Spelt, the healthy aging food



Benedictine abbess, healer, herbalist, composer, botanist, and visionary, Saint Hildegard of Bingen was the first German women physician and one of the pillars of European herbal medicine. Triticum spelta or spelt is not modern wheat (Triticum sativa). Though spelt is mentioned in the old testament of the Bible and consumed by people more than 9000 years ago, thanks to her published works, Hildegard was the first to teach spelt, the ancient grain, as a medicinal food.

Scientific studies and clinical works in Europe have revealed the superiority of spelt’ s nutritional and medicinal properties compared to other grains such as rice, wheat, oats, and rye.

I first introduced the spelt diet in the year 2006 to people in Singapore and some parts of Asia under the mentorship of Dr Wighard Strehlow of Hildegard clinic in Germany.

I am happy to know that there is greater awareness of spelt in the health food market. However, there are also many modified or hydridized spelt products in the market.

圣希尔德嘉德(Saint Hildegard),德国宾根人是德国第一位女医师,亦是欧洲草药学的支柱之一。她是本笃会修女院主持、疗愈师、草药师、作曲家、植物学家,亦是一名有远见的领袖。

德国麦(Triticum spelta)不是现代小麦(Triticum sativa)。虽然圣经旧约中提到了德国麦,九千多年前人类就在吃这谷物,但首位将这古老的粮食当作草药宣扬出来的是圣希尔德嘉德。感谢她在她的著作中记载德国麦,使其得以流传至今。

“德国麦饮食”是廖伟棠医学草药师,在德国希尔德嘉德诊所(Hildegard clinic)的维和•史瑞洛博士 (Dr. Wighard Strehlow) 指导下, 2006年首次引入新加坡和亚洲部分地区的。

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Your thyroid blood test may not tell you all

I placed a lot of importance in thyroid health, so much so that thyroid balancing herbs are in my healthy aging protocol ( to be launched in 2018). The thyroid manages your basal metabolic rate – the ability to clear toxins ( fats, cholesterol, harmful estrogens etc.) from the body, oxygen intake ( factor in cancer), the ability absorb nutrients, the immune system to fight cancer, your mood, your skin and hair health etc.

How often I see patients with symptoms of thyroid abnormalities such as unexplained fatigue and moodiness, high cholesterol despite a good diet, dry thinning hair, dry skin, muscle ache, irregular menses,  weight gain, and osteoporosis, yet the normal thyroid readings of TSH, T3, and T4 all shows the normal reading.

Often these parameters are not tested – reverse T3, thyroid antibodies, yet they indicate many blind spots.

For example, if all readings are normal and you have high and positive antibodies, pre-thyroid cancer is possible. Or you if you have normal T3, T4, TSH and positive antibodies, your thyroid is still making enough hormones but is under attack – stage 2 Hashimoto’s disease.

I often confirm blood test readings with pulse and tongue diagnose, basal body temperature and blood pressure/pulse rate ratio and looking at your symptom pattern.

Our thyroid hormone test ( 24 hrs urine collection) will analyze and test for TSH, T3, T4, antibodies, reverse T3, iodine, selenium and tyrosine level.

Those with symptoms of thyroid disorder ( such as fatigue, muscle ache, headaches, irregular menses or scanty or heavy bleeding, moodiness, weight gain, infertility, psoriasis, allergic runny nose, poor mental concentration, constipation, low libido, nodules on neck, anxiety for no reason, shortness of breath etc.),  family history of autoimmunity ( rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, ankylosing spondylitis, lupus, colitis etc.),  previous neck, throat or thyroid surgery, Down’s syndrome, postpartum women, aging, constant menses issue should get tested.

For healthy aging, continuous improvement in thyroid health is a must. This is why it is my standard protocol for healthy aging and optimal wellness.

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