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Let’s chat MTHFR

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

What is MTHFR?

You may have seen the abbreviation “MTHFR” pop up in recent health news. It might look like a curse word at first glance, but it actually has to do with a relatively common genetic mutation.

MTHFR stands for methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase. It’s getting attention due to a genetic mutation that may lead to high levels of homocysteine in the blood and low levels of folate and other vitamins.

There’s been concern that certain health issues are associated with MTHFR mutations, so testing has become more mainstream over the years.

Variants of the MTHFR mutation

People can have either one or two mutations (or neither) on the MTHFR gene. These mutations are often called variants. A variant is a part of the DNA of a gene that is commonly different (or varies) from person to person.

Having one variant (heterozygous) is unlikely to contribute to health issues. Some people believe having two mutations (homozygous) may lead to more serious problems. There are two variants (forms) of mutations that can occur on the MTHFR gene.

Specific variants are:

  • C677T. Guestimates of up to 30% p of the Australian population may have a mutation at gene position C677T. About 10-15% of Caucasian people have this mutation.
  • A1298C. Around 20% of the Australian population may have a homozygous mutation at gene position A1298C.
  • It’s also possible to acquire both C677T and A1298C mutations (one copy of each).

Gene mutations are inherited, which means you acquire them from your parents. At conception, you receive one copy of the MTHFR gene from each parent. If both have mutations, your risk is higher of having a homozygous mutation.

Symptoms of a MTHFR mutation

Symptoms vary from person to person and from variant to variant. If you do a quick internet search, you’ll likely find many websites claiming MTHFR directly causes a number of conditions.

Keep in mind that research around MTHFR and its effects is still evolving. Evidence linking most of these health conditions to MTHFR  is currently lacking or has been disproven and should be taken with a grain of salt.

More than likely, unless you have problems or have testing done, you’ll never become aware of your MTHFR mutation status.

Conditions that have been proposed to be associated with MTHFR include:

  • cardiovascular and thromboembolic diseases (specifically blood clots, stroke, embolism, and heart attacks)
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • bipolar disorder
  • schizophrenia
  • colon cancer
  • acute leukaemia
  • chronic pain and fatigue
  • nerve pain
  • migraines
  • recurrent miscarriages in women of child-bearing age
  • pregnancies with neural tube defects, like spina bifida and anencephaly

The risk is possibly increased if a person has two gene variants or is homozygous for the MTHFR mutation.

Some at-home genetic testing kits offer screening for MTHFR as well.

  • 23andMe is a popular choice that provides genetic ancestry and health information. It’s also relatively inexpensive (up to $260). To perform this test, you deposit saliva into a tube and send it via mail to a lab. Results take six to eight weeks.
  • My Home MTHFR (up to $225) is another option that specifically focuses on the mutation. The test is performed by collecting DNA from the inside of your cheek with swabs. After shipping the specimen, results take one to two weeks.

Treatment for related health concerns

Having an MTHFR variant doesn’t mean you need medical treatment, it could just mean you need to take a supplemental vitamin B. Treatment may be indicated when a person has very high homocysteine levels, almost always above the level attributed to most MTHFR variants. Doctors should rule out other possible causes of increased homocysteine, which can occur with or without MTHFR variants.

Other causes of high homocysteine include:

  • hypothyroidism
  • conditions like diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure
  • obesity and inactivity
  • certain medications, such as atorvastatin, fenofibrate, methotrexate, and nicotinic acid

From there, the treatment will depend on the cause and doesn’t necessarily take into account MTHFR. The exception is when you have all of the following together:

  • high homocysteine levels
  • a confirmed MTHFR mutation
  • vitamin deficiencies in folate, choline, or vitamins B-12, B-6, or riboflavin

In these cases, doctors may suggest supplementation to address deficiencies along with medications or treatments to address the specific health condition.

People with MTHFR mutations may also wish to take preventative measures by changing certain lifestyle choices that can elevate homocysteine levels. Things like stopping smoking, getting enough exercise, and eating a healthy, balanced diet may help without the use of medications.

Complications in pregnancy

Recurrent miscarriages and neural tube defects are potentially associated with MTHFR. The Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center says studies suggest that women who have two C677T variants are at an increased risk of having a child with a neural tube defect.

A 2006 study looked at women with a history of recurrent miscarriages. It found that 59 percent of them had multiple homozygous gene mutations, including MTHFR, associated with blood clotting, versus only 10 percent of women in the control category.

Speak with your naturopath or doctor about testing if you’ve experienced several unexplained miscarriages, have had a child with a neural tube defect, or if you know you have the MTHFR mutation and become pregnant.

Though there is little evidence to support it, some doctors suggest blood clotting medications. Extra folate supplementation may also be recommended.powered by Rubicon Project

Potential supplementation

The MTHFR gene mutation inhibits the way the body processes folic acid and other important B vitamins. Changing up supplementation of this nutrient is a potential focus in countering its effects.

Folic acid is actually a man-made version of folate, a naturally occurring nutrient found in foods. Taking the bioavailable form of folate — methylated folate — may help your body absorb it more readily.

Most people are encouraged to take a multivitamin that contains at least 0.4 milligrams of folate or folic acid each day. Pregnant women are not encouraged to switch prenatal vitamins or care based on their MTHFR status alone. This means taking the standard dose of 0.6 milligrams of folate daily.

Women with a history of neural tube defects should speak with their doctor for specific recommendations.

Diet considerations

Eating foods rich in folate may help naturally support your levels of this important vitamin. Supplementation may still be necessary, however.

Good food choices include:

  • proteins like cooked beans, peas, and lentils
  • veggies like spinach, asparagus, lettuce, beets, broccoli, corn, Brussels sprouts, and bok choy
  • fruits like cantaloupe, honeydew, banana, raspberries, grapefruit, and strawberries
  • juices like orange, canned pineapple, grapefruit, tomato, or other vegetable juice
  • peanut butter
  • sunflower seeds

People with MTHFR mutations may want to avoid foods that contain the synthetic form of folate, folic acid — though the evidence is not clear that is necessary or beneficial. Be sure to check labels, as this vitamin is added to many enriched grains, like pasta, cereals, breads, and commercially produced flours.

The takeaway

Your MTHFR status may or may not be impacting your health. More research is needed to assess the true implications, if any, associated with the variants.

Again, many respected health organizations don’t recommend testing for this mutation, especially without other medical indications. Speak with your doctor about the benefits and risks of testing, as well as any other concerns you may have.

Continue to eat well, exercise, and practice other healthy lifestyle habits to support your overall well-being.

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Mast Cell Activation Syndrome!

Friday, June 15th, 2018


Does histamine control your life?   Are you even aware that it might?  You might have MCAS!!

Much of this information comes from Dr Tania Dempsey and Dr Jill Carnahan in the States….  but it is a Syndrome worth thinking about if you’re simply not getting on top of your pain, allergies, nervous system stresses etc….  Many doctors in Australia are totally unaware of this condition.

What is Mast Cell Activation Syndrome?

Mast cells, a type of blood cell, play an important role in the body’s immune system. They reside in all body tissues and form part of the body’s initial defence system. Mast cells react to foreign bodies and injury by releasing a variety of potent chemical mediators, such as histamine, when activated. In a healthy person these chemicals will act beneficially to protect and heal the body, but in a person with MCAS these same chemicals are inappropriately triggered and released and have a negative effect on the body. Amongst the triggers are a variety of different foods, exercise, chemicals, fragrances and stress. Many sufferers struggle to identify their triggers and continue to discover new triggers for many years after diagnosis.

MCAS forms part of a spectrum of mast cell disorders involving proliferation and/or excessive sensitivity of mast cells, it has been identified since 2007. It features inappropriate mast cell activation with little or no increase in the number of mast cells, unlike in Mastocytosis*.  MCAS causes a wide range of unpleasant, sometimes debilitating, symptoms in any of the different systems of the body, frequently affecting several systems at the same time. The onset of MCAS is often sudden, affecting both children and adults, sometimes in family groups, mimicking many other conditions and presenting a wide-range of different symptoms that can be baffling for both the patient and their physician. Often there are no obvious clinical signs since MCAS confounds the anatomy-based structure underpinning the traditional diagnostic approach. Very often Mast Cell Activation Syndrome is hiding in plain sight.

Mastocystosis:  very rare and NOT what we’re talking about here…

Mastocytosis involves inappropriate mast cell activation AS WELL AS an increased number of mast cells. It is a rare but relatively well known mast cell disorder and is currently easier to diagnose than MCAS.

Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS): When Histamine Goes Haywire…

Mast cells are present in most tissues throughout the human body, especially connective tissue, skin, intestinal lining cardiovascular system, nervous system, and reproductive organs. They are part of the allergic response designed to protect us from threat and injury.  When the body is exposed to a perceived threat, the mast cells secrete chemical mediators, such as histamine, interleukins, prostaglandins, cytokines, chemokine and various other chemicals stored in the cytoplasm of the cell.  These chemical messengers produce both local and systemic effects, such as increased permeability of blood vessels (inflammation and swelling), contraction of smooth muscle (stomach cramps and heart palpitations), and increase mucous production (congestion, sneezing, etc).   Historically, we thought of mast cells only in relation to an allergic or anaphylactic response.  We now know they play a profound role in immune activation, development of autoimmunity and many other disorders, such as POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome).  Sadly we are seeing a large increase in patients presenting with mast cell disorders and MCAS.  I believe it is in part do to the onslaught of more pervasive environmental toxins, moulds and chemicals.

Withouts mast cells, we would not be able to heal from a wound.  They protect us from injury and help the body to heal.  Unfortunately, overactive mast cells can cause a variety of serious symptoms.

Symptoms of overactive mast cells may include:

  • skin rashes/hives
  • swelling/oedema
  • flushing
  • asthma
  • itching
  • abdominal pain
  • nausea/vomiting
  • diarrhoea
  • wheezing
  • shortness of breath
  • heart palpitations
  • anxiety, difficulty concentrating
  • headaches
  • brain fog
  • low blood pressure
  • fatigue

Mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS) is a condition symptoms involving the skin, gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, respiratory, and neurologic systems. It can be classified into primary (clonal proliferation or mastocytosis), secondary (due to a specific stimulus), and idiopathic (no identifiable cause). Proposed criteria for the diagnosis of MCAS included episodic symptoms consistent with mast cell mediator release affecting two or more organ systems with hives, swelling, flushing, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, low blood pressure, fainting, heart palpitations, wheezing, red eyes, itching, and/or nasal congestion.  For a diagram of all of the varied symptoms histamine can cause, click here.

Triggers may be medications, foods, supplements, hormones, opioids, stressors (physical or emotional), cold temperature, heat, pressure, noxious odors, chemicals, insect bites, trauma or environmental toxins.

We commonly see mast cell activation syndromes associated with CIRS (chronic inflammatory response syndrome) in response to biotoxins, such as mould, inflammagens, and lyme-related toxins.

Low MSH and Mast Cell Disorders?

As mentioned above, we frequently see histamine intolerance and MCAS in patients with mold-related CIRS (chronic inflammatory response syndrome).  It is interesting to note that a common finding in CIRS is low MSH.  According to this study in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, alpha-MSH plays an immunomodulatory role during inflammatory and allergic reactions of the skin.  In addition, there is evidence that MSH induces mast-cell apoptosis(cell death).

Definition of Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS)

  1. Typical clinical symptoms as listed above
  2. Increase in serum tryptase level or an increase in other mast cell derived mediators, such as histamine or prostaglandins (PGD2), or their urinary metabolites,
  3. Response of symptoms to treatment
Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS)

Mast cells can be activated by both direct and indirect mechanisms as a result of exposure of the host to pathogens.

Diseases Associated with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS)

  • Allergies and Asthma
  • Autism
  • Autoimmune diseases (Hashimoto’s thyroiditis,  systemic lupus, multiple sclerosis, bullous pemphigoid, rheumatoid arthritis and others.Eczema
  • Celiac Disease
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • CIRS (chronic inflammatory response syndrome)
  • Eosinophilic Esophagitis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Food Allergy and Intolerances
  • Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD)
  • Infertility (mast cells in endometrium may contribute to endometriosis)
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Migraine Headaches
  • Mood disorders – anxiety, depression, and insomnia
  • Multiple Chemical Sensitivities
  • POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome)
Mast cells are known to be the primary responders in allergic reactions, orchestrating strong responses to minute amounts of allergens. Several recent observations indicate that they may also have a key role in coordinating the early phases of autoimmune diseases, particularly those involving auto-antibodies.

Mast cells are known to be the primary responders in allergic reactions, orchestrating strong responses to minute amounts of allergens. Several recent observations indicate that they may also have a key role in coordinating the early phases of autoimmune diseases, particularly those involving auto-antibodies.

Lab Tests for Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS) – many of these are as yet unavailable in Australia …  Possibly histamine is as yet the only available, but chat to Georgia about what our Naturopathic Labs can offer….

  • Lab tests specific to mast cell activation for suspected MCAS may include:
    • Serum tryptase (most famous mast cell mediator)
    • Serum chromogranin A
    • Plasma histamine
    • Plasma PGD2 (chilled)
    • Plasma heparin (chilled)
    • Urine for PGD2 (chilled)
    • PGF2a
    • N-methylhistamine
  • Tryptase is the most famous mast cell mediator. Serum tryptase value is usually normal in MCAS patients, but sometimes it is elevated.  Tryptase values that show an increase of 20% + 2 ng/ml above the baseline level are considered diagnostic for MCAS.
  • Chromogranin A is a heat-stable mast cell mediator.  High levels can suggest MCAS, but other sources must first be ruled out, such as heart failure, renal insufficiency, neuroendocrine tumors and proton pump inhibitor (PPI) use.
  • Heparin is a very sensitive and specific marker of mast cell activation.  However, due to its quick metabolism in the body, it is very difficult to measure reliably.
  • N-methylhistamine is usually measured in a 24 hour urine test to account for the variability in release over the course of the day.
  • Prostaglandin D2 is produced by several other cell types, but mast cell release is responsible for the dominant amount found in the body.  PGD2 is less stable than histamine and metabolized completely in 30 minutes.
  • Other less specific mast cell mediators that are sometimes abnormal in MCAS patients include Factor VIII, plasma free norepinephrine, tumor necrosis factor alpha, and interleukin-6.

Treatments to reduce MCAS symptoms and lower histamine

  • H1 Blockers
    1. hydroxyzine, doxepine, diphenhydramine, cetirizine, loratadine, fexofenadine
  • H2 Blockers
    1. Famotidine (Pepcid, Pepcid AC)
    2. Cimetidine (Tagamet, Tagamet HB)
    3. Ranitidine (Zantac)
  • Leukotriene inhibitors
    1. Montelukast (Singulair)
    2. Zafirlukast (Accolate)
  • Mast cell stabilizers –
    1. Cromolyn
    2. Ketotifen
    3. Hyroxyurea
  • Tyrosine kinase inhibitors – imatinib
  • Natural anti-histamines and mast-cell stabilizers
    • Ascorbic Acid
    • Quercetin
    • Vitamin B6 (pyridoxal-5-phosphate)
    • Omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil, krill oil)
    • Alpha Lipoic Acid
    • N-acetylcysteine (NAC)
    • Methylation donors (SAMe, B12, methyl-folate, riboflavin)
  • Certain probiotics decrease histamine production
    • Lactobacillus rhamnosus and bifidobacter species 
  • DAO Enzymes with meals – UmbrelluxDAO
  • Decrease consumption of high histamine foods (more on histamine-restricted diet)
    • Avoid alcoholic beverages
    • Avoid raw and cured sausage products such as salami.
    • Avoid processed or smoked fish products. Use freshly caught seafood instead.
    • Avoid pickles
    • Avoid citrus fruits.
    • Avoid chocolate
    • Avoid nuts
    • Avoid products made with yeast and yeast extracts
    • Avoid soy sauce and fermented soy products
    • Avoid black tea and instant coffee
    • Avoid aged cheese
    • Avoid spinach in large quantities
    • Avoid tomatoes, ketchup and tomato sauces
    • Avoid artificial food colorings & preservatives
    • Avoid certain spices: cinnamon, chili powder, cloves, anise, nutmeg, curry powder, cayenne pepper


  1. Mast Cell Activation Syndrome, A Review
  2. Mast cell activation disease: a concise practical guide for diagnostic workup and therapeutic options
  3. Presentation, Diagnosis and Management of Mast Cell Activation Syndrome by Dr. Afrin
  4. Histamine and Gut Immune Mucosal Regulation
  5. Dr. Theoharides presents “Mast Cell Disorders”
  6. Diagram of Histamine Symptoms
  7. Mast Cell Aware
  8. A Tale of Two Syndromes
  9. Mold Histamine Connection

Chronic Fatigue, Mitochondrial Dysfunction, Depression, Chronic Pain Conditions – there is help!

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014


What may all of these conditions have in common?  Chronic Fatigue, Depression, Mitochondrial Dysfunction and Chronic Pain Conditions are all linked to:

  1. Old infections that haven’t been fully resolved.  The ‘particles’ and ‘byproducts’ of these old infections, staph or strep, e-coli, glandular fever EBV etc etc, live in the tissues in the body and do not show up in regular blood tests.  It is estimated by some researchers that up to 80% of infections live in the biofilm, hidden deep inside the tissues in the body, and create a low-grade inflammation that is hard to shift medically. Depression is an inflammatory process – we simply can’t have depression without brain inflammation – there’s such a huge gut-brain connection that current research is looking at infections crossing the blood-brain barrier and being one of the many causes of depression.  Herbal tonics, nutritionals, chi nei tsang abdominal massage and kinesiology all help the body to break down the biofilm, recognise the infections, and start eliminating these toxins.
  2. Poor nutritional status:  recommended daily allowances of nutrients are ridiculously low (and totally useless) when we have a chronic health condition – of any sort.  Studies done in the 1970’s with Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia showed (40 years ago) that all nutritional needs were higher once we’re stressed, in pain, not sleeping, working too hard, bed-ridden.  So a multi-vitamin or thinking we’re going to get the nutrition from our foods was disproven decades ago.
  3. When we’re unwell, our body goes into ‘crisis mode’.  That is, it starts running survival patterns which override normal day to day activities – digestion, blood pressure, lung activity, muscular function – this is why a cold or flu, or small car accident, or death in the family – can trigger a weird group of symptoms that often aren’t put together as being linked to the initial incident or episode.  We start to put together these parts of your history, so that the medical conditions that have occurred finally make sense.

We specialise in supporting people with chronic health conditions – nutritionally giving the cells what they need, structural balancing to take the pressure of the body, survival pattern kinesiology to allow the body to start healing… and much more.  Our Foundations of Health programme, particularly (which takes 9-18 months), is designed to work through cleansing the major filters of the body – the gut & digestion, the liver, the kidneys and immune systems – which slowly but surely allows all of the individual cells of the body to have better nutritional status, improves detoxification and improves health.


Madonna Guy ND
New Leaf Natural Therapies
3348 6098

Far Infrared Sauna – amazing health benefits!

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Perspiration is recognised by health practitioners worldwide as perhaps the most effective method of removing both difficult chemical and heavy metal toxins from the body. The combination of “resonant absorption” and low heat makes this the detox method of choice for chronically ill patients as well as those that are well and wish to stay that way by reducing their “toxic burden”.

As your body increases sweat production to cool itself, your heart works harder to boost circulation, thus improving your cardiovascular system. Your immune system is also strengthened because when your body temperature is raised, your systems fight this “artificial fever”. Sweating helps detoxify your body, by removing the accumulation of potentially carcinogenic heavy metals as well as alcohol, nicotine, sodium and excess cholesterol. Profuse perspiration also deeply cleanses the skin, improving tone and helping to treat skin conditions.

Hippocrates, the founder of modern medicine wrote more than two thousand years ago “Give me the power to create a fever, and I shall cure any disease.” During a fever the functioning of the immune system is stimulated, whilst the growth of bacteria and virus is forced to slow down. Fever is the body’s natural defense against bacteria, viruses and microbes. Heat triggers the production of infection-fighting  white blood cells. The result is immune system improvement. The generation of antibodies speeds up, as does the production of interferon, an anti viral protein that also has powerful healing properties.

Far Infra-red sauna is one of the most effective forms of heat treatment it’s technology allows the radiant heat to penetrate the body rather than heating the air in the sauna. It is also better tolerated by those who have trouble with the intense heat of traditional saunas as well as producing  maximum health benefit with lower ambient heat. As the pores in the skin open up millions of sweat glands start to excrete, the body rids itself of metabolic and other waste products. Sweat contains almost the same elements as urine and for this reason, the skin is sometimes called the ‘third kidney’. It is estimated that as much as 30% of bodily wastes are eliminated by way of perspiration.

Far Infrared Sauna:

  • Is well tolerated by most healthy adults and older children.
  • Boosts immune function and is helpful for those who are limited in their ability to sweat through exercise due to lack of energy or physical limitations, such as injury of back pain
  • Is a viable and efficient means of eliminating toxins from the body, thus allviating any symptoms realted to increased toxic burden
  • Can help lower high blood pressure
  • Can be helpful for patients with asthma and chronic bronchitis.
  • It decreases pain and increases mobility in patients with rheumatic diseases.
  • Is beneficial for people with chronic fatigue and low immunity
  • Supports skin health and helps to treat skin conditions


 Always remember to re-hydrate following heat therapies, drink extra amounts of water throughout the day.

Book a session with us at New Leaf today!


The healing journey with New Leaf

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013

Embarking on a health journey is a brave move to make. It means looking at the issues you may have avoided for a while and facing them head on. It’s a process that is often scary yet can also be richly rewarding. When you are the best version of yourself you can be, you can really shine and be there for those close to you.

It can be said that it’s a means of coming back to your basic self  – seeing your body as a precious temple and paying attention to what you really need. It’s treating yourself gently and gaining a greater connection to the whole of you – body and mind. As one of my favourite authors Sarah Avant Stover puts it – the only way out is in and through. To go through our health issues rather than going around them is the only real way to back to balance and health.

At New Leaf, we are committed to your success in this process. We know it’s yours, to go through in your way. Offering a harmonious range of therapies, we seek to find the real cause of your health issues and guide you back to balance and health.

We see your journey to optimal health as a partnership between yourself and us. Thus, we have a few suggestions for you in order that you get the best results from your treatment with us:

  • Eat a fresh, wholefoods diet. When you eat fresh, vital food, you feel just that. Everything we eat nourishes our cells. If we consider that the body is really the only vessel we have to take us through this lifetime, it makes sense to nourish it with the best food possible.
  • Drink a minimum of 2 litres of pure filtered water daily. Besides hydration, there are countless benefits of drinking adequate pure water. Improved energy, detoxification, digestion, skin condition and weight loss are just a few.
  • Limit caffeine, or better still, cut it altogether. Caffeine creates extra work for your liver, and can place stress on the adrenal glands and nervous system. It also promotes dehydration and in the long term, fatigue. There are many delicious herbal teas and coffee alternatives available in supermarkets and health food stores.
  • Sleep 8 hours a night. While sleeping as little as possible in modern society is often considered admirable behaviour, the truth is, it promotes premature aging, weight gain, can increase stress and complicate many other health issues. It may require changing your usual routine a little, but getting 8 hours of quality sleep a night is an investment in your health.
  • Spend a few minutes a day alone, doing some quiet breath awareness in a comfortable seated position. All you need do is focus on your breath with your eyes closed. This can have wonderfully beneficial effects on your nervous system, improving mood, reducing stress and creating calm. A calm body heals well!
  • Increase body movement. This means different things to different people. Start with where you are at in terms of your current physical fitness, and do what feels right for you. Even if it just means adding incidental exercise by taking the stairs instead of the lift, walking to a colleague’s desk rather than emailing, or taking a short walk before or after work. Start where you are at the moment and build gently from there.

These are simple steps you can take today to improve your body’s ability to balance and heal. You can do one at a time, a few, or all of them, whatever feels right and good for you. It’s up to you.

We look forward to supporting you in achieving a state of greater health.

Cardiovascular Disease… Support with natural therapies…

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Cardiovascular Issues?  Always considered a medical problem only.  Did you know that many nutrients and combination protect the heart, repair and heal valves, increase flow and reduce risk of heart attacks and strokes…  Naturopath processess can find many causes and ways of improving cardiovascular health which don’t cause side effects in our bodies…

Cardiovascular problems lead to lung issues, bronchitis, pneumonia, bronciectasis, mitral valve issues…

**  Stem Cell Enhancement Products – We have products which are known to increase stem cell production from the bone marrow – we’ve used these for valve repair, heart strength and reducing heart enlargement.  Find out how you can buy at a reduced price… Call us on 3348 6098

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**  CoEnzyme Q10:  in big enough doses increase heart-cellular-energy, increase muscular energy (whole body) and are important for lowering/maintaining blood pressure

**  Arginex:  combination of nutrients that dilate blood vessels and reduce homocysteine

**  Metacard Q10:  Combination of nutrients which lower BP, increase cardiovascular energy and improve body strength **  Obviously stress impacts on our health – for those who don’t believe in stress, always ask what your blood pressure is:  be aware of how stress affects you and your heart – don’t bury your head in the sand!

Talk to us about cardiovascular health today:  3348 6098

Natural Supplements for Depression, Cravings and Mood Disorders…

Monday, November 26th, 2012
Supplements For Depression and Mood Disorders…
How many of us choose carbs and sugars because of our moods?  Our weight spirals out of control??  We end up feeling anxious, stressed, angry, depressed…
Can we support our neurological function with natural supplements, or do we need to take ‘chemicals’ to sort our out ‘chemical imbalances’. Firstly, the chemical imbalances that are being discussed are hormones like dopamine and seratonin…  Did you know that we make these ‘feel good’ hormones with nutrients we get from fruits, vegies, proteins, eggs, raw nuts and seeds?  Gee, a good diet – you may be thinking? Whereas, when we eat carbs and sugars we create a need for more carbs and sugars.  The breakdown of these foods create inflammation, increase our likelyhood of developing (and growing) parasites, candida, fungus, dodgy bacterial infections – all of which like a sweet, acidic environment to live in.  They love it when we eat sweets!!!
So, we’ve all heard about chromium for blood sugar – at a basic level chromium supports balancing blood sugar – but what causes the blood sugar problems?  Did you know that our bugs – parasites, bacteria, fungus, candida – all release enzymes that make us crave sugar?  Cheeky little blighters, aren’t they?
So, some of the supplements I love for balancing our hormones are:
1.  Eagle Chrome, Metagenics Resist X, Insulex, Energy X:  All of these support balancing the blood sugar.  Resist X and Insulex contain ingredients which reverse insulin resistance, a condition happening in the core of each cell in our body; Energy X is a powder with liver and thyroid support, energy support, blood sugar balancing and detoxification support.
2.  Relaxan, Resilian, Stressan:  These 3 metagenics formulas are fabulous for balancing moods.  Relaxan for PMT, irritability and stress created by female hormonal imbalances.  Stressan is for full-on anger, excess ‘chi’ they call it in Chinese medicine, great for sleep disorders and stress, has a little gut and liver support as well.  Resilian is for teariness.  Unable to hold in your emotions.  Emotional resiliance.  All of these formulas support adrenal exhaustion; nerve disorders; increase dopamine and feel-good hormones and are safe to take with medications such as anti-depressants, anti-anxiety medication under supervision from your naturopath.
3.  Proxan and Neurolift:  both of these formulas raise serotonin.  Proxan is a formula we use to support people reducing their doses (slowly and carefully) and increasing natural support for balancing the nervous system.  Neurolift is a combination of herbs and nutrients for the thyroid and nervous system, particularly increasing serotonin and thyroxin.
4.  EPA (as in fish oils):  EPA is a nutrient found in fish oils.  When fully cleansed (be very, very careful of brands) and when we’re taking 2000mg daily of the EPA component in fish oil, it raises serotonin safely and easily.  Best in a liquid form such as Metagenics or BioCeuticals.  Dose is key.
5.  Gut Support:  We make a massive amountof hormones in the gut.  Dopamine and Serotonin (feel good hormones), Oestrogen are found to be released from the small intestines.  Take care of your gut.  If it is playing up, find out what is wrong (possibly best through your naturopath as the gut is one of our specialties) and fix it.  Without sorting out the gut, it’s really difficult to balance moods and hormones long-term.
Good luck!!
New Leaf Natural Therapies
3348 6098
Brisbane Australia

HCG and Hormonal Balancing…

Monday, October 29th, 2012

HCG is our fabulous weight loss programme.  We use RFM HCG Homeopathic Drops which work brilliantly.  One of the greatest things about HCG is the hormonal balancing it achieves.  A high BMI messes up our hormones, permanently.  But HCG has an amazing ability to:

  • settle cortisol levels – cortisol is fat-storing and stops our memory from working properly
  • settles adrenals (unless people drink too much coffee, diet soft drinks) and thereby allows other hormones to function more effectively
  • digestion – so many digestive hormones work 100% better after HCG.  Most of our clients find that indigestion, heartburn, bloating – all disappear.
  • re-boosts thyroid levels – when the cortisol and adrenalin have been working hard for a long time it turns down thyroid hormones.  Better thyroid function allows better metabolism long-term
  • reduces insulin resistance.  Insulin is a fat-storing nutrient, however, our cells need it on a moment by moment basis.  When we are insulin resistant, nearly everything we eat turns to fat.
  • reduces leptin resistance.  Leptin is another hormone involved in both fat-storing/accumulation and fat-burning.  In the August 2007 issue of the Journal of Endocrinology, a paper appeared which states: ” HCG significantly stimulates the secreation of the pro-adipogenic factor, leptin, from human adipose tissue’.
  • blood pressure:  we have seen significant reduction of blood pressure on HCG which is also controlled partially by the hypothalamus in the brain (where HCG is released from and helps to balance)
  • blood sugar:  ditto!  As per blood pressure, we find that people’s blood sugar balances and highs and lows tend to disappear.  As long as consolidation is done correctly, clients then determine beautifully which foods throw their blood sugar out – it’s often sugar and grains.

HCG is really great for so many things in our bodies.  If you need to lose over 5 kilos, it could be a great way to kick your hormones into better health.

Madonna Guy ND
HCG Naturopath

3348 6098


You Can Cure Type 2 Diabetes…

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

You Can Reverse Type 2 Diabetes

Please don’t let anyone tell you that type 2 diabetes has no cure, as this is not true. Type 2 diabetes is not terminal; you don’t have to live with it forever! Nearly 100 percent of type  2 diabetics can be successfully treated — eliminating the symptoms of diabetes, or the high risk of developing health complications — if you are willing to implement the lifestyle changes discussed below. These same changes will also drastically reduce your risk of the disease, so you can avoid developing it in the first place.

  1. Severely limit or eliminate grains and sugar from your diet, especially fructose, which is far more detrimental than any other type of sugar. This is extremely important! Drinking just one sweetened drink a day can raise your diabetes risk by 25 percent compared to drinking one sugary drink per month, so you really need to evaluate your diet and look for hidden sources of sugar and fructose. Artificially sweetened food and drinks should be avoided as well as they are incredibly toxic to our nervous systems causing problems such as dementia and depression.

    This also means avoiding most processed foods, as they are loaded with fructose. You may even need to avoid fruits until your diabetes is under control.

  2. Following my nutrition plan will help you do this without much fuss. It’s important to realize that nearly all type 2 diabetics need to swap out their grains for other foods, such as healthy sources of protein or vegetable-only carbohydrates.
  3. Exercise is an absolutely essential factor, without which you’re highly unlikely to get this devastating disease under control. It is clearly one of the most potent ways to lower your insulin and leptin resistance. Make sure to incorporate high-intensity Peak Fitness exercises. These types of exercises boost fat loss, promote muscle building, and help your body produce human growth hormone (HGH) naturally. Typically, you’ll need large amounts of exercise until you get your blood sugar levels under control. You may need up to an hour or two a day. Naturally, you’ll want to gradually work your way up to that amount, based on your current level of fitness.
  4. Avoid trans fats as they will actually worsen insulin resistance.
  5. Consume saturated fats, such as grass-fed organic meat, raw dairy products, avocados, and coconut oil. These saturated fats provide a concentrated source of energy along with the building blocks for cell membranes and a variety of hormones and hormone-like substances. When you eat healthy fats as part of your meal, they slow down absorption so that you can go longer without feeling hungry. In addition, they act as carriers for important fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K.

    There are more than a dozen different types of saturated fat, but you predominantly consume only three: stearic acid, palmitic acid and lauric acid. It’s already been well established that stearic acid (found in cocoa and animal fat) has no effect on your cholesterol levels at all, and actually gets converted in your liver into the monounsaturated fat called oleic acid.

    The other two, palmitic and lauric acid, do raise total cholesterol. However, since they raise “good” cholesterol as much or more than “bad” cholesterol, you’re still actually lowering your risk of heart disease.

  6. Get plenty of omega-3 fats from a high quality, animal-based source such as krill oil.
  7. Monitor your fasting insulin level. This is every bit as important as your fasting blood sugar. You’ll want your fasting insulin level to be between 2 to 4. The higher your level, the worse your insulin receptor sensitivity is. The recommendations mentioned above are the key steps you need to achieve this reduction. As the new leaf team to check your insulin resistance levels as well.
  8. Get enough high-quality sleep every night.
  9. Optimize your vitamin D levels. Maintaining your vitamin D levels around 60-80 ng/ml can significantly help control your blood sugar. In addition, recent studies have revealed that getting enough vitamin D can also have a powerful effect on normalizing your blood pressure, and reduces your risk of heart disease.

    Having optimal vitamin D levels can also prevent type 1 diabetes in your children if you are pregnant. It’s also vital for infants to receive the appropriate amounts of vitamin D in their early years for the same reasons. Ideally, you’ll want to do this by exposing a large amount of your skin to appropriate amounts of sunshine (or a safe tanning bed) on a regular basis, year-round. Your body can safely create up to 20,000 units of vitamin D a day this way. Just remember to get your levels tested regularly by a proficient lab to make sure you’re staying within the therapeutic range.

  10. Address any underlying emotional issues and/or stress. Non-invasive tools like yoga, journaling and meditation can be extremely helpful and effective.

Madonna Guy ND
New Leaf Natural Therapies
3348 6098

HCG Solution – effective solution to obesity!

Monday, August 8th, 2011

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Published in NEXUS Magazine, vol. 17, no. 4, 2010
An amazing low-calorie dietary protocol that utilises human chorionic gonadotrophin
(hCG) is having enormous success for overweight and obese people and offers a way
out of the global health crisis.
by Sherrill Sellman, ND © 2010
450 W. 7th Street #1502
Tulsa, OK 74119, USA
A Costly Problem Worldwide
Look around. Notice anything? Our world is getting fatter…much fatter. Never
before in the history of humanity have such corpulent bodies walked the earth.
Overweight and obese men, women and children now make up the majority of the
population of most westernised countries. The USA (74.1 per cent), Australia (67.4
per cent),
New Zealand (68.4 per cent) and the UK (61 per cent), have the distinction
of being ranked in the top 25 most overweight countries in the world.1
The World Health Organization (WHO) now describes the prevalence of obesity as an
(Obesity is defined by percentage of body fat.

Women with more than 32
per cent of their weight from fat and men with more than 25 per cent are deemed
People all over the world are getting fatter than ever. Once considered a
problem only in high-income countries, obesity is dramatically on the rise in low- and
middle-income countries. In recent years, there has been a growing recognition of an
emerging epidemic of obesity in the developing societies. In fact, the rate of increase
in obesity prevalence in developing countries can often exceed that in the
industrialised world. Indeed, the yearly rate of increase in overweight and obesity in
regions of Asia, Africa and South America is two- to five-fold that seen in the United
The statistics revealing the impact of this epidemic are staggering.
• Three quarters of American adults and nearly 24 per cent of US children and
adolescents will be overweight by 2015.3
• By 2030, over 86 per cent of American adults will be overweight or obese.4
• In America, obese people now surpass the number who are overweight.5
• One in 10 British children is likely to become obese by 2015.6
• In New Zealand, a 2006–07 health survey found that one in three adults were
overweight (36.3 per cent) and one in four were obese (26.5 per cent).7
• Excess weight has reached epidemic proportions globally, with more than 1.7 billion
adults being either overweight or obese.8
• WHO predicts there will be 2.3 billion overweight adults in the world by 2015, and
more than 700 million of them will be obese.9

People are getting so fat that new categories have been created to define accurately
the growing fatness of people.
Once the term “morbidly obese” described a small
segment of the population, but beyond this is now the “super-obese” category.
Almost 500,000 Australians are “super-obese”, a fivefold increase during the past two
decades. The super-obese have a body mass index of 50 or more and weigh upwards
of 200 kilograms. It is predicted that the ranks of the super-obese will double in the
next decade.10
This current health crisis has created a growing panic around the world, threatening
not only to overwhelm health care systems but also to create excessive financial
burdens on governments. For example, the health cost of obesity in the USA is as
high as US$147 billion annually, based on a new study from RTI International and the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.11 According to the latest research
published in The Medical Journal of Australia, the total direct cost of overweight and
obesity in Australia is A$21 billion a year, double the previous estimates.12
By far the greatest cost of obesity is its serious threat to good health. Obesity is
associated with more than 30 medical conditions including diabetes, high blood
pressure, high cholesterol and triglycerides, coronary artery disease (CAD), strokes,
gallbladder disease and cancers of the breast, prostate and colon. The non-fatal but
debilitating health problems associated with obesity include respiratory difficulties,
chronic musculoskeletal problems, skin problems, osteoarthritis, gout, sleep apnoea
and infertility. Obesity puts more stress on joints, which explains why the majority of
joint and hip replacements involve overweight people. The toll to one’s self-esteem
and self-image is immeasurable. No wonder that depression and anxiety are more
common in overweight people.13
While the costs to health and to government coffers are enormous, there is a booming
business to be made out of this health disaster. The profits of the weight loss industry
are overflowing. The overweight population is very big business. Americans spend
over $59 billion a year on weight loss programs.
In 2007, Weight Watchers’ products
and services alone netted over US$4 billion worldwide.14
In an effort to find a solution to this problem, the latest trend is seen in the growing
popularity of bariatric weight reduction operations like gastric banding, gastric bypass
and variants of these stomach surgeries. Demand for weight loss surgery is soaring,
with more than 100,000 procedures performed annually in the USA.15 It is estimated
that over the next few years the total number of obesity surgery patients in the United
States will exceed one million annually. The average cost is $20,000 to $30,000 per
procedure.16 According to a University of Washington study, as many as one in 50
people die within one month of having gastric bypass surgery, and that figure jumps
nearly fivefold if the surgeon is inexperienced.17
What’s Really Going On?
Obesity is a modern problem: statistics about it did not even exist 50 years ago. Yet,
in just several decades the growing corpulence of millions of people threatens not
only their health but also the health of future generations. Fingers point at the
“obesogenic” nature of western diets and lifestyles that promote the increased intake
of refined, high-carbohydrate, high-sugar-ladened and nutrient-depleted foods as well
as physical inactivity.
But, something else is amiss. Our bodies, especially our metabolism, seem to be
going haywire.
The paradox of this overweight condition is that some people are
getting fatter, even though they’re eating fewer calories and exercising more.
Healthier dietary and lifestyle choices don’t seem to be effective in shedding excess
kilos. They once were, but not any more. So, what is the problem? If we are truly
seeking a solution to obesity, we need to look elsewhere. Traditional weight loss
theories and dietary and lifestyle approaches are falling far short of stemming the tide.
Societies are drowning in fat.
This is exactly what a brilliant British endocrinologist, Dr. A.T. W. Simeons (d.
1970), realised. And he committed 30 years of his life to seeking the answer to the
underlying cause of obesity.

Dr Simeons was a graduate of the University of Heidelberg Medical School in the
1920s. He chose endocrinology as his speciality, which in turn led to a fascination
with tropical diseases such as malaria, dengue fever and leprosy. Simeons spent
several years in Hamburg, focusing on the diagnosis and treatment of such diseases.
In 1928, he travelled to central Africa to study these diseases personally.
In 1931, Dr Simeons accepted a post in India, where he spent the next two decades.
While there, he developed the use of the drug Atabrine, which became and remained
for years a mainstay of conventional antimalarial treatment. He also investigated a
new method of blood staining to better observe the malaria parasite. For his work
against malaria, Dr Simeons was awarded the Order of Merit by the Red Cross.
During World War II, he held several important Indian government posts, conducted
extensive research on bubonic plague and also developed model centres for the
treatment of leprosy.
After India became independent, Dr Simeons set up in private practice in Bombay and
was frequently consulted by the government. Destiny, however, would direct him
toward a very different mission.
In 1949, with his wife and three sons, Dr Simeons moved to Rome, where he worked
on psychosomatic disorders at the Salvator Mundi International Hospital. He was
regarded as one of the top research doctors in Europe.
Although much of his early work was concerned with the infectious diseases malaria,
leprosy and bubonic plague, psychosomatic disorders were another of Dr Simeons’
As he travelled the world, Dr Simeons became fascinated with the condition of
obesity, which was a relatively rare condition at that time. His research would lead
him to investigate the links between endocrinology, obesity and psychosomatic

He studied every potential solution for obesity offered anywhere in the world. As
part of his thorough investigation , he researched the thyroid, pituitary and adrenal
glands, the pancreas, the gallbladder and over 100 other physiological functions. He
could find no direct correlation between obesity and these various glands and organs.
Dr Simeons finally concluded that the key to the obesity problem lies within the part
of the brain called the diencephalon, a complex of structures that includes the
thalamus and hypothalamus. It is particularly the compromised function of the
hypothalamus, he discovered, that is at the core of the problem.
According to Dr Simeons: “If obesity is always due to one very specific diencephalic
deficiency, it follows that the only way to cure it is to correct this deficiency. At first
this seemed an utterly hopeless undertaking. The greatest obstacle was that one could
hardly hope to correct an inherited trait localised deep inside the brain, and while we
did possess a number of drugs whose point of action was believed to be in the
diencephalon, none of them had the slightest effect on the fat centre. There was not
even a pointer showing a direction in which pharmacological research could move to
find a drug that had such a specific action.”18
While it was commonly believed that overeating causes obesity, Simeons found that
overeating is the result of a metabolic disorder
—not its cause.
Now that he had discovered the long-sought-after cause, Dr Simeons was in pursuit of
a solution. His “Eureka moment” came when he noticed that very thin pregnant
Indian women, although having a low-caloric intake while at the same time doing
demanding physical activity, delivered healthy full-weight babies. These pregnant
women could easily lose weight by drastically reducing their dietary intake but
without feeling hungry or in any way harming the child in the womb. After much
research, he attributed this phenomenon to the presence of a substance called human
chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG), which is made in high amounts in a woman’s body
during pregnancy.
He also reflected on the rare medical condition of young obese Indian boys, known as
“fat boys”, who were cured of their obesity with daily injections of small amounts of
hCG: they miraculously lost their ravenous appetites and reshaped their bodies to

Dr Simeons wondered if hCG could assist in opening the abnormal, secure reserves of
fat in non-pregnant women and possibly even in men. Under normal conditions, these
abnormal fat reserves are almost impossible to access and are only released as the
body’s last survival strategy during times of extreme starvation. However, Dr
Simeons found one very interesting exception: hCG signals the body to mobilise
these fat reserves. At his hospital, he experimented with this approach, using daily
hCG injections combined with a very specific 500-calories-per-day diet. After many
years of working with thousands of test patients, he perfected his “weight loss cure
protocol”. The results were astonishing. Almost 100 per cent of his patients were
losing approximately one pound (0.5 kilogram) per day while on the protocol. And
they were only losing the most difficult and resistant form of body fat, i.e., abnormal
stored fat.
Was hCG the key that could safely and successfully reset a dysregulated
Importance of the Hypothalamus Gland
The problem of fat storage, which results in being overweight and obese, seems to be
related to the master gland, the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus is a collection of
specialised cells located in the lower central part of the brain, allowing
communication between the endocrine and central nervous systems. It is one of the
central elements of the brain and comprises the neuronal circuitry that controls
emotional behaviour and motivational drives. Without proper hypothalamic function,
the two systems fail to respond appropriately to each other’s signals.
The hypothalamus gland also produces secretions that are important to the
management of cardiovascular function, certain metabolic activities such as the
delicate maintenance of water balance, sugar and fat metabolism, body temperature
control, appropriate sleep programming, appetite and thirst responses. The secretion
of all hormones is facilitated by the hypothalamus. It is also involved in control of the
pituitary gland.
Hidden within the hypothalamus is a satiety centre that regulates appetite; it is
controlled by two chemicals that stimulate the surrounding hypothalamus to increase
metabolism, reduce appetite and increase insulin to deliver energy to cells rather than
to be stored as fat. Unfortunately, these systems can be easily compromised.
The endocrine system is an intricate “feedback” system in which hormones release or
suppress other hormones, controlling the way the body works. Balance is crucial
because an unhealthy gland could cause repercussions to cascade down into all parts
of the body.
It appears that our 21st-century lifestyle is a serious threat to a healthy, wellfunctioning
hypothalamus. An imbalance of the hypothalamus results in intense and
constant hunger, low metabolism, and accumulation of excessive and abnormal fat in
various parts of the body including the abdomen, hips, thighs and waist as well as the
knees, back and upper arms. This gland does not operate normally in people who are
fat. In fact, even the mildly overweight may also have an impaired hypothalamus.
The hypothalamus is adversely affected by stress and trauma, cycles of fasting and
bingeing, and a toxic diet of highly refined, low-fibre food contaminated with tens of
thousands of man-made chemicals and additives. However, there are even more
modern-day perils that take their toll. Toxic substances breach the blood-brain barrier
and enter into the hypothalamus and then into the pituitary gland, where they cause
dysfunction; for example, pervasive environmental oestrogen disruptors such as
nonylphenol (NP) and bisphenol A (BPA) have a direct adverse impact on the
According to medical researcher Robert O. Becker, MD, electromagnetic fields
(EMFs) also have an adverse impact on the hypothalamus. “The sites of the greatest
change—the brain’s hypothalamus and cortex—were cause for concern. The
hypothalamus, a nexus of fibers linking the autonomic nervous system, is the single
most important part of the brain for homeostasis and is a crucial link in the stress
response. Any interference with cortical activity…would disrupt logical and
associational thought…”20
Noted researcher Dr Henry Lai stated: “The added stress of continual exposure to
wireless frequencies from use of mobile phones and other wireless devices further
challenges the brain.”21
In less than 30 years, almost 90 per cent of the planet and its inhabitants have been
engulfed by continuous exposure to unrelenting EMFs and wireless technologies.
Perhaps our delicate brain, especially the major controlling centre, the hypothalamus,
has finally reached the tipping point from exposure to the many unrelenting toxic
substances, physical and emotional stressors, and 21st-century technologies.
With compromised functioning of the hypothalamus, fat will continue to increase
whether one eats excessively, normally or minimally. No amount of dieting or
exercise will ever cause the stored fat reserves to budge. The plain, simple fact is that
this gland does not operate normally in overweight people and probably is
compromised to some degree in most people. In order to release stored fat reserves,
increase metabolism and reduce unrelenting physical hunger, the hypothalamus must
be reset in both women and men.
Not All Fat Is Equal
There are three types of fat in the body: structural fat, normal fat reserves and
abnormal stored fat.
Structural fat provides protection for the body’s major organs and joints and is not
burned for metabolism. Normal fat reserves are spread all over the body and are
reused for fuel when the body is faced with immediate nutritional or caloric
insufficiencies. These first two types of fat are needed for good health.
Abnormal stored fat, or adipose fat, is kept in storage under the skin and around the
organs as a “spare fuel supply” for severe nutritional emergencies. In the obese
person, it tends to collect in places like the abdomen, hips, buttocks, thighs, knees,
ankles, upper arms and neck. This is the fat that not only causes the body to be
misshapen but also causes other health problems.
Under normal dieting programs, the body will release structural and normal fat
reserves. It will also burn muscle and water. The very last fat that a supple body will
burn is abnormal fat reserves, since it is the body’s final survival strategy for a
severely malnourished body.
So, try as dieters might, all that bulging, distorting fat around the gut, hips and thighs
will never be touched. Instead, these people become gaunt, saggy and weak as they
lose their structural and reserve fat supplies…and further diminish their hypothalamic
Dr Simeons found that hCG keeps the structural fat and muscle intact while only
breaking down the abnormal body fat, using it as fuel and causing a person not only to
lose kilograms but also centimetres. With hCG, the body releases and transforms the
abnormal stored fat into 1,500–3,000 calories a day of energy and nutrition. The
more stored fat there is, the greater the daily fat loss.
Furthermore, Dr Simeons found that hCG maximises the functional capacity of all the
centres in the hypothalamus, including what he termed the “fat centre”, making it
possible for fat to be released from abnormal fat deposits and to become available as a
source of fuel to the body.
This discovery led him to write in 1954: “Someone suffering from obesity [who]
attempts weight loss through a low-calorie diet will first lose lean muscle tissue,
followed by protective visceral fat.” He wrote that “only as a last resort will the body
yield its abnormal reserves”, adding that “by that time the patient usually feels so
weak and hungry that the diet is abandoned”.22 This is the tragedy of those who
repeatedly attempt low-calorie diets that invariably fail.
Dr Simeons concluded that hCG, when reintroduced into the adult system,
recalibrates the hypothalamus gland—the part of the brain that regulates
metabolic processes. It helps unlock adipose deposits, making them available as a
fuel source when calories are not otherwise available, as when eating a low-calorie
diet. However, low-calorie diets cause the loss of lean muscle mass and structural fat,
while the hCG diet results in only the abnormal stored fat being released.
HCG to the Rescue
Human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG) is a substance produced in huge amounts by
the placenta during pregnancy. It is the biggest glycoprotein substance (not
technically a hormone) present in human beings.
After its discovery, scientists tried to find a name for this substance, and when they
observed that the administration of hCG helped to provoke ovulation in
experimentation animals, they named their discovery “gonadotrophin”, which means
that it has an action on the gonads (testicles or ovaries), and “chorionic”, because later
it was found that it is produced by the chorium of the placenta.
The word “hormone” comes from the Greek, meaning “I act through distance”, and is
used to describe substances that, produced in one organ, have actions elsewhere in the
body. Thus, testosterone, thyroid hormones, oestrogen and insulin qualify under the
term “hormone”.
According to Daniel Belluscio, MD, Director of The Oral hCG Research Center in
Buenos Aires, Argentina, who for most of his medical career has been devoted to the
study of the hCG method for weight loss: “…hCG has been found in every human
tissue, also in males and non-pregnant females. Investigators are very intrigued
regarding the presence of hCG, for example in lungs, liver, stomach, etc.”23
Dr Simeons developed a very specific protocol for the use of hCG along with a
precise dietary plan. The program must be followed meticulously. People who need
to lose 15 pounds (7 kilograms) or less require a 23-day protocol. And the protocol
can also be used for up to 40 days to lose 34 pounds (15 kilograms) at a time.24
When hCG is given in conjunction with a very low caloric diet, a condition is
simulated in the body, “tricking” it into acting as though it were dealing with an
emergency starvation situation. As a result, the hypothalamus signals the release of
stored fat reserves. Since about 1,500–3,000 calories of stored abnormal fat is
transformed into energy and nutrition, there is a safe but rapid loss of fat, over a
pound or more (0.5+ kg) a day (the more fat there is to lose, the more rapid the fat
More remarkable is the rapid resculpting of the body as the abnormal and distorting
fat reserves literally melt away, revealing a new contoured shape in the areas of the
body that have been most resistant to change. The abdomen becomes flat, the hips
and thighs return to normal proportions, and fat pads in the back, upper arms and
knees disappear. At the same time, the body becomes more toned and the skin more
radiant. As abnormal fat reserves are transformed into energy and nutrition, people
report an abundance of energy and rarely, if ever, feel any hunger.
The best thing about hCG is that it is undeniably safe. Remember, pregnant
women can experience high levels of HCG with no negative effects. The
small amount ingested during the weight loss program comes with absolutely
no adverse side effects.
The introduction of hCG is the key to Dr Simeons’s program. Normal low-caloric
dieting causes cellular metabolism to slow down, so in the long run the
weight returns while bone density and muscle mass decrease. By using hCG
with his low-calorie diet, extra fat is mobilised for energy and the rest is eliminated.
This low-calorie diet is vital in preventing the immediate refilling of emptied fat cells.
You benefit by preferentially getting rid of excess fat without affecting bone and
Other Health Benefits
It is now widely recognised that the main function of the fat cells is to act as a
reservoir of energy, as triglycerides, but it has also been implicated in the sex
hormones metabolism. The fat cell is one of the most metabolically active tissues all
over the human body, nearly tripling the blood circulation of any other organ.
As the body releases and literally dissolves excess fat cells, people notice many health
benefits. There is a reduction of inflammation, which is generated by excess fat, and
aches and pains disappear. Also, people report that their hip and knee pains improve,
since for every pound of excess fat there is 4–5 pounds of pressure exerted on hip,
knee and ankle joints.
According to Dr Simeons: “The most important associated disorders and the ones in
which obesity seems to play a precipitating or at least an aggravating role are the
following: diabetes, gout, rheumatism and arthritis, high blood pressure and
hardening of the arteries, coronary disease and cerebral hemorrhage.”25
People following the hCG protocol discover that their blood sugar and blood pressure
levels return to normal range, their moods and sleep improve, sugar and carbohydrate
cravings disappear, and their triglyceride and cholesterol levels normalise. However,
it is important to monitor these levels regularly, especially if you are on medication.
Always seek the advice of a medical doctor, preferably one who is familiar with hCG.
Perhaps the most significant benefits of the hCG protocol are improvements in the
metabolism and resetting of the hypothalamus. After you complete the program,
which lasts 6–12 weeks depending on how much weight you decide to lose, and make
the appropriate changes to diet and lifestyle, the new set point will hold. For people
who are obese, several rounds of the hCG diet will be necessary.
“Every disease has a beginning,” notes Dr Belluscio. “Those 10 pounds that someone
cannot seem to lose can also be seen as the beginning of a progressive disorder called
obesity. This initial stage may last a number of years. Although the disease is not
mature and the body may not be noticeably distorted, the dangers are clear. As the
body ages and the metabolism slows down, the pounds can naturally pack on,” he
warns. “Even at 10 pounds overweight, people are gambling with their health. Those
10 pounds signal the potential onset of hypertension, coronary artery disease,
diabetes, osteoarthritis, and cancer—all the increased risk factors that come with
Dr Simeons published his research in the prestigious medical journal The Lancet in
1954.27 As a result of his stellar reputation, his meticulous research and outstanding
results on thousand of patients, medical doctors around the world flocked to his
technique. Exclusive clinics that catered to the rich and famous were established
throughout Europe, and are still in existence today.
Yet, fearful of ridicule or more nefarious agendas from multinational corporations and
the medical orthodoxy that were not favourable to a safe fat-loss cure, Dr Simeons
was most protective and secretive of his protocol. While there have been detractors to
Dr Simeons’s work, some studies that have seemingly proven his protocol ineffective
were discovered upon further investigation to have been flawed in some manner.
Recent research conducted by Dr Daniel Belluscio has demonstrated consistent results
with hCG. Records show that his clinic has used the oral hCG approach on 6,540
patients to date. This reliable and effective method for obesity management has been
validated by appropriate double-blind studies.28
According to Dr Belluscio: “Results are not surpassed by any other modality of
obesity therapy.”29
HCG can benefit everyone. Whether you are struggling to lose a stone (over 6 kg) of
menopausal belly fat or are seriously overweight or obese, as long as you follow Dr
Simeons’s hCG program precisely, in conjunction with his specific low-caloric diet,
then success is guaranteed.
The tremendous successes with the loss of stored fat reserves, as well as the many
remarkable health benefits that accompany the resetting of the master gland, have
proven to medical practitioners and patients alike that this is an effective solution to
the obesity epidemic.
A Personal Journey on hCG
As with so many women, the mid-life middle spread snuck up on me. I knew I had
just emerged from two years of major life changes with their accompanying stresses.
However, I was not at all prepared for my doctor’s rather blunt comment. Rather
tactlessly, he said: “What has happened to you? You look like you are six months’
pregnant.” Now, I knew I had been carrying some extra cortisol-induced weight
around the midriff, but I guess denial is a wonderful thing. I really didn’t think I
looked that overweight. Stepping onto his scale ripped the veil of illusion from my
Whether we like it or not, the older we get the less efficient our body becomes at
detoxifying, maintaining a dynamic metabolism, balancing hormones and managing
blood sugar. All of these issues can add to ever upward creeping weight. Popular
drugs also play their part: HRT, antidepressants, statins and blood pressure
medications list weight gain as a side effect!
I have not been immune from this obsession with body image. There have been times
when I was thin, and times when I was fat. I dieted and fasted and cleansed and
starved and exercised until I was blue in the face! Over the years, I cleaned up my
nutritional regime. I basically ate a gluten-free, sugar-free, soda-free, processed-foodfree,
organic food diet. I exercised. I made the extra effort to manage my stress
levels. I took my nutritional supplements. I balanced my hormones (naturally). I
went to sleep at a decent hour (going to bed after 11 pm and getting less than seven
hours’ sleep increases weight gain).
I thought I was doing everything right, but my weight loss was stalled. I couldn’t get
it to budge. So it’s no wonder that my doctor’s comment was such a blow to my selfimage
and my fruitless efforts!
One day, a chance comment about a new kind of weight loss program changed my
life. I was introduced to hCG , human chorionic gonadatropin—an obscure hormone
that I had never heard of before.
I used to believe that the thyroid would help with fat loss. However, according to Dr
Simeons, that is not the case. In fact, the thyroid plays no part in releasing the fat that
causes us to be overweight or obese. This was quite a revelation to me!
Dr Simeons wrote in his book, Pounds and Inches: “When it was discovered that the
thyroid gland controls the rate at which body-fuel is consumed, it was thought that by
administering thyroid gland to obese patients their abnormal fat deposits could be
burned up more rapidly. This, too, proved to be entirely disappointing because, as we
now know, these abnormal deposits take no part in the body’s energy turnover—they
are inaccessibly locked away. Thyroid medication merely forces the body to consume
its normal fat reserves, which are already depleted in obese patients, and then to break
down structurally essential fat without touching the abnormal deposits. In this way, a
patient may be brought to the brink of starvation in spite of having a hundred pounds
of fat to spare. Thus any weight loss brought about by thyroid medication is always
at the expense of fat, of which the body is in dire need.”30
Are you sceptical of such a program? Who wouldn’t be. Most people have tried diets
galore, only to be disappointed in the end.
Dr Simeons’s original program required a doctor’s prescription to purchase daily
subcutaneous self-administered injections of hCG. There is also an oral form of hCG
and it, too, is only available on prescription from a medical doctor.
However, I learned that there is another effective hCG option: an hCG homoeopathic
remedy, taken daily as oral drops. Homoeopathy is a 200-year-old healing approach,
based on the emerging science of energy medicine that imprints the energy of a
substance without using the actual physical substance. The body is literally able to
read the information and create the desired outcome.
Homoeopathic hCG has the same effect as the medically prescribed hCG versions.
So, I decided to give it a try.
Using the hCG homoeopathic drops three times a day for 23 days and following Dr
Simeons’s protocol of eating specific foods in specific amounts for a specific period
of time, I embarked on this experiment. The best part of all is that this program
requires no specific exercise routines, expensive eating plans or special dietary
Now, for most of us, stepping onto a scale to weigh in is an extreme, masochistic act.
However, on this hCG program, it was closer to a religious experience. I would step
onto the scale in the morning and discover that a pound of fat had literally
dematerialised from my body overnight!
But it wasn’t only the fat: it was also the inches. My old clothes were literally falling
off me. I wasn’t hungry at all. My energy level was off the chart. Before my very
eyes, I saw my body transforming. The midriff disappeared and my hips and thighs
are the thinnest they’ve ever been since my 16th birthday—an accomplishment I never
thought possible. And wonder of wonders, my muscle tone improved.
During this 23-day protocol, I lost 15 pounds (6.75 kg) and two dress sizes! I have
since done another 23-day protocol and my total weight loss has been 25 pounds
(11.25 kg) and four dress sizes. And I now have a totally flat tummy!
The entire program as created by Dr Simeons requires 23 days on hCG followed by a
maintenance phase of another three weeks of a low-carbohydrate, low-sugar diet. The
complete program is required not only for fat loss and resculpting but also for the
resetting of metabolic functions.
The most impressive part of this program is that by resetting my hypothalamus and
metabolism, my weight has not varied by more than a pound (0.45 kg) in several
months. It appears that Dr Simeons was right. By improving metabolic functioning
on the hCG program, there is a greater likelihood that this new weight loss is here to
Since venturing into the hCG world, I have assisted over 200 of my patients on this
protocol. Every single one of them has been successful, even those who were
severely obese and had given up hope of ever becoming “normal”. Men seem to have
a fat-loss advantage over women; they are much bigger losers on this program.
However, the good news is that everyone can be a big loser!
Not only did my patients lose pounds and inches, they all gained health benefits: joint
and knee aches and pains disappeared, blood sugar levels returned to normal, blood
pressure was lowered, sleep improved, energy increased, skin tone rejuvenated and
food and sugar cravings disappeared.
It’s not often that a weight loss program can deliver such fabulous results. In fact,
there is no other weight loss program that I know of that can safely release long-term
fat reserves or reset the hypothalamus for ongoing weight maintenance.
Could the discovery of Dr Simeons really be the solution to the growing obesity
epidemic with all the accompanying chronic health problems?
According to Dr Simeons: “Obesity problems are perhaps not so dramatic as the
problems of cancer, but often cause life-long suffering. How many promising careers
have been ruined by excessive fat; how many lives have been shortened? If some
way—however cumbersome—can be found to cope effectively with this universal
problem of modern civilised man, our world will be a happier place for countless
fellow men and women.”31
I have no doubt that in our diet-crazed world of people desperately seeking solutions,
this is the ultimate program for fat loss and body-resculpting while at the same time
helping to rebalance the functioning of the master gland, the hypothalamus.
Fortunately for an overweight world, Dr Simeons’s discovery has finally offered a
safe, affordable and effective solution for this global obesity crisis.
About the Author:
Sherrill Sellman, ND, is a naturopathic doctor (Board certified in integrative
medicine), an educator, a women’s natural health expert, psychotherapist and
journalist in the field of women’s health. She is also a much sought after international
lecturer, the host of two weekly radio shows, and a senior editor and contributing
writer to numerous health publications. She is the best-selling author of Hormone
Heresy: What Women MUST Know About Their Hormones and What Women MUST
Know to Protect Their Daughters from Breast Cancer. Dr Sellman is a scheduled
speaker at the 2010 NEXUS Conference in Queensland, Australia, on 24–26 July.
For more information, visit http://whatwomenmust To see the complete
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