Four Essentials to Managing Stress

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.

Four Ways to Calm Inflammation Down

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.

Skin Conditions. What is your body trying to tell you?

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.

Inflammatory Diseases – What is your body trying to tell you?

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.

Acne – Preventable and Reversible

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.

Fat and Diabetes


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.

Where I get my Iron

I don’t eat red meat, and I haven’t for nearly 3 years.  I don’t eat other animal foods either, but recent blood tests I ordered to measure how my nutritional plan was working for me showed that not only were my blood iron levels excellent, but I also had good iron storage levels (which can be lower in vegans).

Many people are iron deficient.  It’s the most common nutritional deficiency in the world.  Most people I’ve spoken to who find they are anaemic were committed meat eaters at the time they become iron-deficient.  They can’t understand why this happened since they regularly eat iron-rich red meat.

I thought some of you may like to know where I get enough iron to stay full of beans.

Becoming Heart Healthy

In the 1950’s, researcher Ancel Keys noted that the inhabitants of the island of Crete in the Mediterranean Sea, were experiencing remarkably fewer heart attacks than his own countrymen in the United States.  He applied for funding to begin a study that rocked the scientific world and eventually affected us all.

What Keys and his team discovered was that the Mediterranean diet of post-war Crete correlated highly with a low incidence of cardiovascular disease – up to 70% less cardiovascular disease, the type that results in heart attacks and strokes.