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February/March 2017 Blog

Those of you who know me will realise that I am passionate about alternative and complementary therapies. I have been in this profession for many years and I get very upset when I hear so many falsehoods about natural health and therapies being 'rubbished' by the media or the BBC News. I am only interested in the Truth and what helps patients the best with their health.

I am also interested in health statistics, so here are a few recent ones:

There is still the dictum “do no harm” when treating patients which I adhere to, even though I'm not a doctor. So when last month the journal Clinical Toxicology published the findings that in the year 2015 there were no deaths from any vitamins, minerals, herbs or other nutritional supplements, I for one am very happy.

And then we learn that there were nearly ½ million deaths in the U.S. from prescription drugs in 2015!!!! Pain-killers being the worse culprits. That information was published by the US National Poison Data System. I'll leave you, the reader, to draw your own conclusions.

And in addition are the published facts from the BMJ of May 3rd last year saying that medical error is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. after cardio-vascular disease and cancer. Maybe doctors should be prescribing some nutritional supplements instead of drugs?

I passionately believe in prevention. There is now a huge amount of science showing that nutritional & lifestyle choices affect our health and longevity. There is no need to suffer chronic diseases such as dementia, Alzheimer's, autism, cancer, diabetes, cardio-vascular disease, arthritis, asthma etc etc. The scientific information and research how to prevent all these is out there! There are many doctors and practitioners out there who are helping to prevent these problems. Please don't ever think you “have to live with it”! You can get help. Please ask me. If I can't help you I'll try and steer you to someone who can. If you have a question you can always email me through my website.
The new “kid on the block” in scientific testing is DNA testing from a nutritional & health point of view. I can now arrange for these tests which show where our genetic weaknesses lie and more importantly, what to do about them.

November/December 2016 Blog

Good Nutrition for Diabetes

I wanted to follow up on last month's theme and discuss more about how it might be best to help diabetes—both with prevention and treatment. So let me discuss the diet & lifestyle changes that need to be taken.

The whole object of treatment is to bring blood sugar levels under control, not temporarily, but permanently.

I looked up the recommended diet for diabetes on the Internet from a dietician's perspective, but did not find it to be up-to-date with current nutritional research! Such a pity as diabetes is a serious disease with serious consequences if not adequately treated. Some of their recommendations I strongly agree with and commend.

For example swapping meat for beans, pulses and lentils is an excellent idea. But the whole emphasis should be on using a completely low glycaemic diet and cutting all sweet and sugary foods to a minimum. But the authodox diet recommends sweeteners and diet fizzy drinks! Research show that sweeteners cause blood sugar swings in the same way as using sugar. They do not help with weight loss either. And there are also other reasons not to use sweeteners, such as aspartame. These are neurotoxins and cause damage to the nervous system.
Also emphasis should be given to using high fibre foods.

If someone has an appetite that is 'out of control' then they should use a chromium supplement daily to help control blood sugar swings. In addition the consumption of a natural water soluble fibre supplement, such as Glucomannan before each meal, will fast bring about satiety and prevent overeating. Cinnamon has also been shown to be highly effective in helping to control blood sugar levels.

There's lots that anyone with diabetes can do to help themselves. Don't just rely on metformin or insulin. These just take care of the symptoms, not the cause! Use these medications along with a low glycaemic diet.

Current Health Topics in the News:

Flu Vaccine: Think carefully about whether to have the 'flu jab'. As current statistics are not so readily available in the U.K. it is easier to see what has been happening in the U.S. ”In the United States, since 1988 and as of October 3, 2016, there had been 2,954 claims filed in the federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) for injuries and deaths following Influenza vaccination, including 109 deaths and 2,845 serious injuries”. --and these are only the serious side effects.
Autism: The GAPS diet has been shown to be very helpful in the treatment of this condition. Have a look at the pioneering work being done by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride who was able to reverse her own son's autism using the GAPS Diet

October 2016 Blog

DNA Testing

Would you like to know exactly what you should be eating and what foods to avoid? Well it is now possible thanks to simple genetic testing.
Thirty or so specific genes are measured to find out what foods are best to eat for your health and what your deficiencies are. Testing will tell you what you should be eating according to your genetic markers.
A Comprehensive test will assess all of the following:
The Wellness & Weight Management Part assesses the predispositions for food cravings, sugar metabolism and over absorption, fat sensitivity, fat release ability and muscle function for exercise. It also assesses phenotype, sleep, stress and burnout levels that may be affecting your health.
The Detoxification Panel shows how well you are detoxifying.
The Oestrogen Panel shows how well oestrogen is being detoxified.
The Inflammation Panel shows how our genes work in regulating inflammation.
The Nutrition Panel evaluates the genetic variations that regulate caffeine metabolism, lactose intolerance, iron absorption, and the need for Vit D, B Vitamins and antioxidants.
The results of this test (and I've now done it on myself) show what we need to do if we have any weaknesses.
Modern science is showing us more and more about our bodies and importantly how our bodies are working and what we can do about it to help it function better.
It is important to know that 'gene expression' is not fixed. The science of epigenetics is showing us that gene expression can be changed, particularly through good nutrition and lifestyle changes.
I have kits in the clinic if you wish to get tested. A Comprehensive Panel costs £199
You can look up @06 if you want more information.

August/September 2016 Blog


It doesn’t matter whether you are for or against Brexit, but it seems that happily there is one area where we will be “better off out”, and that is in the area of regulation for natural products such as vitamins and herbs.

The U.K. had always enjoyed more liberal laws concerning the use of and dosage of such products compared to some other European countries. The EU has been trying to implement and harmonise laws for the dosages allowed in vitamin supplements.

One of the 'sticky' directives concerned the use of a “positive list” of permitted ingredients. Some natural supplements were 'approved' and some made 'illegal', such as the minerals silver or vanadium and even the herbs rhodiola and kava kava.

It is an interesting fact that herbs are used, according to The World Health Organisation, by 80% of the world's population to help with health problems! And probably by a greater percentage of people for thousands of years before now. So for many of us, interfering in the use of herbs has been unwelcome.

Some companies have defied the ban and many supplements can be found one way or another.

The EU is still making up its mind on one subject that could have large implications for any of us trying to improve and maintain our health. This will be to set the level of dosages. For example by only being able to obtain only low doses of Vitamin C or B, when much larger dosages have up till now, always needed to be used effectively, safely and therapeutically.

There are about a dozen different Directives in the pipeline designed to regulate and control, not only vitamins, but herbs, health claims, food labelling & pesticide residues. And all these directives will favour the large food manufacturers, pharmaceutical and agrochemical industries. They spend large amounts lobbying for their interests.

The Nutrition & Health Claims Regulation has banned over 2000 health claims, despite plausible evidence, and prevented the health food industry from telling the consumer that their products have any benefit! Prunes may no longer be helpful for constipation!!

Hopefully, now that Brexit is on the way, it will be possible to help our MP's and Government to see sense and reduce over-regulation on such matters.

Childhood Obesity

It sounds as though the Government has done another 'fudge' over their 'ambitious' plans to tackle child obesity. It's incomprehensible that the announcement on reducing sugar intake has been taken on 'best advice'. Probably the advice of the food industry. Certainly it is not the advice of properly qualified experts.

Calories are such an inadequate way to measure diet. It is the word quality that should be used. Good quality whole food has been shown to maintain good health and healthy weight.

How many of you look in other people's supermarket trolleys, as I confess I do, and wonder how people manage to live a healthy life on a basic diet of white bread, margarine, diet drinks, biscuits, crisps, red meat etc—and very little, or no fruit, or veg?!!

I'm glad Jamie Oliver said he was "in shock" at the "disappointing" plan.

Nuff said!

And finally DNA health testing is now here! I have just had myself tested. It is wonderful from a naturopathic and perspective as one can now find out where the body's health strengths and weaknesses are and be able to do something about them!
A test will assess the genetic variants for genes that regulate food cravings, sugar metabolism and sensitivity to carbohydrates, fat over-absorption and sensitivity, liver detoxification pathways—and as they say on the news programmes— much more! I have test kits available in the clinic.

I'll be writing more about this next time.

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