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.

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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!

Acrylamides: Avoid them like the Plague!

The Swedish National Food Administration and Stockholm University reported having found extremely neurotoxic and carcinogenic substances in some everyday starchy foods that had been baked or fried at high temperatures. Their findings were confirmed by scientists in Norway, the UK and Switzerland. The substances they had found, causing cancer, infertility and neurological diseases was called Acrylamides.

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These substances are so dangerous that for a while now there has been a maximum limit to set for how long they can be kept in the materials used for food packaging. However for a long time it was the packaging that was suspected to cause the presence of these substances, when finally the food itself was examined, it was found that there were far more of these substances than what had initially been considered safe for human consumption. What can you do to ensure you do not eat these harmful substances? Avoid food containing them like the plague!

Foods containing acrylamides: crisps, chips and other starchy snack foods, coffee

(These should be avoided anyway as part of the MS Diet)

The Dangers of Soya

Organic fermented soya in miso, natto, soy sauce and tempeh is the only type of soya that has any health benefits.

If soya is not organic and fermented, you can be sure that it has been stripped of any nutritional value it is claimed to have. Firstly, 90% of soya is genetically modified. Secondly, if it is an ingredient in your food, by the time it gets to your plate it has become soy protein isolate. To make the latter, once its fiber is removed, soybeans are washed in acid in a large aluminium tank during which it absorbs aluminium, a substance which will remain in it once it has been transformed into the finished product. After this nitrate and other chemicals are used to treat it. Nitrate is known to be involved in the development of cancer. It ends up as a powder without taste which makes it very easy to use in processed foods and obviously soya milk.

A few interesting facts about soya:

*The consumption of soya impairs the absorption of iodine, reducing thyroid function.
*Soya is full of phytates (Phytates also found in nuts, seeds and grains such as whole grain are strongly antioxidant but bind up minerals such as magnesium, calcium, iron and zinc, preventing the body from absorbing them. To counteract this eat whole grains with vitamin C-rich foods and probiotics.)
*Almost all autistic children tested for allergies has been found to be allergic to soya according to tests carried out by Great Plains Laboratory.

Soya is very harmful to health. Only organic fermented forms are good for you.

The Amazing Liver and Gallbladder Flush

I think I have found the missing link in my curing process. I am very excited about this as I’m sure you can imagine! I have been on a very healthy anti-inflammation diet for four years now. I have been exercising, resting properly and learning to deal better with stress. All of this has helped me enormously and I have been symptom free for a while. However I do keep having relapses. I recover from them quickly, due to the diet etc, but I still have them. The missing link is my liver. I have neglected it and hadn’t until now realised the importance of cleansing it.

One of the main causes of MS is a build up of toxicity in the body that eventually leads it to act the way it does in the disease. It leads to the body’s inability to absorb nutrients and so it becomes deficient – a depletion of the main b vits for example greatly affects the nervous system’s ability to function efficiently. Years of over-eating, eating late at night, eating excessive amounts of animal protein, diary and fried foods as well as an overload of stress, grudge bearing and negative thoughts are the cause of my personal case of MS. These, lack of sleep, smoking and several other unhealthy habits may be involved in yours.

Liver

Having read Andreas Moritz’s wonderful book, I have undergone a liver and gallbladder flush, and I recommend everyone read it ASAP (or ASP as my dad says..!) I now understand better the link between the IBS I used to suffer from, and the constipation which is a symptom of MS.

I will try to outline the main steps involved here, however stress the importance of reading the book itself, which is a very comprehensive guide to the reasons for and how to carry out a flush at home. It also talks about a kidney flush which it is important to do if you have any kidney problems.

Basically, the author explains that most health problems (MS, Cancer, Asthma, Alzheimer’s disease, thyroid problems, osteoporosis, obesity, Heart disease and many many more) come from the formation and accumulation of stones in the liver and gallbladder. These stones gradually prevent the liver from doing its job. The liver is SO important. It cleans the blood and regulates hormone & cholesterol in the blood as well as so many other jobs – which are very well described in this important book.

The Liver Flush

Preparation:
You will need:
– Six 32 oz containers of apple juice
– Epsom salts (or magnesium citrate)
– Extra virgin cold pressed olive oil
– Fresh grapefruit (pink is best) or fresh lemon and orange combined
– 2 pint jars, one with a lid

– Drink 32 oz (1L) apple juice everyday for 6 days – slowly during the day, between meals (1/2 hour before or 2 hours after, avoid drinking it in the evening)
– Avoid food or drink which is cold or chilled
– Avoid animal protein, dairy products, spicy food and fried food
– Do not overeat
– Avoid taking medication/vitamins unless essential (to not overwork the liver during the flush)

The best time to do this is a day between full moon and new moon – new moon being the best for cleansing and healing. Avoid the full moon – we hold more fluids on this day than on others.

You must cleanse your colon before and after a flush. Ideally on the day of the actual flush and then again 2 to 3 days afterwards. This is essential to ensure minimal nausea during the flush, and to unblock the bowel before and empty it fully after the cleanse. The best way to do this is colonic irrigation, which I highly recommend. Moritz suggests you do a few colonic irrigations before any flushes. Although I ignored this and did only one before my flush, on doing the second one I realised that perhaps I should have listened to him..! I am doing another next week to clear out any remaining waste.
For other methods of colon cleansing, please read the book. You may also need a kidney cleanse first, I highly recommend reading the book to be sure of how to go about your personal flush.

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The Flush
On day 6:
– Drink the whole 32 oz of apple juice in the morning
– Eat a light breakfast if you are hungry in the morning (hot oatmeal or fruit is good)
– At lunch steamed/cooked plain vegetables with white rice and a little unrefined salt.
Do not eat or drink anything (except water) after 1.30pm.

6pm: add 4 tbls Epsom salts to 24 oz of filtered water in a jar = 4 servings of 6 oz.
Drink the first 6 oz serving now (use a straw or close your nostrils as it tastes bad!) brush your teeth after to get rid of the taste. You must not drink water directly after taking or ½ hour before taking the Epsom salts.

8pm: drink the 2nd 6 oz serving of Epsom salts.

9.30pm: If you have not had a bowel movement and not done a colon cleanse in the last 24 hours, take a water enema.

9.45pm: Wash the fruit, hand squeeze them, removing the pulp. You need 6 oz of juice. Add 4 oz of olive oil to the juice. Close the jar and shake hard until watery.

10pm: Stand next to your bed and drink the juice solution standing up, without interruption if possible. If you still need to go to the toilet, delay this step, but no more than 10 minutes.
Lie down immediately with your head higher than your stomach –use 2 pillows. If uncomfortable, lie on your right side with knees pulled towards your head. Do not drink water for at least two hours.
Lie in silence and in the dark for at least 20 minutes, concentrating on your liver. Go to sleep if you can. If you need to, go to the toilet in the night, You will probably feel nauseous in the night, this will pass as the morning progresses.

The next morning:
6-6.30am: (not before 6am) drink the 3rd 6oz serving of salts
Rest, but try not to lie down, do yoga or meditate.

8-8.30am: Drink the last 6oz serving of salts.

10-10.30am: You can now drink freshly squeezed fruit juice. ½ hour later you can eat 1 or 2 pieces of fresh fruit. One hour later you can eat light food.

Eat light meals for the next 2-3 days. Drink plenty of water, but try to stick to the rule of ½ hour before food and 2 hours after.
Have a colonic irrigation in the next 1 to 2 days: this is very important, to flush out the stones, some of which will certainly be left in the colon.

I could not believe how well this worked for me. I had a colonic irrigation on the 6th day and was shocked by how much waste came out. Then after passing about 50 stones during the flush, my second colonic irrigation removed lots more as well as very toxic substances that surprised even the therapist! (one colonic session was not enough to clear the bowels, and I am going to have another in the next week because there is definitely more waste to clear.) I feel light and full of energy, I really feel that I have found the missing link, and plan to continue flushing my liver until there are no more stones.

According to Moritz, there is no point in doing just one cleanse – you must do one a month (no more frequent than this though!) until you pass no stones in 2 consecutive flushes. He also warns of the dangers of not having your colon properly cleansed before and after – this, and not carrying out the consecutive flushes necessary, could cause more health problems than not performing the flush at all. He states that 6-8 flushes may be necessary to get rid of the stones, and that flushes should then be performed twice a year to avoid further build up of stones.

It is also important to change your diet so that no further stones are formed, and so that your liver can have the tools it needs to help you recover from MS. Please read the diet page for further information. Recovering from MS involves changing the way you live – for more information please explore this blog, which is a comprehensive guide to managing and stabilising your MS. You may also find the bibliography useful.

Finally I apologize for any underlined links, these are not my own, but I can’t seem to remove them! If any bold links lead you to advertisement, you can find the pages I meant to link in the blog’s menu.

Omega 3 rules

I have been reading about how Omega 3 slows down inflammation and discourages the growth of tumours while omega 6 works to help with inflammation, encouraging tumours. These findings are presented clearly in Artemis Simopoulos’ book The Omega Plan, where she explains that the chemicals produced in the body from Omega 3s work in opposite ways to those produced using Omega 6s. In recent years it has been proven that although omega 6 is not as harmful as saturated fats are, it is important to make sure your EFAs are mostly omega 3 sources. This means that if like me, you have been taking Evening Primrose Oil supplements, which contains only omega 6, you need to reconsider.

A high dosage of omega-3 fatty acids is necessary to reduce inflammation: 1-3g of EPA and DHA daily (check your fish oil/omega-3 tablets for these figures before you buy them) is what is recommended in Professor Jelinek’s book. I will make modifications to the diet on this blog ASAP. According to Simopoulos omega-3 helps to protect the body from not only auto-immune diseases, but coronary heart disease as well as cancer. The Journal of the American Medical Association published information in 2007 highlighting how omega-3 helped reduce risks of type 1 diabetes by over 50% in children at risk of developing the disease.

There are good plant sources of omega 3 such as linseed and its oil. According to Jelinek’s book canola and rapeseed oil as well as walnuts and pecans and their oils are also excellent sources. Just be careful to follow the good oil rules when choosing one.

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Omega-6 like omega-3 however does help work against the degeneration in MS. Also helpful against degeneration are monounsaturated fats which have no affect on the immune system.

Going Green 2

So, my Vitamix arrived a few days ago and the tastiest green smoothie I have so far discovered is spinach leaves with banana. It is much easier to eat a lot of green leaves if they are mixed with a fruit. Banana works well, blackcurrant not so well. It is important to note that the green tops of vegetables such as carrots and beetroot are the most valuable part! Don’t throw them away, blend them instead with other greens and fruit to make a deliciously nutritious smoothie. Even just green leaves on their own with a bit of lime is quite tasty – obviously don’t try this with bitter ones such as watercress, speaking from a very recent experience! Apple works well with every type of green leafy vegetable I have tried so far, including carrot tops which are actually quite nice.

I have also used the Vitamix to make great sauces to go with vegetables or fish using very little ingredients such as garlic, red pepper, lime and pumpkin seed oil, no cooking necessary. It is so quick and easy to experiment with the Vitamix that I am already getting quite good at knowing what goes well together. I made a Gerson carrot/apple juice yesterday and it was much nicer than I expected. I didn’t use a green apple however, because I couldn’t find any organic green ones, so it wasn’t really a Gerson juice…I’m sure it was good for me anyway. I have found that celery gives a smoothie a nice kick.  I am trying to eat only organic fruit and veg but finding it very expensive. If you are trying to do the same, look for a local organic growing scheme, the closest to me is organicalea in Waltham Forest, but there is also one in Hackney and I imagine that it is easier outside of London, wherever you are in the world, have a look on the internet for a scheme near you.

This new blender is incredible. I made some delicious peanut butter with just dry roasted peanuts! Obviously I have to be careful about how much I have due to the saturated fat content, but it was so satisfying to make my own. I will try sunflower seed butter today, which will be slightly healthier!