Being Gluten-Free Linked to Less ‘Brain Fog’ in Coeliac Study

In a paper published in Aliment Pharmacol in Jul 2014, the symptom of ‘Brain Fog’ in effect a loss of cognitive clarity was resolved after going gluten free.[1]

Irene T. Lichtwark, PhD student, School of Psychological Sciences, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, and colleagues examined the connection among a gluten-free diet, celiac symptoms, and cognitive function among 11 newly diagnosed patients with celiac disease (8 women and 3 men) aged 22 to 39 years.

The researchers tested patients for information-processing efficacy, memory, visuospatial ability, motor function, and attention before starting them on a gluten-free diet. The researchers tested patients again 12 weeks into the diet, and again after 1 year of adherence to the diet. The researchers conducted blood testing, intestinal permeability tests, and small bowel biopsies via gastroscopy at baseline, week 12, and week 52.

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Selected Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG Research Abstracts

Symbiosis between the gastrointestinal microbiota and the host is the basis for these health

benefits. In exchange for a stable environment and adequate nutrients, the microbiota play a role in maturation of the gastrointestinal tract, provide the host with nutritional contributions and help safeguard the host from harmful microbes. When this symbiosis is disturbed, introduction of naturally occurring intestinal microflora, like Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG, can assist in re-establishing homeostasis and optimal function.


To assist practitioners in the recovery of research papers that have utilised LGG as a primary organism for the determination of effects and outcomes, we hope this document will prove useful.

Once Broken; Difficult To Fix Microbiomes Have Long Term Consequences

The gut microbiomes of young children appear to fail to fully recover from the trauma of early-life malnourishment, even after they are treated with more-complete diets, according to a 2014 study published in Nature.[1]

In this paper the research team led by Jeffrey Gordon of the Washington University in St. Louis sampled the gut microbiomes of healthy and malnourished children in Bangladesh and discovered that the microbiomes of children who were underfed and whose diets lacked essential nutrients looked less like those of adults and more like those of younger, healthy children.

The findings present a possible explanation for the commonly observed complications that malnourished children suffer even after they are treated with a standardised food regimen, including stunted growth, cognitive delays, and immune system problems. The researchers have suggested that the immature gut microbiomes of malnourished children may be partially responsible for some of these long-term impairments.

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The Detox Summit

A group of health experts (very kindly including Michael Ash DO, ND, BSc, Dip ION) have been interviewed by Deanna Minich, PhD, FACN, CNS to provide a unique, considered set of opinions in the Detox Summit on the role that enhancing the safe and healthy biotransformation of endogenous and exogenous toxins and related cellular by products has on health promotion goes live on August 4th for one week. To support this series of interviews the proposals and recommendations will now be anchored into ACTION in the form of the newly-created, Detox Challenge, a 21-day Functional Medicine-based detoxification with an emphasis on nutrition, environment, behaviours, and mental-emotional patterns.

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Boost Brain Function: PRPS Are Beneficial Neuro-Cytokines That Protect The Brain

Can proline-rich polypeptides (PRPs) protect your brain and even boost brain function? Studies in vitro on animals and humans support that idea. The neuro-protective cytokines in PRPs have a remarkably stabilizing effect on cognitive function in Alzheimer’s disease patients. In vitro studies show that PRPs inhibit fibrils and amyloid plaques.[1] PRPs also modulate intracellular levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS), by regulating glutathione metabolism and antioxidant enzymes.[2] Gene expression analysis found that PRPs down-regulate genes involved in inflammatory pathways and increase levels of an Amyloid-beta (Aβ) hydrolyzing enzyme.[3] When given orally to mice, PRPs improve motor and sensory activities.[4] When mice are given either PRPs or plain colostrum, the PRP supplemented mice swim faster to a hidden platform.[5] PRPs also improve spatial learning and memory in older rats.[6]

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Adrenal and Thyroid Cookery Day

Loss of vitality is an all too common feature in our modern lifestyles. We hear in it in our clinics more regularly than any other complaint: ‘I just don’t have the energy I used to’, ‘It’s a struggle to get up in the mornings’ and , ‘I want to go to bed all the time’. During this cookery day we show you how to give support to two glands, the adrenals and thyroid glands that are particularly responsible for energy, vitality and the ability of your clients to cope with everyday stress. The day will include looking at key nutrients these glands require for optimal functioning, how to support your clients with nourishing recipes and key supplements to consider.

Mitochondrial Medicine: Diving Deep into the Secrets of Cellular Health

As basic science and clinical research cross paths, a new understanding of the importance of mitochondria in health and disease has emerged. On March 20, 2014, FOCUS moderated an international Skype conversation between Michael Ash, BSc, DO, ND, F.DipION, and Alex Vasquez, BS, DC, ND, DO, FACN on the new epoch of mitochondrial medicine. Michael Ash is co-founder of Nutri-Link Ltd, a subsidiary of Allergy Research Group, LLC. Endnotes that reference relevant studies and sources have been added for readers and physicians.

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Building Bone: The Novel Role of Tocotrienols

An Interview With Professor Dr. Ima-Nirwana Soelaiman, MBBS, PhD, Deputy Dean (Research and Innovation) Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Biography: The focus of Dr. Ima-Nirwana’s research is the impact of natural products on bone metabolism and osteoporosis, with special emphasis on tocotrienols. Dr. Ima-Nirwana has published 122 articles in scientific journals. Together with her team she has presented her work at over a hundred local and international conferences.  The results from her animal studies have consistently shown that tocotrienols can prevent and reverse osteoporosis due to stressors, including menopause, estrogen and androgen deficiency, steroid excess, nicotine exposure and oxidative stress and inflammation. She is currently planning clinical trials on tocotrienols and osteoporosis in the USA and in Malaysia. She is a member of the Malaysian Osteoporosis Society and the Malaysia Endocrine and Metabolic Society. She holds a patent within Malaysia for the use of tocotrienol for bone health in humans.

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Shorter Sleepers Are Over-Eaters

Children who sleep less found to eat more

Young children who sleep less eat more, which can lead to obesity and related health problems later in life, reports a new study by UCL researchers.

The study found that 16 month-old children who slept for less than 10 hours each day consumed on average 105kcal more per day than children who slept for more than 13 hours. This is an increase of around 10% from 982kcal to 1087kcal.

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5 Tips To Help You Work More Effectively

“Rarely have I seen a situation where doing less than the other practitioner is a good strategy.

A counter intuitive but effective method for increasing productivity is to limit how many items you add to your to-do list.

The list is the origin of culture. Wherever you look in cultural history, you will find lists. – Umberto Eco

A simple way to do this is by choosing one to three Most Important Tasks, (MITs). These are the big, often hard tasks for your day that you really need to get done; the ones that will drag your time at work on for too long. Then break these down into 2 or 3 smaller easy to complete sections.

This means do the important things first – regardless of how hard they are. Then focus only on today.

The rest of your to-do list can be composed with minor tasks that you would do as long as you complete your MITs. Make sure you work on those before you move on to less critical tasks and you’ll find you feel a whole lot more productive at the end of the day.

One valuable tip that can reduce work anxiety is to write your to-do list the night before. Writing a to-do list before you go to bed helps you relax and sleep better and in the morning your tasks are clearly set out..

Also separate your “today” list from the master list of everything you need to get done.

A solution is to make a big list of everything you need to do. Then, every night, move a few things to your to-do list for the next day.

Remember your mind is for having ideas, not holding them.” Park your ideas on your to-do list, but make sure you create a “today” list and a “someday” list. That way you won’t waste energy trying to remember important ideas and you’ll ensure today won’t feel overwhelming.

One way to do this is to adjust the way you measure productivity. If you evaluate yourself by what you actually get done rather than the time it takes to get something done, you’ll start to notice a difference in how you work.

For example, if you have a big project to complete, try breaking it down into small but discrete sections, so each one can be crossed off as they are completed, until the whole task is done.

This aspect of completion really helps with the idea that you are progressing through the days needs.

If I don’t have a plan for what to work on first, procrastination can creep in and time will be wasted One way to overcome this problem is building a regular routine that tells your brain and body it’s time to work.

Routines aren’t a sign of boring, regimented people. Routines are a sign of people who have goals and have found the best way–for them–to actually accomplish their goals.

If you’re struggling to be productive, it’s tempting to change your routine or try new solutions before you uncover the real problem. The first step in becoming more productive is to identify your regular time wasting events. Start by tracking what you do every morning to get ready for work. You might find you’re spending time on things such as choosing your clothes, something you could do the night before.

Then, keep going: Track how you spend your time during the day and look for patterns. Maybe you’ll find you’re getting caught up on social media too often. Or that what should have been a two-minute work conversation regularly turns into a 10-minute chat session.

Once you know what takes up your time or leads you to procrastinate, start making specific changes around those habits.

This one might seem a bit strange, but it really works. Creating a daily deadline makes you focus and commit to completing the task and avoiding over run.

It’s easy to just keep going for another hour, or to get your computer out after dinner and work until well after bedtime. The worst thing about these habits is that they encourage us to put off our MITs; we figure we’ll be working long enough to be sure to get them done. (But, of course, we don’t.)

Here are a few ways to switch on at-home time and leave work behind:

Another benefit of a strict cut-off time is you’ll be a lot more motivated to complete your MITs first; the pressure of a looming deadline will help keep you focused.

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