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Chiropractic helps the immune system!

2015 August 27
by camillaellis

The first chiropractic adjustment was given to someone because they lost their hearing.  DD Palmer administered that adjustment to the janitor, after the adjustment his hearing came back.  This is his testimony:

“I was deaf 17 years and I expected to always remain so, for I had doctored a great deal without any benefit. I had long ago made up my mind to not take any more ear treatments, for it did me no good.  Last January Dr. Palmer told me that my deafness came from an injury in my spine. This was new to me; but it is a fact that my back was injured at the time I went deaf. Dr. Palmer treated me on the spine; in two treatments I could hear quite well. That was eight months ago. My hearing remains good.”

                    - HARVEY LILLARD, 320 W. Eleventh St., Davenport, Iowa

Harvey Lillard’s testimony appears in the The Chiropractor, January 1897. A copy of this original testimony can be viewed in the Special Collections and Archives.

DD Palmer believed chiropractic restores health and healing in a drug-less fashion by manipulating the spine and affecting the nervous system.  Chiropractors have long felt that the nervous system has connections to the endocrine system and to the immune system, so therefore by affecting the nervous system you can have an effect on the endocrine and immune system.

Ronald Pero in 1975 conducted a research to prove just that.  Pero’s team measured 107 individuals that have received long-term chiropractic care.  They found when comparing chiropractic patients with non-chiropractic patients, that the chiropractic patients have a 200% greater immune competence and a 400% greater immune competence than people with cancer or serious diseases.  Pero found no variance between the differences in age groups.  They tested this because they were fascinated by the relationship between cancer-inducing agents and the endocrine system, he concluded that because the endocrine system is controlled by the nervous system, that the nervous system might have an influence on the susceptibility to cancer.  Pero had found various articles relating spinal cord injuries to a high rate of lymphomas and lymphatic leukaemia’s; therefore chiropractic can be a means to reduce the risk of getting cancer and other immune breakdowns and disease.

Pero concluded, ‘Chiropractic may optimise whatever genetic abilities you have so that you can fully resist serious disease…I have never seen a group other than this show a 200% increase over normal patients.’

Moral to these stories, get yourself adjusted if you want to have a healthy functioning body.




Want to be a champion like Wimbledon winner, Novak Djokovic? See how gluten could effect you too!

2015 July 16
by camillaellis


The highest incidence of health issues that I commonly see in my clinic are issues relating to IBS (irritable bowel disease).  If clients are having IBS symptoms then one of the most important aspects to get checked is gluten intolerance.  However, even if this test comes up negative it still doesn’t mean they are okay to have gluten in their diet.  There is also gluten sensitivity which is often getting over looked, the difference between an intolerance and a sensitivity is, an intolerance means that you have an allergic response to gluten that you form a histamine reaction, however a sensitivity is when you don’t have such a strong response but that the body has trouble metabolising it.


Recently the Wimbledon winner, Novak Djokovic, has been experiencing just that.  He discovered through a system called kinesiology, which is what I use in my clinic, that he was sensitive to gluten.  You can read the article “Wimbledon Winner Novak Djokovic’s Diet Secret for Success”.  He discovered that when he stopped eating gluten containing foods that he had more energy and the stiffness in his body disappeared.


Gluten sensitivity is a lot more common than doctors are realising, if you are not intolerance to gluten then get checked for sensitivity because that can still be an issue.  You can see a Kinesiologist for that, a lot of chiropractors practice Applied Kinesiology, or you can get an ELISA test done, which tests for specific antibodies within the body that are reacting to the antigen present from the food group.  Or you can do an Array 3 test from Cyrex Laboratories, this test is different because it measures a greater array of antibodies that occur due to gluten, such as gliadin and transglutaminase-2, and also transglutaminase-3 and 6.  Most doctors only screen for alpha gliadin or transglutaminase-2, which are the common antibodies in celiac disease caused by gluten intolerance, however you could be okay with those antibodies but not the other ones and be declared that you are not celiac, but in fact you are sensitive to gluten.


The danger of not getting this recognized is that someone who is sensitive (not reacting to transglutaminase-2, which is expressed in the gut) may not have classic celiac disease symptoms but they could have skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis, or it could manifest as depression, peripheral neuropathy, or ADHD. (1, 2)


If this person doesn’t realize they are gluten sensitive then they could keep eating the gluten containing foods and be at risk for more serious diseases later in life, such as multiple sclerosis, ataxia, diabetes, and ALS.(3, 4, 5, 6)


To check to see if you have classic signs and symptoms of celiac disease or gluten intolerance or sensitivity do the “Gluten intolerance test” here.


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Are environmentally friendly cleaning products as healthy as you think?

2015 June 18
by camillaellis

When it comes to choosing the right products we put faith into the environmentally friendly companies and assume that all their products are safe – NOT SO!

The ewg, which stands for ‘The Environmental Working Group’ can be found here  They are a group determined to for people to have healthier lives and a healthier envieonment by screening the products being sold.  They rate products from A to F, A being the healthiest and F being the most dangerous as far as cancerous and damaging the environment.  Looking at their conclusions on the products I myself have been surprised, below I have listed the good choice for the common cleaning products that are used.


To summarise ecover have come out the best with their only lowest score a C and on only 2 products.  Method have come out the worst with scores as low as F and only 3 best products with a B, they had no A products.  Earth friendly had 13 ok products but with 17 products ranging from C-F.


Rinse Aid A Daily shower spray, ylang ylang B
Dishwasher powder B Wood for good daily clean (not to confuse with wood for good surface cleaner B
Laundry powder B All-purpose surface cleaner, ginger yuzu B
Bathroom cleaner B
Glass and surface cleaner B EARTH FRIENDLY
Cream scrub A Earth enzyme drain opener B
Dsihwasher tablet B Floor cleaner B
Floor soap B Shower cleaner A
Laundry wash B Everyday satin and odor remover A
Fabric softener morning fresh B Concentrated carpet shampoo with bergamot and sage A
Non-Chlorine bleach powder A OXO brite non-chlorine bleach A
Limescale remover B Wave auto dishwasher gel organic lavender A
Washing liquid, delicate wash B Stone countertop cleaner, natural parsley B
Dishwashing liquid, chamomile and marigold B Toilet cleaner, natural cedar scent A
Dishwashing liquid grapefruit and green tea B Wave auto dishwasher gel, free and clear A
Toilet bowl cleaner B Uni-fresh air freshener, cinnamon scent B
Dishwashing liquid, lemon and aloe vera B Parsley plus kitchen and bathroom cleaner B
All purpose cleaner B Orange plus all purpose everyday cleaner A
Limescale remover B Uni-fresh air freshener, vanilla scent A
Washing liquid, delicate wash B



To get more information on your health, get ‘The Body Objective”, you can get that here.


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What is the real issue around infertility?

2015 June 10
by camillaellis

There are several articles that come out frequently that point the finger and don’t look at the bigger picture, medicine is always focusing on the a cure ie IVF, rather than the cause, which is just not sustainable.  The article in the mail online, is one of these articles that points the finger “NHS chief warns women not to wait until 30 to have baby, you can read that article here,


Dear daily mail how irresponsible is this article, why doesn’t the NHS take responsibility for the real reason why so many women are infertile, there are loads of women who get pregnant in their late 30’s early 40’s, but of course instead of looking at the cause they and spending funding on IVF and then complaining about it.


Firstly we live in a modern society where you need 2 incomes to support a family gone are the days where you can have the luxury of the mother staying at home, women need to focus on their career or get left behind, therefore loads of women are needing to stabilise their career before taking time out and having children.  Secondly men are less reluctant to commit, loads of my friend were ready to have children but it took time for the men to finally commit which is a society issue.


Lastly, lets look at the real reason why the infertility rate has increased.


Estrogen mimicking chemicals – the ‘Journal of Applied Toxicology’1, 2, here and here, has raised concerns about the dangers of hormone-mimicking preservatives found in thousands of consumer products.  They found that these parabens were up to 1 million times higher than the normal estrogen levels that are found in breast tissue, and that Propylparaben are highest in the underarm area where deodorants are used and breast cancer more prevalent.  The article states that synthetic hormones may be preventing the activity of naturally produced hormones in children, this is of concern because 99.1% of the US populations children urine sample contains methylparaben.  You can read more in my article here.  Therefore, our children’s hormonal systems are already unbalanced even before they try.


The levels of concentration of the contraceptive pill in our water – the more women using the contraceptive pill and using HRTcausing an increase in estrogen in our water supply.  As they urinate the by products out it goes into our water supply which is way the fish are becoming feminised as stated by an article in the US. In a 2006 U.S. Geological Survey large numbers of small mouth bass in the Potomac River were found to be abnormally inter-sexed. That is, the same fish displayed both male and female sexual characteristics from the hormones floating in your water system3.  Also in a 2007 study out of Canada they found that male fish were being feminized by the traces of birth control pills that made their way into lakes and streams4.  Our water gets re-used 7 times but those products aren’t taken out of our water and then we drink the water causing an increase in estrogen in your body.  In England and Wales there was a study that displayed a doubling in the frequency of undescended testis in 1962-81.5  Another study found that the age of puberty in young girls keeps dropping year by year.6 the average age use to be 15 years now its 7-8 years, with more and more girls showing signs of puberty as early as age three!! 7


Fluoride toxicity can occur causing an increase in infertility and decreased sperm count, this research8 here.


Mercury toxicity can occur with consumption of fish, which increases your mercury levels in your blood, a research by the BJOG9 states “higher blood mercury concentration is associated with males and female infertility, higher seafood consumption is associated with elevated blood mercury concentrations in our infertile populations”. You can read that article here.


Cadmium toxicity can cause male infertility, as a research10 states “ Results of the study for the first time implicate cadmium as a cause of infertility in male Nigerians as well as extend and support previous findings concerning cadmium toxicity and male infertility”.  You can read that article here.  Another research11 states that “High blood cadmium levels may have an effect on spermatogenesis” (sperm production), you can read that article here.


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  1. Measurement of paraben concentrations in human breast tissue at serial locations across the breast from axilla to sternum. J Appl Toxicol. 2012 Mar ;32(3):219-32. Epub 2012 Jan 12.
  2. Parabens detection in different zones of the human breast: consideration of source and implications of findings. J Appl Toxicol. 2012 May ;32(5):305-9. Epub 2012 Mar 7.PMID:
  3. “Summary of U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Information Related to the Intersex Characteristics of Fish in the Potomac Watershed.” USGS. 4 Oct 2006.
  4. John Roach. “Sex-Changing Chemicals Can Wipe Out Fish, Study Shows.” National Geographic News. May 21, 2007. (Accessed 22 Jan 2007.)
  5. Clair Chilvers , D. Forman , M.C. Pike , K. Fogelman , M.E.J. Wadsworth. “Apparent Doubling of Frequency of Undescended Testis in England and Wales in 1962-81.” I, Volume 324, Issue 8398, Pages 330 – 332, 11 August 1984
  6. Frank M. Biro, Maida P. Galvez, Louise C. Greenspan, Paul A. Succop, et al. “Pubertal Assessment Method and Baseline Characteristics in a Mixed Longitudinal Study of Girls.” Pediatrics Vol. 126 No. 3September 1, 2010pp. e583 -e590.
  7. Grete Teilmann, Carsten B. Pedersen, Tina Kold Jensen, et al. “Prevalence and Incidence of Precocious Pubertal Development in Denmark: An Epidemiologic Study Based on National Registries.” PEDIATRICS Vol. 116 No. 6 December 1, 2005 pp. 1323 -1328.
  8. S C Freni et al. “Exposure to high fluoride concentrations in drinking water is associated with decreased birth rates”. J Toxicol Environ Health. 1994 May ;42(1):109-21. PMID: 8169995.
  9. Choy et al. “Infertility, blood mercury concentrations and dietary seafood consumption: a case-control study”, BJOG, vol. 109, issue 10 pages 1121-1125, Oct 2002.
  10. O. Akinloyel et al. “Cadmium toxicity : a possible cause of male infertility inNigeria”, Reproductive Biology, Vol. 6, No.1, 2006.
  11. S.E. Chia et al. “Blood Concentrations of Lead, Cadmium, Mercury, Zinc, and Copper and Human Semen Parameters”, Systems biology in reproductive medicine, Vol. 29, No.2, Pages 177-183, 1992.





How to do healthy cooking?

2015 May 20
by camillaellis

Quite often when I tell clients to change their diet and make it healthy they get stumped, ‘how do I do that’?  Normally I get them to write down what they would typically eat and then change it for a healthy option.  Sometimes it’s about changing the ingredients that then makes it healthy.  You will all know by now I’m not a fan of wheat, dairy and sugar, so here is an example of how I have substituted ingredients to make it healthy.


Healthy pancakes


110g of spelt flour

Pinch of Himalayan salt

2 eggs

200ml of coconut milk

Coconut oil



Sieve the flour in bowl add a pinch of salt, make a hole in the middle of the flour, crack open the eggs into the hole and beat the eggs (do not mix it in the flour yet), add the milk and mix well.  Heat half a tablespoon of oil in the pan over low heat, once hot use a soup spatula the spoon in some of the pancake mixture, wait until the pancake has cooked for a couple of minutes or more and can be easily turned.  Keep going to all the mixture is cooked.


You can then sprinkle with coconut sugar and lemon or put a sugarless jam on the pancake.


Blueberry quinoa slice


2 cups (200g) quinoa flakes

1/2 cup (70g) fine brown rice flour

1/2 cup (45g) shredded coconut

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon gluten-free baking powder

A good pinch fine sea salt

1/3 cup (80ml) virgin coconut oil

1/2 – 2/3 cup (125ml-160ml) runny honey

3 large free-range eggs

The finely grated zest of 1 lemon

1 cup (125g) blueberries, fresh or locally grown frozen ones



Preheat oven to 160C/ 320F. Grease or line a 28 x 18cm slice tin with baking paper, extending up and over the sides by a centimeter or two.  Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl, mixing well to combine.  Heat coconut oil and honey in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring until melted.  Pour into dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Add eggs and zest and mix well.  Fold through blueberries at the last second then transfer mixture to the slice tin, pressing down with the back of a spoon to even it out.  Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden around the edges and firm to the touch in the centre. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool before slicing.

Will store airtight for 2-3 days, or in the fridge for longer.


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Is organic everything its made out to be?

2015 May 13
by camillaellis



When it comes to buying food that has the right nutrition for you and your family, how important is it to be organic?  I get asked this question a lot and recently I researched just how much nutritional value is there in organic food when compared to non-organic food and the results will surprise you!  Before we get to there, what is organic farming and what constitutes a food product being called organic?  Here are the guidelines from the soil association who inspect the farms and certify them, giving them organic classification and the symbol:


So if you are buying organic food you need to look for the symbol shown which means it has been certified.  In organic farming there are some conditions:

  • No artificial chemical fertilizers are allowed – farmers rotate the stock and crops to allow the soil to become fertile and add organic matter such as compost or manure and using clover for the nitrogen.
  • Pesticides are restricted – farmers use nutrient rich soil for the crops to be robust and encourage wildlife to do their job in controlling pests
  • Animals are free-ranged
  • Rotating the crops and stocks breaks the cycles of pests and disease and builds fertility in the soil
  • Drugs, antibiotics and wormers are banned as a routine and will use preventative measures
  • Genetically modified (GM) crops and ingredients are banned.


If you are buying already put together organic food, in order for them to be labeled organic at least 95% of the ingredients have to come from organically produced plants and animals and must be certified by the soil association certification.


Here is the chart on the difference between organic and non-organic.


Yes I do advise that eating organic is the most important thing you can do for your health.  You could be having a ‘healthy’ diet by eating your vegetables and fruits but if they are filled with pesticides and toxins or are GMO then you are poisoning your body, you will also be missing out on all the important vitamins and minerals that your body needs for good heath.


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  2. Organic chart – research by Firman E Bear at Rutgers University in the Natural Gardeners Catalog (1995).



This diet change can prevent Cancer!

2015 April 21
by camillaellis

What you eat and put in your mouth can have the greatest effect on your health!  There are acidic foods and then there are alkaline foods and its important to be a balance between the two, you can’t be too acidic and you can’t be too alkaline.  With today’s western diet the majority of us are too acidic and it is down to your diet.  When a food is too acidic it is the ash it leaves behind once it goes through the metabolic process, therefore lemons and tomatoes and NOT known as an acidic food because the ash it leaves is an alkaline one.  Chronic acidity removes oxygen from the blood, increases the rate of aging and lowers your immunity.

The other types of symptoms you can get from being too acidic are:

  • Heartburn
  • Acid-reflux
  • Kidney stone formation
  • Muscle loss
  • Back pain
  • Gout
  • Joint diseases
  • Chronic degeneration
  • Cancer
  • Tired
  • Headache
  • Fuzzy head


In this fast pace society you are combating constant low-grade stress which can cause your body to be acidic.  However, food is the major culprit, here is a list of the alkaline forming foods (the ones we should eat) and the acidic forming foods (the ones we shouldn’t eat):


Alkaline forming foods

Acid forming foods

Alkaline vegetables:AsparagusArtichokes







Lambs lettuce



Red cabbage







Green beans




Grasses (wheat, straw, barley etc)




Brussels Sprouts











‘Green drinks’

Fresh Vegetable Juice

Lemon Water

Herbal Tea

Vegetable broth

Almond Milk


Seeds, Nuts, Grains:









Cumin Seeds

Any spouted seeds






Other seafood (apart from occasional oily fish such as salmon)



Vinegar White Pasta

White Bread

Wholemeal Bread


Soy Sauce


Condiments (Tomato Sauce, Mayonnaise etc.)

Artificial Sweeteners



Convenience Foods:



Microwave Meals

Tinned foods

Powdered Soups

Instant Meals

Fast Food

Dairy Products:MilkEggs




Ice cream



Fizzy Drinks





Fruit juice

Dairy smoothies


Traditional tea


Fats & Oils:

Saturated Fats

Hydrogenated Oils

Margarine (worst than butter)

Corn Oil

Vegetable Oil

Sunflower Oil



If your diet consists of 80% alkaline forming foods and 20% acidic forming foods then you can restore the balance, to maintain a good balance it should be 60%/40% respectively.


To make yourself alkaline try having a teaspoon of bicarb soda mixed with a teaspoon of citric acid.


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Do you Have fluoride toxicity? And how you can detoxify yourself of it!

2015 April 16
by camillaellis

Recently I had discovered that I had fluoride toxicity! Three years ago when I was pregnant with my son I had need of a very small filling, in fact it was so small at the side of my molar that I didn’t even need any local anesthetic.  This dentist knew my request for no fluoride in fact I didn’t even know that they put fluoride in the white fillings.  After the filling was done he then told me that he had to put a little of the fluoride in to stop the decay.  Well I was speechless, here I was 6 months pregnant, I had done everything to not have any toxins in my body, from eating only organic, using only organic body products, not using any plastics for my food, no aluminum, having a plumbed in water filter system that filtered all the water entering into the house, EVRYTHING! I had thought well its done I cant reverse it! What I didn’t know was that this filling slowly leaked fluoride into the body over time; it was another dentist that had informed me of that.


Why was I so devastated that I couldn’t sleep, especially when I was pregnant with our son?

A Harvard University funded by NIH (National Institutes of Health) (1) found that children who live in highly fluoridated areas have ‘significantly lower’ IQ scores than those in lower fluoridated areas.


A report from the US National Research Council (NRC 2006) (2) stated, “Fluoride may cause neurotoxicity in laboratory animals, including effects on learning and memory…” They state though their meta-analysis of 27 studies that high fluoride has an effect on children’s intelligence, that fluoride may be a developmental neurotoxicant and effects brain development.


Dentists and medical people still refuse to believe that there is a link between the 2 when cognitive decline in adults is on the increase and behavioural issues in children are too (ADD, ADHD, depression and learning disabilities) (3), when there are 23 human studies and 100 animal studies linking fluoride to brain damage, such as:


  • Reduction in nicoltinic acetylcholine receptors
  • Damage to your hippocampus
  • Formation of beta-amyloid plagues (Alzheimer’s disease)
  • Reduction in lipid content
  • Damage to purlinje cells
  • Exacerbation of lesions induced by iodine deficiency
  • Impaired antioxidant defense systems
  • Increased uptake of aluminum
  • Accumulation of fluoride in your pineal gland


Fluoride builds in the body over time to cause diseases, Lita Lee Ph.D. (4) writes in her book “Fluoride – A Modern Toxic Waste”, fluoride effects the body by:


  • Aging (collagen damage)
  • Skin rashes and acne
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Osteoporosis

Suppresses the immune system by inhibiting movement of white blood cells by 70%


Other studies have shown fluoride toxicity causes (5,6,7,8):


  • Increased lead absorption
  • Hyperactivity or lethargy
  • Muscle disorders
  • Thyroid disease
  • Arthritis
  • Dementia
  • Bone fractures
  • Bone cancer
  • Inactivates 62 enzymes and inhibits more than 100
  • Inhibited formation of antibodies
  • Genetic damage and cell death
  • Increased tumor and cancer rate
  • Damaged sperm and increased infertility
  • Calcifies the pineal gland
  • Hardens the arteries



Even as far back as 1937 Dr. Dean Burk in an interview states that fluoridation of water equates to “public murder”


It’s not only in your water that you can be exposed to fluoride, it can also be found in:


  • Prescription drugs like Prozac
  • Swimming pools
  • Hot tubs
  • Conventional produce like lettuce
  • Commercial bread and bakery products
  • Beverages that are made with municipal water such as tea
  • Dental work and toothpaste
  • Teflon coated pots leak it into your food


Steps to detoxify your body from fluoride:


Minimize your exposure by:

  • Get plumbed in water filter system so that not only do you drink filtered water but you also bath in it
  • Change your toothpaste to an organic no fluoride toothpaste
  • Don’t let your dentist use fluoride in anything including fillings
  • Minimise your beverage intake such as tea, beer and wine when not at home
  • Don’t use Teflon coated pots, saucepans and frying pans
  • Eat homemade bread and bakery products


Detoxify your body from fluoride with iodine!


To get rid of fluoride out of the body you have to deal with it different to chelating with heavy metals, as fluoride isn’t a heavy metal it’s a halide in the same family as bromine and chlorine and perchlorate (9) (made from oxygen and chlorine), which all bind to iodine receptors in the body and displace iodine.  Loading the body with iodine displaces fluoride from the cell receptors and flushes it out in the urine (10).


The best source of iodine is seaweed such as wakame, nori, kombu (kelp), arame, and dulse.  One teaspoon of dulse has 750mcg of iodine the RDI is 150mcg.  Other good sources are:

  • Seafood (salmon, lobster, scallops, cod and shrimp)
  • Cranberries
  • Yogurt
  • Potatoes
  • Strawberries
  • Navy beans


When you detoxify you may get symptoms such as:

  • Headaches
  • Agitation
  • Palpitations


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  1. Choi AL, Sun G, Zhang Y, Grandjean P, 2012 Developmental Fluoride Neurotoxicity: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Environ Health Perspect doi:10
  2. National Research Council (NRC) 2006, Fluoride in Drinking Water: A Scientific Review of EPA’s Standards
  4. Lita Lee, Ph.D. Fluoride—A Modern Toxic Waste (PDF) March 7, 2005
  6. – _edn3



Are you suffering this season? Find out how naturally to deal with Hay fever!

2014 May 1
by camillaellis

Hay fever is an allergic inflammatory condition, which affects the mucous membranes of the nose, throat, palate, sinuses and eyes. Grass and plant pollens in the air, which can be exacerbated by dusts, chemicals and other atmospheric pollutants, mainly cause hay fever. Sneezing and blocked or runny nose, itching of the eyes, palate and throat and a general feeling of congestion in the head are common symptoms. There may also be a feeling of tightness and wheezing in the chest.  Hay fever is on the increase, 20 years ago only 10% of the population was effected in the UK but now it has increased to 15-20%.

Some people have inherited the condition, which can be made worse by stress; therefore reducing your stress can help relieve the condition. Hay fever is caused the body’s natural defence mechanism over reacting to the grass and pollen.  This pollen is deposited on the mast cells and reacts with immunoglobulin E (IgE) that cause the mast cells to burst and release histamine, causing the body to inflame.  There are natural ways to deal with hay fever and it is always best to start before the season hits to prevent your body to react to the pollen.

Histamine is in the food that you eat that can cause allergic reactions such as hay fever to become worse.  Histamine is a biogenic amine, which is made by the human body and by bacterial degradation from the amino acid histamine. Therefore many ripened foods like cheese, wine, beer, sauerkraut, smoked meats etc may have very high amounts of histamine and the amount of histamine actually is an indicator of the quality of the production process.

Very large amounts of histamine may be a sign of decay. For example, fresh or immediately frozen fish hardly contains any histamine. On the other hand, older or stale fish, which has been bacterially contaminated or just stored too long, may contain extremely high amounts of histamine. Fresh cheese or cottage cheese, which has only ripened for a few days also, has remarkably less histamine than older types of cheese.


Also, slightly contaminated yeast cultures (like those being used in the production of beer and wine) favour the production of histamine.  All this explains the huge variances in the histamine content of various foods.


In our body, any excess of histamine- from the bodies own production or by an increased content of histamine in foods- normally rapidly metabolized by the enzyme diaminoxidase (DAO). When this enzyme is deficient, a great variety of intolerance reactions may occur, depending upon the amount of histamine present.  These reactions include headaches, hot flashes, urticaria, stuffy nose, vertigo, asthma and most commonly, a great variety of symptoms in the digestive tract.


Very sensitive persons may experience symptoms from extremely small amounts of histamine. In addition, alcohol and certain drugs may block DAO and thereby worsen the symptoms.  Histamine is resistant to cold and heat and therefore cannot be destroyed by cooking (including microwave), baking, grilling or deep freezing.


Histamine sensitive patients should therefore consider:


Sausages and ham: all smoked animal products are high in histamine and should be avoided.


Fish: Deep frozen fish is usually well tolerated; tinned fish or fish which has only been cooled (not frozen) may be dangerous! Seafood may contain extremely high amounts of histamine depending upon how fresh they are.


Cheese: Fresh cheeses like cottage cheese; quark etc should be well tolerated. Also small amounts of soft cheese should not cause problems.


Alcohol: May cause problems for most histamine sensitive persons as most types not only contain large amounts of histamine but because alcohol also blocks the DAO.

Sparkling wine has the highest contents of histamine, beer the lowest and is therefore usually tolerated in small amounts by most histamine sensitive patients. Industrially produced wines like those from Australia, USA and South Africa are often showing lower histamine levels than traditionally produced or homemade types of wine.


The histamine content of various wines and sparkling wines differs so greatly however, that we recommend avoiding these types of alcohol as much as possible or sticking to those types which have been well tolerated before. The histamine content is also dependent upon vintage and vineyard.


Chocolate: Contains substances similar to histamine which may also trigger headaches and migraines and should therefore be avoided or greatly reduced.


Certain foods that contain histamine-producing chemicals can cause you to react to the pollen even more; here is a list of the foods that you should avoid.


Negative                                                      Positive

                                                                                          High in histamine                                    Low in histamine                 

Meat Smoked meat, salami, ham, stale meat, venison Fresh meat

Cooled meat

Frozen meat

Fish Herring, sardines, tuna, mackerel, anchovy Fresh fish

Fresh seafood

Deep frozen cod, Pollack, place, sea pike

Fruit Bananas, red plums, pears, oranges, kiwifruit, strawberries Fresh cherries, fresh blueberries, fresh lemons, fresh apricots, fresh blackcurrants, fresh apples
Vegetables Sauerkraut, tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, spinach, avocado, aubergine Green salad, rapunzel, pumpkin, different types of cabbages, various types of beans, radish, onion, red beet, porree, paprika, carrots
Milk products Cheddar cheese, Swiss cheeses, Camembert, Gouda, aged cheeses, Parmesan Butter, sour cream butter, milk, fresh cheese, kefir, quark, buttermilk, quark cheese, yoghurt, sour milk cheese
Drinks Red wine, liqueurs, beer, champagne, sparkling wine


Black Tea


Spirits, dry white wine


All non citrus fruit juices, all vegetable juices (except sauerkraut)

Coffee, malt coffee, herbal tea

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3 Herbs That May Help Improve Stress

2014 February 25
by camillaellis

Herbal remedies for stress have existed throughout history, only relatively recently having been replaced by the generic, mass-marketed pharmaceuticals that are more familiar to us today. The appeal of a return to natural rather than chemically engineered medicine and a wish to minimize side effects has rekindled public interest in herbal remedies for stress and anxiety, including the three listed below: namely, kava, passionflower, and St. John’s wort.


Kava is an herbal supplement derived from the root of the kava plant, Piper methysticum. Kava roots contain the active ingredient kavalactone, which is reported to have sedative properties that, unlike many commercial anti-anxiety drugs, do not disrupt mental clarity. It has traditionally been used by Pacific Ocean cultures including those of Polynesia and Hawaii.

Kava should be taken in relatively small doses (250 mg of kavalactones per dose). In addition, while distilled Kava in liquid form often contains alcohol and can therefore be damaging to the liver, powdered Kava in the form of pills seems to mitigate the liver toxicity problem.

Passion Flower

Passion flower or Passiflora is an herb originally used by Indigenous Americans to relieve anxiety. The active ingredient in this supplement is a flavone called chrysin. Studies suggest that chrysin acts as a relaxant and sleep aid to a degree comparable to that of the commercial anti-anxiety medicine Xanax, while producing less drowsiness.

This supplement can be brewed into a soothing tea. One tablespoon of the herb should be allowed to steep for 10 minutes in a cup of hot water. The tea is best drunk in the evening or at night before bed to encourage more restful sleep.

St. John’s Wort

St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum) was perhaps first used by the Greeks and the Romans to relieve “melancholy” or “troubled spirits,” among a great many other mental and physical ailments. Christians later found religious symbolism in the flower’s appearance and suspected it could be used to ward off the “demons” thought to be responsible for mental disorders. Fortunately for the Greeks, Romans and later Christians, the herb happens to contains the active ingredient Hyperforin, which studies have suggested can function as a GABA reuptake inhibitor similar to various commercial anti-anxiety treatments.

The recommended dosage of St. John’s Wort is 300 mg at a time, up to 3 times daily. Because the active ingredient in St. John’s Wort can interact negatively with various commercial medicines, it is best to consult with your doctor before beginning treatment with it.

Tips on Taking Herbal Supplements for Anxiety

When taking herbal supplements as treatment for anxiety is important to remember not to mix medications, herbal supplements included. Though natural, herbal remedies have active constituents that can have very real effects on the brain and body and should not be allowed to interact with one another without the supervision of a medical health professional.

Though most doctors are more familiar with and will therefore recommend commercial drugs as alternatives to natural medicines, naturopaths and doctors who specialize in herbal medicines may be able to tell you more about which combinations are safe for your health, and which you should avoid.

About the Author: While Ryan Rivera does support modern medicine, herbal supplements often represent a safe and alternative solution to the anxiety medications that many people try to avoid. He writes about herbs, and other methods of overcoming stress and anxiety at