Supplements: Things you can do to help your recovery (Dr Peatfield)
Powerful adrenal helper, and therefore immune system too. Also acts as antioxidant, eliminating free radicals which cause damage to your body; builds collagen (the elastic fibres that keep your skin, bones, hair and nails supple and strong), helps maintain cellular integrity. The adrenals have the highest concentration of vitamin C than any other organ in the body. You need to take an awful lot more vitamin C than you probably realise to maintain optimum health, and that applies even more so when you’ve been ill for a long time.
Your body’s’ needs for vitamin C will vary from time to time, dependent on how well your adrenals and other systems are coping with whatever stresses they are trying to deal with at that time. How do you tell how much you need ? Very simple. You have to apply the Bowel Intolerance Test, which is a standard homeopathic medicine protocol. This means that you must take as much vitamin C as it takes to give you a slightly urgent bowel movement. Because vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin, the body takes what it needs, and chucks out the rest. You cannot over-dose on it. Find your current Bowel Intolerance level, then reduce that dose by 1 gram (1,000mg), and that will be your maintenance dose for the time being.
The average amount needed to give this result is about 9 grams daily. It’s best to take it in blocks of 2 grams, and on an empty stomach. Vitamin C neutralises stomach acid, so if you take it immediately before or after food, you will be unable to digest that meal properly. As you begin to get better, you will find that you need less vitamin C to reach the bowel intolerance level. If you become ill with a virus or a bug, or become generally run-down, you will need more. Sometimes it will take 3 grams to send you to the loo, sometimes it may take 30 grams. It all depends on how much your adrenals need at the time. Be prepared to adjust your dose accordingly.
This is an amazing herb, the active ingredient of which is called Silymarin. It is used widely in European emergency rooms as the standard treatment for fatal Amanita mushroom poisoning. Your liver will currently be extremely stressed, and needs as much help as it can get. This helps with allergies and intolerances, illness, hormone imbalances, and to generally relieve some of the load on your liver. Standard daily dose is 560mg, but if you experience a bad headache, nausea, shakiness, or feel “poisoned”, take another 560mg immediately. You will get to know how much of it you need to help your own particular system.
Another powerful herb, greatly helps the immune system. Take 20-25 drops every two hours for the first day at the onset of any virus or bacterial infection, and a maintenance dose of 20-25 drops twice a day thereafter. As you begin to get better, you won’t need to rely on it so much, but whilst your immune system is delicate, it’s an enormous help to take it every day.
Valerian and Hypericum:
Both of these herbs help with all the anxiety and depression that are common features of hypometabolic disorders. Valerian is very calming and relaxing. Take at any particularly stressful times, and before going to bed. Immensely helpful at those times when you cannot sleep, even though you feel utterly exhausted.
Hypericum (St Johns’ Wort) should not be taken if you are on any prescription medication for depression, and there are a few rare incidences of it interfering with the effectiveness of the contraceptive pill. If you are on the pill and take Hypericum, stop taking it if you experience any breakthrough bleeding or spotting. Other than that, it’s as safe as houses. It really is most effective at relieving depression, however badly you get it. One of it’s names is “Natural Prozac” !
Flax Seed Oil:
Rich in the essential fatty acids vital to reduce inflammation, this is very helpful wherever you have any inflamed conditions such as eczema, acne, rashes, arthritis (or any other -itis, since “-itis” means inflammation in medical jargon), inflamed bowel conditions, and even constipation. You may take up to 2 tablespoons a day. Add it on to food in place of other dressings or oils. It has a pleasant, slightly nutty taste. A useful note we are told by a local pharmacist that all of the hormone medications, such as thyroid and adrenal medications (so T3, Armour, cortisone, progesterone, etc), are better absorbed, when taken orally, in the presence of oily substances. If you can bear it, try taking a drop along with your meds.
Replenish Your Mineral Levels!
Read the “Nutrition An Overview” document, which you can also get from us at the clinic. You can buy good quality colloidal minerals from a number of suppliers, including Nutrimax, who can be reached on 01580 831 830. “Colloidal” is a term meaning that the particle size is extremely small 7,000 times smaller than a red blood cell, so it is far more readily available to your body than the larger particle sizes commonly found in other preparations such as tablets. A lot of vitamin and mineral supplements only give you roughly 20% of what they say they contain, because the body cannot absorb large particles effectively.
Where possible, buy your supplements in either a liquid or capsule form, since these are better absorbed. Also, many of the binders and fillers in tablets can cause sensitivity reactions if your liver is stressed, which it will be if you’ve been ill for a long time, it will be unable to cope and you are therefore likely to react badly to a lot of substances which would normally not cause a problem. Avoid coffee, if you can bear to. Coffee causes the liver an awful lot of work.
If you are the sort of person who can drink coffee to no apparent effect, this means that the two sections of your livers’ detoxifying system are not working in harmony. Phase One breaks down chemicals and passes them on in an even more potentially toxic form to the second phase, which then eliminates them. If drinking coffee makes you very “hyper”, Phase One is underactive and not breaking it down effectively, and extra loading then gets put on to Phase Two. If you are the opposite, and drinking coffee has little or no effect on you, then Phase One is overactive, which means it is producing even more toxic substances to be passed on to Phase Two. Drinking some herbal teas, is far less stress for your poor exhausted system. Some herbal teas are rich in all kinds of good and friendly things. Some are not! Please be aware that most Green Tea is high in Fluorides. Fluorides are toxically depressant for the Thyroid see http://www.rense.com/general67/theeffectsoffluoride.htm
An excellent Article on Teas & Fluorides – see http://www.bruha.com/pfpc/html/green_tea.html
Virtually every company selling Green Tea advertises it’s high fluoride content as “beneficial” in preventing cavities, promulgating the misleading and false data supplied for the last 50 years by the ADA/CDA and other dental health trade organizations, as well as various public health agencies. There are NO double-blind studies anywhere proving the efficacy of fluoride as a caries preventative (17). There ARE double-blind studies proving adverse health effects, at the level of 1ppm (1mg/l) in water.(18) There are no studies documenting safety at any intake level.
Drinking a cup of tea with fluoride content as mentioned above (7.8mg) would mean a fluoride intake much higher(!) than amounts which were actually given as medication to treat hyperthyroidism (-> over-functioning thyroid) for numerous decades in several countries specifically to reduce thyroid activity! [(2 -10 mg NaF/day => 0.9mg – 4.5mg F-)] (19,20,21,22)”
It goes without saying that where possible, you should try to eat organic produce. Less toxins = less loading. Less loading = better healing potential.