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sept_2016_cover_277468_5_w360So, at what point do you seriously consider being a recipient of another person’s faecal material, surely one would have to be at deaths door to make that determination? Well, your first response may still be ‘Yuck’, even though we have been discussing the merits and potential benefits of triggering a restructuring of the microbiota for some years now. Well let’s say that the implications for beneficial outcome in a wide range of problems exists (subject to finding enough suitable donors) but that Clostrium Difficile resolution is the condition where most are currently preparing to confer credibility.

9-coverWhen asked, what is the best diet to follow, there is normally a wide range of options provided. These are mostly based on contemporary patterns, ethical, religious, geographical and preference. However, whilst all dietary practices have aspects that are lauded over, one style of eating consistently supports general benefit to the consumer. That is the traditional Mediterranean diet (MD), defined as: A nutritionally recommended dietary pattern characterised by high-level intake of fruit, vegetables, legumes, nuts and minimally processed cereals, moderately high consumption of fish, low intake of saturated fat, meat and dairy products and regular, but moderate, consumption of alcohol. Unesco has recognised the Mediterranean diet (MD) as an intangible cultural heritage.

220px-pistacia_lentiscusDr Carrie Decker ND, explores the relationship between a molecular communication chemical and human health, its remediation and the role of natural agents in the facilitation of this, with a particular emphasis on the emerging potential of Mastic (Greek: Μαστίχα) a resin obtained from the mastic tree (Pistacia lentiscus).

Although it himagesas already been known for some time that the brain does not remain rigid in its structure even in adulthood, scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences made a surprising discovery: The brain is not only able to adapt to changing conditions in long-term processes, but it can do so every month. The researchers observed that in women, in parallel to the rhythm of the level of oestrogen across their menstrual cycle, the structures of the Hippocampus vary — a brain area that is crucial for memories, mood and emotions.

A Review of Larch Arabinogalactans

Thursday, 15 September 2016 by

5140371318326697Antony Haynes explores the potential mechanisms and actions of arabinogalactans, specifically from the Larch tree.

The reason for choosing this topic is due to the clinical improvements that have been witnessed from its use by numerous patients of my own and of other practitioners.

Larch arabinogalactans will be referred to as “L.A.”.

XLargeThumb.00005176-201607000-00000.CVA paper published in the Journal of Paediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition explores the role of probiotics in the management of functional gut problems in children. Published in July 2016, the authors conclude that appropriately selected organisms represent a plausible (read effective) intervention for such cases. However, strain specific bacteria were tested and random bacteria are not as effective.1

imagesAntony Haynes BA, RNT reviews an interesting development in the management of progressive MS through the use of high dose biotin.

This is a review of the recent research from 2015 and 2016 which shows that the vitamin biotin, at high doses, may have a role to play in progressive MS. You may listen to this as a podcast here.

Personally, I do not have any direct clinical experience of the use of biotin but I have already recommended it to my patients who have MS of the progressive kind. When I or any colleagues of mine have any positive outcomes to report, we can share this via another podcast.

Review of Migraines

Wednesday, 31 August 2016 by

HeadacheAntony Haynes BA, RNT explores the nutritional links with Migraines. The recent heat wave in England in July 2016 with blue, cloudless skies & over 30 degree temperatures has been welcomed by most. However, some people suffer migraines in the bright sunshine, and this is what prompted me to focus on this subject matter, because I used to suffer from completely debilitating migraines myself after playing tennis in the bright sunshine. You may listen to the podcast of this piece here.

This is a review of the subject of migraines and of research into the possible role of key nutrients in the resolution of this disabling condition. You can read this document on the screen, and that gives you the opportunity of viewing the many references provided at the end. The review will take a brief look at the definition and description of migraine, then the incidence of it throughout the world, and then and of most interest, at the possible nutritional interventions that may bring some relief to sufferers.

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nrgastro.2013.141-f2Dr Carrie Decker ND, explores the possible risk reduction benefits achieved by enzymatic breakdown of inadvertant exposure to gluten peptides. Individuals who experience coeliac disease or Non-Coeliac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS) are at risk for exposure to gluten in many settings. Although the home setting can be fairly well controlled by elimination gluten or utilising cooking strategies to separate gluten-containing foods from those that are gluten-free, many restaurants and homes of friends and family often are not as well versed in making foods that are gluten-free.

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cov150hOnce you have your food selection sorted, exercise and sleep organised you should add a further healthy habit to your ongoing self-care routine – turning off the lights! A new study reported in the Cell Press Journal Current Biology on July 14 2016 shows many negative health consequences for mice kept under conditions of constant light for a period of months.[1]

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