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Cranberry juice drinker? I’ve just read why the cranberry drink you get in the shops is worthless. Here is an interesting article on the importance of where you source your them and why it is important to get them organic:
Read here to discover the environmental damage caused by cranberry farming:
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.
Sprouts are very good for the nervous system. During sprouting, minerals bind to protein making it easier for the body to use them, helping the body extract more amino acids, essential fats, minerals and vitamins from the rest of the food you eat.
Seeds and beans become even healthier foods when sprouted before using. Sprouted sunflower seeds are full of iron and chlorophyll – which helps detoxify the liver and blood. Pea and alfalfa* sprouts are also renowned for their excellent properties.
*although Alfalfa seeds are said to be very good for you, they have very high levels of canavanine, an amino acid. Some studies have linked canavanine to the worsening of inflammatory conditions. For this reason, people with MS should sprout other seeds instead.
But why are they so good for our health? When sprouting, seeds convert some of their sugar into vitamin C to use as an antioxidant as it sprouts into the new open air environment. They have more vitamin C at the sprouting stage than later when they mature. They also start synthesizing a range of new enzymes, in order to deal with oxygen metabolism as they sprout above the soil.
Doctors in Germany experimented with around 100 MS patients. The patients were given sprouts and green juices as the main part of each meal. Each of them improved, 15 of them recovering completely.
Sprouts are also rich in silicon, which is good for the skin.
Seeds, beans, chick peas and many other foods are very easy to sprout. Beans and chickpeas can be soaked in water for a few days and they will sprout. Put seeds in a wet glass jar, and leave by the window, in sunlight to sprout. Here is a useful video for sprouting sunflower seeds. After 12 hours of soaking, seeds sprout slightly and become much easier to digest.
In Conclusion: eat more sprouts!!!!
Organic fermented soya in miso, natto, soy sauce and tempeh is the only type of soya that has any health benefits.
If soya is not organic and fermented, you can be sure that it has been stripped of any nutritional value it is claimed to have. Firstly, 90% of soya is genetically modified. Secondly, if it is an ingredient in your food, by the time it gets to your plate it has become soy protein isolate. To make the latter, once its fiber is removed, soybeans are washed in acid in a large aluminium tank during which it absorbs aluminium, a substance which will remain in it once it has been transformed into the finished product. After this nitrate and other chemicals are used to treat it. Nitrate is known to be involved in the development of cancer. It ends up as a powder without taste which makes it very easy to use in processed foods and obviously soya milk.
A few interesting facts about soya:
*The consumption of soya impairs the absorption of iodine, reducing thyroid function.
*Soya is full of phytates (Phytates also found in nuts, seeds and grains such as whole grain are strongly antioxidant but bind up minerals such as magnesium, calcium, iron and zinc, preventing the body from absorbing them. To counteract this eat whole grains with vitamin C-rich foods and probiotics.)
*Almost all autistic children tested for allergies has been found to be allergic to soya according to tests carried out by Great Plains Laboratory.
Soya is very harmful to health. Only organic fermented forms are good for you.
According to Dr Max Gerson, the causes of all degenerative diseases are toxicity and nutritional deficiency. That’s why in 1930 he created The Gerson Therapy: a natural treatment involving an organic vegetarian diet combined with raw juices; a logical detox combination. It also involves coffee enemas, which I had never heard of before, but which Dr Gerson thought was very important. This natural therapy is aimed at activating the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Patients following it were to drink fresh organic raw juices every hour up to thirteen times a day.
It is thought to work by breaking down the fruit and vegetables enough to make their nutrients vitamins and enzymes much more digestible. Victoria Boutenko highlights the importance of this in her book in terms of green plant leaves which are made of tough cellulose and which we do not chew well enough to make the most out of. In MS the body is not absorbing nutrients as well as it should and so the process of blending raw fruit and vegetables is all the more important. I read today that vitamins in capsule forms are also difficult to absorb for those with degenerative diseases due to digestive weaknesses which are often present. So, perhaps it is worth investing in more organic vegetables, and a good Vitamix blender rather than vitamins which you may not absorb properly.
It is highly recommended to avoid non-organic fruit and vegetables, especially root vegetables which absorb toxins in the soil. Non-organic fruit and veg should never be blended because this would concentrate the chemical fertilisers and herbicides which would be very harmful, and work against your body’s curative process. Having learnt this today, I had a good think about what I eat. It is mostly organic, but with some non-organic produce too. It is going to be expensive, but I think it will be a worthwhile investment to go 100% organic, so I have decided to, from today…I’ll let you know how it goes!
One of Dr Gerson’s most famous recipes is Hippocrates Soup which strengthens and repairs the immune system; pretty useful if you have MS, don’t you think?
His therapy involves four main juices;
Green juice – must be taken straight away due to its active nature
Carrot Juice: 4-5 carrots – can be kept refrigerated for up to four hours
Apple/Carrot Juice: three small carrots and one medium green apple (apparently the combination makes a magical healing potion)
Orange (or Grapefruit) Juice – no skin, just the whole fruit
After all the reading I have done around MS, I think that fish,liver and the right oils are essential materials for the regeneration of myelin sheath, and as a result should not be removed from your diet. The rest of one’s diet however should be focused on detoxification and fixing other nutritional deficiencies.
It has been proven by research and trials carried out by Professor Swank and Professor Hugh Sinclair that MS can be managed effectively using diet. It was discovered that the consumption of saturated fat led to the quickening of the degeneration of the myelin sheath in people with MS. By avoiding saturated fat, and keeping it to a maximum of 15g a day, whilst increasing the consumption of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats – EFAs (essential Fatty acids). For a clear and logical explanation and more detail of the tests carried out and their results, please read Multiple Sclerosis – A Self-Help Guide to Its management by Judy Graham.
In simple terms the diet is as follows:
Eat at least 3 fish meals a week
Eat organic organ foods i.e. ½ lb liver a week (Waitrose sells organic liver in the UK)
Eat yourten a dayof fruit and vegetables (mostly veg though)
Eat a generous helping of dark green leafy vegetables every day
Eat linseeds or products made from linseed everyday (good source of alpha-linolenic acid)
Eat a salad made of mixed raw vegetables everyday with 2 tsps of polyunsaturated oil
Eat as much fresh food as possible rather than processed food
Try to eat only organic fruit and vegetables and get your ten a day
Eat whole foods rather than refined foods
If you are going to continue eating meat, choose lean meat. Trim all fat off the meat before cooking.
Use polyunsaturated margarine and oil (make sure that these have not been processed or hydrogenated)
For more info on diet, have a look at the pages on this blog under ‘Diet – the basics’.
Here are some very interesting links about foods aimed at mylein shealth repair: