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DEPRESSION

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There are many nutritionally related causes of depression, the most common being sub-optimum nutrition resulting in poor mental and physical energy. Disturbed blood sugar balance can result in periods of depression. Lack of Omega 3 fats can make you depressed. If you are low in serotonin you may benefit from 5-HTP. People who produce excessive amounts of histamine are also prone to it. Adrenal exhaustion usually brought on by stress and overuse of stimulants can have this effect. Allergies too can bring on depression. A nutrition consultant can help identify any factor that can be corrected by nutrition. 

Diet advice

Cut out or avoid sugar and refined foods. Cut down on stimulants – tea, coffee, chocolate, cola drinks, cigarettes and alcohol. Follow the diet in this book. Experiment for two weeks without wheat or dairy products. 
 
Supplements

• 2 x Multivitamin and mineral

• 2 x Vitamin C 1,000mg

• 2 x 5-HTP 100mg

• 3 x Omega 3-rich fish oils (providing EPA 1200mg)

DERMATITIS

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This condition literally means ‘skin inflammation’, and is similar to eczema. Usually the term ‘dermatitis’ is used when the primary cause appears to be a contact allergy. Go through all possibilities such as metals in jewellery and watches, perfumes, cosmetics, detergents, soaps and shampoos. Where there is a contact allergy there is often a food allergy too: common culprits are dairy products and wheat. Sometimes a combination of eating an allergy¬-provoking food and contact with an external allergen is needed in order for symptoms to develop. Another frequently encountered factor is a lack of essential fatty acids from seeds and their oils, which in the body turn into anti-inflammatory prostaglandins. Their formation is also blocked by too much saturated fat or fried food, or a lack of certain key vitamins and minerals. The skin is also a route that the body can use to get rid of toxins. A certain kind of dermatitis, called acrodermatitis, responds exceptionally well to zinc supplementation and is primarily caused by zinc deficiency. 

Diet advice

Generally a vegan-type diet, low in saturated fat but with enough essential fats from seeds, is best. If you suspect an allergy to dairy products or wheat, test for this by avoiding these foods. 
 
Supplements

• 2 x Multivitamin and multimineral (with magnesium 300mg and zinc 15mg)

• 2 × Vitamin C 1,000mg 

• 2 x Antioxidant complex 

• 2 x Essential Omega 3 and 6 oil capsules

• Providing vitamin E 400mg

DIABETES

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Both child-onset diabetes and adult-onset diabetes are conditions caused by too high blood sugar. Child-onset diabetes is thought to develop through a cross-reaction between a protein in milk and beef and a protein in the pancreas. This can occur if genetically susceptible infants are fed dairy products or beef in their first few months, before their digestive tract and immune system are fully matured. Adult-onset diabetes is usually a consequence of poor eating habits (too much sugar and stimulants), often preceded by hypoglycaemia or low blood sugar. Ensuring that adrenal hormones, insulin and glucose tolerance factor are properly produced by the liver is fundamental in dealing with all forms of glucose intolerance and diabetes. Particularly important are vitamins C, B3, B5 and B6, zinc and chromium. It is best to discuss any proposed changes in your diet with your doctor. 

Diet advice

The key to a diabetic diet is to keep your blood sugar level even. This is achieved best by eating little and often, choosing foods that contain slow-¬releasing carbohydrates plus some protein. This means eating some nuts with fruit, ‘seed’ vegetables like corn, peas, green beans or whole grain, beans or lentils, which contain both slow-releasing carbohydrate and protein. Avoid all sugar and forms of concentrated sweetness, such as concentrated fruit juice, and even excesses of faster-releasing fruit such as dates and bananas, or of dried fruit. Also avoid too many adrenal stimulants such as tea, coffee, alcohol, cigarettes and salt. 
 
Supplements

• 2 x Multivitamin and multimineral

• 2 × Vitamin C 1,000mg 

• Chromium 200mcg

• Providing zinc 15mg

DIVERTICULITIS

Description:

This is a condition of the small and large intestine, in which pockets in the intestinal wall become distended and are then more likely to get infected and inflamed. The condition, probably the result of not enough fibre and exercise, is rarely seen in primitive cultures. A general vitamin programme is recommended to support the muscle tone surrounding the intestines and to maintain a strong infection-fighting system. Increased soluble fibre and regular exercise such as swimming are the key treatments. 

Diet advice
Follow the recommended diet in this book, with particular reference to the high-fibre foods (see Part 9). However, if the inflammation is severe it is best to eat lightly steamed vegetables, oats (which contain soluble fibre) and ground seeds or nuts, and to stay away from added ‘hard’ fibres like wheat bran. It is best to soak grain like oats so as to maximise their water content; these foods provide fibre without irritating the inflamed area. Also have a cold-pressed oil blend rich in Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids, as these help to calm down inflammation. 
 
 Supplements

• 2 x Multivitamin and multimineral

• Providing vitamin E 400mg 

• Providing vitamin C 1,000mg