Hypothyroidism – an extremely common condition

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Hypothyroidism and the Thyroid Gland
By The Finchly Clinic

Hypothyroidism is an extremely common condition which apart from causing well known symptoms like fatigue, overweight (though 40% of hypothyroid subjects are underweight), and sensitivity to the cold, it ensures that almost every system in the body is at a low ebb. The list of possible symptoms include (but are not limited to):

weight gain
heat and/or cold intolerance
headaches and migraines
low motivation and ambition
irritability, anxiety and panic attacks
fluid retention
decreased memory and concentration
unhealthy nails
brittle nails
low sex drive
slow wound healing
carpal tunnel syndrome
low blood sugar
attention deficit disorder (ADD)
pancreatitis (from hypothermia)
adrenal exhaustion from excess secretion of adrenaline
gallbladder disease (six times higher in women with excess oestrogen or on birth control pills or ERT)
female problems (fibroids, ovarian cysts, endometriosis, PMS, cramps, dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, spontaneous abortion, cyclic seizures, dry vagina and infertility)
osteoporosis (from excess oestrogen leading to excess adrenaline and then to excess cortisol).
poor appetite
intestinal symptoms which can include irritable bowel syndrome, dysphagia (swallowing problems); poor digestion (low acid and pancreatic enzymes, decreased gall bladder motility); nutrient malabsorption; gas and wind; colic; decreased peristalsis; and especially chronic constipation.

The Thyroid and Diabetes

Dr Broda Barnes demonstrated in the early 70’s that supporting the thyroid improved diabetes symptoms (but not the blood sugar imbalance), namely improved wound healing, weight loss, energy levels improve, and most importantly of all atherosclerosis.

The Thyroid and cholesterol/hardening of the arteries

Rabbits, on a vegetarian (i.e. cholesterol free) diet have been shown to develop atherosclerosis if their thyroids are removed. If given thyroid hormone the atherosclerosis was prevented. Led by the ‘heretic’ doctor Barry Durant Peatfield (who has greatly irritated some of his colleagues in the medical profession), a number of doctors maintain that the same is true of humans and that the primary cause of atherosclerosis is thyroid deficiency, made far worse by the revolting habit of cigarette smoking.

The Barnes Temperature Test

According to Dr Peatfield, the Barnes Thyroid Temperature Test (originally developed by another heretic doctor – Broda Barnes) sometimes will pick up a sluggish thyroid that was not spotted by a blood test.
Underarm temperature should be recorded for ten minutes before arising in the morning. This means as soon as you wake up. Not after making a cup of tea, or having a shower! This procedure should be followed for at least three mornings in a row (seven would be better) and the average temperature calculated.

The correct temperature should be within the range 97.8 – 98.2 degrees Fahrenheit (36.6 – 36.8 degrees Celsius). An average temperature of below 97.8 degrees Fahrenheit (36.6 degrees Celsius) may suggest hypothyroidism. A mean temperature of below 96.4F (35.8C) usually may suggest a more severe hypothyroidism.

Note for women: Premenopausal women should not perform this test during their periods when their temperature is higher than normal.

Although it is not proof, failing the temperature test + having about 5 or more of the typical low thyroid symptoms may indicate hypothyroid.

The underarm temperature test can be used to monitor progress and the goal of treatment is to normalize this temperature. Bear in mind that this condition does not come on overnight and is not resolved overnight. Be willing to give this 8-12 weeks minimum.

Please note if you are taking conventional thyroid medication (thyroxine) you should not stop or reduce it, unless you have discussed it with your doctor and he has advised you to do so.

Natural help for the Thyroid

In many cases our botanical product, Kelp Formula provides stand-alone support. Kelp itself is a good source of iodine – a vital mineral for the thyroid gland, though it also contains nettles, damiana, siberian ginseng, parsley, Irish moss and mistletoe.
We have received reports of weight losses of one stone in 6-12 weeks on this product, as well as a tremendous sense of well-being. For others it may be necessary to treat any related candida problem and/or support the adrenal glands since hypothyroidism is sometimes secondary to hypoadrenia. with Licorice Formula or Licorice Formula A . This is because adrenal exhaustion can make worse or even cause the thyroid to underperform.

For further help, the amino acid Tyrosine found in Thyroid Support Formula may also be useful for both the thyroid and the adrenal glands (tyrosine may also help some cases of depression).

Problems with thyroid blood tests

Quite often laboratory tests will demonstrate that the thyroid is within the “normal” range yet the person will show all the signs of hypothyroidism. Please note the following in relation to this paradox:-

1) The first point to make here is, as Dr Barry Durrant-Peatfield states in his book “The Great Thyroid Scandal”, the tests might be wrong. Dr Peatfield has been villified by his colleagues as heretic for stating in his book that the tests can be so inaccurate that they “should be placed where the sun doesn’t shine” (at least he doesn’t mince his words).

For the most part the conventional test of choice is the test for Thyroid Stimulating Hormone, not the thyroid itself. If it is normal it is inferred that the thyroid function is OK. But, as Dr Peatfield explains, this does not always appear to be reliable. Some hapless victims have had the same test repeated 4 to 5 times before a low thyroid has been indicated, sometimes over several years.

2) The normal figure may be at the lower end of the normal range. So the patient is told they are ‘normal’ when it might have been borderline.

3) Thyroxine itself is metabolically inert, and must be converted to tri-iodothyranine (T3) before it does anything. This conversion requires zinc, copper, and iron, and a deficiency of these nutrients can produce hypothyroid symptoms. (Please note Thyroid Support Formula contains these nutrients). Further, this conversion is blocked by mercury toxicity, so this must be dealt with if relevant.

4) Candida binds thyroxine, thereby inactivating it. Indeed it has long been appreciated that some 90% of Candida victims have low thyroid function, and this may well be an important mechanism. It is therefore important to treat candidiasis if that is part of the problem.

Kelp Formula suggested dosage:

3 capsules twice a day for the first month (its better with food, but this is not vital).
Then take 2 capsules twice a day for at least another 3 months.
Continue for as long as is needed.
We regard anything less than 3 months on any botanical regimen to be a waste of time and money. Botanical food supplements are not drugs and they work gradually.
Contains 60 vegan capsules. Therefore at the recommended dosage you will need 3 bottles for the first month, then 2 bottles for the remaining period.


Nettles, damiana, siberian ginseng, parsley, Irish Moss, mistletoe, kelp (a natural source of iodine).
We now have a product designed to support Kelp Formula. Whilst Kelp Formula is a botanical food supplement which may encourage rejuvenation of the thyroid gland, our new product Thyroid Support Formula contains the primary amino acid (tyrosine), vitamins and mineral needed to help create thyroid hormones.

Please note, some cases of low thyroid are caused by Hashimoto Thyroiditis, which is an autoimmune illness. If you have been diagnosed with this condition or are suspected of having it, please do not use this product without the approval of your doctor


Oxidative Stress: How to Prevent this Leading Cause of Early Aging and Disease

Lowering your oxidative stress can help prevent premature aging, illness and disease.

There are many different processes and substances that chronically damage cells and contribute to oxidative stress including toxic chemical compounds and pollutants:

  • All kinds of pollution, including air, water, and food
  • Hydrogenated fats
  • Oils that have been heated to very high temperatures
  • Cigarette smoke, directly inhaled or second-hand
  • Dehydration
  • Too much sugar
  • Too much animal protein in the diet
  • Geophysical stress like living near power lines or waste dumps
  • Microbial imbalance, including bacterial, fungal and viral infections
  • Preservatives in food
  • Drugs (over the counter and prescription)
  • Artificial food colourings and flavourings
  • Plastics and phthalates
  • Chemical cleaning supplies
  • Chlorinated drinking water, as well as for showering & bathing
  • Alcohol
  • Pesticides in food
  • Radiation exposure
  • Psychological and emotional stress

Your body generates free radicals every day, but you don’t have to let free radical damage cause premature aging and disease!

Avoiding the substances and behaviors listed above that cause free radical production is one of the easiest ways to fight free radical damage.

Another way to protect yourself from free radical damage is by consuming natural antioxidants.

Antioxidants are the nutrients found in foods like:

  • Fermented Foods and liquids
  • Vitality Super Greens
  • Fruits and Vegetables
  • Certain Green teas
  • Organic grain-like seeds

With a healthy lifestyle and diet, you can lower your oxidative stress and protect yourself from the damaging effects of free radical damage. If you would like to take an anti-oxidant supplement I have an affiliation with the
Finchley Clinic click here where they have recommended:

Antioxidant Supreme 90 capsules

High Antioxidant Green Tea 50g

What exactly is Colonic hydrotherapy?

Colonic Hydrotherapy

When undertaken as part of a healthy lifestyle programme Colonic Hydrotherapy

  • Stimulates bile production and detoxification of the liver.
  • Supports the immune system.
  • Improves PH balance in the whole body.
  • Provides a favourable environment for the friendly bacteria.
  • Re-enforces psychological resolve towards a healthy diet.
  • Improves nutrients absorption especially minerals and soluble vitamins.
  • Re-educates the colon towards healthier peristalsis and more regular bowel movements.
  • Often results in increased energy, advanced mental clarity, clearer skin and improved circulation.
  • Safely and effectively removes and cleanses the colon of old hard waste material and harmful toxins caused by today’s lifestyle, convenience foods, stress, and pollution.

The Colon

The colon large intestine or bowel is situated in the abdominal region and forms the last part of the digestive tract. The colon is involved in the absorption of water, assimilation of nutrients and minerals, as well as the synthesis of vitamins. A major part of the excretory system, the colon eliminates food residue, drugs, heavy metals and other body wastes. This is supported by the billions of friendly bacteria which inhabit the colon and make up some 40 per cent of the dry weight of our faecal matter. This internal system is easily disturbed by stress, pollution, poor diet, medications, smoking and alcohol.

Colon toxicity and bowel stasis can be the underlying cause of many commonly reported health problems.

The Treatment

Colonic hydrotherapy is a safe and gentle internal bath which allows warm filtered water into the colon through a small device called a Speculum. The speculum makes it possible to simultaneously bring clean water into the colon and carry waste out. The colon is alternatively filled with water and released for loose debris to be allowed to flow out. This process is carried out throughout the treatment, which lasts from 30 to 45 minutes. The result is a gentle flushing of the colon, and a loosening of old faecal debris.

Colonic irrigation effectively cleanses years of excess waste, pollutants and toxic substances. This process can also help rebalance the bowel flora by facilitating re-population of the stock of friendly bacteria.

Hygienic and odourless, the therapy is carried out in a private and relaxing environment.

The treatment will begin with your therapist taking a full case history, which will be confidential.

Your therapist will also use special massage techniques on the abdomen to stimulate the release of waste products and can also introduce herbs and/or Probiotic (friendly bacteria) implant to aid the process of detoxification and cleansing.

Unlike laxatives colonic hydrotherapy is non-habit forming and actually improves the tone of the colon.

Your therapist will advise you on how many treatments are needed, depending on the outcome of your case history and your own particular requirements. This may vary from one treatment to a series of 3 to 6 treatments over a period of 1 to 3 months. It is also often useful to continue with maintenance treatments every 6 to 12 weeks in order to maintain the benefits achieved from your initial course of treatments.

All IPCH registered therapists are trained to attend to your needs and comfort, and to use disposable tubing which ensures total safety against the possibility of inadequate sterilisation procedures and cross-contaminations.

All IPCH registered therapists can also advise you on a specific detox diet to support the colonic treatment and help you achieve better health and vitality.

Symptoms which can be alleviated by colonic hydrotherapy – as part of a healthy lifestyle programme

Constipation, Distended Abdomen, Abdominal Gas, Diarrhoea, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Haemorrhoids, Backaches, Arthritis, Allergies, Fatigue, Headaches, Bad Breath/Halitosis, Foul Body Odour, Skin Problems, Chronic Fatigue, Breathing Difficulties, Irritability, Depression, Prostate Trouble, Difficult Weight Loss, Frequent colds, Low Blood Sugar, Insomnia, Food cravings, Menstruation Problems.


It is not generally advisable to undertake colon hydrotherapy if you have any of the following conditions:

  • Recent abdominal surgery (less than 3 months) or surgery of the Bowel and Rectum
  • Abdominal Hernia
  • Severe Haemorrhoids, severe anal fissure and anal fistula
  • Bowel Cancer
  • Liver and Kidney disease
  • Pregnancy before 8 months of gestation

5 Health Tips for a Worry-Free Travel


Can I take my probiotics away with me?

We recommend that probiotic supplements are kept in the fridge to ensure they remain as effective as they can possibly be.  However, if they are of a high enough quality, they will remain stable out of the fridge for long enough for you to transport them to your holiday destination; just make sure you pop them back in the fridge when you arrive.  If you’re not going to have access to a fridge however whilst you’re away, we recommend taking a probiotic supplement containing saccharomyces boulardii with you as an alternative.  Saccharomyces boulardii is a non-pathogenic yeast which has been shown to support a healthy balance of flora.  This doesn’t need to be kept in the fridge and is a great solution for gastrointestinal support whilst traveling.

I’m worried about travellers diarrhea – is there anything I can take to help?

Saccharomyces boulardii is ideal to take away with you if you’re worried about travelers diarrhea.  It can be used to deal with an acute problem, or as a preventative if it’s something you’re concerned you could be exposed to whilst away.  It’s also useful for antibiotic-associated diarrhea.

 I often get constipated when I go on holiday – is there an easy way to deal with this?

Many people worry about a change in bowel habits when they go away.  Both traveler’s diarrhea and constipation are very common.  Some of the most common causes of constipation on holiday are a sudden change in diet, disruption of daily routine, jet lag and dehydration.  Making sure you continue to get enough fibre and plenty of water are important strategies to help prevent constipation, especially if you are traveling to a warmer climate.  In addition, a stick pack of pureed papaya is a useful support that travels well and doesn’t need to be kept in the fridge.  Several trials have found papaya helps to facilitate regular bowel movements and can be a particularly useful support on holiday.

Pain in the abdomen

I often suffer from indigestion when I eat out and am worried about this happening more often on holiday.  Is there anything natural that I can take to help?

Indigestion is a common holiday health complaint.  Whilst it’s lovely to try new cuisines, sometimes these can be laden with ingredients that our digestive systems are not used to dealing with.  A natural plant-based digestive enzyme supplement can really help in these situations.  Plant enzymes are similar to those that your body naturally produces and can help to make sure your food is broken down properly and help you to avoid unwanted symptoms of indigestion.

 I’m worried about catching bugs on the plane that could spoil my holiday.  Is there anything I can take to help prevent this?

Arriving on holiday with more than you bargained for is a common worry amongst travelers.  Re-circulated air, cabin pressure and the virtually moisture-free conditions inside a plane cabin can increase your vulnerability to airborne infection.  Whilst there’s little you can do to change the conditions inside a plane, you can be pro-active about maximizing your immune defenses before you go on holiday to decrease your risks of contracting infections that you may be exposed to.  Choose a comprehensive immune support product that contains key nutrients; vitamins A, C, E, D and zinc.  In addition, an exciting new ingredient – beta 1-3/1-6 glucans has been found to be a powerful support that enhances the immune system without over-stimulating it.

Saccharomyces boulardii is available at The Finchley Clinic 

Do You Need Silica?


From The Finchley Clinic Newsletter

We get asked quite often about which products we recommend for hair loss (as well as the health of nails and skin).
Hair loss is a complex issue, and could easily be the subject of an entire book. We have an entire category populated with the products that may help here. But we’ll keep this simple. Women (and to a lesser degree, men) should always discount the possibility of iron deficiency, and supplement with iron if necessary. Note: please only supplement if you have been diagnosed with low levels of iron – don’t just guess – as iron is one of the rare minerals where if you take more than your body needs, it won’t just come out when you pee, and taking too much can be harmful.

However, where iron deficiency is ruled out, our top pick is usually Silica Plus. Although we as with all products you should discuss it with your doctor before consuming it if there is any doubt at all in your mind, silica (unlike iron) appears to be completely safe for everyone to take. (Oh, and by the way, if you are iron deficient, you can take iron andSilica Plus).

A quick glance at the reviews shows that those who can be bothered to write one on the web site (typically, and frustratingly this is only around 0.25% of customers with allproducts) typically report tremendous benefits for hair loss. We’ve been selling this product ever since we started the online shop, and whilst it’s never been one of the top sellers, I’d say it’s probably the single most consistently successful product we provide that can help with hair loss. It also helps with the health of nails, slows the development of wrinkles (some have even claimed it partially reverses them), and frequently with joint problems, arthritis and similar problems. Here’s a quick summary of what it helps with, and what to combine it with for optimal results.

If you need silica, you are likely to say “yes” to some of the following questions…

Do you have more wrinkles than you think is appropriate for your time of life?
Is wrinkle prevention high on your list of concerns for the future?
Is your skin tone not what it could be?
Is your skin dehydrated?
Do your fingernails peel?
Do you have joint pain or arthritis?
Is your hair weak or brittle?
Is your hair thin or thinning?
Are your gums inflamed?

So how can silica help?

  • Silica strengthens hair and gives it shine
  • Silica ensures that your skin is moisturised from the inside, leaving it healthy and supple
  • Silica gives strength to nails – improving their health and appearance
  • Silica helps strengthen joints and tendons
  • Silica helps reduce inflammation of the gums

More detailed information on silica

Selenium can be found in shellfish, salmon, Brazil nuts, meat, eggs, grains, broccoli and onions, among many other natural whole foods.
However, selenium levels in these foods depend on the soil where the products were grown, or where the animals grazed. Lower levels of selenium in the ground were associated with lower concentrations in the blood.
Compared to North America, selenium levels in the soil tend to be lower in many European countries.


Bones, Teeth and Gums
Osteoporosis is a common symptom of aging, caused by calcium being leached from the bones leaving them brittle and weak. Supplemental calcium on its own is not enough, other minerals are needed and silica can help the body repair brittle bones. The symptoms of osteoporosis are mainly seen in women after the menopause but the degenerative process occurs much earlier in life. With osteoporosis a lack of calcium in the bone matrix leads to weakened and thinned bones which are susceptible to being broken by a minor injury or even normal stresses and pressure.
Bones are made up of phosphorous, calcium, magnesium and silica. Silica’s function is the depositing of minerals, especially calcium into the bones to strengthen them. Therefore it can speed up the healing of fractures and help prevent them in the first place.   Research has also shown that when the body has short supply of calcium, it can convert silica to calcium that is needed by the bones. Silica may also help with cartilage and joint inflammation and deterioration. Silica can stimulate bone formation so can be used as a preventative against osteoporosis.
Silica also has benefits for teeth and gums by hardening tooth enamel, preventing cavities and helping to preserve teeth. Silica guards against bleeding gums and also prevents recession of the gums that leads to loosening of the teeth and eventually tooth loss. Therefore silica can be used to maintain the integrity of teeth and gums.
Hair, Skin and Nails
There has been a recent interest in silica in the cosmetic industry as they have realised that shampoos, conditioners and creams containing silica are beneficial for healthy hair, skin and nails. However the benefits can also be seen when silica is taken internally.
Silica is a major component of hair as hair is almost as rich in silica as healthy bones. Silica helps to prevent baldness and stimulates healthier hair growth. A silica supplement can help revitalise hair by making it shinier and stronger.
As we get older, the amount of silica in the body becomes exhausted leading to brittle nails. Nails are complex protein structures that grow on average 4-5mm per month. When there is a mineral deficiency, the rate of growth slows down so the fingernails can be the first sign of a silica deficiency. Minerals will be removed from the nails before the bones so it is possible to stop the process before the minerals are leached from the bones and cause much greater health problems. Silica helps make the nails harder, shinier and less likely to break.
Skin also requires silica, as the supporting collagen underneath the skin enhances elasticity and beauty. Collagen is mainly made up of silica so the more silica available the more effectively the collagen can work and give a brighter complexion to the skin. Studies have shown that once the body is provided with enough silica, collagen levels are elevated and the texture of skin improves.
Silica can help the body deal with dry skin and other skin conditions, brittle nails, hair thinning, dandruff and burns including sunburn.
The body’s natural level of silica declines as we age causing bone density to decrease, dry and wrinkled skin, weak teeth and gums and hair loss to occur.
Tissue degeneration accelerates due to aging when connective tissue cannot retain moisture. Silica can help slow the degenerative process of connective tissue. Collagen’s ability to retain moisture is what gives connective tissue its ‘bounce’ and will slow down premature aging. Collagen contains large quantities of silica so if the body has enough silica, the collagen helps the skin look younger. Therefore a silica supplement inhibits the aging process of the skin by supporting the structure of connective tissue.
Vascular System
Silica is involved in maintaining blood vessels and is present in the heart, lungs, liver and the blood itself. Silica strengthens and stimulates the vascular system, lowers blood pressure and increases elasticity of blood vessels. Silica also helps improve arteriosclerosis, where the arteries become hardened leading to heart attacks and strokes. Silica can support the cardiovascular system as studies have shown people without heart disease have much higher levels of silica in their arteries.
Silica maintains the structure and permeability of the arteries so can help regulate blood pressure and avoid coronary problems.
Respiratory Conditions
Silica helps repair and maintain lung tissue, and contributes to the elasticity of the lungs. It also protects lung tissue from pollution that is inhaled, something we are all exposed to everyday. Silica acts as a cough decreasing agent and to tone the upper respiratory tract. Silica can reduce swelling in the nose, pharynx and larynx because of its positive action on the lymphatic system.
How is it best to take Silica Plus?

Like many nutrients, silica is best absorbed in a colloidal liquid form. Taken on 15 drops 3 x per day, Silica Plus is a two month supply of liquid silica with additional ingredients which help with its absorption, along with trace minerals. For this who are interested, there is more information on Silica Plus on the web site.

What products combine well with Silica Plus?


A healthy oxygenated environment helps Silica Plus do it’s job even better. We supply a number of liquid oxygen products, but we usually recommend customers to combine Silica Plus with Oxygen Elements Max, made by the same company. Indeed Silica Plus was originated formulated to be Oxygen Elements Max’s sister product. Although Silica Plus can and does work by itself the increased oxygen enhances ALL the potential benefits of Silica Plus.
2) MSM
We can’t finish this newsletter without giving a quick shout-out for the benefits of MSM. For problems of the hair, skin and nails, MSM (nutritional sulphur) can also be helpul. According to one one of the pioneers of MSM – Bill Rich –  “wrinkles are caused by a lack of sulphur in the skin”. This is of course over simplistic, and there other factors that contribute to skin aging. Nevertheless healthy levels of sulphur do contribute to healthy radiant hair and skin, and supplementing with MSM has countless additional health benefits besides. But as always I know I am on borrowed time, so I’ll save that discussion for another day.
Best wishes
Mark G. Lester – Company Director




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Parts reprinted with permission from Eat Right For Your Type  by Dr. Peter D’Adamo and Catherine Whitney

Lectins: The Diet Connection

A chemical reaction occurs between your blood and the foods you eat. This reaction is part of your genetic inheritance. It is amazing but true that today, in the twenty first century, your immune and digestive systems still maintain favouritism for foods that your blood type ancestors ate.

We know this because of a factor called lectins. Lectins, abundant and diverse proteins found in foods, have agglutinating properties that affect your blood and the lining of your digestive tract. Lectins are a powerful way for organisms in nature to attach themselves to other organisms in nature. Lots of germs, and even our own immune systems, use this super glue to their benefit. For example, cells in our liver’s bile ducts have lectins on their surfaces to help snatch up bacteria and parasites. Bacteria and other microbes have lectins on their surfaces as well, which work rather like suction cups, so that they can attach to the slippery mucosal linings of the body. Often the lectins used by viruses or bacteria can be blood type specific, making them a stickier pest for people of that blood type.

So, too, with the lectins in food. Simply put, when you eat a food containing protein lectins that are incompatible with your blood type antigen, the lectins target an organ or bodily system (kidneys, liver, gut, stomach, etc.) and can begin to interact with the tissues in that area.

Here’s an example of how a lectin agglutinates in the body. Let’s say a Type A person eats a plate of lima beans. The lima beans are digested in the stomach through the process of acid hydrolysis. However, the lectin protein is resistant to acid hydrolysis. It doesn’t get digested, but it stays intact. It may interact directly with the lining of the stomach or intestinal tract, or it may get absorbed into your blood stream along with the digested lima bean nutrients. Different lectins target different organs and body systems.

Once the intact lectin protein settles someplace in your body, it literally has a magnetic effect on the cells in that region. It clumps the cells together and they are targeted for destruction, as if they, too, were foreign invaders. This clumping can cause irritable bowel syndrome in the intestines or cirrhosis in the liver, or block the flow of blood through the kidneys – to name just a few of the effects. Lectins can also act as ‘fake hormones,’ latching onto the receptor for a hormone and either blocking the normal action of the hormone (this is called an ‘antagonist’) or revving up the hormone receptor non-stop (termed an ‘agonist.’)

Lectins: A Dangerous Glue
You may remember the bizarre assassination of Georgi Markov in 1978 on a London Street. Markov was killed by an unknown Soviet KGB agent while waiting for a bus. Initially, the autopsy could not pinpoint how it was done. After a thorough search, a tiny gold bead was found embedded in Markov’s leg. The bead was found to be permeated with a chemical called ricin, which is a toxic lectin extracted from castor beans. Ricin is so potent an agglutinin that even an infinitesimally small amount can cause death by swiftly converting the body’s red blood cells into large clots which block the arteries. Ricin kills instantaneously.
Lectins are a type of molecular Velcro. On the left is a slide of a normal blood smear. On the right a blood sample after agglutination.
Fortunately, most lectins found in the diet are not quite so life threatening, although they can cause a variety of other problems, especially if they are specific to a particular blood type. For the most part our immune systems protect us from lectins. Ninety-five percent of the lectins we absorb from our typical diets are sloughed off by the body. But at least 5 percent of the lectins we eat are filtered into the bloodstream, where they react with and destroy red and white blood cells. The actions of lectins in the digestive tract can be even more powerful. There they often create a violent inflammation of the sensitive mucous of the intestines, and this agglutinative action may mimic food allergies. Even a minute quantity of a lectin is capable of agglutinating a huge number of cells if the particular blood type is reactive.
Signs that you might be experiencing problems from lectins in your diet:
  • Bloating and flatulence after meals
  • Changes in bowel habits
  • Achy joints and muscles
  • Hormonal fluctuations
  • Skin eruptions
  • Fatigue and tiredness
This is not to say that you should suddenly become fearful of every food you eat. After all, lectins are widely abundant in legumes, seafood, grains, and vegetables. It’s hard to bypass them. The key is to avoid the lectins that agglutinate your particular cells—determined by your blood type. For example, wheat germ agglutinin, the most common lectin found in wheat, binds to the lining of the small intestine, causing substantial reactions and irritation in some blood types – especially Type O.
Lectins vary widely, according to their source. For example, the lectin found in wheat has a different shape from the lectin found in soy, and attaches to a different combination of sugars; each of these foods is dangerous for some blood types, but can sometimes be beneficial for others. In the case of blood type A and soy, the lectin in soy can actually help the immune system keep guard against cellular changes that could go on to be problematic.
Many people with joint problems feel that avoiding the nightshade vegetables such as tomatoes, eggplant, and white potatoes seem to help their symptoms. That’s not surprising, since most nightshades are very high in lectins.

A Few Common Foods That Contain Problem Lectins For Each Blood Type

Type O – Wheat, soy, peanuts & kidney beans

Type A – Lima beans, tomatoes, eggplant & garbanzo beans (chick peas)

Type B – Chicken, corn, soy & lentils

Type AB – Chicken, corn, bell pepper & fava beans

Lectins: A Summary
Lots of information on lectins can be found on the internet. Unfortunately, the great majority of it is either extremely technical or just wrong to some degree or another. One common misconception is that all lectins in foods are inactivated either by heating, or through the process of digestion. This is true, but only to a certain degree. Some lectins, such as the lectins from beans, are usually rendered inactive by slow and long cooking, but this may not result in all lectins being inactivated. Studies have shown that a percentage does tend to resist destruction, despite heating. Other lectins, such as the lectin from bananas, actually become more potent after heating. Digestive juices can inactivate lectins, but many people simply do not have the levels of stomach acid to do this. If you currently suffer from digestive problems, it is more than likely that you have some degree of lectin sensitivity, and following the diet prescribed for your blood type is the best way to start the healing.

Reasons why following blood type diet improves well-being

According to Dr. Peter DAdamo, author of “Eat Right For Your Type” Ninety-five percent of the lectins you absorb from your typical diets are sloughed off by the body. But at least five percent of the lectins you eat are filtered into the bloodstream and can cause different reactions in different organs”.

The blood type diet works because through it, you are able to avoid these harmful lectins.

Avoiding the lectins restores your natural genetic rhythm thereby enjoying health and vitality whilst avoiding unnecessary disease. Your blood type diet follows a clear, logical, scientifically researched plan based on your cellular profile.

Do you think knowing your blood type is only important in the event of a transfusion? Think again!

Importance of Blood

Research indicates that your blood type is a key genetic factor that influences many areas of health and well-being.
Throughout your life, you’ve probably observed that some people tend to lose weight more easily, while for others, their weight is an ongoing battle. Or wondered why some people are plagued by chronic illness while others stay healthy and vital well into their advanced years. Very simply, the answer is in your blood type.

Knowing your blood type is an important tool for understanding how your body reacts to food, your susceptibility to disease, your natural reaction to stress, and so much more. A single drop of blood contains a biochemical makeup as unique to you as your fingerprint.
Below are five facts about your blood type that could change your life:

Your blood type may predict your susceptibility for certain diseases.

Research has found that individuals of certain blood types may be at a higher risk for certain diseases; studies have found that people with blood type O have a lower risk for heart disease, but a higher risk for developing stomach ulcers. People who are blood type A have higher risks of microbial infections, but Type A women experience a higher rate of fertility. Other research has found that people with type AB and B blood have a much higher risk of developing pancreatic cancer.

People of different blood types react differently to stress.

Type A people naturally have higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol in their bodies and produce more in response to stressful situations. On the other hand, people with type O blood, have a ‘fight or flight’ reaction to stress which results in the overproduction of adrenaline. It takes type O’s longer to recover from stress because it is more difficult for them to clear the adrenaline from their bodies.

Your blood type antigens are not just in your blood!

They are everywhere in your body, particularly in the surfaces that interact with the environment. These include your digestive tract, from your mouth to your large intestine, as well as your nasal passages and lungs. Because these blood type antigens are everywhere, they influence how your body reacts to the food you eat through several factors. For example: the lectins in certain foods bind to your blood type antigen and cause your blood to agglutinate (stick together), resulting in feelings of fatigue, headaches, digestive issues, skin problems and a host of other health issues.

Gut bacteria is related to blood type.

People of different blood types have different gut bacteria, in fact, certain bacteria are 50,000 more likely to turn up in people with one blood type or the other. This originated from our ancestors whose digestive tracts developed to accommodate one type of diet over another. For example, the microbiome of certain people developed to break down carbohydrates much more efficiently (blood type A). People lacking this ability (blood type O) tend to store carbs as fat.

A one-size-fits-all approach to nutrition does not work.

Food fads come and go, but the facts are clear: everyone does not have the same basic nutritional needs. We all know someone who is a strict vegetarian and thrives on that diet, while others swear by Atkins or similar low-carb plans. I’ve found that your nutritional needs can be determined by your blood type. Take a look at the food lists in Eat Right 4 Your Type; they are a guide for choosing the foods that will allow you to lose weight, reduce inflammation, increase energy and lead a longer, healthier life.

As you’ve learned, your blood type affects more than just the type of blood you’d need in the event of a transfusion – your blood type is a genetic factor that plays many roles in the human body. Choosing low-lectin, non-agglutinating foods that create a hospitable environment for your “good” intestinal flora and selecting foods that combat your disease risks are two good first steps in creating an individualized nutritional program just for you.

Get your blood type test kit and diet sheet here:

Understanding Blood Test Results

Understanding Blood Test Results

Your Guide to Understanding Blood Test Results

Here is a simplified guide to understanding your blood test results. I suggest you save this newsletter so the next time you have blood work done, you will be able to read the results and understand what they mean!
Blood tests show certain disease markers, the nutrients and waste products in your blood and signs of how various organs are functioning. Below, are some of the commonly measured indicators of health with a brief explanation of the abbreviations used in measurements and descriptions of several common test components.

Understanding Blood Test Measurements
Blood tests use the metric measurement system and abbreviations such as the following:
• cmm cells per cubic millimeter
• fL (femtoliter) fraction of one-millionth of a litre
• g/dL grams per decilitre
• IU/L international units per litre
• mEq/L milliequivalent per litre
• mg/dL milligrams per decilitre
• mL millilitre
• mmol/L millimoles per litre
• ng/mL nanograms per millilitre
• Pg(picograms) one-trillionth of a gram

Metabolic Panel

ALT (alanine aminotransferase)
This test looks at levels of the liver enzyme ALT. When all is well with your liver, your score on this test should be within range. Anything higher may indicate liver damage
Healthy range: 8 to 37 IU/L

A protein made by the liver, albumin levels can be an indicator of liver or kidney problems
Healthy range: 3.9 to 5.0 g/dL Read more

Is Milk Good For You?

Is Milk Good For You?

Is Milk Good For You?

Seven Reasons To Cut Dairy From Your Diet!
MILK and cheese have been linked to countless diseases including breast and prostate cancer.

Now nutritionist Mel Wells asks, is milk good for you? Or is it time to go dairy-free?

By: Laura Mitchell
Published in THE EXPRESS Sat, October 18, 2014

For years we’ve been soaking our cereal in cow’s milk and gorging on ice cream, but now some nutritionists are suggesting that we shouldn’t be eating dairy at all.
It has become the latest food group that people are banishing from their diet and it seems they might have good reason.
Dairy has been linked to a myriad of conditions including eczema, asthma and weight gain. And certain scientists have even linked it to breast and prostrate cancer and diabetes.
Celebrities including Megan Fox and Victoria Beckham have also credited their super-slim figures and glowing complexions to going dairy-free.

So is milk good for you? Why should you give up dairy?
Here Mel Wells, Nutritional Health Coach and creator of The Green Goddess Life blog, gives her opinion on why we should ditch dairy for good.

Dairy milk contains cow hormones that have been linked to breast and prostate cancer.
On top of large amounts of oestrogen and progesterone being present in the milk, Bovine Growth Hormone is also injected on a weekly basis into dairy cows in some countries to make them grow bigger faster, and produce more milk to sell.
So when we drink milk – we might be drinking bovine.
According to The China Study, 2005, Bovine causes the chemical IGF-1 to be released, which has been linked to a whole host of diseases, including breast and prostate cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and gynecomastia (growth of breasts in men).

In the same study, which looked at the impact of animal protein on health, Dr T Colin Campbell explains the link between the occurrence of cancer and consumption of animal products.
He found that casein (milk protein) promoted cancer in all stages of its development. And that the amount of cancer growth could be controlled based on the amount of casein in the diet.
The core problem is that the immune cells of the body mistakenly recognising the body’s own cells as threatening invaders, and consequently the body attacks itself.
When we drink milk, some of these milk proteins are wholly absorbed into the bloodstream, where they eventually come into contact with our body’s own immune cells.
Recognising the cow’s milk protein as a foreign invader, these immune cells go about attacking the protein, as well as forming a ‘memory’ of that protein such that, in the event that is ever enters the bloodstream again, the immune cells will be able to respond faster.
However, the cow’s milk protein is very similar to proteins that already exist in our bodies, and as a result the immune cells become ‘confused’ and start to use their memory to attack the body’s own proteins and cells. Read more