Nutrition 2017-06-14T23:25:28+00:00

Food for Life

Food for Life

Let Me Help You to Get Healthy & Trim

In addition to assisting you in letting go of the emotional, subconscious triggers which might make you tend to eat too much of the wrong things, I can help you to lose weight and/or improve your health by recommending some simple, inexpensive diet and lifestyle changes.

I will direct you towards the one diet that has been scientifically proven to prevent and sometimes even reverse the main killer diseases in our culture. In addition, it requires absolutely no calorie-counting to bring weight to a healthy level, and keep it there.

I plan to provide as much information as possible for free on this site to enable you to understand how to transform your physical health and improve your chances of living a long and healthy life.

If, however, you would like some tailored personal, practical guidance and mentoring to help you along your way, I will be happy to help.

In one or more sessions, through a combination of hypnosis and practical changes to the way you shop and cook and eat, we can transform your diet and lifestyle from a health-limiting to a health-promoting one.

You can book a free 30-minute no-obligation consultation with me, during which you can ask anything you like. Then both of us can decide whether we would like to do further work with each other, or whether I should direct you to other resources which may assist you.

If you are ready for a change, I may be able to assist you in transforming your health by advising you on practical ways to improve your diet.

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Which Diet is Best for You?

There is such a vast amount of conflicting dietary advice around that anyone could be excused for being a bit discombobulated by it all!

Popular diets include Low-carb, High-carb, Atkins, South Beach, Zone, 80-10-10, Raw-Till-4, McDougall, Paleo, Banting… How on earth do you choose the one that’s best for you?

How about looking at thorough studies, conducted on the healthiest, longest-lived populations in the world, and finding out what they all have in common in terms of diet and lifestyle?

Or having someone else pore over the thousands of studies published every year in all the English-language nutrition journals in the world, and condense the most applicable and interesting findings into concise and practical videos, blogs, and books?

Happily, some wonderful people have carried out just such population studies and written books about them, and others have read all of this nutrition research and neatly packaged its most practical applications for our consumption. We just have to know where to look, and to choose to take on board the advice and information available to us now!

Take a look at the resources below for more details.

Which of the myriad diets out there is the right one for you?

How about one that has been proven to reduce all the leading causes of death in Western society?

The Best Diet for Humans, Animals, and the Planet

Based on the best evidence I have been able to find, the diet I have adopted myself and recommend to clients is a predominantly whole-food, plant-based (WFPB) one. There is overwhelming scientific evidence that this is the optimum diet for humans, and it’s certainly good for the animals. This is the one diet which, if adopted by most of the world, would:

  • Maximise human health and longevity by reducing the risk of the likes of heart disease, stroke, cancer, dementia, diabetes, and auto-immune diseases1Greger, M. (2016). How Not to Die. 1st ed. London: Macmillan.
  • Increase the possibility of being able to to feed the growing global population and help to ensure that our world remains habitable for future generations by reigning in rampant climate change
  • Reduce the very real risk of another potential human pandemic like the 1918 flu outbreak which killed 50 to 100 million people2En.wikipedia.org. (2017). 1918 flu pandemic. [online] Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1918_flu_pandemic [Accessed 17 Apr. 2017].
  • Help to prevent the rise of potentially-lethal strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Watch the videos below for more information on these issues.

Study after study shows that a whole-food plant-based (WFPB) diet is best for people and the planet, and this is what I will recommend to you.

Nutrient Therapy

In addition to advocating a whole-food, mostly plant-based diet, I also have an interest in epigenetics and nutrient therapy of the sort pioneered by Abram Hoffer, MD PhD, and Carl Pfeiffer, MD PhD, and further developed by William Walsh, PhD.

I don’t advocate the use of many supplements, though vitamin B12, for example, is recommended for anyone on a long-term vegan diet.

However, I will work with clients on the basis of genetic testing and blood work, urine testing, and hair mineral analysis, which can reveal individual idiosyncrasies for which certain nutritional supplements or dietary changes might be recommended.

For example, an individual who has genetic markers associated with the BCMO1 gene may have a reduced ability of gut cells to transform beta-carotene (from vegetables) into retinal, the precursor for vitamin A (retinol). These individuals would be advised to eat some animal products (which are sources of vitamin A), or to make careful use of a vitamin-A supplement (which I think would be preferable).

Individuals with MTHFR-gene mutations might also require nutritional supplementation to overcome methylation-cycle abnormalities. Under- or over-methylation can result in undesirable physiological and psychological effects, including mental illness, which can be corrected with carefully-planned dietary changes and nutrient supplementation.

Conditions resulting from nutrient and biochemical imbalances, like pyrolle disorder, can be severely exacerbated by stress, which is another reason that I have chosen this dual-action approach of treating mind and body together synergistically.

Albert Mensah, MD, is a proponent of Dr William Walsh’s protocols, and his video, below, is specifically on methylation disorders. The list of disorders that he and Dr Walsh assert can be treated simply by stabilising biochemical imbalances using non-drug interventions is impressive. It includes autism, anxiety, ADHD, behavioural/learning disorders, depression, bipolar, eating disorders, schizophrenia, and Alzheimer’s.

See also the link to Dr Walsh’s book, ‘Nutrient Power’, in the Further Resources section, below.

“For every drug that benefits a patient, there is a natural substance that can achieve the same effect.”

– Carl C. Pfeiffer, MD PhD, ‘Pfeiffer’s Law’

Conditions resulting from nutrient and biochemical imbalances, like pyrolle disorder, can be severely exacerbated by stress, which is another reason that I have chosen this dual-action approach of treating mind and body together synergistically.

Dr Michael Greger on the use of a plant-based diet to prevent and treat disease…
(Short version)

Dr Michael Greger on the use of a plant-based diet to prevent and treat disease…
(Long version)

Mic the Vegan on studies which determine the best diet to feed the world and preserve the planet.

The 1918 bird flu pandemic killed 50 million people in a few months. Learn how a recurrence might relate to our food choices, and how we might prevent or survive one, from this short video.

For more details on the animal origins of a number of human illnesses, and to find out how changing our diet could prevent another pandemic like that of 1918, watch this longer video.

Read Dr Greger’s thoroughly-researched Bird Flu book for free here (and access the 3,000+ scientific references quoted in support of his thesis).

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are a real threat to humanity. We can reduce the chances of them arising by changing our diet.

Albert Mensah, MD, discusses how mental health may be affected by epigenetic disorders affecting various stages in the Methylation Cycle.

The Methylation Cycle is a biochemical pathway involved in such things as neurotransmitter production, DNA repair, gene regulation, immune function, and detoxification.

Further Resources

‘The Blue Zones’ by Dan Buettner

This book describes a set of studies sponsored by National Geographic. The ‘Blue Zones’ consist of several populations from around the globe with the greatest number of centenarians (people over 100) per capita. These include Sardinia (Mediterranean), Okinawa (Japan), and Loma Linda (California).

9 common practices were identified for all these populations:

  1. Natural exercise
  2. A sense of purpose
  3. Effective ways of dealing with stress
  4. Strong community bonds
  5. Eating till only 80% full
  6. Living on a mostly (or completely) plant-based diet
  7. Moderate alcohol intake
  8. Faith/spirituality
  9. Social life

Dr Ellsworth Wareham (born 1914) was one of the Loma-Linda Blue-Zone study subjects, has been vegan for about 50 years, and retired from heart surgery at 95.3Wikipedia. 2017. Ellsworth Wareham – Wikipedia. [ONLINE] Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellsworth_Wareham. [Accessed 27 April 2017]. The video below shows Dr Wareham at 100.

(Spoiler Alert!) Annette Larkins was 70 when the video below was recorded. She credits her youthful appearance and outlook to her plant-based diet and healthy lifestyle. She appears to epitomise the findings of the Blue Zones research.

Dan Buettner’s ‘Blue-Zones’ analyses reveal a tried-and-tested recipe for a long & healthy life.

A 100-year-old Ellsworth Wareham talks about the secrets of his long and healthy life.

Annette Larkins, at 70, on her youth-sustaining diet and life-style

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‘The China Study’ by T. Colin Cambell

This comprises a comprehensive analysis of a number of studies of the relationship between diet and disease risk, showing the clearly-detrimental effects of diets high in animal protein, and the unquestionable benefits of a whole-food, plant-based diet in dramatically reducing one’s risk of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.

“You have likely heard of Dr. Atkins’ New Diet Revolution, The South Beach Diet, Sugar Busters, The Zone, Eat Right for Your Type, or other like-minded titles proposing “low carb” diets—not so subtly meaning diets high in protein and fat. These titles have made health information more confusing, more difficult to grasp, and ultimately more elusive. If you aren’t fatigued, constipated, or half-starved by these quick-fix plans, your head is spinning from counting calories and measuring grams of carbohydrates, protein, and fat. What’s the real problem, anyway? Is it fat? Is it carbohydrates? What’s the ratio of nutrients that provides greatest weight loss? Are cruciferous vegetables good for my blood type? Am I taking the right supplements? How much vitamin C do I need every day? Am I in ketosis? How many grams of protein do I need?

“You get the picture. This is not health. These are fad diets that embody the worst of medicine, science, and the popular media.”

– T. Colin Campbell, ‘The China Study’

This analysis of a multitude of studies which reveal the astounding health benefits of a whole-food plant-based diet should be required reading for every doctor or other individual who sets up as a health and nutrition adviser.

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‘How Not to Die’ by Michael Greger, M.D.

Dr. Michael Greger 4www.nutritionfacts.org reads every English-language health and nutrition journal in the world every year, and condenses the most relevant research studies into easily-digested5Pun intended! 🙂 blogs, videos, and books. Dr. Greger is biased towards veganism (a diet completely devoid of animal products, including dairy and eggs), but I think it can be shown that he has adequate reason for this: the wholesale adoption of a balanced, whole-food, plant-based diet would undoubtedly save millions of lives each year, significantly reduce animal suffering, prevent vast areas of rainforest from being destroyed for livestock grazing, reduce one of the major sources of greenhouse gas emissions, save precious ground-water in many parts of the world, and make more food available to feed the growing human world population.

Dr Greger’s new book How Not to Die6Greger, M. (2016). How Not to Die. 1st ed. London: Macmillan. has deservedly become a New York Times best-seller, and should be read by anyone wanting to live a long and healthy life.

“How not to die from: heart disease, lung diseases, brain diseases, digestive cancers, infections, diabetes, high blood pressure, liver diseases, blood cancers, kidney disease, breast cancer, suicidal depression, prostate cancer, Parkinson’s disease, iatrogenic causes…”

– Michael Greger, ‘How Not to Die’ (Partial chapter outline)

Check out this life-changing book from Michael Greger, the greatest nutrition-science guru the world has ever known!

It’s chock-full of sound nutritional science and practical dietary advice!

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‘Nutrient Power’ by William J. Walsh, PhD

Dr. William Walsh has built on the work of psychiatrist Abram Hoffer and doctor Carl Pfeiffer, MD, PD, in the study of the role of nutrients in mental illness.

Recent progress in brain science has provided a roadmap for effective drug-free therapies aimed at true normalization of the brain.

“Psychiatry has made great advances in the past fifty years, but it needs a new direction. Today’s emphasis on psychiatric drugs will not stand the test of time. Recent scientific advances, particularly in the molecular biology of the brain, have provided a road map for the development of effective, natural, drug-free therapies that do not produce serious side effects. Psychiatric medications have served society well over the last fifty years, but the need for drug therapies will fade away as science advances.”

– Description of ‘Nutrient Power’ on Amazon

Take a look at Dr William Walsh’s book about his treatment of nutrient imbalances in patients with ADHD, autism, behaviour disorders, depression, schizophrenia, and Alzheimer’s disease.

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Other Researchers to Consider

The works of these and other researchers and medical doctors, such as John McDougall, Neal Barnard, Caldwell Esselstyn, Dean Ornish, Joel Fuhrman, Nathan Pritikin, Roy Swank, and Walter Kempner, have shown that many of the diseases we take for granted in the West, including obesity, dementia, type 2 diabetes, auto-immune diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS), psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus, can be prevented, treated, and often reversed, by the adoption of simple, inexpensive diet and life-style changes.

There are many honest, fad-free researchers into health and nutrition to consider. Most will recommend a whole-food plant-based diet.

Conclusions

Other evidence-based nutritional recommendations are made, which do not emphasise a whole-food plant-based diet. While I agree that some of these recommendations may constitute significant improvements on the Standard American Diet (SAD), I am convinced that the bulk of the evidence that I have sifted through indicates that a sensibly-constructed, high-carb, low-fat, predominantly plant-based diet is optimum for health and normal weight-maintenance for people in general, just as it is for chimpanzees, our closest primate relatives.

In addition, tailored nutrient therapy may be necessary for a minority of people and conditions.

If you would like personal advice in addition to the free materials and leads given here and elsewhere on this site, you can book a free initial consultation to discuss your situation in person or via Skype.

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References   [ + ]

1, 6. Greger, M. (2016). How Not to Die. 1st ed. London: Macmillan.
2. En.wikipedia.org. (2017). 1918 flu pandemic. [online] Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1918_flu_pandemic [Accessed 17 Apr. 2017].
3. Wikipedia. 2017. Ellsworth Wareham – Wikipedia. [ONLINE] Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellsworth_Wareham. [Accessed 27 April 2017].
4. www.nutritionfacts.org
5. Pun intended! 🙂