The number of people who are intolerant of bread, pizza or pasta is growing all the time.
Approximately one percent of the German population exhibit an intolerance reaction to the storage protein gluten, which is primarily found in native cereal types, and are therefore subject to the chronic condition known as celiac disease. Nine out of every ten of those affected are unaware of the cause of their complaint, which can manifest itself, for example, in the form of bloating, constipation, diarrhea, irritable colon or even chronic inflammatory intestinal illness, inflammatory skin diseases, joint pain, obesity or even headaches.
Celiac disease is one of the autoimmune diseases and may emerge at any age. It tends to be passed on within families and, once it has made its appearance, continues throughout the sufferer’s life. The pathology is extremely complex. According to an international cohort study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the causes of celiac disease can be found both at the level of genetic predisposition and in environmental influences. Thus more than a quarter of the examined children who possessed a variant of the immunity gene HLA had, by their fifth year, developed autoantibodies that point to the development of a celiac disorder. However, the risk of the emergence of these antibodies was very different in the various countries that participated in the study, thus suggesting that environmental factors play a significant role.
Patterns of development –In its “classical” or “typical” form, celiac disease develops during childhood, usually a few months after the introduction of food that contains gluten. Typical symptoms include chronic diarrhea combined with clinical signs of malabsorption, leading to weight loss, loss of appetite and protruding belly.
In the case of mono- or oligosymptomatic celiac disease, sufferers are affected by only one or more symptoms such as an iron deficiency or osteoporosis.
So-called silent or asymptomatic celiac disease, usually revealed by screening studies or a chance diagnosis, is relatively frequent. There are no symptoms or the symptoms are only weak. Even though people with silent celiac disease feel no discomfort, their physical and intellectual capabilities may improve following the introduction of a gluten-free diet.
The rare form of the disease known as atypical celiac disease is characterized primarily by uncharacteristic extraintestinal complaints. Even though typical serological and histological changes can be detected, this clinical pattern is rarely considered in differential diagnostic studies. However, because sufferers respond well to a gluten-free diet, greater attention should be paid to atypical celiac disease.
Treatment – In the journal Nature Chemistry (2013), the researchers presented a highly promising new method which makes it possible to protect therapeutic enzymes in the digestive tract against destruction and effectively stabilize these. To do this, they coupled polymers to enzymes and showed for the first time in living organisms that this can enable enzymes in the stomach and small intestine to remain active for much longer.
The idea of helping people who cannot tolerate certain dietary components by administering certain enzymes goes back a long way. So far, however, attempts to use enzyme therapy have generally failed due to the specific conditions found in the digestive apparatus. This is because this is designed for the efficient splitting of all proteins into their respective components – even in the case of helpful enzymes. As a result, normal enzymes in the digestive tract become inactive, and consequently useless, within just a few minutes.
Thanks to the protection given by the polymers used in the new method, it is now possible to stabilize enzymes for up to three hours. The polymer used is characterized, among other things, by the fact that it adheres particularly well to the mucous membrane of the stomach and small intestine. As a result, the enzymes also stay exactly where they are needed for longer.
Even though this is basic research involving experiments that have so far been limited to studies in animals, and despite the fact that the market readiness of a corresponding drug still lies far in the future, the researchers consider the initial results to be extremely promising. They believe that therapeutic enzymes will, in the future, be used to treat food intolerances, and in particular celiac disease, for which no treatments have been available in the past. Thus, in the future, therapeutic enzymes that have been stabilized by means of polymer protection could break down the gluten present in food into harmless fragments before it releases its damaging effects.
At present, the only safe way to respond to celiac disease is to adopt a strict, life-long gluten-free diet. This means that cereals that contain gluten – such as wheat, rye, barley, spelt, emmer and khorasan wheat – as well as the produts made from them, have to be avoided.
What is more, gluten is also often used in the manufacture of ready-made food products because it possesses many positive properties that are valued by the food industry: it acts as an emulsifier, binds water, stabilizes and is also a good carrier for flavorings. As a result, it can be found, for example, in ready-made soups, tinned fish, cold meats, processed cheese, tomato ketchup or even chocolate. It is therefore vital that celiac sufferers read the ingredients of any ready-made food products they consume.
We constantly read that oats can be used unproblematically as part of a gluten-free diet. In fact, oats contain considerably less gluten than wheat, and studies in Scandinavia have shown that some celiac sufferers are able to tolerate oat products. However, a special type of oats was used for these studies.
The average mixed diet consumed by a healthy person contains approximately 13 g of gluten per day and one slice of bread (40 g) contains some 2.5 g of gluten. The consumption of just 50 – 100 mg of gluten per day can damage the mucous membranes of celiac patients.
Despite the considerable restrictions in the choice of foods available, a gluten-free diet can be tasty and varied. This is because many foodstuffs are naturally gluten-free. For example, fruit, vegetables, potatoes, rice, meat and fish contain no gluten. Milk and dairy products, eggs, nuts and seeds, as well as vegetable oils can also be eaten without any misgivings.
Alternatives to gluten-bearing cereals can be found in the form of the pseudocereals such as millet, amaranth, quinoa, buckwheat, or by turning to dishes involving rice, corn, potatoes, sweet chestnuts, chickpea flour and soya.
When baking, it is often possible to use grated nuts or almonds instead of flour.
A strict gluten-free diet improves well-being, usually in two to four weeks.
by Silvia Bürkle
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Homeopathy is an incredible system that has the ability to heal and help all who call upon it. While deciding on my path there was a great debate whether to go the Naturopathic College or Homeopathic College.
My own years of personal healing made that decision for me. I experienced both protocols growing up and decided to pursue a career as a Homeopathic practitioner.
My principal reasons for embracing this path are simple:
1. Homeopathic medicine has the ability to deal with the skeletons in the closets, fears, obsessions and negative beliefs and thoughts that humans are plagued by.
2. This wondrous line of remedies has the ability to address the root cause of the problem and heal symptoms the individual is experiencing.
3. A well trained homeopath administering a remedy can expect a shift in the condition of the individual within a couple of hours or sometimes even less. Depending on the severity of the symptoms the condition can often take longer to respond.
4. Herbs, vitamins and other products of this type take days, weeks and often months for the individual to experience a shift in their condition.
5. Homeopathic medicines cost less than $10.00 each, so it can be accessible to all, even those with limited budgets.
Most, physicians believe over 90% of all healing takes place “between the ears”. Homeopathy helps with the necessary shift at that level. In a nutshell, that is why I believe homeopathy is one of the most effective and most reliable natural cures we have available to the human race.
The Greek physician Hippocrates is the principal father of homeopathy. He introduced the principle that “like cures like”. This concept means that a person suffering from violent vomitting, would be given a remedy that would produce that effect in a healthy person. The medical beliefs of the time embraced The Law of Contraries, which is the treatment of a condition with a substance that will create the opposite reaction.
Homeopathy and the principles of healing of Hippocrates are also based onthe belief of the vital force, Chi or Tao in the Oriental systems or the Kundalini in the Tibetan/India yoga systems. What this means is – that within every living creature there is an energy force that drives it and keeps it alive. As we proceed through life that vital force is disturbed by traumas, disappointments, and unmet expectations.
Think of an electrical cord and over the years a mouse has chewed little holes into the wires – after some time the light would no longer come on due to the electrical current being unable to flow through the slightly broken wires.
The homeopathic remedy has the ability to go in and repair the many wires at many levels to bring the individual back to their original force they were born to embrace.
The Father of Homeopathy who in 1790 documented the great works we use today is Samuel Christian Hahnemann. Hahnemann was a medical Doctor discouraged by the practices of the time so he began to explore new ways to treat patients. He discovered an article by Dr. William Cullen on the miracles of the Cinchona Peruvian bark, useful in treating malaria. He chose to experiment on himself and found to his astonishment that taking the Cinchona Peruvian bark in a diluted substance produced all the symptoms of malaria. He spent years testing his theories. The responses and reactions varied in individuals, but in everyone, the Cinchona Peruvian bark produced symptoms of malaria to different degrees.
He continued this process of multiple dilutions, and discovered that themore diluted the product the less reactions his patients experienced. In addition he introduced a concept called “succusion”. This process is achieved by vigorously shaking the remedy. There is research being done in the UK to support and show scientific evidence how the succusion process releases molecules of the original substance to increase the healing effect of the remedy. He believed that the homeopathic remedy has the ability to stimulate the vital force of the body and regain the body’s’ natural innate ability to heal itself. As the vital force becomes stronger, the body has the ability to fight illness and infection.
Hahnemann devoted his life to the investigation and development of remedies. He discovered that the greater the dilution the more potent the remedy became. This is a brief overview of the dilution process and effect of the remedies:
. Remedies that have an X after the number have been diluted in 10 ml of water
. Remedies with a CH after the number have been diluted in a 100 ml of water
. Remedies in number less than 29 have the ability to address the physical aspect of the condition
. Remedies that have been diluted 30 times address the physical and emotional symptoms
. For a physical ailment like a broken bone use a very low number like4 or 6
. Remedies diluted 200 times address the emotional and spiritual aspects of the person
. Remedies diluted 1,000 times and higher address the spirits and the hereditary code we received from our ancestors, both physical and emotional predispositions
After Hahnemann came Kent and Hering, who put together our Materia Medicas. This is an encyclopedia of every symptom a person could experience, and the remedies that will shift those conditions. Remedies are made from the minerals of the earth, animal and plant sources.
How are Homeopathic Remedies Prescribed?
A homeopath prescribes a remedy based on a thorough fact finding process. The patient tells their story from their conception to the present. After hearing the personal history, the homeopath will ask questions that will begin to create a picture of the individual, including:
. Their personality e.g. extrovert or introvert.
. Their fears.
. Their goals, desires and wishes.
. What makes them feel better/what makes them feel worse.
. How they react to external stimuli like weather and stress.
. Food preferences and dislikes and/or reactions.
. Circadian rhythm – what is their best and worst time of day or night
. Whether discomforts in the body focus on the right or left
side, or travel from one side of the body to the other.
. Individual sleep positions.
. Temperature preferences.
. Particular habits and/or idiosyncrasies.
These are the external clothes of the body.
The homeopath also delves into an individual’s spirit realm with questions such as:
. What do they dream about.
. Childhood and present dreams.
. Phantasmal perceptions – like a feeling somebody is standing behind you,
or the childs’ fear that somebody is hiding under the bed.
When all this information is compiled a remedy is identified that will support all the criteria, and also address the physical manifestations of the life force imbalance. To recap, if a person was totally healthy and they took a certain remedy, it would produce those mental, physical and emotional symptoms that the remedy would address in an unhealthy person.
Healing is incredibly fast. Often patients leave the office and phone when they get home to report that their acid digestion or depression feels better. It will come back perhaps the next day, and we will need to administer the remedy again, but eventually the old symptoms will dwindle away.
HOMEOPATHIC CASE HISTORY #1: Ryan
Homeopathy is prescribed based on as individual’s total life experiences. For example, Ryan (name changed) came to see me recently suffering from partial facial paralysis, excruciating hip and leg pains, colitis and depression.
I used Iridology first to read Ryan’s eye and get a clear picture of what was going on inside him physically, mentally and emotionally, without being clouded by anything I might hear from him later. I next took a comprehensive homeopathic history. I then put all the pieces together, much like solving a puzzle, to identify the precise homeopathic remedy Ryan needed.
Ryan’s eye structure revealed he was a Humanitarian (see Emotional Iridology), a person who under stress can withdraw and keep his emotions and feelings locked inside. These stored negative feelings had been eating away at Ryan for over fifty years, and in his case that lead to bowel problems.
Ryan’s eye structure also revealed tremendous emotional pain after the loss of first his father and then his mother. Ryan confirmed this finding.
Sometimes people can become so disconnected from their feelings that they might not themselves be able to articulate the feeling. That is when my eye reading can help me fully understand what is going on with a person.
Ryan’s father died seven years ago. His mother died two years before the paralysis on the left side of his face showed itself; and the left side of the body rules nurturing and other issues related to one’s relationship and interaction with mother. The grief experienced after the loss of a loved one is a very deep pain that will often bring other uncomfortable feelings to the surface that may include anger, guilt, or any unresolved past emotional issue. The good news is that it is always possible to resolve these emotional issues at any time with the help of homeopathic remedies.
I then took a comprehensive historical timeline of when each of Ryan’s physical symptoms first appeared, and when key mental and emotional traumas in his life occurred.
I treated Ryan with a specific customized homeopathic remedy that would help him change at a very deep emotional level and release layers of grief, guilt and anger.
The outcome was a healthier bowel and the face paralysis was completely corrected.
NOTE: Because everyone’s life experiences differ, the specific homeopathic remedy will differ, even though people may share similar physical symptoms. For this reason I never disclose personalized remedies because they are arrived at only after a thorough personalized consultation.
HOMEOPATHY AND EMERGENCIES
Homeopathic remedies are wonderful to have in the medicine cabinet for emergencies. As already mentioned it is best to put yourself in the care of a qualified practitioner, however, the basic potencies noted here are safe for home use.
A key remedy to have on hand is Arnica. This remedy is made from the leopard’s bane plant. Legend has it that mountain climbers in Switzerland nibbled on the bark of leopard’s bane to help ease aching muscles. This remedy can help heal all physical ailments after an accident such as: bone fracture, sprains, nosebleeds, eye injuries, and concussions.
Arnica works best if administered as soon as possible after the injury occurs. Use a basic potency of Arnica 30 CH, and take 3 pills every two hours until the pain eases. Continue taking Arnica as needed every two hours, reducing it to 3-4 times a day, for up to seven days depending upon the severity of the symptoms.
It is morning.
I know for many it can be tough to muster that “get up and go” feeling. Maybe your sleep was poor and your usual energy level just isn’t there. When you face the mirror, you do not like what you see. It seems as if the weight is just piling on and your love handles are more present than ever before. If only there were a way to bring a little more love into your life, then maybe you wouldn’t feel so down.
The wardrobe is the same old, same old – boring. Is it going to be brown or black today? Perhaps you will get wild and combine the two.
Now for breakfast, what to eat? You have about 30 seconds to spare, considering you should have left for work a half hour ago. While weighing your options you remember that, “to lose weight – 30 grams of protein within 30 minutes of waking up”. Eggs are a decent option, but simply take too long. Instead, start your morning off right with the Mercurial Green Goddess Smoothie.
This healthy morning beverage will help to:
- Get the energy flowing
- Remove negativity
- Open up the liver detoxification pathway
- Improve brain clarity and focus
Mercurial Green Goddess Smoothie Recipe:
1cup organic spinach
¼ cup fresh organic dill
1 cup almond breeze or homemade almond milk
2 tablespoons of Metagenics ultra-clear Inflamax
3 tablespoons of lecithin (liquid or tablets)
1 pear (organic, cored)
Avocado and 1 strawberry for garnish
1.) Combine all ingredients in Vitamix or blender. Mix for 2 minutes.
2.) Pour into an exotic glass and garnish with a sliver of avocado and the strawberry on
a skewer stick.
3.) Inhale and breathe in the dill as you prepare to drink. Focus on your
intention and what you wish to manifest today.
4.) Drink and experience your day unfold as you manifest your heart’s desires.
What are the key ingredients good for?
– Spinach is a great antioxidant with a high content of vitamin A, C and beta-carotene.
– Antioxidants reduce free radicals that age the body and predispose us to potential cancer.
– Spinach also contains free scavenging manganese, copper, zinc, vitamin E, selenium; and energy boosting B1, B2, niacin, calcium, phosphorous, and fiber to cleanse the body and lower your triglycerides and cholesterol.
– Spinach lowers homocycteine levels. Next time you go to the doctor ask your doctor to check your homocystiene levels.
– Spinach promotes heart health, great vision, and brain health.
– Dill promotes liver detoxification and promotes production of glutathione.
– Pears, in keeping with the theme, will give you more antioxidant bang for your buck.
– Pear’s high fiber will help eliminate constipation. It will also bind to cancer causing chemicals in the colon and help to prevent colon cancer.
– Pears are considered the number one food to introduce to babies, due to their low hypoallergenic factors.
Almonds are amazing! They are an oxymoron. They are a high fat food that lowers LDL (bad cholesterol).
- Almonds are a great evening snack to promote sleep and calmness, due to their high tryptophan content.
- Almonds can help lower predisposition and prevent gallstones.
- Research has shown women who eat one ounce of almonds per day experienced 25% less gallstones. 3- Lecithin is a fat that will help support liver health
The collections of smoothies I will present over the next couple of months are designed to enhance different aspects of life.