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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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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.

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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:

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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.

 

Chicken/Wood Pigeon Stir Fry

Frying without oil may seem difficult at first, but it can be just as easy and delicious. The following serves one:

50/60g chicken/wood-pigeon, 1/2 leak, 1 carrot, 1/2 onion, slice of squash, lemon/orange/lime, coriander, garlic, salt, pepper, herbs, linseed, sunflower seed, pumpkin seed

– Chop the carrot and squash into cubes (I usually steam these for five minutes to make things go faster)

– Add to pan with meat and sprinkle in squeezed lemon/orange or lime, fry for 5 mins

– Chop and add the leak and onion, salt and pepper and herbs (I use herbes de provence or mixed herbs)

– Add more lemon/lime/orange juice (keep doing so to stop food from burning)

– Add chopped garlic and coriander and keep stirring for five mins or so, or until meat is ready

– Serve with a tbsp of olive oil and a tsp of freshly ground linseed, tsp of sunflower seed and tsp of pumpkin seed

This delicious and easy stir fry can be made using different vegetables – I usually go for whatever’s in the fridge, and is a tasty, quick and very healthy meal. It follows all the rules of the MS Diet.

Fermenting Vegetables: How To

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.

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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.

Non Starchy Vegetables

Asparagus, French artichoke

beetroot, broccoli, brussel sprouts

cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, celery, courgette, cucumber

garlic, green beans, green peas

kale

lettuce

marrow, mushroom (avoid if doing an anti-Candida diet)

onion

parsley, peppers (all colours), pumpkin

runner beans

squash, spinach

tomatoes, turnips

watercress

Legumes are difficult to digest because they contain phytic acid, lectins, enzyme inhibitors and starches as well as other anti-nutrients such as these.

The following beans are non-starchy: Dried white (navy) or haricot beans, lima beans (fresh or dried), string beans, lentils, split peas. Soak dried beans for at least 12 hours before rinsing to remove harmful lectins and starches before cooking. Do not eat these if you have diarrhoea or other digestive problems. Do not buy ready cooked beans as they are not normally pre-cooked. White (navy) beans can be used for cooking where the are nut or wheat intolerances. When you are ready to introduce legumes to your diet again, do use a fermented form: soak for 12 hours minimum, cover with water (and whey if you are tolerant) and leave to ferment at room temperature for 4-5 days. Rinse before cooking.

Fish Stock

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.

Meat Stock

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.

Chicken Stock:

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.

Stomach Acid

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.

I think I will try the natural alternative to Betaine: sauerkraut and sauerkraut juice before food to prepare the stomach for food. Meat stock is also recommended to do this.

Vitamins and Flushing

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:

-start juicing

-take a good probiotic

-supplement liquid fish oil and cod liver oil

-carry out liver and kidney flushing

-follow the gaps diet to heal the gut so that we can cure our nutritional deficiencies naturally

Honey

Honey should be taken as un-processed as possible. Cold-expressed honey is the healthiest type for human consumption as others are often heated to quicken their extraction from the honeycomb, which of course damages the micro-elements of the honey.

Honey has many health giving properties; it is a natural antiseptic which can be applied to open wounds, eczema and other skin rashes, mouth ulcers and erosions. It is a source of numerous vitamins and amino acids and can contain many bio-active substances depending on the flowers it has been collected from. It used to be used as medicine for arthritis, anaemia, cancer, debility, digestive troubles, insomnia and headaches, as well as infections of the throat and chest.

If you tend to crave sweet things like honey and sugar, you might have and Candida overgrowth in your gut. Another sign of this is a craving for carbohydrates; click here for more information. So it is important that honey and all other sweet things (except fresh fruit) are avoided as part of an anti-candida diet. It can be re-introduced once the Candida has cleared.

When following the GAPS Diet, natural honey is allowed as it contains fructose and glucose which a GAPS digestive system can deal with. It should however be avoided at the beginning of the diet to discourage Candida growth.

The GAPS 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 anti-candida diet combined with a gluten and casein free diet. This is because Candida is never alone in the digestive system, it lives with many other bacteria which damage the gut wall.

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.

To assist with detoxing, wash with natural soaps every evening and use epsom salts in your bath every two days. Click here for more washing detox tips.

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.

Second Stage

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.

Third Stage

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.

Fourth Stage

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)

Fifth Stage

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.

Sixth Stage

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.

After completing the introductory diet, continue drinking Meat and Fish Stock once a day.

– Take probiotic foods with every meal

– For salads use good oils and lemon juice as salad dressings, add a tbs of pre-soaked (for 12 hours)/sprouted seeds

– 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.

Click here for a list of non-starchy vegetables.

Sugar and anything with sugar in it

starchy beans and peas: soybeans, mung beans, beans, bean sprouts, chick peas, faba beans, click here for a list of non-starch legumes.

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.

Gut and Degenerative Diseases

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wheat and Milk: Why Are So Many of Us Intolerant?

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).

2) In the small intestines these peptides are subjected to pancreatic juices before reaching the intestinal wall where peptidases (a type of enzyme on the microvilli of enterocytes) break them down.

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.)

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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.

Mucous Overload

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.

Cod Liver Oil – vitamin A and D

Cod liver oil

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As well as providing omega3 EFAs DHA and EPA, cod liver oil provides vitamins A and D. Look for fermented cod liver oil as the quality will be better.

The vitamin A in cod liver oil is in its natural preformed state, making it easier to absorb for people with digestive problems that other supplements. Vitamin A is also available in liver, kidneys, dairy products, eggs and oily fish. Marine liver oils are the richest sources of it, so cod liver oil is a good option. There is also the question of the toxicity of vitamin A, in high doses to consider. Although vitamin A is available in fruit and vegetables as well as the aforementioned foods; but to convert carotenoids from fruit and veg into vitamin A, we need magnesium, zinc, several amino acids and other nutrients which means that people with MS are not absorbing vitamin A correctly, because they are usually deficient in all of these substances. On top of this, many toxins can block the conversion from carotenoids into vitamin A, and people with MS are already very toxic. When it is working correctly, the liver is also able to store vitamin A for up to three months, but again, in people with MS this is not the case.

So there is little risk that taking cod liver oil will raise your level of vitamin A to a toxic one. An adult needs to take 20 times the RDA of cod liver oil to reach a toxic level of vitamin A. If you have MS it is highly likely that you are deficient in vitamin A. If all this is not enough to convince you, remember that people with MS have difficulty with fat metabolism – that is why they need to avoid saturated fats. And people who have trouble digesting fats are almost always found to be deficient in vitamin A. And gut disease is a symptom of vitamin A deficiency, because without this vitamin the gut lining is unable to do its job correctly. Malabsorption and leaky gut syndrome are common results of a deficiency in vitamin A. Lactating mothers need higher doses of vitamin A making many infants deficient in it; leading to future digestive problems for them. Vitamin A is involved in immunity, and used to be called the “anti-infection vitamin”. Infections especially with high fever destroy vitamin A in the body. If you are susceptible to ear and chest infections, your vitamin A reserves are always being depleted.

The best source of Vitamin D is sunlight, and we must not avoid the sun; skin cancer is caused by processed food and toxic lifestyles, just like all cancer. The trans fats in vegetable oil and margarine is often stored in the skin and are responsible for the skin cancer dilemma, those and some chemicals used in sunscreens. In the winter, we need to make sure we are consuming food sources of vitamin D – cod liver oil and eggs and liver are good sources. Butter is also rich in vitamin D but harmful to people with MS because it is high in saturated fat content. Cod liver oil is by far the richest food source of vitamin D. Vitamin D is very important for people with MS, who are always found to be deficient in it. So make sure you get plenty of sunlight on your skin in the summer, and supplement it with cod liver oil when you do not, such as in winter. As for toxicity, only synthetic forms of vitamin D such as vitamin D2 can be toxic. The body knows how to deal with natural vitamin D, and vitamin D and A, if they are present in the right amounts; will not allow each other to get out of control. This explains the widespread deficiency of vitamin D in the West – an overload of vitamin A from fortified foods (processed foods) leads to a deficiency in vitamin D. avoid these foods and use only natural sources like cod liver oil, eggs and sunlight to get these vitamins.

According to Dr Natacha Campbell it is sensible to double the doses recommended for cod liver oil for the first few weeks of taking it. These recommended doses are: 1/2 tsp for adults, 1 teaspoon to 1.5 teaspoons for pregnant and lactating women, 1/4 teaspoon for children and 1/3 teaspoon for small children and babies. Babies and small children can have the dose rubbed onto their skin, the nappy area being the best place, as the skin will absorb only what the body needs. If you do not use ferment cod liver oil, use one with a vitamin A to D ratio of 10:1. Consult manufacturers first.