THE MEND* REPORT
(Movement, Environment, Nutrition and Diet)
Please note that the information in this document is not intended as medical advice. Every person must decide for her/himself, in conjunction with her/his health care practitioner, what steps to take.
Health Pursuits Reading and Research, FEB. 8, 2013
The Open House on Friday was a great success with nearly fifty people in attendance.
Thank you to MPP John Gerretsen for attending and speaking so eloquently about the work.
Thank you to Sandie Sidsworth from the Ontario Trillium Foundation for not only joining us but for also being enthusiastic about project Health Pursuits. Thank you to Shewat Zeru from Trillium for her assistance with the day.
Thank you to Heather Butts for the excellent CKWS TV coverage on Friday’s news and to Ian McAlpine for equally great coverage in the Kingston Whig Standard on Monday.
Thank you to the Frontenac Public Library System, Laura Carter, and Isabel Turner Library for supporting our progress as a reading group all these years.
Thank you to the Founding members (Jo-Ann, Mary Grace and Joan), Board members (Sharon, Robin and Jane), Executive Director (Chantal), volunteers (Jim , Mary Jane, Wanda, Gracie and Nancy), MEND Educators (Maggie, Helene and Sharlene) and MEND Production (Lisa), Zia Rita’s for the donation of gluten-free treats, Heal All Skin for showing us that skin creams can be edible, and Lise Melhorne Boe for her up-cycled fashion creations, and all the members who showed up to support the cause (and pay memberships.) It was an impressive effort.
DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR:
Apr. 24 Nutrient Assessment Introductory Session, 10 am -12 noon, Town Coffee Plus, Loyalist Plaza Amherstview. For $20.00 people will be introduced to the nutrient scent assessment and tested on 8 items. If they then wish to do the full assessment, they can deduct the $20.00 from the full fee of $60. Limit of 8 people.
Next meeting: May 6, 7 pm, Isabel Turner Library with Guest speaker Andrea Hilborn, ND, with the latest on IMPROVING DIGESTION. Always an important topic. Reserve a seat by contacting Chantal.firstname.lastname@example.org or call 613-389-7179.
Andrea Hilborn and Alanna Kuhn, NDs, are Kingston Natural Route Health at 805A Bayridge Dr. near the corner with Taylor Kidd Blvd. You may have noticed that Andrea has written excellent columns for the Saturday Whig Standard Weekend section. If people want help using MEND strategies, they are a great choice. To contact them, phone 613-767-6892 or go to www.natural-route.com
Plans for the workshop on fermented foods are coming along. Keep a look out for details.
NEW FEATURE OF THE NEWSLETTER: The beginnings of a list of resources/practitioners who will work with group members on the MEND strategies.
BE PART OF THE RESEARCH: So far the group has done an awesome job of helping develop the scent assessment into a useful tool. What we need to do now is provide more than our anecdotal evidence. If you are going to have blood work done e.g. to check vitamin D status, iron status, blood donor status, then let us know ahead of time and we will provide you with a scent assessment vial so that you can check just before and after blood is drawn and then compare to blood work results. Your contribution in this way would be invaluable. We will offer a membership discount to anyone participating.
Note: Our new MEND Educators may call you for feedback on what services would be most welcome – a micromovement class series, a rotation cooking series, etc. Your feedback is very welcome.
MEETING REPORT FOR APR. 8
Seventeen people turned out for the April meeting.
We welcomed two of our new MEND Educators –Maggie McLaren and Sharlene Van Grunsven – to the usual amazing discussion.
ORGANIC FRUIT WORTH IT? ASK A FRUIT FLY.
Here is yet another salvo in the battle between organic and non-organic growers. An article by J.H. Bauer, in the newsletter of Southern Methodist University, reports a study where fruit flies were divided into two groups. One group was fed organic fruit and the other was fed regular produce. The outcome was that the organically-fed fruit flies lived longer, were healthier and more fertile. Gives one pause to think at the produce counter. I always think that my dollars spent there are my way of supporting the farmers who are trying to make a difference even if I’m not a fruit fly.
One recent young member of Health Pursuits showed up low in iron and we went into the song and dance about the possible connection between low iron and gluten-sensitivity. She took it seriously and went off gluten for about 2 weeks. Then she put gluten back in her diet for 2 days. Acne, cramps, diarrhea, pain – ensued. She’s a gluten-free girl from here on in. Now she has found that several of her friends are also on the gluten-free path, which makes it so much easier when you can share information. How wonderful to learn the source of the problem at an early age.
Another similar story involved another young woman who went gluten-free without much family support. When her parents saw how well she was when gluten was removed, they suddenly became greatly supportive, even without the medical testing to ‘prove ‘ the need for gluten-free.. Great to hear.
By the way, Rita’s products are now available at Old Farm Fine Foods on Barrie St. and in Brockville at the new Butcher Shop. ‘Living Without’ is a magazine with useful recipes and information on gluten-free living.
A WEIGHT STORY
A member is finding Dr. Phil’s book, ‘The Ultimate Weight Solution,’ is useful tool in choices, portion control and exercise.
A NUTRIENT/ENERGY/PNEUMONIA STORY
A case where pneumonia struck causing the d-ribose to suddenly smell bad. D-ribose helps us utilize the energy molecule ATP. So what caused the change in ATP production? Nutrients required for ATP production include L-carnitine, magnesium, Co Q10 and oxygen. With pneumonia, this person’s lungs were not able to exchange oxygen as efficiently as before. It could one one of the other nutrients as well but Cell Food is going to be tried as an oxygen-enhancing strategy. We will follow up next month a find out what happened.
NUTRIENT DEPLETION BY STRESS
We have always emphasized that stress depletes B vitamins and Vitamin C in a short time, minutes even. A member reported that a stressful event caused this as evidenced by urine colour. Riboflavin (B2) colours the urine yellow. Even with extra supplementation, this member reported clear urine for 24 hours after the event. A way to possibly know if the other Bs and C went down as well would be to scent test them. Indian curries contain bright yellow spices like turmeric which can be high in riboflavin.
ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS
There is a little confusion between fish oil and fish liver oil. The latter is the source most often used for Vitamins A and D. These are fat-soluble and must not be overdosed as a member found to her cost. She is improving and the scent assessment has gone back to almost neutral.
Fish oil (from the body fat of the fish, not the liver,) is often used as a source of essential fatty acids (EFAs) that every cell of our bodies needs. Every cell is a ‘fat sandwich’ so we need a lot to maintain our bodies. Fish oil is available in a concentrated form with more of the oil fractions that are important, EPA and DHA. (DHA is not to be confused with DHEA which is another thing altogether, a hormone.)
Eating fatty fish like salmon or cod or taking the oil will provide some necessary EFAs depending on your ability to digest fats. Thyroid and celiac issues can impede digestion of fats. A way to help the body might be to use a digestive enzyme containing lipase which is the enzyme for digesting fats. Also check for choline and betaine levels.
AN ORAL ORTHOTIC STORY
A member reports success with her pain and dizziness, with consequent reduction of medications to very little, by the use of an oral orthotic to correct neck and jaw position. Excessive coughing from the latest round of virus caused her to investigate and she is glad she did.
MOVEMENT FOR RELAXATION
A member has begun studying breathing and micromovement with Robert Black. At the end of the meeting he had us try out some of the strategies. I quote a member who said about the experience, “It would have been nice if the library had let us just turn out the lights and go to sleep for the night.” We will have Jamie continue this at each meeting so we all go home ready to rest. I really appreciate the relief it gave too.
A member commented on a book she has been reading, “The Happiness Project’ which describes a woman’s attempt to increase her happiness over a whole year. One tip is to get at things that are causing unhappiness, like tax preparation. Our member says that when she is making herself unhappy fretting over something, she has had success following the tip and just getting started on whatever it is. As my grandmother would have said with a grin, “Ain’t that the truth.”
It has been suggested that we institute a list of practitioners who have worked successfully with members of the group and have this list at the end of every newsletter. I don’t want to imply that anyone else might not help us too so I will frame it just that way, practitioners who have worked with members of the group as we developed our strategies or who are familiar with our strategies.
ENVIRONMENT: If you have any Environmental issues, have your MD refer you to the:
Environmental Health Clinic Women’s College Hospital (main building) 76 Grenville St. 5th floor, west wing Toronto, ON M5S 1B2 Phone: 416-351-3764 Toll-free: 1-800-417-7092 Fax: 416-323-6130 Hours of Service: Monday to Thursday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
It helps if you have had nutritional, dietary and movement assessments before you go so that the E.I. doctors can confirm what might be best for you.
NUTRITION AND DIET
Andrea Hilborn, ND, and Alanna Kuhn, ND, at Kingston Natural Route Health, at 805A Bayridge Dr. near the corner with Taylor Kidd Blvd. Phone 613-767-6982. www.natural-route.com
Cooking the Rotation with Wanda Gyde
OSTEOPATHIC MANUAL THERAPY
INTUMOTION (Robert Black, RMT, DO ) 206 Concession St., Kingston 613-5443331.
BACK ON TRACK PHYSIOTHERAPY (Miriam Sayeed, RPT, DO) 73 Pembroke St., Kingston 613-549-7036.
NEUROSENSORYINTEGRATIVE WORK (as in Masgutova or Padovan)
Reflexes can be damaged by many things. If you will remember we did a pilot project on improving pain and fatigue with the reflex work, with good results for those who completed the project.
Robert Black, RMT, DO, as above
Mary Jane Little, 613-767-3999
LYMPH DRAINAGE (Vodder)
Robert Black as above
Robert Black as above
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