Month: June 2017

The Federal Ministry of Health is considering revisions to the Canada Food Guide. As you can imagine there are plenty of lobbyists for various agricultural industries.
What do we know so far that could help?
We have found that vegetables and fruits should form the basis of the diet. Fresh as possible or flash frozen, organic where possible. No argument there.
There should be fats. Every cell is a fat sandwich. Some people also use fat for their energy needs.
There are saturated and unsaturated fats. There are omega 3, 6 an 9 essential fatty acids. Does anyone really know what fats or how much of any? What we do suspect is that transfats are definitely not on the menu. At least the latter could be discouraged or banned.
There should be protein. Proteins help us build and repair tissue and produce energy.
Phew! Every food has some kind of protein. However there is so much variation quality of the protein and in what people can digest, tolerate, accept, or access:
– meats (like beef, lamb, pork, venison),
– fish (100 food varieties at least),
– poultry (such as chicken and turkey),
– eggs (chicken, duck, quail, etc.),
– dairy (from cows, goats, buffalo, etc.),
– legumes (like soy, chickpeas and lentils),
– seeds (like quinoa and teff), nuts, and
– grains (like wheat, oats, rice, etc.)
We have so many who cannot digest dairy or eggs, so many who cannot digest wheat/gluten. Ditto beef, chicken, legumes.
That is why we ended up with individualization of diet. This is not a dodge – just reality. Although, Udi Erasmus said that ‘any philosophy of eating is bound to fail”, I think he would be happy with a philosophy of individualization within the bounds of vegetables, appropriate fats, and appropriate proteins– in sufficient quantities and variety to support good health.
It is heart-breaking to hear about children who are suffering from anxiety and depression to the point of being suicidal. We have had children make huge progress by reducing inflammatory factors and supporting nutrition.
If it is taking a long time (many days) to access care, you have time to try some strategies that may help your child.
Remove scented chemicals from the home. Examples include scented cleaners, detergents, fabric softeners, perfumes, air fresheners, shampoos, deodorants, etc. Use unscented alternatives. Chemicals may be causing brain inflammation.
Remove the most common allergens from the diet. These include wheat (gluten), corn, dairy, sugar, peanuts, chocolate, citrus, and soy. Diet is the most powerful strategy but it takes some planning to find acceptable substitutes. Food sensitivities can inflame the brain.
It may be useful to test the nutrients in case low stomach acid, low iron (from gut inflammation), low vitamin D, low magnesium or other item is affecting mental health.
Want a book to back up our suggestions? Read Dr. Doris Rapp’s “Is This Your Child?” It will open your eyes and may save a child unnecessary suffering. What is there to lose!

On a very hot day, it is worth thinking about water … and drinking lots of it.


Have a read of the following and see how much agrees with your views.