Many common conditions such as thyroid disease, bowel disease and endometriosis are, in fact, autoimmune conditions. If conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia are included in the statistics (and many experts believe that they should be), the frequency of autoimmune conditions in the western world is 1 in 5 people. Among women, it's even more frequent.
Homocysteine is one of the most important blood tests to have. Elevated homocysteine is a vastly more important finding on blood test than elevated cholesterol.
Homocysteine predicts increased risk for heart attack, stroke, depression, arthritis, infertility, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer's disease. Some authors estimate that elevated homocysteine predicts 90% of cases of cardiovascular disease.
Please see Lara's latest blog post about A1 and A2 milk: "The Inflammation from A1 Milk is Mind-Boggling"
Were you allergic to milk as a kid, but believe that you grew out of it? (You did not grow out of it. The symptoms just changed.)
Does every Naturopath advise you to avoid milk? (There's a reason.)
Do you suffer from acne, obesity, endometriosis, eczema, asthma, or recurring chest infections? (There may be a solution.)
What IS the problem with milk? (It's not the lactose.)
Sugar is not your friend. It may feel like your friend when it comforts you on a lonely evening, but it is not the kind of friend that you want to have. In actual fact, sugar is an evil back-stabbing friend that erodes your health and your youth.
The inflammatory, immune-disrupting effect of wheat is so significant, that it led one group of researchers to pose the question: "Is gluten safe for anyone to eat?" Their research published in the prestigious journal GUT found that wheat gluten elicits a significant inflammatory response in all individuals, whether they have coeliac disease or not. (1)
We equate coffee with caffeine, but that is not accurate. Caffeine is just one of many health-influencing aspects of coffee.
Coffee has unique impacts on health that we do not get from other caffeine foods, such as tea and chocolate.
Fact #1. Table sugar and other concentrated sweeteners are the worst Carbs because they are high dose fructose. Fructose is very different than glucose.
Fact #2. Glucose is a nutrient that your cells need for energy, and to build structural carbohydrates. Glucose is controlled by metabolic hormones insulin and leptin. Glucose starches such as rice and potatoes are healthy. (But they should be eaten together with fat, protein and vegetables to slow absorption.)