This month I caught up with a lady who came to me in about October with severe burning and inflammation to her hands. As you can see from the before photos she was in a bad way. She had been to just about every health professional for guidance and had had very little relief. She took the food test and we discovered some very strange intolerances including lettuce, (yes lettuce), cashews and some proteins she was having regularly. These of course were just a few on the list but were the most bizarre. After just 3 months her hands of following the Food Test, mostly to the letter as there was Christmas in there AND she also followed the Return to Health Program (hyperlink http://blog.whatcanieat.com.au/food-test-500-3-steps-to-return-to-health/) The results were remarkable, such an improvement as you can see from the before and after photos
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As part of the ongoing amazing Gut Summit launched in January where 35 experts from around the world presented the benefits of addressing your Gut health being at the core of many chronic health concerns.
For Dr Josh Axe, is fast becoming one of the leading experts in healing leaky gut and irritable bowel.
His journey began when his mother became ill when he was a child. They were a family who thought themselves to be healthy and fit, so this was somewhat of a surprise. His mother’s health continued decline to a point where she was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 40. She commenced chemotherapy and proceeded to develop major digestive issues. According to Dr Axe his mother at one point would average 1 to 2 bowel movements a week for about 10 years.
Her health ailments ranged from constipation to autoimmune disease namely Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, food sensitive’s and depression.
Dr Axe introduced his mother to the concept of looking at the root cause of her illnesses instead of just treating the symptoms. They changed her diet radically and introduced vegetable juices and bone broths along with goat’s milk kefir.
After 4 months of implementing a radical natural holistic approach she returned to her oncologist to find that the tumor in her lung had reduced by ½ and within a year she was in remission.
She also found that her bowel movements started to become more regular, daily, and the symptoms to her other health issues started to disappear.
As Hippocrates said “All disease begins in the gut”.
In the medical world they are still denying the existence of leaky gut, so what exactly is it.
Dr Axe explains “Leaky gut is typically termed “Intestinal Permeability”. There are over 11 000 different studies citing and sourcing leaky gut syndrome or should I say intestinal permeability. “
Your digestive system is basically a barrier to your bloodstream from your mouth to your anus. It allows certain nutrients and microorganisms to go through to the bloodstream and certain things out.
When you have chronic inflammation of the lining of the small intestine, it’s similar to having a tear in your fishing net. Certain things start to pass through that shouldn’t be able to.
If we take a protein like gluten and put it into the bloodstream where it should never be, our body sets up a inflammatory response which over time can turn into these immune or even autoimmune reactions.
Essentially, Dr Axe explains, leaky gut starts off with that inflammation of the small intestine, those junctions get larger and over time it can lead to immune issues like food sensitivities and further down the road autoimmune-like conditions as well.
So the 5 top things you can do according to Dr Axe are:
- Remove the triggers.
- Consume Healing and therapeutic foods
- Change your Lifestyle
- Eat right for your Gut Type
Dr Zielinkski goes on to comment also about the onslaught of toxicity we are exposed to in our water, environments, food and personal care products.
Both Docors agreed that the first trigger is food. Food goes into our body on a daily basis, food can be our friend or our enemy.
One of the top foods to try and reduce or avoid is sugar. It is hidden in everything.
The number two food to avoid would be cows milk dairy which he suggests can be 26 times more inflammatory than gluten. In an average bottle of milk there are over 20 different medications and chemicals in our dairy supply.
3rd is gluten. We are eating foods today that are not properly prepared. Our ancestors used to sprout and ferment many foods prior to ingesting, traditionally for example sourdough and Ezekiel breads. This makes various foods easy to digest.
The last food Dr Axe believes is really adding to our leaky gut problems is GMO foods. Studies show that herbicides and pesticides do damage to the gut lining creating inflammation.
We will look next week at number 2 consuming healing and therapeutic foods to help heal the gut.
Ultimately though, we need to identify the foods that are the triggers and we believe the easiest, fastest and most effective way to do this is by taking a Bio Compatibility Test and finding out what foods your body is reacting to.
For more information on this interview or the Gut Healing Summit – click here
Candidiasis or Candida as it is more commonly referred to affects about 1/3 of people in the Australian population.
In my experience the onset of this disturbing fungal infection was instigated by continuous administration of antibiotics as a child for various complaints. It took me over 10 years to effectively treat and rid myself on this infection. It was not one thing that I did but several and I said good riddance forever.
Candida Albicans is naturally occurring yeast and is in fact present in everyone. In most people who are healthy it is kept under control by the immune system, however when the immune system is compromised for long periods of time through illness treated by antibiotics in particular this fungas starts to move throughout the body. Once it gets into the blood stream this is where the fun begins infecting body tissues and organs, which results in a large array of symptoms.
These include but are not limited to:
- Athlete’s Foot
- Jock itch,
- Food allergies/intolerances
- Anxiety & depression
- Headaches and migraine
- Eye irritations
- Confusion and memory fuzz
- Chronic Fatigue
- Irritability and mood swings
- Craving sweets
- Oral and virginal thrush
- Respiratory problems
- Skin problems
- Sleeping problems
My top 6 key recommendations to controlling these ‘Little Critters” is to:
- Change your diet. The easiest way is to find out what foods you are reacting to. A Food intolerance test or Bio compatibility test can sort this out very quickly for you. Alternatively change your diet as soon as possible to a 70% raw diet, get rid of all processed foods and junk foods, all sweets as sugar is a yeast infections favourite food. Foods high in starch should be minimized along with fruits that are very high in sugar content. Reduce dairy and condiments particularly vinegar with the exception of Apple Cider Vinegar.
- Drink lots of pure filtered water. By this I mean at least 1 litre per 25kg of body weight. You need to ditch the sugary drinks, alcohol and tea and coffee needs to be reduced in consumption. Adding 1 tspn of Himalayan Salt to every 10 glasses of water is also very beneficial.
- Moderate Exercise is going to assist your body with the detox and overcoming of the symptoms’ you are experiencing. Don’t overdue it.
- Commence a Purge or Parasite cleanse immediately.
- Restore the nutrient balance by adding in a Super Symbiotic Probiotic to assist with the repopulation of acidophilus and bifidobacteria. This will assist the body to confine the critters back to the lower intestine, which is predominately where they belong.
- Finally Alkalise, Superfood green powder blends are super effective in restoring the body to an Alkaline state rich in Oxygen.
If you would like to connect with us to discuss the product recommendations to assist you in this journey please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a complimentary 15 min consultation to establish whether our program will assist you.
What you have access to here is one of the most innovative systems of health care that has ever been developed.
This test does not compare with any other test, hair or otherwise. It is completely different approach as we are testing at a much deeper level.
By feeding the body in line with the Bio-compatibility test results we are enhancing cellular function. Correct cellular function leads to good organ function. Good organ function leads to good immunity and elimination, NATURALLY.
In most cases a Naturopath would test for allergies, organ function, heavy metals, toxicity, parasites etc etc as all of these things can compromise good health. By feeding the body only compatible foods we are getting closer to the cause of symptoms what we call the Point of Creation of the disease.
The term disease really means that cells are in a state of dis-ease.
By using this test and repair system we are giving the body the tools it needs to help return cells to a state of ease so they can function better.
If we focus therapies to correct one area without considering all the systems in the body it is like patching up one weak link in a chain. Sure we will achieve symptom relief but the damage will appear somewhere else in the body. This is what we call REBOUND. It makes much more sense to start the repair process at cellular level and allow the body to repair all the weak links in the chain.
The Naturopathic model has always focused on finding the cause and starting therapy from that level. Problem is, cellular function and damage usually starts well below symptom level and it can be very difficult at times to locate this starting point. By feeding the body in this manner we are stimulating the body’s natural ability to locate the starting point and repair from that point in the correct order for that person. For example a client may present with one major symptom and several other symptoms. In some cases the major symptom disappears first. In other cases the major symptom may be the last to disappear. This is because we are all individuals and therefore the repair process will be individual.
Often using medications in one area to relieve symptoms only pushes the problem into another area. Sometimes it is necessary to do both. I.e. use medications and supplements to relieve symptoms while we work on the deeper levels of repair. We have developed a unique program to restore your body at a cellular level with specific products & recommendations.
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It is well know that Food Allergies and Intolerances are growing at an enormous rate within Australia amongst our children.
If you yourself have food intolerances that have gone unidentified you will pass on this weakness onto children, so it is best to rectify this as soon as possible within yourself, prior to having more children or assisting your child to heal before it becomes more serious.
It is well known that allergies and food intolerances can be genetic, however it can be an onset of many other issues.
With a study in 2008-2009 showing that the average baby is born with around 300 different environmental toxins in their blood stream this could well be another issue that needs addressing.
Gut Health is another key indicator within our society that is beginning to be recognized as a significant issue in our overall health. I know in my own family that many of the foods we were intolerant to, once identified via the Hair Test and eliminated for a period, then partnered with a program to repair our Gut Health was the instigator in our restored health today.
Probiotic/Super Symbiotic are extremely powerful in the gut healing process along with the additional unique products we recommend, can be introduced to babies at any age successfully.
Our baby test kit includes a variety of common foods that are consumed specifically by this age group and paired with the Hair Test 500 to include the foods they will be consuming now and transitioning to. You may find that some of the foods that are identified as incompatible for the child have not been even introduced as yet. This is quite common as they may be a food that is a problem for you and has not been identified.
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If it has to be it’s up to me.
As I look into the new energy and opportunities of 2015, I always think of the things I can change in order to get a different result both in my business and in my personal life. Health should really be on that list as well. You know the saying if we don’t have our health we simply don’t have anything.
As we reflect on 2014, now is a great time to reevaluate how our health stood up for the year. Let me ask a few personal questions if I may:
How many days were you sick last year?
How many days off work did you have, how much money did you lose to illness?
Now these questions can also be extended to include your children as well.
How many days off school did they have?
This means of course that you or someone else had to have a day off work to look after them. I calculated for a friend that she had lost $1500 in work from either her or her daughter being sick. Quite significant isn’t it?
We live in a world where there is clearly a sickness industry and a wellness industry, but I can tell you that there is a huge underground movement towards wellness. People are sick of being sick and all the various dietary protocols are simply making it even more confusing for many people. Follow the money trail I always say, there is no money in the wellness industry per say, but there certainly is a lot of money in the sickness industry. You can choose which path you take and I would love to hold your hand as I have changed my path and have never looked back.
See I was part of that sickness industry for 18 years and it has taken me even longer than that to recover from it, but it can be done.
I have a simple equation that I would like you to consider that may assist you to join the dots together for yourself and empower you to get well and stay well in 2015.
The story starts with food. We eat it every day and some foods are our friend and some are our foe. So, unless you do an elimination diet you will not know for absolute certain which foods are reacting for you. You can be following all the dietary protocols around, e.g. Gluten free, fructose free, dairy free, sugar free, paleo, but if you are reacting to something in those dietary protocols your hard work simply goes unnoticed. We need to get to the root cause, identify those problem foods and eliminate them to start the healing process. Otherwise you have one foot on the break and one on the accelerator – going nowhere.
Gut Health is the next step along with addressing toxicity exposure in your life.
This is in fact a simple 3-step process that can make the changes you are looking for in 2015. I kid you not, your life and health will change forever with a few simple changes, why not make that change?
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