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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

What triggers your IBS?

IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) can be a very uncomfortable condition. It can leave people suffering with painful constipation and bloating or diarrhoea. Sadly, it can be a difficult condition to treat because people can have different triggers. That is why it is a good idea to work with a nutritionist. Principal Nutrition can support you and offer lots of useful advice about diet, eliminating triggers, and more. Continue reading

How does functional medicine enhance cancer treatment?

According to Cancer Research UK, in Britain someone is diagnosed with some form of cancer every two minutes. In addition, one in every two people born after 1960 will get the disease. The saddest thing is that around one in four cases could be preventable. Things like not smoking, not drinking alcohol, having a better diet, or wearing the right protective equipment at work could all help. Continue reading

Functional medicine addresses the root causes of chronic disease

Functional medicine has hit the headlines!  A recent article in the heralded Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) sceams “Study finds functional medicine model is associated with improvements in health-related QOL” (Quality of Life).  The tag-line states that “Functional medicine addresses the root causes of chronic disease”.

The study compared clients being assisted under the functional health protocol with clients being assisted under the current medical profession protocol.

Researchers found that the functional medicine patients showed beneficial and sustainable improvements in their physical health.  At 6 months, patients seen under the Functional Medicine protocol exhibited significantly larger improvements in physical health compared to those seen in the normal healthcare setting. Approximately 31% of patients seen by the Functional health practitioners improved their physical health scores by 5 points or more.  This is a clinically meaningful change and a noticeable effect on daily life.  Compare this to the 22% of primary care patients improved their scores by the same amount. Continue reading