As part of our health MOT screening at the Greenwich Naturopathy Clinic we include parasitology testing as part of our offering. Clients are often alarmed when their results indicate the presence of parasites. Yet we are hosts to many parasites - most of them microbial... So what does the parasite screening tell us and why is it useful to determining the state of your health?
Parasites are natures way of eliminating weak, toxic, cells and tissue in order that the strong vital cells survive. Parasites range in size from smallest to largest: viruses, bacteria, yeast, protozoa and worms (Nematodes). Your screening results will tell us the type of parasite that you may be unwittingly harbouring and we use that information to tailor make your nutritional health restoration programme by supporting the repair and restoration of the tissue and cells on which it feeds.
For instance the indication of high levels of bacteria suggest lymph congestion. the lymph moves cellular waste and by products out of the system through its septic streams. Bacteria loves complex carbohydrates, refined sugars and milk and starch by products. This is when you 'catch a cold'the body starts purging the lymphatic system causing a discharge of mucus and the parasites (in this case bacteria) that live with in. We particularly notice this purging through the main elimination channels (sinuses, lungs, kidneys and bowels) but a the aches and pains we experience also suggest that the entire system is purging itself. In this instance a 3 day juice cleanse may be warranted to further flush unwanted toxins and dead tissue from the body.
The presence of flukes, (which look like jelly fish) mainly grow and accumulate in the liver and pancreas. When they grow in the pancreas they can cause digestive problems and diabetes. Worms can travel through the body but especially love the liver, heart and GI tract including the stomach.
So the name of the parasite the locality in which its found (lymph, sinuses, brain, small intestines) assist us to get to the root cause of your health concerns. A parasite cleansing and health restoration programme is normally around three months depending on the severity of your symptoms. The health restoration seeks to purify the body and clear it of mucus and impurities and strengthen your cells. The mydetoxdiet juice cleanse programmes are ideal for an immediate jump start to clear away the parasites favourite food source - toxins and debris in the blood! Remember the parasites are only there because they thrive on toxicity and mucus as their food source.
Not sure where to begin? Give our degree qualified therapists a call on 07946 995 708 to discover how we can help you achieve your health goals.
This week is allergy awareness week. Food allergies and food intolerance are sometimes confused with each other, but they are quite different in terms of their origin, symptoms and treatment.
A food allergy is an acute immune reaction that never reaches the gut. The immune system mistakes the food for a dangerous-foreign-substance and goes into overdrive to fight it off. This results in the release of histamine and other naturally occurring chemicals in the body. It is this release of histamine and chemicals, which produce the symptoms we recognise as an allergic reaction. We call this a true allergic (immune) response.
The most severe form of food allergy can result in anaphylactic shock. This usually starts with an immediate blotchy rash, swelling of the lips, tongue or face, and then throat constriction, swelling of the airways, breathing difficulties and low blood pressure. The only reliable tests for allergic reactions are blood test IGE or RAST (Radio-immuno diffusion Test).
With a food intolerance, on the other hand, the immune systems is usually activated in the gut. Partially digested food enters the blood stream and triggers an immune system reaction by aggravating the mast cells in the gut’s mucous membrane. The reactions are more likely to be delayed - occurring several hours and sometimes up to several days after eating the offending food.
The symptoms of food intolerance are diverse and dependent on the organ systems impacted by the increased toxicity load created by a permeable gut.
Localised symptoms include bloating, diarrhea, constipation, hemorrhoids and IBS. Systemic symptoms include skin conditions including hives, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea & allergic dermatitis. Long term issues associated with food intolerance are anxiety and depression, mouth ulcers, aching joints and muscles, fatigue, headaches/migrains, sinus and mucus problems, autism, ADHD, and weight gain. Many people will seek stimulants such as tobacco, coffee, tea, sweets, or coke drinks to combat their stress and depleted energy reserves further weakening their system.
The most common food intolerances are wheat, yeast and dairy products and chemicals that are produced naturally in foods. For instance, caffeine in coffee, salicylates which are a kind of natural pesticide found in many plants, and histamines in foods like strawberries, chocolate and cheese. Another possible cause of food intolerance is to additives in foods, these can be found in the form of sulphites, which are added to processed foods to give them a longer shelf life. They can also be found in fruit drinks and wine.
The gold standard to find out which foods are causing an adverse reaction in an individual is by keeping a very clear good and symptoms diary. I find that along side bioenergetics testing foods can be quickly identified and unlike a food allergy food intolerances can be reversed. Although we also use blood testing my preferred method is by monitoring the natural energetic response of acupuncture points to test signals, the tests are non-invasive and are produced immediately.
By overloading the body with foods mistaken as ‘enemies’ the immune system is overworked and a lot of vital energy is wasted. When these foods are avoided this vital energy can be redirected to cellular and DNA repair aiding you to restore your health and optimise wellbeing.
To find out more about the testing or to make a booking please contact our team of specialist food sensitivity experts.
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