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January/February 2018 Blog

Fractured Hips

I learnt a very interesting lesson over the holiday. Just before Christmas one of our friends fractured her hip and had to stay in hospital over the holiday while she had a replacement.
This friend, aged 72, is fit and healthy, eats a healthy diet and takes lots of exercise. She was out walking with friends, slipped on a tree root and fell, braking her hip.
Why did her hip break? During her stay in hospital routine blood tests were carried out. She was found to be seriously deficient in Vit D!! So she has now been put on a Vit D + Calcium supplement.
This only goes to reinforce the advice, even the medical profession now give, that Vit D is an important supplement that most people would benefit from. The older we get the less we absorb through our skin from exposure to the sun. I have always advocated that everyone should take a Vit D3 supplement, especially during the six winter months of the year.
Research into Vit D in recent years has shown Vit D to be very important for many different reasons—not only to help absorb calcium to make strong bones.
It helps our immune system resist illness, coughs, colds, flu etc. It is now known to be important for prevention and treatment in cancers.
Vit D helps muscle strength in older adults, reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke, reduces the pain of fibromyalgia, helps reduce risk of pre-term labour and pre-eclampsia, reduces risk of depression and reduces risk for MS. There is even research from France that shows an adequate intake of Vit D reduces the risk for Alzheimer's. It also reduces the risk for Parkinson's Disease.

The Vit D3 form has been shown to be better than D2. 1,000 iu, or even 2,000iu, is recommended year-round for those who are older, have dark skin, don't go outside often, or wear clothing that covers most of the skin.
It is also recommended to give young children 400 IU daily.
If you are not taking a Vit D supplement, please consider doing so, even if you take no other supplements, it may be the most important supplement for you to take to protect your health in more ways than one.

Very recent research from Columbia University, in a very large study, has shown that there is yet another cause of osteoporosis leading to bone fractures. Exposure to air pollution gives rise to particulate matter, and causes systemic oxidative damage and inflammation which the researchers believe accelerates bone loss. This is similar to the particulate matter from smoking cigarettes that is already known to cause bone damage.

Life doesn't get any simpler or easier, does it?!


December 2017/January 2018 Blog

Medical Statistics

Here are some interesting ones: In the U.S. in 2015 nearly 444,000 people died from pharmaceutical drugs. In the same year there were no deaths from supplements or herbs. What does that say about the safety of modern medicine?

Antibiotic Resistance

Apart from over-prescribing antibiotics for humans, one of the major sources of antibiotics and antibiotic resistance comes from animals for human consumption. Antibiotics are routinely used in animal feed to speed up growth and counteract poor hygiene and crowded living conditions that many animals are subjected to. Agricultural use of antibiotics is feeding and speeding up the spread of drug-resistant bacteria. Drug-resistant bacteria also accumulate in manure that is then spread on fields and enters waterways, allowing the drug-resistant bacteria to spread far and wide and ultimately back up the food chain to your dinner plate. You can see how easily antibiotic resistance spreads, via the food you eat.
The answer is to try and eat grass-fed, organically raised meats and animal products, as well as organic fruit & veg.

”The End of Alzheimer’s”

I’ve now had a chance to read and study this amazing and revealing book by Dr. Dale Bredesen. He has been researching this subject for the last 30 years and his book summarises the causes and his treatment plans. He is a Professor of Neurology at the University of California and is well qualified to understand the mechanisms behind the causes and successful treatment of Alzheimer’s.
Dr Bredesen and his team have identified the many potential factors or abnormalities that contribute to cognitive decline. They have identified thirty-six so far. He likens them to holes in a roof and says that in order to reverse these problems and help the person become well again, most of these 36 factors need treating. And he has become amazingly successful in reversing a high percentage of his patients, some even returning to work!!
In the book you can read about the lab tests he carries out to determine these ‘holes’ in the roof. Having identified the causes he can then individualise each person’s treatment. Everyone has different lab results and hence a different treatment plan. All his treatments are unique and personalised according to that person's physiology and lab results.
It is pure “naturopathy” he uses, identifying the causes and treating these using diet, lifestyle, detoxification, stress reduction and supplements. There will never be a drug that can cure this scourge of our modern society.
One important risk factor he underlines in his book are people who carry a certain gene—ApoE4. This is the strongest known genetic risk factor for Alzheimer’s. So knowing whether you have this particular gene (as I do!!) one can initiate a preventative programme to reduce the risk before symptoms appear. I can arrange a genetic test for this if you wish to know!

October/November 2017 Blog

Infertility in Men

Overall, male fertility is declining. Many men only have 40% the number of sperm per ejaculate compared with levels in 1940.
In addition to common causes, such as smoking and alcohol there are lots of chemicals & pollutants in the environment, such as oestrogens in drinking water and bisphenol A (BPA) which leaches out of plastic containers and water bottles. Another source of pollutants are the hormones used in milk production. There is a long list of chemicals that can cause disruption of sperm production and there is only space to mention a few.
Another cause that is increasingly becoming apparent is the use of mobile phones and laptops and the radiation given off by them that affects sperm production. So, if you care about your reproductive health, avoid carrying your cellphone in your pockets or on your hip, and avoid using portable computers and tablets on your lap.

Good nutrition goes a long way to help male as well as female fertility. A good diet coupled with some targeted nutritional supplementation and herbs will be beneficial.

”NHS Winter Crisis Looming”--once again, and these headlines recur every year, the NHS has no real answer or strategy to cope with the increase of ill health—flu, pneumonia etc during the winter months.
What would good naturopathic advice be?: cut out sugar and junk food, increase the consumption of vegetables, salads and fruit; supplement on Vitamin D, Vitamin C, fish oil, and possibly a good quality multi-vit. If a cold or flu makes its appearance then start immediately to take one of the good quality supplements containing elderberry. If the majority of us in the U.K. did that our health would improve and I am sure the burden on the NHS would lessen dramatically!

Recommendation for two amazing new books:
1) “The Power of Eight” by Lynne McTaggart. This is a summation of the work that Lynne McTaggart has pioneered at seminars over the last few years and how groups of people can bring about miraculous healings and changes in people. You can explore her website lynnemctaggart.com to learn more. This book is a must for anyone interested in healing.

2) I have mentioned several times in these blogs about the amazing work that Dr.Dale Bredesen has been doing with Alzheimer’s patients and now he has published his book: ”The End of Alzheimer’s”. In it he details the nutritional programmes he has used to prevent and reverse the cognitive decline of Dementia.
Reading this book should be mandatory for anyone in contact with dementia or Alzheimer’s. Just read the readers’ reviews about it on Amazon!! All of them are *****

August/September 2017 Blog

Important Items in the News

Infertility.
This is a subject that I know causes many couples much anxiety when they find they can't produce children. And sadly we are almost brainwashed into thinking that 'fertility treatment' is the only option.
However, I would urge all prospective parents to pause a moment and explore the possibility of an alternative way, because there are alternatives and I have been privileged to help such parents myself.
If a woman cannot become pregnant there are many physiological and environmental reasons for this and they need exploring with someone who is qualified, not only for the woman but for her partner as well. There are lots of lab tests out there these days that help to point the way to the causes.
In many cases simple solutions can be found and there are some good herbs that will help to restore the hormonal balance.
I frequently use a lab in London to help test patients. This lab has published research showing that sometimes a nutritional deficiency of magnesium was the cause of the infertility and a magnesium supplement was all that was necessary for fertility to be restored and pregnancy to occur. Their research paper states:
All twelve previously infertile women have produced normal healthy babies, all conceiving within eight months of normalising their RBC-Mg levels.
There are of course other reasons for infertility and this is only one example.
If fertility drugs are used please consider that all of these have side-effects, which affect not only the mother, but also the foetus. If you look up the side-effects of one of these drugs you'll see that they can cause:-ovarian enlargement, sometimes massive; eye & visual disturbances, endometriosis, multiple pregnancies, nausea, vomiting. That's only a few of them and I could go on for several more lines!
If you don't want the side effects then please explore the possibility of using some good nutritional/herbal and lifestyle changes. These do not have bad side-effects!

Exposure to environmental toxins can dramatically affect fertility—from pthalates and bisphenols in plastics, to pesticides and herbicides. And these are not the only ones.

That's all I'll write about this month. Next time I'll explore more about the subject of male infertility.--but one final item, last but not least:

HPV Vaccine
I keep reading reports about the increasing number of serious health issues affecting young girls who have received this vaccine (and now boys!) and it raises serious questions about the safety of vaccines using recombinant DNA technology.
Mexican researchers report that in one 'trial' 14 girls out of 2,881 who were vaccinated died!!!!! And Spanish researchers have discovered that there is a 10-fold higher rate of adverse reactions compared to other vaccines!
I already have two young patients damaged by this vaccine whom I am trying to help.





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