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

What is meant by “The Terrain”?

The Terrain

The Terrain

The term “the terrain” was coined by French physiologist Claude Bernard in the 19th century, who used the term for the body’s internal environment. Since the body comprises mostly water, the terrain of the body is in essence an aqueous medium. This includes the blood, lymph and the fluids inside of and between the cells.

The state of the terrain is determined by four factors, namely: its acid/alkaline balance; its electric/magnetic charge; its level of poisoning and its nutritional status (including oxygenation).

The condition of the terrain is absolutely central to the balance between health and disease. We can easily understand the notion that unhealthy soil will yield unhealthy, disease ridden plants, while healthy soil will produce strong, healthy plants.

The same concept applies when we look at the terrain of the body: if it is balanced it will promote health and if it is unbalanced it will lead to disease.

An unbalanced terrain disrupts the normal functions of the body: the immune system is less active, enzymes, hormones and other chemical messengers do not function properly, the elimination of toxins is less effective, prostaglandins and other pro-inflammation chemicals accumulate, digestion becomes inadequate, etc.

The body struggles to maintain balance through its many mechanisms, but eventually fails when the level of disruption reaches a tipping point, especially when there is a lack of proper nutrition.

This is when a variety of symptoms may begin, such as headaches, recurring infections, skin problems, etc, depending on our individual susceptibility, types of toxins and deficiencies.

Most people then turn to chemical drugs to suppress the symptoms, like painkillers to numb the pain, cortisone creams, antihistamines, antibiotics, etc. These unnatural measures only fuel the fire by aggravating the levels of toxicity, acidity and the degree of disruption of normal functions. They afford only temporary relief, while worsening the underlying imbalances that led to the development of the symptoms in the first place.

A large part of any natural treatment protocol, for any given disease, is focused on correcting the imbalances of the terrain. We maintain that if the terrain is healthy, the rest of the body will be healthy and resistant to disease and infection. Read more

A 5-Minute Recipe To Take Your Avocado Toast To The Next Level

Avocado Toast by Seamus Mullen

As the chef and owner of Tertulia, located in New York City, I am constantly reinventing Spanish cuisine in an inventive and approachable way. Today, I’m going to help you step up your avocado toast game with this recipe. All you’ll need is an avocado, sea salt, pepper, extra-virgin olive oil, lime, one soft-boiled egg, bread, and a jalapeño (if you can handle the heat). Follow along as I put it all together for you.


Red Ball Blood Test

Red Ball Blood Test


During the war, the “Red Ball Blood Test” was used as a quick test on the battle lines. If a soldier claimed to be sick, they pierced his finger with a needle for a drop of blood. If a “red ball” appeared, the soldier would be handed his rifle and sent off to battle.

If the blood layer on the finger looked watery and not bright red, the solder was deemed ill, and would usually not be sent off to fight.

This test could quickly determine an individual’s overall health. Read more