Celiac disease is a malabsorption syndrome and chronic digestive disorder. The intestine is not able to absorb vital dietary nutrients from foods containing gliadin, an alcohol-soluble portion of gluten. This condition which is often hereditary means the sufferer has a serious intolerance to wheat (including durum, semolina and spelt), rye, oats, barley, and related grain hybrids such as tritaclae and kamut.

Arthritis refers to inflammation of the joint. The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis which is characterised by joint degeneration and loss of cartilage. Rheumatoid arthritis is a type of inflammatory arthritis which is also an autoimmune disorder. In this case the body's immune system attacks its own cartilage and tissue surrounding the joints.

Some detoxification experts advocate fasting, while others do not. It is known that the components of any well-designed detox program will stimulate the body to cleanse itself, but people who are underweight, are undernourished, have weak hearts, have blood sugar issues or are ill should avoid fasting. Some studies have shown that restricting food intake can actually lead to bingeing.

Hemorrhoids are extremely common in industrialised countries and it is estimated that fifty percent of persons over fifty years of age have symptoms of hemorrhoidal disease. Although most people may begin to develop hemorrhoids in the twenties, the symptoms do not become evident normally until in ones thirties!


How are your blood sugar levels?

Do you suffer from symptoms of fatigue, dizziness, mood swings and a craving for sweets? There may be many causes for this, but one common reason is that one is suffering from hypoglycemia.

Hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, is a condition in which there is an abnormally low level of glucose in the blood. If you blood sugar drops too low you can have a blood sugar reaction called hypoglycemia. A low blood sugar can come on fast. A level below 3% = 60mg is called low blood sugar. It is believed that most cases of hypoglycemia occur between midnight and 8am.

Hyperglycemia on the other hand is an excess of glucose in the blood. This can also be an indication of diabetes or the first stages of somebody leading up to diabetes. In people with diabetes, glucose builds up in the blood stream instead of being taken into and used by the cells, leading to hyperglycemia. Diabetics can have periods of hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia. The symptoms of hyperglycemia (too much sugar in the blood) often include fatigue, a constant need to urinate, extreme thirst, constantly feeling hungry, loss of weight and problems with eyesight. The initial symptoms of hypoglycemia are hunger, dizziness, sweating, confusion, palpitations, and a numbness or tingling of the lips.

If you suffer a few of the above symptoms you may wish to undertake our blood sugar questionnaire. If your results show a likely problem with blood sugar levels we suggest that you undertake a fasting blood glucose test with your doctor, herbalist or naturopath for diagnosis and then treatment if necessary

Blood Sugar Questionnaire

Instructions: Check off each one of the symptoms in one of the columns to indicate the degree of severity which best applies to your case. Zero (0) column checked means you don't have the symptoms on that line, One (1) means MILD. Two (2) means MODERATE and three (3) means SEVERE. At the bottom of each column add up the score using the number of symptoms checked in that column add up the score using the number of symptoms checked in that column and multiplied by the number printed at the top of that column. Your total score equals the sum of all columns. A total score of less than twenty (20) is within the normal limits. A higher score is presumptive evidence of possible carbohydrate intolerance.This could manifest as hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia - high blood glucose levels. We would suggest at this stage that you undertake a fasting glucose test with your doctor or naturopath. If there are blood glucose problems we suggest you undertake dietary changes with the use of natural treatments and remedies to correct any imbalances.

Name _________________________      Score _____________________________

0 1 2 3
Abnormal craving for sweets.
Afternoon headaches.
Consume alcohol.
Allergies : tendency to asthma, hay fever, skin rash etc.
Awake after a few hours sleep-hard to get back to sleep.
Aware of breathing heavily.
Bad dreams.
Bleeding gums.
Blurred vision.
Brown spots or bronzing of skin.
Bruise easily. “black and blue spots”
“Butterfly stomach” cramps
Can't decide easily
Can't start in morning before coffee.
Can't work under pressure.
Chronic fatigue.
Chronic nervous exhaustion.
Crave candy or coffee in afternoons

0 1 2 3
Dizziness or giddiness or light-headedness
Drink more than 3 cups of coffee or Cola drinks daily
Get hungry or feel faintness unless eat frequently
Eat when nervous
Fatigue, relieved by eating
Get “shaky” if hungry
Hand tremor (or trembles)
Heart palpitates (heats fast) if meals missed or delayed
Highly emotional
Nibble between meals because of hunger
Irritable before meals
Lack of energy
Magnify insignificant events
Moods of depression “blues” or melancholy.
Poor memory or ability to concentrate
Reduced initiative
Sleepy after meals
Sleepy during day
Weakness, dizziness
Worrier, feel insecure
Feel better after 10 a.m. snack than before
Symptoms come before breakfast
Total Score in each Column