W I T H J A N D E V R I E S
‘Naturally the best since 1955’
ISSUE 33 • SUMMER 2010
Jan de Vries
W R I T E S ...Medicine through the Ages, Part two
“Nobody will ever be able to Our story of Medicine through the ages continues,
deny the great achievements where we left off last issue, with the Middle ages
of medical science. We
Jan de Vries
need science, however we
should never become slaves
of science. Science should The Middle Ages It existed only on the basis of old dogmas and
there were many different sects which fought
serve humanity and not the
other way around!”
Jan de Vries
fter the death of Galen, medicine
practically came to a standstill. This
status quo continued almost until the
Paracelsus (1493 – 1541)
end of the ﬁfteenth century. Physicians of
this period had the tendency to arrange all
Paracelsus was the ﬁrst physician who dared
to oppose the ruling class of rigid authorities
diseases according to a systematic pattern and medical dogmatism. He strongly protested
and the treatment of these corresponded against the exaggerated scientiﬁc approach to
to speciﬁc rules. Under the semblance of medicine, which very often prevented the right
exactitude, medicine again had fallen into curative treatment. Paracelsus travelled far;
dogmatism. Like today, medicine
a rigid dogm he went through all of Europe, from Turkey
deviated more and more from the practical to Sweden and from France to Poland, eagerly
truth and often failed when treating patients. collecting knowledge about many different
Galen n oticed that people wanted ways of healing from universities, physicians
remedies, pha armacology and the preparation and folk medicine.
of drugs becam ever more important. The ﬁrst The result was something completely
period of the Middle Ages was called the Period new, and – against the expectations of other
of the Monks. In the year 1130 the monks were physicians – he often accomplished real
forbidden to prractice medicine, the ﬁrst schools miracle cures of diseases that the official
of medicine w opened in Salerno and medicine of his day could not heal. This was
Montpelier. Th Greek medicine was taught possible because he used treatments similar
in combinatio with the healing methods to ones used by Hippocrates and his disciples.
of the Arabs. E women were admitted to Paracelsus used to say the following: “There,
these schools. Later there were other European where nature, somewhere in the body, produces
universities where philosophy, which was pain many toxins have accumulated, which the
highly valued, became a component of medical organism tries to get rid of.”
education. Paracelsus studied the course of disease.
All the sa the medicine of the Middle Only if nature could not heal a disease should
Ages was still in most respects just an imitation the physician interfere and support the efforts
of medicine in the heyday of the ancient world. of the organism to expel the toxins. Just like
j d h l k
realized the dangers of such a one-sided
medical approach. Santorio and his followers
pointed out how dangerous it is to prevent
the natural secretions of the body. In that
case caustic and irritating residues of
metabolism can accumulate and pain
will develop in the joints, the nerves, the
muscles, the tendons, the eyes and the
lungs, as well as inﬂammation, secretion
These toxins can also cause
degeneration in the brain and the bone
marrow. (This deserves more notice,
because even today the cause of most
diseases of the nervous system still
seems to be unknown!)
The English Hippocrates
Sydenham (1624 – 1689), an
physician known as ‘The English Hippocrates’
encouraged the excretion of superfluous body fluids. He prescribed
physicians of former remedies to strengthen the stomach and according to him any one-sided
times he supported the excretion of diet in the long run could do more harm than good. This time was often
toxins by way of the skin with all possible measures. called the Golden Age of Medicine.
He prescribed a very personal diet for each patient, as well as remedies In the Eighteenth century physicians aspired to help their patients as
for the liver, remedies to induce vomiting, different herbs, laxatives and well as they could in any possible practical way. Medicine reached a very
treatments, which helped the patient to perspire. He left many wonderful high standard and was characterised by highly developed philosophical
recipes behind. According to him many physicians could ‘only write recipes, and practical thinking. This was supported by a many-sided knowledge
but they could not heal anybody’. He fought against specialization and said, of practical healing methods of the past, which is totally unknown by
“Some specialists can do one thing and other specialists can do something most physicians of our time.
else, but none of them have any real knowledge, as those who only know Doctors in this time were of the opinion that most disease was due
part of an entirety know nothing at all!” to the accumulation of toxins and that these toxins always should be
According to him one of the main causes of disease was a poor eliminated. This ‘humoral pathology’ had the great advantage, that the
metabolism, by means of which abnormal metabolic residues and surplus physician always could use treatments which were immediately effective,
juices accumulated in the body. A sudden reﬂux of such substances into the because thereby harmful toxins could be excreted by way of the skin of
interior of the body could provoke an apoplexy or other life-endangering the intestines. This kind of treatment will always be valuable.
illness. Another important cause of illness was the suppression of habitual Modern Science – Organised, Obedience and Standardised
excretions like perspiration, the respiration of the skin, menstruation and Doctrines
the bleeding of piles. Also too much mental as well as physical stress was,
according to him, very dangerous. Up until about 150 years ago medicine was more an art than a science.
Paracelsus believed in astrology and was a convinced alchemist. In his The physician could draw up his own recipes and on the basis of his
opinion, all diseases were of a chemical nature and he tried to cure these experiments he could adapt these recipes exactly to the requirements and
with speciﬁc substances. During his entire life he tried to ﬁnd the right reactions of his patients.
causal remedies so that with these it would be possible to cure a disease Around 1830 in the industrial countries, a new kind of medicine
immediately. Because of him potential remedies like lead, sulphur, iron and developed which was based on scientiﬁc research. Medicine broke away
arsenic became known. from the old-fashioned healing methods of the past and physicians were
Although the second half of the sixteenth century was a time of many excited about the many new therapeutic possibilities.
discoveries in the ﬁeld of anatomy and physiology, and one would have From the year 1850 on, modern educational establishments and
thought medicine would have been inﬂuenced by this in the ﬁrst place, research centres were built, where young scientists and physicians
Paracelsus nevertheless remained the greatest physician of this period. could be instructed. Every one of these centres had its own very deﬁnite
standards which showed the exact procedures for scientiﬁc research and
these centres could only afford to employ collaborators, who understood
Medicine in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century and submitted to their rules. In the course of time this trend developed
Only in the seventeenth century did the inﬂuence of exact science become more and the interests of each educational centre gradually became
stronger. It was a time in which mathematics, physics and chemistry were more important than the joy of discovery, knowledge, enthusiasm and
the dominating principles in medicine. With much enthusiasm many tolerance.
physicians tried to make good use of the new knowledge in their practice. At the beginning of the twentieth century there were vast numbers
However, mainly because during that period most of the traditional of scientists who almost without exception followed exact guidelines
empirical treatments were abolished, there were frequent failures. which were determined by the medical and pharmaceutical authorities.
Of course, in those times there were also several physicians who At the same times the chemical/pharmaceutical industry became more
powerful and the major part of research was promoted and supported As a result, analytical research and the dispersal of medicine in
by that industry. Today more than ever the objective of most research is innumerable special branches were speeded up even more. Because
the development of new pharmaceutical products. In order to develop of this very interesting development, the former humoral pathology
these products, the pharmaceutical industry employs young scientists was totally edged out. While formerly the quantitative and qualitative
who today, in most cases, are employed only for a ﬁxed period. After two composition of the body juices, especially the blood, was the most
or three years it is decided if their achievements justify the renewal of important cause of disease, now the cells were to blame for everything.
their contract. Although at the beginning the young scientist may have People totally forgot that a healthy cell metabolism depends mostly on the
the feeling that it is possible to work independently without interference, condition of the nutrients, which are supplied by the blood.
after some time it will be realized that the results of his or her research Since this ousting of humoral pathology by the cellular pathology
are appreciated only when they comply with the wishes of the employer. of Virchov, the healing of innumerable, especially chronic, diseases has
If, because of philanthropic reasons and love of truth, this young scientist become problematic and often impossible. In the narrow ﬁeld of this
dared to question some of the expected results, pretty soon he or she one-sided vision it is no longer possible to grasp the deeper cause of the
would have to look for a new job. different symptoms and to choose the right treatment.
Most scientists stick to the rules, as for them this is above all a Without a general treatment of the entire body, locally applied
question of survival. In today’s scientiﬁc community every scientist who is healing methods, or tinkering around with the symptoms, are in the
not ﬁnancially independent has to submit to patronage by authorities or long run not only unsuccessful, but also dangerous. The very valuable
majorities. Even if a scientist because of his intelligence and his capacity experience of former well-known physicians has been totally ignored
for work accomplishes something exceptional, this has to be within the and in our time this has caused an immense impoverishment of healing
established borders; under these circumstances many scientists lose their possibilities.
creative talents. During the past hundred years there have been great achievements
During the development of medical drugs exact threshold limits will in the ﬁeld of chemistry and technical science and many dreams have
be determined which in general have very little to do with their practical come true. Without these achievements we would not know many of
use. These limits – which mostly derive from animal experiments – the comforts of modern life. Conventional medicine uses innumerable
have been adjusted according to economic policies and only rarely for technical appliances and instruments and many physicians would feel
health reasons. Established limits, which should be based on practical completely lost without them.
experience gained with patients, have in these cases been decided in a Treating a patient originally meant that the physician had to treat
totally unscientiﬁc manner. the patient by using his hands. We should never forget that the mere
Although in the industrial countries the pharmaceutical industry touch of the physician during the examination of the patient already
is subjected to very strict supervision, the authorities, as well as most has a healing inﬂuence on the patient. This is very important. Personal
physicians, have to depend on the scientiﬁc ﬁndings of industry. They contact between the physician and the patient will always be needed.
all know very little about microbiology and therefore are only seldom Nevertheless many modern diagnostic procedures and technical
able to correctly assess the real dangers of a remedy. Because today’s inventions can help us, as they can conﬁrm our guesses and suspicions
physicians do not develop their own recipes any more, they have to concerning certain diseases. Also modern technical appliances can
make do with the prescriptions of the pharmaceutical industry and at back up some healing methods which have been known for thousands
university medical students get much information about all kinds of of years in a positive way, and sometimes simplify them. However, it
pharmaceutical products. The pharmaceutical industry promotes its should never be forgotten that these are only auxiliary measures and
products at universities to a very speciﬁc pattern. Later on, physicians that the physicians of olden times could treat and often heal diseases
receive further training from pharmaceutical consultants, during which now seem to be incurable without their help. Empathy, intuition
conventions and other scientiﬁc events. As the sponsors of conventions and experience are far more important for a good physician than even
are often pharmaceutical companies, it seems logical that most of the the best technical appliances.
professional know-how given is quite speciﬁc. Afterwards all this new
knowledge and new medication will be tried out on the patients.
It is an interesting observation that pharmaceutical companies,
In this issue:
which manufacture insecticides and herbicides as well as food
Medicine through the ages Page 1-3
concentrates and additives, are all in some direct or indirect way partly
responsible for the disease which afﬂict so many people in today’s society. Research News Page 4
Focus on Quercetin Page 5
High-Tech Medicine and the Decline of Our Therapeutic
Abilities Food that feeds acne? Page 6-7
The great progress in microscopy, physiology, pathology and Red meat - friend or foe? Page 8
pharmacology in the second half of the nineteenth century and the
beginning of the twentieth century was really admirable. More was The Natural approach to IBS Page 9
constantly being learned about the human body and about many physical Is a Vegetarian diet healthier? Page 10-12
processes. Rudolf Virchow (1821 – 1902) enriched medicine with his
work on leukaemia, embolism, thrombosis and many other diseases. Back Issues available Page 13
However, his most important contribution was his discovery of cellular Questions and Answers Page 14
pathology (1858), which is still fundamental for the diagnosis and
treatment of disease. Thereby Virchow concluded that the cells are the Letters Page 15
most important units of life; for him disease was always the consequence
of a disturbance of the normal functioning of the cells of the human body.
Opening of our new shop in Shawlands
I t is with the greatest pleasure that I inform our readers of the opening of our new shop at 43 Kilmarnock Road, Shawlands.
Our Manageress, Ghaz who has been working in the Health Food trade for many years, was also a trainer of A.Vogel’s Bioforce products,
and in this regard has a wide knowledge of herbal remedies, and is on hand to offer advice.
The shop stocks a wide variety of Health Foods, including (dairy, gluten and wheat free products), supplements, and herbal remedies, and
a unique range of skin care products, including a new 100% natural Calendula Cosmetic range. We have treatment rooms within our shop, and
appointments are available with our various therapists.
It is well worth a visit to this shop. Our staff will be only too pleased to provide you with any help or advice you may require.
Growing support for Red Yeast Rice
B ack in 2008 (issue 28, available as a download from our website) In Touch
ran a feature entitled ‘What to do when Statin’s just don’t suit you’.
Following that article we received numerous letters and emails echoing
the problems some people had with their cholesterol lowering medication.
Since then, there has been a considerable amount of research involving
the use of Red Yeast Rice by those people who can’t tolerate the side effects
from the statin group of cholesterol lowering drugs. In 2009 a paper was
published that looked at this very issue in which the authors commented that
muscle pain and inﬂammation was cited in some 1023 articles (between July
1993 – April 2009) and affected some 10% of statin users. The onset of muscle
pain was also noted to start from 1 week through to 48 months after starting the
medication. The study went on to test red yeast rice (RYR) in those people who
could not tolerate the side effects associated with their statins. Although the study
only ran for six months the results were impressive and highlighted that, over the six
months, the RYR supplement did not trigger muscle pains and was very well tolerated
by those who previously endured statin related muscle pains. The RYR also had signiﬁcant
cholesterol lowering effects. In a follow up study published this year in the American Journal of
Cardiology RYR was again used in those people who has previous adverse reactions to statins and
again the same positive result was seen; RYR was well tolerated and achieved a comparable reduction
of cholesterol in those previously intolerant to statins.
As the author of both papers sums up; ‘Statin-associated myalgia (muscle pain) is an important clinical
problem that will likely become more prevalent owing to the ever expanding indications for statin use. Although no deﬁnitive
conclusions could be drawn, our data showed that the red yeast rice was as well tolerated as pravastatin and achieved
similar and clinically signiﬁcant levels of LDL cholesterol reduction in a population with previous statin intolerance.’
4 W I T H J A N D E V R I E S
Proving the saying that an ‘apple a day
keeps the doctor away!’
I t’s ironic that when mentioning quercetin to most people you
get a rather blank expression back in return when you consider
that this is one of the most abundant plant compounds around.
Quercetin is chemically classiﬁed as a ﬂavonol, closely related to
the group of plant chemicals known as ﬂavonoids (as a group of
drug known as sodium
chromoglycate. In fact, if
you compare their chemical
structure there is a striking
likeness! As well as helping to prevent the release of histamine a lot of
compounds, ﬂavonoids include both ﬂavonols and ﬂavanols, both quercetin’s effects on allergy may be down to its anti-inﬂammatory
of which have subtle differences but generally act as antioxidants). actions.
In general, ﬂavonoids comprise a group of many different complex
compounds that are responsible for giving plants their variety of colours. Effects on inﬂammation
However, being present in so many plants it’s inevitable that ﬂavonoids So many common health problems have inflammation as a core
form a big part of the human diet, just so long as you consume a good mix process making a list of potential effects almost impossible. Quercetin
of fruits and vegetables that is! The compound of interest in this article, achieves this action via its established anti-histamine actions in
quercetin, is most abundant in apples (with their skins), onions, berries conjunction with an ability to inhibit the formation of inﬂammatory
(especially the dark ones), brassica’s (cabbage, Brussels, broccoli) and chemicals known as prostaglandins and leukotrines. Signiﬁcant anti-
many seeds and nuts all of which have been associated with improved heart inﬂammatory actions may only be achieved by a dose in the region
health and cancer avoidance. of 500mg making supplements of quercetin the only real way of
The secret of its actions
There is no real secret that one of quercetin’s main features is one of anti- Effects on heart health
oxidation. In other words the protection against the continuous damaging It is thought that in addition to its antioxidant activity quercetin may
effects of being alive has on important structures and chemicals in our beneﬁcially inﬂuence the stickiness of blood platelets. The incidence
bodies. As mentioned above, all ﬂavonoid compounds have this action but of stroke has been found to be reduced in those eating foods high in
what sets quercetin apart from others in its family is the ability to exert an natural quercetin but it’s difﬁcult to say that this action is totally related
anti-inﬂammatory and anti-histamine like action. Quercetin helps reduce to the quercetin content and not other lifestyle factors.
the free radical (oxidation) action on LDL cholesterol. In other words, it
helps prevent damage to the LDL molecule that triggers it to damage the Effects on cancer risk
lining of the artery which in turn causes the narrowing that eventually Interestingly, quercetin has been tested in the lab against cells isolated
leads to coronary artery disease. It is thought that this action is the result from known malignant tumors derived from a variety of regions;
of quercetin protecting the vitamin E (that travels with the LDL) from colon, ovary, breast, endometrium, stomach and lung. In all cases
becoming oxidized. Adding vitamin C to the mixture boosts this action the quercetin has demonstrated anti-proliferative actions. In other
even further. In nature, both vitamin C and quercetin occur together but in words, it has slowed or stopped the cancerous cells from dividing
supplements containing quercetin it’s good to take one that combines the and reproducing. It must be understood that this is a laboratory test
two in one preparation for this very reason. and not a clinical trial but all conventional drugs start this way and
Additional actions of quercetin extend to improving allergic states. Studies it’s only lavish funding that allows progression of the lab research to
have shown that the membranes that surround the histamine containing clinical research! So far, quercetin has exhibited impressive, albeit
cells, known as mast cells, are stabilized by the addition of quercetin. In experimental, anti-tumor activity. What’s more, in the early 90’s two
doing this, the mast cells do not rupture when exposed to an allergen and papers published findings suggesting that quercetin may actually
histamine is not released into the system where it can cause all the adverse improve the effects of chemotherapeutic drugs given for ovarian cancer.
effects associated with allergy and sensitivity. This action appears to be
particularly effective in respiratory allergies such as hay fever. Toxicity and use
Quercetin looks to be very safe. There have been no worries regarding
Effects on allergies toxicity and it has been used safely as a supplement for many years. In
The ability of quercetin to stabilize the membrane surrounding the body’s general, doses of up to 500mg twice a day can be used safely but lower
allergy ‘bags’ known as mast cells resembles the effects of the allergy doses may offer good over all health protection.
Can food really
Anyone who has suffered from acne would, at
some point, have been told to avoid sugar or
adopt some other dietar y change in an attempt to
clear their skin. Special skin diets have worked their
way in and become somewhat of an urban legend but
is there any evidence that they work and exactly how
can food be linked to spots?
I t has been estimated that between 80-90% of all adolescents
will suffer from acne in some form or another. With such a
high number of potential sufferers it’s easy to see how popular
dietary tips become when sufferers bestow the virtues of cutting
out a certain food group, attributing the improved skin to their
the level of a special protein in the blood that binds up with the excessive
circulating free androgens (the troublesome hormones that kick start
the oil production in the skin to start with) making it unavailable and so
unable to stimulate the oil glands. These concepts have been supported by
a number of studies and can now be considered a ﬁrm recommendation;
special diet. Science is slowly catching up with the observations
made in the clinic and reviews of published research are starting
to ﬁrm up all the recommendations. What is becoming clear is Key point 1. Adopt a low GI diet and avoid
that skin is a very food sensitive organ. That’s right, skin is an obvious sugar and sweet foods.
organ and, weighing in at 8 pounds (3.6Kg) and covering some 22
square feet (2 square metres), is considered to be the largest organ
in the body. It is odd that such a big organ should be thought of Dairy products
as being just a covering and insensitive to the food we eat; but for
Foods based in cow’s milk have always been a keen focal point from
years conventional medicine has neglected the requirements and
the naturopathic point of view but we have come in for criticism from
sensitivities of this vital organ.
the Dairy Council and other pro-dairy organisations for offering advice
Classic adolescent acne is fairly simple to explain but can be a
with no real evidence to support it. However, the facts are clear to see;
nightmare to manage. Typically, the skin does what it’s told. As hormones
from a clinical perspective, those who reduce or cut their dairy intake
increase during this phase of life the skin’s oil glands just do what they
notice an improvement in their acne! The good news is we now have
are told; make oil. As a result the glandular regions of the skin get swollen
good evidence to support this recommendation. Two large scale studies
and inﬂamed which can encourage bacteria to set up home and infect
(involving over 6,000 girls and over 4,000 boys aged between 9 and 15
the hair follicle. This is normally seen as the classic superﬁcial acne with
years old) concluded that 20% of girls and 16% of boys were more likely
whiteheads. If the infection works deeper to infect the gland itself the
to develop acne if they consumed more than 2 servings of cow’s milk per
acne takes on a different look, becoming the more troublesome cystic
day compared to those who consumed less than one serving per week. At
acne. The picture research now suggests goes a long way to support many
the heart of this ﬁnding lies the link again between insulin and the special
of the dietary recommendations that naturopaths have been making for
protein that can bind up the excessive circulating androgens. Milk and
years with a couple of surprises.
milk product consumption appears to drive up insulin production. This
triggers an increased testosterone (one of the troublesome androgens
High sugar foods and triggered by an increase in insulin-like growth factor 1; aka IGF-1)
What the research suggests takes the concept of avoiding sugar to the production with an associated decrease on the protein that binds up with
next level. A diet that is high in sugar or high glycaemic index (high and deactivates it known as sex hormone binding globulin, aka: SHBG.
GI) foods contribute to the hormonal inﬂuences that trigger the acne in Avoiding dairy reverses this situation in a similar way as we described
the ﬁrst place. It’s not that sugar causes acne, it is more likely reducing in the section on sugar above. We can say with conﬁdence, and with
sugar (by following a low GI diet) improves the sensitivity of the skin to the support of a number of studies that we can make a second ﬁrm
insulin (the key sugar regulating hormone) which, in turn, increases recommendation;
Key point 2. Avoid dairy products where
possible or limit to a very small serving.
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Red meat –
friend or foe?
In an issue of In Touch that comments on saturated fats and acne and the health beneﬁts of
vegetarian living maybe it’s only right to take a fresh look at red meat! For so long we have
demonized red meat as the bringer of ills and cause of all manner of circulatory problems.
However, can we still take this standpoint in the light of some ground-breaking
O n the surface of it, red meat does look to be an issue when
we consider heart health as an endpoint. Eating just 50g of
processed meat per day (similar portion size as a hot-dog
sausage) has been shown to increase the risk of heart disease by
a massive 42% and increase your risk of diabetes, a commonly
associated complication to heart disease, by 19%.
The problem with making recommendations regarding meat
intake comes from the fact that until now, processed red meat and
unprocessed red meat have all been lumped together under one
heading in studies. When we look deeper into the similarities
and differences between the processed and unprocessed
meats we ﬁnd similar cholesterol levels but processed meats
had up to 50% or more preservatives such as nitrates as
unprocessed meat. Such a high preservative content looks
to be responsible for the adverse health effects associated
with processed meat products. A paper published this May
in the journal Circulation is the ﬁrst of its kind to actually
separate processed from unprocessed meat consumption; the
results are fascinating. The consumption of unprocessed meat was
not associated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease!
Naturally, such breaking news is not intended to prompt or stimulate
a surge in unprocessed red meat consumption but should reﬂect the
importance of a food, that’s any foods, natural state. The study clearly
identiﬁes the addition of unnatural chemicals as a trigger for the food to
behave differently once inside the human body. It’s important to keep in
mind that along with the added nitrates already mentioned, processed
meats also contain added sodium (salt) and even extra fat. We already
know that excessive dietary salt elevates blood pressure and that the
addition of chemicals such as nitrates promotes atherosclerosis (fatty
hardening of the blood vessels) and insulin resistance (one of the causes
of type-II diabetes) so it should not be such a surprise that processed
meats trigger illness!
What the study underpins is that even a little red meat will probably
do you no real harm if taken in its natural state and as part of a diet rich
in variety and freshness and based in fruit and vegetables, whole grains,
nuts and seeds.
The Natural Approach to
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Did you know that an estimated one in ﬁve people in the UK suffers from Irritable Bowel
Syndrome (IBS)? This makes it one of the most common disorders around. It usually develops
in young adults and teenagers, with women being twice as commonly affected as men.
S ymptoms include pain and discomfort, which ‘comes and
goes’ in various parts of the abdomen. The pain usually
eases on passing wind or a stool. The symptoms vary
from constipation, diarrhoea, bloating, abdominal cramping, or
swinging between diarrhoea and constipation. Other symptoms
Chew food well to initiate digestion
Cut down on fatty foods
• Cut down on sugar
include back pain, muscle pain, nausea, headaches, belching, poor
• Cut down on large meals
appetite, and tiredness. Symptoms can vary from mild to acute.
• Do not drink with meals as this dilutes the action of the
No real cause for IBS has been established. The main triggers and
aggravating factors for IBS tend to be stress, lack of dietary ﬁbre
• Reduce stomach irritants such as salt, sugar, coffee, alcohol
and excess fatty food, intolerance to certain foods, hormones and
and strong spices
• Incorporate digestive herbs in the diet such as peppermint tea
• Fibre rich diet where appropriate
The dietary approach • Regular meals
It is important in IBS to moderate the intake of foods that are liable to • Sufﬁcient ﬂuid intake
ferment in the bowel such as those belonging to the brassicas, pulses, and • Sufﬁcient physical activity
onion family. The diet should include well-cooked root vegetables and the • Probiotics
ﬁbre intake derived mainly from cooked aerial vegetables with proteins • Low gas inducing foods
being delivered from easy to digest white meats and non-oily ﬁsh. Fibre • Peppermint oil
intake can be increased slowly over time. Suddenly adding a lot of ﬁbre • Relaxation techniques
in the diet at one time can cause gas and bloating.
Avoid or limit the following foods:
Acidophilus (enteric coated if possible, such as Acidophilus Pearls) – to
• Gluten (a protein found in wheat, barley and rye) rebalance colonic microﬂora and reduce fermentation, acidifying colon
• Wheat contents and stimulating natural bowel movements.
• Dairy products Fructo-Oligosaccharides (FOS) – taken as a powder mixed into
• Alcohol warm water first thing in the morning, this preparation can help
• Fried foods encourage beneﬁcial bacterial growth as well as hydrating stools and
• Any foods high in fat encouraging regular bowel function. Care needs to be taken to start at a
• Artiﬁcial sweeteners very low dose to avoid excessive gas production and aggravation of colic
• Chocolate and wind. FOS powders, such as Eliminex, are pleasant tasting and easy
• Caffeine to incorporate in to a daily plan.
• Carbonated drinks Digestive enzymes – These can be given in vegetarian form if
• General dietary tips for Irritable Bowel Syndrome needed and will require an element of trial and error to adjust the dose
and blend of enzyme ingredients to match the individual. Where gas and
Irritable bowel syndrome responds well to include eatin small meals bloating are concerned cellulose splitting enzymes are indicated along
frequently because large meals can contribute to ssymptoms like with enzymes for fat, casein and gluten. These are all contained in a well
bloating and stomach pain. Also, eat slowly a chew your balanced enzyme supplement called Gluten Defence.
food well. Eating too quickly causes you to swallow some There are many natural remedies that can help ease the pain and
air, which causes gas.
a cramping associated with IBS. We reviewed one such herbal, called
Clowns Mustard, in a past issue (Issue 24, available as a download from
our website) of In Touch. 15-20 drops of this remedy can be taken in an
egg cup of warm water 2-3 times a day or as needed. Clowns Mustard is a
great muscle relaxant and many people ﬁnd it soothes their colicky pains.
Is a Vegetarian diet
Vegetarianism and veganism is growing in popularity. 7% of the population of the
o i o
UK, approximately 5 million people, is vegetarian. This ﬁgure is growing at the rate
i h t
of 5,000 individuals each week, according to the UK’s Vegetarian Society. Historically,
it tended to be religious groups that chose to forgo the consumption of meat and other
animal products. Even, in more recent histor y, around the 1960’s, vegetarianism was
still considered to be an unusual diet choice. So, why are so many people now tur ning
h n g
vegetarian? Perhaps the most poignant reason is that the evidence is mounting to suggest
that this type of diet is actually better for our health.
What is the difference between a Vegetarian and Vegan diet? variety of food from the different food groups, and eating them as part
T he Vegetarian Society deﬁnes a vegetarian as someone living f balanced di in order to obtain optimal h l h Th should b a
of a b l d diet i d b i i l health. There h ld be
on a diet of grains, pulses, nuts, seeds, vegetables and balance of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals as well
fruits, with or without the use of dairy products and eggs. as ﬁbre and water.
A vegetarian does not eat any meat, poultry, game, ﬁsh, shellﬁsh A well-balanced vegan diet can provide most of the essential
or crustacea, or slaughter by-products. A vegan diet is one where vitamins and minerals but eliminating all the animal products from
animal food sources including dairy, honey and eggs are completely the diet does increase the risk of certain nutritional deﬁciencies. But
excluded from the diet. A vegan diet extends beyond diet, and is a what does the scientiﬁc evidence say?
lifestyle choice where, for instance, they do not use anything from
animals such as leather for shoes. Calcium and Vitamin D
Calcium and vitamin D together are important for bone health and
There are three main classiﬁcations of vegetarian diets:
adequate calcium intake may be a problem for vegans. Recent studies
1) Lacto-ovo vegetarian: This is the most common type where plant of postmenopausal Asian women, who were vegetarian for religious
foods, dairy products and eggs are included in the diet. reasons, and had low intakes of protein and calcium showed spine or
2) Lacto-vegetarian: This is where dairy products are included but hip bone mineral density (BMD) was signiﬁcantly lower in long term
eggs are not. vegans. An inadequate protein and low calcium intake has been shown
to be associated with bone loss and fractures at the hip and spine in
3) Total vegetarian or vegan: Due to animal food sources including the elderly.
dairy and eggs being completely excluded from the diet, the diet Normally the best sources of calcium are considered to be bony
may be low or inadequate in iodine, vitamin B12, iron, calcium, ﬁsh and dairy products. For non ﬁsh and dairy eating people there
zinc, riboﬂavin and vitamin D. are other good sources such as dark green vegetables, tofu made
There are many reasons why people follow a vegetarian or vegan diet. with calcium sulphate, calcium-fortified soya or rice milk, apple
It could be due to health, politics, cultural, economic reasons or a juice, orange juice tofu, kale, tahini, almonds, okra, turnip greens,
combination. soyabeans, tempeh, almond butter, broccoli, bok choy, soya yogurt. The
bioavailability of the calcium carbonate in the soya beverages and the
Special Nutritional Considerations in Vegetarian and Vegan diets calcium citrate malate in apple or orange juice is similar to that of the
A healthy diet should incorporate eating in moderation, eating a calcium in milk.
Vitamin D is essential for absorption of calcium from the gut. beneﬁts due to its higher content of ﬁbre, folic acid, vitamins C and E,
Vitamin D is present in oily ﬁsh, eggs and dairy products in variable potassium, magnesium and other phytochemicals. The fat content of
amounts. It is not found in plant foods. However, vegans can obtain such diets tend to include more unsaturated fats. Vegan diets tend to
vitamin D from vegetable margarines, some soya milks and certain contain even less saturated fat and cholesterol and have more dietary
other foods which are fortiﬁed with the vitamin or ensure an adequate ﬁbre. Vegans tend to be thinner, have lower serum cholesterol and
supply of sunlight. lower blood pressure which reduces their risk from heart disease,
For vegans the form of vitamin is D2 which is substantially less according to a recent study.
bioavailable than the animal-derived Vitamin D3. Research has shown vegetarians to suffer less heart disease,
hypertension, obesity, diabetes, various cancers, diverticular disease,
Iron bowel disorders, gall stones, kidney stones and osteoporosis.
According to the evidence criteria of the World Health Organisation
Absorption of iron is affected by many factors. Iron deficiency is
and Food and Agriculture Organisation (WHO/FAO), cancer risk
believed to be fairly common in the general population and according
reduction associated with a high intake of fruit and vegetables was
to the Vegan Society, vegans have a high dietary iron intake and
assessed as probable or possible, risk of cardiovascular disease
although iron from plant sources is less well absorbed than that from
(CVD) reduction as convincing, whereas lower risk of osteoporosis
meat, high levels of vitamin C in the diet enhances iron absorption.
was assessed as probable. The evidence for a risk reducing effect of
Studies show that the iron status of vegans is usually normal, and iron
consuming whole grains was assessed as possible for colorectal cancer
deﬁciency is no more common than in the general population. Sources
and probable for type 2 diabetes and CVD. The evidence for a risk
of iron include wholegrain cereals and ﬂours, leafy green vegetables,
reducing effect of consuming nuts was assessed as probable for CVD.
blackstrap molasses, pulses such as lentils and kidney beans, and some
Vitamin B12 Cardiovascular disease is the major cause of death in the UK
This vitamin is not present in plant foods so does pose a problem for accounting for 50% of all deaths with the majority coming from
vegans. Vegetarians usually obtain B12 from fortiﬁed foods and free coronary heart disease. It is known that vegetarians suffer lower
range eggs. For vegans, the best source would be foods fortiﬁed with mortality from coronary heart disease compared to non-vegetarians.
B12 (including some plant milks, some soya products and some This could be due to the lower blood cholesterol found in vegetarians.
breakfast cereals), yeast extract but vitamin B12 supplementation is Vegans, compared with omnivores consume substantially greater
recommended. quantities of fruit and vegetables, which are rich in ﬁbre, folic acid,
Interestingly, a paper highlighted that although there is no active antioxidants, and phytochemicals and is associated with lower blood
vitamin B12 in anything that grows out of the ground, it was found that cholesterol concentrations, a lower incidence of stroke, and a lower
a group of Iranian vegans did not get vitamin B12 deﬁciency. It was risk of mortality from stroke and ischaemic heart disease. Vegans also
discovered that the vegetables were grown in night soil (human manure). have a higher consumption of whole grains, soya and nuts all of which
The vegetables were then eaten without being carefully washed and the are known to provide signiﬁcant cardioprotective effects. Many studies
amount of retained vitamin B12 from the manure rich soil was adequate provide consistent results showing the low blood cholesterol levels of
to prevent vitamin B12 deficiency. The conclusion was that “strict vegetarians compared to meat-eaters. One study found vegetarians to
vegetarians who do not practice thorough hand washing or vegetable have cholesterol levels 10% lower than health conscious meat eaters.
cleaning may be untroubled by vitamin B12 deﬁciency.”
Iodine As a contributor to heart disease, strokes and kidney failure it is
Iodine is important for good thyroid function. In the British diet, interesting to note that according to a number of studies, vegetarians
dairy is the primary source of iodine and some studies have indicated have lower blood pressure than non-vegetarians and in addition
that vegans may have a low iodine intake. However, seaweeds are a another study showed that the vegetarian diet has also been shown to
good source of iodine, and vegetables and grains can contain iodine reduce blood pressure in hypertensive patients.
depending on the amounts in the soil. If iodine levels are found to be
low, supplementation would quickly address a low iodine level. Obesity
In general, vegetarians are thinner than meat-eaters. The British
Zinc Medical Association (1986) has stated that vegetarians have lower rates
Zinc is important for healthy skin and is essential for a healthy immune of obesity. One study concluded that non meat eaters are thinner than
system and resistance to infection. Phytates contained in grains, seeds meat eaters and this may be due, in part, to a higher intake of dietary
and legumes binds zinc and thereby decreases its bioavailability, ﬁbre, a lower intake of animal fat and only in men a lower intake of
so vegetarians are often considered to be at risk of zinc deﬁciency. alcohol.
Foods rich in zinc are whole grains, legumes, soya products, beans
and lentils, yeast, nuts, seeds and wholegrain cereals. Pumpkin seeds Gall Stones
provide one of the most concentrated vegetarian food sources of zinc.
A study of over 750 women found the incidence of gall stones to be
less frequent in vegetarians. 25% of non-vegetarians compared with
Vegetarianism and health 12% of vegetarians had gall stones. It is thought that this is due to
Increasing numbers of studies are showing that a vegetarian diet vegetarians being leaner and having a diet higher in dietary ﬁbre and
can actually beneﬁt our health and are associated with many health low in dietary cholesterol.
Kidney stones showed that consumption of soya milk by vegetarians protected them
A study found the prevalence of kidney stones lower in vegetarians. A against prostate cancer, and in other studies the use of dairy was
high intake of animal protein increases the urinary loss of calcium and associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer .
oxalate. These are known risk factors in kidney stone formation. Meat A vegetarian diet provides a variety of cancer-protective dietary
is also high in purines which leads to increased uric acid in the urine. factors. In addition, obesity is a significant factor, increasing the
Urinary uric acid is also a risk factor for kidney stones. risk of cancer at a number of sites. Because the mean BMI of vegans
is considerably lower than that of non-vegetarians, it may be an
Osteoporosis important protective factor for lowering cancer risk.
Osteoporosis is the loss of calcium from bone tissue, leading to bones Vegans consume more legumes, total fruit and vegetables,
that are brittle and liable to fracture. It is most commonly seen in tomatoes, allium vegetables, fibre and vitamin C than omnivores. All
postmenopausal women. Some studies have suggested that vegetarians of those foods are protective against cancer .
may be at lower risk of osteoporosis than non-vegetarians. The non- Sir Kenneth Calman, Chief Medical Officer (1997) stated, “there
vegetarian diet generally contains higher amounts of sulphur, which is a relationship between eating red meat and cancer.” The Oxford
is derived from animal protein. Dietary sulphur increases the acidity Vegetarian Study found cancer mortality to be 39% lower among
of urine, which results in increased urinary calcium loss. Increased vegetarians compared with meat-eaters. According to the Journal
urinary calcium loss is related to increased calcium loss from bone of National Cancer Institute, vegetarians have lower rates of colon
tissue. Hip fractures associated with osteoporosis has been shown to be cancer than non-vegetarians. Incidence of colon cancer has been
higher in countries consuming a diet high in animal protein. strongly linked to the consumption of meat. A study of over 88 000
Research has shown that bone health is inﬂuenced by nutrients women aged 34 to 59 years and found that women eating red meat
like vitamin D, vitamin K, potassium and magnesium and by foods daily ran over twice the risk of developing colon cancer than women
such as soya and fruit and vegetables. Vegan diets do well in providing eating red meat less than once a month.
a number of those nutrients. The maintenance of acid-base balance There is also evidence to suggest that a vegetarian diet is
is critical for bone health. A drop in extracellular pH stimulates bone protective against breast cancer. This could be due to the increased
resorption because bone calcium is used to buffer the pH drop. An fibre and reduced fat intake of vegetarian diets. Fibre is thought
acid forming diet, therefore, increases calcium excretion. A diet, such to be protective by modifying circulating oestrogen levels. Studies
as the vegan diet, rich in fruit and vegetables that is typical of a vegan of adolescent girls have shown age of menarche to be delayed in
diet has a positive effect on the calcium economy and markers of bone vegetarians. Later age of menarche is believed to lower the risk of
metabolism in men and women. The high potassium and magnesium breast cancer in adult life.
content of fruit and vegetables promotes bone resorption. Higher A study of the incidence of prostate cancer amongst 14,000
intakes of potassium are associated with greater bone mass density of Seventh Day Adventists found a relationship between increased risk
the femoral neck and lumbar spine of premenopausal women. and increasing animal product consumption. The study also found
pancreatic cancer to be associated with consumption of animal
Vegeetarian diets tend to be high in complex carbohydrates and dietary
fibre which has a beneficial effect on carbohydrate metabolism,
loweering blood sugar levels. Other contributing factors could be
that vegetarians are more likely to be leaner and diabetes is often
associated with higher blood cholesterol levels and the vegetarian
diet offers protection against this.
Vegetarian or non vegetarian diet?
There is evidence to show that following a well-planned vegetarian
In addition to a high intake of fruit and vegetables, vegans also tend to
or vegan diet can be healthy and in some instances individuals
have a high intake of tofu and other soya products. Soya isoﬂavones are
may enjoy better health than meat eaters. Vegans have more
suggested to have a beneﬁcial effect on bone health in postmenopausal
considerations in their diet due to the additional lack of eggs. In
general, vegans are thinner, have a lower serum cholesterol and
blood pressure and have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease.
Cancer Vegans concerned about lacking in certain vitamins or minerals in
Cancer is the second leading cause of death in Britain, accounting their diet, which can only be found in meat, for instance vitamin B12
for 25% of all deaths. It has been estimated that diet may be linked can normally overcome this by supplementation.
to 30-70% of cancers. In western society, vegans consume more tofu Although there are studies to show that vegetarians may suffer
and other soya products than meat eaters. Consumption of isoﬂavone- less from heart disease, some cancers, hypertension and type 2
containing soya products during childhood and adolescence protects diabetes, one should also consider that often people following a
women against the risk of breast cancer in later life, whereas a high vegetarian diet will also be more interested in their general lifestyle
childhood dairy intake has been associated with an elevated risk of than meat eaters and therefore may not smoke and keep other dietary
colorectal cancer in adulthood according to an article in the American principles such as not drinking to excess and keeping their fat and
Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Data from the Adventist Health Study salt intake at a recommended level.
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K2. Both these are easily taken once a day, at breakfast and both have a
Can you suggest a natural remedy for swollen ankles.
proven track record in supporting healthy bone structure and stimulating
bone growth. You can take vitamin D3 as a single tablet (1000iu) along
with 2 capsules of Natto K2. The vitamin D3 boosts the absorption of
calcium from your gut while the Natto K2 stimulates the formation of
bone proteins that is needed for the calcium to stick to. Seeing as these
Q According to my doctor they are not bad enough for are easily taken in one go this should give you a convenient supplement
option. My only word of warning regarding the K2 is that those on blood
water tablets but I feel they are unsightly!
thinning drugs should not take it.
There is a gentle kidney tonic formulated by Dr Vogel that combines pure
plant extracts into one convenient formula known as Solidamin Complex. Can you recommend a garlic preparation that is not
At the heart of this formula is Solidago that can also be taken in the form Q oil based. These give me dreadful heartburn. I really
of ‘Kidney tea’, also known as Golden Grass Tea. We reviewed this herb value garlic and am looking for a simple alternative.
back in issue 20 of In Touch (available as a back issue or download from
our website) where we highlighted the special action of this herb on the I agree, garlic is an amazing food. It can help you fight infections,
kidneys. Unlike conventional water tablets, Solidago appears to improve improve the quality of your blood and reduce the risk of problems related
water excretion without the loss of minerals and other vital substances to ‘sticky’ blood, lower your blood fats and protect your lungs. However,
from the body. there are so many more uses. Because you are looking for a replacement
for fresh garlic oil I would suggest the one-a-day product called
Garlinase Fresh. This is the closest you are going to get to the fresh garlic
Can you explain the difference between a prebiotic and
Q a probiotic. There is a lot written about products but I bulb in a tablet form. It contains one of the highest concentrations of
garlic currently available and its patented Swiss manufacturing processes
can’t ﬁnd much to help me understand the difference.
insures purity and effectiveness in just one tablet.
In a nutshell, a prebiotic helps promote the growth of friendly bacteria
whereas a probiotic actually delivers the friendly bacteria. Some people
take prebiotics to encourage the health of the bowel by creating the correct
environment for their cultivation. We use prebiotics such as Dr Vogels
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