Archive for August, 2013

Shameless Advertising for Mercury Bayside!!!

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Looking for something fun to do in Brisbane:  30th and 31st August 2013 & 13th & 14th September!

My hubby Jason & I are part of Mercury Theatre Bayside!  We’d love to share the fun of a theatre restaurant with you…
mercurywynnum@gmail.com

“A Knight to Remember”

Bookings Essential – Must be Pre-Paid.  0431 988 965

$40 per person – includes 2 course meal.  $36 for Groups 10+ or members!

COME IN COSTUME!!!

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Why is Sugar, particularly Fructose, so bad for our Health?

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Sugar is driving every metabolic disorder that is killing humans:  heart disease, cancer, obesity, diabetes, dementia.

In the 70’s when heart disease and diabetes was on the rise, we were told that fat was the villain.  Companies, governments, medical researchers all around the world jumped on this bandwagon and now ‘low fat’ products – muesli bars, yoghurts, milks, drinks, chips – were better for you – with the idea that if a food didn’t have fat in it, it couldn’t make you fat!

However, take the fat out of food and it tastes awful, so they had to replace it with something – sugar!  Eventually sugar became the essential additive.  Foods then became low in fats, high in sugar which is so much worse for our health.

Imagine these ‘health foods’:

  • 98% fat free yoghurt – you might as well is eat lollies or ice-cream!
  • Real egg mayonnaise – the low fat variety – has 6 x the sugar that the regular one has
  • low fat muesli bars – often contain 20-40% sugar
  • The Heart Society actually recommended (in the 80’s) that high fat foods be replaced by:  hard candy, gumdrops, sugar, syrup, honey, jam, jelly, marmalade – in order to ‘control the amount and kind of fat, saturated fatty acids and dietary cholesterol you eat’.  Even now, the tick of approval, seems to have nothing to do with health.

So, in the 70’s and 80’s sugar was recommended, instead of fat, to keep up healthy!

Now that 60-70% of Australia’s population are overweight and obese, it seems that the low-fat diet we’ve been following for 30 years hasn’t worked.  In naturopathic circles we’ve been working against this for decades, however that ‘tick of approval’ from the National Heart Foundation, is what so many people go by for their health.

  • Many cereals such as Cheerios & Milo Cereal have up to 30% sugar – endorsed by the National Heart Foundation
  • The National Heart Foundation claims that the tick is ‘simply to help consumers find healthier options’ – how is 30% sugar a healthier option?
  • In the U.S. there’s been a 7 x increase in sugar consumption in the past 40 years – tomato & barbeque sauces, processed foods, hamburger meats, hamburger buns  – just about anything with a ‘label’ has added sugar, or sugar alternatives such as aspartame, which are equally deadly to our health.

Since the agricultural revolution – when grains became a major part of our diet – our carbohydrate intake has slowly increased – but never more so than in the past 40 years.  This leads to a constantly high insulin levels, which messes with our metabolism, and allows us to lay down fat in our bodies.  In fact, insulin is the main hormone which causes fat deposition in the tissues.

The higher the insulin, the more likely you are to store fat.

Now, if it’s subcutaneous fat, the type that stores just in underneath the skin, that’s not so bad.  Visceral fat, however, is deposited around the gut, intestines, liver and other organs – is incredibly bad for us.  Visceral fat releases ‘pro-inflammatory hormones’ which cause inflammation elsewhere in the body:  causing diabetes and heart disease.  It is possible to be lean, and metabolically unhealthy.  Around 40% of ‘thin/normal weight’ people are metabolically unhealthy with abnormal levels of visceral fat and poor insulin metabolism.

Professor Michael Cowley, an Obesity Expert at Monash University says ‘you might as well eat sugar as many of the health foods’ available today.’

Sugar is a simple carbohydrate made of two molecules:  glucose and fructose.  This bond is cleaved in the gut, before it’s absorbed.  It’s been shown that glucose drives the fat storage just in underneath the skin, whereas fructose deposits fat around the organs, like the liver, causing fatty plaques.  When you have excess fat around the liver, it messes up fat and insulin metabolism and you end up with Insulin Resistance.  This is when the liver doesn’t work effectively, so the pancreas has to release excess insulin.

Insulin Resistance also causes hypertension, changes in the brain that might result in altered brain function, altered cognitive function and even dementia.  It can increase cell proliferation which can cause cancer, it can cause vascular smooth muscle proliferation which can cause heart disease.

Professor Robert Lustig, Paediatric Endocrinologist at the University of California, San Francisco, says that Sugar can also accelerate ageing:  if you had your fruit juice this morning, you are ageing 7 times faster!

When you ‘paint’ your BBQ meat with BBQ sauce, it browns the meat.  This ‘browning’ is happening inside your body as well.  It’s known as the ‘browning reaction’ and it causes cellular ageing.  The reason manufacturers add fructose is because is browns better, faster, quicker.  It’s why it’s added to bread (to brown the toast), sauces (to brown the meats) – it browns your insides better too!  If you had a glass of fruit juice this morning, you’re ageing 7 x quicker!

Fructose is mainly found in fruit, that’s why they call it fruit sugar.  Now, you might be thinking ‘how can it be bad for me – it’s fruit!’.  But if you had to have the entire amount of fruit that we would have used to make the juice, you would be so full you couldn’t eat the meal.  Juicing removed the fibrous pulp portion of the fruit – so you can take in a whole lot more calories without feeling as full, and it’s the fibrous pulp which balances the sugar/fructose portion of the fruit!

If you’re going to eat fruit, eat the whole fruit – because it’s the fibre that tames your insulin response to sugar.

Chronically high levels of fructose is not only toxic to your liver, it messes with the hormones that control appetite.  There’s a hormone in your stomach called ghrelin which controls your appetite – it’s the hunger hormone.  When your stomach is empty, the ghrelin goes up, tells your brain it’s time to eat.  Then you eat, and ghrelin levels go down, the hunger goes away.  When you eat sugar, fructose does not get registered by the brain as you having eaten, you stay hungry!

If you need support in finding out what you should (and shouldn’t) be eating – call us on 3348 6098 to make an appointment.  We find that many of our clients have issues with Insulin Resistance, dealing with Fructose, releasing ghrelin and so much more!

Madonna Guy ND
New Leaf Natural Therapies
3348 6098

 

Chronic Fatigue. Chronic Infections. Auto-immunity. Hashimotos. Chronic ill-health??

Friday, August 9th, 2013
Chronic Fatigue?  Auto-Immunity?  Thyroid/Hashimotos?
Have you spent years trying to find solutions to health problems that seem elusive?  There are more and more answers these days with chronic illness.  We use a combination of therapies to help to return your body into balance – it takes time, but imagine having your life back!!  Core reasons for chronic ill-health are:
  • latent infections (almost always involved)
  • adrenal fatigue
  • nervous system exhaustion
  • long term medication use
  • toxic overload
  • mitochondrial distress
  • fight and flight responses
  • inability for your body to release infections hidden in biofilm
  • genetic weaknesses for detoxification
Sick of these health issues?  Struggling to get your health under control?  Here are some core consultations we would recommend at New Leaf to find some of the causes – and treatments we find are necessary to start reversing these issues.  Here’s are processes we use and how they work!  Our initial prices for consultation are nearly always discounted – find out how we can save you money be being on a payment plan as well!
  • Initial consultation and live blood screening with our naturopaths:  history taking, blood work, gut, liver, immune function…  important to have an extended initial visit so that we can start collecting as much information as we can about you.  Ask for a longer first session (1.5 hours) so that we can be more effective in helping you!
  • 1.5 hour initial N.O.T. Neural Organisational Technique session.  N.O.T. works on the nervous system balancing structure, immunity and the hormonal system.  Norm is exceptionally skilled at N.O.T. – a gentle process developed by chiropractors and kinesiologists which deals with the most important nervous system issues first.
  • 1 hour initial Immune/Infection kinesiology session with Madonna or Norm.  We’ve developed immune protocols, which allow your body to start to recognise and deal with hidden latent infections.  On average there are around 3-8 chronic hidden infections – sometimes more, (unable to be found in normal blood tests) for chronic disease.  Medically it’s estimated that there are around 80% of infections hidden in your body in biofilm.  Only 20% of infections can be found with the combination of blood and urine tests, faeces and sputum.  That’s a lot of blood tests coming back ‘clear’ – with people being told there’s nothing wrong with them!
  • 1.5 hour initial intuitive energy healing/counselling kinesiology with Gabby.  Gabby is skilled at finding old patterns of energy/stress which are linked to current health problems, and helping you find solutions in moving forward.  It’s like a counselling session combined with an energy treatment…
  • Chi Nei Tsang Abdominal Massage:  Our massage therapists are skilled in Chi Nei Tsang – what we love about this process is that the major organs in your body improve with this treatment – having better blood and nerve supply, lymphatic detox processes…  the liver and gall bladder, the spleen and pancreas, the intestines, the reproductive organs, kidneys and adrenals can all improve!
  • Infrared saunas:  we an on-site infrared sauna to help detoxify your body!
Call us on 3348 6098 and ask about our best specials for you!!
Madonna Guy ND
New Leaf Natural Therapies
Chief Clinician

HPV: A necessary vaccine??

Friday, August 9th, 2013

This article is from 2009.  At the time 44 girls had died from the HPV Vaccine.  In our clinic we specialise in boosting immunity and health after a vaccine has created side-effects.  HPV commonly fixes itself without medical intervention…  Read on!

 

Dr. Diane Harper was the lead researcher in the development of the human papilloma virus vaccines, Gardasil and Cervarix. She is the latest to come forward and question the safety and effectiveness of these vaccines. Dr-Diane-Harper
She made the surprising announcement at the 4th International Public Conference on Vaccination, which took place in Reston, Virginia on Oct. 2nd through 4th, 2009.

Her speech was supposed to promote the Gardasil and Cervarix vaccines, but she instead turned on her corporate bosses in a very public way. When questioned about the presentation, audience members remarked that they came away feeling that the vaccines should not be used.
“I came away from the talk with the perception that the risk of adverse side effects is so much greater than the risk of cervical cancer, I couldn’t help but question why we need the vaccine at all.”  – Joan Robinson

Dr. Harper explained in her presentation that the cervical cancer risk in the U.S. is already extremely low, and that vaccinations are unlikely to have any effect upon the rate of cervical cancer in the United States. In fact, 70% of all H.P.V. infections resolve themselves without treatment in a year, and the number rises to well over 90% in two years. Harper also mentioned the safety angle.

All trials of the vaccines were done on children aged 15 and above, despite them currently being marketed for 9-year-olds. So far, 15,037 girls have reported adverse side effects from Gardasil alone to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (V.A.E.R.S.), and this number only reflects parents who underwent the hurdles required for reporting adverse reactions.

Athe time of writing, 44 girls are officially known to have died from these vaccines. The reported side effects include Guillian Barré Syndrome (paralysis lasting for years, or permanently — sometimes eventually causing suffocation), lupus, seizures, blood clots, and brain inflammation. Parents are usually not made aware of these risks.

Dr. Harper, the vaccine developer, claimed that she was speaking out, so that she might finally be able to sleep at night.

“About eight in every ten women who have been sexually active will have H.P.V. at some stage of their life. Normally there are no symptoms, and in 98 per cent of cases it clears itself. But in those cases where it doesn’t, and isn’t treated, it can lead to pre-cancerous cells which may develop into cervical cancer.”  – Dr. Diane Harper

One must understand how the establishment’s word games are played to truly understand the meaning of the above quote, and one needs to understand its unique version of “science”.

When they report that untreated cases “can” lead to something that “may” lead to cervical cancer, it really means that the relationship is merely a hypothetical conjecture that is profitable if people actually believe it. In other words, there is no demonstrated relationship between the condition being vaccinated for and the rare cancers that the vaccine might prevent, but it is marketed to do that nonetheless.

In fact, there is no actual evidence that the vaccine can prevent any cancer. From the manufacturers own admissions, the vaccine only works on 4 strains out of 40 for a specific venereal disease that dies on its own in a relatively short period, so the chance of it actually helping an individual is about the same as the chance of him being struck by a meteorite.

Why do nine-year-old girls need vaccinations for extremely rare and symptom-less venereal diseases that the immune system usually kills anyway?