By Barbara Bourke (Nutritionist)

I guess cleansing is part of living if you want to live a healthier and more vibrant existence that is. Yes, you are right nobody loves cleansing – it is much more exciting to eat drink and do all the things which make us enjoy life so much more, but for how long. There comes a time when we have to balance the good with the bad. Elimination, detoxification, cleansing and purification are all words used for the process of removing toxins from our body. We have all heard the saying “You are what you eat”. However, we need to broaden this saying to:

“You are what you eat, you are what you assimilate, you are what you eliminate”

In a perfect world, eating a perfect diet and leading a perfect lifestyle, the need for detoxification and cleansing would probably not arise. Detoxification happens naturally in healthy bodies, but it can only occur when we stop and break the cycle of re-intoxication. Eating healthier foods including lots of fresh vegetables and some fruit, using less toxic products around the house and for personal hygiene, drinking cleaner water without chemicals and exercising in fresh air, will all help. However, we do not live in a perfect world and as hard as we might try to live a healthy life, cleansing our body once in a while is imperative.Our liver metabolizes and breaks down toxins, making them more water soluble for excretion. Toxins are carried by the blood stream and lymphatic system to the organs of elimination – the kidneys, the bowel, the lungs and the skin.  What if the liver and the organs of elimination are over-burdened with excess toxins? Our body knows best and in its infinite wisdom will store an excess of toxins where it can do the least harm. Where do we store toxins; mostly in our fat tissue. This is the reason why we sometimes can feel unwell when we lose weight. Fat released from the fat cell carry with them the stored toxins and both are dumped into the blood stream. Toxins stored in our body as well as the release from fat tissue can provoke symptoms like:    Headaches     Muscle aches and pain     Extra mucus production    A coated tongue    Flu-like symptoms     Irritability    Insomnia    Cravings     Nausea    Constipation and/or diarrhea    Flatulence     Loss of energy    TirednessToxins are produced within our body through the process of metabolism including chemicals and hormones as well as microorganisms likeviruses, bacteria, and fungus and their by-products. External toxins we receive from our environment, our diet and lifestyle.

What is the correct and healthy way to rid the body of excess waste products? There are certain rules which make detoxing more successful. The first course of action is the bowel. A clean bowel means less stress on the liver. If we do not clean the bowel first and move right on to a liver cleanse then part of the rubbish from our bowel will be reabsorbed back into the blood stream and back again to the liver. Often, after a bowel cleanse, the liver can take care of itself as the burden from re-pollution from the bowel has be lifted.

Best to start a liver cleanse with a flush and then continue for 3 to 5 days with the Psyllium Cleanse. This will rid the whole intestine of excess waste.

The Flush: Take a tablespoon of Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) or magnesium chloride in a large glass of water. Drink some more water afterwards. If you are constipated or overweight you may even take 2 tablespoons.  When using it for the first time make sure that it quickly comes out at the other end. To make it taste less bitter you may refrigerate the dissolved magnesium salts overnight. In the morning you crush a large clove of garlic or use grated ginger, mix and drink it with a small amount of water, and follow this with the refrigerated drink and some more water. Alternatively, you can take a strong laxative of your choice in the evening so you will have a good bowel movement in the morning. Take a probiotic and/or fresh raw garlic/ginger about ½ before food. If needed you can do this for two nights in a row. If you dislike garlic you may put the crushed or chopped garlic into gelatine capsules.

The Psyllium Cleanse: Psyllium is excellent and most recommended for long-term use. Psyllium is especially effective for removing endotoxins from the intestines and reducing allergic and autoimmune reactions.

Do this Intestinal Sanitation for a minimum of 3 to 5 days but best for two weeks before starting with the systemic therapy to reduce the intestinal load of microbes and toxins, and continue taking psyllium and sodium bicarbonate until you feel well again.   The Psyllium Cleanse is recommended to thoroughly clean out the intestines and with it biofilms sticking to the bowel walls.

For 3 to 5 days drink only fresh vegetable juice, predominantly of celery and green leaves. Drink it spaced out and very slowly. Add sufficient pure water to drink about 2 litres of diluted juice daily. Instead of using juice you may puree a handful of fresh leaves at high speed in a blender and drink without straining. If that is not possible you may eat, spaced out, some green or tart apples or some raw salad vegetables.

Every 3 hours, or 5 times daily, take a teaspoon of psyllium with a microbicide and sodium bicarbonate. Dissolve half a teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate in a large glass of water, add the microbicide, and finally a teaspoon of psyllium hulls. Stir and drink immediately, followed by some more water. Add to each glass of the psyllium/sodium bicarbonate drink either one of the following microbicides:  Either 4 to 5 drops of Lugols solution or 20 ml of the concentrated borax solution, or chopped garlic or grated ginger, or ½ teaspoon of 3 or 6% hydrogen peroxide or ¼ teaspoon of Olive leaf extract powder. If you encounter strong detox symptoms and if they are too severe then stop for a day and start on a lower dosage again.

After the flush and psylium cleanse it might be advisable to do a systemic cleanse as described in Walter Last’s article the ‘Ultimate Cleanse’ http://www.health-science-spirit.com/ultimatecleanse.html

If you have done some cleansing in the past and have been on some kind of antimicrobial cleanse consider a liver cleanse now. If there are no serious health problems or symptoms it can be done alongside a systemic cleanse as well. However, you might just feel that your liver could do with a bit of a spring clean and support then start now. But be careful and if detox symptoms are too strong then slow down and always start on the lowest dose of your liver cleanse product and increase slowly. Read about the healing crisis another great article by Walter Last. http://www.health-science-spirit.com/healingcrisis.html

The diet during a liver cleanse should be of high nutrients dense fresh foods. Fruit – one or two pieces a day, no sugar and minimise your carbohydrates. (no refined carbohydrates)  Fresh raw or steamed vegetables, legumes (soaked and cooked or sprouted), a little lean protein like fish, chicken or a little red meat or some pea or isolated protein powder for a shake. Include all kinds of green vegetables and leafy vegetables and greens like our Gorgeous Greens. Drink plenty of good fresh water, at least 30 ml for each kg of bodyweight is recommended. This will help the kidneys release more toxins to be eliminated with the urine. Reduce stress as much as possible and introduce a light exercise program. Walking is great as it will help with lymphatic flow and detoxification. Make sure you get enough rest and sleep. The liver is most active in rebuilding the body during the night Therefore, try to get enough sleep.

Below is a short explanation why we should look after our liver and give it all the help it needs to perform the important tasks of keeping us healthy.

The liver’s detoxification mechanism includes:

  • Filtration of the blood
  • Formation of bile Phase
  • 1 detoxification reactions Phase
  • 2 detoxification reactions

Filtration of the blood: Almost 2 litres of blood passes through the liver every minute. When the liver is functioning properly it can detoxify about 90 % of bacteria and other toxins found in the blood. If the detoxification process is not optimal those toxins and bacteria etc will be allowed back into the general circulation.

Formation of bile: Each day the liver manufactures about 1 litre of bile. Bile released from the gallbladder can absorb toxic substances to be eliminated through the digestive system.

Phase 1 detoxification process: This process occurs in the liver itself. As the “unclean” blood enters the first lobe of the liver an enzyme system called “cytochrome P450 (a combination of about 50 different enzymes) activates and begins a step by step breakdown of toxins. This system either neutralizes, making it water soluble, and so rendering toxins less harmful, or it breaks them down into an intermediate form.

A shortage or slow action of the P450 enzymes causes a buildup of dangerous toxins within the liver, thus lessening the livers detoxification ability. The activity of the cytochrome P450 system can also be influenced by genetics. The more efficient this system works the faster the liver can break down toxins with less harm to the individual. Making the phase 1 system working efficiently is only useful if the phase 2 system is also working well. If this is not the case and the phase 2 system fails to further breakdown those toxins and eliminate them, accumulation in the second lobe of the liver will result.

Phase 2 detoxification process: This process involves what is called the “conjugation process”. Enzymes in the liver attach small chemicals to the toxins. There are essentially six phase 2 detoxification pathways, depending on which toxins need to be neutralized: glutathione conjugation, amino acid conjugation, methylation, sulfation, sulfoxidation, acetylation and glucuronidation. These reactions are protective steps, turning them into less harmful compounds and easier to be excrete through the urine or bile.

A spring clean can be done anytime so don’t wait – start it now – and your whole body, not just your liver will benefit. A healthy strong body is able to resist the many onslaughts of our modern lifestyle much better.


by Walter Last

I have just updated Overcoming Arthritis for a new 2014 edition. The following is a summary of my Holistic Arthritis Program. If you want to order the print version from Overcoming Arthritis  ( www.the-heal-yourself-series.com/OvercomingArthritis.html ) then wait a few weeks after receiving this newsletter before ordering, but the e-book version should be available sooner.

The causes and solutions outlined so far show us what to do to overcome arthritis and rheumatic diseases. While different forms of these diseases may require a different emphasis, they also have many factors in common. The most effective way is in each case to get the basics right, and then use additional remedies or therapies to overcome any remaining problems. A holistic program is based on the following steps:

  • A healthy diet of mainly fresh raw food
  • Suitable supplements and remedies
  • Raw-food cleansing periods
  • Intestinal sanitation
  • Systemic anti-microbial therapy
  • Additional therapies as required

Healthy Diet

The key points of a healthy arthritis diet are

  • Easily digestible raw food, possibly using high-speed blender
  •  Frequent small meals or snacking and thorough chewing
  • Food low in allergy, fat, flour products, processed food and sugar
  • Avoid frying, GM food, synthetic flavours and colours, microwave

Follow the diet instructions in Chapter 8, also see Chapter 2 in www.the-heal-yourself-series.com/TowardsRadiantHealth.html or www.health-science-spirit.com/HF2-2.html.

Supplements and Remedies during meals and snacks. Also use 5,000 IU of vitamin D3 and a natural form of vitamin E. Gradually increase sodium ascorbate or buffered vitamin C and MSM up to 10g spaced out during the day as detailed in Chapter 4.

Minerals that have been found to help are magnesium, 100 – 200mcg of selenium, iodine from a drop or two of Lugol’s solution, and also chromium and molybdenum. However, the main mineral is boron, commonly from borax. The minimum therapeutic dose of boron is 9mg which is also a good maintenance dose. Initially it is advisable to use much higher amounts, especially as borax is also an excellent fungicide. Use copper as explained in Chapter 9.

Try glucosamine, half a teaspoon or more before or with each meal, best as N-acetyl glucosamine, possibly also chondroitin and shark or calf cartilage. Also L-glutamine is needed for cartilage formation; try a teaspoonful before or with each meal.

Omega-3 Oils – traditionally a tablespoonful of cod liver oil has been used, best shaken together with lecithin and fresh orange juice in a jar or alternatively odourless fish oil and halibut liver oil capsules. Now I recommend instead using the more effective combination of krill oil with additional astaxanthin.

If elderly, or with signs of mineral deficiency (soft fingernails), try a hydrochloric acid supplement with protein meals. Alternatively add fresh lemon juice or vinegar (cider or wine vinegar) and also some magnesium chloride solution.

Digestive enzymes from supplements or pineapple, pawpaw or ripe Kiwifruit can be helpful. The protein-digesting enzymes bromelain and papain (pineapple and papaya) can also be taken before meals to reduce pain and inflammation. If food or chemical sensitivities remain a problem even after allergy testing and avoiding offenders, then several grams of the amino acid glutamine can help to make the intestinal wall less ‘leaky’. Periodically use Nattokinase and Serrapeptase to clean capillaries and improve blood circulation, see Chapter 5.

D,L-phenylalanine (but not L-phenylalanine) reduces pain by blocking enzymes which destroy natural pain-killing hormones in the brain. Start with 500mg – 3 times daily. It may take up to 3 weeks until it becomes fully effective; possibly increase to 1500mg per dose, once effective decrease again to a minimum maintenance dose.

To improve liver functions try alpha lipoic acid, milk thistle, and after meals half a cup of a bitter liver herb such as centaury, devils claw, gentian or even wormwood.

Raw Food Cleansing Periods

Start with one day on fresh raw food and gradually extend to a week or more. Best are salads, sprouted seeds and fresh leaves, juiced or blended. Also try the Basic Cleanse as described in Chapter 6. After a cleanse of at least 3 to 5 days introduce new foods gradually while observing your body for signs of food allergy or sensitivity.

Intestinal Sanitation

While improving your diet also start with the program of intestinal sanitation as outlined in Chapter 6. The main aim of intestinal sanitation is the elimination of Candida overgrowth and healing the Leaky Gut Syndrome caused by it. Use psyllium with garlic or ginger, and sodium bicarbonate before breakfast in addition to probiotics and prebiotics..

Systemic Anti-Microbial Therapy

Continue with the intestinal sanitation while starting the systemic anti-microbial program. Use a wide range of the anti-microbial remedies mentioned in Chapter 7. Alternate them periodically and use different remedies on the same day, also cycle amounts. They are all good fungicides and have their individual strong points.. Borax, kerosene and turpentine are especially effective in sanitising the whole length of the intestinal tract and are also good to eliminate parasites.

Additional Therapy

Use additional therapies especially for pain relief as explained in Chapter 9 according to the nature and severity of your symptoms. Effective methods are blistering, packs and baths of magnesium chloride, DMSO rubs, blue light, and reflexology. The best anti-inflammatory and pain relieving effect comes from strongly alkalizing with sodium bicarbonate to increase the urine temporarily close to pH 8.

As you can see there is so much you can do to help yourself that you may not know where to start. Begin with the most essential items: diet improvement, basic supplements, intestinal sanitation, raw food cleansing, anti-microbial therapy, and especially alkalising. This will help to overcome most of your arthritis problems.


by Barbara Bourke, Nutritionist

Choose to be Magnificent

Body weight, diet, weight loss, slim, attractive, pretty…..what sort of thoughts and emotions do these words evoke in your mind? What does it mean to you? Are you happy with your weight? Are you content with your appearance or do you believe you are not beautiful enough? Are you anxiously counting the wrinkles when you looking in the mirror. Do you often find faults with yourself and feel the pressure to fit into a certain mould, a model or stereotype. Don’t feel compelled to buy into this hype. Beauty is more than the eye can see; it is more than skin deep.

You are so much more than that.

Over the ages ideas of the perfect body shape and size has changed. Judging by media advertising, the latest fashion news and the million dollar industry of weight loss/diet programs and beauty products the message comes across quit clear – our culture is all about looking good (whatever this means) and this is very much connected to be the perfect body weight and appearance. But what is perfect? After all; beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Brainwashing comes to mind, when trying to mould everyone into this preconception of a fabricated ideal. Much of this is plain publicity and more geared to sell than to entice healthy living.  In this case I would advise ‘Don’t go with the flow’.  Be your own person and be proud of being different, create your own mould. Mentally, we can reason and understand all about such hype, but it still lingers on emotionally, because a slim beautiful body is after all very desirable.

Does self image equal body image? Not so, the body is only one part; the physical manifestation. We are body, mind, emotion and spirit, collectively called the human being. Therefore a distorted self image can take an affect or could have originated on many levels and may need a multi-dimensional approach to successfully rectifying this misconception.

I have been working in the health and fitness industry since the early 1980’s, first as a gym instructor at my own fitness centre and now as a nutritionist. Over the years I have witnessed numerous reasons why individuals choose to go on weight loss and fitness programs. So often the reason was the unfunded belief of excess weight; in their eyes at least. Often it is an accepted truth ‘If I am only slim enough I will be more beautiful and I will find happiness’. This self-judgment could become a culprit causing a person to go on a merry-go-round of yo- yo dieting, leading to more weight gain than before and more unhappiness.

I must admit I do have my own weight loss program I use in my clinic, but above all I recommend healthy living, which will lead to a healthy weight. When clients come to see me for weight management I always look a little deeper; are there any underlying distorted self image and low self esteem issues. There might be a lot of ‘emotional garbage’ carried around for a long time and often it is buried so deep that even the person in question does not see and never would suspect that this could be a reason for their excess weight and many other health problems. It is not easy for many to open up about deep personal conflicts.  At times I suggest to them to see a Clinical Hypnotherapist who also uses flower essences as well as EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) to help with weight loss, self image and other personal issues.

At this point the reader might think, but…..Yes, I do agree – and this goes without saying – striving for a healthy weight is imperative. Many serious health conditions are associated with excess weight and obesity. Addressing this health risk, if you should fall into this category, is vital. But weight management and self image issues are certainly not rectified by a few weeks or even months of dieting, this will not solve these problems. Firstly, it should be about lifestyle choice, a lifelong change from bad habits to healthy alternatives. Secondly, it should be about looking within and being very honest about possible emotional issues needing to be resolved and then finding a way of getting rid of ‘emotional garbage’. Some may stem from suppressed fear, guilt, missed opportunities or relationship issues. It should be about looking at the big picture; happiness does not depend solely on looks or weight. Instead it is a matter of love and being loved, a matter of inner peace and self love, a matter of spirituality and finding your purpose in life.

Making a difference is about change, a decision to do things in another way to what it has been done before. The decision to make a difference is like putting a seed in the ground, watering it with love, surrender and anticipation and then watching it grow. Start making a difference to yourself and see what happens.

So how can you start on your journey of self-discovery, achieve a healthy weight and healthy self image? What does it mean ‘Making a difference to myself’? To be honest I can’t tell you. I cannot give you; say for example, a 10 point rule guide of YOUR path in life. Simply because I don’t know you and I don’t have all the answers. But what I can pass on to you is that you do have the strength within you to do anything, and to change just about everything including the way you feel about yourself. You are not who you are – you are who you chose to be. Saying I will try is just that – A Try-, rather say I will give 100 percent and have the determination to stick with it. The battle will be uphill at times, but this is good. Why? Because it builds self-empowerment and self-reliance, this in turn nurtures your self-esteem. An easy going road does not give you the opportunity to prove yourself and grow. Mostly hard times and difficult hurdles will build strength and determination. The success of your efforts will come, sometimes very slowly other times it might take you by surprise at its speed.

So are you ready for your journey? Today is as good a day as any to start travelling. My travelling tips:

  • Be kind to yourself
  • Love yourself
  • Be proud of who you are
  • Be happy with your achievement, big or small
  • Don’t let anybody stick you into a mould
  • Beauty comes from the inside
  • A healthy weight does not mean skinny
  • Look in the mirror, but not in vain and love what you see
  • Happiness is a state of mind
  • Last but not least. Tell the world to ‘watch out’ – I am coming…..

Well, it looks like I came up with a 10 point guide after all.


By Walter Last www.health-science-spirit.com

Schizophrenia – Mania – Depression – Paranoia – Neurosis

Serious mental diseases are much more common than generally suspected. Up to 3% of the population may develop schizophrenia and another 1% manic depressive psychosis. In addition, there is a widespread incidence of serious depression, anxiety neuroses, paranoia and dementias. It has been estimated that about 10% of Australians require institutionalised psychiatric treatment at some time during their lives.

In conventional medicine and psychiatry there is no real understanding about the causes of mental diseases, and the commonly used treatments with sedatives, stimulants, electro-shock and psychotherapy are purely symptomatic and of limited value.

In contrast, natural medicine offers important insights into these conditions, and is usually able to offer genuine help. As a general rule, the two main influences on the development of mental diseases are nutrition and stress, in particular emotional stress. In most cases there are combinations of different nutritional factors and varying amounts of stress.

However, in general the nutritional factor has the more decisive influence. On a high-quality diet and without any allergies or vitamin, mineral and enzyme deficiencies, we are able to regard even serious problems in our lives as challenges, which help us to grow mentally and emotionally. On a poor diet, on the other hand, even minor problems can become insurmountable obstacles and cause extraordinary stress. With correct nutrition it will be so much easier to overcome the remaining non-nutritional factors.


The two most basic requirements for the normal operation of our brain are a sufficient energy supply and an optimal presence of biochemicals involved in transmitting messages.

The most common brain fuel is glucose, but in addition also the amino acid glutamine can be used. Furthermore, the brain uses a massive 20% of the total oxygen supply of the body. This demonstrates the importance of having a good blood circulation to the brain as well as efficient free-radical protection, both of which which may be severely impaired in many cases of dementia and depression. Energy production inside the brain cells, as in other cells, can be disrupted in two fundamental ways: either the breakdown of glucose is too fast as in ‘fast oxidisers’ or hypoglycemics, or it is too slow as in ‘slow oxidisers’.

If hypoglycemics eat fast digesting food, such as sweet food and fruit, their blood glucose level rises too high initially, but then too much insulin is released and excessive amounts of glucose rush into cells. Cells cannot store glucose and must try to process it. Usually a deficiency of oxygen and oxygenating enzymes develops and much of the glucose is only partially metabolised in an anaerobic way (without the use of oxygen) to form lactic acid.

High lactic acid levels have been shown to trigger anxiety attacks and all kinds of phobias in susceptible individuals. In addition, an excessive amount of otherwise normal metabolic acids, such as citric acid may be formed and contributes to make the body overacid.

Nevertheless, during the period of elevated blood glucose a surplus of energy may be generated in the brain and this can lead to mental agitation and irritation. In children hyperactivity is likely to result, and in adolescents the outcome may be violence. In mentally unstable individuals it may trigger a manic episode that is a period of great, uncontrollable excitement. When the burst of energy has past, there is a lack of energy and this may lead to a lethargic, listless or depressed condition. This may be the case with fast-cycling manic-depressive or bipolar disease.

With slow oxidisers, glucose enters the cells too slowly; also energy production inside the cells may be obstructed. Brain cells do not need insulin as muscle cells do for glucose to enter. Therefore, an insufficient supply of glucose to the brain is mainly due to a heavy diet high in meat and fat and low in carbohydrates. With elderly individuals this may be in addition to an impaired blood circulation to the brain.

A variety of B vitamins and minerals are required to convert glucose and glutamine into brain energy. These are mainly the vitamins B1, B2, B6, nicotinamide, pantothenic acid and the minerals magnesium, manganese and zinc. If any of these are deficient, the brain cannot produce sufficient energy and periods of lethargy, stupor and depression may result.

The state of excitement following sweet food intake by fast oxidisers is usually short lived and within hours may swing to depression and back to excitement after another intake of sweet food. On the other hand the energy deprivation caused when slow oxidisers eat predominantly heavy food may last for months and years.

However, both conditions, in combination with hidden allergies and vitamin, mineral and enzyme deficiencies may produce a wide range of abnormal or exaggerated mental conditions, such as paranoia, delusions and phobias. In such cases it is not always apparent if the metabolism is fast, slow or normal. Therefore, an important step in healing mental disorders is to determine the state of the metabolism.

Histamine Levels

The most prominent distinguishing feature is usually the level of histamine in the blood. Fast oxidisers are overacid. This liberates histamine, which may be bound to proteins, and histamine levels rise. The result is a very sensitive skin, which reacts strongly to insect bites and irritants such as wool, chemicals, nylon and some other synthetics. The blood pressure is usually low, less than 120/80, and hands and feet are cold in cool weather. Inflammations and sunburns from sunbathing are common, and pain generally is felt strongly.

Slow oxidisers, on the other hand, usually are too alkaline due to their deficiency in metabolic acids, and this causes histamine levels to be too low. Therefore, the blood pressure is elevated, usually above 120/80, and the skin is rather insensitive to cold, insect bites and irritants. Inflammations are uncommon and not much pain is felt.

If conditions, mainly sensitivity to cold, skin irritants and pain, are normal then the metabolism is probably balanced. With this, we have the first important step in healing mental illness: select a diet according to metabolic requirements. Fast oxidisers must use slow-digesting food; slow oxidisers use fast digesting food, and balanced oxidisers select normally digesting food. Slow-digesting foods are mainly protein and fat or oil rich foods while fruits are the main fast-digesting food.


Allergies, mostly in the form of food allergies, are most obvious in fast oxidisers, but may be present in all types. Hidden allergies may lead to prolonged periods of brain irritation and, with this, to periods of uncontrollable excitement, anger, thought dissociation and all kinds of mental abnormalities.

Manic periods may last for months at a time or even become chronic. Sometimes, after weeks or months the body adapts to this continuing allergic irritation through hormonal changes and the inflammation response, which caused the irritation, disappears, sometimes permanently, at other times only temporarily.

In one case of mental illness the skull had been opened and an inflammatory swelling of the brain tissue after ingesting wheat could be observed. Wheat products and gluten grains in general are most frequently linked to the development of schizophrenia. Allergies in mental diseases are also common to cows’ milk products as well as to unbiological chemicals in our foods, such as artificial colours, flavours, preservatives, pesticide residues etc.

Many of these food additives are classed as Excitotoxins. These are taste or flavor enhancers that release glutamic acid or glutamate. Also aspartic acid and cysteine are brain-active amino acids. The best-known example of an excitotoxin is MSG or mono-sodium glutamate, a salt of glutamic acid. High blood levels can cross the normally protective blood-brain barrier. Glutamate is a neurotransmitter that is present in the extra-cellular fluid only in very low concentration. If levels are inappropriately raised then neurons fire abnormally, and at higher levels brain cells begin to die. Oxygen deficiency and lack of fuel (hypoglycemia) both interfere with the energy production of brain cells to make them susceptible to damage by these excitotoxins. This may be an important factor in the  development of neurological diseases and especially in overactive or manic conditions.

Excitory amino acids cause problems mainly when they are used either in high concentrations or in free form while bound, as in most natural foods, they are slowly released and therefore harmless. Most processed foods contain excitotoxins, especially if any kind of commercial taste or flavor enhancers has been added, such as hydrolyzed vegetable protein, soy protein extract, yeast extract, beef stock and caseinate; commercial soups, sauces and gravies are usually most affected. On the label any of these products may just be called ‘natural flavoring’. Aged proteins, processed meat, cheeses and tomato puree have higher levels of free glutamate as well but fresh tomatoes are fine. All of these should be avoided by sensitive individuals who are prone to overactive mental conditions.

In addition, if the intestinal wall has been damaged by a high gluten intake, by local inflammations due to Candida, food allergy, and also by the frequent use of aspirin and similar drugs, then bacterial and fungal breakdown products from the normal intestinal flora may be absorbed. It has been shown that specific protein fragments (peptides) from wheat, cows’ milk and bacterial decomposition products have a special effect on the chemistry of the brain and cause a so-called cerebral allergy. This may then express itself in a wide range of mental and emotional disorders.

Some environmental allergists claim that over 90% of schizophrenics treated by them have allergies on average to about ten different foods each. However, the most frequent type of schizophrenics with low histamine levels is rather insensitive to conventional allergy testing, and only a strict elimination diet will bring results. Actually, there are reports from varying sources claiming that most schizophrenics became symptom-free during a water fast of about one week. Therefore, rule number two: test for sensitivities and allergies to foods and chemicals, see Allergy TestingTo read Walter’s entire article please go to:   http://www.health-science-spirit.com/mentaldisease.html For even more information on Allergy and Biocompatible Food & Product Testing to to Nutritionist, Barbara Bourke’s website www.freeofallergies.com

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