Monday, 11 July 2011

Weston A Price versus raw vegan low fat: pros and cons

Early last June I was rung up by a man from Ireland about the Q1000, which he had come across when undergoing raw food treatment for cancer at the Hippocrates Institute in Florida, USA. He had liposarcoma (cancer of the connective tissue) between C3 down to C7, around the nerves and the spinal cord. He had cancer six years ago in the leg, and turning down any conventional treatment, he had followed the Gerson diet. Two and a half years later cancer came back in his neck, and now for a third time it was back again. Changing his diet completely to a raw one had seen his weight go down to 11 stone. He is 6'1". The only fat he was allowed was a small piece of avocado every three days, and a handful of nuts every four days.

As an advocate of traditional foods, in particular the Weston A Price approach, I was alarmed at this low fat (practically nil) approach to cancer, and when he told me that his tumour was rapidly growing a week after returning home from Florida I knew my fears were not misplaced. Turning someone around like that to a diet that is so radically different is not easy, but I emailed him a link to information from Dr Thomas Cowan, on how to VERY slowly introduce fat, after your body has had to adjust to very little. See Why Cancer patients need more fat. Dr Cowan suggests a ketogenic diet for cancer, with 80% fat, because fat is not something that cancer cells can use to grow and thrive.

But D needed help and guidance fast, more than an internet link. His first response was to ring a raw food guru in the UK to ask her about fat. She admitted that she disagreed with Brian Clements on this, and told D that personally she took Udo's Oil. (Obviously animal fats are still off the agenda as a vegan) He then emailed Brian Clements directly, who told him that Weston A Price was a raw food advocate when he did his research, but his work was compromised and altered after his death.

After reading Dr Cowan I know who I find the most convincing: he makes a compelling case for the need for fat as a primary source of energy when trying to starve cancer cells. Ds telephone calls to me stopped six months ago, (now writing this in March 2012) and I have no idea what happened in his fight for his life.

I'm sad that a product made by Glen Gillard, a naturopath in Australia, was not available back then. Its lemon grass, shown in research to cause apoptosis, cancer cell death, and fermented to break it down, with added olive leaf extract, papaya and pomegranate juice. Glen is a friend of mine, and I only get to find out about his latest concoctions in chance conversations about other things! But this time I will be selling Citra-Bio for Safe Remedies at the upcoming Weston A Price conference at Epsom Downs Racecourse. It tastes delicious, and the good thing is you only need 20mls a day.

The irony is that Dr Brian Clements is over here doing a seminar in London at exactly the same time as the Weston A Price conference. Come along to Epsom to hear Dr Natasha Campbell McBride talk about some of the problems of the vegan diet, as seen in her practice as a neurologist specialising in nutrition. I heard her talk in a seminar at the Soil Association Conference a couple of weeks ago, and she stressed the vital role of both animal protein for building up and growth, and plant protein for cleansing. The ensuing discussion on the Soil Association blog was both lively and informative!

Friday, 6 May 2011

Retinal Vein Thrombosis: LLLT improves vision

Retinal Vein Occlusion
I had an enquiry about the Q1000 today, from a patient of an osteopath who uses the Q1000. After two sessions in the osteopath's office, using the Q1000 over his eyes, his vision improved significantly. He had retinal vein thrombosis in both eyes. In addition the right eye had acute glaucoma, and a detached retina. He had silicone in that eye. His left eye for the last five years was 3/10 in severity, whereas his right eye was 10/10.
A retinal vein occlusion is a blockage of one of the veins, when blood stops flowing.When the vein blocks some blood leaks out. In addition, clear fluid leaks out causing ‘water-logging’ of the retina. This naturally damages the sight.

Before the LLLT treatment he would watch a TV football match, and be able to see the players but not the ball. Now, after two treatments, he can see the ball again. Before he could not distinguish different pairs of shoes, whilst selecting a pair to wear each day. Now he can see enough detail to select the pair that has a brogue design, despite the fact that these shoes have the same shape as the other shoes.

They are also beginning to notice a difference in his pupil size. After the operation his eyes were completely dilated, and now after using the Q1000 his pupils have started to contract.

An opthalmologist friend visited and he noticed that his pupils were smaller. After going home to look up all the research on LLLT and the eyes, he concluded that the light was helping the neurons to regenerate.

Overall conclusions at this early stage give rise to cautious optimism, given the greater clarity in vision after just two treatments. With permission from their consultant they are embarking on a month of Q1000 treatment at home via Light for Health's rental scheme.

Whilst listening to this story over the phone my body starting tingling! Its one thing reading the research, and another hearing the effects live on a real person. Sometimes getting this message out is painfully slow and frustrating. At other times I feel privileged to be be at the forefront of a new movement in health that is giving significant relief and healing to people who had begun to lose all hope.

Over the next month I'll be keeping you posted on further developments. It may be that this fast response is cut short, or other factors come into play to delay further improvements. Meanwhile, knowing that light cannot harm, they are going to use it more regularly at home, than they could by visiting a practitioner.

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Low Level Laser for Myofascial Pain Syndrome

IL has had Myofascial Pain Syndrome since 1989, when she was 27, after a fall on her ribs. At the time she was working as a nurse, doing lots of heavy lifting. It was only diagnosed three years ago, and since that time she has had regular weekly physiotherapy, trigger point acupuncture, and massage. The pain is mostly in her neck, both arms and knees. Previously only 60% of her muscles were working, but now that has improved to 90%. She still needs Amitriptyline for sleeping. She now works as a part time Civil Servant, but finds the work only possible if she rests at home in her time off. Last October she had a flare up in her right arm, and whilst reading a book on MPS, by a US doctor, she learnt about the benefits of Low Level Laser Therapy.

During our phone conversation I suggested that she rent a Q10, the sister product to the Q1000, along with a 30mW green laser pen, for tougher muscle spots in need of greater power (green also has a bit of infrared too which gives greater penetration and depth).

Twelve days after receiving the Q10 in the post, IR rang to give me some positive feedback. I was not surprised but equally its always lovely to get confirmation that LLLT works in individual cases. IR did not tell her physiotherapist that she had used light for five days before her treatment with him. She had acupuncture on her right arm. The next day, after a lie in she expected to feel 'ropey', as she normally would, but 'not at all'. She felt there was improvement from the Q10 and the green laser, the only new input in the time since she was having all her treatments. She now finds it easier to get up in the morning, and feels looser. Her arm is much improved.

As an ex nurse she is able to tune into her body perhaps more than others without her training in anatomy and physiology. When she lasers she feels tingling, not just on the side that she lasers. This confirms research which shows that if you laser on one side of the body, the light travels round the body to assist in healing elsewhere.

The Q10 is also excellent for skin problems. IL used it on her husband's psoriasis on his neck and his psoriasis has practically gone after just ten days.