A Source of Information You Can Access

If you don’t already know about this source of information, you can access it at the addresses given just before the reference section.   Of course, I wish they had our strategy for monitoring overload and deficiency states but maybe some day. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, Sept 12, 2018 Seven Arguments for…
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Concomitant Allergies

  What are they?   If you are okay with 2 different substances, exposed separately but then have a reaction when exposed to both together, that is a concomitant allergy.   My favourite story is about a horse with asthma. Can you just imagine the inhaler mask and puffer?   Anyway, everything had been tried…
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SMOKE, AIR POLLUTION, POSSIBLE EFFECT ON MITOCHONDRIA, ANNE STEINEMANN, DR. REA and more

  A lot of topics around air pollution have come together so I will try to stitch them together.   This week’s release of a big study on the effects of air pollution on cognition (see link below) are interesting and not surprising. Those of us with MCS are very familiar with the brain fog,…
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GROWING OUT OF SILENCE: WELCOME, EMILY!

    Back in 1996, despite feminism, careers, and independent spirits, we were pretty quiet about what we were dong.   We had been given pronouncements, by our medical practitioners, that there was nothing to be done for us.   We refused to accept that and started in on a 20-year exploration of what might…
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Heartburn, Surprising Cause!

  Heartburn may have some surprising causes. My dentist recommended that I stop using baking soda and start using toothpaste. So I did. Back in April I had a stomach upset of some kind and my heartburn got worse after that. Betaine HCl smelled a little good so I started using that which helped a…
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The New Yorker’s article about new pain research

Healthpursuitsgroup Published by Diane Dawber · 2 mins · I found this interesting in that the researchers distinguished chronic pain from ‘alarm’ pain using MRI imaging. However, they are still not considering biochemistry since the MR imaging technology has not been coordinated with nutrients. When someone latches on to the idea that nutrients could affect…
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ANOTHER AMAZING HP MEMBER: MARY GRACE AMANN

    Mary Grace is one of the retired nurses in our original nurse/teacher group studying ways to better health. When we first met, Mary Grace had been in a hospital bed at home, on multiple inhalers for breathing problems and was making progress using nutrients from Shaklee.   For 20 years, Health Pursuits met…
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NEW EDITION OF ‘Nutritional Medicine’ by Dr. Alan Gaby

  ‘Nutritional Medicine’ is a 40 year labour by Dr. Alan Gaby to collect and collate reputable information (e.g. published, peer-reviewed articles) about nutrients and medical conditions. Since the first edition was published in 2011, we have used it to help interpret the Nutrient Scent Test results and to include information in the NST which…
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WHEN SUNSHINE DOESN’T HELP DEPRESSION

  The famous line about “April is the cruellest month’ definitely applies to depression. When the weather lifts and spring has sprung, we should feel good. However, when depression is involved, that may not be the case.   Vitamin D levels are at their lowest along about April and May because of lack of sunshine…
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BELATED MOTHERING DAY

Spring is well named. It happened with its usual 0 to 100 kph acceleration leaving gardeners in the dust so to speak. I’ve been busy in the actual garden and also in tending our Health Pursuits patch.   Mothering implies taking care of something. We apply it to children but also other people, pets, plants,…
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PAIN AND THIAMINE

  In Alan Gaby’s reference book, ‘Nutritional Medicine’, he gives a list of conditions that thiamine can help prevent — neuritis, neuropathy, back pain, sciatica, fibromyalgia, diabetes.   I just met someone who has severe pain – neuropathy, back pain, sciatica, and more. He had been to expert pain specialists who had given him a…
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RECENT THIAMINE TEST EXPERIENCES

    Interestingly, I have had quite a number of people testing positive on Thiamine recently. I can hardly open the bottle it smells so bad to me but these people found it quite pleasant.   Thiamine requires calcium and magnesium for aborption so that gets us into the whole calcium uptake situation with the…
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WHAT DID WE KNOW AND WHEN DID WE KNOW IT?

  Two pieces on CBC reminded me how important it was that our group met once a month for 20 years and shared information that we got from doctors, books, journal articles, etc. Not every piece of information passed the experience test. Those that did helped us all.   Almost ten years ago, we watched…
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YOU HAVE THE POWER!

  Of course, for those of you who have done the test, know how to test yourself and have individual nutrients that you typically need, you have the power to monitor your nutrient balance unless something changes like having the flu or a big life event or an accident.   I love it that so…
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WHAT THINGS MIGHT THE NUTRIENT SCENT TEST TELL YOU ABOUT YOUR HEALTH?

  Some people might have the impression that the NST gives results on 56 nutrients and then you just go out and supplement the ones you need.   It is not that straightforward which is why we supply a written report with every test and give food and other strategies, not just nutrients. Here are…
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THAT VITAMIN D TIME OF YEAR AGAIN!

  So often when people are not doing well in March or April, it turns out to be low Vitamin D. Depression, low energy, low immunity — could be low Vitamin D because we’ve used up our reserves from last summer and can’t make any more in our skins until about May. The sun just…
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WHAT KIND OF COUGH IS IT?

Below is an article about lots of different causes of coughs.  I found it interesting and timely so thought you might as well. This article may be reprinted free of charge provided 1) that there is clear attribution to the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, and 2) that both the OMNS free subscription link http://orthomolecular.org/subscribe.html and…
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OPEN LETER TO LADY GAGA ABOUT FIBROMYALGIA

  Dear Lady Gaga,   Sorry to hear you have had to cancel your tour because your FM has flared up so badly. The pain, fatigue and brain fog can be SOOOO debilitating!   We have such sympathy because so many of us in our Health Pursuits group have been through the FM diagnosis (a…
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HOW NUTRIENTS CHANGE…

  Today a woman did a retest after 3 weeks of working on the original test results. She had one day of remarkable change and then things reverted to previous symptoms.   What does this mean?   I remember a functional medicine doctor (Was it Abram Hoffer or Jeffery Bland perhaps?) who said if you…
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Just One Nutrient!

    It always amazes me when a person’s scent test shows that just one nutrient is deficient.   A recent test showed up just Vitamin A as needed while beta carotene (provitamin A) was not, often a sign that conversion is slow.   Scratching my head, I turned to Dr. Alan Gaby’s, ‘Nutritional Medicine’…
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A Sad Day…

  I feel sad when a person, who was offered the Nutrient Scent Test over a year ago, died this week from a heart issue. No idea whether we could have helped or not … but will never find out now.   Mitochondria within our cells produce energy for the heart muscle. Coenzyme Q10, magnesium,…
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YESTERDAY’S ENCOUNTER TO INSPIRE US!

Happy 2018 to everyone. Hope your strategies for surviving the holiday season in good shape have worked.   A really wonderful chance meeting happened yesterday with a couple who had done the NST 12 years ago! That was when we were just 3 years into the adventure and knew a fraction of what we know…
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BOOK CELEBRATION CONTINUES…

  It was a super time, on Monday the 11th, connecting with so many I have known from Health Pursuits. Thanks to everyone who came. I know that every book that goes out will help many people. Share the knowledge!   On Tuesday, Dec. 19, there will be another chance to meet at Sigrid’s between…
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DIGESTION AND THE NST (from the new book)

  A woman came to our group with a lot of symptoms – low energy, pain, indigestion, bloating, poor sleep, etc.. Sound familiar?   She was in a rush so she only did the scent test with the sample of betaine hydrochloride with pepsin which is where we always start.   The betaine smelled good…
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Book Celebration for ‘The Nutrient Scent Test’ on December 11 coming up fast but December 19th is now an option at Sigrids Natural Foods.

The celebration is at Isabel Turner Library, December 11, 12:30-5 pm.   Frontenac News is publishing a piece today if you receive that paper. I hope that community event listings in other papers will also appear.   Books are available at Sigrids, Novel Idea and Truesdales in Sydenham. Sheena has also offered to supply books…
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Our Book, THE NUTRIENT SCENT TEST is out!

A BIG YIPPEE! THE BOOK IS OUT! We are thrilled to announce the publication of the book, ‘THE NUTRIENT SCENT: new evidence suggests testing to individualize food and supplements for optimum health.’ The celebration happens on December 11th between 12:30 and 5 pm at Isabel Turner Library. Founding Members, books, treats and the author will…
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Quote from Siddhartha Mukherjee’s THE GENE on olfactory genes!

  All you users of the scent test are going to love what Siddhartha Mukherjee writes in his amazing book, THE GENE. The only parts I have inserted are between square brackets [..] for clarity to identify the noun associated with the pronoun. The rest are all his words.   p. 323 “Parts of it…
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LOW THYROID/MEAT CONSUMPTION

  Hi, Everyone,   While doing an NST, I discovered something (as almost always) that was interesting. L-carnitine tested on the negative (bad) side for the person. When I looked up in Dr. Gaby’s reference on L-carnitine, he said that people with low thyroid should not take L-carnitine. It could make the situation worse.  …
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IS SLEEPING ENOUGH OR IS DREAMING THE KEY?

  The article below delves into the REM sleep deprivation issue. Although I knew about the effect of alcohol consumption on sleep, I did not know the effect of cannabis. Since cannabis is a hot topic in the chronic pain community, I read over the article carefully.   There is a subset of chronic pain…
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ARLENE DICKINSON SAYS IT LIKE IT IS

  About 3 weeks ago, Arlene Dickinson, on Dragons’ Den, commented that despite all the advertised DNA tests, none of them really helped you know what to do about health risks. Then I read in the paper that genetic scientists had won the Nobel prize in physiology and medicine for their discovery of ‘clock’ genes.…
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NEW ONTARIO GOVERNMENT REPORT ON FM, ME, CFS, MCS, etc.

NEW ONTARIO GOVERNMENT REPORT ON FM, ME, CFS, MCS, etc. Thank you to Nancy Miller for forwarding this. http://health.gov.on.ca/en/common/ministry/publications/reports/environmental_health_2017/task_force_on_environmental_health_report.pdf
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JELLYFISH, SLEEP AND THE BRAIN

  On Saturday (Sept. 22, 2017) on Quirks and Quarks, a segment reported on research into whether jellyfish sleep or not.   Jellyfish were chosen because they are simpler organisms which would be easier to study. Apparently, these jelly fish react much more slowly to stimuli (e.g. being dropped into a tank of water) AT…
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ANTIDEPRESSANTS BUSTED!

  Finally someone has done a meta analysis of studies on antidepressants. Surprise! The results show that risk of death increases about a third over a decade with use of antidepressants. Link below. Years ago, we read ‘The Schwartzbein Principle II” by psychiatrist Diane Schwartzbein. She had done work studying which nutrients would increase (or…
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THE NUTRIENT SCENT TEST AGAINST RACIAL BIAS

  I am reading ‘The Gene’ by Siddhartha Mukerjee which contains accounts of the horrible eugenics experiments/programs in many countries. There is so much about racism/genetic ‘purity’ in the news these days that I thought you would like the support of this Health Pursuits experience. The Scent Test kit contains 2 forms of each of…
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MOOD and MICRONUTRIENTS? A NEW JOURNAL ARTICLE

  H, everyone, Many of us have been in the situation of poor mood or we know someone struggling with poor mood or even more severe mental health issues. Many have found relief in diet and nutrition strategies. We would have liked a journal article to recommend to those we encounter. Here you go! Save…
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HELP ON THE INTERNET?

    It is hard to know what to trust on the Internet.   Here is a You Tube series recommended by Susan who is a knowledgeable member. I watched the one mentioned and found it reliable.   Check out this nutritionalist on YouTube. I’ve been following her for several years and am impressed 99%…
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HYDRATION PUZZLES

    Our member near Peoria, Vilma, sent us an interesting article about hydration with some information and theories to consider. We have had people trying to sell us water forever but this has things you can do yourself. Please do comment as I’d love to hear your thoughts.   1. H302 water? What is…
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RESOURCE ARTICLE ON ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS ON HEALTH

  Many of us know how hard it is to explain the environmental piece of good health. Nancy Miller has found an excellent resource for doing so.   Just go to the following:   https://alisonmain.files.wordpress.com/2017/07/augsept_42_45_sm.pdf
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ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS CHANGING GUT FLORA???

  Maybe I have commented on this before but I think it may be very important to do two different things — retrain the tastebuds and also reduce the number of carbohydrate-feeding bacteria in the intestines as these bacteria can drive the craving for sweet. Dr. Abram Hoffer suggested that three days without the carbohydrates…
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MEMORY AFFECTED BY ENZYME FUNCTION?

    Dr. Wayne Sossin of the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital at McGill University has been a part of research into memory involving variations of the PKM enzyme. An article has been published in Current Biology according to cbc.ca.   They are just at the stage of studying how changing the enzyme using electrical…
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REVISIONS TO CANADA’S FOOD GUIDE

    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…
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Mother of 8-year-old with mental illness speaking out about lack of care CBC.ca/THE CURRENT June 20, 2017

  WHAT YOU CAN DO WHILE WAITING FOR CARE   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…
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How much do you agree with about drinking water?

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.   http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2017/06/06/drink-water-30-days_n_16959230.html  
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OPIOIDS & THE TRANSITIONAL PAIN PROGRAM AT TORONTO GENERAL: CBC Interview

  It is admirable that Dr. Hance Clarke and his team at Toronto General are helping people manage their pain with less medications and with strategies such as meditation, acupuncture, movement, etc.   I just wish that people could be aware that food/digestive issues, biochemical balance and household environmental toxins can have a large impact…
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BOOKS ON MOVEMENT AND EXERCISE FOR THAT PAIN IN THE BEHIND

  Today (Monday, May 29) on the CBC there were 2 interviews with authors of books on dealing with back pain.   These might be interesting to compare as book choices for the readers among us? Titles are “Crooked” and “The Back Mechanic.”   Unfortunately, they do not appear to deal with inflammation from food…
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The Scientists of “Smell” are catching up to us

Exciting to see that the science of smell or olfaction is catching up to what we have discovered. Besides the Nutrient Test kit we have, I bet there are more than a few of us who could track a string soaked in chocolate! Thank you, John McGann, for your work which gives us even more…
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ANY GOOD BOOKS OUT THERE?

  The original purpose of the Health Pursuits Reading & Research meetings was to discuss the books, journals and articles we were reading. We didn’t just discuss the books, we tried the strategies in them and reported back to the group. We did book reviews for a magazine. We even did an annotated anthology which…
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FURTHER EVIDENCE THAT PARKINSON’S MAY START IN THE GUT

  We have been aware, since we started in 1996, that intestinal condition affects many aspects of health from digestion, to generation of beneficial vitamins, to production of toxic substances, to immune function and more. Jane sent me this interesting study link which is not conclusive but certainly stimulates thought — and a wish for…
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ANOTHER ATTACK ON GLUTEN-FREE DIETS

  I am wondering if the wheat producers and the businesses who use wheat are alarmed at the popularity of gluten-free products because it is cutting into sales. There is now a Harvard academic going around trying to make the case that gluten-free diets do not reduce the risk of heart disease. Huh???? The headline…
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A DAY TO HOPE

Earth Day! Science Marches! Health Pursuits members rejoice. We are not alone in wanting our environment to be better. It doesn’t matter that goals are difficult to attain. What matters is that we have goals and keep on taking whatever steps we can toward them.   Clean water and clean air for everyone.   How…
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Spring Air Quality

    Since Spring has officially begun, we’re overdue for the air quality discussion.   Snow mould was a hazard a couple of weeks ago but sunshine should have cleared it away by now. Moulds and fungi are an outdoors problem when the weather turns damp, and last year’s vegetation rots. Sniffy noses, less energy,…
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TRANS FATS: What a Difference a Ban made

A study comparing the rate of heart attack in New York City, after its trans fat ban, compared with that of other state jurisdictions, shows a 6% reduction. Here’s the link. http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/trans-fat-ban-ny-1.4068142  
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LOOKING AT DEPRESSION FROM ALL ANGLES, SIDEWAYS AND UPSIDE DOWN

  The World Health Organization lists depression as the leading cause of disability in the world with 350 million suffering worldwide. In the US, 6.9 % of the population is estimated to be affected. The symptoms of depression include sleep problems, eating problems, lack of energy to do the simplest tasks, and suicidal thoughts. This…
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THE FLAWED STUDIES OF ANTIOXIDANTS

THE FLAWED STUDIES OF ANTIOXIDANTS   The Globe and Mail piece today assembles evidence that antioxidant supplements are not effective. Better to eat lots of fruits and vegetables.   We agree with the last statement but if you examine the evidence they cite, you will find studies that gave all their participants the same supplements…
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MEETINGS FOR LOCAL MEMBERS

Although the following meetings are in Kingston, we do have the videos.  If you want one, contact us at infor@healthpursuitsgroup.com We decided to chime in with the Community Foundation of Greater Kingston speaker series on Mental Health on May8. TUESDAYS at 7PM SERIES ON IMPROVING FOCUS & MOOD   Apr. 11, 2017 Mental Balance &…
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POST-TRAUMATIC GROWTH STUDY

POST-TRAUMATIC GROWTH STUDY Interesting on CBC radio this morning, an interview about a post-traumatic growth study at Algonquin. If you go to victimjusticenetwork.ca, you will find the questionnaire related to the study. Perhaps we should inundate them with information about the MEND factors that help people recover. I know myself that recovery from concussion and…
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GENOME AND EXPOSOME

ARE GENES DESTINY OR CAN WORKING ON YOUR EXPOSOME HELP?   Our genome is our genetic material, our DNA. There are many genes that are not expressed. E.g. a person can carry the gene for gluten-sensitivity and not be gluten-sensitive.   The ‘exposome’ is the new term for the collection of factors that affect which…
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On Saturday, I sat down to relax and idly was watching….

On Saturday, I sat down to relax and idly was watching The Great British Baking show on PBS where lots of elaborate goodies were being constructed. It suddenly occurred to me that when they were finished their hours of work, they still didn’t have anything very nutritious to eat! Realistically, spending half an hour on…
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Sugars are carbohydrates (carbs) but carbohydrates are not necessarily sugars.

Gary Taubes has been on the radio concerning his book about sugar. I haven’t read it but from experience, I can say a few things. Sugars are carbohydrates (carbs) but carbohydrates are not necessarily sugars. Vegetables and fruit have sugars. The sugars are combined with fibre and lots of nutrients. Whole grains have fibre, nutrients…
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