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Iron in The Vegetarian Diet
Preparing a healthy meal

Those who choose to follow a vegetarian diet can run the risk of becoming iron deficient if they are not well-informed. Lisa Watson ND (Canada) tells us that “Although a vegetarian diet is likely to contain as much (or more) iron than an omnivorous diet, the non-heme iron in a vegetarian diet is substantially less available for absorption because of differences in the chemical form of iron and accompanying constituents that inhibit iron absorption (such as calcium, tannins and phytates).” Dr. Watson explains the symptoms of iron deficiency and how vegetarians can enhance their iron absorption. She also provides a table depicting the iron RDI for a range of ages, from infant to adult.

 Colloidal Silver

Pathological bacteriaDespite not being recognised by the FDA as a ‘legitimate’ antibiotic treatment, colloidal silver has been a popular remedy for a many ailments for thousands of years. Naturopath Catherine Stack (USA) finds it effective in treating patients for a range of infections and explains that colloidal silver “does not destroy the healthy bacteria in your body as many antibiotics do( with the result that they) leave you susceptible to yeast and fungal infections.”   

 

The How’s and Whys of Juicing

Diabetes concept glucometer and healthy food

Ever thought about a juice fast but just couldn’t get motivated? This in-depth article by Dr. Martha Grout (USA) might inspire you to make the effort. Dr. Grout explains the science behind the effects of following a juice fast and lists the many benefits to be gained. “Your body is suddenly given very different information (in the form of loads of fruits and vegetables, and no animal protein, minimal fats, no starches or grains). There may be a few days of adjustment – during which time you might feel somewhat out of sorts – achy, empty and somewhat tired because your body is using up its fat stores for calories.” She also gives the reader some indicators for determining pre-diabetes or Metabolic Syndrome, covers the kinds of vegetables and fruits that are best for juicing and suggests the best type of juicer to use.

 Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Student relaxingSherry Brescia (USA) points out that this increasingly diagnosed disorder seems to be mainly a ‘first world problem’ with “more than 1 in 7 children in the US receiving a diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) by the time they turn 18 and a staggering 6.4 million children aged 4 through 17 receiving an ADHD diagnosis at some point in their lives.”

Sherry explains that “children with ADHD are typically not evaluated for any underlying causes; instead more often they are prescribed drugs. At least 70 percent of those diagnosed are prescribed stimulant medications like Adderall or Ritalin”. She explores the negative effects of these drugs and the connection with heavy metal toxicity. She also offers advice on supplements and dietary adjustments that can assist in the management of ADHD.

Lowering TriglyceridesPersonal trainer with client exercising outdoors

In recent years there has been much publicity about ‘good’ versus ‘bad’ cholesterol. A high triglyceride level represents too much ‘bad’ cholesterol and can have ongoing detrimental health effects. Naturopath Emily Kane (USA) tells us that “the problem with high triglycerides is that not only do you have subcutaneous fat around your torso, but you also have unhealthy fat packed around your heart, liver and lungs.  That reduces circulation to these organs and make them work harder.”

Dr. Kane gives us two steps we can take to increase our good cholesterol level and has several dietary ideas to lower triglycerides.

 Gut And Psychology Syndrome Part 2

Mother Suffering From Post Natal DepressionWe present the second part of a ground-breaking article by renowned neurologist Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride (UK). Part one of her article on Gut and Psychology Syndrome appeared in issue 26. In part 2 Dr. McBride explores the strong connection she has found between unhealthy gut flora and a range of other physical and mental health issues. From her research Dr. Campbell-McBride has found that “ GAPS children and adults can present with symptoms of autism, ADHD, ADD, OCD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder, sleep disorders, allergies, asthma and eczema in any possible combination. These are the patients who fall through the gap in our medical knowledge. Any child or adult with a learning disability, neurological or psychological problems and allergies should be thoroughly examined for gut dysbiosis. Re-establishing normal gut flora and treating the digestive system of the person has to be the number one treatment for these disorders, before considering any other treatments with drugs or otherwise.”

Healthy Recipe

We present a healthy and delicious pictorial step-by-step recipe by regular contributor Dr. Ben Kim (Canada).

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