Try it to know. Open your mind to try.
Please watch this…episodes are availabe for 24hours at a time:
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:
Read here to discover the environmental damage caused by cranberry farming:
Quick…watch it it’s free now!!! – The last of the series on autoimmune disease and how to overcome it. I am already touched to hear from people in similar situations. Episode 8:
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This mind-blowing episode is on the effect that our daily environmental exposure to toxins has on our health. The amount of chemicals we are exposed to everyday has drastically increased; up to 74 billion pounds of chemicals are being imported or produced every day in the US alone. Chemical use is being increased at a rate of 3% per year and it is estimated that this figure will be doubled by 2024…!
Of the 100.000 chemicals introduced since the 1940s only 5% of these has had their safety tested. Once introduced ‘successfully’ they no longer need their safety checked. Industry is not expected to prove these chemicals safe – it is only if proven detrimental that they are looked into! All US citizens now have at least 108 different chemicals and heavy metals in their body.
The toxins and heavy metals in our food, beauty products, cleaning products and general environment disrupt the communication of cells in our body – misaligned messaging between the wrong cells and organs takes place and the body starts attacking itself in self defense as a result. We not only need to detox our bodies of chemicals but remove them from our environment altogether. Some of these chemicals bind directly to human tissue representing the first stage in auto-immune diseases and cancer.
Our food is toxic. Supermarket chicken, even organic chicken is bathed in chlorine…! The mineral depleted soil our food grows in makes us vulnerable to the toxicity. The dyes used to colour the sheets we sleep in and the flame retardants they are loaded with have hormone distruptors. Hormone distruptors alter the function of hormone pathways in your body. Instigating autoimmune diseases. Here is Please watch this documentary:
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Free today please watch if you can…might explain a lot of things you hadn’t managed to relate to one another in your mind =allergy-autoimmune connection
Episode 1 is a general introduction but episodes are being uploaded and removed daily. Today’s is on gut health PLEASE watch it, you may know lots already but I feel this is a great resource to summarize the important bits. Episode 2 (today’s) is about how digestive issues are a warning sign for auto-immune disease. If you suffer from digestive issues this is for you:
People have been fermenting foods for thousands of years, it is what they did before the invention of refrigerators! Fermenting vegetables is not only a good way to store them for longer, it also makes them tastier and has many health benefits:
1) Fermented vegetables are more nutritious, their minerals are easier for the body to get hold of. What’s more; the bacteria produced during the process of fermentation produces B vitamins.
2) Fermented vegetables are easier to digest because the bacteria produced during the process makes enzymes that help with digestion.
3) Fermented vegetables act as a probiotic and can be used instead of commercial probiotics which can be quite costly.
Fermenting vegetables means that you can have nutritious summer vegetables available to you in winter, so it is a way of eating your favourite local organic veg all year round. You can ferment any vegetable, fermented cabbage is a health food often eaten in Germany, you may know it better as Sauerkraut. I find that carrots and onions are delicious fermented. I have tried many vegetables and can’t think of one that was unpleasant in its fermented form.
Waste no time and get fermenting straight away:
1) Cut/shred your vegetables into small pieces
2) Place in a bowl and squeeze their juices out using a meat hammer or the bottom of a jar – whatever you can find (!) There is special fermenting equipment available, but a basic glass jar works fine in my experience.
3) Add quite a bit of natural salt to keep pathogenic bacteria out. People generally say 3 tablespoons of salt per 5 pounds of veg works. If you do not want to use salt, be sure to use celery juice.
4) Pack the vegetables tightly into a jar so that the juices are on top. To do this, you will need to use a tool to push the vegetables to them bottom. Any vegetables outside of the juice will quickly turn into mould which it is not a good idea to eat! If you do find a bit of vegetable has escaped, you can just remove this from the jar at the end. It is a good idea to weigh the vegetables down so that they do not float to the top. I used stones to do this and it worked fine. Once this is done properly, there should be enough juice to cover the vegetables. If you find there is not enough, or would like more probiotic juice, you can blend celery and add the juice as a brine. There must be a bit of air ontop of the juice and you must seal the jar tightly.
Store your jars of fermenting vegetables in a cool dark place. It is best not to store them in a cold place as it will take them longer to ferment. The same is true of an overly warm place where they will ferment too quickly.
Wait for three to four weeks before trying your vegetables. They will be tangy and work well in salads or soups. Have a bit with each meal so that they work as a probiotic.
Once you have opened a jar of fermented vegetables, you will need to keep it in the fridge. Make sure remaining vegetables are covered with the brine when you put them in the fridge.
Fish stock is made with a whole fish or bones, fins and heads. Cook with the meat, but then separate for other meals.
It will take one to one and a half hours to make:
Put bones, fins, heads and skin into a pan with a lot of water
Add 10 peppercorns
Bring to the boil, reduce heat and leave to simmer for 1 hour- 90 minutes
Add natural salt
Once cooked remove all bones and meat, sieve to remove smaller bones and peppercorns.
Keep meat for other meals, it is very important to eat this fish meat.
Keep the stock in the fridge for up to 7 days or freeze. These are good to drink throughout the day.
You can blend the stock with well cooked vegetables – steaming is a tasty way to cook them.
For meat stock you will need meat on the bone, a whole chicken, giblets from chicken, goose or duck, whole pigeon or pheasant. Use bones and joints as they are the parts which will provide the substances that heal as opposed to the actual meat muscle. Large tubular bones should be cut so you can use the bone marrow inside once cooked.
NB: For people with MS, it is important to limit saturated fat consumption to a maximum of 15g a day. For a guide on how much saturated fat different meats contain, click here.
Lamb, Beef or Game Stock:
Trim the fat off before cooking.
Cook bones, joints and meat in a lot of water with natural salt (unprocessed) and a tsp of crushed black peppercorns.
Bring this to the boil, cover and simmer on a low heat for two and a half to three and a half hours.
A slow cooker will allow you to do this overnight.
The stock will be more nourishing if you cook the meat for longer.
Remove the bone marrow from tubular bones while still warm. You can do this by banging the bone on a wooden chopping board. Both the bone marrow and the gelatinous tissue around the bones will provide your gut and immune system with some of the best healing remedies it needs. Eat these with every meal.
Use a whole (or half) chicken, put in a lot of water, add salt and bring to the boil.
Leave to simmer for 90 minutes – 2 hours.
Remove chicken and sieve the stock. Your stock is ready. You can eat the meat with vegetables, separately to reduce your intake of saturated fat. Click here for a guide to how much saturated fat there is in chicken and other meat.
Keep the stock in the fridge for up to 7 days or freeze. These are good to drink throughout the day.
You can blend the stock with well cooked vegetables – steaming is a tasty way to cook them.
Constipation is always a sign of deficient intestinal flora. Normal gut flora is very involved in normal stool formation and elimination. Healthy evacuation should take place once or twice a day. If this is not the case, action must be taken to restore normal digestion. It is a symptom that many MS patients suffer from.
The Persian physician Ibn Sina Avicenna wrote about the importance of regular enemas in the 11th Century as part of treatment for serious health conditions. They are highly advocated for the treatment of conditions such as autoimmune disease and cancer. This rings true to me, having done several liver flushes involving enemas and colonic irrigations; as a result of the latter and diet changes, constipation is no longer a problem for me.
Persistent constipation is dangerous and it is important to resolve this problem. It leads to all sorts of digestive disorders including bowel cancer and poisons the whole body because of the toxins which remain in it. Many specialists recommend enemas daily, before bed followed by a warm bath with Epsom salt, seaweed powder, cider vinegar, bicarbonate of soda or sea salt. Rubbing cold pressed olive oil into the abdominal area after the bath is said to be a good idea also to relieve constipation, the skin will absorb it well enough. Enemas are an immediate solution but the way to fix constipation long-term is through diet and probiotics.
Laxatives are not recommended for people with digestive problems, even if they are herbal. Following the MS diet will relieve constipation, but it is also important to deal with the cause: gut dysbiosis. If you are constipated, drinking more water throughout the day and eating more vegetables will definitely help.
The stomach normally produces hydrochloric acid which lowers the pH to 3 or less, so that when the stomach walls activate pepsin (an enzyme which digests protein) it is able to do its job properly. This means that when there is not enough acid in the stomach proteins are not digested properly, the most troublesome of these being gluten and casein which are only part-digested because of the low-level of acid and cross the blood barrier in the form of casomorphines and gliadomorphines to reach the brain, blocking normal brain activity and development as a result.
Stomach acidity is responsible for regulating the ability of the liver and pancreas to deal with the arrival of food. This is because it is important that the duodenum has a pH lower than 2 before food reaches it in order for its walls to produce the hormones secretin and cholecystokinin. These hormones are absorbed into the blood and taken to the liver, pancreas and stomach as well as other organs. Secretin stops the stomach producing juice which stimulates the production of bile in the liver so that the intestinal lining knows food is on its way. The latter then produces mucus to protect itself and stimulates the production of alkalising bicarbonate in the pancreas in order to neutralise the acid in the food coming from the stomach, preparing it for the digestive enzymes on their way from the pancreas. This alkaline pH is necessary for pancreatic enzymes to digest carbohydrates, fats and proteins. The second hormone, cholecystokinin is the one which commands the production of these digestive enzymes. When it is not made by the duodenum walls (because not enough acid is sent from the stomach with the food) the pancreas will not produce the digestive enzymes needed for that food.
Cholecystokinin also gets the stomach to stop working so that the gallbladder empties its bile into the duodenum so that fat can be digested, inducing the pancreas to release juices and start digesting the food. Without the hormones secretin and cholecystokinin, digestion cannot take place. When stomach acid is low, this is what happens. Food is thus maldigisted and mal-absorbed leading to nutritional deficiencies. Particles of mal-digested food such as casomorphins and gliadomorphins are absorbed through the leaky gut wall causing trouble in the brain. Others provoke allergies and autoimmune reactions damaging the weak immune system even more.
Carbohydrates which are not digested properly become food for abnormal gut flora click here to read about the havoc that these go on to cause. Undigested food is left to rot in the digestive tract, poisoning the entire body further. The body does its best to seal these toxins and prevent them from poisoning us further, by combining them with cholesterol and storing them as stones in our liver and kidneys.
Antacids are prescribed for indigestion; further reducing the stomach’s ability to produce acid and aggravating the situation even more. Dr Natasha Campbell suggests supplementing stomach acid with Betaine HC1 with added Pepsin before each meal. This is not to be taken with probiotic powder as the latter will be destroyed; it is better to take the probiotic first thing in the morning and with or after food as acid will be at its lowest. These are only to be taken until the gut starts healing.
People with MS as with many other chronic diseases are deficient in many vitamins and minerals because their bodies are so overloaded with toxicicity. In order to provide their bodies with these vital vitamins and minerals they need to supplement their diet with vitamins.
Disease occurs when tissues have degenerated, toxic materials accumulated and the body can no longer remove them. This is when symptoms start to occur. To reverse disease we need our tissues to be better functioning and cleaner with more vitality than we had before. To get to this point, we need to help the body, by cleaning it with liver flushing and by eating only helpful foods that will be used for the repair that needs to take place. Prior to and during this great clean up, we need to take vitamins, as the body is unable to absorb them naturally from the food we eat as before the illness.
Further to these problems; there is also the problem of fillers and binders used in vitamin tablets which will aggravate an inflamed digestive system even further.
There is also the problem of nutrients competing for absorption sites in the gut, so we can’t take too much of anything – and higher doses than the usual RDA of vitamins are usually advisable for people who are ill!
However the subject of vitamins is, with reason, much debated. The body recognises vitamins in our food but synthetic vitamins are not often absorbed due to the poor state of our digestive systems and anything that is absorbed is often unrecognised by the body and sent to the kidneys to be disposed of through urine. This can then lead to kidney stones. People suffering from autoimmune diseases among others are likely to have digestive troubles already, and these supplements only add to their toxic load. Despite the poor state of my digestive system, I have found on blood tests that my body does absorb the vitamins and I think this is because I use high quality vitamins like higher nature, True foods and Biocare. Who knows however, if the vitamin readings are due to them being in the blood on their way to the kidneys.
I am thinking about stopping these vitamins as I go on the GAPS diet as Dr Campbell explains that they only serve to aggravate the digestive system further and can interfere with the process of healing the gut. She suggests we take liquid supplements which do require as much work to break down. It is also important to choose supplements with a high absorption rate such as those with fulvic acid which not only increases absorption of vitamins but also has chelating properties for heavy metals. You can provide fulvic acid by ensuring your probiotic has soil bacteria in it (as it is produced by this bacteria).
I know also that once we have freed the liver (and kidneys if necessary) from its stones, it will be free to work at its optimum. Once the liver is fully functioning, we will absorb all the nutrients we need from the food we eat as nature intended. Then we can stop taking supplements, stick to a healthy diet and lifestyle and let the body take care of itself as before.
Until you have healed your gut and restored your liver, it is sensible to keep on taking the vitamins you know your body absorbs (you can find out by asking your doctor for a blood test) and by taking liquid supplements such as fish oil and cod liver oil, because these are easier for the body to absorb. It is also a good idea to get juicing and provide the body with easy to absorb food in this way so that vitamins are easier for it to get hold of in concentrated amounts. Taking a good probiotic also increases the body’s ability to absorb vitamins by up to 50%.
So in conclusion, to fix the problem of deficiencies, we need to:
-take a good probiotic
-supplement liquid fish oil and cod liver oil
-follow the gaps diet to heal the gut so that we can cure our nutritional deficiencies naturally
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
GFCF (Gluten Free Casein Free) Diet
Wheat and gluten (protein found in grains)- this includes barley, oats, rye,spelt. Gluten-free wheat products are also to be avoided if not organic.
Processed carbohydrates containing gluten (Children with Autism need to follow a more structured elimination of food types, read Gut and Psychology Syndrome for more information).
All starch and complex carbohydrates must be removed – carbohydrates especially starch and refined sugars feed pathogens in the gut as well as elsewhere in the body. Removing these foods restricts the activity of these pathogens. This means no grains or starchy vegetables. Even healthy people have trouble digesting starch, so it often goes undigested, providing food for bad bacteria, so that they may thrive and fill the gut with the toxins they produce; which then leak into the blood. The reason we crave these processed carbohydrates is that we have abnormal gut flora, which needs them to survive. Click here for a list of non-starchy vegetables which you can still eat whilst on this diet.
Only eat ripe fruit – fruit especially when unripe contains sucrose – a double sugar, which cannot be absorbed without the enterocytes splitting them up into monosugars; something they are unable to do when gut flora is abnormal. Instead it will become food for pathogenic bacteria.
Once the gut has been healed, it should be OK to go back to wheat and gluten in moderation. If you have MS dairy should be avoided as a general rule anyway.
Do not worry about cutting out fibre from carbohydrates; fruit and vegetables provide a much better source of fibre that is less harmful to an impaired digestive system.
It is also sensible to follow the anti-Candida diet and the GAPS diet to heal your gut and stop any further problems from developing in your digestive system; the GFCF diet alone will not fix everything on its own.
Most chronic degenerative illnesses have been associated with an overgrowth of Candida – from arthritis and digestive illness to cancer, neurological diseases, ME, MS and Fibromyalgia.
Candida Albicans and the trouble it causes are a result of abnormal gut flora. It is able to grow out of control because of antibiotics. Antibiotics kill both good and bad bacteria but have no effect on Candida. After taking antibiotics, Candida is left to thrive and get out of control in the body. It also thrives on processed carbohydrates and sugar. At the bottom of this page you will find a link to the anti-Candida Diet.
Candida like other opportunistic bacteria can push apart intestinal cells due to their spiral shape, breaking down the integrity of the gut wall; causing leaky gut syndrome. They attach themselves to the wall, inserting themselves in a root-like fashion, making it leaky. This means that substances that should not cross the intestinal wall are able to. This is how we develop food allergies – part digested, or undigested bits of food cross the gut wall into the blood. They are then recognised as invaders and attacked by the immune system. Allergies often disappear when a leaky gut is healed.
Not only do Candida and other opportunists cause a leaky gut, they also breach the gut wall themselves and get into the lymph and blood, going on to cause trouble in other organs in the body. The first place that they cause problems though is the digestive system. The toxins made by candida reduce the stomach’s ability to produce acid needed for digestion.
so abnormal gut flora soon leads to illnesses of the digestive system. There is a link between different strands of Clostrida, which like Candida is unaffected by antibiotics; and serious inflammation of the digestive system. Other strands of this bad bacteria are linked to serious digestive illnesses such as Chron’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Other, sulphur-reducing bacteria have been linked to autism because it has been shown that 95% of children suffering from autism have a severe deficiency in sulphates.
Yeasts such as candida take over the glucose and carbohydrates and digest them through alcoholic fermentation, which is not how they should be digested. As alcohol and its by-products have quite a small molecular weight, they can cross all of the body’s barriers, getting into the blood rapidly. The resulting chronic presence of alcohol from eating many carbohydrates and sugars is very damaging. It impairs digestion by damaging the gut lining which leads to malabsorption, causing multiple nutritional deficiencies, damage to the liver and immune system, brain and nerve damage as well as a lot of other damage, for more detail, read Natacha Campbell’s book.
Opportunistic flora produces harmful toxic by-products. Again these by-products are not toxic when the flora producing them are balanced by the presence of good flora. When the gut wall is not healthy, the toxic by-products cross it and get into the bloodstream, causing trouble. Neurotoxins for example can cross the gut wall and effect the nervous system. The mixture of toxins emanating from the gut can be quite individual and this according to Dr Natasha Campbell is why GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) patients conditions and symptoms are so varied. A well-known example of these by products is histamine, also produced by some of the cells in our bodies. Well, certain opportunistic flora also produce it as a by-product of their metabolism. In the absence of good flora this opportunistic bacteria is left to take over and too much histamine is produced. Because histamine has many roles in the body, all of these go wrong because there is too much of it. Then we experience symptoms of the following: addictions, allergies, autism, constant low blood pressure, over production of body fluids, emotional instability and hormonal changes such as PMS (due to malfunctioning of the hypothalamus) as well as problems sleeping.
The fact that abnormal flora can cause emotional instability does not surprise me. I find that I and all of the people I have met with MS without any exceptions; are over sensitive. It is something I have often wondered about. I myself am working hard on not being so, but it is difficult, and with each new MS patient I meet, I am confronted with the same problem of over-sensitivity.
When candida consumes carbohydrates, alcohol is produced. A very toxic by-product of alcohol is acetaldehyde. The latter can alter proteins, stopping them from doing their jobs correctly. The presence of these changed proteins has been linked to autoimmune reactions because the antibodies created to attack these changed proteins also damage other normal proteins in the body with similar structures. The most common antibody found against the body’s own tissues is the one which attacks myelin. Damaged myelin=multiple sclerosis. The yeast overgrowth in children with autism and dyspraxia causing acetaldehyde explains the relationship which exists between the neurological picture of these illnesses and MS.
Acetaldehyde like phytates bind to proteins making nutrients we need useless in the body because they are unable to do their job because acetaldehyde is taking up their place, attaching itself to proteins. Vitamin B6 is one of the nutrients rendered useless. B6 is essential for the production of neurotransmitters, it is involved in the metabolism of fatty acids and has many other jobs too. It does not matter how much vitamin B6 is in the diet, it cannot be used in the correct way and so the patient becomes deficient in it. This happens to many essential nutrients in the body and they become useless to us. The same thing happens to GAPS patients in the thyroid. It is producing lots of hormones, but acetaldehyde (and other toxins) is taking up their work space. So the person develops thyroid deficiency symptoms such as depression, fatigue, lethargy, poor immunity, poor temperature control, weight gain, etc. The only way to fix this is by fixing the leaky gut. The first step to this is the Anti-Candida Diet.
This diet is based on what Dr Natacha Campbell suggests is needed to clean up the digestive system so it can heal and become a source of nourishment instead of one of toxicity. I have altered it to cut out the high saturated fat content, as people with MS need to be careful with saturated fats. If you are not sure if you have a leaky gut or not, click here.
The GAPS Diet for people with MS
Preparation for the Diet
Take a probiotic so that there is good bacteria present and the healing may commence! Use a trustworthy brand such as Biocare or True Foods (Higher Nature). Take before eating – and once you have brushed your teeth, at night before sleeping if you suffer from ear infections. (This will reestablish good bacteria in the ear, nose and throat areas, to fight off infection.)
Avoid foods containing Acrylamides always, not just whilst on this diet.
The GAPS Diet
Once you have gotten rid of any Candida as well as gluten and casein, you can start the introduction to the GAPS diet which will provide a rapid fix for a leaky gut. I have just started a Kidney Flush so I am off animal proteins for 20 days, and I am in the middle of liver flushing which involves avoiding animal protein for a week each month but once I have completed this, I plan to follow the GAPS diet in order to heal my gut! I have started the anti-candida and GFCF diet in the meantime.
As aforementioned, the full GAPS diet is tricky for people with MS due to its high concentration of saturated fats, but the introduction diet, meant to heal the gut is fine and recommended by Dr Campbell for anyone with serious digestive symptoms. These symptoms include abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhoea, reflux, severe constipation, etc. These symptoms should soon clear allowing the healing process to begin in the digestive system. The purpose of the Introduction Diet is to heal and seal the gut lining quickly.
The Introduction diet is also a good idea for people with food allergies and intolerances, who are more than likely to have a leaky gut. Allergy testing is difficult if you have a leaky gut, as with a damaged gut wall a person is not able to digest their food correctly. This means that partially digested food is forever being absorbed that way, causing allergic reactions. You might find you are allergic to everything! Before following the diet, for foods you think you have a real allergy to; there is a sensitivity test you can do. This involves putting a drop of the food (mix with water and mash if it is solid) on the inside of the wrist. It is best to do this before bed, allowing it to dry first; so that in the morning you can see if you’ve had an allergic reaction to it. If the area is itchy or red, it is a good idea to avoid that food for several weeks. It is important to test the foods as you would eat them – so cook them or use them raw accordingly. once the gut is healed, mal-absorbed food and toxins will no longer be able to cross the gut wall into the blood, so these allergic reactions will no longer occur.
Stick to the foods listed. If on the introduction of new foods you suffer from abdominal pain, diarrhea or any other digestive symptoms which were improving in the previous stage, go back a stage.
The GAPs diet controls pathogens and heals the gut, so that partly digested food stops crossing into the blood – stopping allergies and lowering toxicity, giving the brain a chance to work normally. At the same time the nutritional content of the diet is high, remedying the existing deficiencies. Fruit and vegetables are easy carbohydrates to digest, and so should replace other carbohydrates while you are on the gaps diet.
The easiest proteins to digest are eggs, fish and meat, so these should be eaten to give the digestive system as little work to do as possible while we are fixing it. Boiling, stewing and poaching will make these easier to digest, avoid frying, roasting and grilling at first.
Baking and fruit should be avoided for the first few weeks, introduce fermented foods gradually.
Stage One of the GAPS diet:
Drink a warm cup of still mineral or filtered water first thing in the morning, followed by a probiotic.
If you are constipated, introduce sauerkraut or fermented vegetables immediately to the diet.
Have home-made meat or fish stock everyday, this will provide building blocks for rapidly growing cells lining the gut, and sooth inflammation in the area. Chicken stock in is particularly gentle on the stomach and so is a good starting option. Meats which have been cooked in water are much easier to digest if the digestive system is sensitive.
Keep drinking warm meat stock with and between meals -do not use a microwave to warm it up as this denatures food. The fat in the stock and on the bones is important to eat as they aid the healing process, but obviously people with MS need to make sure they do not consume too much saturated fat. Click here for a good guide to saturated fat per oz of fish, meat and poultry. Remember that saturated fat needs to strictly limited to a maximum of 15g a day, click here for more information on the importance of balancing your fats. Add probiotic food into each cup such as sauerkraut.
Homemade soup can be made using your stock and well cooked vegetables – steaming works well – use non-starchy vegetables but avoid fibrous ones such as celery and cabbage. Remove fibrous parts of vegetables like marrow, pumpkin and squash seeds and skin, the stalks from broccoli and cauliflower, as well as any fibrous-looking parts. Once the vegetables are soft, add 1 to 2 tbsp of chopped garlic, bring to the boil and then blend or have it as it is. According to the GAPS diet this soup can be eaten with bone marrow and meats/fish however those of us with MS need to be careful not to eat more than 15g of saturated fat a day, so make sure you use the saturated fat guidelines to insure you do not over-do it!
Probiotic foods must be introduced right from the start. Introduce them gradually from 1-2 tsps a day of sauerkraut juice or fermented vegetables for five days then 3-4 tsps for the next five days, until you are adding a few tsps to each cup of stock and soup. The fermented vegetable juice is to help restore normal stomach acid. Do not add probiotic foods to food which is too hot so as to not destroy the probiotic bacteria.
For chronic severe constipation, introduce juices of sauerkraut and other fermented vegetables, increasing the amount every day. Dr Campbell suggests introducing kefir, sour cream yoghurt and whey at this stage, but people with MS need to think about this because of the saturated fat content of these foods and the level of saturated fat they will also be consuming from meat broths. If you want more information about these dairy products, read Dr Campbell’s book.
Natural ginger, mint and camomile tea with a little honey between meals is helpful (not from commercially available tea bags, make these freshly, chop some ginger and boil to make tea etc.
Remember that detoxifying can cause symptoms itself, while toxins are floating in the blood, before elimination. This is temporary and as the body detoxes, this uncomfortable reaction will die down. I have already started following the anti-candida diet and GFCF diet with no negative effects, but I have been on the MS diet for years, and have already done 5 liver flushes, so I have already done a great deal of detoxing. If this is not the case for you, it can be a good idea to have a homeopath or nutritionist oversee your dietary changes, and help you deal with any detox symptoms that may occur.
Take the soups with bone marrow, boiled meat or fish and other soft tissues off the bones (obviously, counting the saturated fat content of meals)
Keep drinking meat stocks and ginger tea
add raw organic egg yolk to the soup (1 a day/4 a week)
Keep increasing the amount of sauerkraut juice
introduce fermented fish or Swedish gravalax start with a small piece per day, and increase gradually.
continue with previous foods
add ripe avocado, mash into soups 1-3 tsps/day gradually increasing
eggs can now be introduced (remember that they are high in saturated fat and so no more tha 1/day, 4/week should be eaten.
introduce sauerkraut and fermented vegetables, start small gradually increasing to 1-4 tsps in every meal.
continue with previous foods
add roasted/grilled meats gradually (not bbq or fried) No burnt or overly brown bits though. Eat meat with cooked vegetables/ fermented veg/sauerkraut.
add cold pressed olive oil to meals – few drops, to 1 or 2tbs
Introduce freshly pressed juice – begin with a few spoons of carrot juice. Use clear, well filtered juice. Consume slowly, ‘chewing’ each mouthful. If well tolerated, increase to a cup a day. When this is fine, add celery, cabbage, lettuce and fresh mint leaves. Drink juice on an empty stomach, first thing in the morning, or mid afternoon.
Crackers can be made with seeds and vegetables (only seeds will be too high in saturated fat)
If all has been tolerated:
Try adding cooked apple as puree.
Raw vegetables can now be added, start with softer parts of lettuce, and peeled cucumber.Gradually increase if well tolerated. Other raw veg can then be introduced, tomato (unless nightshade sensitivity -after completing the introduction diet you may find you are no longer sensitive to these), carrots, onion, cabbage etc, concentrate on chewing the vegetables well – as long as evacuation continues to be fine, you are ready for this step, if not – backtrack…If you suffer from diarrhea, all vegetables used need to be peeled, de-seeded and cooked until it has cleared, so you need to take your time with each step and not move on too quickly.
Start adding fruit to vegetable juice if it is well tolerated – apples, mangoes, pineapple but no citrus fruit yet. If diarrhoea is present, continue to avoid fruit and then try again with cooked apples once it has settled. When you no longer have a problem, introduce raw fruit but not with meaty meals as they can impair the digestion of meat. However lemons, avocado and sour apples do work well with meat.
If all has been tolerated well, introduce raw peeled ripe apple. Slowly introduce other raw fruit and more honey. Always use ripe fruit as unripe fruit is full of starch. If diarrhoea is present, continue to avoid fruit and then try again with cooked apples once it has settled. Berries are good for the GAPS Diet as they are very good for detoxing full of vitamins and minerals but not if you have diarrhoea. If this is the case avoid berries like all other fruit and then slowly introduced them cooked before you try them raw. When you no longer have a problem, introduce raw fruit but not with meaty meals as they can impair the digestion of meat. However lemons, avocado and sour apples do work well with meat.
Slowly introduce bread
It can take just a few weeks or up to a year to finish the introductory stages of the diet. Monitor stool changes, and beware of abdominal pain; you can not be experiencing abdominal pain and still move to the next stage. There are also certain foods that will cause it: I find that bananas give me abdominal pain; pay attention to your body, keep a diary of its reactions and learn what yours in particular is sensitive to. If you experience diarrhoea, wait for it to clear before moving to another stage. Introduce foods later if your body is not ready for them. Continue to take the soups and meat stock at least once a day after the introductory diet is finished. Because we are removing fiber from the diet, you may experience constipation – enemas and colonic irrigation can help to manage this, but personally I have found that eating more vegetables in soups for instance works well to combat this. Juicing is also very effective.
The Full GAPS Diet
– Drink a glass of warm water first thing, followed by one with lemon in it or a tsp of apple cider vinegar.
– drink a fresh fruit/vegetable juice to aid the body with its morning detoxing activities. Click here for some juicing recipe ideas
The water and juices will aid the body to detox in the morning, fresh fruit can also help.
According to Dr Campbell it is best to have breakfast at 10am once the detoxing is finished. She explains that this is why some people feel sick earlier in the morning and are not ready for breakfast. I think this is a personal thing and also needs to work around your day (!) I am more convinced by Andreas Mortiz and traditional Chinese medicine which advises you to have breakfast before 8 so that you have enough bile to digest it, and similarly lunch at 12… you need to leave enough time between meals for digestion and for the body to do other things.
– Take probiotic foods with every meal
– Eat eggs with the yolk uncooked but the white cooked (remember not to eat more than 4/week (with no more than 1 a day) because of their saturated fat content)
– If diarrhoea is present (it shouldn’t be at this stage – you may have sped through the introductory diet to quickly) you need to eat cooked vegetables as opposed to raw, and not yet be eating seeds- meat/fish stock can help
– Eat avocado with meat, fish or shellfish,
– Eat lots of home-made soups
– Continue to drink fresh herbal teas
– Follow the MS Diet rules
– avoid the following:
starch/gluten: grains and derivatives wheat, rye, rice, oats, corn, maize, sorghum, barley, buckwheat, millet, spelt, triticale, bulgur, tapioca, quinoa, couscous
starch vegetables and derivatives: potatoes, yams, sweet potato, parsnip, Jerusalem artichoke, cassava, arrowroot and taro.
Sugar and anything with sugar in it
Avoid lactose and anything containing it: yoghurt (not home-made), buttermilk, sour cream, processed foods with added lactose
This GAPS diet must be followed for at least 1 and a half to 2 years to insure the gut is healed. Some people will need longer, it depends how long their gut has been damaged for and how severely as well as how old they are; kids heal faster. Once you have had at least 6 months normal digestion, start re-introducing gluten-free grains. Always begin with small amounts and pay attention to your body’s reaction over 2 to 3 days after a small portion of the food being re-introduced. You can try gluten-free grains such as buckwheat, millet and quinoa, first prepare them by fermenting them beforehand. thereafter the MS diet should still be followed. You can start re-introducing new potatoes and fermented grains with good quality wheat, rye flour or sourdough.
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.
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.
Why are so many people intolerant to milk and wheat?
It is all dependent on bacteria in the gut.
The digestion of milk and wheat proteins is quite complicated in comparison with other food, it involves two stages.
1) Digestive juices in the stomach help to split wheat and milk proteins into peptides (partially broken down proteins).
In a person with a healthy gut all of this works fine. If the integrity of the gut has been compromised however, the enterocytes are in such a poor state that the second stage does not take place. Because of this, the morphine-like structures of some of the peptides (casomorphines and gluteomorphines or gliadinomorphines) are absorbed into the bloodstream without first being broken down. They then interfere with immune system and brain function. For peptidases to do their work correctly, they need stomach acid, but again, due to abnormal flora, GAPS people usually have very low stomach acidity. They are also suppressed by the sheer number of incoming dietary peptides (by the time they reach the gut they should have already been broken down). As a result, peptidases are unable to function as normal; breaking down hormones and neurotransmitters once they have done their work. The body becomes overloaded with the debris of peptides, causing damage and even psychological symptoms.
Is it any wonder that people with MS are so toxic? The same goes for other GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) patients. Most of this toxicity comes from the digestive system which is unable to evacuate toxins or even break them down correctly. (For more information on GAPS, where it comes from and how to deal with it read Dr Natacha Campbell’s book.)
Research has shown that people with auto-immune conditions such as MS have high levels of casomorphines and gluteomorphines in their bodies. (This is also true of patients with ADHD, Autism, Depression, psychosis and Schizophrenia – for more details on how poor digestion is related these conditions, read Gut and Psychology Syndrome.) People who suffer from autoimmune diseases, alcoholism, depression and schizophrenia have damaged enterocytes because they are missing the bacteria needed to help them function correctly. This results in pathogenic bacteria damaging the gut wall, letting through poorly digested proteins such as casomorphin and gliadomorphin, which as abovementioned are impossible to digest; cross into the blood and are taken to the brain.
In order to digest lactose (milk sugar) we need E.coli, among other good bacteria in the gut. E.coli appear in the gut of healthy babies in the first few days after birth and remain there for life as long as they are not destroyed by antibiotics and other environmental factors. The absence of good bacteria leaves the enterocytes unable to digest lactose or starch. Instead they stay in the gut feeding pathogenic bacteria like Candida as well as adding to the overload of toxins, further damaging the gut wall and poisoning the body. Milk products which are fermented well are generally lactose-free because the fermenting bacteria will feed on the lactose. So well fermented yoghurt, soured cream, kefir and natural cheese are easier for the human gut to digest, and soothing to the gut lining, helping with healing and providing the body with B, biotin, k2 and other vitamins. People with MS need to be careful about dairy anyway because of its high saturated fat content.
However, milk also contains the protein casein. Research has shown that in an unhealthy digestive system, beta caseins (one form of casein) turns into casomorphin-7 and is taken up by 32 areas of the brain. These brain areas are in many cases in charge of communication, hearing and vision. In order to be harmless, milk needs to be fermented at home – you cannot trust commercially available fermented milk products, the fermentation process in these is never long enough. Further to this, these products are often then pasteurized; killing probiotic microbes and changing the protein and fat structures, removing nutrients in the process.
Another problem with milk is that it is very easy for us to develop allergies to it because of the range of antigens (immunoglobulins) in it. If a breastfeeding mother consumes dairy it is possible to the child to be sensitive to the antigens she passes on through her milk.
When mucous membranes are attacked by pathogenic bacteria produce a lot of mucous to protect themselves. Large amounts of mucous get in the way of digestion, coating food particles; stopping digestive enzymes and bile from reaching them, resulting in lots of undigested food, particularly fats. This can be seen in greasy stools and leads to deficiencies in vitamins A, D, E and K. When starch and double sugars are avoided for long time, mucous production becomes normal, improving the absorption of fats.
The state of a baby’s gut also depends on whether they are being breast-fed, and receiving all the good bacteria they need from their mother’s breast milk, and as a result it also depends on the state of the mother’s gut. This problem can be avoided by following a diet to heal the leaky gut.
This diet is nothing new, digestive disorders were treated with it in the 20th century! Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) has been used many times to cure Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis and Celiac Disease. It was found that patients of these disorders react well to dietary proteins and fats. The trouble foods were complex carbohydrates from grains and starchy vegetables as well as lactose and sugars. The problem with Celiac Disease is that it has been turned in the medical world into a gluten intolerance. Many people diagnosed with Celiac Disease find that the gluten-free diet does not work for them; this is because it is not just gluten that needs to be avoided. They should really be advised to follow a SCD diet or better still, a GFCG one, so that they stop reacting to milk and wheat proteins, among other substances that leak into their blood, as well as the GAPS diet to fix their leaky gut.
If your gut wall is not working correctly, it is best to avoid wheat and milk (as well as their derivatives), to stop feeding pathogenic bacteria in order to allow enterocytes to recover, until the gut flora is restored.