HealthPosted by annshaw Fri, February 13, 2015 11:27:32
When people consult me with
pains in their joints/knee/muscles/hips/weight/ invariably the root cause can
be wheat/cows dairy (not goats)/gluten/soya. These symptoms often disappear quite rapidly
with the elimination of one or all of these foods. However, I advised one lady to eliminate oat
biscuits, as I considered that she was consuming a number of these regularly.
We had explored other avenues
as to why she was still having pains in spite of cutting down on wheat and various other foods. She was advised to have an X-ray as several
osteopathic treatments had not solved the problem. I then heard from her this week telling me
that after just a few days of eliminating oats, all the pains were 80% gone,
and today they have almost vanished.
Obviously she is very pleased that symptoms that were causing a lot of
distress, have now disappeared.
Commonly I find the culprit is
wheat/gluten and I have seen many people whose pains, (severe), vanished when
cutting out cows milk/cheese/yogurt/beef.
Having said that, wheat/gluten
can be a major factor. Dr. William
Davis, MD, Cardiologist, explains in his book, Wheat Belly, the effects wheat
has on the joints/arthritis/ and how two slices of wholewheat bread breaks down
into 2 tablespoons of white sugar. Of
course this will cause weight-gain/obesity as well as a number of other health
problems, including atherosclerosis and thyroid issues.
If you are sensitive to
wheat, one of the symptoms can be weight-gain. The 'modern' wheat we now eat is
completely different to ancient wheat. Modern wheat has 42 chromosomes, whereas
ancient wheat had only 28 chromosomes, so it is a very different substance. It
contains twice the amount of gluten and also contains proline making it
indigestible to the human body, which is why it has become so allergenic. My
previous blog goes into wheat/gluten more thoroughly...
In conclusion, porridge oats
are an excellent fibre and the colon desperately needs fibre to function
properly. However, I do see that many
people have porridge every single day, as well as oat biscuits, and this can
back-fire and actually result in constipation.
We were not designed to eat the same foods every single day of the year,
and many health problems can be avoided by varying our diets. There are a vast quantity of different foods to choose from - we are not restricted to pasta, bread, pastries
and incessant sandwiches.
Link to Ann Shaw Clinic website
HealthPosted by annshaw Fri, August 01, 2014 11:42:55
Many common household products can affect your mood and behaviour as well as your overall health, such as certain washing
powders/fabric conditioners/deodorants/toxic incense sticks/air fresheners/and
other chemical-ridden products you find under your kitchen sink and in your
bathroom. From the medical journal, Cancer....
people who use incense have an increased risk of getting cancers of the
upper respiratory tract--including mouth, sinus, throat, and laryngeal
cancers--as well as squamous cell carcinoma. Note: the elevated risk seems to
be associated only with very heavy use over a period of years.
Although I wrote a blog on my
website some while ago about washing powder/panic attacks/anxiety/behavioural
problems/mood swings etc. it is really about time people looked at the
ingredients of what they are inhaling and putting on their skin. I am finding
more and more of the people that consult me with their health problems, are
actually suffering from neuroses from chemical over-load, and not necessarily
from food-related problems.
'Parabens in cosmetics bypass
the metabolic process and enter the blood stream and body organs intact. It has
been estimated that women are exposed to 50 mg per day of parabens from
cosmetics.' This link may help to give
some idea on the 17 chemicals to avoid...
I find that the most
expensive cosmetics contain the most chemicals, but it is not just cosmetics
that concerns me, it is the toxic smell of washing powder/fabric
conditioner/deodorant/air fresheners etc. that are affecting us mentally and
HealthPosted by annshaw Tue, May 27, 2014 11:26:40
Vitamin B7 is one of the 'B' vitamins in 'B-complex' and also
known as Biotin. A deficiency can lead
to hair loss/alopaecia. One of the ways
of becoming deficient is eating too many egg-whites or smoking ~ just some of the other symptoms of a
deficiency can be dry scaly dermatitis, depression, listlessness, nausea,
vomitting and tingling in the arms and legs.
Some people take Vitamin B7 to ensure a strong and healthy head of hair,
but no 'B' vitamin should be taken in isolation, so 'B' complex is the ideal
way of ensuring a 'B7' intake. Also, ensure
a zinc supplement is included as you should not take vitamin 'B6' or zinc
without eachother ~ organ meats and egg yokes are a good source as well as
berries/fruits, nuts, halibut, salmon, onions, cucumber, carrots and
cauliflower. However, always check your
vitamin/mineral status first before self-prescribing supplements.
Link to Ann Shaw Clinic website
HealthPosted by annshaw Fri, April 25, 2014 15:52:46
A diet high in processed
sugar has been linked to cataracts, diabetic retinopathy and AMD (age related
macular degeneration). A lead Scientist,
at the Human Nutrition Research Centre in Massachusetts who has been involved
in numerous studies, including the Nutrition and Vision Project, found that all
three conditions had one single thing in common - a diet high in processed
This Scientist, Chung-Jung
Chiu and his researchers found that those with the highest intake of
carbohydrate, (more than 200g. per day), were two and a half times more likely
to develop opacities than those eating the least carbs. His findings were bolstered by an Australian
study where researches examined in depth the dietary habits of 1,000 patients
aged 49 or older with no history of cataracts after five and 10 years. Those with the highest G.I. (glycaemic
index), or sugar contents of the foods consumed, predicted the incidence of
cataracts. Those with the highest G.I.
and poorest quality carb diets had a 77% greater risk of developing cataracts,
than those who ate low G.I. foods.
Chiu then recruited 4,000
participants and discovered a 49% increase of AMD in those with a G.I. higher
than average. These three conditions
have one common risk factor - a highly processed diet that persistently causes
hyperglycaemia or high blood sugar. When
you eat too much sugar it leads to the expression of genes relating to hypoxia,
(too low oxygen levels), and ends up bombarding the eye with too much sugar,
while depriving the eye of NECESSARY OXYGEN.
Researchers from Harvard
School of Public Health found that AMD patients consuming high levels of
vegetable fats nearly quadrupled their risk of disease progression, whilst high
intakes of processed foods laden with any type of processed fats,
(animal,saturated,monunsaturated and polyunsaturated) doubled the risk of its
progression. Too high levels of omega-6 fatty acids, found abundantly in most
processed foods, can contribute to the oxidative damage seen with age-related
Omega 3 essential fatty acids
found in fish and a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can guard against all
three conditions - one of the most powerful diets of all is the Mediterranean
diet, rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, beans and olive oil. People who exercise for just seven hours a
week, lower their risk of AMD by two thirds, while running and moderate walking
can cut the risk of cataracts significantly.
To prevent eye problems, eat
a Mediterranean-type diet, consume enough protein, stop smoking, (cadmium), eat
spinach, kale, cooked collards and cabbage, which are rich in lutein,(the most
effective carotenoid antioxidant for they eye), eat seafood, bilberries,
blueberries, avoid lead exposure, (which has been linked to cataracts), wear
sunglasses in the sun, and avoid certain drugs such as sulpha-based, antidepressants,
anticoagulants, antihistamines, antihypertensives and viagra, in which two
thirds of those taking viagra have 'blue vision' - abnormal blue-tinged vision
for at least four hours after taking the drug.
Cataracts, AMD and even
diabetic retinopathy can be prevented, halted or even reversed by adopting a
Mediterranean style diet including lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, limiting
sugar, including moderate exercise and taking appropriate supplements.
Link to Ann Shaw Clinic website
(Information from May 2014
HealthPosted by annshaw Thu, February 13, 2014 16:10:06
If you want to avoid
burn-out, which can take a very long time to recover from, then it is important to check yourself for
Are you constantly saying, 'I
have a million things to do!'
Do you find yourself 'chasing
your tail' and never quite catching up?
Do you work more than 40
hours per week?
Are you feeling anxious,
restless and tense?
Are you experiencing hair
loss or alopaecia?
If you suffer digestion problems - have they worsened?
Do you have dilated pupils?
Has your blood pressure and
Do you have financial
Have your suffered the loss
of a close family member or spouse or friend?
Do you sleep less than 8
hours per night?
Are you menopausal?
Have you suffered a job loss?
Are you under or over-eating?
Do you have relationship
difficulties or issues with work colleagues?
Are you suffering a serious
Are you experiencing divorce?
Are you mentally and
Stress can be short-term or
prolonged, and prolonged stress can lead to adrenal exhaustion, which in turn
can affect the thyroid gland. Other
health problems can manifest such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease,
depression, high cortisol levels, (fat around the middle), as one symptom, insomnia, gastrointestinal disease and cancer.
Why is it that some people
can cope with an enormous amount of stress, and others can only cope with very
little before they become ill? An
imbalanced response to stress can create and worsen the condition. By that I mean the importance of eating a
balanced and highly nutritious diet to support and help repair the body, so
that it regenerates itself. Exercise,
yoga and meditation can also help at this time.
Stress depletes the 'B'
vitamins, which supports the nervous system, and alcohol can deplete vitamins and
minerals further at a time when they are needed so
A deficiency of vitamin B6
can lead to hair loss and insomnia, and I came across an interesting Forum, which
may be helpful on this.
We need to support our
adrenal glands in order to avoid burn-out, and Vitamin 'C' can help with this,
together with Vitamin B5 (Calcium Pantothenate), Adrenal Glandulars, along with various other supplements.
Sometimes it is not until we
have reached burn-out that we realise how far we have allowed stress to
overtake our lives, and I really believe that if you can take a check on
yourself before this happens, then you are in a stronger position to reverse something
that can result in quite serious consequences.
I would not advise
self-prescribing, but to seek nutritional advice on dosages from a qualified
Link to Ann Shaw Clinic website
HealthPosted by annshaw Fri, January 03, 2014 15:17:52
sensitivity symptoms can mimic the same symptoms as suffered by coeliacs, and
is now very wide-spread. The 'modern'
wheat we now eat is completely different to ancient wheat. Modern wheat has 42 chromosomes, whereas
ancient wheat had only 28 chromosomes, so it is a very different substance. It contains twice the amount of gluten and
also contains proline (see footnote), making it indigestible to the human body,
which is why it has become so allergenic - we cannot cope with it. Wheat is also high on the Glycaemic Index, quickly
breaking down into sugar.
Modern wheat was
introduced in the 1950s and 60s in a movement called the “Green Revolution”.
The father of the movement, Norman Borlaug, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize,
credited with saving 1 billion lives.
Wikipedia states that:
Borlaug led initiatives that “involved the development of high-yielding
varieties of cereal grains, expansion of irrigation infrastructure,
modernization of management techniques, distribution of hybridized seeds,
synthetic fertilizers, and pesticides to farmers.”
He pioneered new
“improved” species of semi-dwarf wheat that, together with complimenting fertilizers
and pesticides, increased yield spectacularly. This new farming technology was
propagated world-wide by companies such as Dupont and Monsanto." However, these new technologies focused on
improving efficiency and output, with little or no regard to human nutrition.
This Green Revolution was about solving world hunger, but we’re now discovering
some unintended consequences.
According to Wheat Belly
author Dr. William Davis, “this thing being sold to us called wheat—it's not
wheat. It’s this stocky little high-yield plant, a distant relative of the
wheat our mothers used to bake muffins, genetically and biochemically light years
removed from the wheat of just 40 years ago.”
And now scientists are
starting to connect modern wheat with all manner of chronic digestive and
inflammatory illnesses. Whilst in theory
it is still possible to track down the ancient wheat varieties, it is generally
true to say that none of the flour or resulting wheat products in supermarkets,
or general stores will be of these varieties.
Many people avoid wheat because they suspect they are sensitive to
gluten and may find they can tolerate spelt or kanut. But actually these also contain gluten. So I would question the suitability of wheat
itself before assuming that it is just the gluten content that is the problem.
wheat can result in:
2. IBS relief
3. Acid Reflux improves
4. Increased energy
5. Better sleep
a startling connection between wheat and cardiovascular disease/diabetes, as
well as headaches/migraines and joint pains.
people that have previously had no problem with wheat may commonly find they
become sensitive to it in their 40's or 50's, as there can be a loss of
tolerance to gluten, resulting in the inflammation of the small intestine. Symptoms of this can include brain-fog, which
can persist for a few hours or even a few days after eating gluten (more so
gluten sensitvity symptoms also include:
pain/diarrhoea/constipation/IBS/loose bowels/fatigue/headaches/foggy mind/mouth
ulcers/skin rash/dermatitis/arthralgia/iron-deficiency anaemia/folate deficiency
- not all.
William Davis is a world-famous Cardiologist, and for several years not one
heart attack occurred in Dr. Davis's surgery, once he eliminated wheat and
sugar from his patients diets. Grains
are inflammatory foods, and consuming wheat gives cravings for more carbs,
which can result in obesity and diabetes which are the number one threat to our
economy because of the cost and 80% - 90% responsible is wheat.
gluten-free foods, may not be the answer, as they can be weight-gaining and
have negative health consequences. Giving up grains and turning to soya and corn
is even worse. For alternatives use
almond meal, ground almonds, almond flour, pecans, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds,
coconut flour, goldenseal flaxseeds. For
quick recipes (meals in 30 minutes), I would recommend Wheat Belly Cookbook by Dr.
Link to Ann Shaw Clinic website
The possible harmful effects that proline
supplementation can have when taken in excess are as follows.
Low Blood Pressure- A fall in blood pressure has been reported by many who have used
proline supplements. This makes it mandatory for people who are using anti
hypertensive medications to avoid the high intake of this amino acid from
Nerve Disorders- The intake of proline should be restricted for individuals who
are suffering from a genetic disorder called hyperprolinemia. In this
condition, the proline amino acid is retained in the body and it causes seizures,
convulsions and impaired mental growth. Proline supplementation is strictly
restricted in such cases.
Gastric Trouble- Too much proline means high fermentation rates of this amino acid
in the intestines. Bacteria break it down and release large amount of gases
causing abdominal pain and bloating. In some people nausea and vomiting is also
Allergic reaction – The formation of hives (itchy red eruptions on the skin),
wheezing, breathing difficulties and chest tightness are common symptoms of an
allergic reaction to proline. Such susceptible individuals should always read
labels to identify possible triggers.
Read more at http://www.ifood.tv/blog/side-effects-of-proline#vtxypBwht2VhtyEx.99
HealthPosted by annshaw Thu, December 19, 2013 09:38:27ORGANIC
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
1.Balance your inner ecosystem: The body constantly
strives to achieve a state of homeostasis, or a state of
equilibrium. One way is by keeping the body's pH balance (or acid-base balance)
within the normal range of 7.35 - 7.45. Apple cider vinegar helps the body
maintain a healthy alkaline pH level. Research shows that higher acid levels
(lower pH level) leads to a lack of energy, excessive production of mucous and
higher incidences of infection, among other things.
2.Detoxes the body: As part of balancing the body's pH, apple cider
vinegar is useful in overall detoxification of the body. Research shows that it
can help stimulate cardiovascular circulation and help detoxify the liver. It
also helps break up mucous throughout the body and helps cleanse the lymph
3.Weight loss: Tired of the "fad" diets that do more
damage to your wallet than your excess fat cells? Try boosting your intake of
apple cider vinegar. Data shows some limited, albeit significant, weight loss
benefits from sustained daily intake of acetic acid (which is prevalent in
apple cider vinegar). In one study published inBioscience,
Biotechnology, and Biochemistryin 2009, it
was found that subjects who consumed acetic acid for 12 weeks experienced
significant declines in body weight, abdominal fat, waist circumference and
4.Cures: Allergies: Believe it or not, research suggests that apple
cider vinegar can help reduce the effect of allergies on your body, mostly by
reducing mucous and sinus congestion. A sign of a distressed immune system is
an increase and thickening of mucous; apple cider vinegar can help reduce the
build-up and congestion, thereby reducing your susceptibility to allergies.
5.Cures: Sinus infections, sore
throats, headaches, flu: Reducing the
effects of allergies can also reduce the frequency of sinus infections and the
symptoms associated with them, such as sore throats and headaches. Boosting the
immune system can also curb bouts of the flu.
6.Clears: Acne, dermatitis, warts and
other skin problems: Some practitioners
recommend mixing one part apple cider vinegar and three parts water. They
recommend dabbing the solution on each pimple. For warts, some recommend
soaking a cotton ball in an apple cider vinegar solution then place over the
wart with a band-aid overnight. The skin will swell some as it reacts with the
solution and may throb; it may even turn black after a few days. Once it falls
off, though, continue the treatment for a few more days, to make sure the wart
doesn't return, according to recommendations.
7.Lower blood pressure and cholesterol: One of the most important "healing"
qualities of apple cider vinegar is its ability to lower blood pressure and
triglycerides, the bad cholesterol. According to a 2001 animal study published
inBioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry, there was some evidence that daily consumption of
apple cider vinegar could help reduce both blood pressure and cholesterol. Try
1-2 teaspoons of vinegar in about eight ounces of water; if you want, add a
teaspoon of honey to make it more palatable.
8.Kills candida and fungus: This vinegar is rich in natural enzymes that can
help rid your body of candida - a genus of yeasts which can cause thrush in
humans and is blamed for creating symptoms of fatigue, poor memory, sugar
cravings, and yeast infections.
9.Eases arthritis, stiff joints and
gout: Regular use of apple cider vinegar can
be tied to a decrease in joint pain and gout by reducing inflammation; data
suggests the malic acid in the vinegar is able to dissolve the uric acid
crystals within the joint and assist in flushing them from the body.
10.Strengthens stomach acid: Though it might seem a little odd to treat stomach
acid with an acid-containing vinegar, there is research suggesting that apple
cider vinegar works by treating low acid and thereby reducing heartburn.
Natural remedy experts say you should begin to feel relief - unless your
problem is ulcers - very shortly after taking a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
followed by a glass of water.
HealthPosted by annshaw Wed, October 30, 2013 17:23:57
I have lost 5lbs in six days by not eating tomatoes and
potatoes. I am not looking to lose
weight as I am quite slim, but have been told by five kinesiologists over many
years that I am allergic to these foods.
However, I did not really take any action as I love potatoes
so much, and use tomatoes regularly in recipes and salads. Their concerns were more for the effect these
foods had on my health, particularly potatoes and the endocrine system, as both
foods were found to be very allergenic to me.
Whilst my own methods for addressing weight-loss in my patients is
always from the 'allergy' angle rather than counting calories or starving, I
did wonder why I have ignored this advice for myself.
It was only when someone remarked that my face was recently
looking a bit puffy, that I began to think about potatoes and tomatoes in my
diet. Puffy face is one of the symptoms
I look for at my consultations, as it can be a sign of allergy and fluid
retention. It is also one of the
symptoms that can disappear quite quickly once the offending food is discovered
and removed. Usually, if the correct
protocol is followed, the weight drops off anyway, because if that food is
allergenic for you, it acts like fluid retention in the body. Some medications can act as a barrier to the
effectiveness of this protocol.
I came across an article some years ago that mentioned a man
losing 7 stones in weight because he stopped eating beef and tomatoes, and in
the same article a woman lot one stone in weight because she stopped eating
lettuce. In my Practice, the common
offenders can be soya products, (8-9 different names), cows dairy, wheat, carrots, aspartame, (artificial
sweeteners), fructose corn syrup, sugar, salt, heavy metals, thyroid and of
course other factors to consider, such as addressing bowel function.
Consider also, that root vegetables, if they are not grown
in organic soil, can contain high amounts of cadmium, so to include potatoes on
a daily basis can increase your levels of cadmium as well as pesticides.
I shall continue to avoid these two foods a while longer as
I am now ready to take them on board in a positive way. I remember in my 20's when a nutritionist/
kinesiologist told me I was allergic to wheat and cows milk, I immediately gave
them up and lost 7 lbs. in one week, which I did not want to do at all. If anything I was trying to gain weight! However, my life and health transformed and
they have never really been part of my diet ever since.
Link to Ann Shaw Clinic website