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What are Lectins?

Monday, May 15th, 2017

What are Lectins?

Do you suffer from symptoms after eating? Such as digestive symptoms, foggy brain, sinus congestion or aches and pains. Do you notice it after gluten containing foods or just can’t track what’s causing it? Chances are you’re body is reacting to components in plants called lectins.

What are lectins? So happy you asked!

Lectins are the plants natural compounds to ward off pests, fungal and bacterial attack. That is, the plants natural immune system. When plants are under attack they raise their lectin numbers to fend off the attacking pests. This is the system by which pesticides work. However, pests are gaining tolerance resulting in needing an increase of pesticide to be applied to the plant and thus a further increase of the plants lectins.

Modern wheat strains vs old style grains

Our modern wheat strains have been modified to produce more lectins to be highly pest resistant. This very clever genetically engineering won Norman Borlaug a Nobel peace prize in 1970 and changed the industry inexplicably. However, years later we are discovering the health consequences of our daily foods containing such an immense amount of lectins.

Let me explain:

The modern wheat (Triticum aestivum) is a genetically engineered species containing three distinct sets of chromosomes. These chromosomes can produce over 23,000 unique proteins. Thus this modern species contains high protein and gluten levels plus wheat germ agglutinin (WGA). WGA is a lectin which provides wheat with its resistance to insect pests, yeasts and bacteria.  Interestingly WGA binds to N-acetyl D glucosamine in the chitin of the insects, disrupting their cell structures and killing them.

Why are lectins so bad?

It is this WGA (lectins)  which can also directly damage tissues of the human body wherever N-acetyl glucosamine is present, even if the individual doesn’t have any genetic predispositions or susceptibilities to immune mediated mechanisms. For example, the auto-immune conditions or inflammatory reactions. However, the presence of lectins can and do exacerbate inflammation for auto-immune conditions such as Coeliac’s Disease, making symptoms worse. This can explain why chronic inflammatory and degenerative conditions are gaining prevalence in wheat-consuming populations.  It destroys the villi in your intestines, leading to malabsorption, nutrient deficiencies and infections!

Tissues within the human body that contain N-acetyl D glucosamine are:

  • All mucosal membranes throughout the digestive system, respiratory system, etc.
  • Connective tissues in joints
  • Brain cells and organs
  • Skin
  • Arterial bifurcations, including around the heart.

It is proposed that it is the increased lectin content that are causing major health problems for people rather than gluten. For example, many Australians experience health problems after eating products made from Australian grown wheat. Where as if they travel to other countries and consume wheat based products from there they do not, i.e. France or Italy. Such countries grew different strains of wheat which were largely unmodified like our Australian grains. Hence, the end product (croissants, baguettes, pasta, pizza bases) had less lectin resulting in fewer reactions after eating. Of course this has now changed as the high yield strains are now more global.

Is it just grains which we get lectins from?

Furthermore, when livestock are fed grains high in WGA lectins this then passes through their system to the products we consume. For example, dairy milk. Therefore, if you’re experiencing symptoms after consuming dairy it may not be lactose or actual dairy protein but the lectins passed through the dairy cow to their milk. Likewise with meats, hence the advantage of consuming grass fed meats only.

There have been some notable improvements when individuals have ceased dairy and gluten products, possibly due to the decrease of consumed lectins. Some of these conditions include:

  • (Gut mucosa) – Irritable bowel syndrome:  bloating, burping, wind, flatulence, diarrhoea, constipation
  • (Joints) – arthritis, fibromyalgia
  • (Hippocampal cells) – mental and behavioural conditions
  • (Lung mucosa) – asthma
  • (Beta pancreatic cells) – diabetes
  • (Coronary artery cells) – Cardiovascular disease
  • (Skin) – psoriasis and eczema
  • Autism & Aspergers, non-verbal children and adults

How can lectin intake be reduced in diet?

As it is impossible to maintain a healthy diet and avoid lectins if you are experiencing symptoms pertaining to lectins the key is reduce intake and increase tolerance.

Firstly, even organic and spray free fresh fruit and vegetables contain lectins, but if they’re not engineered they should contain less. Grass-fed meats and dairy is the best way forward for proteins to reduce lectin intake.

How can tolerance to lectins be improved?

There is no definitive answer to improving the individual’s lectin tolerance, however there is some key things you can do. Have good healthy nutrient intake particularly zinc. The herb ginger is particularly high in zinc and is very good at reducing inflammation and calming and supporting function all along the digestive track. Having said that, if there is any history of stomach ulcers please consult your local herbalist or naturopath for advice.

And then there’s Kinesiology 🙂

How can Kinesiology help improve tolerance to lectins?

Kinesiology is a way to ask your body what is stressing it by what we call indicator muscles. It is largely based on Traditional Chinese Medicine meridian system and acupuncture points which are like reference points. Via assessing where the stress is the body can also indicate how to relieve the stress, thus reducing the symptoms one is experiencing. Therefore kinesiology balancing is a remarkable way to reduce symptoms.

What about Acupuncture and Chi Nei Tsang Abdominal Massage?

Also great ways to increase the energy to the gut, reduce stress and increase energy.  Chi Nei Tsang Abdominal Massage is nearly an hour on your gut – it helps to break down the scar tissue that has built up around the abdomen due to years of food-abuse that’s destroyed the villi –  let the healing begin!!!

Call us on 3348 6098 to book an apt with our Naturopaths…

Madonna Guy ND
New Leaf Natural Therapies
07 3348 6098
healthteam@newleafnaturaltherapies.com.au

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Pain and Inflammation Treatments/Testing at New Leaf Natural Therapies

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

Are you sick and tired of feeling aches and pains, with no particular hope for a better future?  No wonder depression and anxiety are linked with chronic pain conditions.  Did you know that natural therapies are situated to support your condition – whatever it is – and help you on the road to healing?

1.  Our naturopaths can talk through your medical tests, perform new testing processes (looking at your blood; OligoScan heavy metal and mineral levels; VLA BioImpedance Screenings; Insulin Resistance and Cholesterol checks) and help you find the underlying causes of your pain.

2.  Our kinesiology processes help to rebalance your pain an inflammation pathways in the body – helping your immune system to function better, remove toxins more easily and help you to heal faster.

3.  Our remedial massage and reflexologists have techniques which help to realign the body, reduce pain and inflammation in localised areas of the body, realign hips, necks, shoulders etc

4.  Our naturopathic supplements are proven to reduce pain and inflammation without side-effects.

5.  Microcurrent technology can be used to reduce pain and inflammation in joints, spine, neck, feet etc.

6.  Energetic and De-stressing techniques – such as pranic healings; kinesiology, reflexology, remedial massage, microcurrent technology – all can support re-booting your stress systems to function more effectively under stress.

Ask how we can help you!

Madonna Guy ND and Georgia Kilpatrick
Annette Cummins & Lynn Dale on reception
New Leaf Natural Therapies
3348 6098

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Health issues and don’t know why? Is it leaky gut?!

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

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Testimonials from clients…

Friday, November 16th, 2012

I am 54 years old and have been a carer for my wife for the last 13 years, but over the last few years my health has suffered. I suffer from Osteoarthritis and had an operation last year to put a plate in my right knee to straighten my leg. Also since May this year I have had a frozen left shoulder.

 

Since I started taking StemEnhance 4 weeks ago my life has changed. My left shoulder has started to loosen up and I am now able to use my left arm. I am now able to walk distances with no trouble at all and I can climb stairs comfortably which I have not been able to do for years. But the biggest improvement is my energy level, I feel like I can keep going all day long. The more I do, the more I want to do.

 

Also as an extra bonus, my grey hair is getting darker in colour and I am growing some hair on my bald spots. I am feeling younger and I recommend the use of StemEnhance to everyone who would like improved health and a better quality of life.

 

Denis.

Why Kinesiology at New Leaf Natural Therapies

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Our Kinesiologists at New Leaf are all multi-skilled and have a combined 34 years experience in kinesiology:

Madonna Guy 17 years
Norm Todkill 12 years
Katherine Lynn 3 years
Gabby Graham 1 year

Kinesiology is a process which helps us to access the innate knowledge within the body.  It’s hard to explain, but it uses muscle testing which accesses what your body needs to heal…  We can use kinesiology to support:

  1. Learning Problems.  Our practitioners do a process called LEAP and NOT which support better processing of information for our kids with auditory processing issues, dyslexia, ADHD etc
  2. Behavioural Issues:  We all support the nervous system to cope better with behavioural problems – there are many reasons for this, and kinesiology can help to target what’s going on with the brain, gut, immune system and start the process of rebalancing our kids…
  3. Endocrine/Hormonal Issues.  Within the processes of kinesiology there are ways to help to re-boot the hormonal systems of the body, which are often activated by a huge stress/trauma or a toxic overload of some sort.  Kinesiology can help to target the cells/organs which are dysfunctional and re-balance the energy in these organs.  Are you sick of Infertility? PMT? Pain? Being grumpy?  Depression?
  4. Immune Balancing:  There are kinesiology processes which support boosting the parts of the body associated with better immunity, thereby helping the body have less symtoms of allergy, intolerances, cold and flu…
  5. LEAP:  Learning Enhancement Acupressure Programme – this process helps to re-integrate pathways in the brain that are dysfunctional.  The entire process may take anywhere from 5-20 hours depending on how neurologically out-of-whack the body is.
  6. NOT:  Neural Organisational Technique – this process re-organises the neurology in the body and can be used to support structural problems such as jaw and hip pain, scoliosis, whiplash and neck problems, chronic back pain.  Just about all arthritis starts with an imbalance in the body.
  7. Energetic Healing:  When our energy is out of balance, ‘blockages’ occur in the body.  Kinesiology can target ”weird energy” like chakras, auras, figure 8 energies, negative attachments that are causing problems for you overall.
  8. Nutritional Kinesiology:  Do you absorb your food?  Supplements?  Protein?  Carbohydrates?  Sugars?  Kinesiology can find out which organs are affected negatively by your foods and supplements and help your body accept and absorb nutrition better.
  9. Toxicity Work:  We can use kinesiology to find the pathways in the brain, liver, kidneys which are being blocked by toxins such as lead, mercury, cadmium, aluminium…  This can cause chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, just about any health problem.
  10. and so much more….

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Madonna Guy ND
New Leaf Natural Therapies
3348 6098
Wynnum Brisbane

5 Keys to Getting Rid of Gout

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Gout is a nasty, painful conditions, creating pain in the joints caused by little acid crystals:

  • anything that makes our body acidic may cause further gout attacks;
  • grains, sugar, alcohol and fruits are all very acid forming
  • protein is acid forming but hugely important for maintaining muscles, ligaments, tendons & nerves
  • increase vegetable juices and vegetables – especially green leafies such as spinach, bok choy, broccoli etc
  • cut out alcohol until gout attacks disappear

Supplements which may be of benefit:

  • G-Tox – fabulous product we stock which is a fabulous alkaliser, detoxifier, kidney and gut cleanser, highly nutritional
  • Stem enhance – helps regenerate joints, ligaments and other damaged tissue
  • Kaprex – natural anti-inflammatory which creates no inflammatory problems for the gut

What tests we can do?

  • live blood screening:  finds uric acid crystals in some individuals
  • bioimpedance analysis: finds levels of inflammation in the cells
  • urinary tests to check for kidney stress and ph levels

Give us a call – we can help!!

Why Detox? Is it really necessary??

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

Why Detox??  Is detoxification really necessary?

Many of us are oblivious to the amount of toxins we breathe in, digest, and create daily.  Estimates range up to 70,000 toxins that we breathe in daily, and up to 10,000 that we ingest.  The humble shiny green apple has between 36-70 chemicals just to make it shiny!  Our power plants (there are 23 in Australia and 100’s throughout the world) release 4000 tonnes of mercury into the atmosphere every year.  No wonder our waterways have fish, known to be full of mercury and other toxins…

If we have ANY health problems, there’s over a 90% chance our inflammation, acidity, toxicity can be helped through detoxing.  Many doctors say 100% are caused by toxicity of numerous kinds. Our body’s simply can’t catch up with the amounts of toxins in the environment, and release them all.

There are viral and bacterial connections to many chronic health problems, fungal and candida connections to just about every disease.  Everything from arthritis to glandular fever, chronic fatigue to hashimotos, asthma to ulcers, has been linked to a gut problem, where these infections find a home base to live – not a good thing!

For someone who has allergic symptoms: sneezing, runny nose, sinusitis, rashes, hayfever, itches, often we have stored toxins, which are positively charged and creating inflammation.  Everytime our nose runs and our eyes itch, not only are there toxins plaguing our already unhappy body, but we are also storing inflammatory hormones, and often the drugs we use to treat these problems.

With aspergers, autism, ADD, ADHD there are links to heavy metals and allergens.  There are numerous studies which show high levels of heavy metals in hair mineral analysis, along with large amounts of stress hormones, such as cortisol and adrenalin, running through the system. Nearly all show intolerances to wheat and dairy.  The organs of elimination and digestion simply don’t have the capacity to break them down properly.

In issues associated with weight loss, it is a well established fact that people who detoxify lose weight faster and don’t reach the hump that others reach.  Fat tissue also creates at least 30 inflammatory substances, all of which then need to be stored in the body, often in the fat tissue, once again.

With inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and osteoporosis, it is often shown that large amounts of toxins are attached to the bone cells.  This creates inflammation and causes degenerations to the area.

WHAT CAN WE DO?  The most universal detox product of all, which only detoxes and has no other function, is Waiora Natural Cellular Defense Zeolite product.  Ask Madonna for more information:  Email at healthteam@nlnt.com.au or phone: 0417 643 849 / 3348 6098

We also have full detoxification programmes which work through the body organ by organ and take the toxic load out of our systems!

TO ORDER AT ZEOLITE AT WHOLESALE PRICES:

Step 1: www.mywaiora.com/899205 – click on JOIN.  Tick ‘Australia’s Not For Resale’ box and continue

Step 2: click to ‘become a member’ (unless planning on doing Waiora as a business)

Step 3: choose ‘to create a personal order’

Step 4: go to ‘Natural Cellular Defense’ and choose your order size (Prices are in US$$)

Step 5: Checkout will include $19.95 NFR membership fee (ongoing $14.95 per year to get wholesale prices)

Like many useful and unusual products, at present until TGA approval this is the only way to get the product.  Make sure you tick the box that says delivery address same as billing address and put Australia ( or your particular country ) at the bottom of your address. Double check your details and click on order. Read the order and make sure you’re your details are correct. Waiora will send you a confirmation email in a few minutes.

For more information on the product, including its history and scientific basis,   or assistance with the ordering process, please call Madonna Guy at New Leaf Natural Therapies on 0417 643 849 or 3348 6098 or email healthteam@nlnt.com.au

Remedial Massage – bonus for new clients in the Bayside area: Wynnum, Manly, Lota, Hemmant, Carindale, Carina, Capalaba…

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

Remedial Massages (with our Musculo-Skeletal Therapists) currently discounted at New Leaf Natural Therapies, Wynnum:  save 30-50% off your initial massages!

Our remedial massage therapists are all multi-skilled therapists…  Katherine Lynn has completed a degree in MST and is a kinesiology trainer, this means exceptional treatments for you…  Doug Newitt is a Remedial Massage Therapist along with being a Lester Cox technique and Naturopath.  Norm Todkill is a Remedial Massage Therapist and Kinesiologist.  These practitioners can help with:

  • fibromyalgia or muscle aches and pains
  • arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, joint aches and pains
  • neck, back and shoulder problems
  • foot, leg and ankle pain
  • hip and knee alignments
  • cranial issues, headaches and migraines.

Call us on 3348 6098 and ask about our current specials with Katherine, Doug and Norm.  Available Monday to Saturday

Remedial Massage in Wynnum, Brisbane. Benefits of Regular Remedial Massage

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Current Bonus:  30% off your initial massage – mention this website!!  Our beautiful natural therapies clinic in Wynnum, Brisbane, has a fantastic remedial massage team.  We also have Reiki sessions available with Gabby Graham.

Remedial Massage is very different today than it was 30 years ago.  Today is becoming more and more recognised as a way of repairing muscles and tendons:  these can be damaged through many problems in daily life – the product of overuse, trauma or bad posture.

Remedial massage involves a number of applied techniques involving deep pressure, trigger points released and longitudinal strokes on shortened and tight muscles to allow proper function and restore muscle strength.

Remedial Massage Technique: It uses several specialised techniques to locate and repair damage and to support and speed up the body’s own repair mechanisms. The massage is applied directly to the skin using a lubricating medium, usually oil, which ensures that the muscles associated with the disorder and mobilisation of the joint are deeply penetrated. Passive stretching moves are also used.

Benefits of Remedial Massage

Key benefits of Remedial Massage include: the stimulation to the blood supply allowing toxins in the muscles to be removed; the calming of the peripheral nervous system to ease pain and discomfort; and the toning and relaxing of muscles to improve joint mobility. An improvement to the health of the cells, the repairing of tissues, and the easing of stiffness and tension can also be experienced through therapeutic relaxation.

Muscular and skeletal dysfunctions often addressed with Remedial Massage include Fibrositis, Spondylitis, Arthritis, frozen shoulder, muscular cramps, Whiplash, muscular atrophy, sports and dancing injuries.

Ring and ask about our specials – we often have great bonuses available for first time clients!

Madonna Guy, Naturopath, Wynnum, Brisbane
New Leaf Natural Therapies

Remedial Massage Loyalty Programme: Wynnum Natural Therapies Clinic, Brisbane, Australia

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

Are you looking for a natural therapies clinic who has a Remedial Massage Loyalty Programme? Well, we’ve never seen one which is as good as ours!  Our well-trained therapists Katherine Lynn & Nathan Leach have training in many areas such as:

  • remedial massage
  • sports massage
  • deep tissue massage
  • hot stone massage
  • reflexology
  • lymphatic drainage
  • pregnancy massage
  • cupping techniques
  • massage for pure relaxation
  • natural facials
  • structural alignment and balancing

The benefits of massage in our clinic are:

  • fully enclosed, private rooms
  • 100% organic towelling (warm, safe, healthy, non-toxic)
  • supplements available for muscle pain, stress, cramps, injury repair
  • naturopaths and kinesiologists available for complete health care
  • full reception team – your therapist has the full-allotted time for your appointment
  • fully qualified, experienced therapists
  • all towels are cleaned after EVERY client
  • pure water available before and after your massage

Our therapists are currently available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturdays.

Our massage loyalty bonuses are as follows:

  • book within 1 week and save 30% off recommended retail price
  • book within 2 weeks and save 20% off RRP
  • book within 3-4 weeks and save 10% off RRP
  • health fund rebates available

OR pay for a remedial massage monthly (for 9 months) and ALWAYS receive 30% off your massages!!!

For those on our monthly payment plan, there are additional bonuses such as discounts off infrared saunas, AUGUST/SEPTEMBER BONUS!!

Book this month and save 30% off your initial massage with BOTH Nathan & Katherine!

Talk to Gabby or Helen about these savings!

Madonna Guy
New Leaf Natural Therapies
Chief Clinician/Owner
Naturopath, Wynnum, Brisbane, Australia