotics to combat infectious diseases is to live in a fool’s paradise”, noted Dr. Finland.

Thymus Gland

The measure of damage to the immune system by which the progression of AIDS is assessed, apart from the obvious symptoms, is the count of white T-cells in the blood; the lower the T-cell count, the poorer the outlook. There is a simple watertight explanation of why AIDS patients display diminished numbers of T-cells, and in some cases none at all: long-term, destructive living habits, especially the use of drugs – including medicinal drugs – so overtax the immune system that the thymus is gradually destroyed, and as the thymus is the only source of new T-cells in the body, when the old T-cells wear out, there can be no new ones to replace them. An additional demolishing effect on the immune system, and specifically destructive to the thymus, is severe emotional stress, an illustration of which has already been given. Autopsies of AIDS patients show that in every case the thymus is severely atrophied.

Children and AIDS

That explanation being correct, the question arises why do some children have AIDS? To answer that, it must be emphasised that a lot of people are said to have AIDS simply because they test positive to HIV antibodies. This is not AIDS, nor does it mean AIDS is likely. Children with real AIDS are born with defective immune systems, usually of mothers who are, or have been, drug addicts. It now appears that the majority of children that test positive at birth, test negatively within a few months or years. This must indicate that the condition is reversible. Obviously the children are unable to continue with the Immuno-suppressive lifestyle of their mothers and they then recover, why would this differ in adults? Haemophiliacs, no matter how “clean-living”, are at risk of AIDS because for a start, they have been born with defective systems. Transfusions and the associated constant trauma of medicinal drugs, combine over a long period and are destructive to the immune system. Even transplant patients on immuno-suppressant drugs, to prevent tissue-rejection of their new organs, frequently display AIDS-like symptoms, which only makes sense – if you set out to depress the immune system, what would you expect?

USA vs. Africa

According to Drs. Peter H Duesberg (a professor of molecular and cell biology at the University of California, Berkeley) and Dr. John Yiamouyiannis (Ph.D. biochemistry), AIDS in the USA and Europe is caused by the long-term consumption of immuno-suppressive, recreational drugs, such as cocaine, heroin, and poppers or nitrite inhalants, and by protein contaminants in blood transfusions. They also include other immuno-suppressive drugs such as AZT, Ibuprofen, imipramine, indomethacin, chloramphenicol, cortisone, prednisone, anabolic steroids, Premarin, methyldopa or Aldochlor, Valium, Opren, Darvon, amoxicillin, and Procardia, as well is chemotherapeutic drugs used in the treatment of cancer.

As for the African epidemic, they propose, it is the consequence of malnutrition, parasitic infections, and poor sanitation due to a rapidly growing population and a declining food supply. Some researchers claim that the regular use of marijuana by African people eventually destroys the Immune System.

In South Africa for example the highest incidence of HIV Positive people is in Kwazulu Natal and the highest users of marijuana is also in Kwazulu Natal.

The right diet to Avoid AIDS

One has to ask the question, “What are we not seeing?” when looking at how HIV is being treated. I have dealt with many people who have recovered from all symptoms just by following a healthy high raw diet. Of course they are likely to remain HIV positive as the have been exposed to the disease or virus, just as you would be if you had measles.

On the other had every single person I have dealt with who has taken medication of any sort for HIV/Aids has died, within a few months to a year.

The only diet to follow is one that will help the body to build up or boost the immune system, i.e. a 100% raw fruit, vegetable, nut, and seed diet. A little cooked vegetables and unprocessed starches eaten with raw vegetables can also be included. A complete overhaul of not only diet, but also lifestyle and general approach, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally is needed.

For more info on how to live a healthy lifestyle read Perfect Health: The Natural Way”, “Healthy Kids – The Natural Way”, “Perfect Weight – The Natural Way” and do “The Natural Health & Nutrition Course”. “The Natural Way – Recipe Book 1 & 2” will help you prepare delicious, nutritious and fun foods and meals.

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Almonds are a Nutrition Powerhouse


As much protein as tuna!

By Mary-Ann Shearer

Go Nuts… Almonds are GREAT!

Almonds are the fruit of the Almond tree. They are in the rose family and related to peaches and apricots. Almonds are the only nuts that are alkaline in the blood stream once eaten. It is very high in alkaline minerals such as calcium and magnesium. Almonds contain two to three times as much calcium as cows milk!

All nuts are best eaten raw and unsalted, keeping most of the nutrients remain intact. You can soak them and even sprout them, however their texture changes dramatically. They are only useful for blending after being soaked. If you wish, you can dehydrate them after this. This makes them VERY nutritious. The longer you dehydrate them, the crunchier they will be.

Almonds are high in Protein

They contain between 20 and 25 % protein, which is as much as chicken and fish. The protein in almonds is more usable (it can be and in fact should be eaten raw), unlike chicken and fish, which are best eaten cooked due to parasites and bacteria. The protein in almonds is considered complete as it contains all 8 essential amino acids for children and adults. Babies up to the age of two or three need nine essential amino acids, and this is best obtained from mother’s milk.

Almonds are packed with EFAs

Almonds are also a good source of essential fatty acids, and besides calcium, contain magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, iron, selenium, zinc, B Complex, Vitamin E and in fact most vitamins and minerals. Almonds are a powerhouse of nutrients, ideally included in everyone’s diet.

You can make the most delicious and nutritious milks, shakes and dressings with almonds. For more ideas see the recipe section in Perfect Health:The Natural Way and both the Perfect Health Recipe Books 1 & 2.

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Antibiotics Hormones and Meat


By Mary-Ann Shearer

The Intersection of Antibiotics, Hormones and Meat

I have taken the following extracts are taken from “The Food Revolution” by John Robbins (JR), published by Conari Press  and “Diet and Health” by Walter J. Veith (WV)- Chairman, dept. of Zoology at the Western Cape. This is not to scare you but to make sure you are aware of what you are eating and then make better choices. My comments are in between.

“Dr. Jeffery Fisher, is a pathologist and consultant to the World Health Organization. He says,‘The pendulum has incredibly begun to swing back to the 1930’s. Hospitals are in jeopardy of once again being overwhelmed with untreatable infectious diseases such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, meningitis, typhoid fever and dysentery.” Trying to cope, hospitals are using higher doses and employing ever more antibiotics, particularly broad spectrum types. The amount of antibiotics used by hospitals in the United States is today 100 times greater than was used 35 years ago.” JR

What is he actually talking about? Well the use of antibiotics to promote growth in animals.

“The Fact that animals grow faster when receiving sub therapeutic doses of anti-microbials serves as an incentive to farmers to administer these products…..this practice is giving rise to a new generation of anti-biotic resistant microbes which can cause serious outbreaks of disease among humans….Drug resistant bacteria have accounted for a steady increase in the incidence of human Salmonella infections,…

In view of the widespread use of antibiotics in animal husbandry, the most common sources of contamination, by this new breed of antibiotic resistant bacteria, are poultry, cattle, calves, eggs and milk” WV

And you thought they just gave this to cows?

“In 1997. the World Health Organization called for a ban on the routine feeding of antibiotics to livestock. A year later, the journal ‘Science’ called the meat industry ‘the driving force behind the development of antibiotic resistance in certain species of bacteria that cause human disease’ Later in 1998, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) blamed the serious emergence of Salmonella bacteria resistant to no less than five different antibiotics on the use of antibiotics in livestock….

In 1999, a study in the New England Journal of Medicine reported that infections in humans by antibiotic-resistant bacteria had increased nearly eightfold between 1992 and 1997.

Vancomycin is a particularly potent antimicrobial that is often considered the last-chance weapon in dealing with infections involving multi-resistant bacterial strains. But a super bug recently discovered in Great Britain has not only become resistant to the antibiotic Vancomycin, it has learned  to use it as food. It actually lives and grows off the antibiotic

Antibiotics administered to people in the United States annually to treat disease: 3 million pounds

Antibiotics administered to livestock in the United States annually for purposes other than treating disease: 24.6 million pounds” JR

This situation is much the same in South Africa and a little better in the UK as they have already started waking up to situation in Europe. Denmark has banned the use of antibiotics to promote growth but in South Africa and the US the farmers make wild statements about it being completely harmless. I believe that in years to come we will see bigger lawsuits against the farming community than we have ever seen against the cigarette industry. This research is easily attainable and sourced from recognized sources so they will have no excuse but to pay up.

I also believe that these antibiotics contribute to the wave of Candida problems that abound. I suggest that if you eat animal products that you take Aim’s Florafood on a daily basis to help you recover from the flood of antibiotics you have been exposed to and then try to eat only free range products.

Just in case you thought this was no big deal, here’s more on hormones used to promote the growth of livestock.

“Hormone residues that have been isolated from beef include

trenbolone acetate, zeronal, stilbene diethylstillboesterol (DES), oestrodiol, dienoestrol, hexaestrol, 17 beta-oestrodiol,  (the last 5 are powerful oetrogen based hormones which promote growth and effeminate features such as breast formation in males) kestoroids, testosterone, progesterone and progesterone acetate, which are all used as anabolic steroids to promote weight increase.”

Just today, I spoke to a mother whose 17 year old son has developed breasts and is growing at a frightening rate (already 6foot 5 inches and the doctors reckon he will grow at least 3 more inches and they need to import shoes for him they cannot find local shoes in his size)

What we do know from this research is that these hormones promote cancer and interfere with the hormonal system. The hormonal system controls virtually every function in the body, from the immune system to blood pressure and sugar to allergies, inflammation, sleep, bowel movements, growth and development of children, heart. kidney, liver, lung and skin function.

Possible diseases from this interference from these hormones can basically be anything from cancer of any kind, with breast cancer being top of the list, to heart disease and diabetes, the 3 biggest killers today and others such as blood pressure problems, to allergies, auto immune diseases such as Lupus, MS, Aids, Arthritis. How on earth can anyone control their body weight when they are consuming growth hormones? Maybe you think this is scare mongering, but you need to know that this information so that you can choose what you want to do and how you would like to live.

What can you do?

Well becoming a vegetarian would be the obvious choice, but many people resist this. So if want to keep eating animal products, make sure you are eating free range meat, chicken and dairy products and if you do eat fish, deep sea water fish would be a better choice.

Make sure you take Barleylife and flax oil (AIMMega) daily to help balance the hormonal system and help you deal with environmental toxins.

Remember the only thing that will stop this practice is if you refuse to buy animal products until the farmers change their methods.

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Antidepressants are one of the most prescribed medications worldwide (200 million worldwide, 10% are children in 2005). For many, this is one of the only options, and the alternatives are overwhelming. Mary-Ann discusses anti-depressants and what things you can do to cope.

Mary-Ann isn’t speaking from a clinical perspective, she knows first hand what it takes to cope with depression and medication.

Some things Mary-Ann covers

  • Natural Light and it’s effect on Depression (Melatonin and Seratonin regulation)
  • Exercise (especially outdoors)
  • Major side effects: All medications cause side effects, some of which can be as debilitating as the depression itself.
  • The vicious cycle of anti-depression medications.
  • Depression in children
  • The vested interests by drug companies and the bogus research.

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Health A-Z Archives: Depression

By Mary-Ann Shearer

Depression, Diet and Anti-depressants

Depression today seems as common as the proverbial cold. Even among active committed Christians depression is a common problem; but a seldom discussed one. Depression for me, was a purely physical result of my bad diet and when corrected, depression and mood swings were a thing of the past.

“The diagnosis of depression must include the search for other causes, as any illness can cause depression.”
-Sigmund Freud

Research done some years back at Texas University Medical Centre on 100 psychiatric patients indicated that 80% had another underlying, undiagnosed health problem. (Syd Baum in Dealing with depression Naturally)

It is important then if someone is suffering from depression that they have a complete medical and nutritional examination. Then make dietary and lifestyle changes, that way you can at least know what you are dealing with. I have yet to find someone who does not improve dramatically when their diet and lifestyle are not improved drastically.

Here is a list of possible substances and habits that can contribute and even be the cause of depression;

More than 200 medical drugs have been reported to cause depression, these range from anti-depressants (yes believe it or not) to birth control tablets cortisone, stimulants (from caffeine to cocaine). Read the side effects of any type of medication you are on and search the internet for actual cases as well.

Metals & Minerals
Minute doses of heavy metals and minerals can cause a variety of problems including fatigue, irritability, insomnia, nervousness, headaches and weakness. Enough to cause depression in anyone!

The main culprits are;
Lead – from fuel, paints water pipes etc.
Mercury – from amalgam fillings, drugs and pharmaceuticals (many ointments, cosmetics, laxatives, contraceptive gels and even eye drops contain sodium ethyl mercury.
Aluminium – found in antacids, aluminium cookware, fluoridated water, tape water (use a good quality filter), processed cheese, baking powder etc.
Copper – found in copper cookware, copper water pipes, vitamin supplements,

These are found everywhere, from paints, fuels, print cartridges, glues, correction fluids, permanent ink pens, pesticides, cleaning products

This could be from living near power lines to simply being exposed to too many electromagnetic fields from electrical goods, cell phones etc. Ginseng is known as an adaptogenic root that protects against electromegnetic fields, not a bad reason to take daily.

The solution 
Live as simply as possible..
Use minimal natural cleaning products and cosmetics, use un-leaded fuel and eat copious amounts of fresh fruit and vegetables including dark green leafy vegetables. (Yet one of the many reasons I drink BarleyLife daily basis) Phytonutrients including chlorophyll and most natural vitamins and minerals have a powerful neutralising effect on these substances if your diet is high in raw plant food. God even made our food protect us from technology in the future how amazing!

Mental “dis-ease” is a common symptom or almost every disease or disorder of the endocrine glands: the testes, ovaries, the adrenals, the pancreas, the thyroid, the parathyroid and the pituitary.
It’s no wonder. The hormones dispatched into the bloodstream by the endocrine glands are probably second only to the chemicals in the brain when it comes to shaping how we feel and behave. When an endocrine gland malfunctions, secreting either too few or too many hormones, depression is often a symptom.

Syd Baumel in Dealing with Depression Naturally

Any woman who has suffered from premenstrual tension will know just how hormones can affect your emotional state.

It is vitally important that you correct the endocrine system with any problems relating to depression or mental illness first. This would include the right diet, exercise and sunlight. Low blood sugar is a big factor in depression and blood sugar is controlled by the hormonal system (endocrine)

Exercise & Sunlight
Has a profound effect on the endocrine system and on depression and it is important to include a minimum of 30 minutes daily in the outdoors to benefit from sunlight too. Remember that exercise regulates at least 18 hormones, many which will affect your mood.Here is Mary-Ann sharing her own story of dealing with Depression and Natural Health

Candida Syndrome
Some research indicates that a Candid overgrowth can also cause depression (see section on digestion in the course) Taking a good Aloe Vera product can correct this, but make sure you change to a natural unprocessed diet as well to prevent it recurring.

Lack of B Vitamins and other nutrients
A highly processed diet with refined carbohydrates, sugar and alcohol depletes and destroys B Vitamins in large quantities. These nutrients are vital to brain function. Removing these foods and substances will dramatically improve problems with depression. It is important that all are totally removed, cutting down or removing for a few weeks is not going to solve the problem as it can take months after removal to see these dramatic results.

Lack of folate, B12 and even vitamin C has been indicated in depression. A natural diet can correct these. Supplementation can contribute to deficiencies, so eat the good food that God made.

Lack of Omega 3
High levels of prostaglandins series 2 have been found in the body fluids of depressed patients. Lack of Omega 3 (Alpha Linoleic Acid) causes a lack of prostaglandin series 3 which keeps Prostaglandin series 2 in check so that it cannot reach such high levels.

Donald Rudin an orthomolecular psychiatrist found that treating patients with a daily dose of flax oil had a dramatic effect on depression and manic depression. This again points to endocrine related problems and depression.

Here is Mary-Ann’s own story which covers her experience with depression.

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High Protein Diets
Diets that are high in protein and low in natural carbohydrates can promote depression as serotonin is produced when we consume natural carbohydrates, (fresh fruit and unrefined grains). Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that helps us feel happy and sleep well. It is known that the ancient Chinese used high protein diets to break down the emotional resolve of their prisoners. Try to eat animal protein, no biger than the palm of your hand, not more than once a day with three times a week being preferable.

A surprising number of people are taking antidepressants, without any thought as to what the side effects are, what the root cause of the problem is or what they will do in the long-term. It seems that if anyone is tired or feeling a bit flat these drugs are prescribed and even in young children.

Many people are reassured by their doctors that the drug prescribed is not addictive and they can stop at any time; in practice this is not so, I have yet to find a person who has come off drug therapy without any side effects.There are a variety of different drugs that work in different ways and many people hop from one to the next in the hope of finding relieve without side effects.

A good idea is to do a search on the internet on any brand name of anti depressant drugs and check out what the side effects are. One of the side effects of some of these drugs is suicidal tendencies or feelings many actually cause more depression. People need to find out in detail what the long term effects are and begin to take responsibility for their condition and lifestyle. Drugs are not a solution in this case and invariably become part of the problem.

Mary-Ann and her take on Anti-Depressants

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Here is an interesting article to read about Exercise and Depression

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