Is our food becoming less…. “Foody”?

“Since 1940 there has been a tremendous decline in the micronutrient density of foods. In the UK for example, there has been loss of magnesium in beef (−4 to −8%), bacon (−18%), chicken (−4%), cheddar cheese (−38%), parmesan cheese (−70%), whole milk (−21%) and vegetables (−24%). The loss of magnesium during food refining/processing is significant: white flour (−82%), polished rice (−83%), starch (−97%) and white sugar (−99%). Since 1968 the magnesium content in wheat has dropped almost 20%…..”

DiNicolantonio, J.J., O’Keefe, J.H. and Wilson, W., 2018. Subclinical magnesium deficiency: a principal driver of cardiovascular disease and a public health crisis. Open heart, 5(1), p.e000668.

Contact Me if you’d like to discuss a health MOT – you do one every year for your car, why not for your health?

There’s a lot more to health then just food – we’d be taking into account your lifestyle, family history, personal medical history, symptoms, medications and existing supplements – a truly personalised approach.

Disease, Drugs and Medication

If you have a disease and you take drugs or medication to ease the symptoms of that disease, you may feel a little better – but you’ve still got a disease.

Your body truly knows the difference.  This has been displayed eloquently by the recent CoVid-19 scenario. People with existing illnesses are most at risk of complications or long-haul viral symptoms after being infected.

Functional medicine can help to get to the root cause of the dysfunction so that your body can naturally heal itself.

Get in touch to find out more.

Should you take a daily multivitamin?

A daily multivitamin capsule is sometimes considered an optional extra – but recent research on UK women (and men will probably be no better off) suggests that they are at serious health risks from low nutrient intake.

They found that a significant proportion of UK women of all ages have “disturbingly low” levels of folate and vitamin D intakes.  They also had levels below the Lower Reference Intake (that’s the absolute bare minimum required to keep standing) for: Continue reading

Does a Western Diet make autoimmune diseases worse?

The right diet can have a good impact on your health and wellbeing. However, eating the wrong foods can have the opposite effect. A number of studies are looking specifically at the Western Diet and whether it is a promoter of autoimmune diseases. While there is no definitive association between the two, there are plenty of signs that there are links. Continue reading

Could CoVid-19 be evolution?

Is the CoVid-19 threat evolution in progress?

Mother Nature can be beautiful and nurturing but (like all mothers) she won’t hesitate to bring us harshly into line if needed.  Could CoVid-19 be Darwinism in action – an attempt to prune, train and strengthen us in the long-term?

My first suspicions that CoVid-19 may actually be evolution in progress were stirred way back in January/February when the virus first broke out.  It seemed to be targeting the old, the sick, the vulnerable.  I couldn’t help thinking of Charles Darwin’s ‘Survival of the Fittest’.  It was almost as if someone were intentionally pruning the most defenceless from our society.  (There are theories circulating that this isn’t Mother Nature but governments and even terrorists, by the way.) Continue reading

How does your history impact your health?

One of the cornerstones of functional medicine is that it looks at the history of each patient. The idea is that there could be a number of factors in the past that are causing the health concerns today. In fact, there may be several things that at first don’t appear to have any link to the current condition. However, on closer inspection they could be a cause or link to a root cause. Continue reading

My daily supplement protocol

A supplement protocol is a very individual choice.  However many people are curious to know what I take every day to maintain my own health & wellbeing:

  1. Magnesium is something that we are all deficient in.  Traditional animal manure provided this in abundance.  But artificial fertilisers only contain products that will helps plants grow.  Magnesium does not help plants grow.   It’s therefore becoming more and more depleted in the soils and more and more depleted in our foods.  The human body needs this vital nutrient for literally hundreds of enzyme reactions.  It is naturally relaxing, so you may find that symptoms of stress and anxiety may actually be magnesium deficiency.
  2. Omega 3 fish oils are naturally anti-inflammatory and have far-reaching health benefits for everything from mental health to cardiovascular health.  When I was 17 years old I had a motorcycle accident and now have medically-diagnosed arthritis in my right knee.  But I actually don’t…. because providing I take my omega 3 fish oils I have no pain and my arthritis does not progress.  This is literally something that I would not be without.
  3. Vitamin D is again something that we are all deficient in.  We just don’t get the sun exposure in this country to produce it and we will never gain enough from foods.  It is absolutely vital for immune health but there is also research linking it to many, many other health issues.  When you consider that every cell in the human body has vitamin D receptors (except the sex cells) it makes you realise just how vital this vitamin actually is.

Feel free to contact me to tailor your own supplement protocol individual to you.