Eczema – Looking Beyond the Skin

Eczema is a name for a group of skin conditions – of which atopic eczema, (also known as ‘atopic dermatitis’) is the most common. This condition often occurs in people who are prone to other common allergies. It can run in families and often develops alongside other conditions such as asthma and hay fever.

The NHS provides the following summary of those most affected by eczema:

About one in five children in the UK has atopic eczema. In 8 out of 10 cases, the condition develops before a child reaches the age of five. Many children develop it before their first birthday. Read more »

What are helminths?

In the industrialized world, through our advanced hygiene practices and lifestyles, we have severely depleted our biomes (the living organisms of our body’s ecosystem).  Many people are now aware that changes to our microbiome (the single-celled organisms of our gut) have led to negative health changes, but what many do not know is that all mammals on the planet also evolved with a macrobiome – native animal life. The primary class of native macrobiotic organisms is called helminths, better known as intestinal worms.  Just like there are pathogenic and beneficial bacteria, there are pathogenic and beneficial helminths. Read more »

Hyper-sensitized Industrial Nations

In the industrialized world, nations such as the UK, the USA and those of Northern Europe are experiencing an epidemic of chronic inflammation-related disease that include allergies, autoimmunity, digestive diseases, and neuropsychiatric disorders. The incidence of conditions such as allergies (atopy), asthma, autism as well as autoimmune or chronic inflammatory diseases, such as Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis, diabetes (Type 1) and multiple sclerosis has increased almost exponentially over the past several decades. [1,2,3,4]

One of the hallmarks of all these conditions, and possibly a shared mechanistic similarity, is hypersensitivity or over-responsiveness by our immune system. Harmless things such as pollen, cat dander, or even our own tissues, are greeted by an inappropriate immune reaction leading to chronic inflammation and damage to our tissues and organs. [4,5]

The last few decades have seen an increasing level of research trying to discover why we are seeing this epidemic of atopic and chronic inflammatory disorders.
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Hypothyroidism – A bigger problem than we think?

Currently 5-10% of the population is diagnosed with hypothyroidism, however some experts estimate that between 25-40% of the adult population has suboptimal thyroid function.

Thyroid hormones regulate the activity of mitochondria, the energy powerhouses, in every single cell in the body, therefore they have an effect on virtually all of our bodily functions. So when we have a deficiency of thyroid hormones, symptoms can be wide-ranging and non-specific having a detrimental effect on overall health and often being mistakenly diagnosed for something else.

Sub-optimal thyroid function could therefore be a factor in many more conditions than is currently realised, and should be considered particularly in patients who do not respond well to interventions for other conditions.

Symptoms of low thyroid function include but are not limited to: Read more »

Effectively detoxify mercury, histamine and ammonium using the right zeolite

Even with a perfectly tailored diet that delivers the right nutrients in the optimal doses, the human body is continuously overburdened with environmental toxins as well as those created inside the body. Consequently, the body needs help to eliminate toxic substances as its’ own detoxification system is pushed to the limit.

Heavy metals

Environmental toxins such as lead, mercury, aluminium and other heavy metals affect everyone through their daily lives. They enter the body in a variety of ways from the polluted air we breathe, tainted foods within our diet, and by being absorbed through our skin. Once inside, the body will try to eliminate them using the liver and kidneys. Read more »

Electro magnetic radiation – how are you affected?

Does your head or ear ever feel hot when you talk on your mobile or cordless (DECT) phone?  Thermal heating from these types of phones is an accepted fact and there is significant scientific debate about the long term effect of this heating.

But it is not just mobiles or indeed talking on mobiles that concerns scientists.  Our wireless world is expanding rapidly and the electro-magnetic (EMFs) emission from technology is 100 million times higher than it was 50 years ago.  We are all immersed in ‘electro-pollution’ and awareness of the potential negative long-term effects of this electro-pollution is increasing.  Children are deemed to be more vulnerable. Read more »