Recently, I was interviewed by ABC radio as I contribute a tip from a blind man each week to the local Community pages on Facebook. The interviewer and the ABC felt people would like to understand more about me and why I was doing this.
This question has everybody’s interest after a 26-year-old man claimed that his chronic Crohn’s disorder was completely reversed by following a strict vegetarian diet for period of time.
All his major and minor symptoms completely vanished. This news has inspired hope for millions of Crohn’s sufferers who often do not experience relief despite following strict medication. However, is it too soon to draw conclusions from the miraculous healing of one man? Let’s investigate.
The medics at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Missouri observed one of their patient’s (whose identity has not been yet disclosed due to privacy reasons) Crohn’s history. His case study provided some very interesting insights into the potential cure of the disease.
He had followed an unintentionally vegetarian diet due to religious reasons and noticed a reduction in symptoms such as bloating, fatigue, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. He then continued following a vegan diet to observe its benefits. These persisted for as long as he was strict with his diet. Medics found visible changes in his gut endoscopy images, as the gut lining showed reduced inflammation and became smoother. When he faltered by including dairy-based products or spicy foods in his meals, his condition would flare-up.
However, promising as this case study may be, other medics have warned against being blindly inspired by this one-hit-wonder. The reason? They claim that a purely vegan diet is deficient in certain minerals and vitamins, which may exacerbate Crohn’s symptoms. A vegan diet is rich in dietary fibre, which may go on to irritate an already sensitive gut lining. Giving up on medication entirely to replace it with a vegan diet may not work for everybody, although dropping processed foods, dairy products, and spicy foods has definitely got benefits attached.
If you are a Crohn’s patient, it is advisable to consult your doctor before taking any steps toward drastically altering your diet.
Come summer everyone starts slathering DEET rich ointments on their skin to keep away mosquitoes. The buzzing critters simply detest the smell of it and therefore keep away. DEET or N, N-diethyl-meta-toluamide seemed like the panacea for protecting oneself from a swarm of tiny buzzing monsters, at least for a while. Then, people noticed something else that made DEET unpopular for use apart from its bad odor.
Firstly, DEET has been deemed safe by many public health agencies. Many people would rather drown themselves in a pungent chemical over getting bitten by mosquitoes, and up until this point, DEET does not disappoint. But soon, it was discovered that DEET damages fabrics, can be irritating to the skin of certain people and can even cause neurodegenerative problems (as was discovered in a study involving mice).
The good news is, whether you find DEET repulsive due to its skin-damaging properties or simply its odor, you can choose alternatives. That’s right! DEET is not the Be-All-And-End-All of insect repellants. Consumer Reports have tested the best insect repellants available and their top three choices do not even contain DEET! They are:
Sawyer Fisherman’s Formula Picaridin: Consumer Report’s top performer, Picaridin has the prior approval of Environment Working Group (a science-backed consumer interest outfit). This formulation contains 20% Picaridin and is known to provide protection for at least 8 hours against Aedes, Culex mosquitoes and deer ticks.
Natrapel 8 hour: This is a relatively expensive formulation, although it contains more or less same Picardin level and provides six-hour protection against ticks and mosquitoes.
Oil of Eucalyptus (2-Undecanone): It contains IR3535 and DEET in 20% concentrations each. It is the only plant-based repellant that has been approved by many consumer watchdogs.
Now that you know which options to pick when out shopping for bug repellants, make sure you ditch that can of DEET and make a smarter choice.
That olive oil is one of the most beneficial oils to exist for humans is no secret. Whether you use it for dressing your salads or stir-frying your meals, it contains so much goodness, it can almost be called “the oil for the Gods”.
Perhaps this is why Mediterranean cuisine not only is scrumptious but packed to the brim with nutrition and health benefits. Perhaps it’s time to take a note from the book of Mediterranean cuisine and employ olive oil in our diet full time.
Why? Read on to find out:
Favorable for body weight: While most other oils cannot promise you this, olive oil has little to no effect on body weight gain, which is why those seeking to improve their weight make it their staple. Furthermore, a study conducted on 187 participants by Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences, Physiology and Toxicology, University of Navarra, Spain found that olive oil reduces weight when used over some time.
Packed with Antioxidants: The presence of free radicals in the blood plasma is detrimental for the overall health of humans. The antioxidants naturally found in olive oil helps keep the free radical levels down.
the heart: Olive oil is rich in omega
polyunsaturated fatty acids. It contains 73% oleic acid, making it good for
your heart. Studies conducted by various research institutes have proved that
there is a direct correlation between olive oil consumption and reduction in
the chances of a stroke.
Anti-inflammatory properties: The very presence of antioxidants in olive oil, in particular: oleocanthal, is shown to reduce the symptoms of inflammation in humans.
fight Alzheimer’s disease: Olive oil
not only helps fight inflammation and weight gain, but it also helps sharpen
brain function too! The oleocanthal present in it checks the buildup of
beta-amyloid plaques- a substance associated with Alzheimer’s.
Overall, olive oil is too good a dietary substance to neglect. It is time you make it a part of your regular meals today!
As a Wellbeing Practitioner, Majette has devoted her life to helping others understand and improve their emotional, psychological and spiritual selves.
When it comes to wealth, can we truly be both spiritually wealthy and financially wealthy? Why are these two mindsets considered worlds apart?
Majette explains that for thousands of years, people believed that those who were considered greedy for focusing their lives on increasing wealth will not have a place in Heaven. Unfortunately, this ‘concept’ has been taken literally. She considers it misinformation.
Majette’s depth of the understanding around nature and the Universe is that we are provided with an overwhelming abundance all around us. In fact, many sage publications inform us that we are all deserved and should not experience lack.
In our interview, Majette explains that decades before and after World War II have influenced the subconscious programs that still govern the differences between the way men and women think about their finances, essentially, their financial mindset.
As women, we do have confidence in ourselves, but not so when it comes to money…. Majette provides us with suggestions on how we can change this mindset in order to become financially free.
Watch this week’s video featuring Majette to understand:
How can we truly live being both spiritually and financially wealthy
How our contemporary society can change so that wealth may be experienced by all, not just the rich
Why women have been subconsciously programmed not to take control over their finances
What practical steps are women taking to seize back control over their finances
Ssshhhh! Don’t tell anyone about your secret….. You don’t have to declare your precious metals purchase to anyone – it can be your secret to financial freedom, no-one needs to know!
If you’re interested please email As Good as Gold and mention that you were referred by Groceries for Health.
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