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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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Remedial Massage; Reflexology; Chi Nei Tsang; Aromatherapy; Deep Tissue; Sports Massage – at New Leaf :-)

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

Are you aware of the types of massage we do, the benefits and why we keep offering it for your health problems?

Massage is perhaps one of the oldest healing traditions. Many cultures – including the Ancient Greeks, Egyptians, Chinese and Indians – were convinced of the therapeutic properties of massage and used it to treat a variety of ailments.

Massage is the application of manual techniques to the soft tissue to mobilise them to maintain flexibility. Massage is especially effective in breaking compensatory pain postures and patterns. For example, a tension headache is often self-sustaining because the pain makes the person clench the affected muscles even harder, which, in turn, creates more pain. A thorough neck and shoulder massage can reduce muscle tension and break the pain cycle.

Massage for treatment of some disorders

Modern studies have shown that massage can be used to successfully treat a variety of disorders, including:

  • anxiety
  • arthritis
  • back or neck pain
  • soft tissue injuries
  • chronic pain
  • constipation
  • depression
  • headache
  • high blood pressure
  • insomnia.

Benefits of massage

One of the immediate benefits of massage is a feeling of deep relaxation and calm. This occurs because massage prompts the release of endorphins, the brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) that produce feelings of wellbeing. Levels of stress hormones, such as adrenalin, cortisol and norepinephrine, are also reduced. Studies indicate that high levels of stress hormones impair the immune system.

Some of the physical benefits of massage include:

  • reduced muscle tension
  • improved circulation
  • stimulation of the lymphatic system
  • reduction of stress hormones
  • increased joint mobility and flexibility
  • improved skin tone
  • speedier healing of soft tissue injuries
  • heightened mental alertness
  • reduced anxiety and depression.

Different types of massage

Typically, the massage practitioner uses either oil or talcum powder to allow their hands to slip over the person’s skin. Sometimes, a sheet or thin piece of cloth might be used for the same effect.

The different types of massage may include:

  • Aromatherapy – essential oils made from selected flowers and plants are added to the massage oil for their particular therapeutic properties. For example, the scent of sandalwood is thought to reduce nervous tension.
  • Baby massage – can help to treat constipation, colic and sleeping problems. Studies have found that regular massage helps premature babies to gain weight at a faster rate.
  • Reflexology – massage of the feet can encourage healing in other parts of the body.
  • Therapeutic – also known as ‘Western’ or ‘Swedish’ massage. One of the most popular forms of massage in Australia, this technique is designed to promote relaxation and improve blood circulation.
  • Remedial – encourages healing of injured soft tissue, such as muscles, tendons and ligaments.
  • Hot Stone Massage – is a relaxing technique that uses the heat from the stones to penetrate into the muscle tissues
  • Sports – is a blend of techniques that aim to enhance performance and help overworked muscles to recover quickly.
  • Chi Nei Tsang – an abdominal massage process (45-60 minutes on the abdomen) which improves circulation to the abdominal organs, intestines, reproductive organs, muscles and tendons inside the pelvic cavity and lower back.

Special considerations

There are some instances where massage isn’t recommended, including:

  • during pregnancy, especially the first trimester
  • if skin rashes, cuts or infections are present
  • if fractures or broken bones are suspected.

Call us on 3348 6098 to see if we can help you!

Madonna Guy ND Naturopath / Kinesiologist

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

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

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Natural Support & Complications of Celiac Disease, Brisbane Australia

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Are you trying to find out about celiac disease – complications to avoid and how can we live a long and healthy life with Celiac disease?  Celiacs is a disease which attacks the intestinal wall when there is gluten in the diet…  we find, in our natural therapies clinic, that there is much that can be done to support the main symptoms initially, and healing and creating long-term health after the symptoms have eased.

Firstly, have you been tested and found out you have celiac?  Or have you suffered all of the symptoms but have been tested and found that it’s negative.  Did you know that of the gluten intolerant people  in Australia (of which ALL of the symptoms of celiac can be found) only around 3% are actually celiac.  Up to 97% of people who have gluten intolerance have a wide variety of the symptoms.  There are many false readings, even with a full small intestinal biopsy test.

Symptoms of celiac disease:

  • tummy pain
  • general malabsorption of our diet
  • losing weight
  • feeling sickly and ‘off’ a lot, nausea
  • nutritional deficiencies such as iron, B12 and vitamin D
  • magnesium, calcium and potassium deficiences
  • constipation and/or diarrhoea (more often loose bowels)
  • zinc, fibre, B vitamin deficiency
  • long term: various immune system issues and much higher risk of cancers

What can be done naturally at New Leaf Natural Therapies?

  1. reducing stress through Frequency Specific Microcurrent (FSM), Kinesiology and Massage
  2. Healing the gut lining with FSM and nutritional supplements for gut repair
  3. start reversing the chronic fatigue with FSM, Kinesiology and nutritional supplements
  4. supporting weight gain or weight loss with better gut absorption
  5. allergy testing using kinesiology to determine other foods/substances causing gut issues

What tests can we do to find how ‘out of whack’ the system is, and to monitor improvement?

  • Live Blood Analysis
  • Helicobacter
  • Candida
  • Allergy Testing
  • Bioimpedance analysis (finding inflammation levels – impact on gut healing)

Talk to us today and find out how we can help you!

Madonna Guy
Chief Clinician
New Leaf Natural Therapies
3348 6098

Hormonal problems, PMT, sore boobs & bad tempers…we can help!

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

New Leaf Natural Therapies is a specialist naturopathic clinic in Wynnum, Brisbane.  Our clinic specialises in hormonal balancing…  everyday there’s news about breast cancer, cervical cancer, ovarian cancer and medically, the news isn’t good.  And yet, New Leaf Natural Therapies team of naturopaths have great success in treating hormonal problems and hormonal imbalances!

What are the symptoms of hormonal imbalances in women? It is a gauntlet of symptoms that women face each month when their hormones are out of whack…  everything from tender and sore breasts, mood swings ranging from irritability and bad tempers to sugar cravings and chocolate cravings, blood sugar highs and lows, bloating, constipation and diarrhoea, back pain, leg pain and much, much more.

What are the causes of hormonal imbalances in women?

1.  Liver dysfunction: The longer the PMT/hormonal swings last, the worse the liver function is.  In the first part of the cycle, oestrogen is metabolised through the liver.  Symptoms in the 2nd half of the cycle (2 weeks from the first day of the period) are due to the liver not coping with the hormones in part 1…  When we can’t deal with our oestrogen, the liver converts it into a ‘dodgy’ form of oestrogen which is pre-cancerous.

2.  Stress:  the body prioritises hormonally, every second of every day.  Stress hormones are the highest priority  for the body to deal with day in, day out.  Stress hormones deplete the nutrients we need to create oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone, therefore stress is a major causes of hormonal imbalances and cancers such as breast cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer and cervical cancer.

3.  Poor nutrition, bad diets, high levels of tea & coffee, soft drinks...  Hormones are made of nutrients, nutrients come form our foods.  Therefore if our diet is out of whack (people think they’re eating well, but they often are simply unaware of the dangers in their diets…) then we not only don’t get adequate nutrition, but poor diet depletes good nutrition from the body, the bones, the nerves and the muscles.

4.  Drug residue: we have found that drug residue left over from pain drugs, anesthetics, the oral contraceptive pill, operations, dental work, create toxicity on the cell membranes which can stop hormonal balance.  We deal with these simply, yet effectively!

So we can help you with hormonal imbalances, mood swings, tender breasts and and cancers of the female reproductive tract. Talk to us about our hormonal programme which saves you $$$ whilst we help you correct your hormonal imbalances.  Talk to us soon!!!

Madonna Guy
Naturopath, Wynnum, Brisbane
New Leaf Natural Therapies

Madonna on Radio 4BC: chronic sinusitis, magnesium and iron deficiency

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

I did another session today on Radio 4BC with Alex Bernard: the callers asked about chronic sinusitis; magnesium deficiency in the soil (and foods) and a wife with iron deficiency. 

The poor girl with the chronic sinusitis has been treating it medically for sometime, with lots of doses of anti-biotics.  The problem with anti-biotics is that although it helps in the short-term it doesn’t help the long-term problem – the immune system isn’t functioning properly.  Rhinocort and claryntyne seem to work in the short term but long term the problem simply returns – the cause of the inflammation hasn’t been found.  What can we do?  We can do a live blood analysis and determine how active the immune system is, along with the gut.  If there is leaky gut that needs healing before the sinusitis can ever be healed.  We can do some food or environmental sensitivity testing and immune balancing with kinesiology.  We would also provide some supplementation to really kick the body into action, reduce the inflammation of the sinuses and prevent further damage of the gut.

Another gentleman asked why Australian soils are magnesium deficient.  It is my understanding that it’s not just magnesium, but many other minerals as well that are very deficient, and that over 70% of Aussies are magnesium deficient – of course lots of other things deplete this mineral such as coffee, tea, stress, insomnia as well as many drugs.

And with the lady who has long-term iron deficiency, it was asked if liquid iron tonics were better than tablet iron supplements.  This may be true except that it’s more ‘dodgy forms’ of iron which cause constipation (the concern) so when naturopaths prescribe iron we use good forms such as ‘diclycinated iron’ which is absorbed without causing constipation.  If the stomach or small intestine are not working properly, we don’t absorb iron very well either…we break it down firstly in the stomach and then absorb in the small intestines…

Until next week,

Madonna Guy ND

Another caller asked about iron supplements

SIBO – Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

SIBO, Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth is a reasonably new discovery, or at least has finally been proven within the medical and naturopathic fields.  For years naturopaths have worked on clearing ‘bad large intestinal bacteria’ with reasonable to good results, but when the intestinal growth is in the small intestine, instead of the large intestine, there are no tests which indicate where the infestation is, and results may not be as good.  Detoxification of the intestines has always been hugely important for preventing disease and illness, naturopathically.

The problem is that symptoms of gut issues: bloating, burping, belching, wind, flatulence, diarrhoea, constipation (irritable bowel syndrome) can be either a small or large intestine issue. 

For those of us who do kinesiology we are blessed with the ability to check where the overgrowth is (and it is often through the entire digestive tract) and what the infestation is made of: parasites, fungus, candida, bacteria, viral etc.  Thank goodness for kinesiology…

And of course, SIBO is hugely indicated in many health issues:  it has been found that 80-100% of chronic fatigue syndrome sufferers, as well as those with fibromyalgia suffer from SIBO – 80-100%.  i’m sure SIBO will be indicated in reversing chronic disease in the future.  It really gives a new perspective on treating the gut first – an old naturopathic adage…

Madonna Guy ND

Chief Clinician