It will take more than oranges.

The Autoimmune Disease Series


“Every diabetic not taking supplemental vitamin C could be classified as having sub-clinical scurvy.  For this reason they find it difficult to heal wounds.  The diabetic patient will use the supplemental vitamin C for better utilization of his insulin…

When proper amounts are used it will destroy all virus organisms.  Fred R Klenner, MD

When I started to look more at the claims made about this glorious vitamin, the benefits just exploded over the page:

“The anaerobic condition in the tissue is relieved.  Acidity is decreased and large amounts of Adrenaline disappear.  The constriction of the blood vessels ceases and the liver and pancreas can receive proper nutrients to function.  Properly calculated doses of C on a continuing basis will restore the normal physiology of the body.”  Lendon H Smith, MD

Success stories abound about thyroid disease, arthritis, cancer, cavities, glaucoma, schizophrenia, ruptured disks, hemorrhoids, varicose veins, poisonings, the list really does go on and on.

But first; eons ago humans somehow lost their ability to produce their own vitamin C.  Almost all other animals (and plants!) on this earth continue to generate steady streams of this potent antioxidant right through their lives.

What is interesting is that in times of stress, these animals produce dramatically more vitamin C – Vitamin C, a stress buster?

“The adrenals and Vitamin C are interrelated”

Some of the highest concentrations of vitamin C are in the adrenal glands and the pituitary glands.  It helps to regulate the stress hormones that we produce.  A deficiency in vitamin C  can be seen to contribute to the issues of anxiety, mood disorders, insulin resistance, fatigue, poor wound healing and obesity.

Vitamin C is crucial for collagen production, which is an integral part of muscle, arteries, capillaries, skin, hair, nails, joints, teeth and bones.  It is the vitamin C component that keeps our skin moist and supple.

“Capillary weakness is a sign of low levels of Vitamin C”

Energy is something that many people struggle to find enough of in a day.  Vitamin C plays it’s part here too as it improves carnitine production.  Carnitine assists the body in using fats for energy production.  Lack of carnitine has been suggested as why the early symptoms of scurvy are shown to be fatigue and depression.

Vitamin C also regulates the rate of cholesterol formation by the body.  When vitamin C is deficient, the rate of cholesterol production rises.


Before I present you with any information I would like to make it clear that I have not tried mega dosing with this vitamin and some have warned of the effects of this acid on the stomach lining .  Some companies offer buffered products to protect against this.  Lipospheric vitamin C is a form that is much more readily absorbed, lessening the need for large doses.

I have known about this information for many years, but I have never acted on it, worried I guess about the impact of huge amounts of anything in my body.  Yet these physicians are urging the safety of this supplement and insist that only we will be able to establish our optimal needs (through bowel tolerance testing).  I have therefore, returned to these papers with a new interest and I will try it out and let you know how I get on.

If your test results show an iron overload, you should understand that Vitamin C will increase the absorption of iron, particularly in the heart where it can result in palpitations, heart failure etc.

“Adults taking at least 10 grams of ascorbic acid daily, and children under ten at least one gram for each year of life will find that the brain will be clearer, the mind more active, the body less wearied and the memory more retentive”.

“Failure to benefit from Vitamin C use is usually due to inadequate amounts being used for too short a period of time.”

The right level it seems is a personal one.  Around 2,000mg of lipospheric vitamin C  can be taken 3 times per day  for a few months, this can then be reduced down to 1000mg twice a day.  If you use straight ascorbic acid, these figures will be much higher and will need to be taken more often through the day.


For more information on megadosing, follow this link to this fantastic reference site, where Chris used intravenous Vit C as part of his cancer cure protocol:

So yes, eat your oranges, but also consider that for optimal health, radiant energy, healthy gums, teeth and bones, fantastic skin, you might need a considerable amount more.

With love, light and an abundance of energy around this beautiful equinox.

Gemma x

Balance your Hormones

Autoimmune Disease Series

Last week we looked at a recipe for detoxification.  This week continues on this theme as Barbara O’ Neill takes a really important look at hormones and how they can skew your world.

Oestrogen dominance seems to be a very big problem in our world today, due to many factors;  birth control pills, hormone contaminated meats and plastics to name just a few.

In excess it can suppress thyroid function and causes the body to store sugar from the blood as fat.  Fat cells in turn increase the weight gain as they produce enzymes that turn other hormones into oestrogen, thus accelerating the problem.

Oestrogen causes the proliferation of cells.  It it what turns the lanky teenage girl into a curvaceous woman.  When the levels remain too high, we can see that excess weight becomes a problem.  However this cell production may also lead to breast and uterine cancer, fibroids and endometriosis.

If the liver fails to break down the oestrogen properly it can be reabsorbed in an altered form which can cause levels to increase even more within the body.

To balance oestrogen you need high fibre to escort it out of your body, but you also need to balance it with progesterone.  Watch this video to find more about oestrogen dominance and how to address it.

You should watch this if:

  1. You are on, or have been on the pill.
  2. If you suffer from any premenstrual symptoms.
  3. If you have heavy or painful periods.
  4. If you have hot flushes.
  5. If you cannot shift weight.
  6. If you get migraines around your period.
  7. If you have breast cancer.
  8. If you have a low sex drive .
  9. If you have penile dysfunction
  10. If you have prostate issues.

Please red this article if you are considering using Wild Yam:

Another reason to eat your flax.

Gemma x

Golden Peppered Milk – The Art of Detoxification

The Auto immune disease series


Agnes Gällhagen, Cashew Kitchen

In my last post I talked about ways in which your body can become overloaded with toxicity.  I also suggested how best to avoid such insidious chemicals.  In this next post I will talk about a very simple recipe that will help your liver to detoxify your blood and help your body to carry out the poisons that may be lodged in your tissues.

So, as the winter months approach this Golden Peppered Milk will bring comfort, sustenance and yet, with its golden trio of ingredients; turmeric, black pepper and oil, it will sock your immune system an almighty punch (for the better!).

Turmeric works to promote healthy mucus membranes and can be a key component in relieving digestive issues.  It is also used to reduce symptoms of joint and muscle pain.  It lowers inflammation, fights cancer and cleanses the liver.

In the old days, milk would have been used to make this sumptuous ‘tea’.  However, with my understanding of dairy as a culprit in  autoimmune disorders, I have duly substituted it for a vegan alternative.

With no more ado, other than an apology for the delay in this post (due to an almighty and gorgeous summer) I present to you:

Golden Peppered Milk – serves 1

  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 3 cardamom pods, split and seeds removed (use the seeds and discard the pods)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 -6 dates (depending on how sweet your tooth is)
  • optional sprinkling ground cinnamon


  • Ideally soak everything in a saucepan overnight and then continue with the next step.
  • Otherwise, heat all ingredients in a small saucepan very gently to achieve a muggy  aromatic and very yellow infusion (watch your clothing).  Don’t let it boil.
  • Remove from the heat and place into a food processor, liquidiser etc.
  • Give it a whizz for about a minute.
  • Pour into a mug or glass and add a sprinkling of ground cinnamon if you wish.

You can of course substitute your own nut milks or oat milk and play around with the spice infusion. Almond milk would be a great substitute for the coconut milk and water providing all essential magnesium that will help to soothe and relax you in addition to stabilizing your blood sugar levels.

However I would urge you to please keep the potent trio:  Turmeric for all of its immune promoting benefits is not well absorbed.  So always take with some fat or oil (as turmeric is fat soluble and will be far better absorbed if taken this way).  Finally, black pepper, don’t skip this as piperine, the active component in black pepper will magnify the effects of the curcumin in the turmeric (by increasing it’s bioavailabilty, a thousand fold), such is the synergy of these crucial ingredients.

Please note:  In order to avoid BPA toxicity from canned coconut milk try this cheaper, make at home variety:

So for those of you who want still more information on how this Golden Peppered Milk works, read on:

Curcumin, a potent anti-inflammatory compound that is active in turmeric has a long and widespread history in Chinese and Ayuvedic medicine.

Some key benefits from this mighty root include:

An anti inflammatory

Curcumin has been shown to be a powerful suppressor of chronic inflammation-mediated disease processes…With a high enough dosage, this has the ability to pull the body out of a strong inflammatory cascade and reset anti-inflammatory behavior at the cellular level.

Dr. David Jockers for Natural News

It balances blood sugars

It helps by improving insulin resistance.  Insulin resistance in the body can present a huge health burden by triggering inflammation in the body, damaging cell membranes and crucial enzymes.  Studies have shown a positive impact on conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and ulcerative colitis.

Elevated blood sugar creates hazardous glucose cross-links with proteins, causing Advanced Glycolytic Enzymes (AGEs) to form. These AGEs damage cell membranes, vital enzyme systems and perpetuate inflammatory conditions throughout the body.

Curcumin  offers a modulatory effect on liver enzymes; slowing the release of sugar into the bloodstream, while promoting the activation of those enzymes that cause the liver to store sugar as glycogen, in effect balancing and smoothing glucose levels in the blood.

It helps your body to detoxify

Turmeric is steeped with antioxidants, helping to detoxify the body and neutralise oxidative stress.

It reduces high blood pressure

Another property that curcumin has is that it helps to dilate your arteries. It achieves this by inhibiting the transportation of calcium into your cells, calcium acts as a chemical messenger that causes cells to contract, so instead cells relax and arteries dilate, reducing your blood pressure.

It is a potent cancer killer

Research done by the Life Extension Foundation found that curcuminoids target ten factors involved in cancer development. This includes chronic inflammation, DNA damage and disruption of cell signaling pathways.

Curcumin regulates tumor suppressor pathways and triggers mitochondria-mediated death in the cancer tissue. Curcumin is anti-angiogenic, which means that it shuts down the ability of cancer cells to form new blood vessels for blood supply and fuel. This effect makes cancer cells more vulnerable to pharmacological treatments such as chemotherapy and other cancer-control drugs.



Turmeric seems to have a generally agreed daily dosage of between 1 and 3g per day, though no official figures have been agreed upon.  It is often used daily in Asian Cultures and is considered very safe.  However as always I would advise finding an organic source.  I use a Waitrose of the shelf product.

Black pepper must not be consumed in excess of 1 tsp a day when certain medications like digoxin or phenytoin are being taken.

The rate at which these medications are cleared by the liver could slow down when black pepper is consumed in excess

So a warm, cosy armchair and a great book is all that you need now.

Warmest wishes

Gemma x