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!


Weaning Tips

How to wean a baby from age 6 - 9 months onto solid foods

Introduce baby to one food at a time and use that food for three days: Begin with vegetables: carrot, parsnip, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kumara, yams, pumpkin and fruits: pears, plums, melon, apple.

AFTER THE FIRST “TESTING” OF ANY FOOD FOR THREE DAYS DO NOT USE THAT FOOD AGAIN FOR 2-3 WEEKS. Then any combination of safe foods may be used, but on a 1 day in 4 rotation.

Slowly introduce fish and meat if desired; or lentils, ground nuts and seeds.

Grains should not be introduced to baby’s diet until 9-10 months and again use one grain for 3 days, beginning with brown rice, well cooked and ground in processor, or brown rice and millet.

Should any adverse reactions occur STOP using that particular food and revert to any of the safe foods already tested until symptoms disappear, for a minimum of 3 days.

Any food that causes a reaction should not be tried again for a least one year.

Feeding baby this way will avoid any allergic problems.

As baby grows use dried fruits, fresh fruits, hard baked wholegrain toasts (rusks) – but watch baby all the time he/she is eating in case of choking or homemade muffins or fruit loaf made with wholegrain flour, honey, as snacks.

AVOID all processed and packaged snack foods and sweets.

How to wean a baby from 9 - 12 months onto solid foods

Have caution with each new 3-day food introduction.

Examples of 9-12 month baby dietary pattern:

On waking: Freshly squeezed orange juice (dilute)
Unsweetened blackcurrant juice (dilute)
Rosehip juice or tea
Breakfast: Piece of fresh fruit
Day 1: millet porridge
Day 2: oat porridge
Day 3: baby rice
Day 4: stewed fruit
Use dilute sesame/nut/soy milk with cereals
Whole grain bread crisped in oven if liked with nut butter (not peanut) and honey, marmite, flaky yeast (change grains e.g.rye, whole wheat, corn and barley) Herb tea as desired
Mid-Morning: Diluted fruit or vegetable juice, clear soup or broth vegetable or chicken, defatted if necessary.
Lunch: Sieved steamed carrot or swede and parsnip or green vegetable with:
Day 1: baked potato in skin (flesh only)
Day 2: lightly boiled, scrambled, egg
Day 3: lentil savoury
Day 5: wholegrain bread as for breakfast OR yam or kumara
Fruits e.g. peeled and stoned grapes
Mashed, sieved prunes
Baked apple
Mashed banana with little goats milk yoghurt
Mid-afternoon: As for morning If hungry, piece of apple (watch) or tie in clean muslin OR hard baked rye bread
Evening: Vegetable soup or juice OR diluted fruit juice Brown rice, well cooked and finely ground nuts and seeds with vegetable selection Free-range chicken Fish, flaked and de-boned liver or kidney Little grated cheese with finely grated carrot, chopped raw tomato (if season), or finely shredded lettuce, cooked cauliflower or broccoli Fruit OR egg custard OR yoghurt if liked.