April 2013 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.


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.healthpursuits@gmail.com 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.



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.




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 member is finding Dr. Phil’s book, ‘The Ultimate Weight Solution,’ is useful tool in choices, portion control and exercise.




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.


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.


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.



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.


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.


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


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.


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


Robert Black as above


Robert Black as above


March 2013 Report


(Movement, Environment, Nutrition and Diet)

Health Pursuits Reading and Research, Mar. 4, 2013

Thirteen people attended the meeting.  Two new people from the last meeting signed up for membership and did the testing.  Welcome to them. One has already experienced improvement from some simple changes and the other is in for some happy results too.  The meeting is always an inspiration to me so thank you to everyone who came.  One member commented that it was the best ever. But I always think that.


Sharon Lawler, RN, Med,  of Brock University, is our newest Board Member, sitting in by technology from St. Catharines.  Sharon has great experience with Trillium grants and was instrumental in a very successful public health initiative, Leave the Pack Behind, for colleges and universities across Canada. We are delighted to have her advice as we work on the next phase of Health Pursuits Reading and Research:  MEND.


Next Kingston Meeting:  Apr. 8, 7 pm, Isabel Turner Library, Rm.B

The May 6th meeting will feature Dr. Andrea Hilborn, ND whose articles you may have noticed in the Whig Standard Saturday edition.

Our Trillium Celebration was postponed due to schedule changes for MPP John Gerretsen.  We have rescheduled for Apr.5, 10:30 am at our usual location in the Library.  Anyone who wants to volunteer to be at one of the table displays – M,E,N or D –  please let Diane know asap.  We have some volunteers but could use more.

Book for Review:  There are a couple of copies left of Diet Wise by Prof. Scott-Mumby if anyone would like one for $20.  Those who have the book, remember our review criteria for your comments:

Are there things in the book that agree with your experience?

Is there anything in the book that disagrees with your experience?

What is the technical level for reading the book? Easy, difficult?

Are there any factual mistakes?

What suggestion, if any, in the book, did you try out?  What was your result?

Would you recommend it to a new member or an experienced member?

For what sorts of problems?

We will discuss the book perhaps at the June meeting so please make notes as you go along.

Book News:  Our own Susan Hannah is just finishing a book about Migraines and Histamine including foods high or low in histamine, foods that contain enzymes that block the processing of histamines, plus 150 recipes.  We’ll be happy to review it when it is produced.  Congratulations, Susan.  Thank you to Susan for coming to the last Board meeting and giving us some technical advice.

  1. 1.     DIET


Years ago, we read and tried the Body Ecology Diet, by Donna Gates, which explains all about food combining.  The idea is that categories of foods digest at different rates. If you have a slow digesting food with a fast digesting food, then fermentation may occur and so bloating too.

Fruit is supposed to be the quickest to digest so food combiners suggest that you eat fruit by itself, preferably in the morning.

Grains and animal proteins are supposed to be slow digesters but food combiners suggest that grains and animal proteins not be eaten together.

Instead, they suggest that vegetables be eaten with grains at one meal and with animal proteins at a different meal.

How many questions do you have already?  Lots?  What about fats?  What about sensitivities?

People in the group have had success with improving poor digestion using food combining.  As with any diet, it can six weeks or more to organize yourself to implement it and to get used to the ideas.  Members say that restaurants are no problem with this diet – just order vegetables or salad with your protein.

One question I have is about protein/fat/carb balance.  If I ate fruit for breakfast, I would be crashing by 10:30 am.  If I do not have protein for breakfast, I just do not have energy that lasts. Of course, I am a Blood Type O which is the carnivore type, supposedly, so maybe blood type has a bearing on whether this diet works for you.  If a person has hypoglycemia or adrenal issues, this diet might not work well.

In the past, at our Summer Institute, we started the meal with the fruit buffet to accommodate food combining.  We will await the report of the keeners who are trying it out at the moment.


Fluids are another consideration.  Food combiners suggest no fluids during or after meals.  Rather have half a liter of water on an empty stomach, sort of a midmorning and mid-afternoon water snack.  Fluids with meals do dilute stomach acid.  Another member wrote in to tell me how much water with lemon, a lot, 2 or 3 quarts, is improving her situation. Lemon water is one way to improve digestion by stimulating the digestive system, improving stomach acidity if needed.  Juice of half a lemon a day is also said to be a gentle way to detoxify the liver.  If you missed Andrea Hilborn’s column on the subject of stimulating digestion, on Sat., Mar.16, you should dig it up. She recommends bitters to do the job.

I always have my two mugs of hot water and lemon or hot water and cloves before food in the morning but that may not work if breakfast is right away after it.  Our schedules and demands are different.

If you are doing lemon water, you might want to check out a way to use those lemon rinds to make a non-toxic cleaning solution.  A member sent in this link.  She says it works like a charm.  Those interested in fermented foods (see below) can add this to their bubbling mixtures.




Again, we had a discussion of the benefits of fermented foods.

The benefit accrues from the bacteria used to start fermentation or generated during fermentation.

Baker’s and brewer’s yeast are problems for some people since many of us have had much too much of them and developed sensitivities or overgrowth.

We are considering a workshop on preparing fermented foods.  If you are interested, please contact Chantal to express your interest.  A committee has been assembled to investigate the possibilities. Thanks, Jamie, Jane, Pauline and Norman.

Here is a book recommended by a knowledgeable member on the subject:

“Probiotic Foods for Good Health:  Yogurt, Sauerkraut, and Other Beneficial Fermented Foods”,  by Beatrice Trum Hunter.   Basic Health Publications, Inc.  28812 Toop of the World Drive, Laguna Beach, CA 92651.  <www.basichealthpub.com>  ISBN #978-1-59120-217-2.   Can be ordered from the Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation, Lemon Grove, CA,   1-800-366-3748 or< info@ppnf.org>, < www.ppnf.org>.


A member has reported that there is new information concerning the proteins in coffee.  All foods have their own proteins.  We aren’t talking about the larger food category of protein but the individual building block proteins of plants.

It is reported that the coffee protein cross-reacts with the gluten protein. This is different from trouble breaking down caffeine.

People with Blood Type A, in the Eat Right for Your Type book, are told that coffee is okay, maybe even beneficial for them.  Adding gluten-sensitivity into the picture may change that scenario.  If you are a coffee drinker, and gluten-sensitive, let us know if giving up coffee improves symptoms—after the withdrawal period, of course, when you may feel horrible for a few days.



A member brought us a question about a 2-3 year-old child with ‘cold hives.’  Another member suggested that she had information about it being related to gluten sensitivity.  Anyone have information out there?  I know that a member, suffering from asthma supposedly triggered by cold, has found her situation greatly improved by diet but also by nutrients and manual therapy.


We are well aware that we need to nourish the skin from the inside out but sometimes comditions make it hard to keep up.  This long cold winter has been hard on the skin.

We are also well aware that putting things on our skin is akin to eating the product since the skin is great at absorbing whatever it contacts, good or bad. Whatever we put on our skin needs to be virtually edible.  Olive oil, shea butter, flax oil (although messy) and other edible oils have all been tried by myself and other members of the group.  You might want to look at www.healallskin.com . They have a product for skin that is edible!  I have invited Heather Wells to visit us on the day of the Open House and bring some products to show at the Environment table.

  1. 3.     NUTRIENTS


Notwithstanding the member who overdosed on Vitamin D and who is now gradually recovering, this is the time of year when deficiency of Vitamin D is most prevalent because we have not been able to make vitamin D in our skins at this latitude since October.  Those feeling down in the dumps, for no apparent reason, should check their status (or go south for a spot of sunbathing.)  Medical advice these days is to take at least 1000 I.U. a day in the winter.  Keep checking your status.  It is not surprising that suicide rates rise in April, or that April is called, ‘the cruelest month.’  Vitamin D could change literary history. J


We see the effects of long-term stress with many members. Even a few minutes of stress can deplete B vitamins and Vitamin C very quickly.  Adrenal glands help us respond to stressors. It doesn’t hurt to remind ourselves of which nutrients generally support adrenal function – B5, B6, C, magnesium and Zinc, although as we know, individuals can vary all over the map. Allergies and sensitivities and low blood pressure are some symptoms of adrenals having trouble responding to stress.  Eventually, blood sugar instability can occur as well since stress response causes sugar to be dumped from the liver.  If you are under a lot of stress, or have been in the past, it is well worth keeping a close eye (nose) on your nutrient status.


Good work on the part of Rita Palumbo in developing a wonderful gluten-free scone (plain or cranberry) which she can sell as frozen dough which you can then bake yourself.  A number of us have tried it and it was a great success.  Also in development is an olive bread which has a different list of ingredients from the rice bread and so is useful if you are rotating foods.  At last an alternative – and it tastes great. If you cannot get out to Zia Rita’s in Bath, you can order at info@ziaritas.com and pick up your order at the meeting.  Rita will have some treats available at the Open House on Apr. 5th if you want to taste test.






February 2013 Report


(Movement, Environment, Nutrition and Diet)

Health Pursuits Reading and Research, Feb. 4, 2013

Imagine.  Fourteen people braved the frigid dark to attend the MEND meeting on Feb. 4, including three new people!  The discussion, as always, reminded me why we do this.


Mar. 1, Open House/Media Event to announce the Ontario Trillium Fund (OTF0 grant. Isabel Turner Library, 10:30 am.  On hand will be Kingston MPP – John Gerretsen, a Representative from OTF, the Media, the Board and the new Executive Director for a photo OP with our Trillium plaque. Volunteers from the group will be on hand to explain the displays.  Rita Palumbo is donating some gluten-free treats so if you have been wondering about her products, here’s your chance.

Mar.4,  Next discussion meeting at 7 pm at Isabel Turner.  Next Board meeting at 12 noon at 207 County Rd. 6, (Wilton Rd.)


EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR:  Chantal Hamilton is our new Executive Director and is already making every minute of her 10 hours a week count.  If you want to contact her, email Chantal.healthpursuits@gmail.com

RESEARCHER/GRANT WRITER:  Carol Auld is our new Researcher/Grant Writer and is already helping us fulfill our OTF grant obligations.


NATUROPATHIC DOCTORS (NDs): If you are looking for a Naturopathic Doctor who will take your MEND strategies seriously, we can recommend Dr. Andrea Hilborn and Dr. Alanna Kuhn at their offices at 805A Bayridge Dr.  Phone 613-876-2855 or look at www.natural-route.com


Topics covered in the new JOM are as follows:

  1. Mild Adrenocortical Deficiency(a.k.a., Adrenal Fatigue):  Is This a Real Diagnosis?
  2. Micronutrients and Mental Disorders
  3. A New Theory to Explain the Benefits of High-Dose Antioxidants in Cancer Treatment
  4. Mild Adrenocortical Deficiency and its Relationship to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Nausea and Vomiting of Pregnancy and Hyperemesis Gravidarium, and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.
  5. Nutritional Brain Enhancement for Reducing Mental Fatigue and Improving Mood and Cognition
  6. Attenuation of Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms by the Administration of High-Dose Vitamin C

If any of these is of interest, let Chantal know before the next meeting.  By the way, their Annual Conference is coming up April 26-28 in Toronto.  For a brochure, email centre@orthomed.org


Once a month or so I receive an email listing of Pediatric and Complementary Medicine (hence PedCAM) journal articles.  As we found out, what is important for children can also be crucial for adults.  The service is free so if anyone wants to join their email list go to info@pedcam.ca


A member was heartened to discover that he could get his compounded prescription more cheaply and easily at Westside Pharmacy, new in Kingston, at 3079 Princess St.  613-767-6611.


Diet Wise:  Toxic Foods are Common and Cause a Lot of Harm.  Everyone is Different.  Find Out Yours.  Prof. Keith Scott-Mumby.  Thank you to Bea for coming up with this winner of a book, lots that we know with exciting tidbits that we might not.  I’m ordering copies for members and the library from Novel Idea so call there to get in on the action.  We’ll plan a discussion meeting around it later in the year.


The mouth is an important personal environment.  A member has researched zirconium implants re Dr. Stack, IABDM.  She has read ‘Whole Body Dentistry’ and recommends it.  Another member with the mercury problem is also shows great improvement and a third is about to be tested for mercury load and is hopeful that hers has almost gone.


A member has just found out that her vitamin D levels have gone too high and created many unpleasant symptoms – fatigue, depression, thyroid, bone issues.)  She had gone as high as 10 000 IU a day which is extreme.  She did not monitor herself with the scent test.  Being a bad example is helpful to us as a cautionary tale so thanks and sympathies and hope you recover soon.  We are all anxious to be well and sometimes it takes a long time with a moderate dose for the body to become replete, filled to sufficient, with a nutrient, as there are lots of confounding factors – digestion and absorption, environmental stresses, other nutrient co-factors, etc.  Be careful out there.  Use your head and your nose.


The usual ferments, baker’s yeast and brewer’s yeast are so common in our food chain that many people have become sensitive to them.  I know that brewer’s yeast is one of my big avoids.  In fact, many vitamins are manufactured from brewer’s yeast so I have to be careful what supplements I take.   The product blurbs always state that the substance used to produce the bacteria is totally consumed, e.g. dairy but who knows how sensitive you are to whatever traces there are.  Always be cautious and try a little of something before going whole hog. Another founding member found out her sensitivity the hard way, with a big reaction to brewer’s yeast.  However, there are many other ferments that may help balance intestinal flora.  Just remember that the rotation diet may also be a great help in balancing bacteria as we feed different flora with different foods.

A member’s Lyme disease and interstitial cystitis symptoms are 85-90% better and using fermented foods such as kimchi with their beneficial bacteria have been very helpful.

Another member uses fermented coconut juice to good effect and he says that fresh coconuts (not the peeled ones) are readily available for this purpose at Loblaws.  He is also making kefir granules which he may be able to share with any members who wish.

Water kefir is also the rising ingredient in Rita Palumbo’s sourdough bread which has no gluten, no dairy, no egg and no soy.  Rita is working on breads with different ingredient lists so that people on rotation diets can have something for each of four days.  Wonderful.

Sauerkraut is another recommended fermented food which helps some people.  A few people have trouble with the cabbage family vegetables (crucifers like broccoli and cauliflower can be problematic.)  Vinegar is usually made using brewer’s yeast so experiment cautiously to find with what works for you.

Raw cheeses may also have beneficial bacteria for some but you might have to make your own and remember dairy sensitivities.

The fermented soy bean products e.g. miso and natto, are another possibility but remember the GMO and sensitivity factors.

Of course, there are many different probiotics out there.  So much research is being done on probiotics that we are sure to see ever more beneficial products emerging.  I know of a member’s son who is ready to try a fecal transplant to see if that will restore beneficial intestinal bacteria.  A lot of research has been done and it might indeed help.

We all started way back with William Crooks’ books on the Candida problem i.e. yeast overgrowth.  Many of us went on the anti-yeast diet with mostly vegetables, proteins, whole grains and fats.  It is still a good idea to limit simple carbohydrates such as sugar and processed flour to combat yeast overgrowth  but it is also important to research other factors.  We found that sometimes the yeast overgrowth cleared up when we removed heavy metals or problem foods that were damaging the digestive tract.  If the egg-sensitive will pardon the expression, it is a chicken and egg problem i.e. which came first.  Nystatin is the usual medication prescribed and many of us have taken that at some point or other.



Magnesium is an ever popular topic and no wonder.  Two members had occasion to bring it up in discussion – for fatigue and for sleep.  Magnesium is involved in mitochondrial energy production.  It is involved in sending the message to muscles to relax.  It is involved in detoxification and many other processes.  It is not particularly sensitive on the scent assessment but anyone who tests sweet for it should get busy immediately before a muscle spasm turns ugly.  Remember the heart is a muscle. We have members who have significantly addressed their heart issues with magnesium as one component of their program.  A member is recently trying out, with preliminary success, magnesium oil for the ‘wooden foot’ sensation associated with diabetes.  At least magnesium always tells us when we have too much i.e. when stools become too loose.


A member recommends to us a book, The Borax Conspiracy.  Since Borax apparently has a pH of 9, it might be a useful trace mineral in people with acidity problems.  We simply don’t know enough at this point.  If we can find an appropriate sample, we could scent test it to see if it works as a first step.  Anyone?  The member also brought the books she recommended previously Making a Good brain by Daniel Amen and Younger Brain, Sharper Mind by Eric Braverman.


A member reports that she has used homeopathics successfully for a number of years since a trip to Europe.  I know that homeopaths will design an individual protocol very carefully after a lengthy assessment.  I myself have had success with both arnica pellets and Traumeel pellets and cream for pain and petroleum for reactions when filling up at the gas pumps.  Recently. another member suggested ignatia amara for grief and it was helpful.  Metal album was also helpful for severe anxiety before a procedure like surgery.


We are wondering whether to purchase an electronic, searchable version of the Gaby reference book?  It can be put on a couple of computer terminals.  Should we purchase this for the library or should we put it on an IPad to bring to meetings, have it on the computer in our boardroom at 207 Wilton Road?  Let Chantal know your thoughts on this as we have to decide by the end of February.  We are currently finding out if the information is printable pdf or not.

Thanks to everyone who has been so supportive in my difficult time. D.

January 2013 Report


(Movement, Environment, Nutrition and Diet)
Health Pursuits Reading and Research, Jan.7, 2013
Happy New Year for 2013.
Next Meeting:  Feb.4, 7 pm, Isabel Turner Library.  Please note that memberships are due.  All the Trillium money is specifically ear-marked and we have to support the use of that with our memberships.  Not much use having an Executive Director if she can’t afford to send out a letter for lack of postage money.  You can pay a membership on-line which is cheaper or by cheque to Health Pursuits Reading and Research:  MEND, 207 County Rd. 6, Bath, ON K0H 1G0.
Interesting Note:  Oprah Winfrey’s program on Sun., Jan. 12, focused on Pastor Rick Warren, ‘The Purpose-driven Life’ author.  He discussed five words and the first was Chemistry, by which he meant our genes and the expression thereof.  He said that until we deal with the physical, it is very hard to deal with the other words which included connection, circumstance, consciousness and choices. Sounds as if we have the starting point nailed!  Oh wait – we have the ending point nailed too! Making choices is what it’s all about in the end.
We have a subscription to this journal which is a quarterly so comes four times a year.  I take the journal to the meetings when it arrives but it occurred, after a phone discussion with a member, that I could list the articles in case a particular one is of interest to someone.  Here are the articles for Vol. 27, Number 3, 2012.
1.       Finding the real cause of Shaken Baby Syndrome,
2.       In Vitro enzymatic inhibition associated with asymptomatic root canal treated teeth
3.       Malnutrition, liver dysfunction, subdural and retinal haemorrhages and encephalopathy in children resulting from a deficiency of abnormality of vitamins C, D and K
4.       Systemic effects of fluoridation
5.       Cancer and related case studies involving salvestrol and CYP1B1
6.       Vitamin B12 and folate in the treatment of some psychiatric illnesses
This is such a big topic.  A member narrowed it down this time to trouble falling asleep.  There were so many suggestions that I’m not sure I have them all.
1.       The usual sleep hygiene suggestions are regular bedtime, dark room, no stimulating activities before bedtime. 
2.       Apparently, our temperature has to fall to go to sleep and if you are a cold person to begin with, that can be an issue.  The hot Epsom salts bath at bedtime may help in a couple of ways – warming us, detoxifying us, relaxing us and maybe even giving us a little magnesium.
3.       The biochemistry, of course, is very important.  Subclinical thyroid can be an issue if you are cold all the time.  Magnesium deficiency can also be a factor in feeling cold. Neurotransmitters like serotonin can be an issue.  Having enough B6 or P5P for transforming tryptophan into serotonin can help.  Hormones like progesterone are another factor so some hormone replacement may be required.  Melatonin is often used to help with sleep but be aware that it can reduce progesterone levels giving a negative effect. Feeling too warm may be an estrogen issue or just too warm a room.  Insulin is also to be considered because dropping blood sugar may make a person wakeful.  Valerian root is used by some successfully to induce sleep.  Sour cherry juice has been touted on Dr. Oz for improving sleep.
4.       Biomechanics are not to be disregarded either.  Tension in neck, low back, or any part of the body may prevent sleep.  A specific gentle movement routine may help in that case.  I often need to do the ‘legs-up-the-wall’ yoga position for a couple of minutes just before bed to balance my low back.
A member was going on a long trip and discovered to her dismay that a bad cold sore (heat, throbbing, emerging sore) was developing the night before her flight.  She took 1000 mg of lysine every hour the first day and was relieved that the sore did not seem to be progressing.  She took 10 000 mg the second day and 3 000 mg the third.  The cold sore never did erupt and her trip was saved from misery.
This is a great example of a case self-study.  If you have a similar story of using the nutrients effectively, please do share with the group.  That way we all benefit.  Another member suggested vitamin C directly on the sore spot but we have to be careful not to burn the tissue which would make it more vulnerable.
Additional Note:  Lysine helps with iron absorption so everyone with low iron should take note and self-study to see whether Vitamin C or Lysine alone or the combination boosts their iron levels most effectively.  By the way, those low in Arginine might watch out for nuts, coffee and chocolate since those foods work as antagonists to arginine.  Maybe that’s a reason for low arginine.  The body only works at the level of the lowest amino acid so it is worth paying attention.  I just wish we had a more complete list of amino acids for the scent test.
A member has been interested in the Naturopath who appears on the Marilyn Denis Show.  Here is the link http://www.marilyn.ca/About/Bios/bio-(4).aspx
One topic was skin brushing.  Using a soft dry brush, stroke arms and legs toward the heart to stimulate the lymphatic system.  As we learned last September, non-specific techniques do not work as well as the specific ones developed by such experts as Vodder but if we can do something to help ourselves, it is definitely worth a try.
Another tip was to use CLA , like CoQ10, to improve thermogenesis.
We have talked about getting enough water for years.  We’ve talked about water in different pHs. We’ve talked about chlorine and some undesirable contaminants.  We discussed reverse osmosis and distilled water.  We’ve talked about taking minerals with water so we don’t wash away too many nutrients.  We’ve even discussed salt and the ability of the adrenals to keep fluid levels up.
Now there is water with extra oxygen added called O2Aqua.  Our member who is trying it reports good results with exercise and stress.  This information raises questions about the mechanism of oxygen absorption through the intestine.
Oxygen is required by the mitochondria to produce the energy molecule so it’s important.  Also check whether breathing is adequate with a peak-flow test.
How many slept on unfamiliar beds this holiday season?  I hope too many didn’t end up with a problem in the sacrum (low back) area.  Our member, reporting this, ended up at the osteopath for relief of back, leg and foot pains.  She then demonstrated an exercise (The Spider) to limber up that area.  Bend at the waist with the head hanging down.  Bend knees.  Now straighten one leg so that the hips and pelvis and sacrum are moved.  Now rebend that leg and straighten the other.  Repeat.
If any of you saw the anatomy lesson on the spine on Dr. OZ, you saw how very large the nerves, that traverse the low back area, are.
It can take very little to cause trouble in this area.  Just a slip/slide on some ice, even if you don’t go down, can do it.  Or step in a hole with one foot.  BE CAREFUL OUT THERE.
Thank you to so many who sent condolence cards.  See you in February when there will be lots of exciting news.

December 2012 Report


(Movement, Environment, Nutrition and Diet)
Health Pursuits Reading and Research, Dec.3, 2012
Thank you to Gracie Hamilton and Jo-Ann Therrien for running the meeting and preparing the beautiful fruit buffet we enjoyed – our way of dealing with the healthy food/allergy issues.
Ontario Trillium Foundation has granted Health Pursuits $50 000. with which to create a business plan toward building long-term sustainability.  This means hiring people to write the plan and begin implementation.  Job descriptions will be posted soon.  Thank you to Trillium!  Thank you to Carol Auld, Jo-Ann Therrien, the late Chris Dawber and Chantal Hamilton for their work in preparing the application.
To join our present Board of Diane Dawber and Jo-Ann Therrien, we have Robin Nichol and Jane Banyard.
Robin Nichol, our new Treasurer,  has years of experience in the financial side of her family’s business.  As well, she has much experience with another non-profit, The Lung Association.  Robin has worked with the philosophy and tools of Health Pursuits for the past few years and shares our attitude toward the importance of what we are doing.
Jane Banyard, our new Secretary, has much training and experience in technical writing.  As well, she is experienced in using our tools and strategies both for herself and for many others.  Her blog on osteoporosis is a great example of the skills we want to share – research, experimentation and careful observation.
SCHEDULE OF MEETINGS FOR 2013:  Mark Your Calendars
All are Mondays at 7 pm and will be located at the Isabel Turner Library, 935 Gardiners Rd. just south of the Cataraqui Town Centre.  Thank you to our coordinator, Jo-Anne Wheeler, and Yvonne at the Public Library.
Jan. 7
Feb. 4
Mar. 4
Apr. 8
May 6
June 3
Sept. 9
Oct. 7
Nov. 4
Dec. 2
1.   If we don’t like our state of health, then we have to change something in our behavior.  If we don’t change, then we can expect things to stay the same or deteriorate. The change may not have to be large but we do have to be consistent, observant and keep records to assist our memories.
2.  Everyone is different.  This is why the tools we have developed are aimed at individualizing the MEND factors.  We cannot tell others what’s right for them.  We can only give our own experiences and research.
3.  Most importantly, each person must be able and willing to make the changes themselves.  We cannot do it for someone else.  If a person is unable or unwilling to make changes, then this is not the right place for her or him.  Some are lucky to have a dedicated caregiver who will assist in making the changes but the will to change remains the responsibility of each one of us.
If you have a food sensitivity, here are some ideas:
1.       Alert your hostess ahead of time that you have a lot of allergies and that you will bring food for yourself (or some to share with others too.)  That way your hostess does not feel stressed out and you can relax and enjoy the event.
2.       Eat ahead of the event.  Do not go out hungry or you will be tempted to eat things you will regret.
3.       Prepare a treat for yourself for when you return so that you have it to look forward to throughout the event and can then resist the treats that will give you symptoms.
4.        To maintain your willpower, keep up your sleep and your contact with supporters whether friends or family.
5.       Pace yourself.  If you know you cannot go out two evenings in a row without consequence, plan for extra rest.  Manage your expectations.  Less is more if you truly enjoy rather than being too pooped to participate.
6.       Watch out for environmental stressors such as the outgassing from Christmas trees (natural or otherwise) and the scented products all around.  Even gifts you buy can outgas so don’t keep wrapping paper or new items in your bedroom.  Sleep in a clean environment and give yourself a chance.
7.       Be a good example.  When you have guests over, set a good example by asking if there are any food sensitivities at time of invitation, providing healthy food choices where possible (but delicious of course) and be considerate of time and effort.
I have had recent experience surviving an extremely stressful time.  Some things that helped keep me through may help you with the holiday stress. They were as follows:
1.       My rotation diet helped me make healthy choices on days when I might have succumbed to eating junk.  I would come home from the hospital, hungry and tired.  I would think of grabbing just anything that came to hand and then I would think of what day on the rotation it might be.  Yes, there was usually something in the refrigerator, freezer or cupboard that would fit.  My homemade, customized, meal-in-a-bowl soups were in the freezer.  Appropriate fruit and vegetables were in either the refrigerator or freezer.  Proteins were sometimes canned but still on the rotation schedule.  I had stockpiled my few bread and cracker choices in freezer and cupboard.  Phew!  Every day that I could eat healthy was a day that saved me from crashing.
2.       My routine of organizing a week’s worth of supplements at a time really, really helped.  The scent assessment of my crucial nutrients could happen quickly at that time. My routine of ordering the nutrients once a month so that I did not run out also saved my bacon.  Without my individualized nutrient regimen, I would have crashed.  Those who knew me when I was so severely ill have marveled at my stamina in meeting the challenges of this year.
3.       My routine of walking every day and doing specific stretches to keep my problem joints out of trouble helped a great deal too.  The walk might have to be short but in that case I would choose a more challenging route.  The stretches might only take 10 minutes but that was enough to keep some pain at bay.
4.       Environment was tricky because I was exposed to so many different conditions but I was very aware of keeping my hands washed and limiting exposures to chemicals elsewhere. Thank you to Jo-Ann, Joan, Gracie, Mary Grace and Jo-Anne, for driving me to the hospital so often to reduce the environmental stressors.
A member has found that Osteo Prime Plus has a good natto-based source of K2.  She also mentioned cesium as a possibility in reducing body acidity.
A member is investigating whether avoiding supplements containing silicates (many, many) and using a bioavailable form of silica will help reduce some of the bumps along her bones. 
Dr. Alan Gaby’s reference, Nutritional Medicine, says that silicon has a high affinity for oxygen and forms silicates by binding with oxygen and a cation such as magnesium or aluminum.  (That should raise some eyebrows. D.)  Silicon is found at active calcification sites in bone.  No surprise to us (after Strolling Under the Skin,) silicon is a key component of protein complexes of connective tissue.  Silicon may contribute to the structural integrity of connective tissue so it is often discussed in treatment of osteoporosis.  Points to note about silicon supplementation include that silicon must be balanced with molybdenum.  There’s a classic pairing for scent testing.  Gaby says it is more prudent to supplement with both.  Foods high in silicon include non-alcoholic beer, bananas, green beans, root vegetables and soybean meal but bioavailability varies considerably.  Spring horsetail is an herb with high silicon content.  Be conscious of the amount and type of silicates found in your supplements.
A member expressed concern about MSG and the many names it hides behind.  Any food that is cooked in a way to produce dark brown material or surfaces will have natural MSG.  If you think you are sensitive, check out our book,  A New Spin on the Rotation Diet, for ways of cooking to avoid the browning.  Our member suggested avoiding items with these ingredients: Monosodium Glutamate / Monopotassium Glutamate / Glutamic acid/ Gelatin/ Yeast extract / Calcium Cascinate/ Autolyzed Yeast / Sodium Caseinate/ Yeast Nutrient/ Hydroloyzed or Textured Protein…
Since so many are sensitive to yeast, sugar, wheat, gluten, egg, etc., we were interested in Rita Palumbo’s efforts to produce gluten-free sourdough bread which has no egg or baker’s yeast.  It is delicious, slices, thin, makes sandwiches and toasts beautifully.  She also has a multigrain, low-glycemic bread.  In the New Year, her project is to produce a vegan bread with no yeast or rising agent at all.  Way to go, Rita.  Her bakery, Zia Rita’s, in Bath is just around the corner, behind Breaking Bread Bistro.  Get your holiday orders in soon at info@ziaritas.com.
Andrea Hilborn (writing a column every other week in the Whig Saturday edition) and Alana Kuhn are coming to Kingston shortly.  Their clinic, Kingston Natural Route Health, will be located at 805A Bayridge Dr., Kingston  with phone 613-876-2855.   They brought gift bags for everyone with some left for members at the next meeting.  Thanks so much.

November 2012 Report


(Movement, Environment, Nutrition and Diet)

Health Pursuits Meeting Notes – Nov. 05, 2012  (by J.Therrien)

Thank you to Jane and Jo-Ann for leading the meeting and making notes.  (Much appreciated. D)

The next meeting will be Monday, Dec.3, 2012 at Isabel Turner Library, 7 pm as usual.

Also as usual for this time of year we will have our food-sensitivity-friendly display of fruit for a treat.  It will be supplied in honour of our late Board Member, Christopher Dawber, who passed on Nov.12, 2012.  Thank you to the many members who helped out during this difficult time.

We will be welcoming two new Board Members in the next newsletter.  Stay tuned for more news.

Also promised to be present at this meeting will be Andrea Hilborn, ND and her colleague.

Thank you to Jane Banyard for making the following presentation at the November meeting.  Two copies of this book have been purchased and given to the library system for access by members.

“Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox” by Dr. Kate Rheaume-Bleue

Jane Banyard began the evening with a review of the book “Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox” by Dr. Kate Rheaume-Bleue. Please see her very informative book review notes at the end of this document. Three main points that stood out:

  1. The function of Vitamin K2 is to move calcium around the body, guiding it into the bones and teeth where it belongs, and out of our arteries where it causes problems.
  2. K2 deficiency can be attributed to the switch from pasture-feeding animals to the current trend of grain-feeding them.
  3. The fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, K) need to work together for optimum bone building. If we take too much of one fat-soluble nutrient, that creates a corresponding need for more of the others.

After Jane’s presentation the attendees discussed issues and updated the group on their progress.

Nitrate-Free Meats and Migraine Headaches

One member has been experiencing more headaches lately. Nitrates in foods trigger her headaches so she avoids nitrate foods. However, she has started to eat nitrate-free processed meats but now suspects that the liquid smoke in these products might also be a migraine trigger for her.

Another member questioned whether the celery seed that is now used to preserve these foods instead of nitrates can be a problem, maybe even more of a problem than the nitrates…  Note:  Celery is high in sodium.  If you are sensitive to changes in blood pressure (as in migraines) then the high sodium in the processed meats may be the problem.  Some people are just plain sensitive to celery and all the carrot family.

Ticks and Tea tree Oil

A member stated that, in her experience, putting tea tree oil on ticks will cause them to fall out.

Time Change Weekend Impacts Medication Timing

An interesting note related to the time change, especially in the autumn when an hour is added: it can negatively impact those who need to take medications at specific times and can precipitate a challenging period of adjustment to get back on track.


A family member who recently contracted shingles is looking for any recommendations that might lessen the symptoms, primarily the nerve pain associated with shingles. Some suggestions from the group:

  • Traumeel cream for pain (as long as the skin is not broken).
  • Neuragen PN is a homeopathic topical oil that has been successfully used by another family member who experiences peripheral neuropathy pain. It is fairly expensive (about $30 for 15ml) and is available at Rexall.
  • Lysine amino acid and GABA were also suggested.
  • Dr. Alan Gaby’s reference book, Nutritional Medicine, suggests vitamin C, and vitamin B12 may shorter the episode.  Topical capsaicin and peppermint oil may help releve symptoms.  Adenosine monophosphate by injection apparently helps but probably is not accessible here.

There was some discussion re whether senior citizens would benefit from taking the shingles vaccine. One member heard that it is one of the few vaccines that may be well worth considering. Another member stated that the vaccine may not prevent shingles but may lessen the symptoms (but may potentially cause shingles… hmm).

Shoulder and Joint Pain

One of attendees stated that she has been experiencing shoulder and joint pain. Group suggested that the best place to start would be to do the smell test to see if she might have any nutrient deficiencies. Magnesium status should be checked carefully as it can be involved in any pain situation from swallowing to leg cramps. Another member said that when she eliminated nightshades from her diet that she felt the positive effects of pain relief within a few days. Using the Rotation Diet to identify food sensitivities might be another good place to start.

Positional Sleep Apnea

One of the members stated that she found out this summer that she has positional sleep apnea. Her physician advised her not to sleep on her back and suggested that she wear a fairly large backpack at night to stop her from rolling onto her back in her sleep. She said that her Spiderman backpack is working like a charm!

Jane Banyard Book Review Notes: Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox by Dr. Kate Rheaume-Bleue

This is a 2012 book by Canadian Dr. Kate Rheaume-Bleue, a naturopath in Ancaster, Ontario.

The apparent contradiction the title’s referring to is that a calcium deficiency in the bones often exists at the same time there’s a calcium excess in the arteries of the same people, as osteoporosis and heart disease show up together. There’s really the right amount of calcium, it’s just in the wrong places. The incidence of both these conditions has increased dramatically in the past century. What’s going wrong, and what’s changed?

Rheaume-Bleue points to a deficiency in Vitamin K2 in our modern diet. K2 is very different from the K1 that’s known for clotting. The function of Vitamin K2 is to move calcium around the body, guiding it into the bones and teeth where it belongs, and out of our arteries where it causes problems.

What does K2 deficiency look like? Osteoporosis, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, varicose veins, wrinkled skin, dental cavities, Crohn’s disease, kidney disease, narrow crowded dental arch, alzheimer’s, arthritis, ms, infertility – all these and more point to a K2 deficiency. And the author goes on to conclude that essentially everyone who eats a standard North American diet is deficient; how the deficiency manifests is the only question.

So what’s changed to cause such a widespread shortage? It was largely the shift from pasture-feeding to grain-feeding animals that happened in the middle of the last century. Until then, farm animals grazed on grasses that were high in Vitamin K1, which they converted to K2, and we then consumed. We can get our own K1 from greens, so a deficiency of K1 is rare in humans who eat vegetables, but our bodies don’t effectively convert it to K2. Our best sources of Vitamin K2 used to be meat, eggs, and butter from pasture fed animals, but now most animals eat grain.

If you’ve ever come across the work of Dr. Weston Price – he was a dentist in the early 20th century who studied the diets of isolated primitive cultures – he identified an ingredient that he named “Activator X” that was responsible for keeping people in those cultures healthy until they left their traditional ways and adopted processed diets. That ingredient is now known as Vitamin K2.

So if you think you’re deficient in Vitamin K2, what can be done? The high road would be to source all your meat, eggs, and butter from pasture-raised animals. That may be outside your budget.

There is one more food option, a traditional Japanese superfood called natto made of fermented soybeans. In the eastern part of Japan where it’s commonly eaten the incidence of hip fractures is much lower than in the rest of the country, pointing to natto’s major impact on K2 supply. Unfortunately, though, not everyone can get used to natto. It has a strong smell that has been likened to gym bags, and a stringy slimy texture that some people call mucousy. If you’re game to try it, though, the Asian Market at 354 Princess sometimes sells frozen natto. It’s actually not hard to make – it cultures something like yogurt, with a particular inoculant. I learned to eat it to be polite when I lived in Japan. There it’s said to be the one food a foreigner can never love, and I don’t love it; but I make it and eat it.

If trying new foods with foul smells and disturbing textures is not for you, then Dr. Kate Rheaume-Bleue strongly recommends a Vitamin K2 supplement. It turns out there are two main forms of K2, which are abbreviated MK4 (menatetrenone) and MK7 (menaquinone). MK4 is the form in meat sources, and its supplements are synthesized from a tobacco extract. MK7 is extracted from natto, the soybean food. If you’re sensitive to soy, you won’t want to take MK7.

Here’s where it’s particularly helpful that the author’s Canadian: She explains a dose discrepancy that I hadn’t been able to resolve between studies I’ve read and what’s on the shelves of stores. It seems that Health Canada doesn’t know there is a Vitamin K2, so the limit they’ve put on Vitamin K1 supplements – 120 mcg per dose – also applies to Vitamin K2 sold in Canada. This works quite well if you’re taking the MK7 form, as 120 mcg is an effective daily dose according to many studies. But with MK4, it would take about 38 of the legal Canadian dose pills per day to have a measurable impact on our bodies. The price alone is prohibitive. For those who are sensitive to soy, MK4 is the only form you’ll be able to tolerate, so it might be worth a drive across the border to where you can buy MK4 in therapeutic doses at a reasonable price.

There are some other potential issues with MK7 that the author doesn’t identify. Some people develop heart palpitations when they take it. Personally, I stopped sleeping well after taking it for a while, and the problem went away after I gave up the supplement. Natto doesn’t seem to bother me, though. Of course, as with all these things, your experience may be different.

The book contains a wealth more information on the interactions between nutrients.  The author firmly believes, as we do, that no one nutrient can solve all our problems, and that supplements can’t take the place of a healthy diet and lifestyle. She devotes a fair bit of time to discussing the interaction between Vitamin D, Vitamin A, and Vitamin K2, as none of these fat-soluble vitamins can work if there’s a shortage of one of the others. She also has sections on magnesium and Vitamin E.

For me, my particular interest in Vitamin K2 has to do with turning around osteoporosis, but my family line is riddled with the other conditions that are linked to a K2 deficiency. I’d started taking a lot more Vitamin D for the sake of my bones, but it’s very helpful to know that all this extra D is useless with inadequate K2.

Also, I’d read warnings that Vitamin A was toxic to bones, largely because it can increase the activity of the osteoclasts, which are the cells that clean away old bone, to the detriment of the bone-building osteoblasts. But it turns out that this isn’t actually the fault of Vitamin A itself, but of a shortage of D or K2, as the three are meant to work together for optimum bone building. If we take too much of one fat-soluble nutrient, that creates a corresponding need for more of the others. Back to Vitamin A, I’ve been perplexed by the fact that my Vitamin A keeps testing sweet, even though I eat a lot of beta-carotene foods, and was taking a beta-carotene supplement. This author brought to my attention the fact that many people don’t absorb beta-carotene much or at all, because of a genetic variation, so they need to take preformed Vitamin A, or retinol.

Incidentally, the test kit’s Vitamin K2 is the MK4 form, the one that comes in doses too small to be worthwhile. It would be worth experimenting with sniffing MK7, as that’s the Vitamin K2 supplement that’s most available here.

I strongly recommend you read this book; don’t just go buy a supplement. You don’t have to have osteoporosis or heart disease to learn something useful from it.

October 2012 Report

(Movement, Environment, Nutrition and Diet)


Next Meeting: November 5, 7 pm, Isabel Turner Library Recommended Reading:
Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox by Dr. Kate Rheaume-Bleue.  Anyone with
bone density concerns is urged to read this book and we have ordered copies
for the library system.

THANKS to the many friends/members who have helped me through this difficult
time for my husband, Christopher.  He is in hospital awaiting a transplant,
KGH, Kidd 9, Rm. 930.  Visitors tire him too much but a card would be


If we didn’t already have an inkling that gluten causes major problems, Dr.
Oz had a program recently on the subject.  The young woman who was the
example had migraine headaches, bloating, cramps, irritable bowel, acne,
aches and pains, depression, you name it — and was on different medications
for every symptom which caused even more symptoms/side effects.  She had
been told by more than one, of course, that it was all in her head.

Today, she is gluten-free, symptom-free and medication-free.

Interestingly, the world expert suggested that none of the testing is
useful.  The best strategy is to just go gluten-free and see what symptoms
disappear over time.  It can take months to clear the gluten proteins so
patience is required.

He also suggested that simple, whole foods — vegetables, protein, fruits —
are better than processed foods.  Something that applies to us all.


A member has received great support, advice and encouragement from Dr. Riina
Bray at the Environmental Health Clinic and from Dr. Robert Kidd of Renfrew
in regards to a health situation developed after receiving 13 mercury
amalgam fillings at one go.  The member was in exceptional health and was a
national level athlete before the incident.  We congratulate him on his
success so far and wish him ever increasing health in the months to come.
He has used nutritional and dietary strategies to good effect and is hoping
to use more exercise as his condition improves.


We once had a member who made microowave ovens chirp as she passed.  She
also seemingly caused an elevator to stop/malfunction.  She had a severe
magnesium deficiency.  Another member had such a sensitivity that she had to
turn off the power to her house one mid-winter.  Even her landline phone had
to be outside on the doorstep.  She had a number of nutritional deficiencies
and when they were corrected she became much less sensitive.

If you experience a shock when opening your car door or walking across a
rug, magnesium deficiency may be the reason

Anyone experiencing electromagnetic sensitivity should have their nutrient
levels checked very carefully using the best tests available.

Of course, with any sensitivity, avoidance is the first line of defence as
well.  Electrical equipment can vary gretaly in electromagnetic output so
you want the lowest you can manage.

A member has given me a copy of Dr. David Fancy’s article on the subject.
You can look him up on the Brock University Faculty, Dramatic Arts


Two members of the group attended the recent excellent lecture on Lyme
disease by a retired MD from BC, Dr. Ernie Murakami, who has made it a
mission to inform people across the country on appropriate testing and
treatment protocols.  Copies of Helke Ferrie’s book, Ending Denial, were
donated to the library, if anyone does not have a copy and Green Door
Vitamins may still have copies for sale.  Elizabeth May of the Green Part is
introducing a private member’s bill on national protocols for diagnosis and
treatment of Lyme Disease, an initiative well worth supporting by contacting
your MP.

Dr. Daniel Michel, MD, DO (Fr.)

Robert Black, DO, RMT, lead us through the Qi Gong sequence now that winter
is imminent.  If you wish a fifteen minute instruction session.  Call Robert
at 613-544-3331.

1.  Friction using side of hand under clavicles, emphasizing stroke to
2. Friction on sides of body about nipple level using flat of hand,
emphasizing down stroke.
3. Friction from under 11th rib upward to xyphoid notch with edge of
hand, emphasizing toward centre to activate lymph gland system.
4. Friction up and down sternum emphasizing upstroke to activate
5. Friction from mid-chest knob of the clavicle upward on neck to angle
of jaw, fingers on jaw and thumb moving up from clavicle to stimulate
thyroid and lymph ganglia.  Allows energy to move from head to chest and
6. Friction just above Adam’s apple across neck using edge of hand.
7. Friction using edge of hand across below lower lip and above upper
lip to stimulate two meridians running from pelvic floor to lips, one in
front and one behind.  Keep tip of tongue on palate to bridge meridians.
Enhances return of energy.
8. Friction spiraling up sides of nose to mid forehead with side of
index finger to clear sinuses and nasal cavities.
1. Friction on both clavicles.
2. Friction on both sides.
3. Friction Lower ribs.
4. Friction Down from lower ribs to pubic arch on ‘six pack’ for heat
to penetrate lymph in the belly, hormonal and immune system.
5. Friction inguinal creases, an acupuncture area for circulation
between trunk and legs.
1. Put pressure on sternum between hand and sternum so they work as
2. Continue and breathe to feel relation between hand and sternum and
vice versa.  Inhale and sternum takes energy.  Exhale and sternum returns
3. Pressure on sternum to increase suppleness.  Big in-breath and then
let it rebound.
4. With a slow breath vibrate sternum.
5. With a slow breath vibrate sternum saying, “Ooo,” on
out-breath.(Sound of spleen.)
6. Back to reasserting relation of sternum and hand.


In this group we have four tools to heal: diet, movement or exercise,
nutrition (supplements and the smell test kit.) and the cleaning of one’s
environment. For me there has always been a fifth healing tool and that tool
is detoxification. The main detoxification tool that I use is the enema and
my use of the enema has nothing to do with constipation. The word enema I am
sure could be one of the top ten most embarrassing words in the English
language, and as I began this talk there were moments of accute
embarrassment at the thought of what I was writing. And if talking about it
makes us this embarrassed, the idea of having an enema might be worse.
Nervousness does not even beginning to describe the feelings I felt as I
first walked up the steps for my first appointment with the Colon Therapist
but I got over it and here I am ten years later talking and hopefully soon
laughing about enemas. I am hoping we might get past some of our nervousness
and I hope you guys feel free to ask questions and make comments. That will
certainly help me and my embarrassment. And even better if some of you might
find this very effective tool a little more easy to try should you wish to.
And for those who just don’t want to go there, I willl  throw in some other
detox method suggestions at the end.
Why the enema? I find it to be the single most effective tool for decreasing
pain and an equal to anyother tool for decreasing anxiety. It also helps
with allergic reactions. How do we become toxic? Two ways. We become toxic
when our immune systems are weakened and  so is our ability to rid our
bodies of poisons. And secondly, when we are exposed to environmental
Our bodies naturally detoxify themselves through the skin in sweat, through
our exhaling breath, through our urine and our bowel movements. When our
bodies are working properly the poisons we take in are within the ability of
our detoxing organs to clear out. We stay in balance. Those of us who become
sick with too high a toxic load do so either by being poisoned by their
environment or by a weakened immune system that cannot detoxify itself. Like
probably many of us, I believe I am both those things.
I see evidence of a weak  immune system in my history:
As a girl, I spent many summers with bad outbreaks of poison ivy that
carried on until I was about thirty. I had an strange illness at six that
involved swollen joints. I have had emotional and mental health problems
since my mid twenties. I have had a chronic immune illness since age 35. I
get sickest in the late summer suggesting sickness in relation to allergies.

I also have a history of exposure to toxins:
I worked ten years as a nurse, six in a hospital. As a nurse I was exposed
to mercury, antibiotics, medications, radiation, infections, needle pricks,
and high-end cleaners. After nursing I spent four years of art school  being
exposed to paint fumes, mineral spirits, printmaking chemicals and fumes
from various other art media. I spent 22 adult years living in a 160
year-old house that had a permanently wet basement. I became aware of
toxicity illness the first time during art school when I became very ill and
felt it was from the oil paints. Five years later I was again toxicity sick
after loosing 50 pounds. At the time I felt the toxins that were normally
stored in my fat were now mobilized and making me sick.
I mentioned a late summer sickness peak. My summer sickness shows the
vicious circle of external toxins and weakened immune system. The allergens
(or external toxins) so rampant in the late summer create an allergic
reaction in me. And the allergic reaction within my body creates a weakened
immune system and then I am too weak to fight off the allergins.
In my late thirties, it was suggested to me to try colonic enemas. By that
time I had hives covering most of my body. I had food intolerances with
terrible diarhhea and joint pain. So I decided to try enemas. I went to a
colon therapist.
The Colon Therapist Colonic Enema Experience:
The client lies on her side. The therapist inserts a metal plug in the
client’s behind that acts as a two way passage. It allows water to come in
and waste to go out and it plugs up the bum to prevent leaking. I am pretty
sensitive about my behind and yet this did not hurt at all. This therapist
allowed the water to run in using gravity, there was no pump so no
possiblity of force. During a colonic, the therapist stops and starts the
process based on the client’s comfort. I could say stop when ever I wanted
to and she would. I was told,  turn to one side, turn to the other side,
stay on your back. My therapist massaged my abdomen to gauge how my
evacuation was going and to dislodge material that may be stuck. She washed
through me between 10 and 20 gallons of water but I am sure I never had more
than a cup or two in me at one time. I think what she did was run water in,
clamp, wait a few moments and run it out. It is a tidy operation. The waste
leaves the room via the tubing, no fuss, no bother. The enema takes about
forty-five or fifty minutes and then the tubing and plug is removed and the
client spends time on a toilet getting any remaining water and waste out. I
did feel nausia at this time. That process cost me fifty-five dollars about
eight years ago. I looked it up this afternoon and I found a place in the
downtown that charges $100 for 30 minutes of enema. I do wonder if there is
someone else out there more reasonably priced.
A friend once said to me that she stayed away from healing tools that
involved regularly paying a practioner. Being financially challenged at the
time, I thought that was sound advice and went to work finding a home system
for my enemas. I was a retired nurse after all. This wasn’t rocket science.
The information on the internet is bountiful and my generous colon therapist
loaned me her book,  Tissue Cleansing through Bowel Management, by Bernard
Jenson. At eighteen Mr. Jenson became ill and was supposed to die. Instead
he died a very old and, up until the end, a healthy man. His book is
considered a classic.
How to do a Home Colonic Enema:
The equipment: Online there are many sites that sell colonic enema equipment
but mostly what is needed is a colema board (colema is a fancy word for
colonic enema), tubing, a tubing tip and a pail. I am  passing around
pictures so you can see what I am talking about. You will also need a
shelf.. you can see the woman in the picture stacked what looks like two
waste paper cans on top of each other to make a shelf. I had one installed.
You also need a stool to support the head end of the board, a bit of olive
oil for lubricant, a bottle of peroxide and a couple of old towels. The
colema equipment might cost $350 dollars but that will pay for itself in
time compared to the therapist’s fees. Later in this talk I will tell you
the less expensive but more labour intensive way to set up. That is what I
did. My colon therapist told me it is better to have clusters of colonics so
that the bowel has good long stretches of doing its own jobs. Have three or
four in a week and leave it then for six weeks.
The Process:
Put your stool in front of your toilet. Set your colema board  between the
stool and the toilet. Fill your pail with warm water and add about a quarter
cup of peroxide. Attach the tubing to the pail and run water through it,
siphoning if need be. Attach the tubing tip. The tubing tip is just an
extension of the tubing with a side hole in it so it doesn’t clog. It is
separate also because it is the part of the tubing that gets really dirty.
Strip from the waist down.  Apply oil to your behind and to the tubing tip.
Lie down with your bum over hole and your knees up (see the pictures), use
one towel as a pillow an the other to cover yourself. Insert the tubing, you
know where, about two or three inches. You need to hold the tubing in place
so a rubber glove  might be nice. The fancy boards have a notch so you don’t
have to hold the tubing. With your other hand masage your belly to get
everything moving. Stop and start water using the clamp or a clothes pin as
comfort dictates. I find 5 gallons takes about 25 minutes. Know it might be
uncomfortable but that it will feel great when it is done. When you are done
wash everything with soap an water. When you are done that, give it all a
spray with peroxide. I run diluted dettol through the tubing using a small
funnel and soak the tubing tip in it as well.
How to get the tubing into your bum: I am covering all the bases here to
take all the mystery out. Before you are doing the real deal, have a
practice run lying on your bed with a enema tip and a bit of oil. Practice
will take the distress down 75%. Feel with your fingers where your target is
and feel with your fingers where the tip of the tubing is. Also try the
hand-between-the-legs approach and compare it to the hand-under-the-bum
approach. Both are right.
Let’s  compare the colon therapist vs. the home set up.
The colon therapist, what I didn’t like:
The expense, no shower( just a washcloth and a sink), and a trip home with
possble threats of bowel upset. Public transit. I found it really
uncomfortable having another person doing this for me. I felt at the time
that even though it would be very difficult to give myself a five gallon
enema, it had to be easier than having another person doing it for me. But
that was me. And she kept telling me she saw yeast and telling me to stop
eating flour and fruit. That drove me crazy. It could have been helpful
information, but I didn’t like it.
The colon therapist what I did like:
She looked after everything. She was nice and she did the belly rubbing for
me. With her I had a way bigger detox. After her I was completely empty. I
can do home colonics regularly and then go for a professional one and it
will eliminate all kinds of old material! And then my pain will be less.
Home colonics, what I don’t like:
The biggest negative with the home colonic is getting the setup. There is
either a big financial outlet or a big work outlay. The first colonic you do
at home is a bit scary. In the beginning the enemas are more crampy. As you
go on they get easier. So with the home setup you have to face the beginning
troubles alone. After three or four tries then it becomes routine and other
than the odd water flood things are okay. I have a habit of not paying
attention and overfilling the water recepticle.
Home colonics, what I like:
I am at home. I am home. I am home. A shower afterwards. And if the mood
strikes me, afterwards, pajamas and a movie. Once you have the setup, zero
expense. I give myself a 5 gallon colonic not a ten or twenty gallon colonic
so , no  upset bowels. I can do it once or twice a week because it take only
takes time, no appointments or money. Honestly, I can say I almost enjoy my
home enemas, I think because I feel so good afterwards I am conditioned now
to like them.
Something to consider when comparing the Home Colonic to the Professional
Colonic. I think it was in my best interest to start my home colonic career
having had a few professional colonics because I had been really thoroughly
been cleaned out before I set about tackling my own enemas.
Instructions for making a homemade colonic setup:
Build the board: The details are in the news letter but it involves
urethaning a plywood board and attaching half a pail to it to act as a
backsplash.  After writing this I plan on revamping my board to have a
permanent backsplash using bathroom caulking. I am excited.
[The Board with Backsplash: Cut plywood 4’X 2.5′. Sand both sides. Buy a
small pail with a lip. The pail diameter should be about 12 inches. Cut a
circle the size of the open end of the pail at one end of the board. To mark
where you will cut, set the board up as you will when you use it and make
sure the hole will be over the toilet bowl. You will be cutting about half
the pail away. What will be remaining is two thirds of the rim about one
third of the pail bottom. Then set it over the hole, lining up the rim with
the edge of the cut hole. Mark both the pail rim and the wood edge of the
hole with a marker in four places so you can drill corresponding holes. You
will be passing screws through the holes to join the pail to the wooden
board. I leave the screws without nuts so i can easily take the board apart
to clean. I use packing tape and line the seam to prevent leaking. Now, set
aside the screws and and half pail. Put three coats of urethane on the board
so it is really washable.]
The water jug and tubing:
I installed a strong shelf that could hold five gallons of water. The shelf
needs to be close to the toilet and to the water source. My shower head is
on a long hose, so that is what I use to fill. The water jug is just a five
gallon pail and the tubing is $2 a foot at Shoppers Home Health Care. The
tips you may have to either buy on line or cut the end off an enema bag. The
Shoppers  guy said you may be able to buy a tip at the pharmacy. Using a
regular pail with no spigot, you will need to weight the tubing to keep it
from floating up. I use little metal do-dad with an elastic.
Important things to remember when doing enemas:
We deplete minerals and natural probitotics when we have enemas. We must
always remember to take our mineral supplements and our probitotics. And
once I decided enemas were for me, I had a water filter put on my water
system. Not the big reverse osmosis kind, just a carbon filter from Home
I was a well established colon-cleanser by the time I rolled in the doors of
the Health Pursuits Group. There I made my first contact with other people
who gave themselves enemas. Finding others helped with the embarrassment and
the doubt and it was fun too. Not all the people I met at the Health
Pursuits used enemas, but a few did and those that did had a code word for
the process. They called it a Hot Date with Juan Valdez. Juan Valdez was the
man from the coffee comercials. The code word had a coffee connection
because these women put coffee in their enemas instead of water. The other
difference from my process was that these women gave themselves retention
enemas. A retention enema is putting 1-2 cups of water into your lower bowel
and holding it for ten or so minutes, then sitting on the toilet. One last
note, the best way to buy an enema bag in Kingston is to buy a Sitz-bath
because each Sitz-bath has an enema bag included.  And just about every
drugstore sells Sitz-baths.
How to give yourself a retention enema:
Heat until comfortably warm two cups of preferably filtered water and pour
into enema bag. Don’t forget to run the water through the tubing. Hang the
bag on the towel rack. You might need a coat hanger to do this. Lubricate
your behind and the tubing. Lie down on the floor or some say in the tub on
an old towel with an old towel over you. Insert the tubing you-know-where.
Run the water in. Start and stop the water as you need to. Take the tubing
out and hold the cheeks of your bum shut with your hand. I found that really
helps. Lie there relaxing and breathing until you can’t wait any longer or
until ten minutes are up. Jump up and on the toilet and do your business.
Repeat. Expect rumbling guts and gas. Wash out the tubing with soap and
water and then run peroxide through it. Hang your bag with clamp open to air
dry. Have a shower and feel good after.
I ran this talk by a health Pursuits friend a few days ago and she told me
when she was a teenager she would come home from school some days and find
her mother’s enema bag hanging on the back of the bathroom door and it upset
her. She didn’t want to know what days her Mom had her enema. I leave my
water jug on the bathroom shelf at all times except for when my sister
visits. After all these years it isn’t that embarrassing. It was more
embarrassing in the beginning before I knew I felt better from my enemas.
How do I feel better? Enemas help me with body pain, emotional pain and
stability, the black rings under my eyes, my hives. Just about all my body
problems improve after an enema. I use these problems as a prompt to get me
to have an enema. I would like to go back to a life where I did them
regularly. This writing  has me inspired to do that.
When I showed up at Health Pursuits the enema was just about my only tool.
Here were a small collection of women who gave themselves enemas and yet
never mentioned them in meetings. Why not I thought. I am an old nurse and I
guess I thought I could take on the job of talking about it! When I told
Diane I would do this talk,  I said we can call it: Enemas, the Health
Pursuits Groups’ Best Kept Secret.
The Coffee Enema: Take 2 Tablespoons of organic ground coffee and add two
cups of filtered water. Bring to a boil for five minutes. Pour the coffee in
a container with two cups of cold water. This is to cool it down. Now it is
four cups. Pour two cups into the enema bag and follow the instructions for
the retention enema. Take the second two cups and repeat!
Let’s compare the Colonic Enema to the Retention Enema.
The Retention Enema what I like:
It is fast. The actual enema time is about half or less than that of the
colonic. One can use coffee and have a double acting detoxification. The set
up is smaller and the clean up is much smaller. The storage of equipment is
much smaller. This is good if you have teenagers. One builds bowel muscles
when they hold it during the retention.
The Retention Enema, what I don’t like:
I don’t like holding it and I have trouble holding it. It has not occured to
me until now that I could start with a one cup enema and build my way up to
two cups. When giving myself the second half of the retention enema I have
had all the liquid disappear and this disturbs me. I don’t know what
happens. And I have had accidents trying to get to the toilet. It is because
of accidents that some people lie and wait in the bathtub. Easy clean up.
There is no reason, if one has a colonic board that one couldn’t wait on the
board. Another brainstorm as I write!
The Colonic Enema, what I like: Not having to hold.
How Does the Enema Detoxify the Body?
When we have a bowel movement we expell toxins in our feces.  When we expell
old stool that has been packing the walls of our bowels our toxic load gets
lighter.When we get the lining of the large intestine wall clear and
exposing it to water we have a letting go of toxins. The toxins pass from
the wall of the bowel and into the water and are expelled. Our load lightens
again. The lining of the bowel that is used to storing toxins is now cleaned
out so the rest of the body sees the empty space and releases its toxins to
go to the bowel lining. And then we feel better.
Many things can lead to an unhealthy bowel. Age can make our bowel muscles
weaker. Weaker muscles create outpockets where old stool can gather. When we
have our first enemas many of us expell very old stool. Some of the pictures
I have seen on the internet and in Jensen’s books are shocking. The pictures
show big ropes of old stool. Once that is removed, so is a huge source of
poison. Thankfully I never saw what came out of me. One guy on the internet
said he found the marble he swallowed when he was five!
Coffee in enemas act on the liver causing it to dump toxins so we get a dual
detox with a coffee enema. Different detoxifying processes cause our bodies
to let go of different toxins. When I repeatedly give myself a colonic enema
I am consistently detoxing the same materials. I have always been leary of
coffee in an enema because I am sensitive to caffiene but in writing this
presentation I have learned that by adding the coffee at the most terminal
end of our digestive tract, it only backtracks as  far as the liver an then
the liver sends it back to the terminal end of the digestive tract and it
leaves the body. That is a simple explanation but it is the best I can do.
Recently my colon therapist told me that it is best to do coffee enemas in
clusters. Three in a week then wait several months. She said that the coffee
stresses the liver to get it to expell the toxins and with a chronic illness
like fibromyalgia the liver is already stressed.
Creative additions to the enema: At the end of a colonic enema, one can pull
out the colonic tube and have a small enema bag with special ingredients,
like coffee, ready to go. Just run the contents of the enema bag in and hold
for ten minutes. It is easy to hold once the bowel is empty. With a little
reseach one can find many different additions to the enema. Garlic comes to
mind. Garlic is a natural antibiotic and kills parasites.
Other effective forms of Detoxification I have tried:  Ionizing Foot Bath,
(I have bought my own), saunas, epson salts, parasite and yeast busting kits
from vitamin stores and massage.