Believe it or not, I recently joined Twitter! I suppose I wanted to find out what all the hoo-ha is about. However I am already glad I did or I would not have come across Dr Bernard Brom’s tweet comparing integrative medicine and conventional medicine: “Integrative health is all about improving health rather than treating the disease. The conventional model treats the disease with drugs.” That’s what I call putting it in a nutshell. Hope I find more gems like this on Twitter.
Perhaps it’s because I grew up in KZN (called Natal way back then) where it was easy to come by an excellent curry but fact is, I just love spicy food. For me the hotter, the better, but I have to tone dishes down for Ken who is not crazy about curries so hot they render his taste buds numb. Fortunately we both love Thai food so yesterday I made a batch of the Thai Green Curry Paste in the Naturally Nutritious Whole food Cookbook that I have been telling you about since it was launched in December. Today for lunch I used a big dollop of it in a fish curry dish and because it was out of this world I got permission from author, Heidi du Preez, to share the recipe with you - so here it is:
Thai Green Curry Paste Blend the following ingredients in a food processor or blender, adding a little olive oil if the mixture does not blend to a smooth paste: 1 T grated fresh root ginger ½ roughly chopped onion ½ green chilli, seeded and chopped (I added a whole one of course …hehe) 2 T chopped lemon grass (easy to grow in your own garden) 2t freshly ground coriander 1t freshly ground cumin ½ t turmeric 2 cloves garlic crushed (I added more because I love it!) Rind and juice of 1 lemon A handful fresh coriander 2-3 T extra virgin olive oil (optional) Refrigerate in a sealed container for up to 5 days.
You see because it’s got no preservatives we do need to use it up quickly. But that is not a problem because it will be delicious added to Thai vegetables, as a topping for grilled chicken or in sauces.
I hope you also enjoy spicy food because next month I’ll share a recipe for a delicious carrot and brinjal dish. Brinjals are abundant in my veggie garden at the moment and I’m experimenting with different ways of using them.
I also hope you have sown broccoli in your veggie garden by now because in May when we’re reaping those lovely big green heads, I’ll share a gorgeous broccoli soup recipe with you.
Last month I told you about a home test using apple cider vinegar to determine your stomach acid status. I got such a lovely response from one of my readers that I just have to share it with you. “Found a cutting from The Homestead, supplement to Farmers Weekly, dated 2nd March1929!
Ad said.1.pain behind shoulder blades. 2. Foul breath. 3.bilious. 4.difficulty swallowing. 5.lump in stomach. 6.belching…. These symptoms are due to LACK OF GASTRIC JUICES! Try Dr Heinz Gastric Tonic.” Well it certainly seems they knew a thing or two back in the day about the most common cause of these symptoms. I was very curious to know what the ingredients were in this formula but upon Googling it could only find an ad in a 1945 Sunday Times, so I take it this product is no longer available.
I had another response to this test from a reader who says he has too much stomach acid (hyperchloridia) and he finds apple cider vinegar relieves his symptoms, contrary to what the test I gave you says. On questioning him further I learned that he self-diagnosed too much stomach acid because of symptoms of heartburn and reflux. I told him that my guess is that he actually has too little stomach acid and that is why the apple cider vinegar relieves his symptoms. MOST heartburn cases I’ve come across are actually due to TOO LITTLE stomach acid (hypochloridia), which fails to activate the oesophageal sphincter, so what little acid is in the stomach doesn't get held in correctly and can flow backward into the oesophagus causing the burning sensation. It is quite natural for people to think this is a sign of too much acid because it seems to be bubbling out the top! Plus too little stomach acid can foster pathogenic bacteria that can disable this sphincter even more, and also prevent the stomach even further from creating an acidic environment. Furthermore, too little stomach acid prevents your body from being able to properly digest the stuff it gets fed, and starts off a long chain of misdirected digestive processes.
Angé Loock of Natural Vibrance also responded: “Please may I also suggest something for the Helicobacter – the Maximised Curcuminoids is simply amazing! I have prescribed it for people who have had helico for years, and within a few days all symptoms are gone – but not cured. I keep them on it for about 3 months – starting with 1 capsule 3 x per day for about 2 months, and then down to 1 capsule 2 x per day for another month or two. It heals ulcers better than anything I have ever seen, even ulcerative colitis (but in lower doses), and all heartburn and stomach acid symptoms disappear. Please do try it with someone. It is the most amazing product and I use it with so many clients for so many ailments so successfully!” Thanks Angé for this valuable feedback. I plan to focus on Maximised Curcimonoids next month, so watch this space.
SSRI Stories – Antidepressant Nightmares
A website called SSRI Stories lists over 4800 stories on violence and the use of SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors). It’s a depressing enough site but worth paying a quick visit because we can’t live with our heads buried in the sand, especially after the recent gun killings in the United States. It's shocking to see how a dangerous drug seems to be given out so freely. Much of what you will read is examples of patients stopping their medications suddenly. Hence the warning at the top of the page “Withdrawal can often be more dangerous than continuing on a medication. It is important to withdraw extremely slowly from these drugs, usually over a period of a year or more, under the supervision of a qualified specialist. Withdrawal is sometimes more severe than the original symptoms or problems.”
Give me Thermography any day
Towards the end of last year, I took myself off for my second thermogram, this time with physiotherapist, Yolanda Oostuizen at Thermal Health Solutions in Jeffreys Bay. I was very surprised to hear from her just how few places there are in South Africa where one can have this done. Anyway Yolanda was extremely professional and I can honestly recommend her as well as the practice of thermography, certainly before mammography. How does thermography differ from mammography? Well most importantly it is painless and harmless. One isn’t having your healthy cells bombarded with mega doses of radiation. It simply uses digital infrared thermal imaging to indicate patterns in skin temperature that may be normal or which may indicate pain, injury, disease or other abnormality. You can choose to have just the breasts scanned or a half or full body scan.
Yolanda explained that every woman has a unique thermal pattern that should not change over time. It is recommended that your first two breast studies should occur three months apart so that your specific baseline pattern can be established. All future thermograms, done annually, are then compared to this baseline to monitor stability. If your breasts remain healthy then the thermograms don’t change, but should there be a change in your thermal pattern this would require further investigation. Visit www.diti.co.za for more information and to see that this technique is used for a lot more than detecting just cancer. Yolanda can be contacted on 042 293 5866.
Some people find that at the end of winter when the shoes and socks come off and are replaced with open sandals, cracks develop on the heels, sometimes open, bleeding and very painful cracks. There are all sorts of products such as heel balms for this but what I find works best of all is plain old olive oil (and it doesn’t need to be extra virgin cold pressed either!) rubbed into the heel in the morning and again after your shower at night. Put socks on before climbing into bed so you don’t soil the sheets. Works like a bomb.
Burning Foot Syndrome: This is often a sign of vitamin B5 deficiency and hence adrenal fatigue. The burning may be accompanied by numbness and tingling and a shooting pain in the foot. Treat with high dose vitamin B5 as well as a B Complex. (Because of the B vitamins strong interdependence they should not be taken in isolation). This may take a couple of months for the burning to stop so add MSM if you like and alkalinise your system with whole food supplements such as Natural Vibrance Field of Greens or AIM Barley Life.
Two more kudos for omega-3 fish oil
We all know the extensive benefits to heart, joint and brain health of omega-3 oil from fish but here are two recent studies confirming even more benefits. The studies were done on mice but no reason why they can’t apply to humans.
Omega-3 fatty acids reduce brain damage from ischemic stroke
In the first study reported in February 2013 it was found that treatment with DHA and EPA prior to and after inducing ischemic stroke in mice, resulted in 47% reduction in brain damage. When treated with DHA alone, a 51% reduction was noted. It stands to reason that since mice have a much faster metabolism than humans, the therapeutic effect after stroke is likely to take longer in humans. However the researchers seem confident that DHA could help inhibit programmed cell death and improve the mitochondria’s ability to handle excessive intracellular calcium resulting from ischemia. They report that Omega-3 fatty acids are very bioactive molecules that target multiple mechanisms involved in brain death after stroke.
Omega-3 an effective treatment for influenza
The second trial published online on March 7, 2013 in the journal Cell reports the discovery by Japanese researchers of an ability for protectin D1 (PD1), a compound occurring in the omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid DHA, to treat influenza infection in mice. It was even found to be beneficial at advanced stages of infection, during which antivirals are usually not effective. "Given the potential for future lethal pandemics, effective drugs are needed for the treatment of severe influenza, such as that caused by H5N1 viruses," Dr Imai commented. "We have identified a novel therapeutic target for the treatment of severe influenza that is effective under conditions where known antiviral drugs fail to protect from death." With Winter around the corner, I believe it’s time for us to up our daily dose of omega-3.
Vitamin D may lower blood pressure
An interesting study which uncovered an association between Vitamin D supplementation and a reduction in blood pressure was published on 13 March 2013 in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension. In this trial, conducted by Boston researchers, two hundred eighty-three African-American men and women, of an average age of 51, were randomized to receive 1000, 2000 or 4000 international units (IU) vitamin D3 or a placebo for three months during two consecutive winters. Blood pressure and plasma 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels were evaluated before and after treatment.
Plasma vitamin D levels rose correspondingly with increasing doses of vitamin D. While systolic blood pressure was higher by the end of the treatment periods among those who received the placebo, supplementation with vitamin D was associated with a decline in blood pressure that was greater among those that received higher doses of the vitamin.
I have written extensively about the benefits of vitamin D in previous newsletters and the fact that even South Africans are beginning to show a deficiency, probably due to the fact that we have had the fear of death put into us about being in the sun without lathering ourselves with sunblock. Have you had your vitamin D levels checked lately? A simple blood test will tell you if you need to supplement. A level above 30ng/ml is good but above 50ng/ml will be far more protective against many degenerative diseases.
Just for fun
I'm setting off early for the Easter weekend, in fact as early as Tuesday 26th March. I know I haven't given you much warning but we still have Monday and Tuesday morning for me to get your orders off to you, so if you need your goodies dispatched asap please order asap. I'll be back in the saddle on 3rd April. Latest product list attached.
Have a blessed Easter!
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