Archives for: March 2002, 04
Dear Heidi, please a wise advice for me on beans ( I am nearly 43 years old, A rh + secretor).
I am celiac so I should be 100% compliant on no wheat in Italy and you can imagin how easy it is ( pane pasta pizza) !
The main beans with a sensitive colon (a little too fast eliminating ) which should be ? I seem tolerate borlotti, broad, cannellini beans and red lentils without peel.
I eat two or three portions of fowl, four times fish and three times tofu every week and two glasses of organic soy milk or Yoghutkefir with Lithotamnium calcareum every day and plenty of fruit and veggies (till fifteen years ago I ate half veggies for my gut health, now I can tolerate better fiber), with a lot of allowed cereals (rice, corn, oat, amaranth and quinoa).
My sister 41 years old, A rh + , took antibiotics for a canalar tooth treatment quite late, has candida every time with antibiotics in these last years and she will have extracted at least three wisdom teeth in the next weeks and a lot of little fillings to prevent cavities on her damaged dental enamel. Common amalgam filling could worsen her candida fighting skill, already lowering, and Hg in it is toxic. However in Pubmed many physicians publish not encouraging data on alternatives to amalgam and on the enormous number of fillings ( more than 300) that are needed to reach danger levels with Hg.
They say in a paper that people bad reacting to amalgam are lower in Selenium. May this mineral ( together with Polyflora A ) be a good idea for my sister and perhaps for non secretors, as the easy candida and inflamation of my sister make me guess she is ?
I always find reading you a real and useful pleasure !
I give here three recipe to use veggies, for the people that don't like the alone.
Spinach, Asparagus or Red Chicory risotto; put the Spinach washed and ready to cook or frozen in a pan with some chopped onion or leek, a portion of veggie for espresso cup of starchy rice every person (I use Italin rice like Vialone nano, Arborio, Carnaroli) some oil or ghee, and your choice of broth or broth substitute three cup of liquid pro cup of rice and cook with light boil till the rice is done (15-20 minutes). Season with pepper, tamari, Parmesan or Romano and a little more ghee if you like and if it is ABO compliant.
A variant with a lot arugula thinly chopped poured in at the end instead of spinach, asparagus and red chicory. Thaks a lot from Maria Giovanna Fiorentino
Maria Giovanna, it's lovely to hear from you!
We have no rating for borlotti beans, but as to the rest you mentioned, lentils would be the most soothing to your system, as they form a light, soft mass in the digestive tract. Have you tried aduki, the Japanese small dark red bean? And using kombu (just a piece perhaps 12cm long) in the bottom of the pot when cooking beans makes digestion easier in most people. Kombu seaweed is another Japanese product, which can be found in Asian markets.
I wonder if the coral calcium in your Kefir may irritate your stomach at all? That would be one thing to experiment with. Also, could the daily soymilk intake may be reduced in favor of vegetable juices, fruit juice, green tea and water? Many type As find they benefit from reduced use of unfermented soy (such as the milk) -- perhaps you could limit it to one glass daily, or five per week? If you find it helps your digestion to reduce it, fine -- otherwise, it's OK to have that amount as far as the diet is concerned. And one serving daily of grain, two on two days in the week, is perfect for you.
Your diet looks great!
For your sister -- I would not rely on PubMed physicians if they advise using amalgam, because they can be very conservative in their profession, and I hope her dentist will use compatible materials other than amalgam. It makes no sense to me to add mercury into the body, especially when her immune system is already under challenge. As little as .5 gram of mercury could kill all the fish in a lake, yet the average person has 5 grams in their fillings.
A little extra selenium, and PolyFlora-A, would be great for her. Staying away from pharmaceutical antibiotics is one important thing she can do to enhance her entire health profile, and a holitic dentist is another.
And thank you for your quick risotto and greens recipe ~ it sounds terrific. As a note for those who have trouble finding the classic short-grain rice varieties you mentioned, I've found that other kinds of whole rice will also make respectable risotto (as long as we are not cooking for an Italian nonna! :->).
Bless you, and let me know how you and your sister do! :-D
Hi Heidi, Hope you are well.
I am a contact lens wearer who wears lenses for quite a long time every day.
The capillaries are quite swollen in my eyes & I was told by the optician to cut down on my wear.
I went from 11 hours a day to 3 hours a day but after two weeks the capillaries have still not gone down. They have now prescribed silicon lenses but these may not work either.
Is there anything else I can be doing to help this situation as I am an active sporty person & can't wear glasses during some activities. I am an O+ Sec. Thanks in anticipation. Best wishes Helen
Hi, Helen! Doing pretty well here ~ steeling myself for the summer's first blast of NYC heat this week. Name of the Game: exercise EARLY, or else it's INSIDE. :-}
I have several suggestions for you.
(1) Additional vitamin K in supplementary form, in addition to upping your daily intake of dark leaf greens.
Stoneroot (Collinsonia canadensis) in tincture or standardized extract capsule form, according to the package directions -- which may take up to a month to show effects, although I'd expect to see improvement in two weeks.
Gotu kola (Centella asiatica), horse chestnut (Equisetum arvense), and butchers broom (Ruscus aesculatus) -- either separately in tincture form (HerbPharm makes those) or in combination (the product alternately known as Celluvar or Varicel, made by PhytoPharmica, is a good example). In the UK you may not find those brands, but I'm sure you can find the single herb preparations. Have a peek at the Celluvar label, here for dosage tips.
Last, quercetin, 500mg twice daily. (And as an active woman, I hope you're including plenty of food-based Vitamin C in your daily schedule ~ solid rose hip extract or acerola cherry supp.)
The purpose of this herb/vitamin regimen is to tone up your blood thickness, strengthen the capillaries, and reduce inflammation.
As your condition improves, you can taper off the K supp and the herbs but maintain your greens intake and pop a quercetin now and again. By the way, a friend of mine uses Frequency Toric lenses by Cooper, which are "45% methafilcon, 55% water" -- 30-day disposable lenses, very light and soft.
Do stay in touch, I'd like to hear that your eyes are back to normal soon!