The Healthy Lifestyle Dichotomy

There is a huge diversity of what people consider to be healthy eating, healthy living and a healthy lifestyle in general. My personal choices have been redefined and reinvented many many times, based on both research and experience, but what suits one, may not suit another and what someone thinks suits them, may not actually be doing them any good at all.

A Facebook memory came up today, of me eating a low fat yogurt and the background noise quite clearly indicated I was watching ‘Quantum Leap’. Well a Quantum Leap is what has been made from that day to this.

Back then I believed what the government and big food manufacturers and even general medical practitioners told me was healthy food, was true:

  • I ate a ‘healthy’ cereal for breakfast (have come to realise there is no such thing)
  • A ‘balanced’ lunch – often consisting of a sandwich, packet of crisps (chips) and skipped the chocolate bar, that I usually had with lunch up until around 2002, but instead went for the ‘healthier’ carrot cake. (All standard ‘Meal Deal’ options in the shop)
  • For dinner  I ate ‘low fat’ prepackaged meals, often ones that were simple and quick to get ready via the microwave, and perhaps a ‘low fat’ yogurt for dessert.

I ignored the fact that the bowl of fruit always went off and needed to be thrown out, and I ignored the amount of snacking I generally did, which was biscuits, chocolate, crisps and pastries.

And in general I thought I ate better than others – I’d swapped out sugar for honey in my drinks and stopped drinking carbonated anything, so hey, I was pretty aware right – OK I wasn’t eating organic, but who can afford that?

I was a UK dress size 10 (US 8) and as I wasn’t able to exercise (still can’t) due to my disability I thought I was doing great….

OH HOW WRONG I WAS!

However, my misinterpretation of what was healthy – whilst sitting watching hours of television and stuffing myself with starch, sugar, aspartame and the ‘chemical shit storm’ required to make ‘low fat’ anything taste remotely good, was then, and is now, still what many people perceive as healthy. This of course is not helped by ‘government advice’ and the ‘food industry’ in general.

Bear in mind that my diet then, was after almost a decade of researching into canine nutrition and being really strict with ensuring that my animals did not eat starch or sugar, whilst at University studying animal health in depth and after teaching hundreds of others to raw feed their pets.

How on Earth did I not make the connection?

It’s difficult! It’s difficult when we are surrounded by misinformation. I’ve even seen the previous First Lady promoting ‘low fat’ milk to children on Sesame Street! She had evidently been misinformed too, as we know now that ‘low fat’ milk actually promotes weight gain, as does ‘low fat’ practically anything and that actually a diet high in natural fats and low in starch is much more ‘species appropriate’, and yes I use that term on purpose.

After years of a vegetarian lifestyle and spending much time with vegan friends, I found that I would often get sick but a bite or two of meat would soon sort me out. Once I discovered I was pregnant, not being a certified nutritionist at the time (I’m working on that), I didn’t want to risk my inutero child missing out on essential fatty acids for growth and brain health, so I went back to an omnivorous diet.
After a while I was unable to face breakfast or any food at all in the mornings and turned to shakes, with whole organic milk, at least 1 organic banana, and I’d add supplements, spices and coconut oil.

When my son was born we had a huge breastfeeding malfunction and I had to feed formula. The products I was given in the hospital ended up leading to him having a very negative reaction to pasteurised milk, which took quite a while to diagnose. Once home I found an Organic Goats Milk Formula, based on whole milk and his tiny tiny body (born 5lb 5oz, but under 5lbs by the time we left the hospital), began to thrive.

Once it was time for solids, I was determined to keep him to organic, and could not see the logic in cooking fruits before feeding them; so I put organic apples, pears and carrots etc. through the juicer, mixed the both parts together and fed him raw puree. Having found that pretty much all ‘baby rice’ contained arsenic, I studiously avoided it, but when the time came I must admit I did feed toast and bread, organic, but none-the-less starch.

At Eighteen months I got a rebate through which enabled me to send off for MTHFR gene testing for him and the results were frightening!

I often see people in chat forums worried that they have 1 MTHFR mutation, my son has 74!

Having gone through only a few of them I’ve found he is at risk for a whole multitude of horrifying conditions, not limited to, but including, alzhemiers, type 2 diabetes, a number of cancers, multiple heart issues, unable to deal with detox from almost anything, including pharmaceuticals, a lowered immune system and even Huntingtons.

Thankfully, I studied genetics and epigenetics whilst I was taking my Masters in Cambridge, and as I do not know the expression status of any of these mutations, and as I’ve found them early, I can do all I can to mitigate the risks.

Talen has not been vaccinated, he did not have a pharmaceutical form of Vitamin K (I took an organic form and he got it through colostrum), I do not have pharmaceuticals products, other than ‘sodium ascorbate’ (Vitamin C) in the house, and use natural methods to treat anything needed, including herbs, foods, supplements and homeopathy. There is no fluoride in his homemade toothpaste, no SLS, parabens, phalates or other nasties in any cleaning products, or toiletries in the house.

We are now on an almost starch free diet, Paleo/Keto is how I refer to it, with ‘intermittent fasting’. Our dairy products, eggs, fruit and veg are all organic, even my coffee is organic decaf (and not decaffinated via chemical means), and we will move to free range organic meat as soon as humanly possible. As far as ‘but how can you afford to feed/eat organic’, I actually spend around £50 a week on our food, which we get delivered, and that often includes non-toxic biodegradable nappies and wipes.

We have home made smoothies and shakes courtesy of our nutri-bullet on a daily basis and whereas I used to struggle to get my ‘5 a day’, there’s now no risk that we won’t smash it, especially as I now add Super Greens.

I don’t have bread, pasta, rice or biscuits (cookies) in the house – they used to be a staple, we don’t eat legumes, have drastically reduced our nightshade intake, and thankfully I’ve never been interested in forms of squash, the only root veg we have is carrots and we never eat those cooked (cooking alters the Glycemic Index (GI) from low to very high).

I have an entire cupboard full of the cleanest source of vitamins and minerals I can find (our favourite comes in a really tasty drink form) and Talen gets Superfoods, D3 & C daily.

For my weight management I use a pre-made ketogenic system with built in regular detoxes, that is, in my opinion, far superior to all others out there both nutritionally and for quality, and I’m feeling healthier and am much happier that we are both on the right path.

Of course happiness is also integral to a healthy lifestyle, and we enjoy starting and ending the day with giggles, as well as many bouts in between. Stress can also effect health negatively so I’m working on that too. If I can do it, you can do it… x

Treating Cancer

H B Turner

February the 4th was ‘World Cancer Day’ and May is Pet Cancer Awareness Month, so we wanted to take a look at Cancer. Cancer is a generic name for over 200 different types of abnormal cell growth, which are stimulated by genetics. Whilst the initiator is of genetic origin, this can be hereditary or epigenetic, epigenetic factors can include retrovirus, DNA viruses, carcinogens, oncogenes (Narita, 2014) and/or food/environmental factors (90-95% of cases (Anand et al. 2008)).

The genetic component occurs in deoxyribonucleic acid  (DNA), the paired chain being the structure, each individual part causing the action. These acids produce proteins, each protein having an actionable effect on others in the chain, either stimulating or halting further protein release. The position of each of these is  described as expressed, gene expression is switched on (i.e. having an action) or  switched off (no action).

An alteration in expression can therefore have a cascade effect dependent on how many further parts of the chain its’ particular protein production would have/will effect.

Genes can hold hereditary information on cancer production, which can be expressed as ‘switched on or off’ at birth, or can be ‘switched on or off’ throughout life through stochastic events. Alterations in gene expression have been identified as being through a trauma, change in circumstances, change in environment or even through changes caused by differentials in what goes into an animal, be it ingested, inhaled, injected or a topical application (see canine transmissible cancer article).

Inheritable cancer in humans attributes for 5-10% of cancers (American Cancer Society, 2014), whereas tobacco is attributed to 22% (World Health Organisation, 2014), and obesity 10% (World Health Organisation, 2014).

There is evidence that a healthy diet contributes to cancer prevention (Lawrence et al. 2012: Parkin et al. 2011: Anand et al. 2008) and we have known for some time that there is a substantial link between diet and cancer, through generations of unsuitable diet (Buell & Dunn, 1965), it has also been established that gut micro-flora establishing better digestion is linked with cancer prevention (Hullar et al. 2014).

During development there are several stages of cell replication, but it is always stimulated by a combination of genetic factors and cancer cell metabolism (Frezza, 2014).

If cancer gets into Adult Stem Cells then growth can increase at an exponential rate, due to the bodies own defence system speeding up replication in the face of what it considers injury or trauma, as these cells are ’immortal’ rather than wound healing/repair an overgrown occurs (Jones, 2015), this overgrowth is referred to as a tumour.

The metabolism of cancer cells is quite intricate and can result in differing metabolism within cell mitochondria, however common to all types of cancer is the conversion of glycogen to higher amounts of lactate than in normal cells and reduced quantities of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) output. The other commonality between these cells is that they are all highly acidic and hypoxic (lacking in Oxygen (O2)) (Frezza, 2014).

The most often used conventional therapy (in over 50% of cases) effects p53, a tumour protein that has been shown to have the effect of either tumour suppression or metastasis when given to rats that did not suffer from toxic poisoning after radiation therapy (Narita, 2014).

In conventional therapy rat model experiments, those rats that did not suffer from radiation poisoning and went on to receive chemotherapy had two outcomes, either tumour suppression or tumour metastisis (Narita, 2014), chemotherapy having an efficacy rate of between 2.1 and 2.3% (Morgan et al. 2004), of those that do achieve remission, there is a subsequent risk of Leukaemia (Dertinger et al. 2014: Curtis et al. 1992: Kaldor et al. 1990).

In veterinary oncology it is not common to use radiation therapy, although recent advances in the protocol have been made (LaRue & Custis, 2014), only chemotherapy is generally used, in human trials chemotherapy alone shows a recurrence rate of 93% (Balmaceda et al. 1996). Standard Veterinary chemotherapy utilises the drugs Vincristine, Doxorubicin and Cyclophosphamide: post surgical chemotherapy survival rates average between 107 and 257 days (Sorenmo et al. 2004: Hammer et al. 1991), whilst this data is old, these drugs are still used today.

Whilst current Cancer Research knowledge is specific down to the minutia,

is science missing the bigger picture?

However, the latest drugs being produced target prevention of the differential in small molecular metabolites within the mitochondria of each cell (Frezza, 2014).

During conventional therapy few nutritional recommendations are given, however, the use of microwave ovens is not recommended. Hassani et al. (2014) shows that microwaved food produces oxidative stress, induces hepatoxicity via increased lipid peroxidation and alters lipid metabolism.

Populations living in areas of high pesticide use have a 1.25 to 3.45 times increased risk of cancer (Parron et al. 2014) and links have been made between genetically engineered crops and, hypertension, stroke, diabetes, obesity, lipoprotein metabolism disorder, Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Autism, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Intestinal Infections, End stage renal disease, acute kidney failure, cancer of the thyroid, liver, bladder, pancreas, kidney and myeloid leukaemia (Swanson et al. 2014). Therefore avoidance of GMO’s and switching to organic foods, may be advisable.

Whole grains and carbohydrates are advised to be taken as part of a leaflet produced by the American Cancer Society (2014, 2) “Nutrition for the Person With Cancer During Treatment: A Guide for Patients and Families” diet, which recommends eating several small snacks throughout the day such as:-

  • Angel food cake
  • Cereal (hot or cold)
  • Pretzels
  • Granola
  • Sandwiches
  • Cookies
  • Crackers
  • Sports drinks
  • Muffins

 

  • Glycemic Index
  • Potato/Modified Starch 95
  • Ground Rice 95
  • Carrots Cooked 85
  • White Bread 70-85
  • Corn 70
  • Carrots Raw 30
  • Fresh Fruit 30
  • Veg & tomatoes <15
  • (where 100 is pure glucose)

This list would be on our recommendations list for avoidance at all costs.

Put simply, just as with anything alive, cancer has to ‘eat’, as cancer cell metabolism cannot occur without glycogen (Frezza, 2014), removing or at least reducing the quantity in diet may lead to tumour starvation and therefore regression, indeed there is much anecdotal evidence from people who have drastically changed their diet and successfully gone into full remission. A helpful reference for this would be the Glycemic Index (GI) of foods, which shows very clearly the glycose levels in foods.

As far as other holistic nutritional recommendations adequate selenium intake has been supported as being preventative (Rayman, 2012), other nutrients/natural elements found to have a positive effect are:

  • Vitamin B17 (aka Laetrile/Amygdalin) (Makarevic et al. 2014: Chen et al. 2013)
  • Vitamin C (Riordan et al. 2004 )
  • Vitamin D3 (Swami et al. 2012)
  • Bromelain (from pineapples) 12.5mg/kg (Baez et al. 2007)
  • Cannabis Oil (El Moneim Hussein et al. 2014)
  • Coconut Oil (Lim et al. 2014)
  • Curcumin (from Turmeric) (Marin et al. 2007)
  • CV247 (Toloudi et al. 2011)
    Sodium Bicarbonate (Simoncini, 2007)
  • SRG’s (extracts from aubergine, tomato, bell peppers etc.) (Cham, 2008)

N.B. There are journal articles claiming that natural supplements have no health benefit. An investigation into a number of these showed the use of synthetic products and/or insufficient quantities.

The earliest evidence of cancer heralds back to one Egyptian human mummy from around 3000 BC, however has been found to be very rare in that time. There is one set of Neanderthal bones that possibly had cancer, but nothing else. It wasn’t until the 17th century that descriptions for operations for cancer were recorded, most notably in chimney sweeps, who were exposed to toxins on a daily basis. Whilst cancer has been found in dinosaurs from the Cretaceous period, it is only found in Hadrosaurs, with a 1 in 10,000 frequency and is presumed to be due to some environmental mutagen (Rothschild et al. 2003), quite a differential to the current statistic of 1 in 3.

Due to tumours propensity to be hypoxic, Oxygen therapy is gaining in popularity. In fact tumours grown in laboratories die off on their own if exposed to normal oxygen levels, and have to be grown in levels below 3% O2 (Narita, 2015). Increased oxygen is proposed to boost the bodies own immune system into destruction of Cancer cells. Current O2 levels are 20.95% world wide, this is considered to be oxygen deficient (Ho, 2009), however it is down to between 12% & 17% over major cities.

Along with the introduction of agriculture, and therefore the introduction of a diet rich in simple carbohydrates, there is an associated general decline in health (Richards, 2002)

Large scale use of chemical pesticides started in earnest after the second World War. The first incarnations were highly toxic i.e. arsenic and hydrogen cyanide, these were both ineffective and toxic to the consumer.

Second generation pesticides were synthetic a well known example of which is dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) discovered in 1939 by Paul Muller, who was subsequently awarded the Nobel Prize in 1948. It was not until 1962 with the release of the legendary book ‘Silent Spring’ by Rachel Carson that anyone other than the her appeared to question its’ environmental effects, never the less it was manufactured right up until 2009.

Third generation pesticides are water soluble and acutely toxic (Muir, 2012) and have been linked to adverse health effects including cancer (US EPA, 2006), most notably non-Hodgkin lymphoma and leukaemia (Bassil et al. 2007), as well as neurological effects, birth defects, foetal death (Sanborn et al. 2007) and neurodevelopmental disorder (Jurewicz & Hanke, 2008: Mink et al. 2011: Wigle et al. 2008: Weselak et al. 2007).

There is of course still the issue of other environmental chemicals, chemicals and preservatives found in prepared foods, toiletries, cleaning products etc., hormone disruptors (Henderson et al. 2000) (i.e. plastic food packaging), feline vaccines (Hershey et al. 2005: McNiel, 2001: Morris et al. 2001: McEntee & Page, 2001) plus hundreds of studies on many other vaccines (Blaylock, 2011, Bollinger, 2014) and radiation (Huang et al. 2014), that have also been associated with cancer.

Whilst there is much data on metastasis and it’s process appearing to be exactly like that of a fungal bloom, in that once metastatic cancer cells enter the blood stream from the original malignant tumour they spread throughout the body forming micro-metastases with a 0.02% of cell survival rate (Kienast et al. 2010). A whole host of data can be boiled down to the fact that a strong immune system can prevent metastasis, however, metatasis will occur in the body of an animal or person with a  compromised immune system and once it does conventional medicine states it is fatal (Vanharanta, 2015); whether the immune system has been negatively effected by inflammatory food intake, environmental pressures, genetic issues or by radiation and/or chemotherapy. This is why many alternative treatments for cancer (such as CV247) concentrate on supporting the immune system to naturally destroy the cancer and thus prevent it’s re-occurrence.

Over simplification:

GMO’s and vaccines lead to immunodeficiency; starch rich and sugary foods (simple carbohydrates) with a high glycemic index are known to feed both candida and cancer, they also promote leaky gut syndrome.

Therefore if indeed ‘Cancer is a Fungus’, that is Candida according to Simoncini (2007), and it certainly acts like it, this process allows its’ access into the blood stream, where it can circulate, get into cells and replicate.

Our modern day society contains a plethora of carcinogens that become difficult to avoid, however, it appears that a species appropriate raw diet, containing no simple carbohydrates, preferably from organic sources, with sufficient amino acids, know to halt cancer growth (Narita, 2015), and a good balance of vitamins and minerals, can contribute to both cancer prevention and cancer suppression; as can reducing/removing the stress and chemicals in your immediate environment, avoiding vaccines and microwaves, feeding/consuming pre and pro-biotics and moving to the countryside with higher O2 levels, reduced pesticide use and background radiation.

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So incredibly excited to be starting my Isa Journey

Having spent years refining my diet in order to help support my health issues last Autumn I finally took the plunge to drastically reduce my starch & sugar intake, eventually ending up on a Paleo/Ketogenic diet, along with practicing intermittent fasting.

I had immediate success and lost 12 lbs, and what’s more, I’ve kept it off!

However, pregnancy expanded my waistline, which hasn’t budged & 4 months later I haven’t lost any more weight.

I use a nutri-ninja for shakes & fruit & veg smoothies, which I share with my son & have kept, except for a few slips, to the same strategy that lost me the initial weight, but nothing!

Being physically disabled I am unable to exercise as it would increase my pain levels exponentially so I wasn’t sure where to turn next.

Luckily there was an incredible activist on Facebook that I have a great deal of respect for who mentioned that she used a lifestyle system and with three children rarely gets the opportunity to exercise – she has an amazing figure so that caught my attention.

Having researched nutrition for over 15 years my first recourse was to check the ingredients and compare them to other systems. I found there simply was no comparison, it appeared to be the very best.

On the 4th January I had an online meeting with her & her passion & ultimately knowledge with regards to not only nutrition but even issues with my gene sequencing convinced me to sign up.

On Sunday 7th of January, I took the plunge & signed up and by 10:30 am on Wednesday 10th, even though it had to be shipped from the Netherlands, my order had arrived.


The pack even contained a measuring tape:


I had been naughty and ordered 2 packets of shakes off the Internet in my eagerness to start. When I mixed 1 packet of the Isalean Shake (59g) with 240mls/8oz of water in my nutri-ninja I was highly surprised by how creamy and thick it became.


And found myself so incredibly full after drinking it (will drink them slower from now on), that I decided to make up the next one, my last in stock at the time, with Chia seeds and turn it into a pudding so that I could split it over 2 days.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These were also incredibly filling!

So, now my system has properly arrived I have measured just about every point on my body, weighed myself & taken before photos


I currently weigh:

8st 6 lbs | 118 lbs | 53.5 kg

Let’s get started….

Feel free to Join Me: https://hbturner.isagenix.com

Welcome

H B Turner (Hope) has spent decades learning about natural health for people & pets, and shares what she’s learnt.

Hope has taken numerous courses, learnt from incredible mentors and has tailored her Foundation Degree [FdSc] and Bachelors [BSc (Hons)] to nutrition and holistic health.

Having started a Masters in Clinical Nutrition and consulted on health for over 15 years she can offer a range of natural solutions to your issues.

Her mission is to increase health via nutrition, supplementation and toxin elimination by giving you the tools to create a healthier lifestyle.

Book an appointment to address:

  • Digestive Issues
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Arthritis/Stiffness/Mobility
  • Asthma
  • Eczema
  • Fatigue and Energy Issues
  • Sports Performance
  • Weight Management (loss or gain)
  • Blood Sugar Issues
  • Sleep Issues
  • Bloating
  • Thyroid Conditions
  • Mood Swings
  • Depression
  • Food Intolerances, IBS etc.
  • Allergies
  • Hair Loss and many more….

Check out the Packages &/or Subscribe to the HB Turner Health Club

(Health Club includes exclusive access to a Private Facebook Group where Natural Health information is regularly posted and there are monthly lives where you can ask your questions direct. First Month discounted.)

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Disclaimer: H B Turner is neither a Medical Doctor nor a Veterinary Surgeon and as such does not diagnose or prescribe. Natural products and holistic services should not be considered a substitute for treatment from your Medical or Holistic Doctor.  If you suspect you or your animal are ill, please take them to your nearest doctor as soon as possible.