The first 1000 days of a life from conception until roughly a child’s second birthday, is the brains window of opportunity to establish the foundations of optimum health, growth, and neuro-development across the lifespan. Yet too frequently in developed countries, nutrition is not prioritized as being the major attendant, causing what we term malnutrition during gestation and in early childhood. The future foundations for health and neuro-development potential are weakened and this is becoming a major concern in the modern era. Where once malnutrition was due to poverty, humans are faced with the negative effects of overnutrition in the form of obesity and poor nutrition due to inbalanced diets or diets based on artificial ingredients including formula feeds and processed convenience foods.
Removing gluten, dairy especially casein and soy have been not proved the claim that diet cures or causes autism disorder – the term covering a range of developmental problems including autism, Asperger’s syndrome and atypical autism. Anecdotes from caregivers and clinicians, as well as some studies show certain diets can be of benefit to improving behaviour, focus and digestive health, while others show no benefit at all.
During recent years, an increasing amount of research with compelling clinical evidence
has accumulated and been submitted for publication in scientific journals about diet and its links with chronic disease.
Again low carb diets are in the spotlight and have been identified as being particularly healthy in the management of a number of diseases including epilepsy, type 2 diabetes, PCOS, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic inflammatory and for pain management.(1)(2)(3)(5)(6) Continue reading →
Cleansing, excreting and burning fat, synthesizing protein, producing bile to aid in digestion, and emulsifying fats for general circulation. Your liver performs hundreds of functions. It is an integral organ for metabolism and hormone regulation, including thyroid and cortisol breakdown, and filters all blood. Continue reading →
Of all the lab tests I run in my clinic, vitamin D and vitamin B12 are among the most common problems. Last month the ministry of health in the UAE acknowledged that in a country bathed in sunshine, vitamin D levels are clinically low across most age groups, genders and ethnic origins. Vitamin B12 is also a concern for vegetarians and particularly vegans, picky eaters, and in people with digestive disorders and auti-immune dysfunction. It is an invisible epidemic estimated to affect about 40% of elderly people with research highly supporting its links with Alzheimers, cognitive decline and memory, cardiovascular disease, multiple sclerosis and other neurological diseases. Much of this research has further moved into the similarities of these diseases in children to affect learning and developmental disorders, autism, autoimmune disease, cancer and fertility. Both of these nutrients have been missed in the past firstly because they were not routinely tested by most physicians and secondly, the laboratory reference ranges were too low.