In the last few months, a number of my 60+ friends have been diagnosed as suffering from or approaching diabetes. Living out here in SW France, we consider we generally have a mediterranean diet (high fish, vegetable, pulse, nut diet) but the big attraction is the delicious wine produced all around us. It is therefore with great enthusiasm that we are meeting with Robin Ellis - the original Poldark - who has now added the new professions of cook and author on the topic of Pre-diabetic cookery. Preparing for this event, I've invested in two of his books: Healthy Eating for life and Mediterranean Cooking for Diabetics. Without doubt, the books are a great way to get motivated to review our menus!
I have been vegan for 22 yrs my reasons are :-
1 I dislike of how animals are treated and killed.
2 Concern for the Environment
3 Concern for the hungry
4 My health
What are your opinions about vegans and veganism?
. 11 APRIL 2016 • 7:00AM Last month fashion retailer Zara was forced to withdraw its ‘Are you gluten-free?’ T-shirts after 50,000 people signed a petition accusing the brand of trivialising coeliac disease, an illness in which sufferers have an intolerance to foods containing gluten. It’s symptomatic of what Professor David Sanders calls the ‘gluten explosion’. A gastroenterologist at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield, Prof. Sanders has spent the last 20 years studying gluten and its effects and is just publishing a book based on his findings. There are people avoiding gluten without ever having had any symptoms from eating it Professor David Sanders In population-based studies he’s discovered increasing numbers cutting out gluten because they may have been diagnosed with coeliac disease. Or, they may have tested negative to coeliac disease, but still experience ‘gluten sensitivity’ - reporting symptoms such as diarrhoea, constipation and bloating as well as mouth ulcers, depression, confusion, skin rashes and fatigue. Others, on the other hand, are cutting gluten because it’s fashionable. 'There are people avoiding gluten without ever having had any symptoms from eating it,’ he says. Sanders calls these ‘Lifestylers’, inspired by an ever-growing roll-call of gluten-free celebrities including Gwyneth Paltrow, Victoria Beckham, Michael Douglas and Miley Cyrus and a collection of bestselling US books connecting gluten to everything from obesity to dementia. ‘Coeliac disease and gluten sensitivity are very real problems - and they’re increasing - but we need to separate scientific facts from hype,’ he says. Professor David Sanders of Royal Hallamshire Hospital CREDIT: LORNE CAMPBELL The gluten explosion 12 per cent of Brits say they or a member of their household currently avoids gluten and sales of gluten-free foods reached £247 million in 2015, up from £160 million in 2013, according to market analysts Mintel. Prof. Sanders is certain he has seen a rise in coeliac disease in the last two decades. ‘In the 1950s, the estimated incidence in the UK was about one in 8,000, but our team tested 1,200 adults in Sheffield in 2013 and found the prevalence among adults was about one per cent,’ he says. For every one of those, he believes that there are three that have it but don’t know. Sanders points to subsequent research in Finland that suggests that number could now be as high as two per cent. Coeliac disease or something else? With coeliac disease, the immune system recognises gluten as an invader and produces antibodies to fight it, biopsies show the inside of the bowel is flat because gluten has damaged the villi that protrude from the lining of the intestine and are responsible for the absorption of nutrients. The key is to not go on a gluten-free diet without ruling out coeliac disease first Professor Sanders But Professor Sanders’ team also found a much larger proportion of people - 13 per cent - had tested negative to coeliac disease (diagnosis takes place after a blood test and subsequent gastroscopy by a gastroenterologist looking at the state of the bowel) but still reported getting symptoms after eating gluten. This condition, known as Non-Coeliac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS)doesn’t have a set of biomarkers doctors look for in the blood in the same way that coeliac disease does, but is made through a diagnosis of exclusion after a specialist has ruled out coeliac disease. ‘If it is coeliac disease, there is a ten per cent family risk so your first degree relatives will have to be tested too,’ he says. ‘But if it’s not, a specialist can rule out other malabsorption conditions. The key is to not go on a gluten-free diet without ruling out coeliac disease first.’
After the huge furore about keeping Genetically Modified (GM) food out of Britain, are you quite confidant you are consuming homegrown healthy food? Is the rise in Alzheimers, Autism Ccancers, Gluten disorders etc; have a link to consuming poisonous food? GMO's have been introduced under the radar for some time now. "Large quantities of GM soya and maize are imported into Europe, including Britain, as animal feed. Meat and dairy products fed on GM animal feed are not labelled as GM-fed in British supermarkets. The EU has also decided to allow GM feed to include trace levels of crops which have no safety approval in Europe (i.e. are unauthorised GM crops). Campaign group GM Freeze has published a list of where to buy non-GM-fed meat, milk and eggs. Waitrose continues to require non-GM feed for poultry, eggs and lamb. In April 2013, Tesco, the Co-Op and Marks and Spencer announced they will no longer require poultry to be fed on GM-free feed, following similar decisions by Morrisons (March 2012) and Asda (September 2010). Sainsbury is keeping some product lines fed on non-GM soya, but is dropping others. There is a danger that suppliers will no longer segregate GM and non-GM soya in shipments to Britain if the major retailers do not demand it and easily available sources of non-GM meat and dairy products will be lost. However, organic and pasture-fed meat and dairy products will remain GM-free fed." In 2012, the GM industry met with ministers to promote the return of GM crops to Britain. In late 2012, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson and Prime Minister David Cameron began to make public statements in support of GM crops and in 2014, Paterson worked with industry to develop an EU proposal to allow GM crops to be fast-tracked into Britain. The aim of the "opt out" proposal is to fast track GM crops into pro-GM countries whilst allowing other EU countries to opt out. Details are still being negotiated in the EU. Some symptoms experienced by consuming GMO's Multiple Toxins From GMOs Detected In Maternal and Fetal Blood. DNA From Genetically Modified Crops Can Be Transferred Into Humans Who Eat Genetically Modified Corn to Rat Tumors Glyphosate Induces Human Breast Cancer Cells Growth via Estrogen Receptors Glyphosate Linked To Birth Defects Study Links Glyphosate To Autism, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s Chronically Ill Humans Have Higher Glyphosate Levels Than Healthy Humans Studies Link GMO Animal Feed to Severe Stomach Inflammation and Enlarged Uteri in Pigs GMO risk assessment is based on very little scientific evidence in the sense that the testing methods recommended are not adequate to ensure safety. What is our Government doing????
My husband and I are in our late 60's. He drinks a bottle of wine every night. I am worried about the consequences of this. He becomes extremely angry if say anything about it, however I approach the subject. I have tried everything even AA. We have no family . I am at my wits end and it is making me unwell .. I would like to talk to about it ...
I have very mixed views about buying organic produce. Part of me wonders if there is any benefit in buying random Organic products. Recently I have started buying Organic milk as I was told organic cattle are not supplemented with growth hormones, which I find psychologically more acceptable. What organic produce do you buy and why?