Gluten sensitivity is a far wider problem than the more well known Coeliac Disease. In Coeliac disease the villi of the intestines are worn away by gluten. The intestines are not able to absorb nutrients from food. Gluten sensitivity reaches many more people.
Nauseous from Eggs
Many people have difficulty when eating eggs. In our family some members would feel nauseous after eating eggs. I have a lovely flock of chickens. I decided to do an experiment with their food.
I know from experience that when we are breastfeeding we have to be careful what we eat as the food gets transferred through the milk into the baby. I began to think that this same thing must be happening with the hens. The food they eat must make up the eggs they lay.
The food usually fed to hens is Commercial layers pellets which are pre-formulated. The basis of the feed is wheat.
Before the experiment we could only eat 2 eggs 3 days a week or so and after a couple of weeks started to feel sick from them. Then we would have to wait a few weeks before trying the eggs again. After changing the chicken's food to gluten free I haven't felt ill from eating their eggs.
The eggs also have a different texture from those bought in the supermarket. The bought eggs have a gel like consistency in comparison to gluten free, free range eggs. Also, I find no difficulty in peeling our gluten free eggs whereas the store bought eggs stick to the shell and it is difficult to get a nicely peeled egg.
To get gluten free eggs you will most probably need to keep chickens yourself. It is becoming quite the fashion to have chickens in the backyard again. These days there are some beautiful breeds around if you want pretty chickens. There are two sizes of chickens, the large size which are called standards, and bantams which are small. I keep bantams. They eat less food and lay just as many eggs although the eggs are smaller. You can just eat an extra egg if you are hungry.
Chickens are given a range of seeds and grains to eat each day. They are also given food scraps that are left from meals. They love lettuce leaves and grapes and the rind of bacon cut up into little pieces. They enjoy pumpkin seeds from the inside of the pumpkin and they like strawberries and lots of other good food.
If you are gluten sensitive or have Coeliac disease, think about starting a little flock of hens and feeding them gluten free food. You will have lots of fun out of it.
My philosophy about health is probably different to that held by many of you. I see the body as energy, not as physical therefore I like to treat it with energy medicines – homeopathy, flower essences, crystal healing, coloured light and aura soma. I have trained in the first four modalities.
Generally speaking I prefer not to use Western medicine as I feel that these drugs only mask what is really wrong with you. Sometimes they are needed and I have used it when needed. I prefer to get better slowly by improving my body and mind rather than take drugs to make me feel better. I feel that if I went along this track I would not learn anything.
When we go to the doctor to ‘make us better’ we are giving our power over to that person. I prefer to keep that power in my own hands.
I also am very aware of electromagnetic radiation (EMR) and try to avoid it as I have been very affected by it over the years.
I have spent countless hours in research and like to share this information with whoever is interested.
With regards to health, I think the most important word in the language is Hope.
When you are searching for a practitioner, the most important skill that person needs to know is Listening.
We need minerals in every cell in out body to make it work. When the minerals are not in balance we become ill.
Minerals come from two different categories - Major minerals and trace minerals.
You have probably already worked out by the name of the groups that we need a lot more of the major minerals than we do of the trace minerals. We only need a little bit of the trace minerals.
Major minerals are sodium, chloride, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and sulphur, also spelt sulfur.
Trace minerals are iron, zinc, iodine, selenium, copper, manganese, fluoride, chromium and molybdenum.
Trace minerals needed in even smaller amounts are cobalt, vanadium, nickel and silicon.
Where do Minerals come from?
Minerals come from the soil. When plants grow they use the minerals to help them grow. When we eat vegetables or fruit we eat the minerals that are in that plant. Each plant uses different minerals so we need to eat different vegetables and fruit to gain a variety of minerals for out body.
When we eat meat we are also consuming minerals because the animal whose flesh we are eating ate plants to grow.
Calcium and Magnesium
We know that calcium is needed to make our bones strong. Calcium is also in every cell in our body and holds the cells together.
In our western diet we consume a lot of milk in the form of flavoured milks, yoghurt, cream and butter or ice cream. We don't have much magnesium. Soil is generally deficient in magnesium so plants can't use it as they grow. Therefore we become deficient in it.
Calcium has a relationship with Magnesium. They must have a certain ratio to each other to be in balance. The ratio can be 1:1, that is, 1 part calcium to one part magnesium, or 1:2, that is 1 part calcium to 2 parts magnesium.
Magnesium is the anti stress mineral. We get stressed when we don't get enough of it. It protects our arteries, nerves, muscles and bones and helps the circulation of our blood.
Foods that contain magnesium are green leafy vegetables, broccoli, nuts, especially almonds, seeds, especially pumpkin, sunflower and sesame seeds, and beans.
It is a good idea to take a supplement of magnesium as it is unlikely we will get enough of it in our diet. Take at least 400-800mg a day for an adult and 50-400mg for children and teens. It is recommended to take 8mg per kg (2lbs) of body weight.
Taking magnesium can help us relax, sleep better, be less anxious, and ease cramps or spasms in our body.
Other articles about minerals:
Major Supplements to Improve Your Health
Major benefits of Magnesium
Magnesium and Migraines
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, (CFS) also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) has been renamed as Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease or SEID. There is no specific test to confirm a diagnosis for this illness.
This illness by any name is a serious illness, often keeping people housebound or in bed for months or years. Many people have not been diagnosed with it because doctors don't take it seriously or they think it is a psychological illness.
New Guidelines for Diagnosing CFS
CFS or SEID is a mysterious and complicated illness. The panel on medical professionals who were responsible for renaming CFS acknowledged its connection to Epstein Barr virus and have abnormal immune systems. They focused on the post-exertional malaise, that is the exhaustion that comes from just doing anything. Only people with this illness understand the deep, almost bone destroying exhaustion that affects the whole body.
This was released in February 2015.
Read more on Health News from NPR
For more news on CFS/ME/SEID check out the blog Occupy CFS
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