Mr. Weetabix Head

I first saw an American President in 1977 when Jimmy Carter visited Newcastle- Upon – Tyne and I happened to be in my first year at University.

I remember it as a fairly solemn, but celebratory affair a few discrete sharply dressed men with earpieces looking on. The excitement was much to do with the fact that the President of the U.S. could be bothered to visit the North East of England as well as some of Europe’s Capital cities.

The rationale for his visit, I recall, was the connection of George Washington to Washington Town in Northumberland, just a few miles south of Newcastle.

My second encounter with a U.S. President was in the mid 1980’s when I was working in Keene, New Hampshire and Bill Clinton visited the offices where I was working.

The occasion was like a rock concert.

His oratory unbelievably upbeat, and genuinely uplifting.


Even though I am British and could not vote it made me think that he was a decent bloke. (Apart from the fact that he was having it away with nubile interns – but that’s another story)

The third, tenuous, link to the US Presidency comes via ubiquitous social media.

Firstly, via John Oliver’s excellent satire on HBO’s “Last Night Tonight” and a great commentary on social media from a friend of a friend who attended a Donald Trump Rally in Michigan earlier this week.

Her unabridged report is logged below.

However, …. Uplifting, upbeat and celebratory are comments currently far from my lips. Is this 2016 or the 1930’s ?

Have a read…it will only take a minute.

Make your own mind up.

God Bless Help America .!!


“Okay, so I’m going to go ahead and share my experience at Donald Trump’s rally in Warren, MI (Michigan) today 4th March 2016.

We’ll start with why I went. I am a firm believer in being educated on ALL candidates, not just the one you’re rooting for, so Stephanie and I decided to attend.

If you know me, it’s no surprise that I am not a fan of Trump due to his racist, misogynist, and popularity-searching “campaign”. But I try to keep an open mind, understanding that people have different views and everyone is entitled to their own.

I wore a shirt bashing Trump, and Stephanie wore a pro-Bernie Sanders (another candidate) baseball hat. We had no intentions of causing a scene, starting any fights, or even speaking negatively towards any Trump-supporters.

We stood in the crowd with everyone else, even made small talk with a few different people, asking back and forth about each other’s views. A women supporting Trump even complimented our hat and shirt. This is not a post to bash all Trump-supporters.

Most of the people we spoke to were very kind to us, as we were to them. Trump came out and started his speech. As hard as it was, we ignored the screams and chants of building walls (on the Mexican Border) and exporting citizens (of Muslim origin).

We stood quietly and listened to the man speak.

Every 15 or so minutes, a scene would happen where the crowd would yell about protestors and Trump would scream, “Get them out, send them out of here!” and the crowd would scream “USA, USA, USA” until the attendees who were asked to leave were escorted out.

So, about 45 minutes to an hour into his speech, a group of teenage boys (who had been harassing us the entire time while we ignored their comments) screamed and pointed at us, yelling for us to be kicked out.

At first we laughed it off; of course we couldn’t be kicked out, as we were just standing here silently.


A secret service member and a police officer were there within the minute, grabbed Stephanie and I by our arms, and started to lead us out. One of the Trump supporters we were chatting with even stood up for us, explaining that we weren’t doing anything and weren’t being disruptive.

By now the crowd was chanting their USA run and a large portion was also booing us out. The walk through the crowd was very upsetting, being screamed at and filmed, even one man said “Go to China if you like communism so much!” (Communism?? Don’t you mean Democratic Socialism??).

But also, along the walk out, some attendees would high five us or shake our hands, and thank us for coming and supporting Bernie. It felt weird to be thanked, due to us not doing anything besides standing quietly.

As the two men walked us out, one explained that if we returned we would be arrested.

Stephanie quickly asked why that was. The man replied with “They don’t want you here,” to which she said “Isn’t it a constitutional right to silently protest?” The officer replied “Not here.”

The rude remarks and yells didn’t stop at the door, for Trump-supporters who didn’t get in greeted us with just as much hatred. The walk back to my truck even included a man yelling from his car about how this was for Trump people and that we didn’t belong here and shouldn’t have come.

This kind of hatred is what is ruining this country (The USA)

To think that my right to protest was taken from me AT A RALLY scares the hell out of me if Trump actually became President and got that power. What else would he take away from us if he can’t even stand two teenage girls standing silently at a FREE, PUBLIC, OPEN-TO-EVERYONE event?

If you’re thinking of voting Trump this year, please rethink your stance.

This much hate belongs nowhere near the Presidency.”

“I’m afraid I have some Bad News”

“I’m afraid I have some Bad News”

Four years ago a Doctor said that to us when Julie was initially diagnosed with Cancer.

Without going into the melodramatics of the time, there were lots of emotions (obviously), thinking (obviously), panic (obviously) and questions – lots of questions.

One of the key and most telling questions turned out to be:

“Doctor, if you were in our place what would YOU do?”

The first Oncologist / Breast Surgeon suggested a Mastectomy, Chemotherapy, Radiation and Drugs.

The classic Cut, Poison and Burn approach with no option to deviate, hesitate or ruminate. And, I love a good old ruminate, especially on a Sunday afternoon.

So, we fired her and changed Hospitals.

In fact, we got transferred to Christies Cancer Research Hospital in Manchester. One of the top drawer places to go in England, if you have Cancer.

Excellent move..

With much excitement and a little bit of Research behind us we trooped off to the Hospital and asked the telling question

“Doctor, if you were in our place what would YOU do?”

He gave us the same answer as before. HOWEVER, being a patient patient we asked a supplementary question:

“Doctor, if you get your body’s immune system into tip top conditions will it help to combat chronic disease?”

At this point, his many years of training kicked in and he said, without a moment’s hesitation.

“You are wasting your time and it won’t make a scrap of difference”

So, we fired him and changed Hospitals.

Our third Medic at our third Hospital turned out to be a part time farmer and would be Latin American dancer. (Don’t ask !!)  She juices, has organic food and won’t touch dairy foodstuffs.

Jackpot ..!!

She still has to toe the NHS party line but is open to listening to alternative approaches, even though she cannot advocate them.

At last, someone to have a proper constructive conversation along the lines of:

Conventional medicine has a lot to learn when it comes to chronic illness. We are good at cutting it, burning it, and poisoning it with surgery, radiation, and drugs, but many doctors fail to treat the cause of the problem.

Conventional medicine focuses on naming diseases based on geography, body location, and specialty, instead of by the cause, or mechanism involved.

Doctors say you have liver, kidney, brain, or heart disease, but this approach to naming disease tells you nothing about the cause.

What are the underlying causes that lead to illness?

Modern medicine approaches illness like a mechanic trying to diagnose what’s wrong with your car by listening to the noises it makes and never looking inside to see what’s going on. Holistic Medicine allows you to look under the bonnet and find the root causes of what is going on.

Basically, she said that illness results from an imbalance in your system where the immune system can’t fight off whatever is going wrong.

But ….. you can make your body inhospitable to cancer or whatever else it is that is trying to bring you down. Bacteria, viruses, stress, bad lifestyle etc.

So, back the beginning.

“Doctor, if you were in our place what would YOU do?”

In summary, she would then say:

  1. Give up Sugar

Sugar feeds cancer and creates diabetes.

Have a high-fibre diet rich in real, fresh, organic whole foods and minimise or eliminate sugary, processed, foods.

  1. Eliminate Gluten and Dairy.

Cutting them out of the diet allows an inflamed gut and an inflamed body to heal.

  1. Reduce inflammation.

Inflammation is the common thread connecting most chronic disease including cancer. Besides removing sugar and food sensitivities like gluten and dairy, you need to eat plenty of anti-inflammatory foods, including omega-3 rich foods like wild fish (not farmed) and flaxseeds etc.

  1. Improve gut health

As well as avoiding inflammatory foods, adding in probiotics, pre biotics, and lots of phyto nutrients like curcumin (found in tumeric) and resveratrol (found in grapes), can reduce gut-based inflammation.

  1. Reduce toxic exposure.

Going clean and green means becoming more aware about how environmental toxins affect your health. Specifically, clearing your house and personal space of chemical based products.

  1. Change your thoughts to change your immune system.

This bonus point is often overlooked, but it’s just as important as the other items above.  How you live, the quality of your relationships, the food you eat, and how you use your bodies determines your health as much as your genes do. These strategies to combat or prevent illness include getting enough sleep, controlling your stress levels, and exercising regularly.

Evidently, she is a smart woman.

One of the other things that I would personally factor in would be to have all your “silver fillings” and Root Canal work removed and replace by non toxic Dentistry.

But, that is another story.

The important thing is to figure out what works for you and develop a plan to stick with it.

Hope that this helps to guide someone.



Sort Yourself Out

I have just read a book by Don Miguel Ruiz called “The Four Agreements”.

It is 140 pages long and costs about a tenner.  It is one of those “Improve your Life books” – Most of which get bought but never read.

Well, here you go……. You do not have to buy this one or even read it because these are the four agreements (167 words, by the way) that he manages to spread over 140 pages.

So, read them, use them and you will become a better person.

It is the Law.


Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.


Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dreams. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.


Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.


Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to being sick. Under any circumstances, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.

Panick Attacks ? Pffff….

Niacin & Anxiety

Niacin is the fancy word for Vitamin B-3.

Niacin has a long history of treating the symptoms of anxiety and depression, although it is not a cure for either condition

For some people, anxiety becomes excessive, difficult to control and massively affects day-to-day living and taking Niacin can help.

It helps me massively after suffering from mild to chronic anxiety and panic attacks over many years.

I take 500 mg per day and “LOVE THE FLUSH” – Read on……!!

Anxiety Symptoms

Anxiety has many emotional and physical triggers, although it is usually seen as a collection of symptoms, including nervousness, gastric issues, increased heart rate, high blood pressure, panic attacks and insomnia.

A significant cause of anxiety is chronic over-stimulation of your nervous system, which triggers the “fight-or-flight” response and floods the body with hormones and chemicals, such as adrenaline.

Perhaps most important with respect to anxiety, Niacin is an antidote to adrenaline, which is often over-produced in those experiencing anxiety.

Niacin and Anxiety

Anecdotally, it is claimed that Niacin reduces anxiety and depression, while promoting calmness and better sleep. It is possible that niacin’s ability to increase blood flow, reduce blood pressure, eliminate excess adrenaline and regulate hormones could contribute to feelings of relaxation in those who are stressed.

Niacin is Vitamin B-3, one of the water soluble B-complex vitamins.

Properties include:

  • The ability to help you naturally relax and get to sleep more rapidly at night.
  • Help reduce harmful cholesterol levels in the bloodstream.
  • It is one of the best substances for elevating high density lipoprotein HDL cholesterol (the good cholesterol).
  • The ability to greatly reduce anxiety and depression.
  • Dilates blood vessels and creates a sensation of warmth, called a“niacin flush.” This is often accompanied with a blushing of the skin. It is this “flush” or sensation of heat that indicates a temporary saturation of niacin.


When you flush, you can literally see and feel that you’ve taken enough Niacin. The idea is to take just enough Niacin to have a slight flush. This means pinkness about the cheeks, ears, neck, forearms.

  • A slight niacin flush should end in about ten minutes or so.
  • If you take too much niacin, the flush may be more pronounced and longer lasting.
  • Large doses of Niacin on an empty stomach may cause profound flushing.
  • With each additional dose, the intensity of the flush decreases and should become a minor nuisance rather than an irritation. Niacin should always be taken immediately after eating.I have found that the best way to control the flushing sensation is to start with very small amounts of niacin and gradually increase the dose until you notice the first flush. Start with 25 mg three times a day after each meal. Continue to increase each dosage by 25 mg per day until your flush occurs.

    It is difficult to predict a saturation level for Niacin because each person is different.

If you flush on a low dose, you don’t need much niacin. If flushing doesn’t happen until a high level, then your body is obviously using the higher amount of the vitamin B3 (Niacin)

As a flush indicates saturation of Niacin, it’s better to repeat the flushing, just very slightly, to make sure that you are getting enough.

Don’t let the flush surprise you. You should remember that Niacin does that, and you can monitor and control it easily.

To get to sleep sooner at night, Niacin can be taken to saturation at bedtime, too. You might be asleep before you even notice the flush.

An important point is that Niacin is a vitamin, not a drug. It is not habit forming. Niacin does not require a prescription because it is that safe. It is a nutrient that everyone needs each day. Different people in different circumstances need different amounts.

Niacin tablets may be bought at many chemists or health food shops. Tablets typically are available in 50 mg, 100 mg, or 250 mg dosages.
If a Niacin tablet is taken on an empty stomach, a flush will occur (if it is going to occur at all) within about 20 minutes. If Niacin is taken right after a meal, a flush may be delayed.

In fact, the flush may occur long enough afterwards that you forgot that you took the Niacin!

Non Flushing Niacin
There is a non flushing version of Vitamin B-3 called Niacinamide.

There is nothing wrong with Niacinamide,. This form of vitamin B-3 is found in multiple vitamins and B-complex preparations.

Niacinamide does not cause a flush at all.

In my opinion, it is less effective in inducing relaxation and calming you down.

Niacinamide also does not significantly lower cholesterol. This is an important thing to remember when deciding what to use.



This is how Julie and I deal with keeping our immune system as good as possible. It might not be perfect, but it is what we have learnt and currently practice.

Without further ado ..

Here are a few broad pointers…

  1. Sort your Liver out.

The Liver is your organ of detoxification and is like your septic tank. If it is not kept clear then it can becomes toxic. Imagine an overflowing or blocked septic tank. This image is far from good.

  • Your liver is clogged up with fats and cholesterol, anyway.
  • It may house dead bacteria, microbes and parasites
  • Any cholesterol can collect around dead cells and form gallstones. You could have thousands of these stones most of which are no more than grains of sand. However, they block the bile ducts. This means that your liver cannot excrete your toxins into your waste system properly.
  • When people have cancer there is lots of lactic acid from the cancer cells. What’s more all the drugs from steroids, chemo and action of radiation must be detoxified. So a healthy liver is a must to cope with this bombardment.

You need to:

Strengthen your Liver – We take milk thistle, magnesium, curcumin and Vitamin K2. I believe Dandelion extract is also great liver strengtheners, but have yet to try this out.

Clean your Liver – Detox with olive oil and Epsom salts and prepare to stay near your bathroom, with a good book to hand.

Dilate the Liver’s Bile ducts – this helps to get rid of toxins more easily. The best way for this is a series of coffee enemas. Julie does this on a daily basis, but I have yet to try these delights as I have an in-built defence mechanism to having things shoved up my anus.


  1. Exercise your Lymph

The other major way that your body gets rid of toxins is through your lymph system. It is essential that you keep this system moving as it really does not have a “pump” as such.

It is really up to you to move your lymph’s every day. The absolutely best way to do this is by “rebounding” on one of those small trampolines. Five to ten minutes per day will do it.

Other than that, half an hour of light exercise such as Yoga, Tai Chi or swimming will move the lymph in your thoracic duct. The ones near the armpits.

If push comes to shove, then failing your arms around like a windmill for a few minutes per day will not do any harm. You will look a bit like you’re in the “Care in the Community” programme, so do it in the bedroom or bathroom and not on the bus or in the middle of a Board Meeting.

Exercise improves your immune system. As well as getting the lymph to take away toxins from your cells, it oxygenates the blood, strengthens your body and releases endorphins which give you the “feel good” factor.

More importantly, it starts to dissolve your visceral fat. That is to say, the fat that you cannot see, but is the fat that surrounds your internal organs that hold onto the toxins that you need to get rid of.

Half an hour of moderate exercise EVERY day will suffice to get this part of your life together. Needless to say, the more exercise you do, the better you will feel.

Finally, laughter boosts the immune system and moves your lymph so keep a bank of your best loved sitcoms and have a blast, or get someone to tickle you at regular intervals.

  1. Food

For us, this is the key to getting your immune system in tip top form. There are probably now millions of web pages dedicated to food, nutrition and recipes.

With that in mind, here are our general, but ESSENTIAL general principles to which we rigidly adhere.

  • No sugar – read the labels
  • No dairy – use rice milk or Kefir
  • Water – distilled only
  • Kombucha – Glass every morning
  • Gluten Free
  • Carbohydrates – none
  • Raw Vegetables and Fruit
  • Juicing – See Jason Vale books to start with. Even though he is a bit of a knobhead.
  • Grains – none
  • Organic fruit, nuts, seeds vegetables and meat

Fruit and vegetables provide more antioxidants than any supplement, especially if they are ORGANIC and RAW.

We have, as a minimum, some of the following good natural ORGANIC foods for everyday basic antioxidants from each category.

For example, 4 tablespoons of sunflower seeds covers our Vitamin E, Zinc and Selenium for the day. Easy, no excuse!!

Vitamin E 2 x tblspoons sunflower seeds
  20 x  Almonds
Vitamin C 1 x large red pepper
  100gms broccoli
  1 x large orange
Beta – Carotene 1 cup carrot juice
  I x sweet potato
  5 x dried apricots
Zinc 4 x tblspoons sunflower seeds
Selenium 4 x cracked brazil nuts
  2 x tblspoons sunflower seeds
  1 x free range egg
  1 x chicken breast
Lycopene Tomatoes – as many as you like




We live on the outskirts of Manchester in the North of England, which is excellent if you like being cold, damp and miserable.

However, sunshine can boost your immune system because it causes the production of Vitamin D from cholesterol under your skin.

Unless you are one of the lucky bar stewards who live in the South of France, on the Algarve or in the Canaries, you are unlikely to get your hour of direct sunshine every day.

So, for the unloved and unwashed like me and you, there is no point loitering under orange glow street lamps or looking longingly at pictures of the Caribbean for that sunshine input.

There is no better alternative than getting a Vitamin D3 supplement. Not Vitamin D1 nor Vitamin D2, but Vitamin D3, at a dosage of 1,000 to 5,000 IU’s per day (IU is International Unit, the dosage per capsule will be on the label)

As an added bonus, if you also take a supplement of Vitamin K2, then this will help the Vitamin D3 to “activate” your T-cells so that they can attack any rogue cells in your body.



It is essential to have good gut bacteria as the foundation of a strong immune system.

The are many probiotics on the market and you can be blinded by science and terminology such as  Lapidio berfidiculi, Ver-i ridiculorus blah, blah

We have nailed our colours to one called “Prescript-Assist”. The tipping point that made us decide was the extent of the testing before the launch of the probiotic product.



In addition to the above, I take a few supplements every day.

The upshot is that I have not been sick for one day in the last four years. Prior to that I had the usual cycle of colds, flu, migraines headaches and a persistent chronic sinus problem.

All gone !!

In brief they are :

  • Magnesium and Zinc
  • Magnesium Oil Spray
  • Coenzyme Q10
  • Vitamin B3 – Niacin (Flushing type)
  • Lithium Orotate
  • Milk Thistle

I am just a normal bloke trying to keep healthy. In Julie’s case, she has Cancer and so takes a lot more supplements directly focussed on getting a SUPER IMMUNE system, Supplements such as Pancreatic Enzymes, Omega 3 and 6, resveratrol, curcumin together with other esoteric concoctions which I won’t go into here.

Obviously, you would have to tailor specific additions to suit your personal health / immune system circumstances.

  1. Eagles and Turkeys

A colleague of mine once said to me a few years ago, during a particularly difficult business problem, and, I quote:

“How can you soar like an Eagle, when you are surrounded by Turkeys?”

I am sure that the ornithologically pedantic out there will realise that in all probability, in the wild, Eagles won’t give two hoots about Turkeys. (Leave that to the Owls)

The point that he was making is that you should cut out of your life all the things and people that are holding you back, making you feel guilty, stressed or just plain uncomfortable.

Let them go … They will soon find someone else to annoy.

This in itself will make you feel a whole lot better about life.

I’ve said enough.

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Tumeric – Read this, you Bastards.

In 2011 just after Julie’s cancer diagnosis we went into hyper drive to get her immune system in tip top condition. This was our own protocol and was born out of the idea that we had to do SOMETHING other than accept the medics grim prescriptions and outlook.

The original rough protocol was basically no sugar, drink only warm water, only organic foods, no dairy etc .

A way of life that we have constantly tweaked and refined ever since. For example, introducing juicing and vitamins as part of our daily regime.

Anyway, …. At some time in the early days someone (and I can’t remember who) said to me

“Did you know that turmeric makes cancer cells commit suicide?”

This was fantastic news. Curry every night and turmeric with everything !!

The kitchen was awash with this yellow stained powder! Our clothes were stained with it. Our hands were stained to the point that it looked like I was smoking 60 Woodbines a day!

If you are not old enough to know what a Woodbine is, then Google it.

Originally, we bought powdered ORGANIC turmeric from Crazy Jacks. Indeed, we still do and put in on our food and into our juices. We have now progressed to buying raw organic turmeric root that we grate and put onto food and into juices.

So, all this is very wonderful. Birds are twitting, gospel choirs appear in the garden giving it full throttle and angels are dancing around the chimney stacks ……!!

Then….. Hang on a minute. I do a bit more research and discover that it’s not turmeric that makes cancer cells commit suicide, but rather its active ingredient CURCURMIN.

Four Canal.

Here’s the science bit ……….

Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric, which is a member of the ginger family and has been used by our Asian friends for a couple of thousand years, Goodness Gracious Me.

Some research suggests that it benefits you by:

  • inhibiting micro-bacterial activity in the gut
  • being an anti inflammatory
  • working as a powerful anti oxidant
  • preventing and treating cancer and
  • boots Glutathione levels

Glutathione, the most important antioxidant in the body. 

The immune system cannot function properly without it and antioxidants such as vitamins C and E rely on it to function properly. The glutathione and cancer connection has been well established.

People with cancer and other chronic illness have reduced glutathione levels. Glutathione plays a specific role in the detoxification of many cell-damaging substances in your body.

Curcumin and Cancers

Curcumin has the most literature supporting its use against cancer of any other nutrient or vitamin. In fact curcumin could be unique in that it appears to be universally useful for just about every type of cancer.

This is odd, considering the fact that cancer consists of a wide variety of different molecular pathologies. One reason for this could be curcumin’s ability to affect multiple molecular targets, via more than 100 multiple pathways.

Moreover, curcumin is non-toxic, and does not adversely affect healthy cells, suggesting it selectively targets cancer cells—all of which are clear benefits in cancer treatment.

Research has even shown that it works synergistically with certain chemotherapy drugs, enhancing the elimination of cancer cells.

Also, various US studies have shown that curcumin can:

  • Stop the action of COX-2, an enzyme that produces inflammation of your cells, especially those of the intestine.
  • Restrict the formation of vessels supplying blood to tumours.
  • Restrict metastases (secondary tumours) in prostate cancer.
  • Kill and inhibit B- Lymphoma cells.
  • Work better when taken with Green Tea, resveratrol and piperine, the active ingredient in black pepper.

As an aside, the University of Michigan Cancer Centre in 2009 and 2012 found that Curcumin and piperine could each stop the development of breast cancer stem cells and that they inhibited the formation of blood supply to tumours.

Additionally, Piperine and resveratrol were shown to increase tumour sensitivity to radiotherapy. (BMB Report April 2012)

Curcumin and Arthritic Joint Pain

Another common condition that can benefit from curcumin’s anti-inflammatory activity is osteoarthritis. Research from 2011 found that patients who added 200 mg of curcumin a day to their regular medical treatment plan had reduced pain and increased mobility compared to the control group.

Earlier research also found that a turmeric extract blocked inflammatory pathways, effectively restricting a protein that triggers swelling and pain.

Using Turmeric and Curcumin

While turmeric is readily available in the spice section of any grocery store, it’s important to realise that if you’re looking for clinical results, it’s not enough to simply use turmeric in your cooking.

The turmeric root itself contains only about three percent curcumin concentration, and curcumin is poorly absorbed by your body to boot. When taken in its raw form, you’re only absorbing about one percent of the available curcumin.

Even in supplement form it’s unlikely to provide the results shown in various disease studies.

Find a high quality turmeric extract that contains 100 percent certified organic ingredients, with at least 95 percent curcuminoids.

Typical anti-cancer doses are up to three grams of good bio-available curcumin extract, three to four times daily.

After months of research we found a good supplement and a good supplier, because this ingredient has been key to our thinking almost from day one.

Julie takes a supplement called “CURCUMIN X 4000” which is 23 times more powerful than ordinary Curcumin and contains Curcuma longa extract, which is easily absorbed by the body.  She has been taking 1.5 grams three times per day, along with all her other supplements.

We source the supplement tablets from “Goodhealthnaturally”.

So get some good quality organic turmeric either in root or powder form and lob it into your juices stews and curries and smatter over your food. This will keep you ticking over.

If you want a more therapeutic solution to get your immune system into tip top shape then get some CURCUMIN extract (Organic and not puffed up with fillers – so check the label)

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Douze aliments riches en magnésium préviennent l’hypertension artérielle et la formation de caillots sanguins

Le magnésium contribue à quelque 300 processus métaboliques dans le corps, ce qui en fait l’un des minéraux les plus importants pour optimiser le fonctionnement de l’organisme

Une carence en magnesium peut conduire à de nombreux problèmes de santé, d’où l’importance de favoriser la consommation d’aliments riches en magnésium. Il est essentiel de comprendre le rôle essentiel de ce minéral et d’apprendre à détecter les symptômes indiquant une carence.

Qu’est-ce que le magnésium ?

Le magnésium est un minéral qui joue un rôle crucial pour assurer le bon fonctionnement de la plupart des organes, notamment le cœur, les reins et les muscles. Il participe à environ 300 systèmes enzymatiques dans le corps.

De plus, le magnésium aide à prévenir les dommages causés par les radicaux libres, les métaux lourds et autres toxines, permettant ainsi de détoxifier l’organisme.

D’autre part, une carence en magnésium peut causer une fatigue et une faiblesse inexpliquées, des troubles du rythme cardiaque ou même des spasmes musculaires et oculaires.

Le magnésium participe à d’autres fonctions importantes pour la santé :


  • Transporter le calcium, le potassium, la silice, les vitamines D et K à travers les membranes cellulaires
    • Assurer la transmission de l’influx nerveux pour la contraction musculaire
    • Booster l’energie
    • Détoxifier le corps
    • Contribuer au métabolisme des nutriments
    • Contribuer à la formation osseuse et cellulaire
    • Un précurseur de neurotransmetteurs comme la sérotonine

Pourquoi les carences sont de plus en plus fréquentes ?

À cause des techniques agricoles modernes basées sur le traitement des sols avec des engrais chimiques, des pesticides et des insecticides, le magnésium et d’autres minéraux sont en faibles quantités dans la plupart des terres fertiles.

Selon l’étude française SU.VI.MAX menée en 1997, 77% des femmes et 75% des hommes sont en dessous de l’apport nutritionnel conseillé.

Il est vrai que les aliments biologiques cultivés dans des sols riches en nutriments contiennent plus de magnésium, mais ils sont moins accessibles. D’autre part, il existe de nombreux compléments de ce minéral sur le marché, sauf que le magnésium doit être lié à une autre substance pour être efficace. En d’autres termes, il n’y a pas de complément 100% magnésium.

Par ailleurs, la substance liée au magnésium favorise l’absorption et la biodisponibilité du magnésium et offre d’autres bienfaits santé. Les meilleures sources sont le thréonate de magnésium et le citrate de magnésium, car ils pénètrent dans les membranes cellulaires, stimulant l’énergie.

Comment savoir si vous obtenez assez de magnésium ?

Le « test de l’intestin » est la meilleure façon de savoir si votre corps comporte une quantité suffisante de magnésium. Un excès de magnésium se manifeste par des selles molles, voire plus liquides, ce qui peut être un avantage pour les personnes souffrant de constipation…

Les symptômes d’une carence en magnésium

Riche en propriétés anti-inflammatoires, le magnésium est efficace pour prévenir l’arthrite, la maladie d’Alzheimer, l’hypertension, le diabète ou les problèmes respiratoires, entre autres.

Ce minéral opère à un niveau cellulaire et s’accumule dans les tissus des organes et des nerfs. Cela signifie qu’une carence en magnésium ne peut être détectée par un simple test sanguin, car le sang contient seulement 1% du magnésium présent dans le corps.

Ces signes peuvent indiquer une carence en magnésium :

– L’anxiété et les crises de panique
– L’asthme
– Les maladies intestinales
– Des caillots sanguins
– Une carence en calcium
– La cystite
– Une confusion mentale
– La constipation
– Une difficulté à avaler
– La dépression
– Le vertige
– La fatigue et la faiblesse physique
– L’hypertension et les maladies cardiovasculaires
– L’hypoglycémie
– L’insomnie
– Les maladies du foie et des reins
– La migraine
– Des crampes musculaires
– Des nausées
– Des problèmes nerveux et des tremblements
– L’ostéoporose
– Des troubles de la personnalité
– Le syndrome prémenstruel (SPM), l’infertilité et la pré-éclampsie
– Des troubles de la mémoire
– Une carence en potassium
– Des problèmes respiratoires
– Le syndrome de Raynaud
– Les caries
– Le diabète de type 2

Comment faire le plein de magnésium ?

Les compléments qui contiennent du citrate de magnésium, la forme de magnésium la mieux absorbée par le corps, sont disponibles et pas chers.
D’autre part, le chlorure de magnésium, connu sous le nom d’ « huile de magnésium » (mais qui n’est pas réellement une huile), est disponible sur Internet. Vous pouvez l’utiliser par voie topique, car ce produit est facilement absorbé par la peau.

Il faut favoriser la consommation de ces aliments riches en magnésium, pour éviter toute carence :

– Les fruits secs (figues)
– Le gombo
– Les haricots (rouges et noirs) et lentilles
– Le chocolat noir
– Les amandes et les noix de cajou (ou autres noix)
– Les grains entiers et le riz brun
– Les épinards et les légumes à feuilles
– L’avocat
– Les bananes
– Les graines de citrouille, de sésame et de tournesol

Consommer des aliments qui ont une forte teneur en magnésium est le meilleur moyen d’augmenter votre apport alimentaire en magnésium, mais il existe d’autres possibilités :

– Pensez à prendre régulièrement des bains ou des bains de ped avec du sel d’Epsom, qui est un sulfate de magnésium absorbé facilement par le corps à travers la peau.

– Les compléments de magnésium (évitez le stéarate de magnésium, car il peut être dangereux).


In September 2015, Julie’s spinal cancer started to press inwards from her vertebrae onto her spinal cord. The spinal cord is the one thing that you don’t mess about with unless you are in a hurry to be paralysed or a lover of extreme pain.

Julie tried the extreme pain bit for a month, until the orthopaedic surgeons started to play the paralysis card. “If we don’t operate within a few days, you WILL be paralysed.” He harrumphed.

We asked to see the scans, and, indeed there was this tumour in Julie’s back looking uncannily like the thing that wrapped around John hurts face in the film Alien.

It had to get sorted.

To cut a very long story short, she underwent a five hour spinal decompression operation which involved removing part of the Spinal Column, to relieve pressure on the Spinal Cord, which, in turn, successfully removed the pain and the immediate risk of paralysis.

In exchange, she got a back full of steel rods and nuts and bolts which will deny her smooth access through any future Airport Security Scanner for the rest of her travels.

The procedure was a success in that:

  • The pain from the cancer was gone.
  • She was not paralysed from the operation
  • Her spine was stabilised from collapsing
  • Part of the tumour had been removed
  • I didn’t have a future of wiping her arse and lugging her up and down stairs every day.

Result !!!

After a month, or so, of post operative recovery, it came to pass that really, really, really we were on our own. The medics can’t really do much more in terms of chemo, radiation or Mechanics, other than tightening any loose screws in Julie’s back.

This is not a problem, because she didn’t want any of that from day one, back in 2011.

However, it did get us thinking about bone strength and supporting the spine.

Immediately, we turned our attention to Calcium which everybody knows is why you need to drink your Milk.

But, milk is dairy, and dairy is not in Julie’s diet because it is full of nasty hormones and other things that fuel her cancer and are generally not conducive to having a tip top immune system.

Undaunted, I go off on the Research Trail. (Again !!)

Surprisingly, I find one of the ways forward is not necessarily Calcium, but Magnesium.

Before diving feet first (Again !!), I message one of my trusted gurus, who also has cancer and has also rejected the “Chemo Radio Drugs” route about her thoughts on Magnesium.

This was her instant reply:

“Magnesium is essential for all cellular energy, and especially is crucial to us Cancer patients.

We both know that it is proven that Magnesium helps Calcium enter our bones and cells. It is Magnesium that “acts as the pump” in the membrane of all our cells, which in turn pumps Potassium into our cells, and the mitochondria kicks out all the nasty Sodium. The Sodium keeps the cells acidic which lowers our Oxygen levels, which then deflates our energy levels.

I have also heard that most people are deficient in Magnesium.”

This is an excellent summary from a non scientist, who is putting her faith in knowledge of minerals to help her survive, and survive well against cancer.

The first generic pointers that I came across were that Magnesium levels are lowered by:

  • Eating refined and processed foods.
  • EXCESS stress and Physical Exercise
  • Excess tea, coffee and alcohol.
  • Sugar, carbohydrates and fat based diets.

Magnesium is also crucial for a healthy liver. The liver is the major detox organ in your body.

A healthy liver means a healthy body. In fact, the French aare particularly adroit at using Magnesium for liver cleansing.

The key point is that without enough Magnesium, your Calcium and Potassium transport system cannot function correctly and a build up of Sodium will occur, creating acidic cell conditions with consequent lower Oxygen levels.

Magnesium’s Importance

Magnesium is our master mineral and, depending on which studies you read, is responsible for between 300 and 800 enzyme driven processes in the body including:

  • Activates muscles and nerves
  • Aids digestion
  • Boosts moods (Reduces anxiety and depression)
  • Can prevent blood clots
  • Creates energy
  • Helps with Detox
  • Protects bones and teeth
  • Relieves headaches and migraines
  • Promotes better sleep and may alleviate sleep apnoea.
  • Supports kidney, bladder, bowel and liver health.
  • Blood Pressure

The problem is that most people in the Western World are lacking in magnesium.  Our culture means that we have the highest levels of blood calcium and the lowest levels of bone calcium. Which is, precisely, the wrong way around. This is because we eat lots of dairy which floods the body with calcium, but magnesium (and Vitamin D) are needed to get the calcium out of your blood and into your bones.  The main modern culprits are:


Modern day diets, because magnesium has been systematically farmed out of the soil. A hundred years ago we enjoyed a diet high in magnesium with a daily intake of some 500mg per day in a normal diet. Today, you would be lucky to get 200mg.per day.

Calcium and magnesium work together in our bodies, but modern diets are low in magnesium (see above) and because of the ready availability of dairy products much higher in calcium.

In fact, you can get enough calcium from food without taking in any dairy. Your daily calcium requirement could be supplied by having 150 grams per day of, for example:

  • A few Almonds
  • Broccoli
  • Leeks
  • Orange
  • Dried Apricots

Furthermore, eating good levels of Potassium and Magnesium but low levels of Sodium will help your cells to become more alkaline, and more importantly stay that way.


Magnesium levels are also depleted by stress. When you find yourself in a stress full situation, your adrenal hormones trigger a fall in magnesium within your cells. What happens then is that there is an influx of calcium into nerve cells which constricts all kinds of muscle cell, in particular the heart and veins. This is the immediate response to a “flight or fight” situation.

Under normal conditions, the muscle cells return to a relaxed state once the emergency is over. But…. When stress is chronic and magnesium levels continually fall then calcium is drawn from the bones and cardiac and vascular muscles will remain in a state of sustained contraction. This could leave to palpitations, muscle cramps and further anxiety. So the situation is self perpetuating.

The combination of modern diet, high levels of stress due to 21st Century Urban lifestyle, increase in use of magnesium depleting pharmaceutical drugs, plus an increase in calcium supplements to prevent osteoporosis has tended to raise the threshold at which muscles and veins remain contracted.

People who have a large input of calcium through some of the above without taking magnesium have shown an increase risk of heart disease in men and women.

Magnesium Supplements

The amount of supplements that you should take will depend on your diet, stress levels and prescribed drugs that are being taken.

As a rule of thumb, a person weighing 70Kgs (11 stone) would need 350 mg/day, or 5mg/Kg of bodyweight.

A second, less scientific, but more prescient is to take a dose increasing 50mg/day until your bowels become loose.  Your optimum level would be the dosage before that.!!!

People suffering from anxiety, fatigue, headaches insomnia or are on a very short emotional fuse should see some relief from an increase in magnesium.


Another way to get more magnesium into your system is by soaking in a bath of magnesium sulphate, otherwise known as Epsom Salts. Commonly used to ease muscle aches and pains, magnesium sulphate also helps with detoxification when sulphur is needed by the body. When used intravenously, magnesium sulphate can save lives in such crises as acute asthma attack, onset of myocardial infarction, etc.

A couple of cups of Epsom Salts added to a hot bath will induce sweating and detoxification; after the water cools a bit, the body will then absorb the magnesium sulphate.

N.B. Alcohol and caffeine intake can cause liver stress and deplete magnesium. If this is this case, then consider taking Milk Thistle and Dandelion Extract, if liver health is poor.


  • Halibut
  • Shrimp
  • Whole Grain Bread and Oats
  • Beans and Legumes
  • Leafy Vegetables (Spinach Broccoli)
  • Seeds, Pulses and Nuts
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Authentic, unrefined sea salt.
  • Bananas
  • Brown Rice
  • Bone broths.

The Magnesium – Calcium Conundrum

The amount of daily calcium needed for good health is one gram per day. Any excess will lead to Magnesium depletion. The paradox is that if magnesium levels fall, then calium cannot be absorbed into bones and tissue.

Calcium also needs Vitamin D to deliver it into the bones and Vitamin D needs magnesium to synthesise it into the body.


Too much dairy leads to high blood calcium, low magnesium and vitamin D means poor delivery to your bones and tissues thereby potentially leading to cancers.





It was a Dark and Stormy Night (Part 1)

“It was a dark and stormy night”

Always wanted to start a novel with that!!

I met Julie in December 2009, on a dark and stormy night. We had actually “connected” on line several days before, but the stormy night was the first time that we had met in person.

She had just walked away from a marriage of 25 years where she had been unhappy for several years. She had left him by stealth, apparently.

Moving out, bit by bit. Renting a flat, and then slowing filling it with bits and pieces from home.

He never noticed.

She couldn’t stand being with him and moved out on New Year’s Eve 2006.

When he called her to say  “Where are you?”  She told him that she had moved out.  I thought that was very ballsy.

She never saw him again.



I’d spent the last 25 years getting married, getting divorced and generally being a bit of a knob.

It was time to sort ourselves out.

So, as they say, two worlds collided.


Pissed off great woman meets a bit of a knob and connect on the internet.”

She was on and I was on …. Pfffff.


We had both been on a few internet dates with other people until we met. What I liked about Jules was her picture, her blue eyes and big smile.

 “So, when are we going to meet then?” is what she put in one of our earliest Emails.

Straight to the point, instead of pussy footing around.

We met mid December 2009 (Jules remembers the exact date) in a Pub high upon the Moors above Lancashire.

One of those “American Werewolf in London” type Pubs. Very isolated and complete with resident ghost.

She was wearing Black Trousers and a Red Leather Top with wispy long blond hair. I remember wearing a black leather jacket, scarf and jeans, well Jules tells me that’s what it was !!

Not very James Bond – but good enough.

We chatted all night about this that and the other. The funny thing was that at the time I smoked (I know !!) so was twitchy all night and pretending not to smoke. Jules makes a big play of the fact that we both knew, but ignored it at the time.

Now, it, obviously, seems stupid in hindsight. – I have stopped, by the way!!!

We had a great night and both drove home to our respective homes in a horrendous downpour. Aquaplaning on moorland roads is not a good thing to do, but is apparently part of the dating process “de nos jours” .

Anyway, I got back home and spent about an hour on the phone to Jules saying what a great time we had had. Could have taken two minutes, but there you go.


A couple of days later we arranged to see each other again. What we didn’t reckon on was that was going to be one of the worst winters in living memory.

It snowed and snowed and snowed. It snowed to the point where kids were building igloos behind my house and the road was completely blocked for days. We arranged to meet a few days later but the snow was still blocking the roads. At the appointed date, I phoned Jules and said that we should postpone. However, I didn’t reckon on Jules’s tenacity.

Roads were blocked but she said “I’m coming anyway !!” So, off she came over ten miles of snow blocked roads and met me in my local Pub.


What I didn’t know was that she loved driving and in ANY conditions. Julie had grown up helping her Dad with his transport company and could drive comfortably at nine years old. She loves being around Tractors, Lorries, Steam Engines and Massive Cranes !!

She went on to become General Manager of a large transport Company and got her HGV Class 1, which means she can drive those Monster Articulated Trucks that criss-cross the world nowadays.

Not a girl to be messed with, in short.

The next couple of weeks was a bit of a cold snowy blur. Most of England was just about managing to shuffle itself about, carving its way through icy channels of compacted snow.

I finally managed to make the drive to Julie’s house on the evening of Christmas Day 2009 for a roast chicken dinner. It was about two weeks later when I eventually returned home !

Little did we know that eighteen months later did we anticipate that Julie would we diagnosed with Cancer with a much shorter life expectancy than previously thought !!

She immediately rejected the concepts of Chemotherapy, Radiation treatment and Drugs, in favour of alternative therapies.

We knew nothing of the latter, but we knew that the former had killed off some of our dearest friends.

So began “the second long, long dark and stormy night “– the story of this blog.


Over the last four years, the word enzyme has cropped up again and again in our life.

I think the first time was possibly when Julie and I went to see a Harley St Specialist for advice on alternative Cancer Treatments. Alternative to Chemo, Radiation and Tamoxofin, that is.

At that point, we were inundated with new concepts and information. The enzyme concept got wafted away on the wind.

We then engaged in protracted conversation with a couple of very learned people who amongst a million other things, told us of the work of Dr. Beard and Dr. Gonzalez in the use of enzymes in fighting Cancer.

They waxed lyrical about the use of Pancreatic Enzymes.

Still, this was too much information to take in and usefully use, for me and Julie. We were slowly moving forward on other fronts. For example, Vitamins, minerals, organic foods and BPA’s etc., but the enzyme thing was out of reach

The list was, and still is, endless.

Then, in October 2015 I went on a “Juicy Retreat” with the fabulous Sally Wilkinson, who during one of her talks said something like

“…and the reason that you need to eat raw food is that cooking destroys the enzymes…”.

I, and everyone else in the room, nodded sagely –as you do.

When I was driving home, I thought..

“that was good, but after four years of thinking, talking and research I still don’t know what a f@@king enzyme is, or what they f@@king do ! AND, why did I nod sagely, when I was under the influence of ignorance?”

A vital chunk of information was missing that could potentially keep Julie’s Cancer at bay.

So, this research, on the back of my ignorance, throws some light on enzymes and why you should think about Juicing your Vegetables and Fruit. (But for that you will have to read to the end.!!)


Enzymes are needed for every cell in your body—not just for digestion but for ALL physiological processes.

Enzymes are composed of amino acids and are secreted by your body to help functions that would normally not occur at body temperature.

More than 3,000 different enzymes have been identified, and some experts believe there may be another 50,000 to be discovered. Each enzyme has a different function—like 3,000 specialized keys cut to fit 3,000 different biological locks.

Enzymes drive biological processes necessary for your body to build raw materials, circulate nutrients, eliminate unwanted chemicals, and lots of other biochemical processes that go on without your even thinking about it.

Here are just some of the activities in your body requiring enzymes:

  • Energy production
  • Absorption of oxygen
  • Fighting infections and healing wounds
  • Reducing inflammation
  • Getting nutrients into your cells
  • Carrying away toxic wastes
  • Breaking down fats in your blood, regulating cholesterol and triglyceride levels
  • Dissolving blood clots
  • Proper hormone regulation
  • Slowing the aging process

Small amounts of enzymes can make profound changes! Enzymes are the catalysts that cause many essential biochemical reactions to happen—but they are not “used up” IN the reaction. They merely assist—meaning, they accelerate reactions—sometimes to a mind-boggling several million reactions per second!

Enzymes lower the amount of energy needed for a reaction to occur. Without them, some reactions simply would not happen.

But enzymes don’t work alone.

Enzymes rely on other vitamins and minerals to accomplish their tasks. These elements are called “coenzymes.”

One of these—Coenzyme Q10. CoQ10 is found in the mitochondria (power centres) of your cells where it is involved in making ATP, every cell’s principal energy source.

Another example is magnesium, which participates in over 300 enzyme reactions.

The Concept of “Enzyme Potential”

Dr. Edward Howell spent his entire professional life studying enzymes and can be credited with catalyzing enzyme research.

Howell believed you were born with a limited enzyme-producing capacity, and that your life expectancy depends on how well you preserve your “enzyme potential.” His theory was that if you don’t get enough enzymes from the food you eat, great strain is placed on your digestive system to “pick up the slack,” i.e., produce enough enzymes to accomplish the task.

A deficiency in digestive enzymes then reduces availability of your metabolic enzymes. Howell believed this metabolic enzyme deficit was at the root of most chronic health problems.

Enzyme Basics

There are three basic categories of enzymes:

  1. Digestive
  2. Metabolic
  3. Food based

Digestive enzymes, as their name implies, help you break down food into smaller parts that can be absorbed, transported and utilized by every cell in your body. Digestive enzymes are extra-cellular—meaning, they are found outside your cells.

Metabolic enzymes are intra-cellular—meaning, inside your cells, where they help the cell carry out a variety of functions related to its reproduction and replenishment.

Your pancreas produces most of these digestive and metabolic enzymes.

Food Based Enzymes directly help with your digestive process.

The more raw foods you eat, the lower the burden on your body to produce the enzymes it needs, not only for digestion, but for practically everything. Whatever enzymes are not used up in digestion are then available to help with other important physiological processes.

Enzyme Deficiency

Insufficient enzyme production is at the root of much “tummy trouble”.

Diets heavy in cooked, processed, and sugary foods, combined with overuse of  pharmaceutical drugs such as antibiotics, deplete your body’s ability to make enzymes.

Heating your food above 47 deg C (116 degrees F) makes most enzymes inactive.

This is one of the reasons it’s so important to eat your foods raw. Raw foods are enzyme-rich, and eating them decreases your body’s burden to produce its own enzymes.

The more food that you can eat raw, the better. Ideally, you should get 75% of your digestive enzymes from your food.

In addition to heat, enzymes are also very sensitive to shifts in pH, which is why different enzymes work in different parts of your digestive tract, based on the pH each enzyme needs in order to function.

Enzyme deficiency results in poor digestion and poor nutrient absorption. This creates a variety of gastrointestinal symptoms, including:

  • Constipation
  • Bloating
  • Cramping
  • Flatulence
  • Heart burn

Chronic mal absorption can lead to a variety of illnesses. If your body doesn’t have the basic nutritional building blocks it needs, your health and ability to recover from illness will be compromised.

Besides breaking down food, enzymes can help with gut healing, controlling pathogens, and immune support.

Your immune system begins in your gut—and if you have enzyme and digestive issues, chances are your immune system isn’t functioning as well as it should be.

How Aging Affects Your Enzyme Production

Your natural enzyme production starts to decline by the time you’re about 20.

For every ten years you age, your enzyme production decreases by 13%. So by age 40, your enzyme production could be 25 percent lower than it was when you were a child. And by the time you’re 70, you could be producing only ONE-THIRD of the enzymes you need.

Also, your stomach produces less hydrochloric acid as you age, which is crucial in activating your stomach’s digestive enzymes.

When digestion requires a heavy demand, enzyme supplies run short and your enzyme-producing capacity can become exhausted. The high demand for digestive enzymes depletes your body’s production of metabolic enzymes, which every cell in your body needs in order to function.

Roles of Metabolic Enzymes

Metabolic enzymes are involved with running your circulatory, lymphatic, cardiac, neurologic, endocrine, renal, hepatic, and reproductive systems, and maintaining your skin, bones, joints, muscles and other tissues.

Every one of your cells depends on these enzymes and their ability to catalyze energy production. Each of these enzymes is highly specialized as a function of its particular molecular structure.

Consider these two examples:

  • RNA polymeraseis an enzyme your body uses to transcribe DNA into RNA, which is used to make proteins.
  • Lysosomal enzyme, produced in the lysosome of each cell (also called the “suicide bag”), breaks down macromolecules and other foreign particles the cell has ingested (such as bacteria) so they can be disposed of. The lysosome is a microscopic garbage disposal!

One of the most important functions of metabolic enzymes happens in your blood. If you think about it, it makes sense. We know that bacteria, fungi, and parasites are comprised of protein, as is the shell encompassing viruses.

Enzymes in your blood—primarily proteases (proteolytic enzymes)—serve to break down protein-based foreign bodies, effectively cleansing your blood.

As blood cleansers, these enzymes combat chronic inflammation, which if left unchecked can lead to everything from autoimmune diseases, to cardiovascular disease and even cancer. Enzymes reduce inflammation in your body by:

  1. Breaking down foreign proteins in the blood that cause inflammation and facilitating their removal via your blood stream and lymphatic system
  2. Removing “fibrin,” a clotting material that can prolong inflammation
  3. Reducing oedema in the inflamed regions

It follows, then, that any disease caused by inflammation— practically every chronic disease we face today—can be benefited by increased levels of functional enzymes in your blood.

Boosting Your Enzyme Levels Naturally

There are four ways to naturally increase your enzyme levels:

  1. Increase your intake of raw, living foods
  2. Eat fewer calories
  3. Chew your food thoroughly
  4. Avoid chewing gum

The very best way to get enzymes into your body is by eating at least 75 percent of your foods raw.

While all raw foods contain enzymes, the most powerful enzyme-rich foods are those that are sprouted (seeds and legumes).

Sprouting increases the enzyme content in these foods tremendously. Besides sprouts, other enzyme-rich foods include:

  • Papaya, pineapple, mango, kiwi, and grapes
  • Avocado
  • Raw honey
  • Bee pollen
  • Extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil
  • Raw meat and dairy

The best way to bump up your metabolic enzymes is to provide your body with the raw materials and energy it needs to make them. By eating these types of foods, you supply your body with the amino acids and the enzyme co-factors needed to boost your own natural enzyme production.

Another way to lower your body’s demand for enzymes is to reduce your caloric intake.  The average person spends 80 percent of his available energy simply digesting food.

By reducing overall consumption, as well as introducing more living foods, you reduce your need for digestive enzymes, which allows your body to put more of its energy into producing metabolic enzymes.

Which brings me to chewing!

Quite apart from the pleasure of an unhurried meal, there are important physiological reasons to chew your food well.

Chewing stimulates saliva production, and the more time you spend chewing, the longer your saliva enzymes have to work in your mouth, lessening the workload of your stomach and small intestine. Chewing also stimulates a reflex that sends a message to your pancreas and other digestive organs, “Gear up—we’ve got incoming!”

And don’t chew gum.!!

Chewing gum fools your body into believing it is digesting something, so it pumps out digestive enzymes unnecessarily. Why waste those precious resources?

Digestive Enzyme Supplementation

If you suffer from occasional bloating, minor abdominal discomfort, and occasional constipation and suspect your enzyme production is low, you might want to consider a digestive enzyme supplement in addition to eating more of your foods raw.

Digestive enzymes should be taken WITH a meal. There are hundreds on the market, so how do you choose a good one? You should look for an enzyme formula with the following characteristics:

  • It should contain a mixture of different types of enzymes, to help digest all of the different components of your diet (including lipase, protease, and amylase)
  • The ingredients should be high quality, all-natural, and free of allergens and additives
  • The supplement should be labelled as to the enzymatic strength of each ingredient, not just its weight
  • It should be made by a reputable company with rigorous quality control and testing for potency

Besides digestive enzyme supplementation, there is another way to use oral enzymes—for systemic use. This requires taking enzymes between meals so they can be absorbed through your gut and into your bloodstream, where your cells can use them metabolically.

Systemic Enzymes

Getting enzymes from your digestive tract into your bloodstream isn’t as easy as it seems. Enzymes are very susceptible to being deactivated and must be helped to survive the highly acidic environment in your stomach. They are often given a coating to help them through your digestive tract.

It is crucial that, in order for enzymes to be used systemicallythey must be ingested on an empty stomach. 

Otherwise, your body will use them for digesting your food, instead of being absorbed into the blood and doing their work there.

Systemic Enzymes in the Treatment of Cancer

The use of enzymes to treat cancer has its roots all the way back to 1911 with John Beard’s The Enzyme Treatment of Cancer and Its Scientific Basis. Beard believed cancer was a result of diminished pancreatic enzymes, impairing your immune response.

study in 1999 suggests he may have been right.

Ten patients with inoperable pancreatic cancer were treated with large doses of oral pancreatic enzymes (along with detoxification and an organic diet), and their survival rates were 3 to 4 times higher than patients receiving conventional treatment. Proteolytic enzymes can be helpful in treating cancer because they help restore balance to your immune system.

Dr. Nick Gonzalez in New York  has also done a lot of work on enzymes in cancer treatment and has written a book on the subject.

Some of the ways  enzymes can be helpful in the fight against cancer are:

  • Boosting interferon and tumour necrosis factor, which are very important in destroying cancer cells.
  • Decreasing
  • Dissolving fibrin: Cancer cells hide under a cloak of fibrin to escape detection. Once the cancer cells are “uncloaked,” they can be spotted and attacked by your immune system.
  • It is also thought that fibrin makes cancer cells “stick together,” which increases the chance for metastases.(Secondary Cancers)
  • German studies have shown that systemic enzymes increase the potency of macrophages and killer cells 12-fold.

Hopefully you can now appreciate just how important enzymes are to your overall health, right down to the cellular level.

Once you understand this, you may begin to see just how important it is to eat a diet rich in fresh, organic, raw foods.

You should try juicing some of your vegetables and fruit as a way of getting more nutrients—and enzymes—into your body.

It has been said, “You are what you eat.” But really, “You are what you digest” is closer to the truth.