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Weedkiller in Your Bread?

woman bread smlDid you know that roughly 30% of British bread samples contain traces of a toxic weedkiller?

The shocking finding comes from a report by the Defra committee on Pesticide Residues in Food (PRiF). The chemical, glyphosate, is also sprayed around parks and is used liberally in UK farming; in the last 20 years its use has increased by 400%.

The good news? Glyphosate, which is the main ingredient in the herbicide Roundup, may soon be made illegal in Europe.

Last week the EU Commission was forced to postpone re-licensing of glyphosate until May. Several countries were pivotal in this vote for a safer planet; Italy, France, Sweden and the Netherlands opposed the new 15-year license.

This came following extraordinary public support to ban the weedkiller; 1.4 million people signed a petition against glyphosate, making it the biggest online campaign since the push to save bees from neonicotinoid pesticides.

Of course industry heads were outraged.

It means the licence to use the main ingredient in Monsanto’s $5bn-a-year Roundup brand, will expire at the end of June.

The re-vote will happen in May, so if you care about the planet and your health, help maintain pressure on governments to stand firm. You can stay engaged by signing up to alerts from the likes of SumofUS, Avaaz, and GreenPeace.

So what’s so bad about this herbicide?

The World Health Organisation’s cancer agency, IARC, recently found that glyphosate was ‘probably carcinogenic to humans.’ Let’s look at more of the evidence;

Studies suggest Glyphosate…

* Promotes the Growth of Deadly Bacteria according to research from the University of Leipzig published in 2015. A separate study shows that at just 0.1 parts per billion glyphosate destroys gut bacteria in chickens.

* Puts Holes in Your Gut ‘Glyphosate is responsible for putting holes in our guts so denatured proteins can cross through to our blood,’ says detox expert Dr. Daniel Pompa, ‘these act as foreign proteins to which our immune system makes antibodies.’ Dr. Dan Pompa shares more about toxins and how to rid your body of them in this fantastic podcast from Zestology.

* Is Linked With Infertility, Gastrointestinal Disorders, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, autism, as well as Crohn’s, colitis and diabetes according to Dr. Stephanie Seneff, a senior scientist at MIT.

* Increases you risk of non-Hodgkin Lymphoma – as well as other cancers including multiple myeloma.

* Has been linked to Birth Defects. In Argentina, a temporary ban on glyphosate was sought in 2009 following a high incidence of birth defects and cancers in people living near crop-spraying areas, as reported by the Scientific American.

* Magnesium Deficiency In 1964 the chemical was patented to be a ‘chelator of minerals’ especially magnesium. This means that glyphosate can act like a sponge to pull minerals out of your body according to Jefferey Jaxen.

* Affects Liver Detox Research shows the herbicide lowers cellular levels of glutathione – known as the mother of all antioxidants. Reduced glutathione means a reduced ability to eliminate toxins.

Found in Honey and Mother’s Milk

If you live in America it’s even more important to choose your food carefully. A report from Reuters in 2015 found residues of glyphosate in astounding 41 of 69 honey samples, 10 of 28 samples of soy sauce, three of 18 breast milk samples and six of 40 infant formula sample.

What you Can Do?

Buying organic is the best way to protect yourself. Yes, organic is more expensive; but consider it a donation to Mother Earth. As well as avoiding nasty pesticides you get more goodness from your produce. Organic fruit and veg has up to 69% more antioxidants according to a major review of 343 peer reviewed studies published in The British Journal of Nutrition

You can also upgrade your body’s detox pathways by filing your diet with liver-loving vegetables. Broccoli sprouts, in particular, boost levels of glutathione which is crucial to your body’s detox pathways.

On Tuesday April 19th I will be speaking at Grace Belgravia in London about How To Stay Clean in a Dirty World.

In the evening workshop I will cover everything from how to pull BPA from your body and the safest seafood to eat, to how to stay healthy on the plane and what you need to know about your mobile phone. Guest ticket prices are £25 per person.

To secure your ticket please call 020 7235 8900 or email rsvp@gracebelgravia.com

For those who live overseas my book ‘Mum’s Not Having Chemo’ is full of natural detox strategies – from coriander and vitamin C, to modified citrus pectin and coffee enemas. American readers will find the same book under the US title ‘You Can Say No to Chemo.’

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Glutathione

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‘Glutathione …deserves attention as it is perhaps the most important anti-oxidant within cells and has proven to be highly cancer-protective,’ says nutritionist Patrick Holford, author of Say No To Cancer.

There are 89,000 medical articles on glutathione and it has been shown to help prevent ageing, Alzheimer’s, cancer as well as prepare the body for a healthy baby.

The importance of glutathione – which operates in the liver to clear toxins – was brought back to me recently over a vitamin injection.

‘Glutathione can help repair cellular damage and correct DNA mutations in cells,’ said Dr. David Jack as he hooked me up to an infusion of vitamin C, B complex (B1,2,3,5,6), biotin, glutathione, selenium, magnesium, zinc, copper and vitamin D.

Raw juices and fresh veggies contain abundant amounts of glutathione but levels are easily depleted by pollution, toxins, medication, stress and ageing. Dr. Jack, an anti-ageing expert (and gym-buff Scotsman) is one of the few doctors in the UK to offer infusions of glutathione, but he’s not alone in touting its benefits.

Holistic heavy weights including Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. David Perlmutter, Patrick Holford and Dr. Garry Gordon are also fans of the molecule.

So I thought I’d provide a quick de-brief on the latest research.

Fertility: Gluathione is essential for healthy egg quality and low levels are associated male infertility.

Anti-Cancer: Glutathione has been shown to stimulate apoptosis (cell death) of malignant cells while leaving healthy cells intact. Other studies show glutathione can help prevent toxicity from chemotherapy.

Anti-Ageing: As we age our levels of glutathione levels start to decline, usually around the age of 45. These levels can dip by as much as 50%. Supplementing with glutathione has been shown to protect the body from a host of age-related diseases including stroke, diabetes and heart disease.

Alzheimers: Glutathione remains a ‘promising therapeutic strategy to slow and prevent mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease’ according to a 2011 study.

Where to get it:

Eggs, meat, garlic and onions – all these foods are rich in the amino acid cysteine which increases production of glutathione in the body.

Broccoli Sprouts – and other cruciferous vegetables (like kale and cauliflower) support glutathione production.

Brazil nuts – selenium helps the body recycle glutathione and brazil nuts are one of the richest sources. You could also try sardines (one can provides 70% of your RDA of selenium).

Sauerkraut and probiotics – this month a team from Chalmers University of Technology found that the bacteria in our small intestine help regulate glutathione. You can read the study here.

Berries – they contain compounds called anthocyanins, which recycle glutathione and make it ‘much more powerful’ according to Holford.

There is also the option of liposomal glutathione and ASEA – a supplement said to boost glutathione 500%.

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Broccoli Sprouts

When I think of childhood dinners I think of crumbed chicken, salmon mornay and broccoli.

My siblings and I would be served a few florets with dinner almost every night – often bribed with the promise of a chocolate Freddo or given the option of dipping the ‘trees’ in ketchup, if we were looking particularly gripey.

I’m sure many of you have similar memories of being goaded to eat your greens. From childhood we learn that vegetables are good for us, but it’s only in the last few decades that science has recognized how crucial cruciferous vegetables are for our immune systems – and when it comes to anti-cancer research, broccoli is the undisputed star.

Recent research has shown broccoli can:

Take on Cancer Stem Cells: The germ cells suspected of driving tumour growth.

Provide a rich source of isothiocyanates (ITCs): compounds that can target and block the p53 gene – associated with half of all human cancers.

Activate Glutathione: Known as the ‘mother’ of all antioxidants glutathione is also ‘highly-cancer protective’ according to British nutritionist, Patrick Holford.

Fight H Pylori: A common type of bacteria believed to cause stomach cancer.

Boost Sulforaphane: This substance helps the liver break down and destroy cancer cells. In 2011, the September Oncology Report, found that sulforaphane suppressed breast cancer cell proliferation and growth.

Indeed sulforaphane may be the most important compound in broccoli. But, if you’re really serious about upping your levels, you should eat broccoli sprouts.

Why Broccoli Sprouts are Better

Three-day-old broccoli sprouts contain 10-100 times higher levels of sulforaphane than a mature head of broccoli – that’s a radical leap in potency, and it can make all the difference.

Multiple studies show that broccoli sprouts and sulforaphane show promise against cancers of the prostate, bladder, liver, ovaries, colon and lungs.

But it’s not just cancer. Broccoli sprouts are also a beauty food.

They help seize toxins and usher them out of the body and promote radiant skin and luscious locks thanks to the beta-carotene, selenium, glutathione, zinc, vitamin C and folate they contain.

These little powerhouses of goodness can also alleviate:

Digestive discomfort

Aid poor vision

AND may even prevent osteoarthritis, by slowing the destruction of joint cartilage and interfering with the inflammatory process linked to condition, according to a study in the latest edition of What Doctor’s Don’t Tell You.

If that weren’t enough, recent research suggests that our stomachs ( residence to 80 percent of our immune cells) contain a ‘broccoli receptor.’

In a short video on GreenMedInfo.com Dr. Michael Greger explains that when we eat broccoli – and other cruciferous vegetables like Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and mustard greens – it leads to the ‘activation of our immune foot soldiers.’

While the broccoli we eat often suffers from being over-steamed and soggy, broccoli sprouts are left with their enzymes intact and their sharp mustardy flavor provides a pleasing piquance to sandwiches and salads.

But I find the best way to get a regular dose is to simply shove a handful through the juicer.

The online downside to broccoli sprouts? They are fiendishly hard to find. In my experience, Wholefoods stocks them sporadically as do local farmers markets. If you’re having trouble getting hold of them I would highly recommend broccoli sprout juice from Tonic Attack: www.tonicattack.com

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Green Dry Cleaning

add water and soapThere’s red wine on your silk dress and a wedding this weekend. Before you grab the garment and take it to your local dry-cleaners, you might want to find a green alternative.

Dry-cleaning involves saturating clothes in a chemical called perchloroethylene (known as perc) to remove stains from fabrics.

So toxic is this solvent that when exposed to the ground it will penetrate concrete and soil and not stop until it hits ground water.

It’s been classified as a ‘known carcinogen’ by the Environmental Protection Agency and has been banned in a number of countries – in 2012 France passed regulation to completely phase out Perc by 2020 and in California it will be officially illegal in 2023.

Perc is a central nervous system depressant and can enter the body through inhaling, touching the skin and through drinking water. It can also cause people to experience dizziness, headaches, drowsiness, nausea, and skin and respiratory irritation. Prolonged exposure to Perc has been linked to neurological effects, liver and kidney damage, and cancer.

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Death by Sleeping Bag

Growing up in Australia, I recall hearing about a boy who died on school camp by suffocating in his sleeping bag. It hadn’t been properly ventilated and the perc poisoned his body. 

While the tragic tale may remain just a story, I did  come across this passage from an official US army directive, verifying it’s possible: ‘All Sleeping Bags, regardless of type and filling, should be laundered the same as wool clothing, not dry cleaned. Use of sleeping bags that have not been completely deodorised after dry cleaning with chlorinated hydrocarbon solvents, such as percperchloroethylene may result in death.’

But you don’t have to cocoon yourself in perc to be effected. When you unwrap your newly cleaned cocktail dress from the layers of plastic, leftover perc may slowly contaminate your bedroom. AND dry cleaners located in residential areas risk exposing neighboring businesses and residents to an increased cancer risk, as high as 140 to 190 in 1,000,000.

So what’s the alternative?

‘Green’ dry-cleaners are popping up all over the world

In London, I feel lucky to live near Blanc which uses a ‘wet cleaning’ method  – widely regarded as the most environmentally friendly option. The two stores (Marylebone and Notting Hill)  have won plaudits from fashion magazines – including Vogue and Vanity Fair, so you know you won’t be compromising your clothes.  The French founder Ludovic Blanc, is passionate about chemical-free living and protecting not only his customers but also his staff (he even uses BPA-free receipts). ‘To clean the clothes we use computerized machines and have a different biodegradable detergent for every type of garment,’ says Ludovic. 

DIY Cleaning

*Despite the ‘Dry Cleaning Only’ labels most clothes are washable. Note, this does not include leather, suede, acetates or rayon.

*Both cashmere and wool can generally be handwashed according to Ludovic who adds that the drying process is also critical: ‘You need to dry it flat, ideally on a table with holes in it (think garden furniture) so it can aerate. If you leave it on a normal table it will stay damp, take too long to dry and will stink.’

*For creases – rather than greasy stains –  try steaming the garment in your bathroom while you have a shower or have it professional ‘steamed’ rather than dry cleaned.

Know a green dry cleaner in your area? I would love my American and Australian followers to share their knowledge below.

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Root Canals & Mercury Fillings

Quick Quiz.

Some of the most renowned alternative cancer treatment centres in the world won’t
accept patients unless they’ve:

A: Completed a course in Transcendental Meditation

B: Given up sugar and dairy for at least four months

C: Had their amalgam fillings and root canals removed

The answer, which might come as a surprise to many, is C.

Mum came across this fact when she was looking at various treatment centres, following her diagnosis. She had long known that mercury fillings and root canals were toxic – but finding out this really hammered it home.

Way back in the 1920s Dr Weston Price, a dentist and author of the epic tome Dental Infections and the Degenerative Diseases, discovered that when he performed root canal therapy on patients, chronic illness would often follow. Was he responsible for spreading disease through this common procedure? He was brave enough to ask himself that question.

Price found that when he removed the root canal filled tooth (essentially a dead tooth filled with poison) his patients would promptly recover from whatever illness they were struck down with – be it arthritis, heart disease or kidney failure.

To test his theory, Price took infected root canal filled teeth and inserted them under the skin of rabbits. What he discovered, through these seemingly ‘hare-brained’ experiments, was that the rabbits became ill with the same diseases as the patients. If the patient had developed cancer followed RCT – so would the rabbit.

So what is Root Canal Therapy?

RCT is sold as a therapy that can ‘save’ a decaying or dead tooth. Pity it doesn’t come with the warning ‘You may die’ – or run the risk of developing cancer, sinusitis, Multiple Sclerosis, arthritis and eye diseases.

The procedure involves clearing out and sterilizing a dead tooth, filling it and then sealing it with a crown.

The first problem is that it’s IMPOSSIBLE to sterilize a dead tooth, as reams of recent research now shows. So even if it looks and feels OK, the root of the tooth, or the surrounding tissue and bone, is likely to be infected.

Weston Price had already discovered this problem in the 1920s. He experimented with a plethora of toxic substances, including pouring fuming formaldehyde down the root canal of a tooth, and found that nothing stopped the formation of bacteria.

Price’s research (25 years worth) on root canal therapy was largely ignored for 50 years. Until the late Dr George Meinig, released an abridged version of his works called Root Canal Cover-Up.

Others in the profession have also started to speak out.

Dr Hal Huggins, a renowned dentist, author and speaker has been fighting the battle against root canal therapy for decades. He has led groundbreaking research revealing bacterial contamination in the DNA of 100% of extracted root canal teeth tested. One type of bacteria Strep intermedius, was found in 69% of his samples, a bacteria which attacks the heart, nerves, lungs, liver and brain.

In 1993, Dr Hal Huggins gave a lecture to the Cancer Control society where he stated:

‘The problem with a root canal is that it is dead. Let’s equate that. Let’s say you have got a ruptured appendix…who do you look up? Let’s see, we have a surgeon and a taxidermist, who do you call? You going to get it bronzed? That is all we do to a dead tooth. We put a crown on it, looks like it has been bronzed. It doesn’t really matter what you embalm the dead tooth with, it is still dead, and within that dead tooth we have bacteria, and these bacteria are in the absence of oxygen…They undergo something called a pleomorphic change… like a mutation… they learn to live in the absence of oxygen.. now produce thio-ethers some of the strongest poisons on the planet that are not radioactive.’

These thio-ethers, which leak from the dead tooth into the surrounding tissue and throughout the body, are closely related to the chemicals used in Mustard Gas.

One such compund, Dimethyl sulfate, is so hazardous it has been categorized as a group B2 human carcinogen. Tumours have been observed in the nasal passages, lungs and thorax of animals exposed to it.

Dentistry is the only medical profession that thinks it’s a good idea to leave dead necrotic tissue in the body.

But you won’t hear dentists referring to ‘rooted’ teeth as dead – they prefer the euphemisms ‘pulpless’ or ‘non-vital.’

As the narrator of the eye-opening documentary Rooted so aptly says: ‘ A tooth that is dead, is dead, is dead. There’s not such thing as ‘a little bit dead.’

Looking away (if you can) from the alarming facts about bacterial infection and chronic disease – the second problem with root canals is what they fill them with.

A veritable cornucopia of cancer-causing ingredients are filling unsuspecting patients’ teeth as we speak – phenol, phenylmercury, formaldehyde, zinc oxide – to name a few.

In Australia, the most popular tooth cement for root canals is called AH26, which releases both fomaldehyde and ammonia. It comes with the warning:  ‘Do not allow undiluted product or large quantities of it to reach ground water, water course or sewage system.’

In other words, don’t flush it down the loo, but by all means, insert it into your mouth.

Mum made her partner, Peter, watch the DVD Rooted three years ago. He was at first reluctant, then mesmerized and later – eternally grateful. About two weeks after watching the doco he started to get a toothache. He went to the dentist who recommended he have a root canal: he leapt out of that chair quicker than you can say ‘second opinion!’ He duly when to another dentist who suggested the same.

So Mum did some research and sent him to a holistic dentist called Dr Hament Hari in Perth. His diagnosis? Peter had something called ‘cracked tooth syndrome.’ The answer? A simple filling and some homeopathic remedies (for the damaged nerve) at a cost of $145 (AUD).

A root canal therapy, by comparison, costs thousands – and it’s worth remembering that doesn’t include the cost of needing to get it re-done (RCT has a 60% failure rate) or the possible cost of chronic disease.

Back in the good old days

More than 16 million root canal therapies are carried out every year in America, making RCT a Billion dollar industry. To quote from Rooted this represents a 10.2 Billion dollar tax income for the government.

That’s a pretty good incentive to keep embalming dead teeth. Who needs the Truth Fairy when you’ve got that kind of money rolling in?

Thankfully holistic or ‘biological’ dentistry is on the rise. Below I’ve started a list of holistic dentists that are trailblazing a new path.

Please click here to leave any of your own recommendations.

Laura Bond is a journalist, author and nutritional health coach. She specialises in helping clients beat stress, balance their gut flora, lose weight and prepare their bodies for babies. For more information, click here.

Hament Hari: +61 89350 9898 (PERTH)

Dental on George: +61 893393047 (PERTH, Fremantle)

Dr. Michael Chong, Image Dental +6189364  3996 (PERTH, Applecross) 

 

Dr Eda Ellis: 212 753 1119 (NEW YORK)

The Ella Clinic: +44 207 935 5281 ( LONDON)

Holistic Dental Centre: +44 1252 820004 (SURREY)

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Healthy Christmas Gifts

If sales of the NutriBullet last year are anything to go by (one was sold every thirty seconds during Christmas 2014) the foodie/health present is a safe bet to put under the tree. Here are five ideas:

  • The Cacao Celebration Cracker (MannaSuperfood £12): Looks like a Christmas cracker but contains a travel pot of coconut oil, manuka honey, cacao powder and cacao butter. Genius.
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Stainless Steel Ice Lolly Mold (TickleTrunk, £30): You can now make coconut milk ice cream for the kids without worrying about BPA leaching into their treats. This picture is accompanied with a page from Natasha Corrett’s new alkaline cookbook Cleanse (Hodder & Stoughton £20)

 

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La Vie Boheme – Parisian Lace Lyon Yoga Mat (The Sports Edit, £80): If ever there was a motivation to get yourself to yoga class in the middle of winter, this is it. Too good to just roll out at home.Parisian yoga mat new

Beech Slab Click Clock (Wolf and Badger, £49.95): Wake up to this wooden alarm clock instead of your mobile. To save energy, the digits light up when you click your fingers or clap your hands (at night time, there is no green light in your face).

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Kale & Coffee (Hay House, £16): Written by US health blogger Kevin Gianni this is readable, relatable and so well researched. If you’ve ever wondered about farmed fish, the ultimate supplement for stress or whether going totally vegan is a good idea, I highly recommend this  book

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Meat, as bad as Cigarettes?

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Hold the Christmas ham and don’t take another bite of that bacon sarnie.

Last week the World Health Organisation announced that processed meats were a major cause of cancer, placing bacon, sausages, salami and ham in the same category as asbestos, arsenic, alcohol and tobacco – ie group one carcinogens.

Of course the media went wild – nothing sparks interest like the latest food-cancer research, and editors got to slap a picture of a bacon sandwich on the front page.

While it’s an interesting debate – more on that to come – the headline I really would have liked to see was this:

‘Cows, the biggest cause of climate change.’

Because, whether meat causes cancer or not, is really a moot point when you consider that the human race will not survive if we keep eating as much as we do.

Animal agriculture is responsible for 51% of global greenhouse gas emissions. It’s also responsible for 91% of Amazon destruction, and the leading cause of species extinction.

Anyone who has seen the eye-opening documentary ‘Cowspiracy’  (executive produced by vegetarian Leonardo DiCaprio) will recognize these figures.

The bottom line is we all need to cut down – whether that means adding more beans to your burger mix or using hemp protein to keep those biceps sweet.

Healthier Meat Eating

At this point in my life I do eat meat, twice a week, always organic and grass-fed.

It means a happier life for the animal (although of course the happiest life would be not going to slaughter) and a healthier food for me – no antibiotics, no genetically modified corn or soybeans and a better omega 3 ratio.

I also choose medium rare; meat that is well-done has 3.5 times more cancer-causing heterocyclic amines than a steak cooked ‘à point.’

Marinating meat with turmeric, ginger and rosemary also reduces HCAs by as much as 87% according to Kansas State University.

Back to the Bacon Sandwich

It’s a pass for me. Aside from the nitrosamines in cured meats – like bacon – which have been clearly linked to cancer, it’s the animal cruelty factor that’s got me.

My mother, who doesn’t eat meat at all, recently shared this video. The pigs are awaiting slaughter in wire cages. It made me feel physically ill.

So I’ll take the Raw BLT ‘coconut bacon’ sandwich below, from Planet Organic instead. Gluten – and guilt – free.

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Is Vegan Better?

One thing I have discovered as a health coach is there is no one-size-fits-all diet, nor is there one way of eating that works all the time – our needs change.

So whether it’s helping a mum-to-be get enough good quality fats that are free from toxins, or creating a vegan food program for someone who wants to make the switch – there are healthy, sustainable ways to do whichever diet rings true for you.

Below are some reasons for and against eating meat, plus key supplements to take if you’re living animal free.

3 Reasons to Eat Meat

* For Your Brain: B12 is the only vitamin we can’t obtain from plants; it’s crucial for mood balance, healthy hair, energy and cognitive function – a lack of B12 has been linked to brain shrinkage while supplementing with B12 has been shown to lower your risk for Alzheimer’s. If you are vegetarian or pescetarian, both eggs and fish provide sources of B12, however tests have found 83 per cent of vegans are deficient in B12. To up your levels take Better Your Methyl B12 spray, which is totally vegan.

* Lowers Anxiety: Eating grass-fed lamb and beef can halve the risk of depression and anxiety in women – that was the finding of a 2010 study led by Dr. Felice Jacka, from Deakin University in Australia.

* Go Grass Fed: It has three times the amount of omega 3 than grain fed beef says health researcher Chris Kresser. ‘These days we consume far too much omega 6, which is, in my opinion, one of the primary causes of the modern disease epidemic.’

3 Reasons to Not Eat Meat

* Enzymes: The body requires huge amounts of enzymes to digest meat, which places a burden on your system and means there are less enzymes free for healing and repair. Enzymes help break down the fibrin that coats cancer cells, allowing the immune system to get in and do its work.

* The Environment: Eat one burger and use 660 gallons of water – enough said.

* Antioxidants: When you swap meat for more vegetables you are loading your diet with powerful plant goodness. Mushrooms can help prevent cervical cancer; leeks, onions and garlic are packed with prebiotics, while the fibre found in beans and lentils helps sweep excess toxins out of the body.

To see more on this topic go to my article for Honestly Healthy ‘Five Reasons to Cut Down on Meat.’

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Inhale the Kale

Did you know that when you chop up kale and inhale the aroma, your body produces exactly the right enzymes to digest the kale? A cool fact I learnt recently from hormone expert Dr. Sara Gottfried.

Science might tell us that digestion starts in the mouth, but I believe it starts long before that.

When the smell of sizzling onions greets you at the door, does your stomach not start to grumble in response? Similarly, if you’re watching the Great British Bake Off, are you not salivating by the first ad break?

It could be argued that digestion begins in the brain, and when your mind is calm and focused on the food you’re about to eat, your stomach is ready.

 

Frilly Kale from Wild Country Organics

Unfortunately, stress can shut down our digestive system  – freezing the production of enzymes and diverting energy to the brain and muscles. This can lead to bloating and indigestion.

So even if you don’t cook your next meal from scratch – take five minutes to properly savour it. I encourage my health-coaching clients to breathe in deeply for a count of four, hold your breath for a count of four and exhale for a count of four. Then imagine the first delicious bite you are going to take.

On the topic of kale I thought I’d briefly mention Goitrogens. These substances – found in kale and other cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower, broccoli, spinach and rocket – can interfere with iodine uptake in the thyroid gland, which can ultimately lead to a sluggish thyroid.

But I thought Broccoli was a superfood!?

Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli are jam packed with compounds called indoles and isothiocyanates, which have been shown to help prevent and reverse breast cancer. Broccoli sprouts might even be able to take on cancer stem cells according to the latest research. So how do you reap the benefits, while safeguarding your thyroid?

The Solution

Steaming or lightly sautéing cruciferous vegetables will deactivate most of the goitrogenic properties. It will of course denature some of the enzymes and nutrients, so to get the most out of your veg I suggest you aim for balance.

If you’re a juice lover like me, limit the raw kale, broccoli sprouts etc to twice a week and try sautéing them for dinner the rest of the time.

You can also try ‘stir steaming,’ a great tip I learned from Natasha Corrett founder of Honestly Healthy. Simply add a splash of water to cool the pan down as your stir-fry the vegetables.

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There’s something about Dairy

Sales of non-dairy milks are soaring. While many people find their digestive complaints clear up after switching to almond milk, there are other reasons you might want to consider cutting out dairy.

In the process of writing my book Mum’s Not Having Chemo I came across research showing strong links to cancer.

Cancer, a Western Disease?

The countries with the highest rates of cancer may provide a clue to the dairy-link. Denmark, France, Australia, Belgium and Norway (in that order) have the highest rates of cancer according to 2012 figures. They also happen to be countries who love their milk, cream and cheese, Japan, on the other hand, comes right down the bottom of the list; it’s a country for whom dairy didn’t exist until recent decades. 

So why are dairy products such bad news for cancer?

Mostly, it’s due to the huge amount of hormones and growth factors they contain – more specifically, insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1).

IGF-1 naturally circulates in the human blood. During puberty, IGF-1 stimulates the growth of breasts and it’s also present in human breast milk – it’s part of nature’s formula to ensure the growth of a newborn.

But as we get older our IGF-1 levels naturally drop off, unless we consume large amounts of dairy…

In 1998 an American and Canadian research team found that among premenopausal women, those with the highest IGF-1 concentration in their blood had almost three times the risk of developing breast cancer – among women younger than 50, the risk was increased seven times.

Several other studies have linked increased dairy and IGF-1 with prostate cancer and ovarian cancer too.

Of course there are other reasons modern dairy is a massive concern.

According to the PETA website, the majority of cows raised by the dairy industry are intensely confined and  ‘treated like milk-producing machines and are genetically manipulated and pumped full of antibiotics and hormones that cause them to produce more milk.’

 

So should you swap diary for soya milk? Read on… 

For centuries the Chinese and Japanese have produced their soy products – like tempeh, tamari and miso– through natural fermentation processes.

These FERMENTED soy products can lower cholesterol, alkalinize the blood and produce anti-carcinogenic activity.

Natto, in particular, is known as a potent blood thinner.

Soy milk, however, is not fermented. In fact, it’s usually ‘Franken-soy’ we’re eating according to Dr Al Sears. In other words, it usually comes from Genetically Modified Monsanto soy beans (a whole other story).

Modern research has also suggested that non-fermented soy can depress thyroid function, cause reproductive problems (in men and women) increase heart disease and cancer risk and loss of libido.

The soy in processed food has also often been cooked in a petroleum-based hexane solvent, bleached and ‘deodorized’ (to remove the solvent and soy’s ghastly smell).

Thinking twice about your soy latte?

The Alternative

Oat milk is not a bad option, since it contains literally oats, water and celtic sea salt – and tastes quite nice with porridge.

My personal favourite is almond milk and it’s so easy to make your own:

What you need

Muslin cloth or Nut milk bag

1 cup of almonds

1 litre of water

Blender

Directions

Soak the almonds overnight in a bowl of filtered water.

Rinse the almonds then place in a high speed blender with one litre of fresh filtered water. Blend until smooth (this usually takes about one and a half minutes). Strain the contents through the muslin cloth or nut milk bag.

Spiced chia pudding with cinnamon, raw cacao, @rudehealth almond milk plus bee pollen and boabab from the @mannasuperfood starter set. Yum. #chia #chiapudding #mannasuperfood #organic #almondmilk #hbloggersuk #homemade #vegan #dairyfree #instahealth

Almond milk chia pudding anyone?

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Which Vitamins Should I Take?

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Talk of vitamins can be divisive.

Many people remain skeptical about their value, believing a good diet ‘will do.’

Others invest huge amounts in endless tubs – only to leave them gathering dust and guilty glances as probiotics, fish oil or whatever Gwyneth is taking, becomes the new thing.

So I thought I’d share with you my thoughts and the latest research on the topic, and explain my reasons for taking these six supplements every day.

How Environmental Toxins Deplete Nutrients

The world we live in is very different from the world our grandparents grew up in.

Fruits and vegetables contain far less vitamins and minerals than they did 100 years ago. An apple today is said to contain 83 less magnesium than an apple 100 years ago. ( The 9 Steps to Keep the Doctor Away by Dr. Rashid A. Buttar, pg 71)

We’re also surrounded by chemicals and pesticides, which not only down regulate our immune systems but have been shown to deplete us of certain nutrients.

For example, exposure to plastic can knock-out vitamin D.

That’s right, the latest science is showing that excessive levels of chemicals like Bisphenol A (BPA) in your system might actually inactivate vitamin D (via cytochrome P450 enzyme disruption for those who are interested).

BPA has been linked to a slew of health problems including cancer (brain, breast, prostate), obesity and premature birth.

How many of you touched plastic this morning?

Even as someone who is hyper vigilant about avoiding BPA (I use glass and steel containers, wear spectacles – not contact lenses – and carry parachute bags around with me everywhere) exposure still adds up.

At a rough estimate, I’d say I touched plastic ten times before breakfast this morning: the travel card I used on the bus, the receipt I grabbed at the newsagents, flicking off my bedside alarm clock…. Are just a few examples that spring to mind.

It might be better than drinking from a BPA-lined water bottle or adding another Sainsbury’s bag to the ocean, but it’s still exposing my body to endocrine disrupting chemicals.

So there you have one good reason to take vitamin D, before you even get to the fact that most of us are deficient in this sunshine vitamin thanks to the nature (or lack of it) in our modern working life.

BPA can also mess with the methylation process in our body – a reason I suggest people take (methyl) B vitamins. This is ESPECIALLY important for smokers too.

Next up? Round-up.

The pesticide is routinely sprayed on kid’s playgrounds, communal areas and non-organic crops. Aside from consistent studies linking glyphosate (the active ingredient) to neurological disorders and cancer it has also been shown to compromise healthy gut bacteria and in particular shut down a pathway associated with tryptophan production (a pre-cursor to that feel-good neurotransmitter serotonin).

So there’s your argument for probiotics (or eating sauerkraut, which is my personal preference).

Thanks to our changing environment we need to adapt – and provide our systems with extra support – if we want to thrive.

So here are the six supplements I take everyday.

Although I always emphasise everyone is different and there is no perfect diet/supplement regime for everyone – based on my extensive research I would argue these are the ones most of us are missing today.

Juice boardEnzymes: The modern diet is largely devoid of enzymes thanks to pasteurization, heating, microwaving and other chemical processes. I’ve written about how you can get more enzymes into your diet here, however I believe that unless you are 75 per cent raw, supplementing is necessary.

Enzymes not only help us digest food (and beat the bloat) they also help break down the fibrin that coats cancer cells so immune cells can get in and do their work.

Enzymes are a huge part of Mum’s anti-cancer plan and she recently found a potent supplement called Masszymes, which I now also take.

Magnesium: You need this mineral to activate pancreatic enzymes. Magnesium is also crucial for your heart, your bones, for helping you sleep and dialing down stress. Seventy per cent of us are now deficient in magnesium because our soil is so depleted. Try using this spray after a shower in the morning – or have a magnesium bath.

Medicinal Mushrooms: Known as adaptogens, medicinal mushrooms help your body ‘adapt’ to stress – both environmental and psychological. For centuries they have been used for their calming qualities and life-extending properties and research shows they provide broad-spectrum protection against cancer (see this article).

I take a few drops of ‘Stress Defense’ twice a day with hot tea. The potent tincture contains extracts of 5 organic medicinal mushrooms – Chaga, Reishi, Agaricus Blazei, Cordyceps and Maitake – along with 7 organic essential oils known for their anti-cancer benefits including wild frankincense oil and black cumin oil. You can read more here: www.gethealthyagain.com

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Vitamin D: We need it for our bones (did you see that rickets are back?) our mood and our immune system. Over 800 studies show it can prevent cancer. I take 3000iu of D3 every day unless I’m spending a lot of time in the sun (It’s one I don’t tend to pack on holiday – Better You D Llx 1000)

FYI: You need to take vitamin D with food to absorb it properly.

Eco-Detox: This supplement helps pull poisons out of the body through supporting the body’s methyl pathways. Methyl what?  ‘Methylation helps the body rid itself of toxins and assures that the new cells you make everyday are exact copies of the ones that are being replaced,’ explains Dr. Garry Gordon, co-founder of the American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM)

You can read more about the very important difference between folic acid and folate and regular B12 and methyl B12 here (the former contains small amounts of cyanide). I take about five of these capsules (Eco-Detox) each day with food – essential to absorb the Bs.

Liposomal C: Touted as the ‘take-home vitamin injection’ this is a great one for those on a budget, or those on the road. The innovative nano-sphere technology allows for maximum absorption and eliminates the need for binders, fillers and gelatins. Snip the sachet, mix in water and take on an empty stomach. British readers can go to Abundance and Health and Australians can purchase the product here: www.livonlabs.com

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the launch of two new vitamin ranges. One is made entirely from wholefood sources, and the other is a great all-in-one supplement for kids, developed by Leonora Bamford, editor of Mybaba and fertility expert Zita West.

Here is a little on both, which I will be trialing this week.

Real Health Wholefood Women’s Multi: Produced using only fruits, vegetables and herbs (mostly from India, according to the expert I spoke too) this vitamin is said to boost mental performance, improve skin and benefit thyroid health. It also contains cranberry to help prevent UTIs (more on that topic in a newsletter soon).

MyBaba Children’s Multivitamin and Multibiotic Powder: Although developed for children this can be taken by adults too. It contains 12.5 billion Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterim and helps support brain health and the release of energy from foods (No artificial colours, preservatives, gluten or yeast).

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Laura Bond is a freelance journalist, qualified health coach and author of the acclaimed book Mum’s Not Having Chemo. She is now available for one-on-one health coaching sessions and specialises in foods to beat stress and anxiety and pre-natal nutrition. To find out more or to book a session click here.

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