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What is the Paleo Diet?

What is the Paleo Diet?

The Paleo diet advocates that people eat what humans used to eat before the agricultural revolution made daily bread an easy food source. The Paleo diet encourages people to eat natural foods that are as they were before we used chemical fertilizers and genetically modified them to sit in supermarket freezers for months.

Eat tons of fruits and vegetables. Foods your ancestors used to grow for themselves in their garden. If you can afford organic by joining a co-op – do so. If not find local shops who buy from local farms if possible. You’ll find more taste and more nutrients in these vegetables and fruit and less chemical risk.

The main food groups which the Paleo diet recommends are:

  • * Vegetables
  • * Meats
  • * Seafood
  • * Fruits

 

The above food groups are high in soluble fibre, antioxidants, phytochemicals, omega 3, monounsaturated fats, protein and are foods which have a low glycemic level when it comes to carbohydrate levels.
You can eat protein along with unlimited amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables.

The Paleo diet recommends that you avoid the following foods

  • * Refined sugars
    * Refined grains
  • * Saturated fats
  • * Trans fats
  • * Salt
  • * Processed foods
  • * High glycemic carbohydrate foods

 

These foods are known to cause obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular problems. They have also been linked to many other health related diseases.

Our Paleo Ancestors

If we dig back into our history books a little you will discover that when our Paleo ancestor’s reached 60 they suffered from very few of the modern diseases like diabetes. Although many people did not make it to 60 that was due to the higher instances of people being killed from injury and from disease for which no antibiotic was available.

Our ancestors ate local fresh produce, they grew their own fruits and vegetables and raised livestock for slaughter. They did not eat packaged and processed foods and it was uncommon to see overweight individuals. Their lifestyle kept them busy all the time. They were active, healthy people so long as their food supply was sufficient for their needs and they were not affected by violence or the elements.

Calcium and Paleo

One concern that many people have when first starting the Paleo diet is will they lack calcium. People have been taught to think that they need to consume dairy to promote healthy bones and prevent osteoporosis.

You will still be getting calcium on the Paleo diet, you will just be getting your daily amount from different sources. Instead of drinking milk and eating cheese you will be getting calcium from your fruits and vegetables.

Our body needs to balance the amount of calcium it receives daily. All foods are processed through our kidneys and this is where bone demineralization takes place. When you eat foods which produce high amounts of acid in your body, especially sugar, the kidneys force out excess calcium.

The acid producing foods which we consume too much of are hard grains, cereals, cheese and salty foods. Acid must balance with alkaline which is found in citrus fruits and vegetables. So when you increase the amount of these good alkaline foods your body will balance its calcium level. You are unlikely to become calcium deficient just because you changed your diet to Paleo.

If you follow the guidelines to the Paleo Diet you will start to lose weight, sleep better and have more energy. In the long run you will likely live longer and suffer less inflammatory types of disease.

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Herpes Simplex & HHV

Herpes Simplex & Other HHV

Herpes breaks out of the skin on many different parts of the body. It starts as a tingle, continues as an eruption of a cluster of blisters which itch fiercely. The blisters break withing 2 days and then scab over and generally heal within a week. Some outbreaks can last between 10 – 21 days. Herpes outbreaks can be painful, are often embarassing and inconvenient, and at times disabling.

Once the human herpes virus has been contracted, outbreaks often reoccur when the body’s immune system is under stress. In the first year, recurring outbreaks average four to six episodes. Over time, the number of outbreaks usually drops off. Unless the person is immune compromised then outbreaks may increase and cause other complications. Women often get herpes blisters during their period.

Herpes is a contageous virus spread through skin-to-skin contact, especially when the blisters are wet. For both herpes simplex types, it is estimated that at least two-thirds of infected people have mild or no symptoms, and both types can recur. Some documents advise that contageon occurs only when the skin touches wet blisters but not when the blisters have scabbed, while other documents suggest that the herpes virus can be spread to other people through viral shedding, even when no obvious symptoms are present.

A simplified diagram of HSV replication
A simplified diagram of HSV replication (credit: Wikipedia)

Herpes viruses are defined by their ability to establish lifelong infections. Herpes viruses have found many different ways to evade the immune system.

The herpes virus is related to other viruses and members of the herpesvirus include the following variations of simplex and other related but different herpes viruses in the table below:

  • Cold sores (Herpes simplex virus or HSV Type 1, fever blisters, mouth or oral herpes)
  • Ocular Herpes (Herpes simplex virus infection of the eye)
  • Herpes Encephalitis (Herpes simplex virus infection of the brain)
  • Herpes Whitlow (Herpes simplex virus that outbreaks on fingers)
  • Genital herpes (Herpes simplex virus or HSV Type 2)

The genus Herpesvirus was established in 1971 and the system of naming herpes viruses originating in 1973 has been elaborated considerably since then. There are 8 herpes virus that affect human beings.

Type Name Latency Target Cell Pathophysiology
HHV-1 Herpes simplex virus-1           (HSV-1) Neuron Mucoepithelial Oral and/or genital herpes (predominantly mouth and face)
HHV-2 Herpes simplex virus-2             (HSV-2) Neuron Mucoepithelial Oral and/or genital herpes (predominantly genital)
HHV-3 Varicella zoster virus (VZV) Neuron Mucoepithelial Chickenpox and shingles
HHV-4 Epstein-Barr virus (EBV),  lymphocryptovirus B cell B cells and epithelial cells Infectious mononucleosis, Burkitt’s lymphoma, CNS lymphoma in AIDS patients, PTLD, nasopharyngeal carcinoma, HIV-associated hairy leukoplakia
HHV-5 Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Monocyte, lymphocyte, and ? Monocyte, lymphocyte, and epithelial cells Infectious mononucleosis-like syndrome, retinitis, etc.
HHV-6 Roseolovirus, Herpes lymphotropic virus T cells and ? T cells and ? Sixth disease (roseola infantum or exanthem subitum)
HHV-7 Roseolovirus T cells and ? T cells and ? Sixth disease (roseola infantum or exanthem subitum)
HHV-8 Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV), a type of rhadinovirus B cell Lymphocyte and other cells Kaposi’s sarcoma, primary effusion lymphoma, some types of multicentric Castleman’s disease

See Textbook of Bacteriology  for more detailed information

The Difference between Herpes Simplex 1 & 2

The term herpes simplex was introduced in 1906 and at that time included herpes labialis (cold sores) and herpes progenitalis (genital herpes). These are now called type 1 and type 2 because they are different.

Under a microscope, HSV-1 and HSV-2 share approximately 50% of their DNA.  Both types generally outbreak close to the body’s mucosal surfaces, such as the mouth or genitals. Although commonly the difference is said to be that 1 is above the waist and 2 is below, either type can reside in either or both oral and/or genital areas.

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Herpes simplex lesion of lower lip, second day after onset.

The main difference between herpes simplex 1 & 2 is where each virus type establishes latency, or resides while dormant.

HSV-1 usually resides in the trigeminal ganglion, a collection of nerve cells near the ear. HSV-1 normally outbreaks on the face especially around the mouth.

HSV-2 usually resides in the sacral ganglion at the base of the spine and outbreaks close to the genital area.

Herpes virus outbreaks reoccur close to the spot or near to the original site of infection. Nerves can have many axons, and each nerve serves a particular area of skin that is called a dermatome. The herpes lesions are limited to the dermatome it initially infected, but the nerves in the buttocks, genitals and upper thighs are all connected. This makes it possible for HSV-2 outbreaks to appear on the vagina, vulva, penis, scrotum, anus, buttocks and thigh.

Other Symptoms of Herpes Simplex

Apart from the outbreak blisters, other symptoms that may occur include:

Headache and fever
Aching muscles and stiffness
Discharge from vagina or penis
Burning sensation during urination
Swollen lymph glands
Lower back pain and sciatica

Reactivation of the latent viruses occurs in many of the herpes virus types.

Following activation, transcription of viral genes transitions from latency-associated LAT to multiple lytic genes. These quickly replicate and produce the virus which leads to cell death.

Lytic activation causes the symptoms such as low grade fever, headache, sore throat, malaise, and rash as well as clinical signs such as swollen or tender lymph nodes and immunological findings in blood tests such as reduced levels of natural killer cells.

Virus pain and discomfort in the genital area is still sometimes felt after the blisters are long gone (post-herpetic neuralgia). Although this term is generally considered to be confined to herpes zoster, there is a lot of sufferers claiming they have what appears to be sciatic pain that is long lasting after the outbreak. See the reference links for herpes

It’s thought that about 50% of young adults have HSV-1 antibodies in their blood. After they turn 50, 80-90% have HSV-1 antibodies.

It is not a major thing for someone to admit to having a coldsore. There is social prejudice against admitting genital herpes. Medically there is no less danger of complication or contagion with a coldsore than there is with genital herpes.

The problem I guess, is how you must have got it. If you were virgins when you married of course, you may be one of the lucky few who never do contract herpes simplex. Just beware of kissing people.

Both types of herpes cause people discomfort, so it is important to actively protect other people by not having ANY skin to skin contact while you have active herpes blisters. Whether they are coldsores or sores that may be encountered during sex, they are both highly contagious and sore.

 

 

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Bee Wilder On Overcoming Candida

Read Bee Wilder On Overcoming Candida

I had plans for this post. I thought it might be helpful to people to explain the remedies I’ve tried already to “kill” the yeast, or candida that I am having trouble eliminating. I have had this vaginal candida irritation for over a year now. I’ve tried lots of different things. They have all failed so far.

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When I read some forums, many people have had candida for many more years, some claiming to have suffered from it for over 20 years. Yet I have also read a few medical websites, and had my own experience with a doctor that I saw about it, that suggests that many doctors are unaware that not all patients are cured with Canestan or Fluconazole.

I may still go over some of the remedies I have tried but I am no longer sure that it will help anyone. It will be on a different post and after I have had time to think about this article.

I have just finished reading How to successfully Overcome Candida by Bee Wilder and my head is trying to shift gears again. Concept shifting is becoming second nature however at the moment. Most of what I thought I knew about diet has proven to be incorrect.

Changing My Diet

I actually thought I ate quite healthily!

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Four months ago I restricted fats and oils, happily treated myself to occasional cakes and chocolate bars and daily biscuits and cheese. I ate toast for breakfast and sandwiches for lunch, (brown bread) or had porridge with milk for breakfast and went to bed with a warm chocolaty milk drink.

Of course for dinner I had plenty of vegetables or salad and meat such as chicken, steak or pork, often with plenty of potatoes or pasta or rice. I also liked an occasional desert of fresh fruit or fruit from a can with icecream from the freezer. I often ate fish like tuna or salmon from cans, and had baked beans on toast and tomatoes from cans with bacon and eggs, and I loved the convenience of pre-made “chicken tonight” type sauces that I used to flavour my healthy stir fries. I drank mostly tea with no sugar and rarely ever had sweet fizzy drinks or fruit juice.

A Healthy Diet – Compared to What?

The truth is, compared to people who eat a lot of takeaway and drink 3-4 cans of soft drink a day, I did eat a healthy diet. It’s all in the perspective. Compared to other people, my diet choices stank!

Now I can feel easy about eating as much pork crackling as I like, and drinking as much coconut milk as I want and I don’t worry about saturated fats and heart disease. I won’t touch anything with sugar in it (unless I have conveniently turned a blind eye to the label or have misread it). Butter, and a tiny bit of lite milk in my tea, is all the dairy I allow myself. I no longer eat bread or anything made with wheat flour or any jar sauces containing yeast.

Even so the time I spent trying learn how to bake with alternate flours – nut (almond meal) and pea (besan) and seed (sesame, sunflower) and alternate grains (quinoa) that are gluten free – if not wasted, appears to be somewhat misguided. Bee Wilder, on the page I reference above, suggests we cut all carbs out of our diet or at the very least, keep them to the barest minimum.

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The paleo diet (not that I liked the idea of everything raw) seemed logical, being that our ancestors probably ate a lot of raw food.

Wrong!  We are carnivores not herbivores and unless we cook our vegetables thoroughly, we won’t be getting much nutrition from them. And eating raw fish won’t do you any good either.

But the kicker is her contention that if we get healthy, the yeast will return to its normal, non irritating self.

It is only because we are eating poisonous foods that the body is trying to neutralize and detox, that we have developed candida in its overgrowth form.

Throwing antifungals at our digestive system to “kill” the yeast, isn’t the answer.

Changing our diet and getting healthy is the answer.

Luckily, although there is a concept mind shift  here, the actual diet mechanics are not very different. The main and major difference, diet wise, is to take nuts and other carbohydrates off the table. (If you are going to follow this candida diet version that is.) Real food is something that can be grown and raised naturally. If it requires a factory to process it – eg could you make crystaline sugar from sugar cane? – then its probably not good for you. Also, many nutrients are lost as we process food in order to preserve it, so we can convenience shop in a supermarket.

Candida Is Not an Infection

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Forms of Bacteria

If it were an infection, it could be infectious, but Bee doesn’t feel it is and medical research docs agree.

There are some very strong and controversial statements on Bee Wilders page.

Concepts that challenge our normal concepts about what a virus is and about bacterial infections.

Her take on vaccination is familiar to me, but I need to think more about many other things she says.

It was Antoine Bechamp (1816–1908), a contemporary of Pasteur, who discovered the true nature of germs, bacteria, viruses, etc. and that they change form, called pleomorphism. He discovered they all arise from microbes called microzymas which exist everywhere in nature and are found in all animals, fish, plants, rocks, insects, and in human bodies. Under certain non–optimal conditions when the body is overloaded with toxins and unhealthy microzymas change into viruses in order to affect healing and detoxifying of the body.

When the body’s condition is not improved, viruses change into bacteria and so on. Eventually, in the deteriorating cycle, candida and other fungus evolve, and also cancer. Therefore viruses, germs, bacteria, candida, and even cancer, are not the cause of, but the result of, disease, arising from tissues rather than from a germ of constant form. This is also called the “cellular disease theory”

Read Bee Wilders How to Successfully Overcome Candida page, there is too much on it to take in quickly and I am still trying to assess it’s truth for myself.

The reason your body creates candida/yeast is because the cells have changed over from oxygenation to fermentation mainly because of high carbs/sugars that are consumed. This is the same process in the making of wine and beer which is done by yeast acting upon sugars changing them into alcohol.

So with this in mind, I’m not going to write about antifungals like oregano oil (which didn’t do anything for me BTW) and instead I’m going to increase my intake of coconut oil (back to what I was taking when I started all this – but since I got distracted have forgotten to) Then I’m going to print off Bee Wilders page and go and sit down somewhere and try and get my head around everything that is on it.

 

 

 

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Diet

Can a good diet improve your health?
What is a Healthy Diet ?

Is there a one diet fits all? Or are we all in need of individualized diet plans? Should we just eat on a whim to fuel the day or do we need to watch what we eat at every meal? Should we take supplements to improve our nutritian or are we just pouring money down the toilet?

Can diet improve health? Diet is one of those 4 letter words that we have no alternative for when we really just want to say this is what we should be eating, rather than I need to lose weight. If you say you have a special diet – say for allergy – most people’s first assumption is that you are dieting to lose weight. This website is not about thinness or fatness, fitness or body sculpting – it’s just about food we eat.

  • Can diet help us stay more consistently healthy?
  • Can diet help us live a bit longer?
  • Can diet changes remove pain?
  • Can diet improve our skin and keep us looking younger?
  • Can diet keep arthritis at bay?
  • Can changing the way we eat cure diseases?

These are the types of questions I’m looking for answers on.

Sharing Food – Should we care what other people think?

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Food is a part of our culture. We go out for meals with friends, we share meals with our families. When we are very different to other people in our food choices – we stand out like a sore thumb. If we say we are on a restricted diet we attract pity and often make people nervous as they scramble to find something special we can eat.

In work situations people are always curious about different food choices. Items with strong smells and tastes may well be criticised. It’s not easy standing apart from the normal choices of the crowd.

But if the normal choice is Maccas or Kentucky, or white bread sandwiches with peanut butter or vegemite, or cuppa soup followed by choc chip cookies and chased down with a coke – maybe we have to turn into the cat who walks alone for our own good health!

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We should primarily be eating clean nutritious food to fuel our body and secondarily choose food that tickles our taste buds. On the other hand no one really wants to be ruled by or become a food nazi!

The main problem with a healthy diet is that we have become used to “convenience” food. Fruit and veg all year round, takeaway on the corner, freezer meals and pre packaged pies, sauces and mixes. These are hard to give up because they are so instant. When we come home from work we are tired and chopping vegetables and cooking is work.

Some people are lucky enough to enjoy cooking. Most of us however are somewhere in between the can’t boil an egg and the competent chef. I’ve found the best management option is to start collecting a few good simple recipes you can repeat – but even that is easier said than done. However the more you look and cook, the better you get at this.

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Being female helps as it’s almost expected of us that we provide the meals. But many men I have met are very capable and excellent cooks – often better than many women, because they cook because they enjoy it. My brother says it is “mindless” work and gives his head a rest from the analysis his job requires.

Cooking is 10% recipe, 80% chopping and blending and 10% timing. But if cooking isn’t your thing – try the paleo or raw food diet. Just chopping and juicing and a bit of barbequing.

The diet you eat should not be left to impulse and habit. Even if you are lucky enough to have someone put food on a plate in front of you every night and don’t want to rock the boat, your diet is your key to good health. If it needs changing – rock the boat and take the consequences as they come. When things stabilise you may be pleasantly surprised that your new diet tastes good too.

If you are the dietician for your family then the best you can hope for is that they will tolerate your experiments until you find a new healthy menu you can all enjoy. They will complain and miss some meals but they will also enjoy some new tastes. The failures will make you all laugh eventually – I still get ribbed for combining banana into a meatloaf because I had no apples – it was completely inedible!

My simplest advice is to place what nature makes at the base of the food pyramid – that’s fruit and vegetables. Drink only water, soda water, milk, tea, coffee. In the middle of the pyramid is your protein choices – fish, meat, eggs, seeds, nuts. Everything else should be moderated – limit the real treats to one day a week , and keep tabs on the borderline foods you really like. Stay in control. O.K. Right.

Now I have to follow my own advice… Read My Story to find out why I’m doing this.

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Candida

When Candida Becomes Resistant

It’s a shock when Candida becomes resistant to the usual treatment for it, whether that be the caneston cream or fluconazole or their brand equivalents for your country. It is such a common thing to have a bit of thrush after a course of antibiotics that you don’t even bother the doctor with it, you just go to the chemist. Within a few days the irritation is gone and you forget all about it. If it has always worked this way for you, you may even be suspicious about websites offering cures thinking they are a scam – because surely, all people need do is use the cream!

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Your doctor may not say this in words but its what he’s thinking.

I know I thought that way until I got an infection that couldn’t be quickly cured, and then I was just confused – what do I do now? It was even more confusing when the doctor had no answer.

Those sites that I was initially suspicious of suddenly became important reading matter. But there is so much information and so many different remedies and it’s very confusing.

What to do if your Candida is probably Candidiasis

First – Get blood tests

So the first thing to be done – and which I did eventually – is to get blood work done and check for immune problems. Candida is a normal part of our body and only generally gets out of hand when the body’s natural defences are lowered for some reason.After my blood tests I discovered I was hypo thyroid . But people with other disorders, like diabetes, are also prone to resistant candida. So if you’ve already tried the usual treatments for thrush and failed to cure it – go see the doctor and ask if you need to get blood tests.

Second – Read up on Candida

You’re doing that already or you wouldn’t be reading this, but don’t stop at a simple explanation. On the top menu there is a link called Reference links. This is where I have collected the links to websites I found really useful, especially the health boards ( forums) where patients give support to other patients. I will also add more articles here as I find the time, but on the health boards you’ll find people who have the same type of problems as you which may not be true of me. You may be looking for a cure of oral thrush or candida and another disease – use the links to find the forums and then search there for more information.

Third – Try some suggested treatments and keep notes

You don’t have to write a book (or a website like me!) just, keep a diary and write down what you tried and whether it helped, how long you used it for and other symptoms that occurred.

If you are lucky you’ll cure candida within two months, if not generally you’ll manage to reduce the irritation and keep it manageable until you find your cure for it.  Some people say this may take a year or more. The Candida diet is pretty strict but it does help and you may be required to restrict yourself to it for a few months before a cure will hold.

Start by removing all cane sugar from your diet and gradually reduce or refrain from eating the other food types as you can manage. Think of it as being good for you – either way!

 

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Thyroid

Your Thyroid Manages Your Metabolism

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The thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland at the front of the throat just below the Adam’s apple. Our thyroid gland regulates our Metabolism and is responsible for creating hormones that drive several metabolic systems including our growth, both physical and mental, and our energy stores.

Around one in 20 people will experience some form of thyroid dysfunction (either overactive or underactive) in their life. Thyroid problems tend to affect a larger percentage of women more than men and the risk of thyroid dysfunction increases as you age.

Your metabolism is your body’s ability to break down food and convert it to energy. Food is like fuel for our bodies and each person uses it at a different rate. This is why you often hear about some people having  a fast or a slow metabolism.

Metabolism is determined by measuring the amount of oxygen used by the body over a specific amount of time. If the measurement is made at rest, it is known as the basal metabolic rate (BMR).

Differences in BMRs are associated with changes in energy balance. Energy balance reflects the difference between the amount of calories one eats and the amount of calories the body uses. A negative energy balance may lead to weight loss as occurs with hyperthyroidism. The BMR in a person with hypothyroidism is decreased, so an underactive thyroid is generally associated with some weight gain.

Measurement of the BMR was one of the earliest tests used to assess  thyroid dysfunction. Patients whose thyroid glands were underactive (hypo) were found to have low BMRs, and those with overactive (hyper) thyroid glands had high BMRs.

Hyper Or Hypo Thyroidism?

If you have Hyperthyroidism when your thyroid produces too much thyroid hormone, you may feel wired, anxious and impatient, you may also be prone to sweating and a pounding heart.

If you have Hypothyroidism when your thyroid hormone production is insufficient, you will feel the cold, get tired easily, feel slow, think slow and have insufficient energy to tackle things.

Diagnosis and Measurement of Thyroid function

Thyroid dysfunction is diagnosed after blood tests are taken and may be treated with drugs or sometimes surgery. An overactive thyroid may be suppressed by taking a specific drug. An underactive thyroid is generally treated with a supplement of thyroid hormone. The patients doctor will order blood tests every 6 weeks to three months until the right dose is settled on. Blood pressure, pulse rate and body temperature are simple checks that people can make to chart their treatment progress themselves.

If you have had tests done and need help to decipher them check out Optimal Lab Values

This info is a bit simplistic. Different types of thyroid disease will require different treatments. The thyroid gland may be damaged in many different ways, so you will need to look for websites with comprehensive Thyroid information that is specific to your personal diagnosis. The following 2 websites  gives simple easy to understand information.

Endocrine Web information on thyroid dysfunctions.

Web MD info on thyroid dysfunction

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Which health foods to eat?

Which Health Foods to Eat?
Can Diet Really Improve Your Health?

Which health food to eat? What should my diet be? What is factual about healthy food?

What is a diet exactly? The most popular diets show us quick ways to lose weight, because we are embarassed by the extra pounds around our tummies. How to lose weight is a primary objective for many people, but diet is not just about how we look, it’s about our long term health. Can a diet of health foods improve our health, cure disease, take our pain away and make us feel young again?

“You are what you eat” is the title of a popular health book and there is much truth in the statement. Of course there is more than health food choice to human beings! However what we eat eventually sculpts us into archetypes that are easily recognised by dieticians.

It’s not just what health food we eat either, but what we drink, what we inhale, how much we exercise, and any other influence from our specific environment that influence our body’s functions, such as – sun, cold or stress.

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A diet rich in soy and whey protein, has been shown to reduce breast cancer incidence in rats. However soy is said to inhibit the action of the thyroid hormone, and new studies show it to not be as healthy as first thought to be.

Many of these influences are accepted parts of how we choose to live, but many are also habits that if we had to make a logical choice on and given all the facts, we would change. At least we like to think that we would.

The real truth is that life goes on without much thought given to such choices, like our diet, until some health crisis suddenly brings it to our attention.  We may have experienced discomfort and pain for years but assumed that it was part of growing older. Nor is a healthy diet a cure all for all people as there are genetic factors that can cause us ill health.

So although I would answer that diet can improve your health (immensely in some cases) and few dieticians would argue, it would be incorrect to say that health food alone can cure all illness.

Perhaps losing weight will help, perhaps organic and biodynamic food will help, perhaps better choices of food, fresh vegetables and fruit rather than a predominance of grains, will improve our health. The information is out there, but only individual trial (and error) will show us what is healthy food for us.

My reason for writing this website is that my own health crisis has pushed me to research healthy food choices. I’ve discovered that much of what I accepted to be generally true is far more complex than I expected, and often specifically false or distorted truth. Neither the old or new food pyramid is the best way to view a healthy diet.  The issue of sugar and cholesterol is fraught with strong opposing information and marketing lies. The bulk of processed, packaged food is riddled with sugar, but fat free. The unknown other additives may be dangerous and it has few genuine nutrients unless they are added vitamins – but it tastes good and it’s on the television!

What health food to eat? Hmmm – Good question.

So this website is a way to keep track of the information, resources and websites that have helped me learn about  my own health issues, especially so far as supplements and correct diet can help me to heal. And if you have similar problems, or even if not, I hope the information here will help you too.

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