Updates: Allergy 101 and Gluten Plan

Yep, I have been a busy bee! Just to let you know I have updated the following for you:

Allergy 101

This is now a 45 page free factsheet all about allergy testing and treatment. I get asked about allergy testing every single day and always direct people to this free factsheet first. So, I had to bring it up to date to take account of new tests available, clinical experience, research etc! I have updated the allergy tests too on the shop so we now also include LRA, ALCAT, Genova and others. In it, you can learn:

  • What symptoms and conditions could be allergy or intolerance related
  • What causes allergy and intolerance
  • My whole testing protocol for finding types 1, 2, 3 and 4 sensitivities to foods, inhalants etc (that’s classical IgE allergy, delayed intolerances and inflammatory reactions to you and me)
  • What other factors could be causing problems eg. malabsorption, infections, poor immunity, leaky gut etc and how to find them
  • Two suggested treatment plans for ‘simple’ and multiple food intolerance.

You can download it here. Please pass it on for anyone who needs it too.


Gluten Plan

Updated Barrier Healing section and Core Protocol to take account of Permavite no longer being TGF safe. Phew – I wish they’d stop changing the ruddy products! Free update on the Facebook Gluten Planners Group as usual. If you haven’t got the Gluten Plan yet, why not?! Here it is. Trust me; it will help with anything to do with leaky gut, inflammation, malabsorption, allergy & intolerance and autoimmunity; it’s just that saying ‘Gluten Plan’ is somewhat quicker! Eventually, I will pull out the various sections as separate factsheets but the GP is already turning into a bit of a ‘chronic health problem’ go-to!

Hope they help for you.

Weight Loss Volunteers Needed

Do you live in Cheltenham, Kings Lynn, Sale or Sligo? Do you have at least 10lb to lose? Have you felt fatigued for at least a year? Can you attend a weekly class for 4 weeks?

If so, your luck is in. Patrick Holford is looking for volunteers to take part in a Zest For Life programme for free! You know I rate Patrick’s diets as they are low GL, lowish carb, highish protein, much the same as my Belly Fat Plan in the 4 Step Weight Loss Programme I invented. Go for it if you are nearby, and good luck!

Here’s the info…


Zest4life are looking for volunteers to attend a FREE 4 WEEK TRIAL to lose weight and improve energy.
You will be following my low GL weight loss programme and will receive motivational weight loss coaching. The results will be used as part of an international study on weight loss, energy improvement and motivation.

In order to qualify for this trial you will need to:

  • Have a minimum of 10 lbs excess weight to lose
    • Have an interest in improving nutrition to benefit health
    • Have experienced significantly reduced energy levels for at least one year
    • Be prepared to commit to attending a 4 week group programme consisting of one session per week
The FREE zest4life 4 week trial for health and weight loss is running in August/September/October in the following locations:-
ENGLAND – Cheltenham, Kings Lynn and Sale, nr Manchester.

EIRE – Sligo

If you, or anyone you know, would like to apply, please email zest4life now at: enquiries@zest4life.com

A Day In The Life of a Food Intolerant

One of our very own TrulyGlutenFree family members (and a prolific, well-known author to boot; we move in exalted company, y’know) has written a lovely piece on living with food issues, which many of you will no doubt emphathise with.

Have a read:

Living with food sensitivities – by Anna Jacobs

Actually, it reminded me of a rather tongue in cheek piece I wrote for FoodsMatter back in 2009, would you believe. Although, for some reason it is by-lined by Nikki! Was me, promise.

Diary of a Food Intolerant

I was hoping it might become a regular humorous column as that’s my natural style of writing. You have NO idea how much I have to suppress myself on here ;)

Enjoy anyway.

Histamine and DAO Tests Upgrade

Just a quickie to let you know that I have now managed to get one lab to do both whole blood/urine histamine and DAO (diamine oxidase) levels which will make life easier for those tracking their histamine intolerance.

We have been using Biolab for some time now for the body levels of histamine and they have recently upgraded their methodology along new research lines apparently, consequently the price has gone up. Still, I would rather we had the most efficient tests with viable results than tests that don’t help, wouldn’t you? Actually, they went up months ago and I held them down for you, but needs must now as both have gone up.

They have also started offering the diamine oxidase test so, actually, when I priced both up, it wasn’t that far off my price would be using two different labs. So, I have decided to do both tests through Biolab now. If for some reason you still want your DAO tests done by BTS, our previous lab for this, that’s fine; just ask. I really want to stay with BTS but it is simply more practical to have one lab sending your test kits out and for you to have to send them back to one lab so practicality wins out.  I have combined the two tests into a discounted Histamine Intolerance Test here for you to make life easier and that bit cheaper, too, so hope that helps.

For more info on histamine intolerance generally, do read the article I wrote here: Could It Be Histamine?

With body histamine testing, you can now do either blood or urine; both are just as viable and urine is easier, of course :). DAO is still blood.

Hope that helps.


Vit D Deficiency = Higher Risk Of Dementia & Alzheimer’s

English: PET scan of a human brain with Alzhei...

English: PET scan of a human brain with Alzheimer’s disease (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Research published in ‘Neurology’ journal recently found people moderately deficient in vitamin D had a 53% higher risk of dementia. There was a 125% increased risk in people severely deficient in vitamin D, who also had a 122% increased risk of Alzheimer’s.

Older people’s skin can be less efficient at converting sunlight into Vitamin D, making them more likely to be deficient and reliant on other sources.   The international team of researchers, led by Dr David Llewellyn at the University of Exeter Medical School, followed people for 6 years.

You can read the abstract here:

Vitamin D and the risk of dementia and Alzheimer disease

I note the researchers initially thought that the brain-protective level would be 25- 50nmol/l, but it turns out actually to be over 50 that is the most cognitively protective. Not news to me or most of us in the nutrition business: clinically, I aim for 100-200nmol on test results especially for at risk people.

I have written tons on Vitamin D in the past, as you know. Here is a good overview for you, and do search for ‘Vitamin D’ using the search box to find much more..

Weight Loss: The Purehealth 4 Step Programme

health balance iconMany of you saw my recent Menopause Fat post and asked for more help with weight loss. Happy to oblige, I have just revamped the Weight Loss Factsheet on the clinic site to give you a simple 4-step programme to follow.

This is what we did in-clinic for years, and it really works IF you do it! It basically takes you by the hand and leads you through the various steps we found had to be done to shift sticky pounds that refuse to go with just cutting back your calories and getting a bit of extra exercise.

In any weight loss programme, if it is to work and be sustainable rather than allowing you to yoyo back and forth, which we all know is really not good for your heart generally, then it has to address some deeper issues. I often see people who have what I call ‘stuffed cushion syndrome’. This is the type of person who you just know has a layer over what should be a thinner frame. Let’s face it: some people are just overweight and it somehow suits them. Others are a thin boned person waiting for this layer to come off. Do you know what I mean? I sort of felt the difference a lot when I was doing the remedial massages.

That layer is often inflammatory fluid, not fat. Shock, horror! I know, but it is true.

There is a physiological process that is well-acknowledged now whereby the body is suffering from systemic inflammation for some reason and, much like when you bang your knee it goes red and swells with protective fluid over the area, so does the whole body when something is irritating it. The trick is in getting rid of the key inflamers, if you like, and we found toxicity, gut dysbiosis, liver sluggishness, allergenic or just inflammatory foods in general, insulin etc etc were all in the mix somewhere with most people. So, if you follow a programme to address as many of those as you can, you are more likely to succeed in getting rid of that overlayer, aren’t you? Most people, of course, don’t believe me and say it is just fat. Trust me, it might be a mix but inflammatory fluid is invariably there somewhere!

Basically, after lots of trial and error, we found we had to do a foundation step to prepare the body (which is sometimes all someone needs actually), then give the right diet to calm inflammation, allergenicity and balance insulin sensitivity, add in some easy exercise for 10 minutes a day and back it all up with a support system that helps you make and stick with the changes.

I promise you; it works IF you do it! Go and have a look and see if it might suit you. Hope it helps.

Purehealth 4 Step Weight Loss Programme



Taking A Stand Against GM Foods

One of you asked me the other day how you could get involved in taking a stand against GM foods, especially having read my last post on it explaining how the UK government, in its infinite wisdom, has given a tacit go ahead to crops being grown in this country.

I asked around on the very useful Facebook groups and thought I would pass the suggestions on for anyone wishing to take up, well, not exactly arms please, but placards maybe! Active campaigns, apparently,  include:

March Against Monsanto (US)

GM Watch (US)

Institute for Responsible Technology (US)

The Soil Association (UK)

I confess I haven’t looked at them myself yet but share them here for you to start your campaigns! Please do give some comments below on which you think are the best campaigns for people to get involved in, these listed or others, thanks. Happy placarding and lobbying!