Posts Tagged ‘heart disease’

HCG reduces inflammatory markers in Bio-Impedance Analysis…

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012
Inflammation decreases during HCG: I’ve had clients who have struggled with weight for years, and HCG turns them around brilliantly. Did you know that inflammation and weight gain go hand in hand?
* BMI over 30 means the fat tissue releases over 32 inflammatory hormones (that’s only 20% more than optimal weight)
* Inflammation switches off feel-good hormones which can be crucial in helping us maintain our enthusiasm for weight loss
* Inflammation switches on the adrenals, cortisol which switch off thyroid (which controls our metabolism)
* Stress does all of these things and more…
* Inflammation is also the key to developing cancer, heart disease and diabetes… a great reason to get your BMI’s back in the perfect range…

Good luck and keep the faith. HCG works!

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

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

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

Our Fat-Loss Programme

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

We use a really cool system in our fat loss programme – a machine which lets us know EXACTLY what is going on with your body composition, each and every step of the way!  Your body composition is the key to longer-lasting fat-loss!  It’s simple, we want you to maintain OR ADD TO your muscle mass, and we want you to decrease fat mass and excess cellular fluid.  Our practitioners:  Madonna Guy ND, Jacqueline Dekoke ND and Linda Hoggard ND all have specific training in Bio-Impedance Analysis – which accurately measures your body composition.  Our girls also know when things are going wrong on the road to good health – have you been stressed, sabotaging yourself, given up on exercise.  Our weekly sessions keep you motivated and up and running so you get trim and stay trim long term.

The number on the scales is just a number.  Imagine this scenario: I hopped on the scales on Saturday and only weighed 200g less than the week before (bummer) – when I did the Bio-Impedance Analysis, however, I found that my fat mass had reduced by 700g and my muscle mass had increased by 500g.  So it was only a net loss of 200g.  The brain only wants the number (of course) but people get that and so much more with us!

Our fat-loss programme is designed to prevent thyroid disease, hashimotos, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and much more.  Come on in and give it a try!

Madonna Guy ND