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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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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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Talk to us about cardiovascular health today:  3348 6098

Foods Causing Inflammation and Pain: New Research!

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

Are Foods Making us sick, causing us pain?!  Time to take a new look at research from around the world!

I’ve just returned from a anti-ageing & obesity congress on natural medicine, we had speakers from around the world, experts in their fields, researchers in inflammatory processes of foods (and the body), and basically we found that over 30 years, research has been done looking into prevention of many health issues:  diabetes, cancer, heart disease and auto-immune diseases… with changing the foods we eat, or negating the inflammatory effects of foods.

There are links with really specific genes interacting with certain allergenic foods – these activate our genetic ability to create disease, unfortunately at this stage there is no medical test which finds these connections, however, the  following have been found to create issues:

  1. Grains, especially wheat and gluten containing foods cause ‘leaky gut’.  Every time we eat wheat and gluten, our gut isn’t as strong as it should be and ‘food particles’ are released into the bloodstream creating inflammation.  Inflammation causes pain and disease.  Wheat and gluten are not good!
  2. Saponin and lectin containing foods also create leaky gut and inflammation.  Studies were done to find out which foods had the highest amounts of these substances: pretty much all grains contain these in differing amounts, but soy scored the highest andd rice, amaranth, wheat, barley, oats all contained these substances.
  3. Dairy milk creates insulin resistance, a pre-diabetic condition.  It is also linked to short-sightedness and acne.  Interestingly, in our clinic when we’ve improved the insulin resistance in clients, their eyesight often improves, they see things much more clearly.  So kids drinking milk, getting acne and needing glasses has now been linked to being a pre-diabetic condition.  Insulin in big amounts is very inflammatory!  At the very least pop in to our clinic and have your insulin resistance checked out!

So basically we found compelling research that the health conditions killing people these days:  cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity are very much linked to the food choices, including many ‘healthy’ choices, so once again, food needs to be individualised.

What to do?

The Paleo Diet/Mediterranean Diet/Keto Diet/Shake It Diet

These diets consistently help the body heal and repair.  They all have:

  • plenty of high quality proteins: meats, fish, eggs, low-fat hard cheeses, nuts and seeds
  • plenty of good quality vegetables (3 handfuls per meal) and fruits (best are the berries, lots of colours, only 1/2 cup per day)
  • plenty of fluids such as herbal teas, dandelion coffee, purified water
  • limited grains
  • limited dairy milk
  • limited coffee, tea and alcohol

And then we’re looking at reducing inflammation each time we eat…  For example, we could take a couple of purified fish oil capsules such at MetaPure EPA/DHA each time we eat, or some high potency gut bacteria such as Ultra Flora Immune.

So, that’s it for today,
Have a great one…
Madonna Guy, Naturopath, Brisbane, Australia
4BC & BayFM Naturopath
3348 6098/0417 643 849

Tummy Fat linked to Dementia: Keeping the weight down is even more important!!!

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

I found this article, which gives another excellent reason for keeping the waist measurement down as we get older!

“If you suffer from girth imbalance—also known as belly fat—you certainly are not alone. It is estimated that 50 percent of adult Americans carry unhealthy supplies of fat around their middle. Excess fat, particularly in the abdomen, can lead to a higher risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and premature death. Researchers have now concluded that that creeping middle age belly fat also predisposes us to the risk of developing Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

Dementia is an age-related disease that robs its victims of memory and cognitive functions; things like perception, reasoning, judgment, thinking, and speech. One in ten Americans over the age of 65 suffers from some form of dementia; 60 to 80 percent suffer its most common form, Alzheimer’s disease.

Researchers at Boston University School of Medicine studied 733 adults, with an average age of 60. The group was composed of 30 percent men and 70 percent women. Each individual went through body mass (BMI) measurements as well as scans to assess abdominal fat. The results, concurrent with other similar studies, showed that as the BMI increased, brain volume decreased.

“Our data suggests a stronger connection between central obesity . . . and risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease,’ said Sudha Seshadri, leader of the study published in the journal Annals of Neurology.

This means that for people reaching middle age, their 50s and 60s, there is a direct correlation between the increase in the waistline and decrease in brain size. Consequently the chances of some form of dementia hitting this particular group of people increases.”

Madonna’s thoughts:  I went to a health congress in 2009 where obesity is linked to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease via inflammation:  obesity makes us inflamed, and inflammation ‘eats away at the brain’.  It’s time for us to get serious about our weight loss and keep it off.  It’s a challenge, but it’s important.

Talk to us today about how we can help you with your weight loss challenges!!

We do

  • testing to find out why weight loss is a problem
  • explain dietary changes necessary for weight loss
  • kinesiology to find out which foods are best for you
  • frequency specific microcurrent to help reduce insulin resistance
  • specific supplements to help what is necessary:  liver detoxification, gut problems, thyroid sluggishness, insulin resistance, tiredness etc.
  • and much more…

Madonna Guy, Naturopath, Wynnum, Brisbane
New Leaf Natural Therapies
3348 6098

Tummy Pain…Reflux, Heartburn & Acid Problems

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

One of the most common conditions we see in people over 40 is gut pain…  reflux, heartburn and acid problems are huge.  Unfortunately it means that many of them are taking drugs which settle down the reflux or heartburn, but also have many unfortunate ‘side effects’.  Not side effects in the usual sense of the word, but consequences of long-term health.

  • Somac, nexium & losec (& other similar meds) stop the acid which causes reflux, heartburn & indigestion.  It also stops the ‘good acid’ released from the parietal cells which help to digest proteins.
  • This means that long term our body has a hard time building muscle mass.  This leads to tiredness and lethargy since our thyroid hormones are converted in the muscle mass and our muscle cells give us the largest amount of energy of any cells in our body.  If we have low muscle mass, we struggle getting plenty of energy.
  • It takes some time to get the gut working well.  There are three stages to the process of getting the gut working well:
  1. symptomatic relief: settle the acid reflux and indigestion with supplements that ‘quench’ the acid without shutting down the parietal cells long term.
  2. heal the gut lining: most of the time with acid reflux and indigestion there is a ‘leaky gut’ or tiny ulcerations even if the ‘endoscopy’ says everything is okay.  This means that if we give supplements that help to digest proteins it increases ‘good acid’ which will cause pain, so we need to heal the gut lining BEFORE giving supplements to help the actual digestion; and
  3. get the digestion working properly. We use enzymes and supplements which help the digestion of the gut, getting the parietal cells working correctly and starting the process of having the food we eat broken down again.

By the time we have indigestion, reflux & heartburn our gut hasn’t been working for quite some time.  It doesn’t happen overnight, and it takes some time to correct.  Doctors don’t mention to us that there is ‘good acid’ and ‘bad acid’. Many practitioners don’t see the link, and therefore don’t get good results with gut issues.

Take time to get your gut right.  It takes time, but it’s worth it!  Gut issues cause chronic disease:  cancer; diabetes; depression; food sensitivities; immune problems; allergies and chronic pain.

Madonna Guy ND
New Leaf Natural Therapies

Madonna Guy ND on Radio 4BC with Alex Bernard

Monday, December 7th, 2009

Well, this week we chatted about a few cool topics:

What can we do to increase longevity (and how can we start reversing ‘genetically predisposed health problems’?)  

  1. There has been very cool research in the past twelve months about genes.  And yes, they can be reversed and turned around…have you been blaming your health problems on genes and therefore been doing nothing about them?  Well, these days we can look at your blood with Live Blood Analysis and see whether or not genes have been activated.  We can tell if your body is chronically inflamed (which is also known to activate ‘bad’ genes) and also prescribe therapeutic doses of nutrients in order to start reversing these processes.
  2. Keeping your body more alkaline is one of the proven ways of protecting your genes:  plenty of filtered water and 6-7 cups of veggies every day!!!  The more acidic we are the more chronic disease we have.  Simple.
  3. Maintaining a healthy body weight:  this is the one thing that has been known for 50 years to help with longevity and wellbeing.  The higher our Body Mass Index is the more likely we are to develop heart disease, diabetes and cancer, just to name a few problems.

Take care, and see you next week!!!

Madonna Guy ND

Our Fat-Loss Testing Bundle…let’s you know WHY weight has been such a challenge!

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

Time to get your weight issues under control!  See special offer for new clients below…

We have spent several years developing this ‘Fat-Loss Bundle’ of tests which gives our naturopaths a massive amount of information: often surpassing the information they’ve ever been given from their doctors and specialists within 30 minutes.

Have you been frustrated by going to the doctors: your thyroid’s ok, liver tests normal, cholesterol ok, BP fine and you’re sent away, yet again, with the message of ‘eat less, exercise more’.  It’s a frustration we hear every single day in the clinic.

Our group of tests let us know how insulin resistant you are (huge reason for inability to lose weight); how your fat/muscle ratio is (the more out of balance this is, the slower your metabolism is…); how acidic you are (the more acidic the harder it is to lose weight); blood pressure and blood oxygen; cellular energy, not to mention these group of tests give us risk factors for diabetes, cancer, heart disease and stroke.

Both Jacqueline Dekoke ND and Madonna Guy ND have years of experience is working with these health issues and getting them under control, so that weight loss becomes a much easier process.

Special Offer:  so you’ve found your way to our website through New Leaf Natural Therapies Facebook page or ad? 4BC radio ads or Madonna’s session; internet…  For new clients who mention this special offer when they call we are offering a huge discount until 31st December, 2009.  It’s ridiculously low, but we’re so keen to help you on your weight-loss journey, we’re happy to do so. 

  • Normally this group of tests is $173 and
  • an initial consultation with Jacqueline is $77 or with Madonna is $105;
  • Total up to $278. 
  • For you, it will be 50% off until 31st December; maximum of $139…
  • Book now and mention this bonus!

Madonna Guy ND
Chief Clinician
New Leaf Natural Therapies

Weight Loss Challenges – Insulin Resistance!

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

We work with many weight loss challenges in our clinic, and insulin resistance is huge!  We have a machine that tells us on the spot how ‘insulin resistant’ someone is.  This is a pre-diabetic condition which medically doesn’t get picked up due to the fact that it’s NOT diabetes.  Medically (and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with this) they are always waiting for tests to be bad enough to 1. put us on medication; 2. send us to a specialist or 3. operate.

I tell my clients all the time ‘thank goodness they didn’t find anything!!’.  Insulin resistance means that the cells are not taking in insulin easily and/or the internal mechanism of the cell which deals with insulin isn’t working.

One of my clients yesterday has been exercising his butt off, changing his diet and weight hasn’t come off.  Yesterday his insulin resistance was huge (about 6x maximum level for ‘safe’ insulin levels – no wonder his body isn’t losing weight.  The small amounts of carbohydrates he’s having (fruits, rice crackers, bread…hmmm, and cereals) are simply storing as fat.  His body can’t handle them at the moment.

By the way, insulin is a very inflammatory hormone when out of whack – it can be a major cause of obesity, heart disease, diabetes and pain.

Luckily we have some fabulous products which help reverse insulin resistance.

Madonna Guy ND

Chief Clinician at New Leaf

Over 50’s: The New Ageing Process…

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

So much is now known about the ageing process that wasn’t known 15 years ago.  It’s what I love about current research and attending symposiums on genetic research, true anti-ageing ‘medicine’ and reversing chronic disease.  This is what we do here at New Leaf.

We have technology such as Frequency Specific Microcurrent which helps reduce inflammation, pain and chronic disease patterns, we use supplements which increase Stem Cell Production, we have supplements which gently repair and regenerate areas of the body, brain and nervous system.  We have listened and learned from experts all around the world who are using natural therapies to reverse dementia, depression and type II diabetes.

We can see in our live blood analysis when people already have a ‘dodgy gene’ activated within their immune system.  What’s really exciting is that seems to take 3-4 months to reverse.  Studies in the USA show that we can reverse 70-80 dodgy genes every 3-4 months with a healthy lifestyle, supplementation and a good mental attitude.  There’s a particular white blood cell called a monocyte which should have only 1 nucleus.  When it has 2 or more nucleii, it means we’re on a downhill slide of ‘dodgy gene activation’.  It is very well known now, that just because we have the gene for something, doesn’t mean we will get the disease.  The disease must be ‘activated’ somehow, usually by our diets and lifestyle.

Some medications at the symposium in June 2009 were mentioned as being drugs which activated dodgy genes in many study participants.

We are confident that a healthier way of life is available to everyone on the planet.  We know from experience that 99% of people can be helped.  We look forward to nurturing many clients in years to come take their health to a level they never thought was possible.

Madonna Guy ND

Chief Clinician at New Leaf.

Detox – Lemon Detox Diet: latest news!

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

I’ve been annoyed about the Lemon Detox Diet for months now.  So many people tell me they’ve tried it and I’m stunned that it sells so well.  From the naturopathic perspective, here’s what I’ve thought for ages: It has lots of sugar, there’s very little protein, so it’s going to burn muscle and gain fat.  People MIGHT have an overall weight loss but what are they doing to their body composition!!

On Channel 9’s “What’s Good For You?” a show that regularly picks on natural therapies, they were testing ‘detox diets’ to see if they worked.  The conclusion – they don’t work and that they are actually bad for you – raise triglycerides (fats in your blood), upset liver function and lots more.  However, it was the Lemon Detox Diet that they used as their example!  As usual, they didn’t have a naturopath to chat to (at New Leaf we’ve done years of research and training into detoxification processes and do it properly) and came to the conclusion that it’s bad for people.

Obviously that’s silly.  We live in the year 2009, we breathe in over 70,000 chemicals daily and nearly every single health concern is linked to toxins, acidity and inflammation: cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimers & dementia!

Madonna Guy ND

Chief Clinician at New Leaf Natural Therapies