Vitamins

2 04, 2019

Leaky Gut – How & Why To Fix this Important Problem

2019-06-18T21:22:55+00:00By |Ailments, Foods, Nutrition, Vitamins|

Leaky Gut: How & Why To Fix this Important Problem

Leaky gut, also known as increased intestinal permeability has been linked to many health problems.

There are about 100 trillion bacteria (good and bad) in our gut, which affect our entire body, from how we feel mentally and emotionally, to metabolism and sleep quality.They can be knocked out of kilter with poor diet, antibiotics, and stress.

When this happens, you can start to feel really quite unwell, with a whole host of symptoms from migraines, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, autoimmune disease, and even more serious issues.

What is leaky gut syndrome?

Your digestive system has a vital function within your body. It is the barrier that keeps nutrients in and toxins/pathogens out. Keeping the gut lining healthy is important, and this is where healthy gut bacteria play their role.

If the gut microbe is unhealthy, leaky gut can start to develop. What this really means is that toxins can leak back through the lining of the gut and into the bloodstream.

How can you tell if you have ‘Leaky Gut?’

Leaky gut presents itself in many ways, but common symptoms include:

Leaky gut has also been linked with coeliac disease, multiple sclerosis and even autism, among other conditions.

HOW TO FIX LEAKY GUT SYNDROME

There is a lot you can do with diet to support your gut lining.

Diet is by far the most important factor in making your gut work. By keeping your gut microbiota in healthy balance, you can boost your immune system, support your digestion, remove environmental toxins from your body, and prevent leaky gut.

1) Include anti-inflammatory foods that are nutrient dense

To help get a handle on chronic inflammation, dietary changes can make a big difference.

  • This includes eliminating or greatly reducing added-sugar and alcohol from your diet. Candida and yeast thrive on sugar, and yeast overgrowth is one of the things that causes problems with the gut lining.
  • Stick with a varied diet of whole and unprocessed foods. This will bring a diversity of good bacteria into your gut to support the lining and gut integrity. It is worth noting that gut bacteria are related to the bacteria found in the soil – so my recommendation is to shop at your local market if you can, rather than your supermarket, so that foods are fresher and more in their natural state.
  • There are some foods that contribute to leaky gut. Wheat and gluten – which includes breads, pizza, pastries, pasta, some cereals, crackers, couscous, and gluten products, from cakes and muffins to biscuits and cookies. Following a gluten free diet is more manageable these days than in was previously, with many substitutes available. Processed meats – from  deli meats to bacon and sausages. Junk food – from crisps, sugary cereals and confectionery, etc. Pasteurized dairy – including milk, cheese, cream, ice cream. Refined oils – all refined oils, often vegetable oils, including canola, sunflower and rapeseed.  Artificial sweeteners: Aspartame, sucralose and saccharin – try stevia as a replacement. Drinks – avoid alcohol, fizzy drinks and other sugary drinks.
  • Include prebiotic foods that encourage good bacteria in the gut: examples are sweet potato, carrots, asparagus.
  • Include probiotic foods: these include sauerkraut, yogurt, kefir, pickles. In fact fermented food like raw sauerkraut can often be a better source of probiotics than supplements found in health food stores.
  • Find out if you have a food allergy or allergies. This can be done with Kinesiology testing or other forms of testing. Then I recommend keeping away from these foods as they will contribute to irritation in the gut.
  • Bone broth is a a great way to get vital amino acids which help with tissue repair and gut healing and healthy digestion.

2) Supplement to support the gut

  • Prebiotics: Prebiotics feed intestinal bacteria that produce short-chain fatty acids, which are important for the mucosal cells that create a healthy gut lining.
  • Probiotics: If you don’t want to add fermented food to your daily diet, you can supplement with a good quality probiotic from your local health food store.
  • Digestive enzymes: These are often compromised when leaky gut is present. Things like grains and legumes can be problematic and you can try avoiding these and at the same time add a good quality digestive supplement to your diet can help improve digestion and the absorption of nutrients and vitamins.
  • L-glutamine: An anti-inflammatory amino acid that is a priority when fixing and health leaky gut. It helps to cover cell walls and eliminate unwanted pests.

3) Tackle stress levels
The body works in mysterious ways sometimes, and you might be surprised to hear that studies have shown that stress affects the gut-brain axis, the pathway between your brain and your gut.

4) Too much sugar and a history of medications
Clearing  out of your body a history of too much sugar or medications, such as antibiotics, contraceptive pill, anti-inflammatories is important too. This is because these drugs can continue to cause damage in the cells of your digestive system, despite you having stopped them. Homeopathy is excellent at clearing out the damage that such things as antibiotics and sugar can cause.

Taking care of your gut is a great way to feeling better in so many ways, from vitality and energy, depression and anxiety to pain and memory problems.

On this site, I aim is to provide well-researched information, in order to empower readers to make informed choices about their health and wellbeing. In both alternative and allopathic medicine new discoveries are being made and there are vast choices available to people, something to be mindful of. Nicholas Dale, Naturopath is not seeking to impose his views on readers, but rather encourage them to seek out any professional help they may need (in whatever form that may take) and discover what is best for them.

Information on this site should not be taken as medical guidance or advice. Readers should always consult personally with their healthcare provider. Information published on this site is not intended to act as a substitute for advice of medical professionals, and should not be taken as such.

18 03, 2019

Herbal Teas & Their Surprising Health Benefits

2019-04-02T10:54:54+00:00By |Ailments, Foods, Nutrition, Vitamins|

Most of us drink tea or coffee at some point in the day

What if I told you that adding herbal teas into your daily routine is one of those simple things you can easily do from home that can help with how you feel?

I’m not talking about fruit teas that you find on the supermarket shelves, rather herbal teas. Many supermarkets stock these today, and health food stores certainly do. What’s more you can grow herbs in pots in the kitchen or outside.

I grow lots of kitchen herbs in our garden and pick an array of herbs, especially in the spring and summer, and simply allow them to steep in boiled water for 15 minutes before drinking. This makes a lovely drink and is a powerful way to consume micronutrients, vitamins and minerals and enjoy the medicinal, alkalizing and restorative properties at the same time.

If you are pregnant or on medication, please use caution and get advice before drinking herbal teas – my advice is generally to steer clear of all herbal teas during pregnancy, unless specifically advised otherwise.

Traditional Uses of Herbal Teas

If you are pregnant, please take caution and get advice before drinking herbal teas – my advice is generally to steer clear of herbal teas during pregnancy.

Chamomile: Buds
Relaxing and calming tea, often drunk before bed or for calming nerves and anxiety and for an upset tummy.

Nettles: Leaf
Often used to aid detoxification, as well as high content in things like iron, chlorophyll and minerals and vitamins. It’s reputation as a seasonal allergy remedy has been around for many years.

Peppermint: Leaves
Digestive tonic for bloating, gas and upset tummies.

Rosemary: Leaves
Powerful antioxidant often used to help with memory and concentration, increase circulation and soothe aching muscles.

Thyme: Leaves
Often used as a natural cough remedy, it is also renowned for blocking the growth of organisms, including certain types of harmful bacteria and viruses.

Oregano: Leaves
Antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory – and research suggests it exhibits anticancer activity.

Mint: Leaves
Traditionally used as a digestive tonic and calming tea.

Passionflower: Leaves
For its relaxing and soporific properties – a perfect bedtime tea.

Rose Hips: Buds once the bloom has expired
Vitamin C, D, E and K, and commonly used to boost the immune system, improve digestion and as a general detoxing and nervous system tonic.

Lemon Balm: Leaves
As a calming and sedative tea, which has often been used for anxiety, irritability, stress and insomnia, as well as a nervous stomach.

Echinacea: Buds
This tea has a great history for its affinity with the immune system.

Milk Thistle: Buds
A long history in relation to its usage for detoxification.

Catnip: Leaves
A calming herb.

Raspberry: Leaf
As a tonic for the female reproductive system. This should be avoided by pregnant women.

Lavender: Buds
Calming tea

Red Clover: Buds
Renowned for detoxification and purifying properties.

Dandelion: Root
Weeds found in many people’s garden’s, have a history of being used as a blood liver and gallbladder tonic.

Dandelion: Leaf
Rich in iron, zinc, potassium, manganese and more – has a long history for use as a diuretic, water retention, high blood pressure and nourishment for the kidneys.

Lemongrass: Stalk
For digestion and calming properties.

Ginger: Root
Digestive tonic, morning sickness, colds and flus. Ginger tea should be avoided if you are on blood thinners.

If you have any questions or would like further assistance with your health please get in touch.

On this site, I aim is to provide well-researched information, in order to empower readers to make informed choices about their health and wellbeing. In both alternative and allopathic medicine new discoveries are being made and there are vast choices available to people, something to be mindful of. Nicholas Dale, Naturopath is not seeking to impose his views on readers, but rather encourage them to seek out any professional help they may need (in whatever form that may take) and discover what is best for them.

Information on this site should not be taken as medical guidance or advice. Readers should always consult personally with their healthcare provider. Information published on this site is not intended to act as a substitute for advice of medical professionals, and should not be taken as such.

13 03, 2019

What’s Your Skin Telling You?

2019-03-13T20:02:27+00:00By |Ailments, Foods, Nutrition, Vitamins|

Our skin is a reflection of our inner health, and a much larger pattern of susceptibility and disease tendency

It is the largest organ in the body, and a very important indicator of what’s going on inside. Having great looking skin is what most of us focus on, but in reality, if something’s not right with your skin it’s worth digging deeper and sorting it out.

The body is an amazing machine, and tries to express imbalance, intolerance and inflammation in the most superficial and the least invasive way. So, eczema for example, is often viewed by Naturopath’s as a safety valve – nature’s way of releasing problems within the body through the skin. By eliminating through the skin, it means that the issue doesn’t show up within deeper tissues and organs, causing more difficult problems, which can happen quickly or many years later.

Suppressing eczema or acne with topical and oral medications, is definitely not within the realms of Naturopathy. The idea is to rebalance, alleviate, detox and treat the underlying cause to help pave the way for a healthier future and glowing skin.

Common causes underlying skin problems

Problems ranging from eczema, psoriasis, oily skin, acne, dry flaky skin, excessive sweating, cracked heals and hard skin to thin skin, itchiness, acne rosacea, cysts, dark circles under eyes and easy bruising, can all be addressed by looking at underlying causes.

Causes can include:

  • Poor digestive function, such as gut inflammation and poor nutritional uptake.
  • Lack of essential fatty acids, vitamins A, C and Zinc
  • Irregularity of adrenal glands
  • Deficiency of blood or body fluids
  • Food sensitivities and intolerances
  • Toxic congestion in the body
  • Not enough healthy fats in the diet
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Lack of vitamin D

If you are frustrated with a nagging or irritating skin condition then it might be time to think about addressing some of the common underlying causes.

On this site, I aim is to provide well-researched information, in order to empower readers to make informed choices about their health and wellbeing. In both alternative and allopathic medicine new discoveries are being made and there are vast choices available to people, something to be mindful of. Nicholas Dale, Naturopath is not seeking to impose his views on readers, but rather encourage them to seek out any professional help they may need (in whatever form that may take) and discover what is best for them.

Information on this site should not be taken as medical guidance or advice. Readers should always consult personally with their healthcare provider. Information published on this site is not intended to act as a substitute for advice of medical professionals, and should not be taken as such.

22 09, 2018

Research Shows Vitamins to be Beneficial for Depression

2019-11-19T21:57:38+00:00By |Ailments, Vitamins|

Depression: this is so widespread you could call it a modern day epidemic

An intricate tapestry of factors coming together lie behind most cases of depression.

Grief, divorce, money worries – these are all things that will naturally cause bouts of depression, but how well we recover and cope with what life throws at is, is hugely impacted on by our nutritional status and lifestyle factors. Recent research shows specific vitamins impacting depression recovery, such as Vitamin D and fish oil, among others.

Another research piece, which you can visit here describes how natural medicine taken along side antidepressants helps boost the effectiveness of antidepressants. Antidepressants have been the subject of much controversy in terms of their effectiveness, to the extent that in this study they were shown to be no more effective than a placebo in patients with mild to moderate symptoms, so there is much food for thought here on how best to tackle depression.

Natural ways to tackle depression

Depression is one of the most common things people come to see me about, and in general I recommend an approach based on the items listed below. Come and see me or get in touch to discuss your personal situation so that I can help you with this, or speak to another health practitioner.

  • Assessing and correcting nutritional status, while also using specific herbs or homepoathics to tackle depression. (Contact me for help with this.)
  • Eating real food: avoiding sugar, processed and junk foods, MSG, and grains.
  • Optimize gut health by eating fermented foods as part of your daily diet.
  • Get plenty of sleep.
  • Ensure you get adequate exercise.
  • De-stress as much as you can.
  • De-clutter your life and your environment.
  • Set goals and purposes in your life.

On this site, I aim is to provide well-researched information, in order to empower readers to make informed choices about their health and wellbeing. In both alternative and allopathic medicine new discoveries are being made and there are vast choices available to people, something to be mindful of. Nicholas Dale, Naturopath is not seeking to impose his views on readers, but rather encourage them to seek out any professional help they may need (in whatever form that may take) and discover what is best for them.

Information on this site should not be taken as medical guidance or advice. Readers should always consult personally with their healthcare provider. Information published on this site is not intended to act as a substitute for advice of medical professionals, and should not be taken as such.

4 05, 2018

Bone Broth Health Benefits

2019-07-05T17:45:23+00:00By |Foods, Nutrition, Vitamins|

Bone broth is not only cheap and easy to make, it is actually packed with valuable minerals and gelatin that are easily absorbed by the body with profound affects.

Bone broth promotes proper digestion by supporting the healing and sealing of the gut. It also helps to inhibit infections, such as colds and flus; fights inflammation and pain, such as in the joints, and promotes strong healthy hair, nails and bones.

Bone broth is an old-time staple. Traditionally homes would have bones simmering away on the cooker top and it was a way of life. Broth would be used in soups, stews or drunk on it on its own – increasing the density of nutrition and goodness in any meal it was added to. The loss of this tradition is just another example of how our diets have changed in recent time. The diets of our ancestors (who experienced much less serious disease) was packed with unprocessed, organic whole foods and bone broth. There are many more bone broth benefits and reasons to reintroduce bone broth as much as possible into our diets.

Leaky gut is one of the most common things I see in practice. It is in fact an important underlying factor in a wide range of health problems, from allergies and autoimmune disorders to depression, migraines, lymphatic congestion and skin problems. Collagen, which is in bone broth, has a soothing and healing action that promotes the sealing of the gut lining.

The best way to get bone broth is to make it yourself. Using the carcass of a cooked chicken, fish bones, or bones left over from any meal is a perfect way to do it – or you can often find the butchers will have some very cheaply. If you can use bones from organic or grass fed animas this is ideal as it will likely have the most gel. This is something we make in my family most weeks because I know what a cheap and easy way it is to boost what my family get from their meals.

COOKING THE STOCK

Put the bones in a large saucepan or crock pot and cover with water. Add a couple of tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and leave to stand for half an hour before putting it on the heat; this gives the vinegar time to help draw the nutrients out of the bones.

Next roughly chop one or two carrots, an onion, and perhaps some celery or some other suitable vegetables that you may want to use up, such as leeks. You can also add herbs if you have any to hand, such as thyme, bay leaves, oregano. It’s not an exact science!

Bring the broth to the boil, skim off the scum on the surface, lower the heat so it can simmer really gently for 12-24 hours. You can always turn it off an night and resume the simmer in the morning. You can also use a slow cooker if you prefer.

When it’s ready you can strain it, put it in containers and use it make soups, risottos and stews, or drink it. It will keep in the fridge for several days, but will also freeze well.

On this site, I aim is to provide well-researched information, in order to empower readers to make informed choices about their health and wellbeing. In both alternative and allopathic medicine new discoveries are being made and there are vast choices available to people, something to be mindful of. Nicholas Dale, Naturopath is not seeking to impose his views on readers, but rather encourage them to seek out any professional help they may need (in whatever form that may take) and discover what is best for them.

Information on this site should not be taken as medical guidance or advice. Readers should always consult personally with their healthcare provider. Information published on this site is not intended to act as a substitute for advice of medical professionals, and should not be taken as such.

6 11, 2017

Colds & Flu

2019-11-19T22:12:31+00:00By |Ailments, Vitamins|

How to fight off colds and flu naturally

With the shorter days and colder temperatures I’m seeing many more people with colds, coughs and flus.

Analysis of current evidence has recently concluded that Echinacea is effective in reducing both the incidence and duration of the common cold. Echinacea was found to decrease the odds of a patient contracting a cold by 58% and to decrease the duration of a cold by 1.4 days. Also, in a human trial for the immune effect of Echinacea the results showed Echinacea to have a sustained level of immune cell activation. In my experience Echinacea is of most use as a long term remedy to build immunity and to prevent colds and during the winter months I recommend taking Echinacea (liquid form is best) daily to help ward off colds and flus. Echinacea is also a blood purifier and stimulates digestion.

Olive Leaf Extract is a powerful anti-viral and is of good use in fighting any condition where the immune system is compromised. It will also detox the body so take in conservative amounts as there can be detox side effects as the body cleans out if taken at too high a dose. Feel free to check with me before starting.

If you find yourself with a cold starting, treating it quickly will help to either stop it fully developing or will greatly reduce the duration and intensity of the cold.

At the very first onset I recommend you take a clove of garlic, chop it finely, and take it on a spoon with water and swallow (take after food). This can help to abort colds if done early enough. Another way to prepare this is to take 10 cloves of garlic and chop up finely. Add three table spoons of honey and store in a jar. Take a teaspoon as soon as you notice a sign of cold for flu. If you already have a cold take one teaspoon three teaspoon three times per day. This mixture should also be taken after food.

Secondly I recommend quite high doses of Vitamin C two times per day until symptoms pass – contact me to find out more, as this will depend on your age and constitution.

During a cold I recommend avoiding sugar and dairy because of their mucus forming properties.

Blackmores do a good product called PCIP which is effective against colds and this should be taken with Vitamin C. This is particularly useful in treating infection accompanied by mucus and fever.

Homeopathy is also a powerful tool against the common cold and flu. There is a particular homeopathic remedy I like to use as a cold and flu preventative (one dose is taken every two weeks) and can be used by all the family from toddlers to adults. There are also other homeopathics that can be used to help reduce a colds duration and intensity – let me know if you have any questions relation to these.

On this site, I aim is to provide well-researched information, in order to empower readers to make informed choices about their health and wellbeing. In both alternative and allopathic medicine new discoveries are being made and there are vast choices available to people, something to be mindful of. Nicholas Dale, Naturopath is not seeking to impose his views on readers, but rather encourage them to seek out any professional help they may need (in whatever form that may take) and discover what is best for them.

Information on this site should not be taken as medical guidance or advice. Readers should always consult personally with their healthcare provider. Information published on this site is not intended to act as a substitute for advice of medical professionals, and should not be taken as such.

16 10, 2017

Is Eating Yogurt as Good as Taking Probiotics?

2017-10-18T10:58:54+00:00By |Foods, Nutrition, Uncategorized, Vitamins|

Many people ask me if they still need to take Probiotics when they are eating yogurt on a daily basis

Old-fashioned, raw and unpasteurized yogurt was a wonderful source of good bacteria, but unfortunately today it’s very difficult to find yogurt in this form.

Pasteurization kills off or sterilizes much of the good bacteria that gives yogurt it’s good reputation.

WHY DO WE NEED GOOD BACTERIA?

Cultured and fermented foods, such as yogurt, have been consumed by many cultures for years as a source of bacteria, which act as a support to their digestive health and immune function. Today, however, for many it is more practical to take a good quality probiotic supplement, in order to populate the digestive system with good bacteria.

Probiotics, also known as gut flora or healthy bacteria, is a variety of friendly bacteria that benefits the digestive system. The benefits range from helping to normalize digestive function to assisting the immune system, allergies and skin problems.

Probiotics are used to Help Treat & Prevent a Range of Health Conditions:

Probiotics are regularly used by Naturopaths to help treat and prevent the following health problems:

  • Thrush and candida
  • Leaky gut (and associated conditions, eg migraines, acne, lymphatic congestion, and more)
  • Eczema and acne
  • Colic and acid reflux
  • Fatigue
  • Autism
  • ADHD
  • Food allergies, such as dairy and gluten
  • Post-antibiotic diarrhea
  • Hay fever
  • Sinusitis
  • Weight loss
  • Vaginal infections
  • Diarrhea, constipation and irregular bowel motions
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Irritable bowel syndrome and malabsorption
  • Ulcerative colitis

Choosing the Right Probiotics for the Right Condition

The quality and potency of probiotics available in healthfood stores and our food varies enormously.  For example, some of my clients ask if the probiotics in supermarket yogurt is sufficient, but you would probably need a bucket of the yogurt to equal half a teaspoon of a good quality probiotic supplement. Likewise, products on the shelves of healthfood stores also have widely ranging potencies.

In a healthy bowel there can be 3-4 pounds of healthy bacteria, so to make an impact, you need a high potency product, which I usually recommend is taken at the highest dosage on the bottle for adults.

When looking for a supplement, I recommend you look out for supplements that list specific strands of bacteria on their label. I recommend a product with a variety of different probiotics. Also, the list below gives more detailed information about the health benefits of particular types.

  • Lactobacillus Acidophilus DDS1
    Helps with immune support and digestive function, as well as to assist with lactose intolerance
  • Bifidis Regularis
    Gut health and digestion
  • Bifidobacterium Infantis 35624
    IBS
  • Bifidobacterium lactis Bb12
    Immune system support and gut health
  • Lactobacillus Casei Shirota
    Immune system support and gut health
  • Lactobacillus Immunitas
    Immune system support, duration of colds and flu in older people
  • Lactobacillus Rhamnosus GR11
    Helps vaginal infections
  • Lactobacillus Reuteri 55730
    Helps with diarrhea associated by antibiotic usage
  • Saccharomyces Boulardii Yeast
    Helps with diarrhea associated by antibiotic usage

What Puts Healthy Bacteria in the Gut at Threat?

There are several key things which kill and undermine healthy bacteria in the gut, as well as things which fuel bad bacteria. The main things to be aware of are:

  • Antibiotics
  • Drugs
  • Some pharmaceutical medicines
  • Alcohol
  • Sugar
  • Stress

For more information about how to correct and rebalance your gut flora please contact me.

On this site, I aim is to provide well-researched information, in order to empower readers to make informed choices about their health and wellbeing. In both alternative and allopathic medicine new discoveries are being made and there are vast choices available to people, something to be mindful of. Nicholas Dale, Naturopath is not seeking to impose his views on readers, but rather encourage them to seek out any professional help they may need (in whatever form that may take) and discover what is best for them.

Information on this site should not be taken as medical guidance or advice. Readers should always consult personally with their healthcare provider. Information published on this site is not intended to act as a substitute for advice of medical professionals, and should not be taken as such.

5 10, 2017

Alternative Fibromyalgia Treatment Options

2017-10-18T11:05:08+00:00By |Ailments, Nutrition, Vitamins|

Fibromyalgia is a common illness – the key to treatment is identifying the underlying cause

alternative fibromyalgia treatmentPeople with it can be wracked with debilitating musculoskeletal pain, tenderness and profound fatigue all over their body for months at a time. The fatigue might feel like exhaustion, a flu-like illness or tiredness, and the pain can feeling like a dull ache, stiffness or burning sensation.

In severe cases, some people can’t get out of bed because of the pain and may have to give up work, while others have a greatly diminished quality of life. In mild to moderate cases people can often lead a normal life, while having to deal with and get through the pain and tiredness. Diagnosis is often tricky, but the main thing in my view is that if a person has any of these symptoms then something should be done to correct it.

CONVENTIONAL FIBROMYALGIA TREATMENT

Pain relief medications are not addressing the cause of the problem, and nor are they often particularly effective. What’s more, long term use can cause problems and there are side effects which are listed on the packet.

WHAT HELPS FIBROMYALGIA NATURALLY?

Identifying underlying causes, such as hormonal imbalances, that include the endocrine system, a rundown nervous system, sleep problems, emotional and stress triggers, is always an important step in the treatment of Fibromyalgia. From there a treatment program to help correct these causes is tailored to each individual’s specific needs, which usually includes a combination of one or more of the below treatment options.

ALTERNATIVE FIBROMYALGIA TREATMENT OPTIONS

  • Nutritional Therapy
    Correcting nutritional deficiencies and imbalances. There are specific nutrients, such as Magnesium and Vitamin D3 (which need to be taken in balance with other nutrients) that are often linked with Fibromyalgia. Turmeric is also an excellent natural anti-inflammatory that can help with pain and discomfort.
  • Diet
    Establishing any food intolerances and giving advice on the best foods to eat to help with fibromyalgia is a key step. For example, avoiding pro-inflammatory foods, such as sugars is very important. There is a typical diet I recommend to people with fibromyalgia, but this is always tailored with some basic testing, depending on the individual.
  • Homeopathics
    Homeopathic medicine is beneficial as it is designed to treat the whole person and help return balance and equilibrium to the body. Specific homeopathic medicines are ideally tailored to each individual’s requirements.
  • Bowen Therapy
    This technique is a hands on manipulative therapy that helps in the reduction of pain and tension in muscles and joints. It is a gentle form of treatment that can have rapid and positive effects.
  • Essential Oils
    There are specific oils that can be used to help alleviate pain (such as lavender and chamomile), and for stress relief (such as frankincense and clary sage) which are best diluted in a carrier oil and then put into the bath, or used as a body oil.

If you have any questions about Fibromyalgia please let me know.

On this site, I aim is to provide well-researched information, in order to empower readers to make informed choices about their health and wellbeing. In both alternative and allopathic medicine new discoveries are being made and there are vast choices available to people, something to be mindful of. Nicholas Dale, Naturopath is not seeking to impose his views on readers, but rather encourage them to seek out any professional help they may need (in whatever form that may take) and discover what is best for them.

Information on this site should not be taken as medical guidance or advice. Readers should always consult personally with their healthcare provider. Information published on this site is not intended to act as a substitute for advice of medical professionals, and should not be taken as such.

20 07, 2017

Vitamin D May Reduce Breast Cancer Risk by 75-80%

2017-10-18T11:07:42+00:00By |Ailments, Cancer, Vitamins|

Breast Cancer & Preventative Steps

I only wrote about Vitamin D a few weeks ago. But, because breast cancer affects approximately one in eight women, I wanted to write some more.

I recently read an article where breast cancer was referred to as a “Vitamin D deficiency syndrome.”

Breastcancer.org states on its website: “Research suggests that women with low levels of vitamin D have a higher risk of breast cancer. Vitamin D may play a role in controlling normal breast cell growth and may be able to stop breast cancer cells from growing.”

An open letter to the New York Times from Cedric F. Garland, Dr. P.H., F.A.C.E. (Professor, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of California San Diego, Participating Member, Moores UCSD Cancer Center, La Jolla, California) stated:
 
“It is not widely realized that most breast cancer is preventable. While the scientific literature reveals many strategies for prevention of breast cancer, the simplest is elimination of the vitamin D deficiency. This is the main known cause of breast cancer. Raising the serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D level to 40-60 ng/ml could prevent 75-80% of breast cancer incidence (and deaths, of course).”

I recommend getting your Vitamin D levels checked annually and making sure they are in a good healthy range. Keeping your blood serum levels in a good range is a great way to help protect your health into the future, and is such a simple thing to do. Contact me to find out how to take Vitamin D so that it is in balance with other key nutrients.

WHAT DOES THE RESEARCH SAY?

Visit grassrootshealth.net/project/breast-cancer-prevention to see research and statistics in an easy-to-read format. Below are a couple of examples:

  • “Vitamin D increases breast cancer patient survival: Those with breast cancer who have high levels of vitamin D in their blood are two times as likely to survive the disease as women with low levels, according to a report from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine researchers in the March issue of Anticancer Research.”
  • “77% reduction in all non-skin cancer incidence: A 2007 randomized clinical trial at Creighton University led by Joan Lappe, PhD, RN, FAAN, found that a dose of 1100 IU/day of vitamin D along with 1400-1500 mg/day of calcium helped women aged 55 and older raise their average serum vitamin D level to 38 ng/ml (from a baseline of 29 ng/ml) and prevent approximately 4 out of 5, or 80%, of all invasive cancers, including breast cancer.”

Getting statistics like this can make us all feel a bit more comfortable that there are things we can do to help us control our health. You are always welcome to write to me with any questions or for any assistance you may need.

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