The year is screaming to an end at a scary pace - as it always does I suppose. Perhaps we should just lean into it and enjoy the ride. Hopefully you have much to look forward to in the way of loved ones visiting or an exciting holiday.
Cow's milk - should we or shouldn't we?
I regularly get asked whether drinking cow's milk has any benefits or is it just all bad. Sadly I have to say pastuerised milk has few benefits and many problems. If you must drink cow's milk then try to find raw milk in your area. Yes I know the sale of raw milk is illegal in many areas but it is possible to find farmers who will supply you.
Once milk has been pasteurised it is more or less dead and offers little nutritional value. Important enzymes are destroyed, vitamins such as A.C, B6 and B12 are diminished and fragile milk proteins are denatured to such an extent they can be detrimental to your health. Furthermore the eradication of beneficial bacteria through the pasteurisation process actually ends up promoting pathogens.
As a child did you also have to drink at least one glass of milk a day? Our parents did not know better but let's make sure we do.
So is soya milk a good alternative? I'm afraid not. Raw cow's milk trumps this. When it comes to weaning babies off breast milk I'd go the goat's milk route rather than dairy or soya - if you can afford it of course.
Vitamin D continued.
Last month I stressed the importance of getting out into the sun without blocking out all the vitamin D with sunscreens. This prompted one of my readers, interestingly a medical doctor, to very kindly send me 25 links to meta-analyses of studies done on vitamin D and it's ability to reduce fractures, especially hip fractures. I won't list all the studies here but some of the findings are:
70% of acute fracture patients are vitamin D deficient
Fallers often had readings of less than 20ng of vitamin D
What I found most interesting in his email was the mention that in a trial done 24 years ago hip fractures were reduced by 24% using vitamin D and calcium supplements. Since then the 25 meta-analyses confirmed this finding, yet there has been no change in the medical fraternity's attitude towards vitamin D. Perhaps the hip fracture industry is concerned about losing jobs? But here are a number of other possible reasons: Why doctors are reluctant to accept vitamin D. So kudos to the doctor who in 2012 reduced patient visits from 4 per year to 1 per year by getting all his patients to have a higher vitamin D level.
We stock two excellent vitamin D3 supplements:
Xymogen's D3 -5000IU. Each softgel contains 5000IU of vitamin D in an oil base so it can be taken anytime and not necessarily with a meal.
Vibrant Health D3 2000IU or 4000IU comes in tablet form so ideally should be taken with a meal containing some fat because vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin.
I wrote last month about how we all experience liver toxicity in part due to the plethora of nasty chemicals we come into contact with on a daily basis. What we can and have to do is limit as much as possible this contact. Avoiding a nasty chemical called triclosan would be a good start. It's an antibacterial ingredient with a chemical structure similar to Agent Orange, which was used to spray and kill the vegetation in the Vietnam War where its effects are still being witnessed today. It is now well established that triclosan is an endocrine disruptor that interferes with thyroid, testosterone and estrogen regulation and has been linked to issues such as early puberty and infertility. Toxic levels can accumulate in body fat, affecting the liver, kidneys and lungs. In some cases it can cause paralysis, brain haemorrhages and heart problems.
The biggest joke is that the US FDA banned the use of triclosan in antibacterial soaps but not in any other household products, so its still found in toothpastes (read Colgate Total), after shaves, shampoos, cosmetics and hand sanitizers, to mention but a few. The scariest thing is that unless the manufacturer is claiming the product will protect users from bacteria, he is exempt from listing triclosan on the label. This also means that we need to leave products that claim "antimicrobial protection" on the supermarket shelf where they can do less harm.
We all have soap next to our hand basins but it does not need to be antibacterial - there is no evidence that an antibacterial soap does a better job than ordinary soap. Regular use of an antibacterial soap can also contribute to antibiotic resistant germs. If you insist on antibacterial soap, there are many natural antibacterial ingredients such as tea tree oil or lemon oil that can be used instead. Having said that, don't think that if tea tree is mentioned on the label it does not contain triclosan, as this list will confirm: Products containing triclosan.
Also check the ingredients in your mouthwash. If it doesn't contain triclosan it will almost certainly be mostly alcohol, which will kill good bacteria and probably make the dysbiosis in your mouth worse. Remember the very best way to prevent tooth decay and gum disease is by oil pulling using coconut oil. I wrote about this in my October 2014 newsletter.
Monsanto's weed killer popping up all over the place
Recently the Food and Drug Administration found fresh evidence that residues of the weed killer called glyphosate (read Roundup) can be pervasive and is found even in foods not produced with the use of glyphosate.
Firstly, in a recent analysis, the agency found glyphosate in all samples of U.S. honey it tested! Although the FDA has not made public the findings of its honey investigation, thanks to social media, we can read the not-so-sweet story here and share it: Monsanto's weed killer in honey. And don't think this only applies to the United States.
Gosh when I look back at this newsletter I realise it's full of doom and gloom and leaves you wondering what you can safely do or eat! My apologies, it was not intentional and yes there are heaps of wonderful natural foods out there, as well as natural, safe household products. Take you time to be well informed when you make your choices.
I need your help
If you were planning to purchase Coenzyme Q10 in the near future please help me to remove stock from Takealot shelves by ordering here: See Yourself Well CoenzymeQ10 . You will pay the same price, R380, and delivery is free.
If the image on their website is still the old one don't worry, I promise the product is the same as the one alongside and only expires October 2017. I have been trying for weeks to get Takealot to update the image - now the final straw causing me to close this listing with them.
This will probably be my final newsletter for 2016 as it looks like I'll be away for much of December. If you need supplements urgently please place your orders in the next week to be dispatched before 30 November otherwise, if not in a hurry, I can help you again after 18 December.
All that remains for me is to wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season and should you be travelling somewhere, take care on the roads and come back safe and sound.
Nutritional Therapist (BSc (Hons) HDE, Dip Clin Nutr) The Orchards Nutrition Centre - Somerset East Tel: 042 243 0339 Cell: 084 531 0786 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The information in this newsletter is for educational purposes only and not to be construed as medical advice. It is not meant to diagnose, prescribe, or in any way replace qualified medical supervision. For any medical conditions, consult with your healthcare provider before using any products. Abundant health to you all.