Periodontal disease has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease, arthritis, diabetes and even dementia. According to periodontist and functional medicine practitioner Dr Alvin Danenberg, simply changing diet and lifestyle habits hold the key to reversing this major health threat. In his opinion, a carbohydrate-rich diet, along with processed flour and sugar products, causes caries and gum disease.

    Increased consumption of cereals has created a marked increase in plaque, while sugars in syrups, juices, sodas and concentrates produce acids that cause tooth decay. Dr Danenberg points out that this combination in our modern diets is due to many people remaining uninformed about oral care, increasing the risk of disease. Bottom line: poor nutrition, toxicity and chronic inflammation triggered by poor oral health puts our lives at risk, and all of this is avoidable.

    Dr Danenberg strongly recommends ‘ancestral nutrition’ – simply the practice of consuming unrefined, unprocessed, whole, natural foods. He is against the use of antibacterial mouthwash products: ‘Bacteria in the mouth should not be killed, but “fed” to encourage the growth of beneficial micro-organisms. This is because mouth bacteria produce hydrogen peroxide that keeps harmful bacteria under control.’

    We are encouraged by the news on Xylitol in dental products and its ability to fight gum health. We will cover this in a future post.

    Yoghurt – GOOD FOR BONES!


    Yoghurt is a rich source of bone-promoting nutrients and the largest study of dairy intake and bone and frailty measurements in older adults shows that eating more yoghurt improves hip bone density and a lowered risk of osteoporosis.

    The study, headed by Trinity College Dublin involved more than 5 000 men and women. According to Dr Miriam Casey, senior study investigator and Consultant Physician at St James’s Hospital Dublin said: ‘The results demonstrate a significant association of bone health and frailty with a relatively simple and cheap food product.

    Source: Trinity College Dublin

    food fats AND OIL


    ‘Healthy fats are not fattening – they’re de-fattening. Healthy proteins are not fattening – they’re de-fattening. All starches are fattening; all forms of sugars are fattening. If you are in very good health, yes, you can continue to have your fruits but try to consider a healthy protein, for example, cheese, before you have blueberries or before you have an apple or a pear.

    Now my best oil remedies are: extra-virgin olive oil, butter, avocado oil and organic coconut oil. Try not to overcook foods with your oils. Again, the best oil remedies are when you take unprocessed, extra-virgin oils on your salads or your steamed vegetables. Butter is a very good fat, so if you want to put a lot of butter on your steamed  vegetables, or a lot of extra-virgin oil on them, it’s all wonderful.' ~ Prof Majid Ali

    Wonderful Amaranth


    Foraging for weeds can be extremely rewarding. Weeds grow in abundance and so many of them bestow extraordinary health benefits. Use them in soups, stews, salads and nourishing stir fries to add taste, texture and health building vitamins and minerals.

    Abundant, self-seeding, and richly colourful, amaranth is a jewel. Both leaves and seeds are edible. This plant can reach two or even three metres in height. It is the most spectacular of all the foraged plants.

    Amaranth treats anaemia; chronic fatigue; eases heavy menstrual bleeding, dysentery, coughing, itchy skin and acne and is an excellent wash for cuts, grazes wounds and even light burns. It can also be used in the rinsing water after shampooing oily hair and can be made into a pleasant tea as well as being eaten as a spinach to treat coughs, mouth infections and ulcers. Use the seed in bread baking, for muffins, pancakes and biscuits.



    Have you wondered why your pee is darker on some days or brighter yellow? A surprising number of factors can impact urine colour. Red urine shows up when you’ve had beetroot or a vit B12 injection. Drugs taken for UTI’s or blood thinning can colour your urine orange. If the urine is golden brown, dark, or reddish brown, you may have haemolytic anaemia which means breakdown of your red blood cells. This condition can be caused by various popular drugs, including some that reduce cholesterol.

    If you take vitamin B2 or a multivitamin that contains some riboflavin, you will pee in neon yellow! Now if your urine is dark yellow, it could be due to dehydration. However, dark urine that is unusual, or in excess, could indicate liver disease. Specifically, the presence of bile makes its way to the urine and tinges it darker yellow, brown or orange. Certain medications can also turn your urine dark yellow. The effect from these medications is temporary.

    If you eat a bag of black licorice, it will make you pee green! So will asparagus, and your urine will have a weird, unpleasant smell to.  Dark, cloudy yellowish-green urine may indicate the presence of a UTI. Medications can cause green urine, one is cimetidine (Tagamet) sold over-the-counter for acid reflux, and promethazine, a prescription drug used for nausea, vomiting and sedation.

    A medical condition called familial benign hypercalcaemia, a rare inherited disorder, is sometimes also known as ‘blue diaper syndrome’ because children with the disorder have blue urine. Urine that appears very cloudy and white could be the result of kidney stones or high calcium or phosphorus excretion. Black urine is sometimes associated with melanoma. It can occur when red blood cells are being destroyed at a dangerously rapid pace, so you can see it sometimes when you treat a person for malaria. The colour of your urine may be related to something you consumed or a medication you’re on… but it could be a clue your body is giving you that something is wrong. 

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