Give Candida, UTIs or IBS a knock out punch

If you suffer from candida, UTIs or IBS or similar, listen up.

If you’ve never had such illnesses then you’ll want to know this when you do.

Bio-Kult is a vegetarian supplement range developed to boost our immune system through probiotics. So much so that a standard box of Bio-Kult contains 14 different probiotic strains.

That should be helpful if you suffer from travel sickness, diarrhoea, leaky gut syndrome, irritable bowels or eczema.

Advanced probiotic supplements

But there’s more…

Candida can be a life-changing illness when the bacteria gets out of hand – and, apparently, one third of us carry it. So, Bio-Kult have also developed a probiotic supplement called Candéa which includes powerful properties from garlic and grapefruit seed extract: these are believed to strengthen the body’s natural defences against the overgrowth of Candida.

A more common illness are Urinary Tract Infections which cause a lot of unpleasant experiences in the nether regions. Bio-Kult Pro-Cyan uses probiotics with with cranberry extract and Vitamin A to help your body to maintain a healthy urinary tract.

It’s also just recently won an award as the Best New Product from 2012 as voted for by CAM (Complimentary and Alternative Medicine) Lifestyle Magazine readers.

Free tickets to the Treating Autism conference

Occasionally, I write about autism because of links between the condition and a person’s diet.

Just earlier this year the Penn State College of Medicine released a report affirming the benefits of a restrictive diet to some children with autism. But this remains controversial since advice from The National Autistc Society suggests restrictive should not be used in treating adult autism and NHS guidelines on the dietary benefits for children won’t be released till next year.

If you are a parent trying to work your way through the minefield of medical treatments then I’m very pleased to announce an upcoming autism conference run by parents for parents.

And it might please you to know that the organisers are giving away 2 free tickets.

The Treating Autism conference 2012 is a two day event on 8-9 September, at Brunel University, Uxbridge. Day one of the conference will offer delegates a choice of three in-depth workshops that focus on therapies you can use yourself at home: Intensive Interaction, Relationship Development Intervention, and Verbal Behaviour. The second day of the conference will be devoted to biomedical treatments. Speakers range from cutting edge researchers to parents who are biomed veterans.

An attendee to the annual conference said:

“I have had an amazing experience this weekend. Thank you to everyone at Treating Autism for making me so welcome. I am taking away from this so much to help me and my daughter, can’t wait for the next one! Please keep doing an annual event. The TA team do a fantastic job: we are very grateful… Thank you!”

For more information on how to attend the conference you can visit their website But, if you’d like to enter the competition send me an email with your name and address, and I’ll draw a winner from the hat on 10.08.12 (UK addresses only).

Thinking of going on an Elimination Diet?

If you’re trying to find out which food is upsetting you, causing IBS or possibly something worse than an Elimination Diet can help you discover what you need to avoid.

We have put together an Elimination Diet Starter Pack based on advice from Allergy Medical UK.

Food from the Elimination Diet Starter Pack
Food from the Elimination Diet Starter Pack

It is sensible to talk to a doctor or nutritionist about embarking on an Elimination Diet. You will need to avoid all but the least allergenic foods and it can take up to 2 weeks before you start reintroducing certain foods.

There can also be other challenges along the way such as withdrawal symptoms or more intense symptoms once the offending food has been reintroduced.

For more information visit the NHS’s guidance page on Elimination Diets or contact Allergy Medical UK (a private clinic devoted to treating allergies and immune conditions).

The purpose of the Elimination Diet box and other similar foods is to take some of the hassle out of the process.

We hope it helps.

Alternatives to milk

Possibly 75% of people around the world are lactose intolerant – which might go some way to explaining why there are so many alternatives to milk.

But there are numerous other reasons too, it might be simply be beneficial to health, or autism related, or asthma, or galactosaemia, or a sensitivity to casein or one of many other problems with drinking milk.

Whatever your reason it’s important to make sure you’re still getting the calcium, iodine and vitamins that you need.

Here are some of the alternatives…

Goat’s milk
Rich in nutrients and easier to digest (even though it still contains lactose). It has less casein but almost as much fat and calories as cow’s milk. However, it can cause a vitamin B12 deficiency in children.

Sheep’s milk
Sheep’s milk has twice as many minerals, eg. calcium, phosphorus and zinc and the vitamin B-complex, as cow’s milk. But it is also higher in calories and fat. Like goat’s milk, it is easily digested. And it’s also a good source of iodine, which helps if you suffer with thyroid problems.

Camel’s milk
Five times as much Vitamin C as cow’s milk. Helps with diabetes. Contains some lactose. Not easy to source.

Buffalo’s milk
Higher in calcium, protein and iron and contains more vitamins and minerals (including calcium and iron) and 43% less cholesterol than cow’s milk. But it also has twice as much fat and still contains lactose. Not easy to source.

Hemp milk
Half the amount of protein of cow’s milk, and calcium is often added. Rich in Omega 3, minerals and vitamins, hemp milk also has a creamy consistency. No lactose.

Quinoa milk
Quinoa is a very digestive food and nutritionally well balanced. It’s protein contains all essential amino acids and it is rich in unsaturated fatty acids. No lactose.

Spelt milk
A good source of fibre and B-complex vitamins. Cholesterol free. No lactose.

Oat milk
Rich in fibre, lowers cholesterol and low-GI. It’s actually the preferred energy drink of many athletes. A pleasant milky taste. No lactose.

Barley milk
Has a higher phosphorus and potassium content than regular milk. Helpful in repairing the body, though it doesn’t contain calcium. No lactose.

Kamut-wheat milk
Highly recommended for its milk-like taste. No lactose.

Millet milk
Lower in fat, higher in fibre and less calories than cow’s milk. Rich in protein and minerals. No lactose.

Rice milk
Compared to soya, rice milk is considered closer to cow’s milk in taste and texture. It is naturally sweet, low in fat and high in fibre. But it’s also low in calcium and protein. No lactose.

Soya milk
Soya milk is high in protein so it’s useful for cooking with. It is also comparatively cheaper than other milk alternatives due to its ubiquity. However, some avoid it because it can raise estrogen levels. No lactose.

Almond milk
Tastes great, and has some of the lowest calorie counts of all milk alternatives. No lactose.

Hazelnut milk
A thicker consistency. It also provides calcium and sulphur. No lactose.

Coconut milk
Lots of phosphorus, iron, magnesium and fibre makes coconut milk a superfood. It’s low in calories, boosts immunity and has a distinctive creamy taste.

Cashew nut milk
Delicious but not easy to find. Just as well it’s easy to make… Cashew’s are a good source of copper and magnesium.

Raw milk
The argument is that pasteurisation destroys some of the goodness in milk which would actually make it digestible for people with gut problems. It remains to be seen whether ‘green top milk’ is actually helpful for people with psoriasis and high blood pressure.

UV milk
Possibly the milk of the future: milk that is treated by UV instead of pasteurisation?

Lactose-Free milk
Or, of course, you could take the lactose out of the milk

You can also make milk from peas, peanuts, or seeds!

Gluten free/ Casein free home made ice cream

Ever thought of making your own rice milk ice cream?

Gluten free/casein free, dairy free and delicious

I came across this great GF/CF recipe for ice cream from Kathleen Fafard Caldwell and I must say I’m impressed with the results. Appreciated by us all, but especially for my friends kids who stick to the gluten free/ casein free diet. Anyway I thought it definitely worth sharing with you all.

Kathleen says:
I make some rice (1 cup warm cooked rice) (mushy rice is best for this recipe. I just add extra water and over cook the rice).
Put in a blender with all these other ingredients:
1/2 cup local honey,
1 tablespoon gluten free vanilla,
1/2 teaspoon salt,
and one tablespoon oil (we use flaxseed, or coconut oil).

Puree until smooth (usually about 10 minutes for us because the kids won’t drink it if it has lumps). I stop the blender every few minutes and scrape the sides.

Add 3 cups of hot, filtered water and blend until smooth. Either freeze or put in the fridge and drink nice and cold.

Fruit smoothies
We also like to put fresh fruit and home made rice milk in the blender to make ‘fruit smoothies’. You can substitute  the rice with nuts to make almond or pecan milk too.

Natural management for Autism

Dr Natasha Campbell-Mcbride is the mother of an autistic child and became a pioneer in the nutritional treatment of autism and here describes the basics of her protocol.

There is an unmistakeable epidemic of autism sweeping across the globe, which cannot be explained by genetics or better diagnosis.

So, how and why does autism develop and why do we have an epidemic of this devastating disorder

Autism is essentially a digestive disorder. In the first two years of life the child’s digestive system, instead of being a source of nourishment for the child, becomes a major source of toxicity. Hundreds of toxins produced in the gut of the child get absorbed through the gut lining into the bloodstream, are carried to the brain and “clog” the brain with toxicity.

Autistic children usually have normal eyes, ears,tactile sensitivity and taste buds. All the information gathered by these sensory organs is passed to the brain to be processed and learned from. By looking, listening, tasting and touching the baby and toddler learn how to communicate and experience behave appropriately. However, if the brain is hampered by toxicity, it cannot process this sensory information and cannot learn from it. As a result everything the child hears, sees, touches and tastes turns into a noise in the child’s head, sometimes frightening, sometimes pleasurable, sometimes overwhelming. From this noise the child cannot learn anything useful. In the first two years, language, normal communication, normal behaviour are learned – these are all the things an autistic child does not acquire.

Babies are born with sterile digestive systems. In the first 20 or so days of life that sterile surface gets populated by a mixture of microbes, which becomes the child’s gut flora. If the child does not acquire the normal gut flora then the digestive system will not be healthy and cannot digest and absorb food properly. It follows that the autistic child will suffer colic, abnormal stools, bloating, reflux and malabsorption with multiple nutritional deficiencies. The child is then immune-compromised and this leaves them open to allergies, auto-immunity, ear and chest infections, impetigo and colds for which they are prescribed broad-spectrum antibiotics.

Autistic children receive numerous courses of antibiotics during the first few years of life and this affects the quantity and quality of friendly bacteria in the gut. The role of beneficial bacteria is to control the growth of pathogenic (bad) bacteria, viruses and fungi which are responsible for Clostridia and yeast, mainly of the Candida family. The toxins produced by these microbes flow from the gut to the brain and this is what makes the child autistic. Abnormal gut flora, gut dysbiosis, caused by use of drugs and antibiotics and modern lifestyles, is passed mainly by the mother to the child thus starting the slide into autism.

Diet for autism is a big subject but needs to be the most important part of treatment. Beneficial bacteria orchestrate the process of cell regeneration in the intestine. If these bacteria are not available or damaged then the process gets out of order and the job of digesting and absorbing food is hampered. This results in a lack of nutrition to the brain thus producing a child with autistic tendencies. The therapeutic diet is to remove starches and sugars from the diet as these are the one which challenge the child’s damaged gut lining and feed on pathogenic microbes. In order to remove all starches and complex sugars from the diet we have to exclude:

  • All grains and end products
  • Sugar in any shape or form
  • Starchy vegetables, such as potato, parsnip, yams, sweet potato and Jerusalem artichokes
  • Most beans including soy
  • Milk sugar, lactose which means milk is excluded. However, fermented milk products,
    such as natural yoghurt, butter, natural cheeses, créme fresh and soured cream are
    lactose-free and are allowed.
  • Processed foods are completely out as most of them contain starches, sugars, milk, soy and
    other ingredients.

Also they are full of E-numbers, colours, flavourings, preservatives and additives which are not helpful for autistic children

Having listed the foods which are not good for an autistic child it would seem like there isn’t much left that they can have but there are quite lot of options and alternatives:

  • All meats bought fresh or frozen and cooked at home
  • Fish and shellfish bought fresh or frozen and cooked at home
  • Good quality eggs
  • Fermented milk products
  • All fresh vegetables except starchy ones
  • All ripe fruit, as unripe fruit contains starch
  • Dried fruit without additives
  • Nuts and seeds, unprocessed
  • Cold pressed oils
  • Natural unprocessed honey

The majority of autistic children are extremely fussy eaters and can get trapped in a vicious cycle of food cravings, intolerances and addictions and without intensive help are unable to break out of the habits. It takes determination and effort on the part of the parents but meal times become enjoyable as a result.

There are a few supplements which are essential in order to heal the gut and restore immunity and brain function. It needs to be worked out by a practitioner to meet the requirements of the individual child.

  • A therapeutic strength probiotic containing a mixture of lactobacilli, bifidobacteria and soil bacteria. It needs to be introduced gradually as it can cause an increase in symptoms
    until the body adjusts.
  • Essential fatty acids – omega 3 & omega 6,lot of research and clinical experience has been accumulated to show their effectiveness. Arachidonic acid is not found in any
    supplement but is the most abundant fatty acid in the brain. Research shows that patients
    with autism lose it in large amounts from their cell membranes. It comes from animal fats in meat,
    eggs and dairy products.
  • Cod Liver Oil is the best source of vitamin A for autistic children and is essential for cell regeneration in the gut, functioning of the immune system and a myriad of other
    functions in the body.

Autism is not a doom and gloom disorder, there are hundreds of published cases around the world where autistic children have fully recovered and lead normal lives.