After a long pause in writing, I am looking forward to being more active here, and sharing the result of my browsing and researching. These past years have been filled with constant research but very little time to actually summarize and write the result of those long (often night-time) sessions. Where should I start?
We all have a lot on our minds right now. The world is pushing and pulling in all different directions, and never have we felt more divided. And this is a pretty disturbing feeling. In the midst of all this division though, I think we can at least agree that we need to support our immune systems, and that we need to look for help everywhere we can, starting from what is a the center of our every day life: food, and natural ingredients.
Is anybody coughing around here?
This winter has brought respiratory symptoms to many of us. And whether we are dealing with a mild cold or a more severe disease, we all could use some help, especially coming from comforting ingredients we often have lying around. As I was recently looking for ways to relieve a (mild) cough, I found recommendations to cut an onion open and to leave it close to the bed at night. I also found advice to infuse onion pieces in water for a few hours and to drink spoons of the liquid regularly. And I wondered if there was any truth to those.
Some of you might wonder what I have been doing lately and why the posts have stopped. I have been busy taking care of our young son, a two year old with multiple food intolerances. We still don’t know for sure how to call the cause of our son’s symptoms (abdominal distension, constipation, sleep trouble, growth delay), be it intolerance, hypersensitivity, non-IgE food allergies. We know that taking gluten and dairy out of our son’s diet helped but was not enough, and that reducing his diet without using a diet rotation created other food intolerances, restricting his diet even more. It has been challenging, frustrating and discouraging at times but we are hopeful. Now with a no-grain, no-dairy rotation diet supplemented with probiotics and digestive enzymes, our son is growing again and sleeps much better, and is not constipated anymore. Not everything is easy and requires a lot of organization but it works.
If you are like me, you have received threats from your doctor after your last checkup. Actually, I have heard those threats my whole life. My cholesterol has always been high. At some point, it reached a comical level: I weighed no more than 110 pounds, exercised at least an hour a day, had been a vegetarian (understand, plant-based eater) for more than 10 years, had never smoked, ate very, very little fat, and received a pamphlet advising me to lose weight, exercise more, eat less fat, stop smoking and eat less meat. I laughed. But I still had high cholesterol, so what did that mean? MDs eventually told me that my bad cholesterol was probably genetic. So, does that mean I am at higher risk for cardiovascular diseases? And… is there anything we can do? Continue reading →
About 20 years ago I completed an internship in a small company specializing in the formulation of gluten-free bakery products for patients with celiac disease. At the time, celiac disease was pretty much unknown from the general population. Few people were affected, and few products existed to replace the staples of general diets that the affected individuals needed to avoid to remain symptom-free, such as bread, pasta, cookies, cakes, breakfast cereals, and all products containing (or made from) wheat, rye and barley.
Today, it is hard to escape discussions of intolerance to gluten. What happened? Did the frequency of the celiac disease suddenly skyrocket? Apart from an increased awareness of celiac disease per se, clinicians are starting to recognize the existence of another type of food intolerance triggered by wheat, namely nonceliac wheat sensitivity. Continue reading →
Candida is all over the web, deemed responsible for chronic fatigue and brain fog, but did you know Candida infection is also involved in asthma and can actually cause severe asthmatic conditions associated with high death rates?
Candida albicans growing on Sabouraud agar (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Mast cells are involved in allergy. Allergies such as pollen allergy are related to the antibody known as IgE. Like other antibodies, each IgE antibody is specific; one acts against oak pollen, another against ragweed. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The ketogenic diet is a high fat, low-carbohydrate and adequate protein diet, which was originally developed to treat epileptic individuals (see my previous posts about the use of the diet for epilepsy and the mechanisms of action of the diet). The diet produces remarkable results on subjects suffering from intractable seizures but also revealed quite useful for a variety of other conditions, such as narcolepsy and autism and shows promises for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Multiple Sclerosis, migraine headache, depression and type-2 diabetes (see my post on the use of ketogenic diet beyond epilepsy).
Whether you suffer from hay fever, asthma, hives, or food allergies, histamine is taking a toll on your quality of life. If, in addition, you suffer from a chronic condition, you probably know that conventional medicine very quickly stops the fight. Admittedly, my son’s chronic hives have been characterized as incurable. Continue reading →