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

Slow and Consistent

I have never been very consistent with exercise or worked my way up to a level of fitness. I walked up Machu Picchu with a couple of  friends and other, much more experienced walkers, over the course of 3 days and in a pair of not very sensible skater trainers I had just bought. I always just started new sports suddenly, working out for the amount of time I aimed to reach from day one, without any aches or discomfort afterwards. I guess that’s what being in your 20s is all about.

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Similarly I remember that when I noticed my first symptoms of MS I had suddenly begun cycling to and from work (about 3 hours a day) with no previous build up or training – after years of not having cycled everyday/ for more than 20minutes at a time. First I had some vague vision problems in my right eye that seemed to resolve themselves before I got to see an optician. I was a hypochondriac at the time, so I saw one within two days of the onset of the symptom. A few weeks later, a strange and constant (over 3 weeks) pins and needles sensation in both my legs made me see my GP and then a neurologist. But even with that strange feeling in my legs, I pushed through and carried on cycling.

About 2 years ago, as a result of lower back and hip pain I stopped swimming and cycling  against my better judgement and giving in to my strong lazy gene. My back is much better but the last six months or so I have been unsuccessful in trying to get back into sport. I start up at the same intensity I used to practice at, expecting to be at the level I used to be at before I stopped. So from no swimming at all for two years, I would start to swim three times a day again, knock myself out, need to rest then do the same thing all over again and again. Even when the wise advice to build up slowly was shared with me – I understood: swim once this week, twice next week and three times the week after that. Well as you have probably guessed, that didn’t really work!

It looks though, like I have finally begun to make progress rather than maintaining or worsening my condition. I finally seem to be accepting the fact that any exercise needs to be increased very slowly, but also maintained as I go. So, although it felt ridiculous at first, I can now see that increasing yoga poses -by one second  a week (!!!!) is the way to go. With cycling it has been slightly more, but only very slightly – I am talking one-five minutes extra a week…So at this point I have been doing 4 minutes on the cross trainer per week for the last 2 weeks…and intend to increase to two 4 minute sessions a week this week – maybe – if I feel energetic enough. With yoga, I work through a set of poses everyday and increase the length of time I hold a difficult pose such as warrior 1; for about one or two seconds longer – each week. So last week I held each stage of warrior 1 for 10 seconds, and this week I increased it to 11 seconds. No lie. That is how gradual this needs to be for me. I now have an electric bike to it is pedal assisted and means I am not yet dealing with hills. Yesterday I did about ten minutes though as I was tired – it is important also to rest when you need to.

It is the same with walking – I am not going on a long walk until I reach that distance in my daily walking…but I am trying to walk every day to maintain the little I can so far do. It’s all about the long game….and so gradual baby steps, but maintained baby steps.

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Finally though, instead of feeling exhausted after an exercise session, I am starting to feel energized!

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The Auto-immune Disease Solution they’re not telling you: Episode 5 – The Products Destroying You and Your Family

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…!

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Oh boy it’s complicated!

Why can’t they all agree?! Terry Wahls follows Paleo principles, but Wahls’ high-fat diet is basically the opposite of Swank’s low-fat diet. I don’t think I agree with her paleo principles any more than Christina Warinner does:

Dr Mcdougal – who, like Dr Terry Wahls has MS and got himself out of a wheelchair using diet has a message quite different to Wahls’ ; that starch is important! His book is definitely worth a read. In this video he is encouraging us to live on starch:

The thing is also that we are all different; so maybe we all need to be much more individual about diets. What do you think? Please let me know your views, I am interested.

Nutritional Ketosis: How Fasting Reduces MS Symptoms

Recently I have noticed that when I do not eat e.g. by waiting a while before eating breakfast in the morning, or through intermittent fasting: finishing dinner at 5 or 6 and then waiting a few hours in the morning before breakfast; I have no or much less MS symptoms. This has been a sum-what problematic discovery for me, as I consider myself to be under weight and am trying to gain not lose weight.

Terry Wahls, in her book has led me to a possible explanation for why fasting feels so good by introducing me to the notion of nutritional ketosis; the acceleration of the production of ketones through the reduction of dietary carbohydrates.

Ketone bodies are a by-product of burning fat. They are small molecules containing energy produced by the liver using fatty acids during periods of low food intake such as fasting or when on low carbohydrate diets. Ketones cross the blood-brain barrier where the brain cells’ mitrochondria can then burn them as fuel. The longer you are in nutritional ketosis, the more enzymes the body will make for burning ketones; the easier it is for it to use them.

Nutritional Ketosis is a mechanism the body has always used to heal and survive at times when food is less available, for our ancestors; this was during winter. During this time the body begins to burn fats instead of carbohydrates. Because modern diets are loaded with carbohydrates, our bodies burn sugar for fuel instead of fats. The latter is easier but not more beneficial. Glycolysis* takes place through fermentation, in the cell cytoplasm, outside of the mitochondria. Sugary, starchy diets cause inflammation.  Burning fat is better for the brain and means our bodies go into the more efficient form of energy production that occurs when we go into ketosis*.

*Glycolysis: spliting of the sugar molecule

*Ketosis: the metabolic state in which the production of ketones is increased

Here is a brilliant video of Mark Mattson’s simple explanation of how neurons grow and synapses are strengthened during intermittent fasting – how it can help reduce inflammation and improve the ability of nerve cells to repair DNA:

Here is another good albeit quite long video on Nutritional ketosis:

 

 

Swank Vs Wahls

I am reading Terry Wahls’ book on the treatment of autoimmune diseases with a high fat diet. I have adopted her mega veg/fruit intake and am aiming at 9 cups a day (3 green leafy veg, 3 bright colours and 3 sulfur-rich). I have also cut out all grains and legumes as well as started to eat meat again…following the Swank diet rules as described by Judy Graham in her book Multiple Sclerosis – A Self-Help Guide to its Management and which I summarise here.

I think that the high-fat content prescribed on the Wahls Protocol is too contradictory to the Swank low-fat diet. I am still awaiting a response from Dr Wahls on Twitter about the contradiction between high/low fat – but can see from her webpage that it will not come without money changing hands first.

I think that people with MS (or any illness for that matter) should help one another with their findings instead of charging others for the knowledge. Anyway – that is my view; Dr Wahls obviously has her own.

Roy Swank introduced his diet in 1948 and so many have benefited from following it ever since. In comparison, Wahls’ diet is quite new. Although a high-fat diet has helped her tremendously, according to Swank; following a low-fat diet is essential in order to stop the progression of MS. Seeing as Dr Wahls was unwilling to comment on the differences between the two diets, and given the greater time period covered by Swank’s research; I think it is safer to stick to Swank.

If there had never been a Swank or Wahls… there are still facts to support a low fat diet for the treatment of MS. The illness is most common in the wealthier countries of the world,  and less so in less affluent ones. The exception to this rule is Japan. What do the poorer countries of the world and Japan have in common? A diet less reliant on animal foods than the countries where MS is prevalent. The heavy consumption of animal fat in richer countries has a direct correlation with a higher incidence of MS.

I do however believe that you must believe 100% in whatever you decide to do to improve your health. The mind is our most powerful tool; what we believe is of utmost importance.

Dr Wahls’ book has been helpful nonetheless. It has reminded me of the importance of vegetables – I am eating LOTS more now by following the 9 cup rule. It has also encouraged me to give up all grains – not just gluten ones and I feel better as a result. I am still bloated and need to work out what in my diet is causing this, but I am feeling very positive about these new changes in my diet.

Finally Wahls has introduced me to the notion of nutritional ketosis which provides an explanation to why I feel better when I do not eat.

 

Nordic Walking Poles

After a very long relapse, I have been reprogramming my brain with physio therapy in water and the use of Nordic Walking Poles on land :). The walking poles helped me remain upright and keep my balance when I had trouble walking. Now that I no longer need them I can see that as well as improving my walking they have also corrected my posture. The physio is ongoing in the water with my lovely auntie.

I also had a break in the sunshine in May which was extremely helpful 😀

I LOVE WALKING IT IS A JOY TO BE IN REMISSION WOOOHOOOO!!

I will not be sitting through the cold next winter! Sun sun sun 🙂

Tis the Season to Have a Relapse

Every year it’s the same. It’s getting boring now. You do too much – just one more thing – just one more and then I’ll rest – just this and then day off – and, before you know it, you can’t do anything anymore, for the next two or even three months. Sound familiar? You go to a wedding, to your boyfriend’s gig, to a baby shower. You’re doing loads, you feel like you again. Nothing crazy, no out-til-6am like the good old days; but maybe until midnight (woohooo) twice in a row (uh-oh). Two places to go in a day – MS Action (home for lunch) then to my sister’s house. Exhausting. Seriously. That’s how it is. I’m feeling tired just thinking about it, (right n0w it’s 8.30 and I’m ready for bed, teeth are clean and at 9 I will be in bed, I assure you. (I will probably finish this post tomorrow.)

As I was saying, you go to a wedding, do the shopping, work on your project. Go to a funeral. For me, grief is definitely the straw that breaks the camel’s back (fav expression of a friend I used to have). How can I describe it? Sadness is heavy. It is a load everyone struggles with. It is something you let yourself give into, in the moment, you stay in it a while longer than your body is telling you you can.

I have been thinking about this relapse problem. I need to learn my lesson, and slow down – especially in winter, when my body is weaker. I need to break the chain, and I am determined not to relapse next year. I will lay low and sit this one out as I must, but next winter I will take it easy until the weather gets warmer, and hopefully, I won’t relapse.

Health First; Friends and Family Later

Friends and family have always been important to me, but this year’s spring clean has also involved filtering out harmful relationships. I am very lucky; most of my friends have been extremely supportive of my decision to treat my MS without the use of steroids or disease modifying drugs. One of these friends is a doctor who prescribes allopathic medicine on a daily basis. She is one of the most open-minded people I know. She has never treated my anti-drugs attitude with an ounce of doubt, she sees that I believe 100% in what I am doing and so she is supportive of my decision. She is training to be a GP and I am so pleased for the lucky patients she will soon treat. There are other people in my life who have been much less supportive.

Being over-sensitive is one thing – and a thing that many people with MS have in common (if this is something you need to work on I highly recommend reading A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle)- but having worked on this personally, I find I am much less offended now by things that people say. What I am talking about here is not over-sensitivity on the part of the person with MS, but negativity directed onto them by other people.

Some people are blinded by the system we live in. People who work hard everyday have reason to be critical of people who are able to work and choose rather to claim benefits. However, whatever the government and the ‘free’ press want you to believe; these people are a minority, and there are many people fighting chronic illness who need to work part-time or not at all in order to manage their condition. When the Job Centre decided that my fluctuating long-term condition did not mean I was not fit to work fulltime, one friend rejoiced, claiming this was a sign of my obvious good health (!) I have also had several friends who were critical of my natural approach to treating my MS. These people are dangerous for anyone suffering from a chronic illness, and these are the kind of people that we need to filter out of our lives.

Another source of negativity is that of people who  do not approve of me taking responsibility for my illness, researching ways to manage it naturally and being disciplined in my endeavour to regain my health. A person I know who also has MS told me to “live a little!” when I refused to eat some chocolate cake (!) This was very funny to me; as I am following a diet specifically in order to continue living, and I hope “a lot” (!) but such is the behaviour of others who wish not to make themselves responsible for their own health. It is a personal decision; each person needs to make it for themselves.

MS is a challenge, it needs to be approached positively, and I decided, that if I am to succeed in my natural treatment of it; any negative influence in my life needs to be removed. It is nice to have childhood friends around, but not if their snide comments and mind games interfere with your healing process. One of these such friends snapped at me when I tried to defend her boyfriend in a discussion over him not being a professional, because he was working on an artistic project that did not generate much income. To me the sound of this guy’s creative dream was of great value and I tried to stand up for him but as a result was called unprofessional myself because I was working part-time. With friends like these…all the energy I invest into my health is undermined.

And so the process of de-cluttering began last winter, in the anticipation of spring. It has expanded into family life too, which has provided great relief. When family members are un-supportive or a source of stress or anguish the friction their words, actions or expectations bring to your life is just not worth it. So I have put one family member in their place, and where this was difficult to do, distanced myself from others. All of this has provided great relief and left me feeling unburdened.

Why should people expect you to do things for them because you have more ‘time’ or, if you do not work as much as they do, judge you as lazy? MS is a chronic illness, to manage it successfully you need to learn to manage stress – and remove unnecessary worries and tension from your life. Criticism, even when unspoken is felt and is very unhelpful. Things that other people have no trouble doing are not always as easy to do for someone with MS, no matter how ‘well’ they look. Chronic fatigue and brain fog are very common, as are many other invisible symptoms that people with MS deal with on a day-to-day basis. Anyway, I find that when people are critical and counterproductive in this way; it is that they are unsatisfied with their own way of living; they are only harming themselves. Distance yourself from that negative energy, it can only harm you.

In Judy Garner’s book (an essential read for anyone with MS), there is a section on relationships which talks about how MS cannot be walked out on by people who have it, but can by their partners. I am lucky to have a very understanding partner. But am aware that not everyone does. If you have MS and your partner or friends are un-supportive; you have great reason to let them go and start afresh. They will only hold you back, and may impede your recovery. MS is a journey, let it take you where you want to go, do not let others stop you achieving your goals – no matter how long they’ve been your friend, no matter how much they may need you; friendship is a two-way street. No one has the right expect anything from you. You alone can decide what you should do with your life; a stress-free life style with plenty of rest and exercise is the way forwards. It is great to have big plans. Recover your health first so that you are fully able to make them happen, leave the unhelpful people behind.

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.

What Antibiotics Do to Gut Flora

Aminoglycosides are antibiotics which do a lot of damage to good bacteria colonies in the gut. If they are prescribed over a long time, they will completely destroy the good bacteria under their attack, leaving bad bacteria free to reign.

Antifungal antibiotics                                                                                                                                                                            Combinations of antibiotics such as these are more dangerous than single ones. They leave the gut full of empty pockets for pathogenic bacteria to install themselves in.

Penicillins let bacteria found usually only in the bowel to move into the intestines, predisposing you digestive problems such as IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome).

Tetracyclines are often given to teenagers often over the period of a few years. They change protein structures in mucous membranes making the gut wall vulnerable to the invasion of dangerous microbes whilst informing the immune system that it needs to attack these proteins. So these antibiotics are capable of initiating an auto-immune reaction in the body.

Even when the antibiotics have been prescribed for a short time, it takes beneficial bacteria a long time to recover. Time to fix your gut?

Candida Albicans

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.

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.

Olive oil

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!

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)