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ABSCESSES: DIETARY RECOMMENDATIONS
At the Toronto clinic an excellent system has been worked out and, on departure from the clinic, the patient is given post-treatment dietary recommendations to ensure optimum benefit from the colonic treatment. These recommendations are as follows:
Fried foods or oils
Salads and raw vegetables
All fruit (papaya, mango and pineapple are best for
enzymes) Cooked grains Steamed vegetables Soups Juices Sprouts
Chicken or fish (unless vegetarian)
N.B. After twenty-four hours raw vegetables and uncooked oils may be taken.
To promote elimination and digestion
Carrot, spinach, beet, or watermelon juices
Beets, watermelon, apples (or apple sauce), red grape juice
Vitamins E and C should also be used for colonic conditions. Vitamin E acts as an anti-oxidant and Nature’s Best has selected the most potent and biologically active form of natural vitamin E to use in their supplements. Vitamin E (alpha tocopherol) is the most powerful vitamin in the body’s anti-oxidant defence system. It is the prime agent that stops fatty acids from reacting with oxygen to form harmful toxins known as lipid peroxides. Vitamin E is necessary for the health of the reproductive system, the integrity of red blood cells and for the functioning of the white blood cells of the immune system.
Vitamin C is the ‘goes everywhere, does everything’ nutrient. If you choose to take a single vitamin supplement, vitamin C would be a prime candidate, as it is involved in so many different parts of the body, from the immune system to the connective tissue that literally holds us together. Vitamin C is not manufactured in the body, so to maintain health we must acquire adequate vitamin C supplies from our diet.
More vitamin C is required when we are in demanding situations since it is involved in the production of adrenaline, our ‘fight or flight’ hormone; it is itself consumed, acting as an anti-oxidant, and it is vital for tissue and bone growth and repair. Its effect on specific parts of the protective immune system include the modulation of the action of white blood cells, a fact that has excited researchers such as Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling. It may even be linked to the natural production of Interferon.
We depend on vitamin C to produce collagen, the structural protein that holds our cells together and is an integral part of skin, tendons, bone cartilages, and the other connective tissues that package our muscles and organs. Vitamin C is important for healthy bones and, in particular, for healthy teeth and gums, as it combines with minerals such as calcium and phosphorus.
Iron, the red blood cell mineral, is better absorbed in the presence of vitamin C, while the proper functioning of other nutrients, such as selenium and vitamins A and E, also depends on adequate vitamin C. It also supports vitamin E in its role of protecting fatty acids from harmful oxidation.
Although we need a regular and dependable intake of vitamin C in food, it is highly vulnerable to heat and light and can be almost entirely lost if food is incorrectly stored or cooked. It is an interesting fact that gorillas, who, like us, lost’ the ability to manufacture vitamin C during evolution, take in upwards of three grammes of vitamin C each day.
Unlike us, they still live surrounded by plentiful supplies of vitamin C-rich fresh vegetation and fruit, and they eat it raw.
The single most important source of vitamin C in the British diet is the potato. When potatoes are chipped and fried, a lot of vitamin C is lost. In addition, it is thought that our vitamin C requirements fluctuate, not only according to biochemical individuality, but also because of what is going on in our lives. At particular times our needs increase. Being water soluble, vitamin C is quickly transported through the body and excreted, mainly in urine, and therefore regular replenishing is advisable.
People who use drugs, such as aspirin, antibiotics and the contraceptive pill, quite wisely often choose to take vitamin C supplements, as do regular alcohol drinkers and smokers. Other groups who may benefit from a supplement are athletes in training, the elderly and pregnant, and breastfeeding women.
Recognising its importance as a nutrient, Nature’s Best produce twenty-two different vitamin C supplements in order to cater for differences in individual requirements and Nature’s Best were the pioneers of the easy-to-use powder form of sodium- or calcium-buffered version of vitamin C and the development of vitamin C in crystals, powder, time-release tablets, and capsules has made them UK leaders in vitamin C technology. They have also introduced a fat soluble form to widen its anti-oxidant capabilities.
IBS AND CANDIDA ALBICANS: KILLING OFF THE CANDIDA – ANTI-FUNGAL SUBSTANCES
Nystatin: your doctor would have to prescribe this. It has been around for many years but to be effective for chronic bowel overgrowth at least eight weeks’ medication is necessary. If you feel ill when you start taking it (you should not if you have had the strict diet first) take a smaller amount and build up to the full dosage. Many people have noticed that long-term irritating problems such as unpleasant vaginal smells (even when there is no sign of thrush), sore ears, rashes on the face, athlete’s foot and sinus troubles also clear up when they have anti-fungal treatment.
Caprylic Acid: This is made from coconuts. It is available in health shops but the slow-release form, Mycopryl, can be more effective. You can order it by mail from Biocare, 54 Northfield Road, Kings Norton, Birmingham B30 1JH (0121) 433 3727. They also have a wide range of other products for Candida, food allergies and cystitis.
THE BOWEL AS A DUMPING GROUND: HOW DOES A DIRTY COLON AFFECT THE BODY?
Some people treat their digestive tract like a rubbish disposal system and give little thought to the damage caused by the careless diet. When the colon is irritated by diet, stress, drugs, chemicals, and so on, it tries to protect itself by producing more mucus. This can bind with the sludge from refined foods, such as white flour, and build up on the wall of the bowel the way silt builds up in a river. This layer of gluey hardened faeces can weigh several pounds, and is a good place for harmful organisms to breed. It also prevents the complete absorption of nutrients by preventing digested food coming into contact with the lining of the bowel. The production of digestive enzymes, chemicals necessary to break down the food for complete absorption, is also affected.
How Does a Dirty Colon Affect the Body?
The local effects of this poisonous residue are irritation and inflammation. The general effects include:
• dull eyes
• poor skin
• aching muscles
• joint pains
This is because the poisons go through a network of vessels called the lymphatic system to all parts of the body; the equivalent of dirty dish-water is carried around the body, instead of a clean, nourishing fluid, the function of which should be to feed cells not served by blood vessels. The lymphatic fluid also kills off harmful organisms and carries away the refuse.
If the body has to battle against these poisons long-term, it is not surprising that it sometimes has to give up and the disease process takes over – the result is inflammation, infection and degeneration. It is understandable that there are more and more people referred to hospitals for Irritable Bowel Syndrome, colitis (inflammation of the colon), Crohn’s disease (inflammation of the small intestine), colon cancer and diverticulosis.
SCOPE AND IMPACT OF DIABETES IN THE U.S.: UNDIAGNOSED TYPE 2 DIABETES
Convincing information from analyses of the National Health and Nutrition Surveys (NHANES III) indicates that undiagnosed type 2 diabetes and IGT are highly prevalent in the U.S. population. Prevalence is 14-20% in those over 50 years of age. Retinopathy is present in approximately 20% of type 2 diabetic patients at the time of diagnosis and is estimated to start at least 4-7 years before the clinical diagnosis is made. Using the older diagnostic criteria of fasting plasma glucose s 140 mg/dl (instead of the presently accepted a126 mg/dl), it was estimated that the onset of type 2 diabetes probably occurred about 12 years before diagnosis. This period is not benign. The prevalence of macrovascular disease at this stage is the same as in diagnosed diabetes, and the rates of coronary heart disease in both diagnosed and undiagnosed people with diabetes are at least twice that of nondiabetic people. Similar data are found for mortality.
Cardiovascular risk factors are usually present in excess before the diagnosis of type 2 diabetes is made. In the NHANES II analysis, prior to the diagnosis of type 2 diabetes, the prevalence of hypertension was 61%; hypercholesterolemia/49%; LDL cholesterol > 130 mg/dl, 62%; elevated plasma triglycerides, 28%; and obesity, 50% (men) and 82% (women).
Using the older criteria (FPG > 140 mg/dl) for the diagnosis of diabetes, it was estimated that 50% of the type 2 diabetic population was not diagnosed. This figure falls to about 33% when the newer criteria of FPG >126 mg/dl are used. Whichever criterion is used, it is evident that undiagnosed type 2 diabetes is a major public health problem.
DIETARY CONSIDERATIONS FOR CANCER
Therefore, the effective treatment for cancer must, in addition to any other internal or external specifics used (such as laetrile, tekarina, or hydrazine sulfate, for example), begin with total elimination of the basic causes of cancer – elimination of all environmental sources of carcinogens, such as smoking and carcinogenic chemicals in air, water and food. In addition, a complete change in diet is imperative. In the ginning, all animal proteins must be eliminated. As condition improves, some raw goat’s milk, raw egg yokes and soured milk products, such as I yogurt, kefir or acidophilus milk, made from goat’s milk, may be added to the diet. The diet must be a 100% natural raw food diet, with emphasis on raw fruits and vegetables, particularly red beets, plus a minimum requirement of high quality proteins mostly from vegetable sources such as almonds, buckwheat, millet, sesame seeds, and sprouted seeds and grains. All foods must be natural, whole, unprocessed and I organically grown, without man-made chemicals of any kind.
Pureed asparagus, four tablespoons a day, has been reported to be an effective addition to the anti-cancer diet.
Almonds, as a protein source, are particularly recommended. No proteins should be consumed before 11 a.m. Breakfast should consist of I fresh fruits, fruit juices and herb teas. One pint of fresh or soured goat’s I milk can be used daily, plus 2 raw egg yokes from fertile eggs every second day. Lots of raw vegetable and fruit juices should be used daily. Green juices, made from alfalfa, comfrey, wheat grass, beet tops, etc., are excellent.
Anti-cancer diet should contain a generous amount of foods rich in vitamins E and С and the trace mineral, selenium – all natural antioxidants, which can help prevent the chromosome damage caused by carcinogens that leads to cancer.
NOTES FOR CANCER TREATMENT
1. According to recent Swedish studies at Karolinska and Umea Hospitals, vitamin С in large doses can be an effective prophylactic agent against cancer. It has been shown that abnormal metabolism of amino acid tryptophan, with consequent oxidation of its metabolites, can lead to the development of cancer in the bladder. Vitamin C, by preventing the oxidation process, can block cancer development. Swedish researchers suggest that vitamin С can be used as cancer preventative agent.
2. Vitamins С and A in large doses are two natural substances used by the body to inhibit hyaluronidase, an enzyme found in cancerous tissues. Vitamin С effectively protects against carcinogenic effects of most poisons, including nitrates.
3. According to several studies, vitamin A exerts an inhibiting effect on carcinogenesis. A recent study done by Dr. Raymond J. Shamberger, professor of the Department of Biochemistry, The Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, showed that vitamin A is one of the most important aids to the body’s defensive system to fight and prevent cancer. When subjected to carcinogens, this vitamin has a remarkable ability to inhibit the induction and/or retard the growth of both malignant and non-malignant tumors.
4. We strongly advise that when cancer is suspected, under no circumstances should “home remedies”, nutritional or any other kind, be tried. Instead, a reliable doctor preferably a biologically oriented one, should be consulted immediately, and the patient should abide by the doctor’s advice regarding most suitable therapies.
5. Since it is not likely that the methods of treatment described in this section will be “in accord with the consensus of medical opinion”, we are compelled to say that all information in this section is offered purely for educational and experimental purposes; as an objective scientific report, not as a recommendation or endorsement.
ARTHRITIS DEFENCE: DIET, SUPPLEMENTS AND EXERCISE
• Avoid coffee, tea, soft drinks, sugar, alcohol, and all refined carbohydrates
• Increase your intake of vegetables.
• Increase your intake of vegetables
• Eat more raw vegetables.
• Exclude foods in the nightshade family of vegetables, such as potatoes, tomatoes, and aubergines among others.
• Increase your intake of vitamin-C-rich foods. Arthritis is essentially a collagen disease, and vitamin С is necessary for the formation of collagen.
• High-potency multiple vitamin with chelated minerals (time release preferred), a.m. and p.m.
• High-potency chelated multiple mineral, a.m. and p.m.
• Vitamin C, 1,000 mg., 1-3 times daily (if you take aspirin, you’re losing a lot of vitamin C)
• Vitamin В complex, 100 mg., 1-3 times daily
• Vitamin B12, 100-200 mcg. daily
• Niacin, 50-500 mg., daily
• Yucca tabs, 1-3, 3 times daily
• Pantothenic acid, 100 mg., 3 times daily
• Vitamin A, 10,000 IU, 3 times daily for 5 days (stop for 2)
• Vitamin D, 400 IU, 3 times daily for 5 days (stop for 2), or cod-liver oil, 1-2 tbsp., 3 times daily (if capsules, 3 caps, 3 times daily) Again, take for 5 days and stop for 2.
It’s true that inflammation is reduced by rest, but too much rest can cause tendons to weaken and bones to soften, while exercise can relieve pain, strengthen endurance, and prevent arthritic conditions from worsening.
Find a doctor qualified to design a personalized exercise programme that’s suited to your individual needs and abilities. Your local arthritis foundation should be able to recommend one.
After consulting with a physician, find ways to incorporate exercise into your daily routine.
Avoid exercise that puts a burden on weight- bearing joints (tennis, jogging, and so on), and think more about activities such as swimming or yoga.
Keep your weight down to avoid unnecessary stress on joints.
Keep up a regular sex life. Sex can act as a pain reliever, according to Dr. Jessie E. Potter, director of the American National Institute for Human Relationships, through adrenal stimulation. Any kind of sexual arousal – self-stimulation, petting, oral sex – leads to cortisone release and can give patients from four to six hours of relief from arthritis pain.
ASTHMA AND PESTICIDES: THE CASE OF VIRGINIA
Virginia, a long-time asthmatic who used her puffer several times each day but was otherwise quite well, had never had an asthma attack in her life. She was aware of the home environment connection and her house was quite ‘clean’. There were no carpets, sparse furnishings and few chemicals. After a severe bout of the flu last winter, she had never been quite the same. A number of times her wheezing and breathing had become so seriously problematic she feared she was going to have an attack any day. Her doctor measured her lung function and suggested she take steroids. Virginia felt she could cope with her usual Ventolin just by taking a few more puffs more frequently And so she did.
One day she decided to visit her father, who lived a long way away in a very old house. Within 10 minutes of entering her father’s house she started to wheeze. A few minutes later she had an asthma attack. Rushed to the nearest hospital, she was suitably medicated and given a script for steroids. She was taken back to her own flat where she went straight to bed and remained there almost incapacitated for five days.
Virginia is one of my patients. She suffers with many allergies, is chemically overloaded and is also extremely sensitive to chemicals in general and pesticides in particular. Her father had his house fumigated by a pest control firm just a few days before his daughter’s visit. One week after the incident father decided that, since his daughter could not be exposed again to the pesticide residues still lingering on in his house, he would go and visit her himself. Which is exactly what he did. As soon as he embraced his daughter she started to feel breathless and dizzy and had to lie down again. She did not have an asthma attack but felt quite tired and unwell. It took her only two days to recover. Infinitesimal amounts of pesticides still embedded in her father’s jacket probably caused the reaction, which may still have resulted in an asthma attack if Virginia had not been taking her medications.
How, you might ask, can anyone be so sensitive? After all, millions of people have their homes sprayed regularly and the use of pesticides is ubiquitous. Surely there must be something else wrong with her? Your bewilderment is quite justified and yes, there is something else wrong with Virginia. It is nothing more sinister than a predisposition to allergies and a susceptibility to chemicals. Both are common problems. They are more likely to occur if someone else in the family or one’s ancestry has suffered even transient attacks of eczema, sinusitis, asthma, hay fever, hives, dermatitis or other allergic diseases. In Virginia’s case it was just a matter of degree.
Judith West, senior pharmacist at the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children in Sydney, runs the Poisons Information Centre with a group of nine other experienced pharmacists. Each of them handles more than 100 calls a day from parents and doctors seeking advice on chemical poisoning. Pesticides, and all of them are potentially dangerous, accounted for 2796 calls to the centre in 1988.
Simple, commonly used pesticides like Dead Ant can contain deadly substances such as antimony, a heavy metal which corrodes and causes cellular poisoning and kidney failure. Bygone in powder form is especially dangerous and so are many garden sprays and even your dog’s flea repellant. In 1977 a child died after ingesting a common flea-rinse. Still, you may argue, all it takes is a quick look at the many articles written on the subject and one can obtain information on the many simple, natural alternatives available. You are, after all, vitally concerned with the effects of pollution, Dr Kate Short, Director of the Toxic and Hazardous Chemicals Committee, Total Environment Centre, 18 Argyle Street, Sydney has kindly supplied me with much of the information on pesticides presented in this book. Staff at the Centre will happily send you one of the many booklets and pamphlets on the subject. Dr Short is also the author of The A-Z of Chemicals in the Home, a book I wholeheartedly recommend to you.
The term ‘pesticides’ covers a range of agents, including insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, fumigants and roden-ticides. The modern insecticides belong to several families: organophosphates, chlorinated hydrocarbons, cabramates, botanicals, insect hormones, chemical sterilants and insect viruses.
CONTRACEPTION AND THE MENOPAUSE: STERILISATION
The principle of sterilisation, of which hysterectomy is an extreme form, is to disintegrate the Fallopian tubes so that the egg cannot be fertilised by sperm. As the ovaries are not touched, menstrual periods continue until the natural menopause. When ovulation occurs, the egg travels down the tube as far as is possible, then dies and gradually dissolves.
Sterilisation is a highly reliable form of contraception, and in both the UK and the USA it is the first choice of women over 35.
Whatever method of sterilisation is used, none will affect the menstrual cycle or the sex life. However, it is not recommended for women who have had a recent abnormal cervical smear or for those with any uterine or ovarian disorder.
Sterilisation must always be regarded as irreversible, because although, depending on which technique was used, a reversal operation might be possible, this is both complicated and prone to fail; moreover, there is no guarantee of conception subsequently.
The various types of sterilisation procedure are laparotomy, minilaparotomy, laparoscopy and vaginal sterilisation.
Also known as tubal ligation (having the tubes tied), this is not a serious operation but it does require a general anaesthetic and a short stay in hospital. A small cut (5-8 cm) is made across the abdomen, usually just below the pubic hairline, the tubes are brought to the surface, each is tied in two places, and the short length of tube between the ties is removed.
This is similar to a laparotomy, but the incision made is shorter. The uterus and tubes are pushed, by a special instrument inserted into the uterus from the vagina, towards the opening in the abdomen so that the tubes can be tied. This procedure can be carried out under local anaesthetic and is likely to cause less discomfort than a laparotomy.
A laparoscope (like a very narrow telescope) is inserted through a 1-cm cut just below the navel and a second cut made lower down to facilitate the tying of the tubes. This is the quickest and simplest method, usually performed under a local anaesthetic and likely to cause the least discomfort.
Entry is via the vagina under general anaesthetic and the procedure is irreversible. This procedure is little used now.
All these types of sterilisation carry a small degree of risk, either from the general anaesthetic, if applicable, or from accidental damage to an organ or blood vessel during the operation. Subsequent complications are rare but could include bleeding, raised temperature, severe pain in the abdomen or uterus, and difficulty in urinating. Occasionally the ends of a tube may grow together again, bringing risk of pregnancy; about 10-20 per cent of such pregnancies turn out to be ectopic.
There is some evidence that the sterilisation procedure gives rise to heavier periods, and an increase in PMS symptoms of up to 30 per cent. These are thought to be due to an upset in the balance of ovarian oestrogen/progesterone hormones caused by nerve and prostaglandin alteration after tubal surgery, and alteration of blood supply. Research into this matter continues.
TYPES OF HRT AVAILABLE: WHAT IS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE OESTROGEN DOSE AND THE LIKELIHOOD OF WITHDRAWAL BLEEDING BEING ESTABLISHED?
Little information is available to address this question. It is stressed that withdrawal bleeding will only occur if the oestrogenic stimulus is sufficient to cause endometrial stimulation, and if the progestogen is administered at adequate daily dose and for sufficient duration . Assuming that the latter criteria are fulfilled, it is to be expected that the percentage of women experiencing withdrawal bleeding will rise as the oestrogen dose is increased. In our experience, almost all patients receiving oestradiol implants experience withdrawal bleeding, and this most probably reflects the more than adequate plasma oestradiol levels achieved with this form of therapy. With conjugated equine oestrogens 0.625 mg/day (or an equivalent such as transdermal oestradiol, 50 mg/day), approximately 85% of women experience withdrawal bleeding: the remainder do not. The absence of bleeding is not a cause for concern and endometrial biopsy is not indicated because of amenorrhoea. The lack of bleeding in this minority most probably reflects the wide inter-patient variation in plasma oestradiol values achieved with all therapies .
Few data are available with lower doses administered systemically, such as transdermal oestradiol 25 mg/day. In our experience, approximately 50% of patients experience withdrawal bleeding with this dose when a progestogen is added.