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Nutrition: more powerful than prescription drugs

I just received this newsletter from the Holistic Medical Centre in Auckland, New Zealand, that I go to. Reading this, I couldn’t help feeling angry at how your average doctor is not trained for and misses the basics in people’s health problems – simple nutrient deficiencies. Like Vitamin D, B12, magnesium. How come the average […]

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30 days of Paleo – 4 more great results, no more psoriasis

In March 2011, 15 people participated in a 30 day paleo challenge, through CrossFit Auckland, here are great results from 2 participants Tracy Weight – start: 61.1kg, end 59kg Hips – start 88cm end 83.5cm Waist at navel – start 79cm 72.5 Exercise: Crossfit 3 x week, 1 hour walk 3 x week Diet prior: […]

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Sleep, Depression, and Stress Influence Weight Loss

From Medscape Today – a study reported in the Int J Obesity. This study shows clearly that stress, lack of sleep and depression, all decrease the rate of fat loss when on a diet. The diet used in this study was a reduced calorie one, using Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) principles. It emphasises […]

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Dr. Jean Seignalet, ancestral diet and auto-immune disease trials

Auto-immune diseases. I have one – Hashimotos (or two , possibly mild lupus as well), my mother has one – lupus, with small airways disease,  my great great grandmother had severe lupus. The lupus rash on her face became so damaged by the harsh New Zealand sun her nose virtually rotted away. My mother’s lupus […]

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Health problems on low fat raw vegan and vegan diets

My recent analysis of Harley Johnston’s (30 Bananas a day) aka Durianrider‘s low fat raw vegan diet showed how one person was able to live on a very high fruit diet, and manage to get adequate nutrients (Except of course Vitamin B12 – imperative to supplement if you are vegan to avoid anemia, brain and […]

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Caffeine affects your sleep. No ifs, no buts.

Today’s NZ Sunday Star Times had a short article on how and why any amount of caffeine can affect your sleep, from research done at Massey University’s Sleep / Wake Research Centre. Fascinating – I was reminded of a story nutritionist Dr Libby Weaver related, of how a client stopped her one breakfast coffee – […]

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'Raw Essentials' New Zealand – Pets thrive on their wild diet too.

It is not only humans that thrive on a diet that they evolved to eat. Domestic pets do too. Today’s Sunday Star Times profiled local Auckland Vet Dr Lyn Thomson, (Raw Essentials) and her drive to encourage cat and dog owners to feed them food like they would eat in the wild, rather than processed […]

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The western diet and lifestyle and diseases of civilization

A much tweeted and blogged about article just published. This new Review Article explores the links between our western diet, lifestyle and the diseases of civilization. The review article is free. Below is an abstract. Click on title for the link. This is a peer reviewed article that appears in Research Reports in Clinical Cardiology. […]

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30 Bananas a day Durianrider, an analysis of his ‘paleo’ vegan diet

Harley Johnstone AKA Durianrider. A nutritional analysis of his low fat raw vegan diet                 Harley Johnstone, who calls himself Durianrider, eats a low fat, raw vegan diet, primarily comprised of ripe fruit. He has as a blog 30 Bananas a day and an avid bunch of followers. […]

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Much higher vitamin D Intake needed, and, there is more to sun than Vit D

From Science Daily, this article backs up observations of many nutritionists, and my own experience that the RDI for vitamin D of 800iu is grossly inadequate. Last year I asked a number of clients to have their Vitamin D levels checked before they began a paleo challenge and again 6 weeks later. Everyone, expect those […]

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