Don’t demonise Carbo



Fats and Cholesterol used to be demonized for causing heart attacks. Therefore, the industry came out with low-fat or cholesterol-free diet. However, this piece of advice is now controversial.

Now, the ‘demon’ to ‘exorcise’ is carbohydrate. Therefore, we have low carb diet. However, this is also unsound as glucose from carbohydrate diet is needed for the brain.

I am not a fan of any diet that is based on extremism.  As mentioned in my book Leaf to Life, what kind of diet for you depends on many factors such as lifestyle and metabolism. Perhaps you need to temporarily cut back on certain food as a result of food intolerance. That’s ok but you need to solve the root cause of the condition.

At the end of the day, the best advice is from the famed 12th-century German healer, St Hildegard-  eat everything in moderation.

Many people with inflammatory bowel disease, colitis, gastritis or related condition cannot tolerate wheat and oats. Most people attributed it to gluten, the protein of the grain.

The interesting thing is that the same people can tolerate spelt. Indeed, spelt has gluten (though a different structure). Therefore we cannot deduce anything from a single compound such as gluten. We need to look at everything as a whole. Spelt is used to treat colitis and inflammation in Germany for many years. It is, therefore, a good food to heal leaky gut syndrome.





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90% of chronic diseases are inflammation related


Almost 90% of chronic diseases such as arthritis, dementia, memory loss, cancer, diabetes, high cholesterol, depression, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, autoimmune diseases etc. are inflammatory related.

Chronic low-grade inflammation is not detected in the normal medical blood test.  This is why many people suddenly developed cancer, stroke, heart attack etc. even though medical tests show nothing abnormal.

Find out what is your risk with Age diagnostic (Australia accredited medical lab.) Inflammation marker test.

The test only involves a blood spot (with 10 hours fast) and first-morning urine void.

The test investigates:

High sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP) – CRP is one of the most abundant acute protein in the body. It is produced in the liver and is triggered by infection, trauma (surgery, burns etc.), inflammation (examples are spondylitis, Crohn’s disease, arthritis etc.), and malignant cancer (examples lymphoma, leukemia, sarcoma).

The Arachidonic acid: Eicosapentaenoic acid ratio (AA:EPA) is a marker for inflammation. Essential fatty acids are known for their role in immunity and inflammatory processes. AA is an omega 6 pro-inflammatory EFA, while EPA is an omega 3 anti-inflammatory EFA.  To be healthy, you need a balance between the two. It is, therefore, a marker of inflammation.

17 ketosteroid/17-OH corticoid ratio. This is a marker for wear and tear of your body tissues and cells. The 17 keto and 17-OH corticoid analytes are androgens and glucocorticoid urinary metabolites respectively. This provides information on catabolism, ie. what is the status of your wear and tear or aging process rate.

To order the test, call my office at 65389978 and make an appointment to have a blood spot test. You need to fast for 10 hours (overnight is possible; no fluid and food except pure water). A first urine void needs to be collected as well.

I will suggest a holistic protocol to treat any inflammation and re-run the test after 3 months.  The cost for the test is $350.

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