Cranberry Health

Cranberry juice drinker? I’ve just read why the cranberry drink you get in the shops is worthless. Here is an interesting article on the importance of where you source your them and why it is important to get them organic:

https://foodrevolution.org/blog/food-and-health/cranberry-health-benefits-dark-side-of-cranberry-farming/

Read here to discover the environmental damage caused by cranberry farming:

The dark and sordid history behind America’s obsession with cranberries

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What Damages Intestinal Flora?

Antibiotics

Antibiotics are very damaging to the good bacteria in the gut as well as other body organs and tissues. They make benign bacteria, fungi and viruses pathogenic, they can then invade tissues and cause disease. Because of antibiotics, bacteria becomes resistant to antibiotics, so when you really need them to treat serious illness, you need more powerful one, which in turn are more damaging. Antibiotics make us more susceptible to infections damaging the immune system directly. Click here for a list of harmful antibiotics and more information on what they do to the gut.

It is all well and good avoiding antibiotics. There are many other ways to treat yourself effectively (like for blisters for example). But you also need to stop eating foods which are treated with antibiotics before they get to your plate. Farm animals are routinely treated with them. The same goes for eggs and farmed fish. Fruit and vegetables are sprayed with them to stop disease from taking over. Where do you get your meat, fish and veg from? For some time now have been collecting my fruit and vegetables from an organic cooperative nearby. It had not even occurred to me however to source my fish and meat responsibly! I have started going to my local farmer’s market for fresh fish fished from the coast of Kent. Although I used to buy organic meat from the supermarket, I have never completely trusted it! So I also get my organically reared meat from a local farm which sells at the farmer’s market.

Drugs in General are very damaging to gut flora, especially when taken over long periods of time. Aspirin, Ibuprofen and other pain killers or analgesics are often taken over long time periods. They encourage the growth of harmful bacteria in the gut which can cause disease. Steroids are also destroy good bacteria as well as having immunosuppressive abilities which leave us vulnerable to infections. It is common knowledge that steroids are linked to fungal overgrowth such as Candida.

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The Pill

Contraceptive pills have a disastrous effect on flora in the gut and the vagina (as this flora comes from the gut) and they are very often taken for many years. If a woman decides to have children after having been on the pill, not only is her gut flora in an awful state, so to will be the flora she passes on to her child. This will predispose that child to learning difficulties and allergies, which I am sure you are aware are both more common now a days that the pill is a common contraceptive taken without much thought about its consequences. Bottle feeding your baby is not the answer to this. As babies are born with a sterile gut, breast-feeding is a unique opportunity for the entire gut surface to be populated with a healthy combination of bacteria, which will help protect your baby for the rest of their life. Bottle-fed babies often suffer health problems later on in life due to their abnormal gut flora. But if a baby’s mother has got abnormal gut flora, she will pass this on, as well as abnormal vaginal flora – which will be passed on during birth – so even if they are not breastfed, the mother flora (if a mother’s intestinal flora is unhealthy so will her vaginal flora be). Mothers of GAPS children suffer from symptoms of gut dysbiosis such as allergies, asthma, digestive disorders, eczema, hay fever, migraines and skin problems. If the mother of a GAPS child shows none of these symptoms, it is likely that the father has abnormal gut flora, and so suffers from the aforementioned symptoms. Usually the whole family of a GAPS patient has problems with abnormal gut flora and need to follow a gut cleansing diet to remedy it.

Disease

Infectious diseases such as cholera, dysentery, salmonella and typhoid as well as some viral infections damage the gut flora in ways that are lasting. It is very important to take a course of probiotics after such illnesses to repopulate colonies of good bacteria in the gut, especially when antibiotics are used for their treatment! Chronic illnesses like diabetes, autoimmune diseases like MS, endocrine disease, obesity and neurological conditions all involve abnormal gut flora. chemotherapy, hormone therapy, radiotherapy and surgery all have after effects which alter gut flora and should be followed by a course of probiotics.

Diet

Pathological bacteria, disease-causing microbes like candida worms and parasites thrives on sugar, processed food and carbohydrates. Diets high in grain fibre is detrimental to the health of the gut, predisposing the body to Bowel Cancer, IBS (irritable Bowel Syndrome) and nutritional deficiencies.

Fasting, overeating and starvation can unbalance gut flora in a negative way, so ideally if you are fasting, you should take a probiotic to supplement the good bacteria your gut needs. It is essential to remedy poor eating habits such as over-eating, as this can lead to even more problems. When we eat more food than we need, the body cannot digest it all correctly due to a lack of bile. A good time to stop eating is when you feel three thirds full, as this is the amount of food your digestive system can handle. Eating more will lead to undigested food will lead to liver stones. The same is true of eating more regularly than every three hours, click here for more information about how poor eating habits lead to liver stones, and what to do about it.

Stress

Both short-term bouts of stress and long-term ones damage gut flora. The latter is able to permanently damage it.

Alcoholism, exposure to toxic substances and ionising radiation, extreme climates, physical exertion, old age as well as seasonal factors can all have a negative effect on gut flora. The damage our gut endures is passed on from generation to generation, worsening as it gets carried down resulting in worsening consequences. For details on what steps to take to fix a leaky gut click here.

Gut and Degenerative Diseases

I’ve been reading an extremely interesting book – Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Dr Natasha Campbell. Although I do not think her suggested diet to repair a leaky gut is adequate for people with MS due to its high saturated fat content (see here for more info on why saturated fats are dangerous for people with MS) the detailed explanation she provides of how intestinal disorders lead to many illnesses ranging from autism to schizophrenia and autoimmune diseases is very interesting and well worth a read for anyone who has any type of digestive issue.

We are all aware that intestinal flora is important. Dr Campbell’s book highlights the importance of the balance between beneficial flora and opportunistic flora in the gut. In a healthy person, the microbes that make up the latter are kept under tight control by the presence of beneficial flora. The beneficial bacteria are of extreme importance. They protect the gut wall from invaders, parasites, toxins and undigested food. It produces organic acid, reducing the pH of the gut; making it uncomfortable for pathogenic microbes. They are able to absorb many carcinogenic substances so that they become inactive. They also suppress hyperplastic processes in the gut which Dr Campbell explains are the basis of all cancer formation.

In healthy individuals there is a thick band of good bacteria attached to the mucosa of the gut protecting it from invaders. Without this well-functioning gut flora pathogens can reach the gut wall and even penetrate its cells. So with an unhealthy balance of good and bad bacteria, infections from vaccines or parasites are left to really damage the gut lining. Eventually the gut wall is breached by bits of undigested food which cross the blood brain barrier and cause numerous allergies. Wheat and milk proteins are particularly difficult to digest with a compromised gut because of the steps involved in their digestion. For more information about wheat and milk intolerances click here. This supports the theory that MS is brought on by milk proteins – undigested and leaking into the blood stream, some of them have been shown to mimic part of myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein, the part of myelin thought to start the autoimmune reaction in MS. The immune cells of people with MS have been shown to attack some of these cow milk proteins. Tests which involve injecting them into animals has caused lesions to appear in their central nervous systems.

When the beneficial bacteria are damaged, not only is the gut left defenceless against invaders, which are free to cause disease; but it also becomes malnourished. Normal gut flora provide ample nourishment for the cells lining the digestive tract. The good bacteria that live on the gut epithelium (which live on the villi on the surface of the intestines) digest the food which arrives turning it into nourishment for the gut lining. In the absence of this normal gut flora, the digestive wall is damaged through mal-nourishment as well as the presence of bad bacteria. The villi degenerate and are no longer able to digest and absorb food correctly. The unhealthy and malnourished enterocytes can no longer do their work – their surface, the brush border, produces disaccharides (enzymes which break down double sugars so that they can be absorbed). As they can no longer produce these enzymes, double sugars such as sucrose, lactose and starch products will not be absorbed, nor will starch. Instead they hang around the gut and feed pathogenic bacteria like the fungus Candida as well as other fungi, all of which grows and poisons the whole body. To fix this, we need to remove these double sugars from our diet to kill of pathogenic bacteria and give the villi the time they need to get rid of sick enterocytes and build new and healthy ones. To do this follow the Anti-Candida Diet and GFCG Diet.

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Without beneficial flora, other foods also cannot be digested at all; dietary fiber for example. Fiber is something which beneficial bacteria feed on in the gut. They use it to absorb toxins as well as a whole range of other important jobs, but when the intestinal flora is not working properly, this fiber becomes dangerous. It acts as a habitat for bad bacteria, worsening inflammation in the gut wall. So fiber is good for us, but only when we have a healthy gut. This is why the patients of gastroenterologists are put on a diet low in fibre.

All of this further impairs the body’s ability to digest and absorb nutrients. Moreover, a damaged gut is unable to digest most supplements correctly, so it is often difficult to remedy vitamin deficiencies, as the body is unable to absorb them from either food or supplements. The immune system cannot work without constant nourishment, this is impossible with abnormal gut flora.

Eventually all of this leads to MS, Autism, Schizophrenia, Dementia and much more. Dr Kazudzo Nishi, a Japanese professor estimated that 1/10 of psychiatric conditions is caused by self-intoxication originating from the bowel for example.

But let’s not dwell on what is past; what can we do to fix a leaky gut? Well, If you do not have MS or difficulty digesting fats, I would read Natasha Campbell’s book and follow the diet she suggests. If you do have MS, I suggest you click here in order to learn how to clean up the digestive system so it can heal and become a source of nourishment instead of one of toxicity.

Olive Oil

Olive oil is a wonderful food which is known to reduce the risk of heart disease and known for its healing, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects. It has also been shown to activate antioxidants, liver enzymes, stimulate bile flow, pancreatic enzymes, anti-bacterial and viral activity as well as the development of membranes.

Virgin cold pressed olive oil improves brain cell function and maturation.

Virgin cold pressed olive oil stored in a dark glass bottle has more omega6 than omega3 but is an excellent source of omega9 which can strengthen the immune system’s Th1 arm. Olive oil has been proven to improve brain function.

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It is however the minor components of olive oil which are believed to be responsible for the health-giving properties which olive oil is so famous for.

It is important to remember the rules to good oils for when you choose them as well as how they are used and stored; if these are not followed, the oil will not be of the nutritional value it is so praised for:

Do not use in cooking, as heat destroys the health properties and makes the unsaturated fats harmful as with seed and nut oils. Olive oil should be cold pressed, virgin and in a dark bottle. Polyunsaturated fatty acids are very fragile and easily damaged by heat, light and oxygen. They are easily changed into dangerous trans fatty acids. That is why seeds and nuts have such hard shells. The same is true of olive oil. So it is important not to cook these oils use raw over a cooked meal, two teaspoons per meal is about right. Store in a cool, dark place.

For frying use the juice from a lemon, lime or orange – see recipes for details. Keep oils refrigerated once opened – except for olive oil. Another alternative to frying is steaming. Vegetables are especially delicious when steamed – finish by adding a tbs of a good pure oil such as olive, pumpkin seed or linseed oil.

From Genetic Disorders to Gut Dysbiosis – Introduction

Identical twins may have the same predisposition to an illness but do not necessarily both develop it – if they grow up in different environments, according to certain studies. This shows how important diet and environment are in the development of a disease, and how it is possible to avoid falling ill even if we are genetically predisposed to because of something we have inherited from our parents.

Interestingly, the diet of the mother during pregnancy has a major impact on the genetics of the baby. There are genes that are never activated, and the diet of the mother during pregnancy can affect this. This is also true of the child’s own diet once it is born and as it grows up – it is able to influence gene expression; so what we eat has the ability to change our genetics, even when we are grown adults.

By being careful about environment, it is possible to stop a child predisposed to illness from ever getting it, if we alter this child’s diet we can even improve their genetics.

In our modern-day lives more and more people are suffering from ‘new’ auto-immune diseases and learning difficulties which did not exist 100 years ago, and were not as common 50 years ago; this predisposition to disease itself is relatively new. I rememeber my dad’s puzzled face a few years ago when he said to me ” Why are you all so ill? It wasn’t like this when I was younger”. He was referring to me, my sister and my cousins; many of us with digestive disorders and of course my MS. Given the overlap between autoimmune disorder and digestive troubles such as weakness in the blood-brain barrier, it is more than likely that this newish spread of degeneration diseases and cancers are vert much related to our diet. The change in environment in the last 100 years such as a large increase in pollution and toxic chemical usage; even in our food and what we put on our skin. The modern diet and lifestyle are to blame, and these are what we need to change in order to correct the malfunction of our bodies.

This blog is mostly about how you can manage Multiple Sclerosis by making these changes.

In the next few posts I will be concentrating specifically on Gut Dysbiosis; where it comes from and how it manifests itself, how it is linked to autoimmune disease, and how to fix the problem of a leaky gut which so many of us suffer from now a days.

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After numerous showdowns with parasites and typhoid fever, and years of suffering from IBS as well as years of antibiotics for the typhoid and parasites; I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. As soon as I adopted my MS Diet most of the awful IBS symptoms I had disappeared completely. I have now been following this diet for 4 years and have my illness under control. I am still constantly bloated however, and I know this is not normal. Certain foods make this worse than others, so I decide to improve my diet further. Under this page will come a series of pages about Gut Dysbiosis and how to deal with it. This is a process I am only just starting myself, but I feel good and am sure it will enhance the results of my ongoing Liver Flushing. I hope that you will join my on my journey to heal my gut, by making the decision to do the same to yours!