Depression

Are antidepressants disease causing?

Serotonin is an important messenger and neurotransmitter. Since 1965, researchers have suspected a link between depression and a low level of serotonin in the brain. From the 1980s onwards, this hypothesis received a great deal of attention. At that time, a new type of antidepressant was developed, the Selective Serotonin Recovery Inhibitors (SSRIs). They cause the serotonin secreted in the brain to remain in the synaptic gap for a longer period of time, stimulating the recipient cells and preventing the SSRIs from being absorbed back into the cells too quickly.

Untested Hypothesis

To date, the pharmaceutical industry has been spreading the above mentioned message to the market about its SSRI-type antidepressants: depression is based on imbalance in the brain and antidepressants are correcting it. However, the thesis has one crucial flaw: it has not been proven in any of the investigations undertaken to date. Some depressed people have a higher serotonin level than healthy people. Nobody knows what a normal value is. Many researchers now suspect that serotonin is only indirectly associated with depression.

This does not mean that a healthy serotonin level is not important. However, it is precisely this level where the drugs tend to muddy the water. It has been known for decades that the density of serotonin docking sites decrease by 25% after only one month if SSRIs are taken. Other researchers report that these receptors decrease by 50% in chronic SSRI administration. To date, the consequences of this has not been clarified. The only thing that is clear: instead of compensating for a hypothetical imbalance in the brain, the SSRIs cause this imbalance in the first place. It is unclear whether the serotonin system is impaired before treatment, yet during the treatment it has certainly changed.

Results suggest – it’s hardly better than a placebo

In addition, the effect of the SSRI is anything but clear. An important review study found that in 57% of the studies, there is no difference between the tested drug and a placebo (sugar pill). And 82% of the improvement achieved with antidepressants was also achieved with the placebo. Only in the small group of severely depressed patients do antidepressants seem to be significantly more effective than the placebo.

Nevertheless, SSRIs are still frequently prescribed, even in mild or even subliminal depressions. In view of the side effects, this is a dangerous practice. Relatively harmless side effects such as disorders of sexual disfunction, insomnia, nausea or diarrhoea are common. The increased risk of suicide is even more frightening: especially among children and adolescents, suicide attempts increased so much during SSRI administration that the package leaflets now must warn against it. Time and time again there are reports of delusional acts carried out under the influence of these tablets. In the United States, there is compelling evidence that the vast majority of massacres in schools were carried out under the influence of psychotropic drugs. The well-known filmmaker Michael Moore believes this connection should be investigated as soon as possible.

Antidepressants - could lead to depression?

Meanwhile, it is believed that the drugs used to alleviate depression are actually responsible (in part at least) for the epidemic of psychiatric illnesses we now experience worldwide. This is one of the claims made by the US science journalist Robert Whitaker. His thesis in short: Many patients are treated with SSRIs unnecessarily due to their initial minor symptoms. This may lead to an improvement of symptoms in the short term. However, the longer the treatment lasts, the more likely it is that the biochemical processes of the brain become more out of sync. There is a habitual effect and the efficacy of the medication decreases. New symptoms may appear in the form of side effects and this can become a pharmaceutical spiral. The Italian psychiatrist Giovanni Fava says: "Antidepressants may be beneficial in the short term for depression, but they could worsen the course of the disease in the long term." Also in a commentary in the journal "Journal of Clinical Psychiatry", which is seldom openly discussed: "Long-term use of antidepressants is now very common”.

Genuine sympathy is crucial if we want to help

What does this mean for those affected? Depression is not a harmless condition and the people affected should be helped. Studies have shown that drugs, psychotherapy, social support, sports, acupuncture or pseudo-treatments are all equally useful. That is why there are researchers who argue that if such different treatments work equally well, it may not even be possible to find out what one should do about depression. All that matters is that something is done. They are thus adopting a thesis developed by the psychiatrist Jerome Frank, about half a century ago; it is crucial that the patient be thoroughly examined, receive an explanation for his or her suffering, create hope and finally practise a therapeutic ritual with an acknowledged expert. Whether the specialist prescribes a drug or conducts conversations, however, is irrelevant. For us laymen, this would mean: we need to assist affected persons intensively and with real sympathy, to brighten up the mood, to suggest natural alternatives like Aronia Berries or Pollen and to work towards a lasting change of the affected person’s life circumstances which may be causing the illness. On the other hand, antidepressants of the SSRI type should be avoided with mild depression.

 

P. S.: Psychotropic drugs should not be discontinued, or the dosage reduced without consulting your medical professional. A sudden drop in blood pressure can lead to considerable psychological and physical reactions. If you want to adapt an existing medication, you should always do this in cooperation with your doctor.

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Sugar consumption declared harmless in bought studies

The sugar-coated lie: In the 1960's, the US sugar industry deceived consumers in a similar way to the tobacco industry. Scientists and researchers were paid to present sugar in a positive light and place the blame for increasing cardiovascular disease entirely on fat.  This misconception persists to this day and has devastating consequences. The theory stubbornly persists, against better knowledge, that an increased cholestrol level leads to arterial calcification and therefore heart attacks (see blog article "The Cholestrol Lies")

Scientists paid by the sugar industry

In 1957, British nutritionist, John Yudkin, suspected that saturated fats could lead to cardiovascular disease, but noted that other factors, such as sugar, were "at least equally important". This was confirmed in further studies. In 1965, one study concluded that the blood glucose values allow a better prediction of arterial calcification than the cholestrol values. The sugar industry decided to take action by launching media reports. As recently revealed by US professor Stanton Glanz, two research scientists were commissioned to conduct an overview study of the metabolism of sugars and fats and were very generously paid.  The two scientists obligingly showed their appreciation by concluding that there was 'no doubt' that the only way to prevent cardiovascular disease was to reduce cholesterol . No mention was made of the possible role of sugar.

Less sugar, less medication

To date, no concusive biological evidence has been found to prove that an increased cholestrol level leads to the dreaded calcification of blood vessels. In a study conducted over 60 years and including 68 094 participancts, a high LDL cholestrol level was linked to a lower death rate rather than a higher death rate. This conclusion is in direct contrast to the current cholestrol hyposthesis which concludes that cholestrol, especially LDL cholestrol, leads to arterial calcification and health problems. But, there is little interest in the new discovery since the pharmaceutical industry earns billions from cholestrol lowering drugs.  To abandon these drugs and to consume less sugar simultaneously does not appear to be an option. The true cause of arteriosclerosis is unclear and more research needs to be done. However, a high sugar consumption certainly plays a role.

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Getting rid of nail fungal infections requires patience

Nail fungus is a common disorder of the finger and toe nails. Affected nails become thicker and turn a white or yellowish- brown colour. The cause is a fungal infection of the nail bed, affecting toenails more frequently than fingernails. The fungus can be contracted at school, home, whilst having a manicure or pedicure, or at a public swimming pool. The fungus is persistent and often spreads to other nails.

Nail fungus looks unsightly

Nail fungus is mostly a cosmetic and psychosocial problem. It looks unpleasant, can cause embarrassment and fear of the infection being passed on. However, because the nail thickens, the surrounding skin may become inflammed and painful.

Treatment requires patience

Nails grow from the nail root which is hidden 3-5mm behind the nail, under the skin.  This is the area to target for treatment. The fungus must be prevented from forming during the formation of the nail.  It is too late for parts of the nail that are already affected and the only solution is to wait for the nail to grow out and to trim off the affected area. This treatment is therefore a slow, lengthy process requiring patience.

How to treat nail fungal infections

I have had very good results with cinnamon, habanero or chili and artemesia. These natural substances all have excellent anti fungal properties.  There are creams available which contain all three substances. It is important to treat the skin behind the nail where the nail roots are located, rather than the nail itself, by applying the cream daily.  After about 3 months you will observe a clear, uninfected nail emerging from the skin. However, the treatment must be continued for between 9 months and a year to ensure that the fungus has been erradicated successfully and entirely.

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Competitive sports and nutrition

Competitive sport and nutrition


Institute for Sports Medicine

SALUTO is the largest centre of excellence in the German-speaking world for top athletes. It is led by the sports scientist, Prof. Dr. Elmar Wienecke, who also holds a qualification in training from the football league. The centre has medical data from 10 000 top athletes and several thousand other competitive athletes - a treasure trove of information for sports medicine. However, the importance regarding the field of nutrition is still not fully appreciated.

Injuries due to a lack of micronutrients/nutraceuticals 

72% of all sports injuries are not due to external effects.  Muscles, tendons, ligaments and even bones are injured due to sporting strain, often due to a lack of vital nutrients.  If the minerals and trace elements in the athletes blood are measured, the results are usually normal. Nevertheless, many athletes have a severe deficiency in these minerals at a cellular level, but they are unaware of it.

The optimal supply of micronutrients

Optimal care of the athletes micronutrient requirement leads to a significantly higher level of performance and fewer injuries.  Top athletes usually lack the following micronutrients:

  • Protein, especially essential amino acids  (recommendation: Product MAP, which stands for Master Amino Acid Pattern)
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Selenium
  • Potassium
  • Vitamin C
  • Omega-3 fatty acids and L-carnitine

Other more rare trace elements should also be kept in mind.

The right diet

Athletes require a higher intake of carbohydrates which should, whenever possible, be taken in the complex form ie.e wholegrain products.  Before each training session, the glycogen stores in the muscles and the liver should be replenished. Sugar and white flour promote inflammation and hyperacidity. The protein requirement of an athlete is much higher than that of a couch potato, as is the need for fatty acids. Interestingly, athletes also need 3-4 times more micronutrients. Tests carried out on professional athletes show that even with a 4 times higher intake, they often still have a deficiency.

Faster recovery

After each training session and competition, the body is highly acidic and flooded with free radicals. Therefore, antioxidants are vitally important for faster regeneration and recovery.  The easiest way to do this is to add antioxidants to an isotonic drink. I recommend a product called Aronia Shots (available from Kingnature) to the athletes that I treat. It is advisable to consult a specialist, but one thing is certain: The correct diet is extremely powerful!

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrom

Chronic Fatigue

Countless people feel abnormally tired and would gladly take to their beds by late afternoon. Most people who mention this symptom to their doctor will not be given a diagnosis despite a thorough examination. If the hemoglobin, iron and thyroid levels are normal, there is not much the doctor can recommend.  Frequently, the actual causes of fatigue are chronic stress, micronutrient deficiency or hormonal deficiency.

Chronic Stress, Burnout

People who are stressed produce more cortisol in the adrenal cortex. However, the adrenal gland is only able to produce large amounts of cortisol for approximately 3 years after which it falls into an exhaustive state and produces a dramatically decreased amount of cortisol. This results in burnout, a state of complete physical and mental exhaustion.  By conducting a simple test, the cortisol day profile, it can be determined if a patient is still in a state of high stress (high cortisol level) or burnout (low cortisol level).

Micronutrients

Anyone who doesn't have a balanced diet will suffer from a lack of essential nutrients sooner or later.  Young people who tend to avoid fresh fruit and vegetables in favour of the daily consumption of sugary foods and energy drinks are highly likely to suffer from debilitating fatigue in early adulthood.

In such cases, there is no need for expensive medical investigation, but rather simple advice on healthy eating. If the cells lack the micronutrients, the mitochondria cannot produce energy. If individual cells lack energy, the whole body suffers from exhaustion. The cure is simple:  replenish all the essential nutrients through healthy nutrition. To accelerate the healing process, the intake of natural vitamins and minerals can be increased by using Moringa and Aroinia extract.

Intestinal diseases

One of the main reasons for the insufficient absorption of essential nutrients is chronic inflammation of the intestine in the form of Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, both of which are easily treatable.

Hormone deficiency

People seldomly associate chronic fatigue with a hormone imbalance. Humans have around 150 hormones of which only 20 have been explored. Our hormones function in a finely balanced relationship with each other which is easily upset by stress, the contraceptive pill, medication and many other factors. Lack of estriol, progesterone or testosterone can result in fatigue and many other symptoms.  Whenever fatigue is a symptom, a measurement of the hormones is urgently recommended (a saliva test is more accurate than a blood test).

 

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Losing weight - But how?

Losing weight - but how?

Overweight as a global problem

Globally, it is estimated that 2 billion people are overweight. That is about a quarter of the world's population. In Switzerland, in 2012, there were over 40 per cent of the inhabitants, who had a body mass index of more than 25 and were therefore considered to be overweight. Being overweight not only reduces the quality of life of those affected but also harms their health. Common consequences of being overweight are type II diabetes, high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure, which in turn can promote cardiovascular disease and strokes. The cost of all these subsequent illnesses of being overweight are estimated to be around CHF 6 billion a year in Switzerland.

Eat less carbohydrates - especially in the evening

How to lose weight? My basic recommendation is to halve the portion size of the side dishes (pasta, potatoes, bread and rice), double the vegetable portions and, if possible, forgo sweets and sugary drinks. The calorie intake is usually reduced by approx. 10%, and the carbohydrates should only be eaten in the morning and at noon. Consuming carbohydrates in the evening increase the insulin levels throughout the whole night and thus blocks the natural fat loss when your insulin levels are lower. Exercise and sport are important, but ultimately contribute little to weight reduction. Not recommended is a radical approach of completely fasting: the body then turns on an emergency program and prevents fat loss. Only water is excreted and muscles are broken down.

Are the hormones in order?

Anyone who does not lose a gram of weight despite adhering to these measures mentioned above, should have their progesterone level measured in their saliva. A lack of this hormone also prevents fat loss.

Food supplements

Finally, fat-burning food supplements, e.g. Coffea Vida, a preparation based on green coffee beans, can be taken. This extract of unroasted green coffee is rich in chlorogenic acid, a substance which, in threefold sense, acts on the blood-sugar level:

Chlorogenic acid inhibits the uptake of glucose (dextrose) in the intestine,
Chlorogenic acid inhibits the enzyme glucose-6-phosphatase, which leads to increased degradation of the glycogen stores in the liver and muscles,
Chlorogenic acid inhibits the enzyme amylase, so that the starch in the food cannot be split into glucose.
Overall, the blood glucose level increases less after eating, whereby less fat is formed and the desired weight can be reached and held. This anti-inflammatory effect of green coffee beans also makes it a promising candidate for the treatment of Type II diabetes - in addition to dried mulberry leaves, which also have a blood sugar suppression.

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Reduce body weight with green coffee and brown algae powder

 In a previous blog, I described how to reduce your body weight in a sustained way: you must halve the portion size of the side dishes (pasta, potatoes, bread and rice), double the vegetable portions and forgo sweets and sugary drinks. The calorie intake is usually reduced by approx. 10%. The carbohydrates should only be eaten in the morning and at noon. Consuming carbohydrates in the evening increase the insulin levels throughout the whole night and thus blocks the natural fat loss when your insulin levels are lower. Exercise and sport are important, but ultimately contribute little to weight reduction.

Green coffee and brown algae

You can support fat loss with food supplements such as extracts of green coffee. Green, non-roasted coffee is rich in chlorogenic acid, a substance which, in a threefold sense, acts on the blood glucose level. As a result, less fat is formed and the desired weight can be reached and held.

Brown algae powder can also support weight loss. These algae are rich in long-chain polyphenols, which reduce the activity of two important digestive enzymes (lipase and amylase) by about 50%. As lipases are necessary for the digestion of fats and amylases splits carbohydrate chains, brown algae powder reduces the digestion of fats and carbohydrates. In studies, volunteers lost on average 2.8 kg over an 8-week time frame. 

If you eat less carbohydrates and at the same time take products that contain both an extract of green coffee beans and brown algae powder, you have good chance to permanently reduce your body weight.

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Gastric Antacids: not harmless

 

 

They are widely prescribed, they are often taken for long periods of time, for a long time now they have been considered to be harmless, but this reputation is now being challenged: the talk is of stomach acid or proton pump inhibitor, which are taken by patients with heartburn or reflux. Between 2000 and 2008, the consumption of these medicines in the Canton of Geneva rose by around 500%. They are prescribed too often, for too long, too often unnecessarily and sometimes also for children. And this despite the fact that the acid blockers are ineffective in around a third patients. In cases of an irritable stomach, they are effective only in 10 to 15 per cent of the cases and in the case of an irritable bowel, not at all. Yet, in these cases the dosage is increased dramatically.

Renal impairment and food intolerances

The proton pump inhibitors bind to certain cells in the stomach and so inhibit gastric acid production. As they are very selective, they have long been considered very safe. But now a study has shown that they damage the kidneys and can lead to chronic renal impairment. In long-term treatment with acid blockers, the body's absorption of micro nutrients such as magnesium, calcium and vitamin B12 form our diet is severely inhibited. This increases the risk of osteoporosis and bone fractures. The vitamin B12 that is missing has a significantly negative impact on important metabolic processes. As the stomach is less acidic, dangerous bacteria can survive and cause serious gastrointestinal infections. Finally, food intolerances can develop because the food reaches the intestine partially undigested.

Cayenne as an alternative

Heartburn and a strong reflux of acidic gastric contents into the oesophagus (acid eruption, reflux) are painful and unpleasant. Those affected, sleep badly and their quality of life is diminished. So, doing nothing is not an option. Fortunately, nature gives us a way to protect the stomach, which is also has no side effects namely Cayenne pepper. Instead of blocking the acid production, the burn of the Cayenne stimulates the production of the protective mucus layer on the gastric mucosa. Thus, you have an acidic stomach, which is necessary for the digestion and for defence against unwanted bacteria, as well as gastric mucosa protected by more mucus. The stomach becomes calmer, tightens less, is protected from excessive acid and leaves the oesophagus out of the equation. 

Change Slowly

It is important not to stop taking acid blockers immediately, but to slow reduce the dosage. Otherwise, because of a feedback mechanism, the acid production of the stomach suddenly increases excessively. This rebound effect occurs in a little as eight-week ingestion period. Similarly, the dosage of the Cayenne pepper can slowly be increased e.g. first take only one capsule together with the food and so dilute it to a certain extent. If tolerability is good, you can go up to two capsules and take them after the meal. Instead of taking capsules, you can also spice up your meals with very strongly with cayenne-pepper, but this is not for everyone.

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The Cholesterol Lie

 

 

Cholesterol is an irreplaceable building block, necessary for the health of every individual cell and for almost all hormones in our bodies. It is an important component of the cell wall, increases its stability and, together with proteins, contributes to injecting and extracting signalling substances into the cell. cholesterol is also vital as a precursor to many hormones and bile acids. A cholesterol level of 5.0 or below can be hazardous to life. On average, the European population has a level around 6.5 and this is considered normal.

To date, no proof for the hypothesis

In the 1950s, the hypothesis of an American nutritionist gain wide acceptance, according to which an elevated cholesterol level leads to arterial calcification and thus favours myocardial infarction i.e. heart attacks. Even though this hypothesis is based solely on empirical evidence, it is by no means proved. Up to now, no biological mechanism could be found, were one could demonstrate that an increased cholesterol level would lead to the feared plaque formation in the blood vessels. Despite this fact, the hypothesis stubbornly remains in main stream acceptance. The fact that cholesterol-lowering drugs (statins) represent the world's highest-selling segment of the pharmaceutical industry, probably hinders the necessary clarification and finding the truth. The issue of cholesterol will still shake the public, as more and more doctors admit that they have wrongly treated their patients with statins. In my practice, nobody is prescribed statins, unless you have a cholesterol value over 10.

Mortality is higher when cholesterol is low 

Cholesterol is definitely not a risk factor for heart attack or stroke. In a large study, mortality was 30% greater when patients were treated with statins and blood thinners rather than with the correct diet. In a recently published meta-study with a total of 68,094 people over 60 years, a high LDL cholesterol level was associated with a lower mortality. This result is a striking contrast with the current cholesterol hypothesis, according to which cholesterol generally leads, especially LDL cholesterol, to arterial calcification and health problems.

Statins lower vital Q10

Statins also lower the Q10 level by about 50%, which can lead to severe side effects such as fatigue. The real reason people get arteriosclerosis is not clear and further researched needs to be one, but the high consumption of sugar certainly plays a role.

For high cholesterol values, I propose a plant-rich diet and a forgoing of sugar. As a dietary supplement, I recommend omega-3 fatty acids (for example, 2 capsules of krill oil), 2 capsules of Aronia and sufficient vitamin D (at least 3000 IU per day). If someone still needs statins, then only if additional Q10 is consumed, to compensate the medically induced lowering of the Q10 levels.

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Burnout

 

 

Chronic stress and burnout

Today, stress is omnipresent for many people. The burdens on the workplace have tended to increase, even in our leisure time a lot needs to be undertaken and done and of course the family may not come short either. Thus, for many, it is difficult to meet all the different expectations - not least their own - and to unite everything.

Stress increases cortisol levels

Those who suffer with stress produce more cortisol in the adrenal cortex. This hormone undertakes many tasks in the body for example, it has a dampening effect on the immune system. It ensures that inflammations do not spread too much and that small inflammations do not become a big catastrophe for the body. It is these properties, that modern medicine often uses cortisone, closely associated with cortisol, to suppress excess responses and inhibit inflammations.

Body must be able to relieve stress

Cortisol, together with insulin, also contributes to the regulation of the blood glucose level. Stress needs a lot of energy. By elevating the blood glucose level, cortisol provides the body with fast and sufficient energy when needed. Biologically, this is a very sensible mechanism: in a danger situation, we get the necessary energy to fight or flee. Today we are stressed but often "under constant stress" and we lack the necessary exercise ("fight or flight"), which would bring our body back to a "normal operating level". This is the reason why sport is so good at relieving stress and prevent the negative effects of stress.

In burnout, the cortisol is low

The adrenal gland is only able to produce large quantities of cortisol for about 3 years. After this time, it falls into a state of exhaustion resulting in a rapid drop in the cortisol level. The result is burnout, a state of complete physical and mental exhaustion. A simple test to determine the cortisol profile of a person, can establish if somebody is under stress (high cortisol) or if a person is already in the burnout stage (deep cortisol).

Cayenne stimulates cortisol production

What are we to do? Burnout patients need medical attention. They need support in the acute phase, during the regeneration and in the sustainable change of their living habits. One treatment option is to add the dietary supplement cayenne pepper to the diet. The hot tasting substances contained in the pods can stimulate the production of the now missing corporeal cortisol and thus help the patient to get back on his feet more quickly and helps to tackle the necessary adaptation of the lifestyle. Other options to increase vitality are taking flower pollen (give energy), coenzyme Q10 (to prevent fatigue), Moringa (natural multivitamin) or Aronia.

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Cancer Prevention

Cancer Prevention

Cancer is on the rise

The number of people being affected by cancer is on the rise and the expectation is that the number of new cases will double over the next 30 years. Every one of us knows of someone who is affected by cancer. There are many reasons why you get cancer and it is a very complex disease.

Prevention would be first prize

Experts agree that the number of cancer patients could be halved if people were to take preventative measures and change certain lifestyle choices.  Sadly, most people are not prepared to do this and hope that they can dodge the bullet. A third of them will not be so lucky.

Nutrition plays a major role

Medical practitioners often overlook the importance of nutrition since it is not something they studied intensively during their training.

Instead of admitting their ignorance, many doctors still firmly believe that nutrition and cancer are not related.  These opinions may be changed in the near future as the research into this area is having starlting results. Nutritional experts are discovering and proving the effects of dozens of cancer-resistant secondary crops.

Cancer research

The best-known books of two cancer researchers,  Prof. Dr. Richard Béliveau (Cancer Cells Do Not Like Raspberries) and Dr. Johannes Coy (The New Anti-Cancer Diet) give a clear overview of such micronutrients for laymen.

Salvestrole

Incredible results have also been achieved with Salvestrole, which has been researched by Prof. Dan Burke and Prof. Gerry Potter in England. My own experience clearly confirms these results.  (e.g. Salvestrol Vida 350) The possibilities for the use of nutroceuticals in the treatment of cancer is high, but it is dependent on which stage of cancer the patient has.

As with conventional cancer treatments, the possibilities for treatment are decreased if the cancer is at an advanced stage. The earlier the cancer is detected and treatment is started, the more successful the results. Micronutrients also have the abilitly to enhance the efficacy chemotherapy and to lessen the side-effects. The side-effects of radiotherapy can also be almost totally avoided.

Side effects can be avoided

When it comes to diagnosing cancer, it is important where the focus lies. Regular medicine focuses entirely on bombarding the tumour with an arsenal of medical weaponry regardless of the harmful side effects.

Nutroceutical treatment focuses on the body as a whole and not just the tumour.  It aims to strengthen the body and fascilitate self-healing. Our immune system has the ability to kill cancer cells if it works properly, but unfortunately, the immune system is almost completely shut down by chemotherapy. It takes a long time for the immune system to recover, but micronutrients can also speed up this recovery time. 

Cancer treatment is a specialist field

Unfortunately many dubious therapists are dabbling in the field of cancer. Cancer is unforgiving, so patients should take care to make informed decisions about the alternative therapies they choose.  Every cancer patient will be bombarded with advice from friends and associates, all well-meant, but often not useful. I cannot advise or suggest treatment over the internet as each cancer patient needs individual care adapted to their type and stage of cancer. Specialist investigation and treatment is essential.

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Diabetes mellitus Type 1 and 2

Definition of  Diabetes Type 1

Previously diabetes was referred to as either the young or the elderly diabetes. These days it is referred to as Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. In Type 1 diabetes, the pancreas cannot form insulin and the patient must inject insulin for the rest of their lives. This form of diabetes affects only 5% of all patients, usually adolescents.  

Definition of Diabetes Type 2

95% of all diabetics suffer from type 2 diabetes, an acquired form which is usually due to the wrong nutrition.

Increase in Diabetes sufferers

The number of diabetics in Switzerland has doubled in the last 10 years from 250 000 to 500 000.  In Germany, the figure is 8 million. A diabetics treatment costs the medical aid CHF 6000.00 per year, which means a total cost of CHF 3 billion per year!

Causes of diabetes

Nobody likes to point the finger of blame, but the fact of the matter is that diabetes is avoidable through healthy eating. Sadly, its easier to swallow a handful of pills than to change our unhealthy habits.

Treatment

If you do suffer from diabetes, you will need nutritional advice, a strong will and determination. By losing 10kg alone, you could already massively reduce the blood glucose level.  Losing weight is not that difficult and does not have to mean starvation with the correct advice and motivation.  Diabetes is largely linked to being overweight, having high blood pressure and high cholestrol (metabolic syndrome), but with close consultation there is a great chance of being cured.

Treatment for diabetes with natural products

The best natural remedy to lower blood sugar is dried mulberry leaves (capsules available from my practise or tea from www.honlai.ch)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dementia and Alzheimer's, the dreaded disease of old age

Dementia

We all fear dementia, the loss of our intellectual capabilites and becoming dependent in old age.  In our old age homes, a third of all residents suffer from dementia resulting in costly additional nursing care.

Alzheimer's Disease

This is the most common form of dementia and is not simply down to fate. There are several ways to prevent this disease, but because the disease develops over 20 to 30 years, the preventative measure must be started early.

Prevention of dementia

It is best to start the preventative process around the age of 30 by staying active, maintaining a healthy weight and blood pressure, brain training and social contacts.

Chemical treatment of dementia and Alzheimer's Disease

There are medications for Alzheimer's Disease, but these only postpone the symptoms in the early stages by 2 - 3 years. There is no cure once the disease is in the advanced stages.

Alternative treatments

Diet is the most effective way to prevent the disease.  It must be low in sugar and rich in omega 3 and antioxidants.  Kurkuma (turmeric) has the best results and essentially improves the nervous functions.  Even slight improvements were noted in the severest cases of dementia in patients who had taken kurkuma daily.  As a preventative measure I recommend 3 Kurkuma Vida capsules daily, and 2 capsules 3 times per day for patients who already have dementia as well as Q10, linseed or fish oil capsules and aronia extract.

Dementia preventative alternative products

Kurkuma (e.g. Kurkuma Vida 3x1 capsules)

Omega-3 fatty acids (Linseed oil or fish oil capsules)

Vitamin-B complex with folic acid

OPC (e.g. Aronia Vida 3x1 capsules)

coffee 3-5 cups

Additionally also Phosphatidylserine

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Moringa - the natural multivitamin

Moringa – the natural multivitamin

Vitamins are popular and the sale of vitamins is on the rise. In the USA it is not uncommon to have tubs containing 1000 vitamins at a time in the kitchen cabinet and to swallow them like sweets. Unfortunately, they are of little use to your body if you don't have a healthy diet with enough fibre to increase your intestines ability to absorb the vitamins.

Pharmaceuticals vs nutroceuticals

The pharmaceutical industry is using dubious studies to prove how 'harmful' vitamins can be. In these studies, subjects are given just one vitamin at very high doses which makes no sense even from a nutroceutical point of view.

Lack of vitamins and nutrients

Despite our supermarkets being full of food, more than half the population suffer from a lack of vitamins and micronutrients. This stems from our unhealthy eating habits and nutrient-lacking food available due to modern farming methods (chemical fertilizers and pesticides).

Artificial vitamins and supplements

Health supplements make sense, but they must be natural. Almost all the vitamin supplements available on the market contain predominantly synthetic or chemically manufactured vitamins which have been proven to be less effective than natural ones. Natural molecules carry crucial bioenergetic information which the synthetic vitamins lack.

A natural vitamin boost and food supplement in a capsule

The most nutritious plant in the world is the moringa tree (Moringa oleifera), of which almost every part can be consumed. The leaves contain vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B7, C, D, E and K, as well as the important minerals calcium, potassium, iron, copper, manganese, magnesium and zinc. An added bonus are the numerous antioxidants and polyphenols.

The next time you think of buying vitamins, consider moringa, or more specifically Moringa Vida. I highly recommend it to my patients, because it is organic, of the highest quality and has been harvested by hand.

 

 

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Crohn's disease, chronic bowel disease

The definition of Crohn's Disease

This insiduous disease is a chronic inflammation which can occur anywhere between the oral cavity and the rectum but occurs most commonly around the small intestinve. The exact cause is unclear, but the disease is generally classified as autoimmune, which means that the body forms antibodies against its own tissue.

The symptoms of Crohn's Disease

The symptoms of Crohn's Disease are stomach pains and diarrhea, which can consist of bloody mucus, loss of apetite, fatigue, anaemia and joint pain. Because an inflammed intestine cannot absorb any iron, the long term result is chronic anaemia. With chronic intestinal inflammation, few nutrients can be properly absorbed and this leads to a vitamin deficiency and lethargy. 

Method of diagnosis

Crohn's Disease is usually diagnosed by means of a colonoscopy.  The cause of chronic diarrhea should always be thoroughly investigated.

Causes

In my experience, Crohn's Disease is almost always linked to allergy-type food intolerances although this is not always recognised by many doctors and allergy specialists.

Recommended foods and natural products

There is usually an immediate improvement if the patient avoids the foods that are causing the intolerance. The inflammation in the intestine can be treated with clinoptilolite, Kurkuma Vida (turmeric) capsules and aronia extract. In cases of acute Crohn's Disease, foods that cause bloating should be avoided, but as soon as the inflammation clears, high fibre foods are extremely important.

Treatment of Crohn's Disease

The traditional treatment for Crohn's Disease consists primarily of the administration of cortisone and immunosuppressants. If there is still no improvement, the most inflammed sections of the intestine are usually surgically removed.  This does not cure the disease, but merely causes it to move to another section of the intestine.  Whenever possible, I advise against surgery.

 

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Bladder (cystitis), urinary tract infections

Cystitis, urinary tract infections

Bladder infections are extremely common, especially amongst women.  10-15% of all women suffer with bladder infection each year. The reason for this is that women have a shorter urethra which allows bacteria to travel from the intestine more easily. In men, cystitis is less common except in older men with enlarged prostates who are no longer able to completely empty their bladders.

What are the symptoms of a bladder infection?

The main symptoms are a burning sensation when passing water, a constant urge to pass water and dark coloured urine. A bladder infection in itself is relatively harmless, but if left untreated the inflammation can travel along the urethra to the renal pelvis. The diagnosis is clear from the symptoms. If the urine is examined under a microscope, there will be an increase in white blood corpuscles (leukocytes) and bacteria. 

The treatment for urinary tract infection

The standard recommended treatment is to drink plenty of fluids and to take a course of antibiotics. However, before reaching for the antibiotics, its worth trying a natural alternative.  Renal and bladder teas are too weak to treat an infection. Doctors have been aware for quite some time that cranberry juice is far more effective and better still is Aronia-Extract, (e.g. Aronia Vida) because the concentration of the active ingredient is higher.  The leaves of the artemisia annua plant are as effective as an antibiotic, but without the negative side effects, which is a major plus for my patients.  Unfortunately, artemesia leaves are only available through specialist practitioners.

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Prevention and protection against flu - Vaccinating yes or no

Prevention and protection against flu  -  to vaccinate or not

Every autumn, many people ask themselves the question: should I have the flu vaccination or not?  We are officially offered an almost 100% protection against flu and a 50% reduction in the flu-related death rate.  Instintively though, many people realise that something isn't quite right.  And, indeed, a study in 2006 of 260 000 children under the age of 2 years old, showed that the vaccination didn't have a much better rate of success than a  placebo.

Link Impfstudie Kinder 2006

The results with vaccinations and the elderly were hardly more successful as shown by a study from 2010.

Link Impfstudie ältere Menschen 2010. 

The benefits of a flu vaccination are therefore far less than we are led to believe. Worse still, many of those who do choose to be vaccinated complain of feeling unwell for weeks afterwards. Those who have been vaccinated are also more at risk of contracting bird flu and swine flu.

Link Impfstudie Schweinegrippe

Children also become more susceptible to infections from subtype viruses as their immune systems are weakened by the vaccine.

Link Impfstudie Infektionen Subtypen-Viren.

Did you know that with each vaccination you are injected with mercury or aluminium because there are no other carrier substances available?

What other protection is there against flu?

So if the flu vaccination is questionable, what other means do we have of protecting ourselves against flu since none of us wants to be ill.  A real flu is caused by the influenza virus A or B. Usually, we are suffering from cold, which, although unpleasant, is far more harmless than actual flu. This is caused by a droplet infection which is caused mainly by couging and sneezing.  The incubation period, or the time between infection and onset of the illness, is between one and five days.

In order to remain healthy during winter, I recommend the following measures which are mainly aimed at building up a healthy immune system:

-        fresh air and exercise even in cold weather

-        a healthy diet with lots of fresh vegetables, fruit and salad

-        extra natural vitamin C (from oranges, mandarins, kiwi fruit and grapefruit)

-        additional vitamin D3 capsules from a pharmacy,  1500 units per day for adults and 500 to 1000 units per day for children from November until the end of March

-       sufficient omega 3 fatty acids, obtained either through the consumption of fish twice a week or 1 tablespoon of linseed oil  (the best linseed oil is available through www.vitapower.ch)

-       2-3 Aronia Vida capsules per day contain plenty anti-inflammatory polyphenols  (www.kingnature.ch)

-       2-3 Moringa Vida capsules per day as an additional natural vitamin (www.kingnature.ch)

With these measures, I have managed to remain flu-free for the last 20 years. I wish you much health and happiness even in the cold and snow!

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Treatment of Acid Reflux

Reflux - regurgitation of stomach acid into the oesophagus

The word reflux means the flowing back of a liquid. In medical terms this means the flowing back of the stomach acid into the oesophagus (gastroesophageal reflux). Another form of reflux is from the bladder back into the urethra.

The cause of reflux is a weakening of the muscle which seperates the stomach and the oesophagus. Highly acidic gastric contents then flow back into the lower third of the oesophagus where a chronic and painful inflammation occurs over a period of time.

What are the signs of reflux?

The typical symptoms are burning pain behind the sternum, often at night, and acid regurgitation.  A gastroscopy needs to be carried out to confirm the diagnosis. Other warning signs are pain when swallowing and weightloss.

The clinical treatment

The clinical treatment is based solely on prescription medication known as proton pump inhibitors which significantly reduce gastric acidity. The most commonly prescribed medication is Pantoprazol which is very effective, but must be taken over a long period of time. Side effects are indicated in the package insert of the corresponding medication. It is also recommended to avoid smoking, alcohol, coffee and spicy foods.

The natural treatment of acid reflux with Cayenne

The natural remedy is in direct contrast to the medical remedy which suggests avoiding spices.  Cayenne pepper significantly enhances the protective mucous layer in the stomach thereby protecting it from the acid.  Since it is not easy to eat cayenne pepper, it is available in capsules (Caya Vida) which dissolve in the stomach. Starting with one capsule taken with the main meal, the dose should be gradually increased if there is no discomfort. In my experience, cayenne pepper capsules are far more effective than Pantoprazol  and have the added benefit of burning fat since they increase the metabolism.

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Ulcers - painful blisters in the mouth

Ulcers - painful blisters in the mouth and throat

Ulcers are not the same as fever blisters. Their cause is unknown, but they are also a herpes simplex virus. They are extremely painful and affect the mucous membranes in the mouth and the tongue. In addition to small indentations, there are also yellowish deposits.

What causes mouth ulcers?

There appears to be a link between mouth ulcers and a deficiency in vitamin B12, iron and folic acid. In certain cases, ulcers also occur as a result of an allergy to citrus fruit, nuts, etc. In these cases, the ulcers appear in the pharynx, or throat, within 24 hours.

How can mouth ulcers be treated?

As with fever blisters, mouth ulcers usually disappear by themselves after 7-10 days, although sufferers wish it was quicker! There are various medications and applications which relieve the symptoms slightly and ease the pain, but don't speed up the healing process.

Speeding up the healing process

Treating the mouth ulcers with a combination of Artemisia Creme and artemesia powder (artemesia annua is available in capsule form) is definitely worth a try. This treatment is especially effective if the ulcers are not due to an allergy.

Where do I buy Artemisia annua and how do I apply it?

I will gladly provide more detailed information on the natural treatment of mouth ulcers with artemesia free of charge by mail.

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Herpes simplex Infection (Cold sores)

We are all familiar with the small but painful blisters in the mouth or on the lips. Approximately 90% of the population carry the herpes simplex virus so the blisters can appear regularly.  10-30% of carriers of the infection suffer from recurring outbreaks.

How is it contracted?

It is usually contracted in childhood and persists for many years. As a rule, Type 1 (herpes labialis) causes infections of the oral mucosa, tongue and lips, wheres Type 2 affects the genital organs (urethral genital herpes). The virus is contagious and is transmitted by kissing or sexual activity. In rare instances it can lead to brain inflammation (encephalitis).

How long does the disease last and how can it be treated?

The blisters last 10-14 days and disappear by themselves. Due to the pain, patients try various methods to speed up the healing process. Various antiviral and disinfecting creams as well as the oral virustatic drugs  are largely ineffective. There are also many home remedies which are largely unsuccessful in treating the virus.

Artemisia against Herpes

The artemesia annua contains 245 documented active substances, including virus-inhibiting artemisin. Dried artemesia leaves in powder form and artemesia cream have had dramatic results against the herpes simplex infection.  I highly recommend trying it next time you have cold sores. It must be applied immediately at the first signs of an outbreak, not after a few days, so it is best to be kept within easy reach in the medicine cabinet.

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