millenniumhealth

http://millenniumhealth.co.uk
Nutritionist Health Coach specialising in digestive health, cellular health and reversing Chronic disease/Autoimmune disease.
Celiac/ Non Celiac Gluten Sensitivity/ Wheat and Dairy Intolerance

Hot Cross Buns & Chocolate Brownie Gluten Free/Dairy Free

Hot Cross buns and Chocolate Brownie GF

No need to go without Easter Treats – here are my favourite recipes that are full of nutritional goodness – Hot Cross Buns & Chocolate Brownies Gluten Free/Dairy Free.

Both recipes contain some sugar, honey or maple syrup which I only use very rarely but I personally can’t stand artificial sweeteners of any kind. The high protein, good fat content help to keep your blood sugar on an even keel – as long as you don’t eat the whole tray! I have been experimenting with coconut nectar but it is not as sweet. Use whatever you prefer.

Hot Cross Buns with Cinnamon Crosses

2 Tablespoons Gluten free flour

60g Coconut flour

30g Psylliumhusks

2 tsp Gluten Free Baking Powder

2 tsp Mixed Spice

2 tsp Cinnamon

3 tbsp raisins/sultanas/mixed peel

1-2 tbsp of Honey, Maple syrup or Coconut Nectar

4 Large Eggs beaten

Just mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl then add dried fruit,  sugar substitute and mix in eggs until well combined. Mixture can then be spooned into large cup cake or muffin tin and will be enough for 8-10.

Bake 180C/350F for 20-30mins.

When cool you could ice a Cross on top with cinnamon flavoured icing.

Chocolate Brownies

Put 5-6 ozs dairy free chocolate in small bowl over a pan of warm water to melt

In a large bowl place

2 ozs olive oil Margarine or Ghee

2 ozs Coconut Oil

3-4 ozs soft brown sugar or a sugar substitute

1-2 ripe bananas

beat all the above ingredients with an electric whisk or by hand

add 4 ozs Gluten Free Self Raising Flour plus

2 dsp coco powder  alternating while adding 3 eggs so that the mixture doesn’t curdle.

Then stir in the melted chocolate until all combined.

At this stage you could add some nuts – flaked almonds, walnuts or pecans are especially good.

Pour into a deep oblong baking dish or tin and bake at 160C fan oven for  about 30mins until centre bounces back when touched. Do not overcook  as you will loose that nice moist middle. 😋

Happy Easter Holidays!

 

 

Aging/ Arthritis/ Autoimmune diseases/ Collagen/ Energy/ Health/ Immune system - healing/ Inflammation/ Leaky Gut/ Nutritional Medicine

Proven Nutritional Remedies for Ageing

ageing

There are certainly many personal and spiritual improvements that can come with age – more confidence, wisdom, understanding and courage to name just a few. Intolerance is not often considered to be a good trait but it can be what drives you to instigate change – it certainly is a strong factor that drives me into action. I do not accept that we have to suffer as we age. We have plenty of evidence that there are nutritional remedies for ageing and that in the ‘Blue Zones’ of the world, people live to be much older without the chronic ill health that is common during the last 20 years of life in the Western World. Most of us don’t want to live longer if it means being ill, immobile, lonely or mentally impaired and we don’t have to! There are natural proven Nutritional remedies for ageing, combating loss of energy, loss muscle strength and mobility, improving sleep etc.

Our bodies slow down as we age,

they don’t function quite as well as they used to but with the right knowledge we can minimise the effects. I am not going to tell you to get gym membership or run marathons as I have never been big on exercise myself. I am a nutritionist and so this is about optimum nutrition. Many of you  have probably already noticed changes that you either hate or have just tried to accept thinking that you can’t do anything about;

  • extra weight
  • fat tummy
  • lines, wrinkles
  • Bat-wing arms
  • loss of energy

….but here are a few more;

  • muscle loss and wasting
  • joint stiffness and pain
  • loss of flexibility and range of movement
  • poor quality sleep
  • breaking, fragile nails
  • thinning hair
  • inflammation
  • poor digestion
  • blood sugar problems
  • loss of strength and stamina
  • weakened immune system
  • bladder weakness
  • loss of memory and mental performance

A depressing list and even with a positive mental attitude these are things that can seriously impact our quality of life.

To illustrate the point I would like to tell you about my Mother. She was only in her 50’s when she started to suffer from the extreme pain and difficulties of Rheumatoid Arthritis and Sjögren’s syndrome (dry eyes, mouth, chronic cough, muscle pain and poor digestion). When I had my three children she was unable to hold them, play with them, bath them and even a cuddle could be painful. Now that I have grandchildren I realise the full extent of what she missed out on and it is because of her Autoimmune problems that I became interested in Nutrition and disease prevention.

I have several friends of similar age to me (65) who also struggle to cope, have less energy, cannot get down on the floor, cannot lift anything heavy due to poor backs, knees or hips. Some my age have already had hip or knee replacement surgery. Weakness of grip and inability to open jars, inability to squat and get up again and lack of balance are all early warning signs and women tend to suffer this much more than men.

Now the good news

I have suffered from ALL of the symptoms above and at age 30 I seriously imagined being just like my Mum by the time I was in my 50’s. I was convinced that diet and lifestyle played a very large part and also that multiple doses of Antibiotics definitely worsened the symptoms. Nutrition became a passion that has grown year on year and while at work as a Nurse the talk was all about ‘evidence based Medicine‘ I was always bashing on about evidence based Nutrition!

We are living through very interesting times when knowledge about nutrition, ageing and chronic disease is expanding daily and that there is plenty we can do to alleviate the symptoms of ageing with good, evidence based Nutrition.

What we have to do is not only ignore but also undo the damage that decades of poor dietary advice – low-fat, low calories, high carbs have inflicted on our bodies. If you want to know more about this I have an article ‘ Why Low-fat diets damage your Health.

Weight gain, joint pain, loss of energy are not symptoms of old age anymore than a sudden penchant for pearls could be and simple changes can reverse all of these symptoms – as I have proved. I am now my ideal weight at 10st.7lbs and most of the symptoms I have suffered in the past have significantly improved or even disappeared. I do have a very poor memory for names but my ability to learn has increased, not diminished; I have more strength and energy than a few years ago and my bladder weakness has improved about 90% – no medications just good nutrition and nutritional supplements.

The Journey to a Healthier Old Age

Writing for women and men of 40+ I would like to share my knowledge and help you to prevent or reverse all these horrible symptoms that your Doctor will tell you are down togetting old’ and we will start with…..

Collagen.

Collagen is an amazing substance made up of 3 main amino acids – Glycine, Proline and Hydroxyproline, that constitutes 30% of the total protein in our bodies. It is what strengthens tissues and holds us all together. When young the body consistently produces collagen but by age 40 collagen synthesis starts to decline, with a dramatic reduction in synthesis after the Menopause. By age 60 there is normally a considerable decline but with early or surgically induced Menopause this could be considerably younger. As it was for myself and my Mother. I had a Hysterectomy age 31 and what followed was poor digestion, multiple food intolerances, arthritis and fatigue. Collagen and especially Glycine helps to heal the gastrointestinal tract, it is needed for the production of Bile salts and digestive enzymes, strengthens the immune system and reduces chronic fatigue.  This is why it is one of the best nutritional remedies for ageing.

Other lifestyle aspects that affect collagen production are high levels of stress, excessive exposure to UV light, smoking and a poor diet with high processed carbohydrates and sugar.

Autoimmune disorders can also target Collagen.

Increasing Collagen

There are many ways you can increase your intake and production of Collagen and therefore increase the health of your joints, improve sleep and mood, improve skin elasticity, muscle strength and flexibility.

With food

Collagen is made up of several amino acids that all come from animal sources.

  1. Organ meat:- liver, kidney, heart, tongue, sweetbreads. Some people, children included, who have not been used to eating organ meat cooked on it’s own or in a casserole might prefer pâté, Haggis or it added to burgers and sausages.
  2. Connective tissue:- oxtail, neck, marrow – all cheap stewing or casserole cuts with plenty of bone. I find a Slow Cooker best.
  3. Bone Broth:- chicken, beef, ham – organic definitely best.
  4. Pork skin, chicken skin, fish skin.
  5. Eggs:- especially the whites but the yolk helps with the production of fibrinogen which is also important.
  6. Gelatin

‘Women of a certain age’ may get a lightbulb moment – did we eat far more of these foods growing up than we do now? Do we now spend a fortune on skin creams that claim to include or stimulate Collagen production and reduce wrinkles by including Retinol (Vitamin A) from animal sources?

For Collagen to be well utilised in the body some other nutrients are required so these are also nutritional remedies for ageing and foods that increase vitality and a strong immune system.

  • Vitamin C – citrus fruits, strawberries, kiwis, tomatoes, leafy green vegetables, peppers and broccoli
  • Anthocyanidins – blackberries, blueberries, cherries and raspberries.
  • Copper – shellfish, nuts, red meat, avocados, liver, kidney.
  • Vitamin D – oily fish like tuna, sardines, herring, mackerel, salmon, egg yolks, mushrooms, small amounts in milk, cheese and yogurt. Sunlight on skin.

Supplements

If you are already showing signs of decreased Collagen in your body then as well as increasing all the foods listed I think you need to take a supplement for a minimum of 3-6 months. I was already eating all the right foods and taking a natural Plant Mineral daily but a supplement of powdered Collagen started to make a visible difference after just 1 month. They are not just for bodybuilders – although the adverts do supply a bit of eye candy! A useful site is here.

Do check out the best supplements because many products with low doses are sold as beauty products.

You can get Collagen as a powder that dissolves in liquid and is easily absorbed or in capsules or tablets. 3-6 grams a day is recommended. The Collagen usually comes from fish or bovine sources so check this if you have allergies. Some are made from concentrated bone broth. Some have Vitamin C added and some even have Hyaluronic Acid – which helps hydrate tissues and cushion joints.

Better to spend your money on nutritional supplements that benefit the entire body than on expensive creams just for your face – most of which don’t work. Collagen is not easily absorbed by the skin. Most other treatments rely on stimulating production by removing the surface layer of skin cells (a konjac sponge is a great natural way to exfoliate) or damaging the deeper layers with needles or laser – definitely not something I would choose.

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I would love your feedback and to know how you get on.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

This article was first written by me  for Sally Canning’s website 2016.

10 portions Fruit and Vegetables a day/ Health/ Magnesium

Magnesium deficiency Stats Reveal All

Magnesium

Magnesium deficiency is commonplace and can have quite an impact on your health.

These Magnesium stats reveal all.

Magnesium content in vegetables has declined up to 80% since 1950 and modern processing of grains for flour and pasta removes 80-90% of total magnesium. No wonder we are now being told that we have to eat 10 portions of fruit and vegetables a day to remain healthy!

The World Health Organisation states that 75% of the population do not  reach the RDA for Magnesium of 300mg.

What factors affect our levels of cellular Magnesium?

  • Stress and illness
  • carbonated drinks – phosphates bind to Magnesium
  • caffeine causes more Magnesium to be excreted through the kidneys
  • refined sugar does as well
  • taking Calcium supplements without Magnesium

Magnesium is in your cells and the intercellular spaces so cannot be accurately measured with blood tests.

Symptoms of Magnesium deficiency are  muscular cramps, poor sleep, anxiety, times of hyperactivity, chronic pain and heart problems but you can be deficient and not have identifiable or constant symptoms.

Magnesium can be found in leafy green veg, wholegrain cereals, brown rice, nuts, pumpkin and other seeds, beans, fish and seafood, cocoa and dark chocolate.

Sizzling Plant Minerals are now with increased Magnesium at 200mg per daily drink and they also include all 75 natural minerals that are deficient in our diet. Your cells require these minerals to function properly and keep healthy and that is why I consider this supplement to be the first choice as the most important  supplement for maintaining health.

 

 

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Here is a YouTube video from David Perlmutter MD that explains just how important Magnesium is for health.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmNIL3lo_Jg&sns=em

 

Health/ Organic produce

Why now is the time to support Organic Farming.

organic farming

The Food Industry and major Supermarkets work hard to promote “cheap” convenient food while at the same time hiding intensive farming practises, poor treatment of animals and the effect on our health and the environment. I found out a few facts recently which had a big impact on me and made me research further, coming to the conclusion that we need to take more responsibility for what we eat and why now is the time to support Organic Farming. 

BBC TWO screened a series called ‘New York: America’s Busiest City’ where they investigated how the City worked to clear rubbish, feed everyone and house people. It was a fascinating program giving us a glance of what has to happen ‘behind the scenes’ to make a City of this size function. One episode focused on Food and included a visit to a Beef farm where the intensively reared cattle were fed hay and grain and then fattened up for market with the addition of waste processed food like sweets, biscuits, gummy bears, and chocolate. I found this quite horrifying as it couldn’t be any more healthy for cattle than it is for us but then they are slaughtered at about 30 months –  they don’t get any long-term effect whereas we might!

I know that there has been a lot of emphasis on Grass Fed beef recently but it took this program to make me realise that it was not just about feeding grain and pelleted food. There are two links to articles here….

 

Some cattle eat grass, some eat corn and others have more of a sweet tooth they satisfy by chowing down on … into the same materials it would the starch in the corn they are fed.” It is not just candy, either. “Cattle are well equipped to utilize … via Feeding Your Cattle’s Sweet Tooth with Alternative Feeds Like Candy Can Help Improve Bottomlines

 

chocolate, fruit loops and a whole list of candies. Fattening up the cattle thanks to a large percentage of sugar content and no real nutritional value, the disease-riddled cattle end up fetching a larger price for farm owners. The fruit loops-fed cattle … via Cattle Now Being Fed Cookies and Candies Instead of Real FoodGrazing Cow

Public Domain from pixabay

This article explains how the diet drastically changes the fat content in beef to being more anti-inflammatory Omega -3 fats in grass fed beef and containing more unhealthy Omega-6 fats when fed on junk food.

Grass-fed beef is certainly more expensive, but is it better for you? If so, just how much better? via Grass-Fed Beef: Is It Worth The Extra Money? – BuiltLean

 

Then with Trade agreements like TTIP in the news we hear of chickens being washed in chlorine after slaughter because they were reared in such confined, overcrowded,  dirty conditions  that they had to clean them up prior to packaging. We hear about huge multinational companies controlling seed purchases that relies on their toxic chemicals to get high yield, of more GMO crops entering our food chain.

Therefore, if we care about our health and the health of our farming we need to be more aware of the source of our food and what it has been contaminated with.

Should we also be annoyed when we are deliberately lied to or mislead by the Food Industry or Supermarkets? Tesco, Lidl and Aldi have all been guilty of this by labeling foods to have come from various ‘Farms’ with English sounding names that are not real Farms at all. In the case of Tesco’s the ‘Farm’ labels replaced the cheap ‘Everyday Value’ labels that were previously often ignored due to people thinking they must be poorer quality.

It is time to start prioritising our values over price so that we can have an impact on animal welfare, the nutritional quality of the food we produce and the impact on our environment. UK farming  produces about 62% of the food we eat. Therefore 38% probably travels to us from anywhere in the rest of the world at great cost. At the present time we still waste a tremendous amount of food but that is now being highlighted and addressed by the Supermarkets and by organisations like FareShare who have 20 regional centres across the UK and are able to redistribute food to the people who need it most www.fareshare.org.uk

Why now is the time to support Organic farming-especially in the UK

At present we pay £6bn a year into the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) but our farmers only get about £3bn back and so are effectively subsidising their competitors. Once we leave the EU we need that money to be distributed fairly and proportionate to the value of the produce not the quantity. We also need to pay a fair price. A litre of milk costs the Farmer about 30p to produce so why do Supermarkets only want to pay them about 23p?  Retail organic food producers are doing very good business by connecting with their local communities both here and in the USA and giving us superior produce with much less packaging or plastic!

organic veg

This month I have added to my Free Range Meat delivery with local organic food, vegetables and eggs, ordered a weekly organic veg box and bought seeds ready to grow beans, beets, chard and herbs in pots in the Spring. It has only cost me a small percentage more but we have been eating really well and everything is tasty and lasts longer.

organic veg

Another good link below from Compassion in World Farming.

Food and Human Health; Food Sense; Food sense 20/03/2012. … Philip Lymbery, CEO, Compassion in World Farming. Share this page. Tags. food; intensive agriculture; via Food Sense | Compassion in World Farming

Happy Shopping…..

LCHF diet

Lunchtime Low Carb High healthy Fats Treat

Low Carb High healthy Fats treat

So don’t count Calories, don’t break out the bread, just go for a real food, Lunchtime Low Carb High healthy Fats Treat!

Two free range eggs, asparagus spears, baby-leaf salad and olive oil mayo with celtic sea salt and black pepper.

Yum!

No recipe needed, just cook the eggs so that the yolks are runny and you can dip the asparagus in them.

Cooking time approximately 5 mins so no excuse…

I cooked the eggs gently in a little olive oil but you could use ghee, butter or coconut oil. You could also add fresh lemon juice to the mayo.

Food intolerance/ Health/ Healthy Food/ Immune system - healing/ Mediterranean diet/ Nutritional Medicine/ Wheat and Dairy Intolerance

The Real Science behind the ‘Clean Eating’ Trend

Clean Eating

 Recent UK Television programs have been attacking the ‘Healthy Eating’ movement in a rather frenzied and non factual way, more representative of sensationalist newspapers. So I would like to present a sample of their findings with a more comprehensive view of the real science behind Wheat/Gluten Intolerance and Clean Eating, ask some relevant questions and let you make your own mind up.

Why the epidemic in Chronic ill-health?

Disorders are too many to mention but include all Autoimmune diseases and some that are not classified as Autoimmune but the list is growing all the time – Rheumatoid Arthritis, Type 2 Diabetes, Autism, ADHD, Brain Fog, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, Depression, Anxiety, IBS, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Heart Disease, Dementia, Alzheimer’s etc.

These are the diseases that are crippling our Health Service and ruining people’s lives. Research is usually confined to each speciality and often funded by Drug or food manufacturing companies. There are over 10,000 Scientific studies on food and gut related disorders that could possibly be causative factors. So far the research has definitely proved that our digestive tract, which is a major interface between us and our environment, appears to be suffering from our modern diet, toxins, antibiotics etc. affecting protective bacteria(microbiome) and permeability between gut and blood vessels triggering an immune response. 

[Researchers find biological explanation for wheat sensitivity.

by Dr. Richard Nahas

One of the most common treatable factors that we see affecting our patients with chronic pain is non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS).  These folks test negative for celiac disease, but they have health problems that go away when they are on a strict gluten-free diet … and return when they eat gluten, even in trace amounts.  While there has been very limited scientific research to explain this phenomenon, it is very obvious to every single provider who has used it with their patients that NCGS is very real and very important.  I have personally observed improvements in joint pains, muscle aches, fatigue, depression, anxiety, asthma, eczema, thyroid problems, obesity, diabetes, blood pressure, memory, sleep and many autoimmune diseases in patients who have gone gluten-free.

This study provides evidence that people with NCGS have a leakier gut than those without it.  It comes as no surprise to me, but it should help keep the skeptics quiet for awhile.  I have long believed that true innovation in healthcare has and always will begin with forward-thinking doctors and patients who are willing to try new things and observe the results.  It is unfortunate that it has taken a global juggernaut and a multi-billion dollar industry to stimulate this kind of research.  There are dozens of other important ‘discoveries’ that are being used by integrative practitioners and these need to be validated by good science. Smart researchers should pay more attention to what these doctors are doing, because there are many breakthroughs that are waiting to be made.

A nice article on the study is here: http://newsroom.cumc.columbia.edu/blog/2016/07/26/columbia-researchers-find-biological-explanation-wheat-sensitivity-2/

How to heal a leaky gut?  There are many ways.  The short answer is to see an integrative practitioner.

via Seekers Centre Researchers find a biological explanation]

Then this is an article from the Scientist that was commissioned to research for a recent BBC Horizon program …….

[“How clean eating became a dirty word as food gurus distance themselves from the trend that made them famous

Obesity and other diet-related illnesses are easily the greatest public health problem of our time. But losing weight and keeping it off is incredibly difficult; it is not what we are evolved to do.

Over the past 20 years, my research at the University of Cambridge’s MRC Metabolic Diseases Unit has focused on the genetics of why some people get fat and some don’t. Science is set up to get to the truth eventually. It does not provide quick answers.

As a result, there are many desperate people looking for a way out, a silver bullet. Over recent years, a proliferation of, by and large, skinny and attractive food gurus armed with dietary advice that is not based on any serious scientific evidence.

Much of this new advice goes far beyond healthy eating, and in some instances argues that food can actually make you well. Welcome to the world of “clean eating,” which I have spent the last few months investigating for a BBC documentary, to understand just how scientific these claims really are.

It became clear that many hundreds of thousands of people are more likely to believe the advice of these food gurus — buying their books and following their social media feeds — than listen to scientists and other experts who are taking an evidence-based approach to nutrition.For healthy-eating devotees, Instagramming everything that passes their lips, the term #clean reigns supreme. Clean eating is not one way of eating, but encompasses many different dietary approaches. In the documentary, we focused on three of the big beasts: giving up gluten, an alkaline diet and a plant-based diet.  via How clean eating became a dirty word as food gurus distance themselves from the trend that made them famous“]

So I question many of the statements made in this article and subsequent program.

  • “losing weight and keeping it off is incredibly difficult, it is not what we are evolved to do.” From a scientist that studies genetics and obesity I have to assume that he thinks as a race we should all be fat and unhealthy then.
  • “Much of this new advice goes far beyond healthy eating and in some instances argues that food can actually make you well.” Thomas Edison said “the doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.” This has been the premise that all Nutritional and Functional Medicine is based on – food can make you well.
  • He has studied Metabolic diseases for 20 years and claims that Science does not provide quick answers and that people would rather follow ‘Clean Eating’ gurus than listen to evidenced-based scientists and other experts.
  • He claims that what is being promoted is not based on any serious scientific evidence so maybe he hasn’t had time to read the 10,000 plus articles on PubMed, peer reviewed medical studies or research nutrition at all.

What we are seeing now is a massive trend of people taking responsibility for their health and fitness. People realising that the advice to eat low fat and consume processed vegetable oils and fats from mainstream science, Government and most Doctors has been wrong and has actually lead to one of the worst epidemics of chronic disease worldwide.

Twenty years ago we thought that there was a genetic reason of all chronic disease but now we have mapped our human genome we realise that what we eat can change how those genes react – not the other way round.

The so called ‘trend’ towards healthier eating and understanding how important Nutrition is to our wellbeing started more than 30 Years ago. For me it started with a book ‘Nutritional Medicine’ by Dr Stephen Davies (Oxford) and Dr Alan Stewart (Guy’s Hospital London) who were members of the British Society for Nutritional Medicine. This book was published in 1987 and it changed my life. I was a nurse at Charing Cross Hospital but always more interested in preventative medicine than mainstream.

Over the years I was influenced by ‘Gurus’……

such as Dr. Jeffrey Bland and trained in Nutritional Medicine myself. Now the ‘Gurus’ at the forefront of modern Functional Medicine are able to influence and educate far more people by online Forums and Seminars.

Dr. David Perlmutter, Dr. Frank Lipman, Dr.Mark Hyman, Dr Josh Axe, Dr. Terry Wahls – who reversed her own MS and is now back teaching, plus all the hundreds of other Doctors and Nutritionists working tirelessly to further the fight against our epidemic of Chronic disease. Dr. Andreas Eenfeld needs special mention for his work in helping the world to understand and reverse Diabetes by going against mainstream views and proving what actually works. Also Dr. Alessio Fasano for his brilliant work as a scientist who is getting to the root of what is going wrong in our gut and microbiome – although they interviewed him on the program they managed to discredit the importance of his work by separating his research on gluten/gliadin and gut damage from how what we eat is fundamental. Two other books ‘Clean Gut’ and ‘Clean Eats’ by Alejundro Junger MD helped me navigate a good elimination diet and get to the bottom of several food intolerances and reverse Autoimmune problems in both me and my son.

The lovely Ella from ‘Deliciously Ella’ was also on the program explaining how changing her diet had made her well again and sharing her passion for real, fresh food. There are many others doing the same – promoting the fact that fresh food is far healthier than anything produced in factories. Encouraging people to cook instead of buying packaged food or take-aways, surely this is a good thing? Surely this is what is fueling the massive success of people like Ella and Joe Wicks The Body Coach – by the fact that they can show results – evidence based nutrition. Why does anyone want to make programs to put us off doing this? But the program ended by visiting a place in the USA that treats a handful of ill people – who often have terminal cancer and who sometimes die. As with most bad reporting,they have to show an extreme example and pretend that it is linked to their main hypothesis.

One of my favourite Gurus is Sarah Ballantyne PhD who developed The Autoimmune Protocol that has helped so many people with Autoimmune disease and furthered scientific discovery. Here is an a review showing some of the successes and breakthroughs that are changing the face of medicine.

[If the stories compiled on our site and from the worldwide community are anything to show, the Autoimmune Protocol has helped a great many people with autoimmune disease live healthier, fuller lives. Many of us discovered this way of eating and jumped in as early adopters, before the research had time to catch up with us. I, for one thing, am happy I did, as I would not be healthy and happy today had I not made that leap! A lot of people get hung up on the fact that for the most part, the medical community does not acknowledge or support this intervention for managing autoimmune disease. Let’s be real though — times are changing (more on that in a minute!).

Research is one of the missing links to this acceptance, because it starts the conversation about how and why these interventions might be working, and informs doctors on what to recommend to their patients. I am eternally grateful for the work of people like Sarah Ballantyne, PhD, who presented a refined version of the Autoimmune Protocol in her book The Paleo Approach, and Terry Wahls, M.D., who in addition to her book The Wahls Protocol has raised funding and conducted clinical trials using dietary and lifestyle interventions to manage multiple sclerosis. These contributions have begun to ground the Autoimmune Protocol in the scientific landscape, which is essential if we are to get anywhere in getting the medical system to make these important shifts in philosophy.

A new study on the Autoimmune Protocol and rheumatoid arthritis

Julianne Taylor, as a part of her Post Grad Dip Sci in Human Nutrition, conducted a qualitative study research project for Massey University in Auckland, New Zealand. I’ve been following Julianne and her writing since the beginning of my journey, as she was one of the first people I found online writing about her personal experience using ancestral principles and the elimination diet in order to manage autoimmune disease (her blog was one that helped me decide to personally take on the protocol!). In the study, she interviewed those who had experienced success with rheumatoid arthritis in order to find out more information about management with dietary interventions. For those who are interested in this research, I’m presenting a summary here.

Aims of the study:

  1. To find out what motivated people to change their diet in the first place.
  2. To discover which challenges they encountered changing and maintaining the diet.
  3. To learn how they managed those challenges.
  4. To find out which foods they consumed and which presented symptoms on reintroduction.

Julianne found 10 participants from ages 28-60, with a positive RA diagnosis who had been following the Autoimmune Protocol or similar elimination diet for 6 months to 5 years and had reduced their disease symptoms or clinical markers. She interviewed every participant on a variety of topics and presented a summary of her findings.

Some of the findings I found interesting (although not surprising!):

  • Some of the study participants were encouraged to try the Autoimmune Protocol from alternative healthcare professionals (the system is changing, folks!).
  • Many participants found their conventional doctors to be unsupportive of their nutritional choices, and chose to work with a combination of both natural and conventional practitioners.
  • Those that participated in the study were convinced to try it because of a blend of science as well as anecdotal evidence.
  • One participant found relief on a strict Whole 30 Paleo-style diet and did not take out additional foods, while the rest of the participants did.
  • Both mental and physical preparation were key at making the dietary transition work for those who participated (what do I always say — set yourself up for success!).
  • Everyone who participated in the study shared that there was one important person who supported them in their transition, either emotionally or physically. Many helpers assisted by shopping for and cooking food (this is huge!).
  • 80% of the participants switched overnight, while 20% made gradual changes. Many chose dates to start that were clear from family celebrations or events that would create difficulties.
  • The two biggest challenges for participants were eating away from home and lack of support from friends and family.
  • Adherence to the the diet was very high, over 95% for all but one participant who was at 85% compliance, and avoidance of pain was the primary motivating factor.
  • The dietary changes were difficult to implement, but became easier as time progressed.
  • The main dietary challenges for participants were the time it took to prepare meals, lack of convenience foods, high cost of food, eating out, travel, and lack of understanding.
  • Every participant experienced health improvements besides a reduction in their rheumatoid arthritis symptoms — there was weight gain or loss, if the person needed it.

I found these reintroduction findings particularly interesting:

  • Most participants used a unique reintroduction protocol — some focused on the one in The Paleo Approach, Reintroducing Foods on the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol, relied on advice from their healthcare providers, or blended that with their intuition to customize an approach.
  • Some participants had been on a standard Paleo diet before trying the elimination diet to successfully pinpoint additional sensitivities.
  • The most common sensitivities found in the group as a whole were wheat, dairy, eggs, and corn.
  • Other sensitivities found in some participants but not others, were rice, nightshade vegetables, rancid and heated seed oils, and soy.
  • Every participant had foods they reacted to in a way that was different from a rheumatoid arthritis flare.

While this study was not randomized and controlled and leaves a lot of questions unanswered, it offers a fantastic starting place for other researchers developing interest, seeking funding, and conducting more in-depth studies on why these dietary and lifestyle interventions are working for people. We can only hope that as time progresses, there will be more research and discovery that will enable doctors to fine-tune dietary interventions to best manage autoimmune disease.

If you’d like to learn more about Julianne and read some of her writing, check out her blog Paleo Zone Nutrition. You can contact her directly to request to see the study. She is also publishing a series of blog posts on the topic.

A clinical trial using the Autoimmune Protocol is underway

Dr. Gauree Konijeti, M.D., M.P.H., director of the inflammatory bowel disease program division of gastroenterology at Scripps University in San Diego will be running a clinical study titled “Efficacy of the Autoimmune Protocol Diet for Inflammatory Bowel Disease” this fall. Dr. Konijeti will be using Angie Alt’s online program SAD to AIP in SIX to study outcomes in patients with Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis using the Autoimmune Protocol to manage their autoimmune diseases. We couldn’t be more thrilled about this new study and hope that more collaborative efforts are on the horizon with the medical community!

via Research Update: New Study on The Autoimmune Protocol and Rheumatoid Arthritis – Autoimmune Paleo]

Conclusion

For anyone who is still with me – congratulations – this is much longer than my normal posts!

  •  Far from being unscientific this movement is fuelled from information from highly qualified Doctors and Nutritionists, many of them with personal success stories and disease reversals of their own.
  • It is a movement that has been building for years and recent scientific research has taken it to a different level.
  • There is the added incentive that our healthcare system is not coping with the huge rise in chronic diseases and we know we need a more preventative strategy, incorporating diet and lifestyle.
  • We are in an era of great change, we need to embrace it and keep an open mind.
  •  No longer will we be fobbed off with ‘just eat a balanced diet’ or ‘well, it’s your age’!

We also need to educate ourselves and be capable of seeing ‘alternative truths’ whenever we come across them. Most of them need ignoring but sometimes they need to be exposed for what they are. Some of our previously trusted sources may no longer be putting a balanced, educated view.

Please feel free to comment – especially if nutrition and fresh, natural food has changed your health for the better:-)

 

 

 

 

Nutritional Medicine

The Time for Change is Now

The Time for Change

Well 2016 was an eventful year wasn’t it? Many of us may have been looking forward to a fresh start in 2017 and yet also apprehensive about what might be in store for us but the Time for Change is Now. One thing is certain – personal empowerment is on the rise and The Women’s March is evidence of the scale and the support for change Worldwide. There is much talk about us being ‘disconnected’ with our environment and what is happening around us – technology is wonderful but we need to use it for our individual benefit and not as a distraction from life.

So how have you been feeling? Insecure, less in control, dissatisfied, confused, overwhelmed, helpless even? Change is always unsettling and the best way of dealing with it is to take action yourself. All big change starts with small collective action.

I used to make New Year Resolutions like ‘Get Fit’ or ‘Lose weight’ but now I set out positive Intentions for the year ahead. This year I feel inspired and have made far more than usual. As a Functional Medicine Ambassador and Health Coach I am excited by the change happening in our attitudes to Health and Wellbeing. As conventional medicine fails to deal with chronic illnesses, Functional Medicine is rising to the challenge by looking at the whole person and their environment. The demand for Functional Medicine Practitioners far outstrips the supply at the moment but change of attitude and self-education can reap really great results. You do not have to do it alone. Connect with like-minded people, websites, YouTube, Groups, share your experiences and ask questions – there is support everywhere and much of it is free.

First ask yourself what you would like to achieve this year and then work out how you can work towards those goals. My main interests are health and our environment and I think the two are totally connected. If you follow me on twitter @GutHealthHelp you will know that I am passionate about both. Focus on people or actions that you find inspirational. Use positive language not negative and reinforce it with stating the time for change is now!

This is my list of positive intentions – a work in progress!

TIME

Learn how to use technology and Social media for my own advantage.

  • Get emails down to a manageable level
  • prioritize what I want to achieve each day – putting twitter, Facebook and non-personal emails last.
  • Use the internet to further my knowledge, access relevant information and initiate my own ‘quality control’ asking “do I really need to know this/participate in this?”
  • Make time for the people and activities that are important to me.
  • Read to further my knowledge, strengthen my beliefs and for pure escapism and enjoyment. My books so far this year are –
  • ‘Our Earth, Our Species, Our selves’, How to thrive while creating a sustainable World by Ellen Moyer
  • ‘One Spirit Medicine’ by Alberto Villoldo
  • ‘The Pinch: How the baby boomers took their children’s future.’ by David Willetts
  • re-read ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ by Khaled Hosseini – my favourite book….

ENERGY & EXERCISE

While still practising my ‘Five Tibetan Rites’ several mornings a week I have also completed a Seven Day Reboot by Pedram Shojai, The Urban Monk  and now have added some Qi Gong back into my week.

I feel we all need to increase our vitality and therefore be able to achieve more each day. As well as creating energy we need to be aware of where we waste energy. On a bad day I have spent most of the morning on my iPad and then felt depleted and unmotivated so by relegating it to lower down my list of to do’s I achieve much more.

SLEEP

So much is written about sleep lately and I will not repeat the usual recommendations but reveal how I have improved my sleep quality. Sleep is so important for detoxing our brains and helping to prevent Dementia therefore improving sleep should be a priority.

I have felt that I often didn’t sleep well for quite a few years now. I have tried Meditation and relaxation recordings and many natural sleep aids like 5-htp, Melatonin, Herbs, L-Theanine etc. My main problem was an over-active mind and therefore not getting off to sleep.

Recently I have been using an App that helps me analyze what lifestyle factors affect my sleep and it was not chocolate or wine – which I had assumed were a problem.

The App is ‘Sleep Cycle’ and is used by over 260,000 people. An intelligent alarm clock that analyzes your sleep and wakes you up gently in the lightest phase of sleep. Although I am against having electrical devices in my bedroom, this has to be plugged in but you can use Airplane mode to disconnect wi-fi. I also use Night shift on my iPad to limit blue light exposure. Upgrade for under £8 a year to be able to access more analytical tools, add notes and play a timed amount of soothing sounds to help you relax into sleep. I love it and my sleep is now much improved.

FOOD

  • My LCHF diet is the best I can afford and the high quality fats have improved my brain and energy.
  • I already buy my meat from a good source that supplies organic and grass-fed meat as well as sustainably caught wild fish.
  • I have now ordered a weekly organic veg box delivery
  • we are increasing our oily fish each week – including tinned sardines, pilchards and salmon to keep overall costs down.
  • In the Spring I am planning on growing more herbs and vegetables/fruit. I attempted this last year but discovered some were incompatible with a healthy squirrel population! This year herbs, tomatoes,beets, rainbow chard and strawberries – plus more netting!
  • Doing all I can to combat food waste. This even included buying a new, larger Fridge/freezer so that I can shop less often but keep everything fresh for longer plus freeze any excess produce. This is working well and I freeze herbs, ginger, spinach, gluten free bread and wraps and I can also do a batch cook up when the mood takes me or in preparation for visitors.

ACTION ON OUR ENVIRONMENT

This is one I have always been aware of but it is easy to get complacent and feel things are out of your control.

  • I am very inspired by Sky for setting up the Ocean Rescue program this week so I have signed up. Info here Sky Ocean Rescue
  • Decreasing our use of plastic is something where we can all have a huge impact. Reduce our use on all disposable plastics – cotton buds, straws, stirrer, plastic cutlery, microbeads in toiletries etc.
  • Educate as many as possible about not using plastic lids on disposable cups as they contain a carcinogen called BPA. More coffee shops are encouraging people to bring their own mugs/flasks.
  • Recycle where possible. Upcycle. Donate to charity anything other than just bin it!
  • Plus my ongoing program to support organic farming and spread the word about soil degradation  and how it affects our health. ‘Sugar Free Farm‘ on ITV on has done a good job of raising awareness of the importance of getting away from Intensive farming and improving the quality of our soil, our food and our health while at the same time reconnecting us to nature. We cannot be healthy if our food and environment are not healthy. See my post on the importance of this to our immune system here
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I hope you find and follow your own passions and reconnect with the things that matter to you this year. Let me know in Comments below. Your actions could impact many lives.

Wishing you abundant health and Vitality this year.

Linda
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Fat v Carbs

Fat v Carbs

The debate on Fat v Carbs rages on!

I personally and with clients, have found it works in that you get to a normal weight and then it stabilises even though you may add in a few more natural carbs like rice, gluten free grains, dark chocolate and red wine. Health markers improve, immune system improves, cravings disappear and energy is increased and because of this it is a very sustainable way to eat.

Sustainability is key to weight-loss and keeping it off. I have known many people who have tried very low fat diets only to gain even more weight when they return to ‘normal’ eating. Low fat diets deprive you of fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K that are essential for good health and a strong immune system and yet that is what Government Guidelines have been for decades.

Here are the foods to eat on a Low Carb High Fat Diet 

  • Meat
  • Fish
  • eggs
  • Vegetables
  • A little fruit
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Dairy products (not low fat versions) if not intolerant to casein or lactose.
  • Natural fats and oils like Coconut oil, Olive oil, olives, avocados and oil, ghee and butter if tolerated.

If the source of these foods is organic, free range, grass fed(beef) etc. then that is when I use the term ‘CLEAN’ diet as it avoids all processed food, sugar, gluten grains and keeps fruit sugar low.

In case you missed it, here is an excellent program from the BBC – well worth watching. The results in just a 3 week trial are disclosed with weight loss, lower cholesterol and also enjoyment of eating natural foods and no hunger or bad side effects.

Take a look on YouTube

If you like ‘studies’ then go here.

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The low fat yogurt and  black coffee diet

The Cabbage Diet,

The F Plan Diet – OMG! that was the start to many of my problems!

The South Beach Diet……..

It is possible to initially loose weight doing all of these but it is not sustainable and ultimately not healthy. As a Nutritionist I now know how damaging some of these dietary changes are with many of them slowing your metabolism and depriving your body of vital nutrients. The decades long Low Fat eating advice – even for those not over-weight, has been the most damaging and has resulted in an epidemic of chronic disease, insulin resistance and obesity. The move to convenience foods and fast food results in us eating highly processed foods that are actually nutrient deficient and if we are nutritionally deficient we get food cravings, hormone imbalance and lowered immunity. Many of these highly processed foods cause inflammation in the body. This might become evident by pains in joints, eczema, heartburn, IBS, fatigue, high Blood pressure, weight gain, Diabetes.

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Where are we now with GcMAF?

GcMAF

GcMAF has been around now for several years and has had a very bumpy ride. I first wrote about it in 2014 in the post GcMaf – A Breakthrough in Cancer Treatment.The Company First Immune has had to close it’s clinic, and also their centre in Guernsey had all it’s bank accounts closed and there is a ban on importing GcMAF, a production plant in the UK was closed down apparently due to unsafe practice with human blood but their website claims that they supply 8,000 patients through 350 Doctors in 30 Nations. So where are we now with GcMAF? 

GcMAF is a natural human protein that our bodies make that activates macrophages (large white blood cells that engulf and digest foreign substances, viruses, bacteria and cancer cells).  Cancer and most viruses block the action of GcMAF with an enzyme called Nagalase so the the idea behind the treatment is to take GcMAF and also take Vitamins D3/K2 and additional nutrients to boost the immune system. High Nagalase has also been found in some children with Autism and the clinic also treats this, plus HIV and some other conditions. As well as GcMAF they have a product that is GcMAF combined with oleic acid (from olive oil) that is given by drops under the tongue and called GOleic . It is believed that the Gc proteins bind to fatty acids and therefore the diet can be supplemented with olive oil, coconut oil or MCT oil. Another product recommended in the treatment is Bravo Probiotic Yogurt that is made at home from a culture that is bovine milk and colostrum. This would improve gut flora and improve the immune system. It is possible to buy all these products on the internet from First Immune website.

A Prof. Ruggiero who was a researcher for Immuno Biotech has now opened a lab in Arizona and is producing a new Immunotherapy treatment called Rerum which, instead of using blood, uses Chondroitin Sulphate with Oleic Acid and Vitamin D2 and D3 which he claims stops the growth of new blood vessels to the cancer. The Rerum protocol includes

  • Bravo Probiotic
  • A Ketogenic diet (one that is high in fat and low in carbohydrates) – the diet stops the growth of cancer.
  • Rerum kills the remaining cancer.

This is a very different scientific claim to GcMAF -alerting the immune system and shrinking tumours the first week of treatment. Chondroitin thins the blood and so should not be taken with blood thinning medications. Immuno Biotech CEO David Noakes claims that Rerum has been tested in Labs alongside GOleic and was found not to activate Macrophages or kill cancer cells.

So, back to the question “Where are we now with GcMAF?

I am not a Doctor or Scientist but a researcher and Nutritionist and I know that many people who have cancer themselves, or are related to someone who has been diagnosed, will be constantly researching and looking for answers. I was first researching GcMAF when my husband had cancer back in 2010 and before they had a clinic but it was expensive and although there are many research papers and many individual success stories the Company and the researchers have been consistently searched out and persecuted all over the World with conspiracy theorists blaming ‘Big Pharma’. I will leave you to draw your own conclusions but the Protocols do involve naturals products that cannot, as such be patented. My other problems with it involve the exclusivity of the clinics where only 8 patients were taken at a time and for the treatment it is 4.000 euros a week plus the cost of a hotel which is estimated at 1.000 euros with some people requiring a 3 week stay.

There is plenty of HOPE

A couple of years ago I was depressed by these findings but now I am confident that we are very close to finding out how we can prevent and reverse disease with nutritional therapy and supplements. In just a short time we have come to understand so much about the Microbiome and our immune systems. Here is what you can do.

  • We can awaken and strengthen our immune systems by: –
  • removing toxins from our environment, personal care products etc.
  • eating highly nutritious food(organic whenever possible), quality protein, plenty of fresh vegetables and some berries
  • avoiding all forms of sugar,
  • Eating LCHHF diet (Low Carb High Healthy Fats ) coconut oil, MCT, Olive oil, Avocado, nuts etc. essentially a Paleo-ketogenic diet (or as near to that as you can get without unwanted weightloss.)
  • supplementing plant minerals or using Celtic sea salt daily
  • Vitamins especially D3 ,K2 Vitamin C and Vitamin B Complex
  • Improve your immune system by Healing your Gut and taking L Glutamine, gelatin, bone broth and good Probiotics and possibly Colostrum.
  • Add more spices to your diet – Turmeric/Curcumin plus black pepper is anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer, Cinnamon and Golden Milk is a lovely way to do it.
  • Eat different types of mushrooms – they contain Vitamin D and have immune boosting properties
  • Get out in the air and sunshine when possible and increase your activity levels to increase oxygen supply to the cells. Do relaxing but energising exercise like yoga, chi gong, walking, swimming and mindfully practice deep breathing imaging the oxygen getting to every part of you.

To regular readers of my blog you will recognise that this is the same protocol that I use for treating all Autoimmune Diseases from Rheumatoid Arthritis to Diabetes as well as Cancer. All these diet and lifestyle treatments that work to improve our immune systems and eliminate toxins and inflammation – the main causes of all Chronic disease and are in more detail in my eBook ‘TURN YOUR HEALTH AROUND‘ available for £12 or in your own currency by clicking at the bottom of that post.