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!

Stopping Smoking

How do I stop smoking naturally?

The key to stopping smoking is not to give up when each attempt to quit fails (each time you stop, it will be for longer) and to get all the help you can. Avoid other smokers and places where people do smoke until you are sure you really have beaten the addiction.

Giving up smoking - natural treatments and remedies

B vitamins are great for the stress that you will most likely experience when you give up. Start taking a B complex at least one week before stopping or have brewers yeast in olive oil everyday for a good food source of B vitamins.

Regulate your blood sugar levels to avoid cravings. Have frequent meals with quality protein and soluble fibre at each meal.

Eat a diet that is high in fruit and vegetables. This helps beat cravings by changing the pH of the body making it less acidic, (cigarettes make it more acidic).

Exercise! This will help regulate your emotions by helpiung lift the positive neurotransmitters.

The homeopathic remedy most often recommended to help those who want to stop smoking is Caladium 6c - which comes from the American Arum plant and has been shown to help alleviate tobacco cravings. Also there is a homeopathic remedy called tobaccan which is made out of tobacco

Herbs to help you stop smoking

A herb called Avena Fativa - which you will know better by its common name of oats - will also help by supporting the nervous system as you withdraw. One way to benefit from this is to drink organic oat juice.

Another great herb is Lobelia in decreasing the cravings. It stops cravings by covering the same receptor sites as nicotine and helps restore clean lungs. It is a very strong herb however and should be used under the supervision of a herbalist in small doses.

Herbs can also help destress the nervous system e.g.valerian, vervain, skullcap and hops

It takes three months for all traces of nicotine to leave your system. After that, any cravings you suffer are psychological. It helps to know this - because when you do feel you must smoke, you know it is your mind playing tricks and that the craving will pass. There are lots of herbal formulations on the market that will help or arrange with a herbalist to have an individual formula prescribed.

Some other basic tips to help you stop smoking

Before you stop...

  • Don't be afraid to ask for help.
  • Ask family and friends not to smoke around you.
  • Wash your clothes to get rid of the smell of smoke.
  • Decide you'll only smoke during odd or even hours of the day.
  • Write down the reasons you want to become a non-smoker.
  • Each day, postpone the lighting of your first cigarette by one hour.
  • Ask your partner or friend to stop with you - make a contract with each other.
  • Keep busy on the day you plan to stop. Go to the cinema, take some exercise, tie up some loose ends in your life!
  • Make a date and stick to it. Write up a plan of action and consider methods available to you.
  • Smoke only under circumstances that aren't especially pleasurable for you. If you like to smoke with others, smoke alone.
  • Change to a brand that is low in tar and nicotine a couple of weeks before your target date.
  • Decide how many cigarettes you'll smoke during the day. For each additional cigarette, give a pound to your favourite charity.
  • Smoke only those cigarettes you 'really want'. Catch yourself before you light up a cigarette out of pure habit.
  • Don't empty your ashtrays. This will remind you of how many you DO smoke - the sight and smell of stale cigarettes butts will be very unpleasant.
  • Don't think of never smoking again. Think of 'stopping' in terms of one day at a time.

Positive steps

  • Get more active: Walk instead of driving or taking the bus. Use the stairs instead of the lift. Exercise helps you relax and boosts morale.
  • Change your routine and try to avoid danger areas - it's tough, but pubs and alcohol are real triggers.
  • Find activities that make smoking difficult (gardening, exercise, washing the car, taking a shower).
  • Spend as much free time as possible in places where smoking isn't allowed (libraries, museums, theatres, department stores, and churches!)
  • Change your surroundings when an urge hits; get up and move about, or do something else.
  • Avoid places where smoking is permitted.
  • Put something other than a cigarette into your mouth. Keep 'mouth candy' handy - try carrots, apples, celery, raisins, or sugarless gum.
  • Tell all your friends and family that you've already quit - you'll be embarrassed if they catch you smoking.
  • Stop carrying cigarettes with you at home, in your bag or at work. Don't 'borrow' any, and make them difficult to get to.
  • Throw away all your cigarettes and matches. Hide (or trash!) your lighters and ashtrays.
  • Visit the dentist and have your teeth cleaned to get rid of tobacco stains. Use a teeth-whitening toothpaste and mouthwash - resolve to keep them that way.
  • Enjoy having a clean mouth taste and maintain it by brushing your teeth frequently and using a mouthwash.
  • Avoid heavy drinking of alcohol, caffeine, or other stimulants or mood-altering substances.
  • Pay a family member or friend (if they catch you smoking) £5 to be a deterrent - but not too large as to be ridiculous.
  • If your partner smokes, try and encourage him or her to quit or at the very least not to smoke around you.
  • Think positively - withdrawal can be unpleasant, but it's a sign your body is recovering from the effects of tobacco.

In times of temptation...

  • Ease the withdrawal symptoms with nicotine replacement therapy (NRT).
  • Keep busy - go to a film, take some exercise or start a new project.
  • Change your routine - avoid the shops where you usually buy cigarettes.
  • End meals or snacks with something that won't lead to a cigarette.
  • Avoid people who smoke - spend more time with non-smoking friends.
  • Keep your hands busy - doodle, knit, type an email to someone you've lost touch with, even do the crossword!
  • Drink plenty of fluids. Keep a glass of water or pure fruit juice by you and sip it steadily.
  • When your desire for a cigarette is intense, wash your hands - or the dishes - or try new recipes.
  • If you miss having something in your mouth, try toothpicks, or carrot or celery sticks.
  • If you always smoke while driving, sing along to your favourite music instead, or use public transport.
  • Never allow yourself to think that 'one won't hurt' - it will. It's a slippery slope.

Tackling mealtimes...

  • Be careful what you eat - try not to snack on fatty or salty foods.
  • Assist the body in getting rid of nicotine. Drink plenty of water; eat fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fibre-rich foods.
  • Change your eating habits to help you cut down - for example, drink milk, which many people consider incompatible with smoking.
  • Change the daily schedule. Eat at different times or eat many small meals instead of three large ones; sit in a different chair; rearrange the furniture.
  • Find other ways to close a meal. Play a tape or CD; eat a piece of fruit; get up and make a phone call.
  • Instead of smoking after meals, get up from the table and brush your teeth.
  • Try to avoid alcohol, coffee, and other beverages that you associate with cigarette smoking.

It's a mind game...

  • Light incense or candles instead of a cigarette.
  • Strike up conversation instead of a match for a cigarette.
  • Cut a drinking straw into cigarette-sized pieces. Inhale air.
  • Collect all your cigarette butts in a large glass container - you'll clearly see just how much you DO smoke.
  • Take 10 deep breaths and hold the last one while lighting a match. Exhale slowly and blow out the match. Pretend it's a cigarette and crush it out in an ashtray. Repeat.
  • Decide positively that you want to stop. Try to avoid negative thoughts about how difficult it might be.
  • When cravings become overwhelming: take naps, warm baths or showers, or meditate.
  • If you miss the sensation of having a cigarette in your hand, play with something else (!) - a pencil, a paper clip, whatever.
  • Identify the trigger: Exactly what was it that prompted you to smoke? Be aware of the trigger and decide now how you'll cope with it when it comes up again.
  • Understand that withdrawal symptoms are temporary - they're healthy signs that the body is repairing itself from its long exposure to nicotine.
  • When cravings occur, hold your breath as long as possible or take a few deep rhythmic breaths.