Ever since Hans Selye published his book, The Stress of Life, in 1956, the word ‘stress’ has become a common word. Selye, an endocrinologist, described stress as the physiological response of animals to a change in environment. He knew that stress affected our bodies – it brought about actual physiological changes. If not brought under control, this change can negatively affect our general health.
In this post are four practical things we can do to manage stress.
This is Part Two of my inflammation posts. Part One describes how inflammation is the intelligent, self-healing response of the body to some sort of injury. And how stopping the inflammatory response altogether with drugs is ultimately damaging for other organs.
This second post describes your options (other than drugs) to calm inflammation.
Recently I had the privilege of attending a two day workshop by Karen Fischer, Australian nutritionist and author of The Eczema Diet, and several other books on skin health. Skin conditions are one of the most complicated conditions to improve. Having devoured three of Karen’s books, I was full of anticipation for this workshop.
Many of Karen’s clients are people who have tried everything, seen multiple doctors and specialists, tried all sorts of alternate pathways to healing, and still have unresolved skin issues that are often debilitating, painful and embarrassing. Karen’s amazing success with so many difficult cases over the past ten years has earned her worldwide acclaim. Many would have seen her on the Today Show.
Here’s a (very) brief summary of how I processed the workshop information.
What is an inflammatory disease? If you have arthritis, or cancer, or heart disease, if you suffer from gout or Type 2 diabetes or an inflammatory bowel disease – you have an inflammatory disease. However, and inflammatory disease is not inflammation – it is the inflammation process gone awry.
Inflammation is actually part of the body’s repair process. It designed to stop infection from occurring. Then when it has stopped this, it halts the inflammation. Having an inflammatory disease is a message from the body that you are not giving it the right inputs to stop the inflammation. There is no rogue disease – only a body crying out to be given what it needs to control its own processes.
If you were deciding to improve your health and you knew that animal foods were not as healthy as plant foods, which would you give up first? Milk and dairy or meat?
All the vegetarians in the world have chosen ‘meat’ to give up – and research shows that this certainly improves health in many areas and leads to living a few years longer.
The better choice, however, would be ‘milk and dairy foods’ .
Removing dairy foods while leaving in a couple of serves of meat a week will lead to even more health benefits than giving up meat but continuing with daily serves of milk and dairy. This article looks at just the oestrogen factor in cow’s milk and a few reasons why it is so detrimental to human health.
Anti-oxidants are one of the best reasons to eat more plant foods. If everyone knew what powers they had, the government would never need to encourage us to eat 2 pieces of fruit a day and 5 serves of vegetables – we’d eat WAY more than that without anyone saying anything!
So what are anti-oxidants, and what do they do? Read on and find out!
Acne is the most common skin condition in Australia.
Up to 85% of Australians will develop acne in their life, and 5% will have severe acne. Nearly 50% of men and women will experience acne into their thirties. Severe acne affects relationships and a person’s sense of self, and can lead to anxiety and depression.
Acne is a skin disease caused by diet. Some people are more predisposed to it than others, but by changing your diet, you will be able to bring an end to it. This post tells you how.
For nearly 40 years, practically all research has indicated that eating fat is implicated in heart disease – strongly implicated – and that it is also a big player in the obesity epidemic and in the common cancers (breast, prostate and colon).
This research is what spawned the low-fat campaign to take the fat out of fattening foods and provide substitutes.
Now it seems all those studies were wrong – but were they?
In this article I want to look at our fat-loving habits, and the new research – that fat is the main cause of Type 2 diabetes – not sugar, as was once believed.
Processed meats such as hot dogs, ham, bacon and salami contain many proven cancer-causing compounds. This has been known for many years. But people are still eating them – even people who otherwise seem to care about their health.
In this article I hope to lift the lid on just how dangerous these products are, and in doing so, cut through the uncertainty about nitrites, nitrates and nitrosamines – which are bad and which are good.
There is a myth in the health world that goes something like this:
“If you only eat healthy foods, and leave out the other categories of food that are not healthy, you can eat all of the healthy foods you like and you will reach a normal weight.”
All diets have a marketing gimmick. But for 99% of them, a missing key has been left out – a practice that must be learned in order to attain and maintain a normal weight.
In this post I talk about the lost key to weight control.