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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

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

Thursday, June 6th, 2013


So… kids cough mixtures, anti-biotics, pain killers… how do these affect the HEALTH of our children?

Friday, August 17th, 2012

There was a news article yesterday talking about Cough Mixtures and the fact that they aren’t good for our children.  It really is hard to imagine that products so easily accessible to us could actually be bad for us, isn’t it.  And yet studies with children are indicating quite a few problems that are happening as a possible-result of overuse of some medications…

Let’s take a quick look at some of the most-prescribed-medications for children and think about what they actually do in the body…

  1. Antibiotics:  obviously these are useful for bacterial infections.  Antibiotics should not be used in viral infections (fevers, aches and pains) and only work for a specific type of bacteria…  so many anti-biotics aren’t prescribed correctly since Doctors can’t possibly know when you walk into their surgery whether you have a bacterial, viral or fungal infection.  Ironically by giving an antibiotic we are reducing our immunity for fungal and viral infections, so while on antibiotics we may actually get other infections while we are not looking!
  2. Cough-suppressants/Puffers:  literally they suppress a cough.  No surprise.  What people often don’t understand is the way it happens – the mucus is suppressed to the lower lobes of the lungs, which over a long period of time turns into hardened, plaque-like mucus and we end up with less and less lung capacity.  Long-term: asthma? emphysema?  Studies are yet to be done.
  3. Ritilan and dexamphetamine medications:  for ADHD and other attention problems.  Ritilan is in the same group of drugs as cocaine.  Any side-effects of long-term use of cocaine is possible with ritilan…  and some children may have issues with not being able to sleep, weight loss, anger issues…  There are cases of long term use of drugs like Ritilan and the brain, in some people, doesn’t regenerate as fast while taking it and starts to deteriorate.   There is some thinking that long term ritilan use may cause dementia.
  4. Pain Killers/Anti-Inflammatories/Anti-Allergy drugs:  these all have a similar effect in the body… reducing inflammation.  Sounds like a good thing, right?  Well, initially yes, and in short term usage, yes.  But what if we are highly allergic?  In a lot of pain?  And…take these drugs very often.  Well, it’s interesting you should ask!  Drugs often aren’t very clever – if you shut down one inflammatory process in the body, you’re often shutting down many.  Unfortunately there are many inflammatory processes in the body that are inflammatory in nature:
  • such as killing cancer cells – this is an inflammatory process!
  • killing viruses and bacterial –  these are inflammatory processes!
  • killing fungus, parasites, moulds – these are inflammatory processes…

So, by taking a medication that is reducing inflammation in our bodies we may be accidently allowing other nasty things like bacteria or parasites to take hold in our body.

Does that make sense?

Have a great day, Madonna
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3348 6098 / 0417 643 849 for further information…

Allergies Autism Aspergers Asthma ADHD and Anxiety in Kid

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

1 in 6 kids have allergies
1 in 50 boys now have Autism
1 in 88 children now have Autism (girls & boys together)
1 in 14 kids have anxiety
1 in 9 kids have asthma

not to mention…the children with learning problems, ADHD, ODD, ADD…

Now these are scary Australian Statistics!  Released in June 2011.

Now what is going on that we have things going wrong in our kids health – many things are to blame, but in reality, it’s a combination of things that will be adding to the stress in our children:

  • IF the liver doesn’t cope, we don’t release toxins.  Toxin build up is indicated.
  • Women stressed during pregnancy – stress makes us acidic, increases adrenalin and can exhaust immunity.  This can be a factor.
  • Dodgy gut function – for examply DPP4 enzyme deficiency… this can create opioid effects in kids that can change the function of the brain – anxiety, panic attacks, ADHD, Autism and Aspergers, not to mention normal dyslexic symptoms.
  • Structural imbalances – birthing issues, jaw aches, growth spurts

We use a combination of Kinesiology, Naturopathy, Live Blood, Homeopathics and Flower Essences at our clinic…

  • we love kinesiology at our clinic we use it for many things such as:
  • emotional stress
  • dyslexia, ADD, aspergers, autism
  • structural problems
  • post vaccination treatment and detoxification
  • picking up the body’s energy without needles
  • We also use Frequency Specific Microcurrent for reducing local inflammation in any tissue
  • We use musculo-skeletal therapy and massage to reduce stress and pain in the body’s tissues
  • Bowen Technique and Lester Cox Techinique

Come in and see us.  How can we help your child?

Madonna Guy ND
New Leaf Natural Therapies
3348 6098

Everything is treatable.  Everything is possible.  We just have to be willing to try.

Let’s Talk Allergies!!!

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Aren’t allergies annoying!  They can make the best day the worst in a flash…  How do you suffer?

We treat individuals, not allergies!  But we have had success with:

  • hives, welts
  • eczema
  • dermatitis
  • acne
  • tummy pains: bloating, burping, belching, wind, flatulence, diarrhoea, cramping
  • hayfever and sinusitis
  • ADHD or hyperactivity
  • Chronic fatigue, mood swings, aches and pains from head to toe…
  • Asthma, bronchial asthma, stress
  • Depression, anxiety, panic attacks

Seems like a big list, doesn’t it?  But these are the obvious symptoms of allergy that people really understand.  But allergies can be linked to cancer, diabetes, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, cystic fibrosis, aspergers, autism, you name it, it can be affected if your body doesn’t cope with a substance…

Now medically, the AMA and TGA have decreed that natural therapies can’t treat allergies, diagnose allergies or improve allergies in any way, however we find in our clinic with a whole-body approach we get great relief from the symptoms…

Would you feel better getting through hayfever season more easily?
Would it be easier if you didn’t need to go to the toilet 10 minutes after eating spices?
What about those welts that appear every time you mow?

We look at the individual – so many things are linked to allergies:

  • the body being too acidic:  there’s a white blood cell (that we find in live blood screenings) that nature has designed to drop acid on half-digested particles that have ended up in the bloodstream.  This morning I saw a young, vital man with 21% of eosinophils in his blood (it should be less than 4%), but his only symptoms are tiredness and crankiness…  We need to find his untreated, unfound substances that are lowering his body’s energy – they’re probably not allergies, but there’s definitely something going on!!
  • poor digestion – dairy and wheat are classic – the dairy and wheat ‘particles’ are about 8 x larger than what should be released into the bloodstream – no wonder so many people have an immune response to these substances
  • toxicity – the more toxic our body is, the more overloaded our body becomes and the more dysfunctional our detox organs become.  Our detox organs are the gut, the immune system, the kidneys and liver, not to mention the skin and the lungs!

There are so many things that lead to allergies, this is why natural therapies are so good for treating the underlying CAUSES of allergies, not the allergies themselves:

  • by boosting the gut and liver function the body will be able to eliminate toxins more easily, break down foods more easily and start to regenerate and heal correctly
  • using kinesiology to reduce the stress associated with allergies. How often has someone you’ve known has an asthma attack under stress, a hyperactive outburst when the stress gets too much, or had diarrhoea when you hear bad news…
  • using live blood screenings and cellular analysis and various urine tests to find kidney function, acid levels, dodgy gut bacteria levels…

Give us a call, and start the process!!

Madonna Guy ND
3348 6098

Food & Chemical Allergies and Sensitivities – we can help!!

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010


Do you suffer from:

Sinus, hay fever, asthma

Problems losing weight

Bloating, burping, belching

Itchy skin, eczema, dermatitis

We help with…

1.  Immune Balancing; Food Testing; Environmental allergy testing

2.  Supplement testing; Detection & treatment of the offending allergen!

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 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!


Step 1: – 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

Allergy Testing, Wynnum, Brisbane…Madonna Guy ND Naturopath

Sunday, July 4th, 2010

Allergy testing is something that there’s a lot of controversy about these days.  Many naturopathic clinics are being told that they can’t do allergy testing.  Weird, huh?  It seems to be an issue that the government has taken to heart, that only drugs can effectively treat allergies.

So what do we do if we don’t want to use drugs which suppress allergic symptoms such as sinusitis, asthma, hayfever, itchy eyes, itchy skin… not to mention issues such as bloating, burping, belching, wind, flatulence or more debilitating issues such as eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis.

Around 75-80% of babies are born with an allergic immune system these days.  Therefore they are more likely to develop issues such as food intolerances and allergies.  Partly this is because our bodies are much more acidic these days.  As this is a huge reason for miscarriage, the body deliberately goes into the opposite immune position to miscarriage, which is the allergic immune condition…

Our clinic has fabulous results with allergies and intolerances because we use a variety of testing and treatments.

  1. We use live blood analysis to determine how well the immune system is functioning.  There are particular signs in the blood that let us know if the body is more likely to be an allergic one or not.
  2. We use other blood tests such as candida, helicobacter and celiac testing to find underlying gut issues which predispose us to health problems such as allergies and intolerances.
  3. We use urine testing such as urinary indicans and ph testing to find out how much bad gut bacteria we have and how acidic the body is.  These can both be linked to poor immunity.
  4. We also use a variety of kinesiology techniques which lower the body’s stress in relation to a particular allergen – we can find whether or not things are alleries or intolerances, or even whether it’s just an energy mismatch – an energy mismatch is when the body doesn’t ‘know’ what to do with something.  For example, if we eat spelt flour for the first time in our lives, and the body doesn’t know what to do with it, we may get symptoms of bloating, but this may be because the body just doesn’t know what to do with it…  we can balance that out…

Talk soon,
Madonna Guy, Naturopath, Wynnum, Brisbane

Asthma: Natural Strategies to improve your breathing!!

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

Natural strategies for asthma have improved hugely over the last five years.  Breathing is such a natural process that it’s hard to imagine the lungs conspiring to stop us…however, it now happens to many, many Australians each year!

2.2 million adults have asthma (1/10) and 1/6 children (the third highest rate of childhood asthma in the world!

Around 400 deaths per year are a result of asthma and around 60% of these are fully preventable – even moreso when the lungs and respiratory system are supported with natural therapies… it takes time, but it may save your life!

New Leaf Natural Therapies have strategies to help you improve your lungs and take control of your life!

  1. natural supplements strong enough to create an anti-inflammatory process within the lungs: thereby allowing us to reduce medication as appropriate
  2. supplements and frequency specific microcurrent help to repair the lungs and bronchial tissue which has been inflamed for so long
  3. reduce allergens and allergic tendencies: the number one reason for asthma attacks – we do treatments to improve allergic tendencies: these include supplements; kinesiology and frequency specific microcurrent.  In our live blood analysis testing we usually find massive levels of eosinophils (allergy markers in the bloodstream) in asthmatics.  We consistenly find these improve over time with this combination of treatments.
  4. repair the gut! We find that just about 100% of our clients with asthma have ‘leaky gut syndrome’ in our Live Blood Analysis.  The tissue in the gut (endothelial tissue) is identical to that of the lungs and inflammation tends to happen simultaneously in both areas with affected asthmatics.  So ‘leaky lung syndrome’ and ‘leaky gut syndrome go hand in hand!
  5. Many chronic coughs are a result of either subclinical asthmatic tendencies or allergies.  It is important to get to the bottom of it as these coughs can last for years!
  6. Asthmatics tend to have low oxygen levels due to inefficient lungs: increasing substances like co-enzyme Q10 and oxygen supplements help the body to re-oxygenate.

Madonna Guy ND
New Leaf Natural Therapies

Testimonials: asthma & cellular regeneration (microcurrent therapy)

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

After having a cough for nearly 3 months and being treated for Asthma with various Steroid and Ventolin medications, I had treatment on the Cellular Regeneration Machine and I woke up the next morning without coughing for the first time in months. It made the world of difference. ~ Larissa