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Digestion Part 3 – Fats and Problems

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


Outline:

Digestion
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).

 


Transcript

Digestion

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…

Bubbles…

  • 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.

AIMega

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 www.rawmom.com. 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 http://rawfoodforbabies.com/tag/andrea-nison/. 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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The Natural Way Interviews: Alice

 

 


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The Natural Way Interviews: Marie-Claire

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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The Natural Way Interviews: Mark

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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The Natural Way Interviews: Pamela

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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AIM Membership and Products

The benefits of signing up for AIM membership

The reality is that using AIM products promote health in a way no other products seem able to replicate. Highly nutrient dense food, grown organically, harvested optimally, and processed quickly isnt easy, or common. They have perfected it. Many people who love their products benefit significantly from AIM membership. The cost savings are DRAMATIC. Here is a list of the current (Oct 2014) retail vs member prices, coupled with the potential rebate/commissions on products.

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Being a member would get you significant savings:

  • Just taking BarleyLife monthly would save you up to $21/mo (if you are at the maximum membership level of Director).
  • Taking the GardenTrio and AIMMega monthly would save you close to $60/mo (if you are at the maximum membership level of Director).
  • Using ProPeas, Garden Trio, and AIMMega, essentially satisfying a tremendous portion of your daily micro nutrient requirements, as well as Essential Fatty Acids, and Plant Based Protein, you would save up to $74/mo (if you are at the maximum membership level of Director).

The reality is, if you intend to take AIM products regularly (and The Natural Way uses these products as the foundation of it’s program), AIM membership is an incredible savings even just at the member price, before any additional rebates or commissions.

Building a Business

Some people find the opportunity to take their interests and passions for health and nutrition and use AIM to build a business out of it. This opportunity can be tremendous, and AIM is very aggressive at rewarding sales and organization building.

The Bottom Line

It’s certainly true that it is not everyone’s objective or goal to build a business, and it doesn’t need to be. There is plenty of incentive to become an AIM member either way. Saving lots of money while having access to some of the most nutrient dense, naturally healthy food on the planet is a great thing.

We are happy to help sign you up with our AIM membership (you can do it yourself by following these instructions), and even help you develop a business using our resources, support, and content. Feel free to Contact Us, and let us help you get started

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How to Sign Up for AIM Membership

If you wish to get wholesale prices and/or start your own business you have 2 choices. AIM membership gives you significant costs on AIM nutritional products, even allowing you to build your own business if you like:

  1. Contact Us and we will coordinate with you and help you sign up

Or

  1. Sign up yourself

 

Sign Up for AIM Yourself

Step 1  Click Here to open up the correct webpage

It should look like this

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Pick your specific country (In this case United States)

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While you certainly should review the member income plan, it can seem quite complex as most of it is structured about growth. Feel free to Contact Us and we can help you understand it if it seems overwhelming.

When you are ready pressing the AIM Member button will bring up this page

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Fill out your information and press Step 2. The next page to come up will look like this

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In some cases it will bring up an intermediate step asking you to qualify your address. Once you complete this step you will see the following page

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The membership will NOT be active until you place a qualifying order of at least $100 or more. We find AIM’s prices on shipping are so good that you arent forced to order more than you really need in general, however the first order needs to be more than $100 to get started.

You will be enrolled “under” our membership, which will shortly be changed to The 25 Group, LLC. We are your “sponsors” in the AIM organization, and we will be happy to help you with your AIM account, as well as helping you build out an AIM business if you wish. You are under NO OBLIGATION to make this more than a simple membership to help you get the best discounts possible.

If you have any questions, please Contact Us.

 

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Density: Nutrient vs. Calorie

A fundamental categorization of food products is their placement on a spectrum between Nutrient Density (ND) and Calorie Density (CD). It most every case, there is an inverse relationship between the two.

As foods become more calorie dense, they normally become less nutrient dense. Dr Joel Furhman has done an incredible job of collecting data and scoring food from the USDA nutrition database, and assign it an ANDI value. The methodology used to calculate this becomes clear as you look at the foods and their scores.

Example: Kale

Kale, according to the ANDI score, is 1000. The highest possible score. All other products relate to this score.

Grains: 200.

Meat: Very low, almost non significant ND per calorie.

 


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Health A-Z Archives: Alcoholism, Hypoglycemia & Diet

Estimated that 50% of people in most western countries suffer from hypoglycemia or low blood sugar, where people have easy access to refined cane sugar (sucrose).

Refined cane sugar upset the blood sugar and this in turn can upset the entire endocrine system. When your blood sugar is low you will crave sugar to bring it back up again and some people will find this craving translated in a desire for alcohol.

According to Barbara Reed Stitt, Researchers, Poulos, Stoddard and Carron found that 97% of alcoholics they tested where hypoglycemic as opposed to only 18% in control group. Many other clinical studies have found similar results.

So what came first, the chicken or the egg? Does alcohol cause hypoglycemia or does hypoglycemia cause the alcohol craving.

it appears from further research that people who craved sweets and had access to refined sugar on a daily basis as children are for more likely to suffer from hypoglycemia and have a tendency to towards alcoholism.

Hypoglycemia also contributes to bad behavior in that increased aggression can result. In hypoglycemia the higher less primitive area of the brain cannot work efficiently as the brain requires sufficient glucose to work properly. When these “socially responsible” areas of the brain shut down because of lack of energy, aberrant behavior results.

This would explain the violent behavior that results when some people consume alcohol or even just refined sugar.

Carry Bekker the programme director at Stepping Stones (a recovery programme for drug abuse) says “If alcohol were discovered today, it would be the foremost banned substance. Alcohol damages more parts of the body than any other drug”

She goes on to say that “What you drink, when you drink and how often you drink don’t define a tendency to addiction, it’s what happens to you when you drink. If alcohol changes your life in some way, and you continue to drink in spite of negative consequences- that’s the definer.” “Alcohol dependence and addiction are diseases of denial, in which you truly believe you are in control. But other people see the consequences. Listen to them”

It is essential that you follow a healthy diet and include plenty of fresh fruit in your diet. Fruit it is God designed sweets and helps to regulate blood sugar correctly and supply the right kind of glucose without any detrimental side effects.


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Health A-Z Archives: Nail in the Coffin of Big Medicine

by Lynn McTaggart

Every so often something happens that restores my faith in the power of the truth. This rarely happens when it comes to health care. Modern medicine is one of the big, dangerous monoliths of our time, a stark symbol of the competitive mindset and the industrial age – the triumph of the machine over the human being.

Besides being one of the largest industries in the world, Big Pharma is probably one of the most dangerous.

Not long ago, the Journal of the American Medicine Association, the official organ of the primary organization representing physicians in America, publicly admitted that diseases caused by doctors—that is illness created by correctly prescribed medication —is the third leading cause of death in America, responsible for a quarter of a million deaths per year.

To put the magnitude of the problem into perspective, as one study, also in JAMA, once described it, the death rate from modern medicine in America alone as the “equivalent of three jumbo-jet crashes every two days.”

This poor track record is well known by those on the inside. In a throwaway comment, Dr. Allen Rose, the worldwide vice-president of genetics at GlaxoSmithKline, once casually observed that 90 per cent of his company’s products—or any other drug companies’ products—don’t work on the majority of patients.

If any other business maintained this appalling track record, there would be public outcry, Parliamentary and Congressional investigation and swift adoption of new law. With modern medicine there is not even the airing of debate.

This has largely to do with the fact that medicine is a conspiracy of silence, a private conversation—by doctors for doctors.

Private conversation
This conversation has very little opportunity to be heard by you and me. Newspapers, funded by or seeded with board members of the pharmaceutical industry, carry ever fewer stories about medical dangers or promising alternative possibilities. For instance, James Murdoch, whose newspaper The Times led the story discrediting the doctor who challenged the MMR vaccine, was, until recently, a board member of the SmithKline, which manufactures the vaccine.

In the UK the Advertising Standards Association forbids any claims being made about any promising product or therapy because it would interfere with the ‘doctor/patient relationship.’ A British law set down in 1939 forbids anyone outside of conventional medicine from even advising about cancer. Similar laws exist in America.

I tell you all this as background to place in context my shock to learn of the recent release of the most comprehensive assessment ever conducted by any governmental body into homeopathy.

The report concluded not only that it works but that it is far more cost effective than conventional medicine. In fact, it works so well that patients should be reimbursed for it on the National Health.

In a rare departure from its history of neutrality on many issues, the Swiss government conducted a detailed inquiry into homeopathy and other alternative therapies.

The task fell to the Swiss Network for Technology Health Assessment, a body created by the Swiss government in 1999 in order to determine the best value for money invested on health.

Major evidence examined
The book-length report by Gudrun Bornhöft and Peter. F. Matthiessen, of the Chair in Medical Theory and Complementary Medicine of the University of Witten/Herdecke in Germany, comprehensively reviewed all the major evidence for homeopathy, from major pre-clinical research (studies with human cell lines, studies on plants and animals and basic research into the chemical changes), and the big ‘gold standard’ trials on humans to systematic reviews, meta-analyses and epidemiological research.

The Swiss scientists had two major criteria for judging the effectiveness of the studies: internal validity (that is, quality of study design and execution) and external validity (whether the studies accurately reflect how homeopathy is used in real life.

Evaluating the external validity of studies is particularly crucial because research into homeopathy is often conducted by doctors or scientists with little understanding of how it is supposed to be used or which treatments work best for which patients. Many high profile studies purporting to debunk treatments like homeopathy are essentially set up to fail because the researchers essentially don’t know what they’re doing.

It works
Once all the data was assessed, the German scientists concluded that ‘many high-quality investigations of pre-clinical basic research proved homeopathic high-potencies induce ‘regulative and specific changes in cells or living organisms.’

Of the systematic reviews of human research, said the report, 20 out of 22 detected ‘at least a trend in favor of homeopathy,’ and five showed results indicating ‘clear evidence for homeopathic therapy.’

The report found particularly strong evidence for the use of homeopathy for upper respiratory tract infections or allergic reactions; 6 of 7 controlled studies were at least equivalent to conventional interventions and of 16 placebo-controlled studies, half showed significant results with homeopathy.

Perhaps most significantly, the report concluded that the effectiveness of homeopathy ‘can be supported by clinical evidence and ‘regarded as safe.’ Applied properly, it said, ‘classical homeopathy has few side-effects and the use of high-potencies is free of toxic effects.’

The Swiss government’s report was particularly scathing about the Lancet, which publicized a 2005 report supposedly to signal the ‘end of homeopathy.’ In the study, the scientific team evaluated 110 clinical trials of homeopathy and then compared them to the same number of trials of conventional medicine. Although the aim was ostensibly to compare the 22 high quality homeopathic trials with nine high quality conventional studies, the team created criteria to eliminate a majority of the best homeopathic trials, thereby supporting their conclusion that homeopathy doesn’t work.

As the Swiss authors noted, this study neglected follow the most basic accepted guidelines on best practice for scientific reporting.

Cost effective
Aside from evidence about effectiveness, the Swiss government went to great pains to examine whether homeopathy was saving or costing money. To do so, the Swiss government examined data from participating doctors from Swiss health insurers, including all costs for consultation, medications and physiotherapy.

As it turned out, those doctors who specialized in homeopathy costs at least 15 per cent less than doctors practicing conventional medicine, even though patients seeking homeopathy tend to be sicker with more chronic or serious ill health – factors that would usually translate into higher health bills.

When treatments of specific illnesses were compared, homeopathy again proved cost-saving; children with upper respiratory tract infections had fewer recurrences of illness and required fewer antibiotics than those receiving conventional drugs.

In other cases, using homeopathy led to less dependence on drugs. In the case of more than 500 patients with rheumatic disease, nearly a third were able to stop taking conventional medication, and another third reduce their use of drugs. Homeopathic fertility treatment for women offered one of the largest cost savings of all, when compared to standard medical treatment.

Homeopathy also saved in hospital bills; women patients using homeopathic doctors were six times less likely to land in hospital than were those using conventional doctors.

In the land of the pharma
Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of this is not simply that as a result of this study, homeopathy is now enshrined in the Swiss constitution, and paid for by public money, but that this has occurred in a land where two of the top largest pharmaceutical firms have their base.

It also occurred precisely at the point where initiatives in the European Union (of which Switzerland is a part), funded by the pharmaceutical industry, are busily banning or drastically curtailing the availability of nutritional supplements and many alternative treatments with a long history of success.

Lynn McTaggart

Mary-Ann Shearer


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Health A-Z Archives: Sports Drinks

The enormous financial rewards generated by various sports disciplines have created a market for specialized foods ‘guaranteed’ to enhance physical performance within the legal limits.

Now what about sports or energy drinks?  Personally, I would not recommend that you give them to your child.  To show you why, I have given you a breakdown of two of the most popular sports drinks around and then a breakdown of pasteurised grape juice.  The results speak for themselves.

Most sports drinks that I have come into contact with advertise that they contain carbohydrates and minerals that are absorbed into the bloodstream faster than water, thereby providing both energy and fluid.  However, carefully controlled studies have indicated that these sports drinks actually reach the blood much more slowly than water.  The American College of Sports Medicine recently condemned these drinks and was dismissive of the idea that they are superior to water.

Let’s take a look at that breakdown.

Popular Energy Drink.  The following 16 ingredients are listed:

  • Water
  • Enzymatic Partial Hydrolysate of Corn Starch.  This has a similar effect to refined sugar in that it upset glucose levels in the body and affects the endocrine system negatively
  • Maltodextrin.  A natural sweetener derived from barley malt.  No side-effects known
  • Citric Acid.  Found naturally in most plant foods.  No known side-effects other than that it can erode tooth enamel.
  • Dextrose.  This is basically refined glucose and can have similar effect to sugar
  • Salt
  • Cloudifier.  (Unspecified – this could be one of many)
  • Sodium Cyclamate.  This is considered to be carcinogenic and has similar effects to saccharin (see below)
  • Sodium Saccharin.  There is now clear evidence that this can contribute to bladder cancer and tumours in the urinary tract.  Sports people make efficient use of their urinary tract during exercise, so it seems strange to me that this harmful substance is added to a ‘sports drink’.  Saccharin may also contribute to other forms of cancer.
  • Vitamin C.  Synthetic vitamin C can cause kidney stones, gout, arthritis and ulcers, as well as heart disease.  The vitamin C found naturally in foods such as fruit and vegetables is extremely important to overall health and does not have any detrimental side-effects
  • Mono-Potassium Phosphate.  Can lead to loss of calcium and cause kidney damage
  • Di-Potassium Phosphate (as above)
  • Flavourant.  Unspecified – this could be one of dozens, including the toxic MSG
  • Colourants.  Unspecified – again, there are many in common use.  Tartrazine is particularly popular and is used in yellow, green or orange coloured drinks.  It can cause asthma, migraines, hyperactivity and skin rashes.  It has also been found to cause a deficiency in other vitamins and minerals, and new research indicates that it may play a role in heart disease
  • Sorbic Acid.  High levels can irritate the nose, eyes and throat
  • Benzoic Acid.  This preservative causes allergies and intolerances, and results in asthma, urticaria and hyperactivity

    Popular Power Drink.  This contains 23 different ingredients in all, many of which are common to the drink above.  It also lists the following:

  • Sugar.  This upsets blood sugar levels and in turn, the endocrine system which controls muscle tone and development, energy levels, metabolism and, in fact, almost every body function
  • Sodium Hexametaphosphate.  This can lead to a loss of calcium and cause kidney damage
  • Potassium Benzoate.  This can trigger asthma, urticaria and hyperactivity
  • Potassium Sorbate.  No real research has been done on humans
  • Stabilisers.  This could be one of many different types, usually artificial or chemical in nature
  • Potassium Citrate.  Presumed safe
  • Tartrazine.  This colourant can cause a wide range of allergic and intolerant symptoms, including hyperactivity, asthma, migraines and skin rashes

    Grape Juice Per 100g.  Now let’s take a look at a natural alternative to meeting your sporting child’s energy and hydration requirements:

  • Carbohydrates (57g)
  • Vitamin A (13.9g mg)
  • Vitamin B (10.1g mg)
  • Glucose (56g)
  • Kilojoules (235)
  • Calcium (5 mg)
  • Protein (0.1g)
  • Iron (0.5mg)
  • Magnesium (7mg)
  • Phosphorous (11mg)
  • Potassium (42mg)
  • Sodium (4mg)

    Zinc (0.22mg)

    Ø      Vitamin C (23mg)

    Ø      Copper (0.22mg)

    Ø      Manganese (0.32mg)

  • As you can see from the above breakdown, grape juice contains a wide range of nutrients needed for optimum activity and has no detrimental side effects.  Don’t waste your money on sports drinks – the only thing that they will achieve, will be to compromise your child’s health and performance on the sports field. Sports Drinks

  • The enormous financial rewards generated by various sports disciplines have created a market for specialised foods ‘guaranteed’ to enhance physical performance within the legal limits.

    Now what about sports or energy drinks?  Personally, I would not recommend that you give them to your child.  To show you why, I have given you a breakdown of two of the most popular sports drinks around and then a breakdown of pasteurised grape juice.  The results speak for themselves.

    Most sports drinks that I have come into contact with advertise that they contain carbohydrates and minerals that are absorbed into the bloodstream faster than water, thereby providing both energy and fluid.  However, carefully controlled studies have indicated that these sports drinks actually reach the blood much more slowly than water.  The American College of Sports Medicine recently condemned these drinks and was dismissive of the idea that they are superior to water.

    Let’s take a look at that breakdown.

    Popular Energy Drink.  The following 16 ingredients are listed:

    Water

    Enzymatic Partial Hydrolysate of Corn Starch.  This has a similar effect to refined sugar in that it upset glucose levels in the body and affects the endocrine system negatively

    Ø      Maltodextrin.  A natural sweetener derived from barley malt.  No side-effects known

    Citric Acid.  Found naturally in most plant foods.  No known side-effects other than that it can erode tooth enamel.

    Dextrose.  This is basically refined glucose and can have similar effect to sugar

    Salt

    Cloudifier.  (Unspecified – this could be one of many)

    Sodium Cyclamate.  This is considered to be carcinogenic and has similar effects to saccharin (see below)

    Sodium Saccharin.  There is now clear evidence that this can contribute to bladder cancer and tumours in the urinary tract.  Sports people make efficient use of their urinary tract during exercise, so it seems strange to me that this harmful substance is added to a ‘sports drink’.  Saccharin may also contribute to other forms of cancer.

    Ø      Vitamin C.  Synthetic vitamin C can cause kidney stones, gout, arthritis and ulcers, as well as heart disease.  The vitamin C found naturally in foods such as fruit and vegetables is extremely important to overall health and does not have any detrimental side-effects

    Ø    Mono-Potassium Phosphate.  Can lead to loss of calcium and cause kidney damage

    Di-Potassium Phosphate (as above)

    Flavourant.  Unspecified – this could be one of dozens, including the toxic MSG

    Colourants.  Unspecified – again, there are many in common use.  Tartrazine is particularly popular and is used in yellow, green or orange coloured drinks.  It can cause asthma, migraines, hyperactivity and skin rashes.  It has also been found to cause a deficiency in other vitamins and minerals, and new research indicates that it may play a role in heart disease

    Sorbic Acid.  High levels can irritate the nose, eyes and throat

    Benzoic Acid.  This preservative causes allergies and intolerances, and results in asthma, urticaria and hyperactivity.

    Popular Power Drink.  This contains 23 different ingredients in all, many of which are common to the drink above.  It also lists the following:

    Ø      Sugar.  This upsets blood sugar levels and in turn, the endocrine system which controls muscle tone and development, energy levels, metabolism and, in fact, almost every body function

    Ø      Sodium Hexametaphosphate.  This can lead to a loss of calcium and cause kidney damage

    Ø      Potassium Benzoate.  This can trigger asthma, urticaria and hyperactivity

    Ø      Potassium Sorbate.  No real research has been done on humans

    Ø      Stabilisers.  This could be one of many different types, usually artificial or chemical in nature

    Ø      Potassium Citrate.  Presumed safe

    Ø      Tartrazine.  This colourant can cause a wide range of allergic and intolerant symptoms, including hyperactivity, asthma, migraines and skin rashes

    Grape Juice Per 100g.  Now let’s take a look at a natural alternative to meeting your sporting child’s energy and hydration requirements:

    Ø      Carbohydrates (57g)

    Ø      Vitamin A (13.9g)                   {MA, is this g or mg?}

    Ø      Vitamin B (10.1g) …………….{Please double check}

    Ø      Glucose (56g)

    Ø      Kilojoules (235)

    Ø      Calcium (5 mg)

    Ø      Protein (0.1g)

    Ø      Iron (0.5mg)

    Ø      Magnesium (7mg)

    Ø      Phosphorous (11mg)

    Ø      Potassium (42mg)

    Ø      Sodium (4mg)

    Ø      Zinc (0.22mg)

    Ø      Vitamin C (23mg)

    Ø      Copper (0.22mg)

    Ø      Manganese (0.32mg)

    As you can see from the above breakdown, grape juice contains a wide range of nutrients needed for optimum activity and has no detrimental side-effects.  Don’t waste your money on sports drinks – the only thing that they will achieve, will be to compromise your child’s health and performance on the sports field.

    Distilled water from my new book “Perfect Weight- The Natural Way”

    Distilled water has an acid pH, which usually results in a loss of alkaline minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium. This can put tremendous strain on the heart for example. Dr Zoltan P. Rona actually states that “early death comes from distilled water”, which is quite the opposite of what the distilled water peddlers claim.

    “Fasting using distilled water can be dangerous because of rapid loss of electrolytes (sodium, potassium, chloride) and trace minerals such as magnesium, deficiencies which can cause heart beat irregularities and high blood pressure. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, “Distilled water, being essentially mineral free, is very aggressive, in that it tends to dissolve substances with which it is in contact. Notably, carbon dioxide from the air is rapidly absorbed, making water acidic and even more aggressive. Many metals are dissolved by distilled water”


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FDA: Glaxo, Merck vaccines OK despite pig virus

Friday, May 14, 2010 6:34PM UTC

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Rotavirus vaccines made by GlaxoSmithKline Plc and Merck & Co Inc are safe to use despite being contaminated with a pig virus, U.S. health regulators ruled on Friday.

The Food and Drug administration, in a statement, said it was safe for doctors to resume giving patients Glaxo’s Rotarix and continue using Merck’s Rotateq. The agency said there was no evidence the contamination caused any harm and the vaccines were important in preventing hospitalizations and death.

Rotavirus can cause fatal diarrhea. Both vaccines target the virus, but pieces of DNA from porcine circovirus (PCV) have been found in both companies’ products.

The FDA’s decision follows a May 7 recommendation by its advisory panel, which ruled that the risk to humans from the pig virus was theoretical at best. It called for continued use of the vaccines, saying their benefits outweighed any potential risk.

Some strains of the pig virus are believed to cause a wasting syndrome in young piglets, marked by diarrhea and an inability to gain weight, but they are not known to injure humans. Tests found DNA from the virus in master cells used to make the Glaxo’s product.

Glaxo officials have said the DNA may have come from a pig-derived enzyme called trypsin used early in development. The company has said there is no manufacturing or safety issue with its vaccine. Merck has also said its product is safe.

Neither vaccine is a blockbuster product.

Sales of Merck’s vaccine totaled $522 million in 2009, including $468 million in the United States. Glaxo’s rotavirus vaccine sales in 2009 were $440 million globally, including $118 million in the United States.

Worldwide, rotavirus kills more than 500,000 infants each year, mostly in low- and middle-income countries. Deaths are rare in the United States, but severe illness that requires a hospital stay is possible.

Glaxo’s vaccine won U.S. approval in 2008.

(Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)


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Health A-Z Archives: SARS

Right now there is a lot of panic over the SARS virus and people are running around in a state canceling flights and generally just feeling frightened.

 Firstly there is nothing to be frightened of once you know the facts.

As far as virologists have established, you need to literally be face to face with someone who is obviously ill – sweating coughing and running a fever. The virus will not just jump on you while walking down the road. The fatality rate is only 3.7% much the same as normal flu and to date, out of billions of people world wide only 2700 have been infected of which only about 100 have died. (Sunday Times April 13 2003)

“For individuals who think they might have SARS:

People with symptoms of SARS (fever greater than 100.4°F [>38.0°C] accompanied by a cough and/or difficulty breathing) should consult a health-care provider. To help the health-care provider make a diagnosis, tell them about any recent travel to places where SARS has been reported or whether there was contact with someone who had these symptoms

How SARS spreads

The primary way that SARS appears to spread is by close person-to-person contact. Most cases of SARS have involved people who cared for or lived with someone with SARS, or had direct contact with infectious material (for example, respiratory secretions) from a person who has SARS. Potential ways in which SARS can be spread include touching the skin of other people or objects that are contaminated with infectious droplets and then touching your eye(s), nose, or mouth. This can happen when someone who is sick with SARS coughs or sneezes droplets onto themselves, other people, or nearby surfaces.

Who is at risk for SARS

Cases of SARS continue to be reported mainly among people who have had direct close contact with an infected person, such as those sharing a household with a SARS patient and health-care workers who did not use infection control procedures while taking care of a SARS patient. In the United States, there is no indication of community spread at this time. CDC continues to monitor this situation very closely.

Treatment

Because the etiology of these illnesses has not yet been determined, no specific treatment recommendations can be made at this time. Empiric therapy should include coverage for organisms associated with any community-acquired pneumonia of unclear etiology, including agents with activity against both typical and atypical respiratory pathogens (2). Treatment choices may be influenced by severity of the illness. Infectious disease consultation is recommended.” Center For Disease Control USA

 Secondly, just as healthy plants do not succumb to disease so healthy people who have a healthy immune system, will avoid almost any infectious disease and if they do get a disease of some type it will be extremely mild and hardly noticeable.

Thirdly even if you are run down, there is plenty you can do see below

The Natural Way to maintain a healthy Immune system by Mary-Ann Shearer

 I believe that one of the best ways to build your Immune system is through a natural diet. Lets take a look at what some researchers say about diet and the Immune system.

 DIET AND YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEMS

1.       The same symptoms that are evident in malnourished people closely resemble symptoms of immuno deficiency.This means that malnourished people and those with Immuno deficiency should be approached the same way. Finding a ‘cure’ in the form  of a drug or vaccine, for Aids (the foremost Immune deficiency disease) is as ridiculous and finding a cure in these forms for malnutrition!

 2.       Malnutrition predisposes one to:       

 3.       In malnutrition, viral infections are severe.

         Viruses implicated include:     

4.       “Pneumocystis Carinii” observed in people suffering from AIDS is seen more   frequently in malnourished people.

5.       On a global scale, malnutrition is the most frequent cause of immuno deficiency.

6.       Malnutrition results in an abnormally small thymus. Autopsies on AIDS patients show the same results.

7.       Malnutrition results in a lowered T-cell count and a poor allergy response –     just as for Aids.

8.       The “allergy” response is lower following immunization.

 9.       Immune system dysfunction can occur as a result of deficiency or excess of a single nutrient (reason enough not to take supplements).

 10.     Immunology effects are seen when the anti-oxidants are deficient, namely

         Vitamins A, C, E and Selenium. (All found freely in fruit and vegetables, nuts and seeds and very high in Barleylife).

11.    Excess polyunsaturated fats suppress the immune system. Margarine is high in the processed variety as are all processed foods that contain fats and most fast food.

12.     Cholesterol in the diet (these are found in animal products only, including marine shortening found in chocolates and baked goods) lower the immune response. If you have any Immune or autoimmune problems, you would do well to cut all animal products out of your diet.

13.     Malnutrition in pregnancy results in immuno-suppression for a prolonged period from a couple of months from birth to beyond the babies offspring.

14.     Diseases associated with immune deficiency are:

15.     T-cells (fighter cells) can increase within 5 – 15 days of changing your diet.

Extracted from “Nutrition, Immunity and Resistance to Infection” by Dr B A Chowdhury and Dr R K Chandra.

 “ Malnutrition is usually taken to mean not eating enough food….  Malnutrition, however, is the result of not eating the foods and nutrients adequate and necessary for healthy cell & tissue development and of loading the body’s metabolism with items it is not equipped to process. We can be feasting on an abundance of food and yet suffer from malnutrition if our diet lacks the nutrients required for healthy cell development or contains artificial ingredients which cannot be processed by ourselves” 

 (‘A Beginners Introduction to NUTRITION’ By Albrecht A. Heyer: – Executive Director of the Huxley Institute for Biosocial Research in New York City. – edited by Richard Passwater & Earl Mindell)

 According to the above author, the following foods & beverages are harmful to a healthy Immune system.

 Foods high in processed & heated fats such fast foods, margarine etc

 Refined sugar & carbohydrates and the foods that contain them such as sweets, chocolates cold drinks cakes etc. Refined sugar upsets the blood sugar, which is needed by the body to be stable so that white blood cells can destroy virus’ & bacteria.

 Table salt and foods that contain it

 Processed foods 60-70 years ago only 10 % of our food was processed. Today 80 % of the foods most people eat are processed.

 Caffeine containing foods & beverages, such as colas, tea, coffee & chocolates. Caffeine causes a loss of water-soluble vitamins (C & B) Caffeine upsets the Endocrine system, which works together with the Immune system.

 Alcohol – destroys vitamins & minerals, and upsets the Endocrine system & in turn the Immune system.

 Jennifer Meak (an Immunologist & Nutritionist) says that the best way to avoid the common cold to cancer & Aids is to boost your Immune system through nutrition. To quote,

 “ Raw whole foods provide many other factors (some of which are probably unknown) like natural antibiotics, essential oils, pigments and enzymes, which are of benefit to health. Raw, whole foods increase the oxygen content of our cells especially important for the prevention of cancer, where cells have switched to live without oxygen. Fresh fruit and vegetables are high in potassium, which is essential for maintaining a healthy Immune System and for avoiding cancer.

 All processed foods (and this even includes cooked whole foods here) require you immune army to defend your gut and many white blood cells are lost. Raw foods, however, do not cause destruction of the white defenders. It would appear that some raw food, taken before cooked food, reduces or even eliminates battle fatalities, so saving you the energy used in fighting, repair and replacement.”

Gluten

Celiac disease is a classic example of food sensitivity. It is caused by an immune response to gluten (the protein portion), found in WHEAT, OATS,

RYE AND BARLEY.

 The classic symptoms have always been severe diarrhea, growth failure and malabsorption of nutrients resulting in growth failure.

 New research indicates that dermatitis, anemia, loss of bone density, arthritis, joint symptoms, dental defects, infertility and neurological symptoms such as intellectual deterioration and seizures and possibly multiple sclerosis are other manifestations of celiac disease or gluten intolerance.

 It is estimated that as many as 1 in 300 people suffer from any of these symptoms.

 With anaemia being one of the most common deficiency diseases among woman and children in westernized countries, where bread is considered the staff of life, this could cause considerable upheaval. Throw in arthritis, osteoporosis and infertility and we’ve got a major problem on our hands.

 ”Clinicians need to consider the possibility of celiac disease when treating patients with any of these symptoms, even if the classic symptoms of diarrhoea and weight loss are not present. It is also important for physicians to be aware that the prevalence of celiac disease is increased in certain high risk groups, such as insulin dependent diabetics, people with either Down’s syndrome, IgA deficiency or autoimmune thyroid diseases, Alzheimer’s or autism and children with juvenile arthritis.”

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 Pediatrics 4/96, Medical J Australia 17/3/97, etc.

Fluoride

Research from both Britain and America shows that fluoride confuses the immune system, causing it to attack the body’s own tissues resulting in one of many symptoms such as skin rashes, gastro-intestinal disorders, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.

Amalgam

The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) in Canada has advised that mercury amalgam fillings should be discontinued until such time as primary pathological evidence of amalgam safety is produced.  They add that although we’ve been led to believe that these fillings are stable and harmless when combined with other components of silver dental amalgam, this is not the case.

They further add that mercury vapour is released into the body from these fillings.  As it takes approximately 70 days for mercury to pass out of the body, this continuous exposure to mercury vapour accumulates in the body over years, resulting in numerous health problems related to the central nervous system (such as headaches, weakness, sleeplessness, loss of appetite and weight, gastrointestinal problems, joint and muscle aches, metallic taste, sore gums and tongue, increased or decreased salivation, black lines on teeth, increased risk of infection, enlarged thyroid, liver and kidney problems, breathlessness, vertigo, irregular heartbeat, irritability, nervousness, timidity, loss of memory, depression, tremors, manic depression, psychosis, double vision, involuntary eye movements, and slight to severe skin changes).

Furthermore, experiments conducted by the IAOMT show conclusively that through the acts of chewing, grinding or brushing the teeth, mercury is released from the fillings and that this release is increased in the presence of heat (when eating hot foods, for example).

 In support of findings such as these, the World Health Organization has concluded that the average person has more to fear from dental mercury than from possible mercury poisoning from food sources (fish, for example, living in polluted waters, are contaminated by the mercury from the pesticides and factory waste that are flushed into rivers and the sea).

 So…what can you do? Give up the good life and live on an island?

I suggest that rather than focusing on giving up, you focus on what you can do. Most people can start their cooked meals with a raw salad or any raw vegetables. Follow the 5 Steps (then move onto option 1, 2 or 3 in chapter 3 of The Natural Way)  and take Aim’s Garden Trio, both will increase the amount of free radicals and natural oxygen bearing plant food to your cells. Both have a high alkaline effect on the blood stream and this has a very profound and positive effect on the Immune system. Try to remove or drastically reduce the offending foods above, exercise, get natural sunlight and balance your life by focusing on all the areas of well being such as emotional, spiritual, stress, diet, exercise, sunlight etc. (See more in The Natural Way)

Most people find it easy to eat some naturally sweet foods such as fresh & dried fruit before they eat a chocolate or sweet.

Most people find it easy to eat one meal a day, made up of entirely fresh fruit.

& How about you? If you can do these three things, your intake of whole raw food will increase by 50-75%! That in it self will help your Immune system work efficiently. Then relax and enjoy your journey of life and stop focusing on the destination.


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Health A-Z Archives: Natural Hygiene

NATURAL HYGIENE

The beginnings of natural hygiene go back thousands of years. Over 2000 years ago, Hippocrates taught basic natural hygiene principles. Hippocrates is often referred to as the father of modern medicine, although modern medicine today seems far removed from his teachings.

Hippocrates established medical theory on rational scientific principles, and he believed that disease had only natural causes and not supernatural ones. Furthermore, he regarded the human body as a whole organism, treating patients in what we today call a holistic manner with proper diet, fresh air and attention to habits and living conditions.

The Hippocratic Oath, named after Hippocrates, was meant to give the medical profession a sense of duty towards humanity.

The Hippocratic Oath

•To reckon him who taught me this art equally dear to me as my parents, to share my substance with him and relieve his necessities if required; to regard his offspring as on the same footing with my own brother, and to teach them this art if they should wish to learn it, without fee or stipulation, and that by precept, lecture and every other mode of instruction, I will impart a knowledge of the art to my own sons and those of my teachers, and to disciples bound by stipulation and oath, according to the law of medicine, but to none others.

•I will follow that method of treatment which, according to my ability and judgement, I consider for the benefit of my patients, and abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous.

•I will give no deadly medicine to anyone if asked, nor suggest any such counsel; furthermore, I will not give to any woman an instrument to produce abortion.

•With purity and with holiness I will pass my life and practice my art. I will not cut a person who is suffering from a stone, but will leave this to be done by practitioners of this work. Into whatever houses I enter I will go into them for the benefit of the sick and will abstain from every voluntary act of mischief and corruption; and further from the seduction of females or males, bond or free.

•Whatever, in connection with my professional practice, or not in connection with it, I may see or hear in the lives of men which ought not to be spoken abroad I will not divulge, as reckoning that all such should be kept secret.

•While I continue to keep this oath unviolated, may it be granted to me to enjoy life and the practice of the art, respected by all men at all times, but should I trespass and violate this oath, may the reverse be my lot.”

Apparently those entering the medical profession no longer say the Hippocratic Oath. One wonders why.

Many Natural Hygienists based their initial research on the Scriptures. Genesis 1 verse 29 states:

“Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.”

Returning to More Recent Times

Natural Hygiene, as it is today, can be traced back to Dr Isaac Jennings (of Oberlin, Ohio, USA) who, after practising medicine for 20 years, began to ask questions when, during a fever outbreak in the summer of 1815, a patient who rested, drank water and did nothing, recovered in absolute record time compared to patients who had been medicated. Based on this, Dr Jennings noted similar results with many other patients.

He then went on to treat many patients with what must have been one of the first placebo (dummy pill) treatments. In 1822 he gave up medical pills, plasters, powders and potions and treated patients with pills made from bread and vegetable-coloured water for the next 20 years. This he only did to keep the patients’ confidence in him. He would then advise his patients to correct their lifestyle and diet to a more natural approach. He then practised for a further 20 years the “do nothing mode of treating disease.” He wrote three books, “Medicine Reform” (1847), “Philosophy of Human Life” (1852) and “Tree of Life” (1867).

Natural hygiene was often referred to at this stage as Orthopathy meaning TRUE or RIGHT AFFECTION or BEHAVIOUR.

Dr Jennings had a great influence upon Dr R T Trall, who went on to do more for the hygiene movement than any man, next to Dr Herbert Shelton.

Dr Russell Thacher Trall was born in 1812 in Connecticut, and after graduating from a regular or Allopathic School of Medicine, he practised as a regular Doctor for 12 years. Dr Trall was remembered as an independent and thinking mind whilst at medical school (much to the dismay of his professors).

After spending some time in Europe to investigate so-called hydro-therapy at various clinics, he returned and designed or developed a system, which he called Hygieo-therapy. He set out to promote the welfare of mankind by teaching the Laws of Life and the conditions of health so as to prevent rather than cure sickness and disease.

He was the founder of The New York Hydrophatic and Physiologist School, later changed to The New York College of Hygieo-Therapy. It had the right to confer the degree “Doctor of Medicine” and admitted both sexes (very daring for those days). Besides having a fully equipped laboratory and large library, the College/School taught Anatomy, Physiology, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Pathology, Psychology, Hygiene, Dietetics, Callisthenics, Theory and Practice of the “Healing Art” diagnosis, Therapeutics, Jurisprudence (science or the philosophy of law), nature cure, water cure and other subjects including dissection. The faculty members were all doctors in their various fields from chemistry to surgery and obstetrics.

At about the same time, Sylvester Graham (born 1794) entered Amherst College to study as a Minister of Religion. Whilst there, he studied anatomy and physiology. He left the ministry later to lecture on the Science of Human Life.

During a cholera epidemic in 1832, he went around teaching and lecturing on the importance of fresh fruit and vegetables and whole grains in the diet, as well as abstinence from meat and meat products, alcohol and other stimulants or narcotics, correct sleeping, bathing, clothing and exercise habits to avoid cholera, with astounding results.

At the time, the average person (influenced strongly by Europe) believed that animal flesh and flesh broths with a little good wine and complete abstinence from most fruit and vegetables were the best way to escape cholera! This was backed by the then “Board of Health”.

Many others followed the Natural Hygiene route, such as Drs Susana and Mary Dodds, Dr A M Ross, Dr Joel Shaw, Dr G H Taylor, Dr J C Jackson – the list is almost endless.

Most of these people wrote books with titles such as “The Natural Cure”, “How Nature Cures”, “The Exact Science of Health”, “The Fasting Cure”, etc.

Today’s natural hygiene was very much developed by Dr Herbert M Shelton, another disillusioned medical Doctor who wrote the “Bible” of natural hygiene, “Human Life, its Philosophy and Practices of Orthopathy”, and who, for many years, ran his Health School in San Antonio.

One of his students, Virginia V Vetrano, went on to become one of the founders of the Institute of Natural Hygiene or Life Science, which unfortunately no longer exists.

Today, much can be learned from books written by Bernarr Macfadden, Ross Horne, Dr Robert S Mendelsohn, Dr Henry G Bieler, and Dr Weston Price, Dr Dean Ornish and Udo Erasmus. In South Africa, people like Professor Bernard Meyer (Physiologist), Professor Meiring (Chemical Pathologist), Dr A R P Walker and Dr André Kruger can be seen to be carrying the torch of the modern medical reformer.

The basis then of natural hygiene is that we are designed to be healthy.

Health is Normal and Natural, Disease is Not and that Health is as a Result of Healthy Living and that alone.

You cannot buy health! If you could, Howard Hughes and Aristotle Onassis, two of the richest men in the world, would not have died prematurely.

Natural hygiene teaches that using drugs, medicines, herbs, vitamins, supplements, etc. are unnecessary and in fact, harmful. Natural hygiene teaches that the best way to help a body in a sick or diseased state is to “intelligently do nothing” at the same time, establishing the conditions of health which are fresh air, pure water, rest and sleep, wholesome foods (especially fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds), cleanliness, comfortable temperature, sunshine, exercise, constructive work, emotional poise, self mastery, recreation and a pleasant environment.

 


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Health A-Z Archives: Legumes

LentilsBest legume recipes ever! (voted by Mark)

Best Lentil soup ever.. (might even be the one Esau sold his birthright for!)

500 g organic red lentils

2 dessert tsp. Natural Way vegetable stock

Mary-Ann’s Garlic & Herb salt to taste

4 cups diced baby marrows (courgettes/zucchini)

2 cups sliced mushrooms

6-8 cups water, or more if you prefer soup

1 can diced organic tomatoes or 6 fresh large ones

2 tsp mild curry powder (it does not burn just flavors and even the 3 year old loves this!)

2 tsp ground cumin

Method

Rinse the lentils until most of the foam has gone

Add to a large pot and cover with the water

Add the vegetable stock, tomato, curry and cumin

Bring to the boil and simmer gently until lentils are soft (about 15-20 minutes)

Add the mushrooms and marrows

Simmer until soft, turn off and rest and serve

Optional Add chili pesto

Feeds 6-8 adults

Best Chickpea Salad Ever

2 cups chickpeas /garbanzos

2-4 cups finely shredded or chopped cabbage

3-6 fresh tomatoes (or sun dried)

fresh or dried olives – optional

2-4 avocado diced

Extra virgin olive oil

Mary-Ann’ s seasoning salt to taste

Juice of 1 fresh lemon

Combine, adding avocado last to stop it becoming mushy and serve

Best quick chili beans ever

500g organic red or black beans of any kind

Soak beans over night, rinse with clean water, bring to the boil and discard the water, cover and boil again – adding Mary-Ann’s Vegetable stock powder

500g – 1litre tomato puree (add 1-2 dtsp fructose to sweeten if too tart)

1-2 red bell peppers – diced

2 dessert spoons Mary-Ann’s vegetable stock powder

Optional 1-2 cups fresh or frozen organic corn

Mary-Ann’s Garlic & Herb salt

2-4 dessert spoons of my chili pesto (get recipe from the crush link and while there vote – 5 stars please – so I can win the camera and take photographs of these dishes for you to see what they look like!)

Dry stir fry the red bell peppers

Add the tomato and Garlic & Herb salt (and corn if using)

Simmer gently, then add the beans and lastly the pesto

Serve as is after a salad or with rice, potatoes, polenta.

Basic Cooked Legumes

As a general guideline, 1 cup of dry beans will make 21/2 cups of cooked beans- enough for 4 average servings.

5 Easy steps

1.Before cooking, rinse to remove any stones or dirt and.

2. Cover with 3-4 times their volume in warm water and soak overnight, discard the water.

3. Add fresh water and bring to the boil.

4. Pour this water off and add a fresh batch and continue boiling until the beans are soft.

5. I have found that if you add salt the beans take longer to cook, but when I add our vegetable stock, which is dried vegetables, spices and herbs, the beans cook well and have a delicious flavour

30 minutes for lentil

60 minutes for most beans

4 hours Chick peas (garbanzos)

Legume plants are well-known for their ability to fix nitrogen from the atmosphere, so are essential to grow in vegetable gardens as it improves the crop nutrition and production.


Legumes Nutritional Facts

• Beans and lentils contain carbohydrates and they are high in folate, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, calcium and selenium. Beans are packed with saponins which is an anti-inflammatory compound helping your immune system to protect you against cancer. Saponins lowers your cholesterol. This factor makes the legumes nutritional value very high. Remember, overcooking of beans may destroy saponins.

• Legumes have relatively low quantities of the essential amino acid methionine. Legumes are high in essential amino acid lysine. Grains are low in lysine and high in methionine. Hence a combination of grains and legumes was always considered best for a balanced diet. Indian Dal and Rice is the best example of this type of diet. Tofu with rice, beans with corn tortillas, wheat bread and peanut butter are some other examples.

• Legumes are low in sugar and fat and high in protein. They are healthy and can be cooked and eaten in curry, stew, soup, salad, etc. They can be used as meat substitutes. They give you a feeling of satiation.

• Soybeans, garbanzo beans and chickpeas, etc. contain the flavonoids, which work as the female hormone estrogen, providing the women, some relief from menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes.

• They have a significant amount of fiber to prevent and correct constipation and improve digestive function. This fibre is known to help stabilize blood sugar so is ideal for diabetics and those with insulin resistance or hypoglycemia

• Legumes nutritional value is considered as very high they are a good source of protein, carbohydrates B-complex vitamins and many minerals. They are also high in iron low in fat and contain no cholesterol. When sprouted they are high in vitamin C. Beans in a kidney shape become poisonous. Stick to Alfalfa, lentils and mung beans and you’ll always be safe.

• Legumes can help boost your overall health and I am only sorry that I avoided them for so long. For many years I felt that the high protein and carbohydrate combination caused the digestive discomfort, but since learning how to cook them, I have found this is not a problem at all and in fact we have benefitted by adding them to our diet.

Legumes can to cause gas and flatulence due to the 2 Trisaccarides or 3 molecule starches they contain. (raffinose and stachyose) If you eat legumes regularly (1-3 times a week) you will find you have no gas as your body will adjust to make the right enzymes to digest these glucose molecules. The gas is also minimized when you rinse the beans and pour off that first boiled water.

Legumes contains complete protein they should not be seen as your main source of protein on a vegetarian diet. Nuts and seeds are easier to digest and being a raw protein, more usable by the body.

What legumes do, do is make your diet more versatile.

Soya beans are the most difficult to digest , with lentils, split peas, chickpeas and lima beans being the easiest.

Nutritional Benefits Of Chickpeas

• Chickpeas are one of the healthiest food sources of dietary fiber. They provide carbohydrates for people sensitive to insulin and those suffering from diabetes. Chickpeas are low in fat content and contain both the soluble and insoluble fiber, which helps in reducing both total and LDL cholesterol.

• Chickpeas are rich in folate and protein content. Folate is a soluble B vitamin, which is present naturally in food items and reduces the risk of colorectal cancer in people. Vegetarians can mix chickpeas with rice or whole grains to get wholesome amount of proteins in their regular diet. The folate content also helps in lowering the level of the amino acid, ‘homocysteine’ in the body.

• Chickpeas are also rich in calcium and are considered by experts as equal to yogurt and milk in providing calcium to the body.

• The insoluble fiber content in chickpeas also helps in increasing the stool bulk, which in turn prevents constipation and other disorders of the digestive tract, including the irritable bowel syndrome.

• Chickpeas are rich source of magnesium, which assures the cardiovascular health of a person. Magnesium deficiency in a person can increase the risk of heart diseases in a person.

• If you are planning to lose weight, switching on to chickpeas diet would be extremely helpful. Chickpeas due to their high protein and fiber content help in controlling hunger. Salads with chickpeas as the main ingredient are a good option for a person looking for weight loss diets. Such salads are tasty and help you to feel full for a longer duration.

• Chickpeas also help in detoxifying sulfites, which act as a preservative in prepared food items. It is the presence of molybdenum, a component of the enzyme that helps in the process of sulfite detoxification. Sensitivity to sulfite can lead to symptoms like disorientation and rapid heartbeat.

• Chickpeas increase the energy level of the body by refilling your iron stores. It is very beneficial, especially for women undergoing menstruation who are more at risk of iron deficiency. Chickpeas are a good substitute for other iron suppliers like red meat, because they are low on calories unlike other food items that supply iron.

• Chickpeas contain phytochemicals, known as saponins, which can act like antioxidants. Regular consumption of chickpeas helps in reducing the risk of breast cancer in women and also protects them against osteoporosis. It also reduces the hot flushes in post menopausal women.


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Health A-Z Archives: Kidney Stones

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If only kidney stones were smooth and round like this!

Kidney stones: A natural approach

“Kidney stones, also called ‘renal calculi’, are solid concretions (crystal aggregations) of dissolved minerals in urine; calculi typically form inside the kidneys or bladder. The terms nephrolithiasis and urolithiasis refer to the presence of calculi in the kidneys and urinary tract, respectively.

Renal calculi can vary in size from as small as grains of sand to as large as a golf ball. Kidney stones typically leave the body by passage in the urine stream, and many stones are formed and passed without causing symptoms. If stones grow to sufficient size before passage – on the order of at least 2-3 millimeters – they can cause obstruction of the ureter. The resulting obstruction with dilation or stretching of the upper ureter and renal pelvis as well as spasm of muscle, trying to move the stone, can cause severe episodic pain, most commonly felt in the flank, lower abdomen and groin (a condition called renal colic). Renal colic can be associated with nausea and vomiting due to the embryological association of the kidneys with the intestinal tract. Hematuria (bloody urine) is commonly present due to damage to the lining of the urinary tract.” (Wikipedia)

There are various folk, home or natural remedies that can be used to break down and pass kidney stones, with a quarter cup or olive oil and the same of lemon juice being the most popular and apparently the most effective. Apple cider vinegar with equal quantities of water is another cure used by many as is limejuice and water.

But how do you prevent kidney stones?

Overweight risk kidney stones
Scientists have uncovered yet another reason to maintain a healthy weight: obesity and weight gain are linked with an increased risk of developing kidney stones.

The more overweight a person is, the more likely he or she will have kidney stones, says a University of Texas Southwestern Medical Centre study in the issue of Kidney International. This is the first study to identify a direct link between excess body weight and uric acid kidney stones, which occur in about five percent of kidney-stone patients, and in about 30 percent of diabetics with kidney stones.

Kidney stones form when waste materials in urine do not dissolve completely. Starting as microscopic particles, they eventually grow into kidney stones, which remain in the kidney or break loose and travel down the urinary tract.

The risk was higher in women than in men, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Fruit juices as prevention
Drinking lemon juice could help prevent painful kidney stones, research has found.

Regular consumption of the refreshing drink – or even lemon juice mixed with water – may increase the production of urinary citrate, a chemical in the urine that prevents the formation of crystals that may build up into kidney stones.

This was the conclusion of two studies presented at the American Urological Association annual meeting in Atlanta.

A daily glass of orange juice could also help prevent kidney stones, says a study from the US.

“This short-term study suggests that orange juice consumption could result in biochemical modification of stone risk factors; however, additional studies are needed to evaluate its role in long-term prevention or recurrent nephrolithiasis [kidney stones],” wrote author Dr Clarita Odvina in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

Preventing kidney stones
Some people may have a disease or inherited condition that causes them to keep getting kidney stones. Once your doctor knows the type and cause of your kidney stones, it may be possible to prevent them with changes to your diet. Here are some suggestions from the American National Kidney Foundation:

• Drinking up to 12 glasses of water a day. This will help dilute or flush away substances that form stones.

• Avoiding too much protein in your diet.

• If you have symptoms of a kidney stone, such as pain, nausea and vomiting, blood in the urine, more frequent urination, fever or chills, see your doctor at once.

• Your doctor may do blood and urine tests, ultrasound and possibly a CT scan or special X-ray called an IVP to confirm the diagnosis and decide what treatment is best.

• Most stones pass out of the body on their own. Treatment may be needed if a stone is too large to pass, blocks the flow of urine, or causes infections, kidney damage or constant bleeding.

Some other natural health suggestions are;

Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables in particular, those rich in beta carotene like mangoes, carrots, papaya, red peppers and any other yellow, orange, red or green vegetables. But keep greens with oxalates like spinach to a minimum. Wheat grass and barley grass juice do not contain oxalates.

Avoid dairy products, apparently the calcium in dairy is too difficult to use and forms deposits in the kidneys

Eat a high alkaline forming diet, as this helps calcium stay in your bones and not be used to neutralise excess acid forming foods, like animal products and processed foods. Calcium once used to neutralize excess acid minerals, passes out through the kidneys, contributing to kidney stones.

Use extra virgin olive oil daily, natural plant oils help to like olive oil help to remove and prevent kidney stones

Drink Aloe Vera juice daily as it helps reduce the size of the stones.

Aloe gel (from the Aloe Vera plant) is very high in both citrate and tartrate, which means it is highly recommended at preventing kidney stone formation. Studies have shown that consumption of just 100g of Aloe gel daily is enough to reduce the build up of crystals in both adults and children.

Drink Cranberry juice daily (you can combine this with the Aloe Vera Gel like Forever has in their Aloe Berry Nectar).

Aloe Berry Nectar helps dissolve stones of ‘calcium oxalate’ which are present in 80% of cases. with bladder problems, and therefore those suffering from kidney stones.

As a very general rule of thumb allow one month for every year with Kidney Stones for the condition to clear with Aloe Vera Gel. You need 50ml 3 x daily until they are gone, then 50ml every day to prevent recurrence

Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds are a great natural source of carbohydrates, amino acids and unsaturated fatty acids. They also contain Vitamin C, D, E, and K, plus nearly all of the B vitamins. It is due to their phosphorus content however that they are highly recommended to people.


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Health A-Z Archives: Junk Food

JUNK FOOD MAY BE AS ADDICTIVE AS HEROIN

Health By Andrew Donaldson

Junk food companies may face massive multimillion-dollar class action lawsuits, following several new research findings, which indicate their products could be as addictive as tobacco or heroin.

Research suggests that junk food high in fat or sugar can cause changes in the brain similar to those in people addicted to cigarettes or drugs — and may have triggered a global splurge in binge-eating.

Already, global franchises McDonald’s, Burger King, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Pizza Hut and others have been warned of the likelihood of litigation.

The warning came from Professor John Banzhaf of the George Washington University’s law school, who said companies selling food high in fat and sugar were “deeply vulnerable” to being sued.

Banzhaf played a key role in the campaign against tobacco companies in the 1990s, filing hundreds of lawsuits against them.

When evidence emerged that the industry had manipulated the content of cigarettes to increase their addictive qualities, Banzhaf and the anti-tobacco lobby managed to force out-of-court settlements totaling $206-billion in 1998 between the industry and 46 American state governments.

According to the Telegraph, Banzhaf has now seized on the junk food research findings, and while there has been no suggestion the food industry knowingly manipulated its products to boost overconsumption, or binge-eating, he nevertheless maintained there were distinct parallels with the case against the tobacco industry.

As he put it: “They said smokers smoke for the taste, and it had nothing to do with the brain. It sounds to me that we have something very similar here.”

Banzhaf has written to six multinationals selling junk food, the Daily Mail reported. “A heavy fast-food diet over time blocks the normal mechanism in the brain that produces hormones that tell us to stop eating when we are full,” he said.

“Most of these companies sell this food without any nutritional information, labeling or warnings. A product that is both dangerous and addictive is very difficult to defend.”

Scientists with companies like Nestlé and Unilever have, for some time now, been investigating how certain foods – chocolate biscuits, hamburgers and various snacks – compel people to binge-eat, fuelling obesity.

The companies have insisted that there was no proof that the foods created biochemical reactions that make people eat too much – and hence were not prepared to issue consumer warnings or change the nature of their products. But scientists working for these companies have revealed that manufacturers fear they may have produced foods that undermined the body’s ability to control intake and are battling to find a solution.

“We have created a biochemical monster,” the Telegraph quoted one scientist as saying.

And, it would appear, the results are plain to see for all: more than 300-million people worldwide are clinically obese, with an estimated 2.5-million of these dying each year as a result of being overweight.

Research at institutes around the world has produced startling findings on the effects of junk food.

• Psychologists at Princeton University, New Jersey, have shown that rats fed a diet containing 25% sugar were thrown into a state of confusion and anxiety when the sugar was removed.

The rodents’ symptoms included chattering teeth and the shakes, similar to those seen in humans suffering from nicotine or morphine withdrawal.

• Scientists at New York’s Rockefeller University have found that a regular junk-food diet could reconfigure the body’s hormonal system to want yet more fat. By giving your body the wrong fat it keeps craving fat as it has to get EFA’s for survival, so a vicious circle is set up. These processed fats actually prevent your body from being able to use EFA’s efficiently

As people put on more weight, they increased resistance to the hormone leptin, which is linked to weight and appetite.

Leptin is secreted by fat cells and sends a signal to the brain when the body has consumed enough food.

In overweight people, this signal does not work properly.

Similarly, research has revealed that fatty meals may also cause the overproduction of a substance in the brain called gelanin that stimulates overeating. Rockefeller University’s Dr Sarah Leibowitz found that a single high-fat meal was enough to stimulate gelatine production.

• According to another study, by Professor Ann Kelley, a neuroscientist, and Matthew Will, of the University of the Wisconsin, rats that were fat and overweight underwent significant changes in brain development.
Will was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying: “The research suggests that a high-fat diet alters brain biochemistry with effects similar to those of powerful opiates, such as morphine.”

Researchers at the University of Sussex have suggested that high-fat foods stimulate “pleasure chemicals” in the brain called opiods.

Although their effect was short-lived, they did have a dramatic effect on food intake.

Their research found that, when the release of opiods was blocked with drugs, intake among human volunteers fell 21%.

The effect was even greater among obese people, whose intake fell by 33%.

• A spokesman for Nestlé confirmed the company had been studying the role of palatability and opiods in food intake for many years.

SA is getting fatter 
In South Africa, about 29% of men and 56% of women are overweight, and almost one in 10 men and three in 10 women are severely overweight or obese.

According to a statement from Stellenbosch University’s Nutrition Information Centre, these figures are based on the National Demographic and Health Survey of 1998 but subsequent local research has revealed that, in keeping with the global trend, obesity is an increasing problem among all population groups.

“White men and the most educated men are the most overweight and obese of all men,” the centre said. And for men, obesity occurred more frequently in urban areas.

The overweight patterns for women did not differ much between urban and rural areas.

“Women with the lowest level of education seem to be the most obese, although this might again be a function of age.”

The highest rate occurred among African women.

In Britain, about one in five adults is obese – 17% of men and 21% of women.

This is triple the rate of 20 years ago.

In the last decade, the percentage of overweight children has virtually doubled.

In South Africa, according to the 2000 National Food Consumption Survey, only one in 13 children was overweight, although the prevalence was higher, about one in eight children, among children of “well-educated” mothers.

“No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an enchanted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.” Helen Keller

 


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Health A-Z Archives: Juicing

JUICING

Juicing is probably one of the most efficient way to get concentrated nutrients into your body. I do believe it is far superior to supplementation as the nutrients in juice are bonded to a carbon molecule and fully absorbable, yet in supplements, you would be lucky to be able to use 4-10%!

Books have been written on juicing, and as I have no space here, will just give you a list of juices for some common health conditions.

If you do not have a good juicer you can order from Healthmakers who have a range to choose from.

Juicing Troubleshooting chart

Acne – Aloe Vera Gel, Carrot, cucumber, barley grass, wheat grass, papaya, strawberry, mango
Ageing – Aloe Vera Gel, barley grass, wheat grass, watermelon & berries
Anemia – Beet juice, kale, lettuce, parsley, watercress, barley & wheat grass, cherry, grape, lemon, lime, orange & prune
Arthritis – Aloe Vera Gel (stabilized aloe Barbedensis is best), carrot, cucumber, Fennel, Kale, Peppers, barley & wheat grass juice, apple, cherry, watermelon
Asthma – Cabbage, Carrot, Celery, kale, radish, barley & wheat grass, cranberry (aloe berry nectar contains this juice)
Bladder – Aloe Berry Nectar (contains cranberry and apple juice), beet, cabbage, parsley, tomato, water cress, barley & wheat grass, cranberry, melon, pear, watermelon.
Blood pressure (high or low) – Aloe Vera Gel, beet, beet leaves, cabbage, cucumber, spinach, barley grass and wheat grass
Blood sugar(high or low) – Aloe Vera Gel, carrot, spinach, turnip, barley & wheat grass juice.
Cancer – Aloe Vera Gel, asparagus, beet, carrot, kale, parsley, Turnips, barley & wheat grass, grapes, mangoes, berries
Colds & flu – Aloe Berry Nectar, carrots, mango, pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, lime, oranges
Constipation – Aloe Vera Gel, Aloe Bits n Peaches, best one is the 98% pure, Cabbage, Celery, Lettuce, spinach, barley & wheatgrass, juice, Cherry, grape, lemon, lime, melon, papaya, peach, prune,
Eczema – Aloe Vera Gel, Cucumber, Radish, carrot, melons
Fluid retention – Cucumber, melons, cranberry, strawberry, watermelon
Gout – Aloe Vera Gel, Asparagus, Celery, Fennel, Fresh tomato, apple, cherry, grape, lemon, lime, pineapple, strawberry
Hair Loss – CDabbage, cucumber, lettuce, red pepper, watercress, wheat & barley grass
Hay Fever– Aloe Vera Gel, Kale, Parsnip, barley & wheat grass juice
Inflammatory bowel disease – Aloe Vera Gel (very anti inflammatory), Cabbage, spinach barley grass & wheat grass
Lungs – Aloe Berry Nectar, Turnips and turnip greens, barley & wheat grass juice, pineapple
Skin disorders – Aloe Vera Gel, carrot, Asparagus, beet, & greens, carrot, parsley, String bean, fresh tomato, Turnip, water cress, barley & wheat grass

You can drink these one at a time or mix them and get well and stay well. Juices are living foods and concentrated nutrients and ideal for times you do not have an appetite or are not feeling well.

 


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Health A-Z Archives: Glaucoma

GLAUCOMA

As an Optometrist, I have also searched for studies on the natural approach to glaucoma, and found very little. This is the logic that I have applied to the condition:

Glaucoma occurs when the production of fluid in the eye exceeds the drainage. This causes the pressure to build up in the eye, which causes the eye to ‘stretch’, damaging the nerve fibres.

In the absence of physical obstruction to the drainage mechanism, the balance between production and drainage is maintained by the hormonal system.

The logic is thus that a healthy hormonal system will give the best opportunity to maintain ideal pressure in the eye, while a strong ‘globe’ will provide the greatest possibility for warding off damage.

My recommendation
• – Garden Trio – the foundation of all we do, and in the case of the eye, providing a wide range of essential nutrients and antioxidants
• – Aimega / flax oil – to nourish the hormonal system
• – Frame essentials – to maintain integrity of the collagen fibrils that make up the matrix of the ‘globe’ of the eye
• – Avoid gluten – causes deterioration of the collagen fibrils
• – Avoid caffeine – directly causes increase in intra-ocular pressure

I hope this will be helpful

Regards,

Gordon Burnham-King


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Health A-Z Archives: Amalgam Fillings

By Mary-Ann Shearer – Natural Health author and founder of The Academy of Natural Health and The Natural Way

AMALGAM FILLINGS

“Amalgam fillings contain mercury [Hg], and mercury and its compounds are toxic and tend to accumulate in higher animals such as humans” – Dictionary of Chemistry – Penguin.

The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology in Canada (IAOMT) has advised that mercury amalgam fillings should be discontinued until such time as primary pathological evidence of amalgam safety is produced. Although we’ve been led to believe that these fillings are stable and harmless, when combined with other components of silver dental amalgam, this is not the case. Mercury vapour is released, and adsorbed, taking approximately 70 days to pass out of the body. This continuous exposure to mercury vapour accumulates in the body over years, resulting in numerous health problems related to the Central Nervous System, such as headaches, weakness, sleeplessness, loss of appetite and weight, gastrointestinal problems, joint and muscle aches, metallic taste, sore gums and tongue, increased or decreased salivation, black lines on teeth, increased risk of infection, enlarged thyroid, liver and kidney problems, breathlessness, vertigo, irregular heartbeat, irritability, nervousness, timidity, loss of memory, depression, tremors, manic depression, psychosis, double vision, involuntary eye movements, and slight to severe skin changes.

The IAOMT’s experimental evidence shows that the act of chewing, grinding or brushing of teeth releases mercury from the fillings and this is increased if heat is added-such as eating hot foods.

Research also indicates that mercury passes through to the foetus of a pregnant women and can be found in breast milk and most foetal and maternal organs and tissues within 30 days of amalgam fillings being placed in teeth (Journal of American Physiology — April 1990)

These researchers further concluded that mercury vapour released from dental amalgam fillings is absorbed by the lungs, gastrointestinal tract, jaw bone and progressively accumulates in maternal and foetal tissues. They conclude that, “our laboratory findings in this investigation are at variance with the anecdotal opinion of the dental profession which claims fillings are safe.”

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has concluded that the average person has more to fear from dental mercury than from food sources, although Carl Pheiffer Ph.D. MD states that “pesticides and some large fish are the most notorious sources of mercury” (Mental and Elemental nutrients — Keats). This source of mercury stems from water pollution with mercury from chlorine and paper factories. Whether from fish or fillings, the fact remains that mercury accumulates in the brain.

Eventually concentrations are reached that damage neural elements, resulting in a variety of clinical manifestations. Physiologist Robert Siblerud states that a mouth with many fillings could release up to 560 milligrams of mercury over several years … a very toxic dose (R L Siblerud. American Journal of Psychotherapy — October 1998).

A study of nearly 400 people by the Swedish Health Insurance Bureau found that replacing amalgam fillings led, after 2 years, to a 33% reduction in sick leave (CA Strong. ‘Nurse Practitioner’ — June 1993).

In a further study, Robert Siblerud found that people with many fillings had twice as many ‘mental symptoms’ as people with no fillings. The most conspicuous symptoms being the angry outbursts, depression, fatigue and morning sickness. He also found that mental health improved when amalgam fillings were removed, the same applied for persons with multiple sclerosis (Dealing with Depression — Syd Baumel).
Many dental associations such as those in Germany and Sweden, are now recognising the dangers of amalgam fillings and banning their use in pregnant women and small children. The most common symptom of mercury poisoning is low body temperature, chronic fatigue, a metallic taste in the mouth, and suicide tendencies.

What to do:
The most obvious step would be to remove these fillings in one’s mouth — This is costly and traumatic.

Replace fillings with real gold (if you can afford it!) or porcelain.

A diet high in ‘raw’ fruit and vegetables results in a high intake of natural Vitamin C — which is the best natural detoxifier of mercury in the body. (Drs William Philpot and Dwight Kalita – Brain Allergies)

Find a good source of chlorophyll, BarleyLife! is the best! Take 2 – 4 teaspoons a day. Chlorophyll neutralizes mercury’s toxic properties in the body

Many people in fact blame any ache, pain or ailment on mercury fillings when other changes such as a healthier diet, exercise, or a change of attitude would actually be of far more benefit. Either way, without a change in lifestyle, removing amalgam fillings would not necessarily result in improved health, but it might just!


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Everyone always asks “well then Mary-Ann, what do YOU use to sweeten things up?” Here is the answer, along with key ideas on how to use them.

 

 

 


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Detoxification

Everyone’s favorite topic… well not really. But is is really vital to your health to understand this process and how to support it.

 

 


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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

Vitamin B12

 

By Mary-Ann Shearer

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.

Introduction

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

Conclusion

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.

Links

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

Bibliography

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
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  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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  10. AIMega helps maintain healthy cell membranes, protect against cardiovascular disease, promotes wound healing & promotes overall health and immune response.

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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)

References

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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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.

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Adrenal Fatigue

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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 www.naturalway.co.za.

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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The 5 Basic Natural Health Tips

NATURAL HEALTH IS SIMPLE, AND ATTAINABLE

5 NATURAL HEALTH TIPS TO REMEMBER

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.

NATURAL HEALTH TIP #1:

Get FruitFULL: EAT ONE FRUIT MEAL A DAY

 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 . . .

NATURAL HEALTH TIP #2:

SNACK ON RAW FRUIT OR VEGETABLES

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!

NATURAL HEALTH TIP #3:

START ALL COOKED MEALS WITH RAW FOODS

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 TIP #4:

KEEP YOUR MEALS SIMPLE AND COMBINE YOUR FOOD PROPERLY

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.

NATURAL HEALTH TIP #5:

DON’T EAT ANIMAL PROTEIN MORE THAN ONCE A DAY, LESS IF POSSIBLE

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 www.tcolincampbell.com 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

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.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL CANCER vol.65-26 Jan.96.

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

ASIA PACIFIC JOURNAL PUBLIC HEALTH 1994

  • 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:

http://carbsanity.blogspot.com/2013/10/the-real-diet-of-william-banting-that.html

 

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

http://www.proteinpower.com/banting/index.php – 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)

[source]

http://www.health24.com/Diet-and-nutrition/News/What-Tim-Noakes-eats-20140520

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.  http://carbsanity.blogspot.co.uk/2010/05/sudden-cardiac-death-and-free-fatty.html
  • 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. http://robbwolf.com/2014/02/20/females-carbohydrates-hormones/
  • 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). http://humanfoodproject.com/sorry-low-carbers-your-microbiome-is-just-not-that-into-you/
  • 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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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.

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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
Asthma
Eczema
Skin problems such as acne
Anemia
Libido problems
Constipation
Cancer
Auto Immune diseases such as Arthritis, Lupus
Lumbago
Gastritis
Diabetes
Hypoglycemia
High and low blood pressure
High cholesterol
Heart disease
Nephritis
Hepatitis
Cancer
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


WARNING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
YOU WILL HAVE VARIOUS SYMPTOMS OF DETOXIFICATION, WHEN TAKING BARLEYLIFE. THESE USUALLY PASS IN 1-2 WEEKS.

 


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