It will take more than oranges.

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“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

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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


Is your makeup bag the most likely cause of your autoimmune disease? Environmental toxins.

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Long ago I watched The Autoimmune Disease Summit and watched a talk given by Aristo Vojdani, PhD, who is focusing his research on environmental triggers, which include toxic chemicals, infections, dietary proteins and peptides, in complex diseases.

Vojdani has found  that toxic chemicals account for around 50-60% of autoimmune diseases.  He implies that this is the most important area to consider when treating such a disease.

He says that 30-40% are caused by dietary factors and 10% by infections.

The words resounded in my ears so much that I kept my notes and have to bring them to you today:

“Autoimmunity is the body fighting back”… It is a “protective adaption”.

This might seem to be really unhelpful right now…to hear that your body is actually doing the best it can with what it has to deal with.  But when you understand the mind boggling numbers involved in this, you may start to see this in a whole new light.

He explains that it takes the body about 1,000 years to adapt to a new environment.

In the last 100 years we have seen a chemical explosion.

The very air that we breathe is tainted, with clouds of toxic chemicals shadowing our lives.  Mercury is pumped into our air at a rate of 6 million pounds per year.

Toxic metals have become a pervasive threat and can be hard to eliminate from your system. Amalgam fillings (mercury), bridges and braces (nickel) in your mouth and vaccinations are laced with these hazardous metals.

Our water supplies are also heavily polluted and we are often encouraged to drink more water to stay healthy.   Our seas are also taking a huge pollution hit.  Eating fish now carries a health warning, with children advised against eating tuna, marlin and swordfish, as levels of mercury are concentrated higher up the food chain.

Professor Chris Exley is a world specialist in aluminium.  He explains how pervasive this neurotoxin is:

It is in cosmetics, sunscreens and antiperspirants, as well as being used as a buffering agent in medications like aspirin and antacids. It is even used in vaccines. We know aluminium can be toxic, yet there is no legislation to govern how much of it is present in anything, apart from drinking water.”

“When the amount of aluminium consumed exceeds the body’s capacity to excrete it, the excess is then deposited in various tissues, including nerves, brain, bone, liver, heart, spleen and muscle,” he explains. “We call it the ‘silent visitor’ because it creeps into the body and beds down in our bones and brain.”

There are more than 80,000 chemicals in our commercial products with around 10,500  ingredients used in personal care products, according to the Environmental Working Group.  Parabens, pthalate esters, sodium laurel sulphate, chlorine, fluorine.  These things are in our soaps, lotions, toothpastes, deodorants and even in the water that we drink.

“Fragrance can often be behind many adverse reactions to traditional beauty products, causing skin rashes, asthma, and even headaches,”

“Fragrances are considered to be among the top five known allergens, with one in every 50 people suffering possible immune system damage, according to the EU’s Scientific Committee on Cosmetic Products and Non-food Products.”…

Dr. Lipman, An Integrative & Functional Medicine Physician and founder of Eleven Eleven Wellness Center.

Mascara may seem fairly innocuous and an unlikely source of fragrance ingredients, but they’re often used in makeup to cover up harsh chemical odours. Certain fragrance compounds can cause issues such as  headaches,  and asthma.  Some mascaras also include retinyl palmitate and parabens, which  can mimic estrogen and disrupt your endocrine system.

Most of the time we have absolutely no idea what we are slapping on our faces or under our armpits.

Arsenic, mercury, aluminum, zinc, chromium and iron have all been found in cosmetic products such as foundation, nail varnish, lipstick, eyeliner and mascara.

But even when we have left the house there is a new arsenal to consider;

In addition to this the acidity levels in  fizzy drinks can cause leaching of such phenols from its plastic container or the lining of the aluminium can that it is in.

Packaging and it’s plastic chemicals is another source of problems.

Even if you feel that your autoimmune disease has no basis in such a toxic soup, this daily assault on your body is going to divert valuable resources from your body, hampering its efforts of healing your already compromised body.  This persistent lethal cocktail is not going to help you in any way and so doing everything that you can to minimise your risk of exposure can only be a benefit.

If you feel like you may have chemical issues and sensitivities then Cyrex labs offer tests (array 11); that test for responses against 12 of the most common environmental chemicals.

So ten things that you can do to reduce your risk of chemical exposure:
  1. Keep an eye on your dental work – minimise your risk.
  2. Make your own beauty products.
  3. Get a water filter and consider an ioniser/air purifier for your home.
  4. Use glass drinking bottles (or stainless steel – although you need to check the quality as aluminium can even be in these)
  5. Ensure pipework to your house is ‘safe’.
  6. Cut fish from your diet.
  7. Eat organic to avoid pesticide, fungicide, herbicide and GMO ridden foods.
  8. Re-consider the pesticide fed meat source that you use and it’s antibiotics and hormone use.
  9. Ensure that you minimise prescription drugs – another source of disruptive chemicals (check out the side effects)
  10. Swim in the sea rather than a chlorinated swimming pool.
Want to get started?

Click here for some ideas on making your own toothpaste.

This might seem overwhelming to you right now…(so just imagine how it feels for your body!).  Just start small and introduce changes when you can.

Next week I’ll be looking at ways of getting this stuff out of your system, gently.

With love

Gemma x

A Butternut Squash Seedy Dip

The Autoimmune Disease Series


This dip is divine, my whole family declared it a winner.

I have never been one for making dips.  I find them a bit fussy and get overwhelmed by the work needed to create an array of tempting dishes that then need to be set alongside meticulously crafted crudités.

This recipe has been born from a collaboration with my friend Kay.  We are putting together a cookbook to support people with Autoimmune and other chronic diseases.

Let me assure you that this butternut squash seedy dip is absolutely worth the work involved and is actually very straightforward.

I aim to try it again, leaving the skin on the squash and then that will make the preparation much easier.

Kay has perfectly balanced the sweetness of the squash with the earthy tahini and the tangy acidity of the lemon juice.  Try it and love it.  Do let me know your thoughts on this in the comment section.  It would be great to hear any ideas from you.

Avoid this recipe if you have a sensitivity to  sesame.

Butternut squash seedy dip

  • 1 large butternut squash, (leave skin on) – cut in half or into smaller chunks to cook quicker
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 30g tahini
  • juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 small clove of garlic crushed or finely chopped.
  • 1 tsp mixed black and/or white sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon chopped flat leaf parsley
  • your choice of crudités such as carrot, cucumber, cauliflower, broccoli, celery, olives or fennel.
  • Black pepper


  1. Spread squash in a medium roasting tin, mix with sunflower oil and cinnamon.
  2. Cover with foil and roast for 1-hour stir once
  3. Once cool process with tahini, lemon and garlic until a course paste
  4. Spread on a plate and sprinkle with sesame seeds and chopped parsley, drizzle with date syrup
  5. Serve with sliced celery, carrot, cauliflower, broccoli, olives, fennel or cucumber.  Don’t forget some black pepper.

You could also serve it alongside a hummus dip or guacamole.

In this image I drizzled the dish with date syrup, which I think is unnecessary given the sweetness of the dish.

Don’t forget to make up a forfeit for whoever drops their crudités in the dip !

Gemma x

Don’t eat protein?

The Autoimmune Disease Series

All our lives we have been told that protein is necessary for building and repairing the body and that we need a certain amount of it each day to maintain our turnover of cells.  By the end of this blog I hope to suggest that there might be a case for eliminating all protein when you are trying to heal your body from an auto immune or other chronic disease.

For a long time now I have been assembling pieces of this autoimmune puzzle and the thing that I keep coming back to is protein.  Time and time again I keep hearing how it is amino acids, the building blocks of protein that are creating inflammation and triggering disease symptoms.

Dr Ben Kim stresses the need for a low protein diet when treating autoimmune diseases:

“Leaky gut syndrome can cause incompletely digested food to enter your bloodstream. And the most problematic incompletely digested food group in autoimmune illness is protein.”

“My clinical experiences have led me to believe that animal-based protein, especially when cooked at high temperatures, tends to contribute to antigen-antibody complex formation in people with autoimmune illness more easily than plant-based protein.”

“If possible, I even recommend staying away from all animal-based protein for a period of six months to give your digestive tract complete rest from having to digest animal protein. During such a time, it is best to avoid eating large amounts of protein-dense plant foods as well, such as nuts, seeds, and legumes. So long as you eat plenty of vegetables, especially green ones like broccoli, lettuce, and cabbage, you will get plenty of protein for your daily needs.”

There are amino acids in all foods: Dr Tom O Brien, another Doctor that I recently featured here has shown that gluten, the amino acid in wheat is very damaging to our gut wall.  It tears holes in it and that, he states is whether or not you are celiac.  So gluten (among other things) can damage your gut, but then those undigested proteins get through the gut wall and start their damage.

In Unblind My Mind, the Ted X talk that I recently featured on this blog,  Dr Katie Reid, adds to this protein puzzle.  She makes the connection with glutamates being bound in the amino acid chains found in the proteins of wheat (gluten) and dairy (casein),  causing issues when our modern processing methods break down the chains and release these glutamates.  She is particularly concerned with the neurotoxicity and over excitation of the nervous system and organs that is created when these free glutamates hit our system.  Is anxiety, diabetes  or depression one of your symptoms?

Dr Gerson was healing cancer patients.  Here the body needs to completely regenerate.   So surely there must have been huge amounts of protein in his dietary protocol?  No.  This is the Gerson take:

“As we go through life, we become less able to digest animal proteins.  These poorly digested, incompletely broken down parts linger in the body as toxins.”

Healing The Gerson Way, by Charlotte Gerson

The main part of his protocol was juicing, mainly vegetables (oh and did I mention the coffee enemas?).  There is enough plant based protein/amino acids in vegetables to sustain even this intensive healing process.

So far each of the Doctors that I have mentioned have pointed the finger at protein molecules causing inflammation or toxicity in one way or another.

So what if you were to simply eliminate protein from your diet?

What, all protein?

Yes kind of.

Watch this:

Thanks to Raederle Phoenix for this inspiration.  I found this clip on her blog.

For some of you, I might just have triggered a lot of exasperated what? where? how’s?

But for those of you who are really searching for an end to their symptoms, please know that I am just searching for the truth and letting you know what I find.

Now go get juicing!

With love from

Gemma x

There are no mistakes

The Autoimmune disease series

Today I want to address the fear that lies inside you when you are tackling one of these diseases.  The feeling of failure or the  fear of it is something that can cause us not to listen to our inner voice.
There is so much knowledge and information out there that coming to understand your own truth can be bewildering.  You can become paralysed by the worry around taking a step forwards or doing something that might prove to be wrong.
However, when you are in that giddy or frozen state,  you can end up simply doing nothing at all.  You might even find that instead you start spiraling downwards, out of control of your pain, your feelings, losing your centre.
The simple knowing that all paths lead us back to our same supreme destiny may be all it takes to give you the courage to set forth on your journey of self discovery.
This disease that you have, look deep within to solve it and know that the truth lies within you.  Listen to your instinct.
My words this week have been inspired by Oprah.

I am afraid that I couldn’t embed the video this time round, the technology defied me!  But click on the green ‘Thursday’ link and you’ll get to listen to Oprah’s perfect words:

“There are no mistakes.” -Oprah

Posted by For Harriet on Thursday, 4 December 2014

Watch the complete interview here: (this is the much longer version)

“Relax It’s Going to be OK”.  Oprah Winfrey

Have a great week.

Gemma x

Food Triggers – Gluten: You could be tearing holes in your brain and you don’t even know it.

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Cutting out gluten could be the single most important thing that you do for your condition.

 gluten sad face copy low res

This topic is very close to my heart.  I am currently working on a book to help people to identify their food triggers.  With autoimmune disease there are three fundamental things that a pioneer in autoimmune disease research; Dr A. Fasano, has identified, that contribute to keeping you sick.

  1. A genetic disposition
  2. A leaky gut
  3.  A food or environmental trigger

Actually what we are seeing is that gluten can contribute to points 2 and 3.

In this comprehensive video, Dr O’ Brien will tell you the very latest information about Gluten and the fact that it is implicated in causing leaky gut, not just in those of you who have auto immune diseases, but also the whole of the population.

Once it has “torn” the lining of your gut, it can then also contribute to inflammation in the rest of your body.

The devastating effects of eating the particular family of gluten proteins that are found in wheat, rye and barley include:

  • Autoimmune diseases.
  • Mental health issues including schizophrenia, brain fog and depression.
  • Gut issues.
  • Fertility issues.
  • Chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia.
  • Inflammation and pain in limbs and joints.
  • Migraine headaches.

Watch this video, it is a long one, but it might just change everything.  I wouldn’t have shared it with you if I didn’t think that it was important.

You may need to drag the play back a bit on this link in order to catch the beginning:

“The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread”.  Mother Theresa.

Have a great week,

Gemma x


Why are we being fed by a poison expert?

The Autoimmune Disease Series

“The link between the sick soil and sick human beings is painfully obvious’.  Dr Max Gerson.

This short film is just so important that I had to feature it this week.

So this week, I have gone with this inspiration and we look at why organic produce is so important when you have an autoimmune disease.

Let us first of all look at what has got us in this agrochemical mess in the first place.

If we head back to the industrialisation of farming and agriculture, we can see that compared to a manual labour farm, the demands placed on the soil to provide more and more plants per acre would have caused depletion in the vitamins and minerals available in the soil.  These intensive farming methods also disrupted the balance of soil microorganisms, so important to the vitality of the plants growing on them.  Over time this depletion had disastrous effects not only on the plants grown there but also the health of those eating them.

Dr  Beres, a Hungarian scientist made this connection after he studied potato crops, looking for reasons why they were becoming less and less viable.  In his later studies he made the connection with the micro nutrient depletion and the upsurge of Cancer internationally.

As a result he developed his own formula of life containing micro and macro nutrients which he says has saved many lives and cured many diseases including  poor digestion, fatigue,  headaches, anaemia, all endocrine (hormonal) disorders,   bronchitis, diabetes, allergy, hypertension,  epilepsy, arthritis (both types), hemorrhoids and multiple sclerosis.   Although MS is not cured by this treatment, symptoms are significantly improved.   But that is another story.

As the health and vitality of the crops declined due to the diminishing nutrients in the soil, they became more susceptible to attacks, from moulds, viruses, pests and diseases.

The response, rather than supplement the soil was to manufacture a huge business out of selling pesticides and weed killers to the farmers.  As weeds and bugs became more resilient, the deadly agrochemicals increased in strength and toxicity.

These killers long ago penetrated our water tables and soil.  They are often used to the point of harvest and so unless we eat organic produce we are eating a daily cocktail of toxins.  Monsanto has now laced its own Genetically modified seeds with its killer product Roundup, so that the toxins are systemic in the crop that is produced.  This means that no amount of washing or peeling is going to eliminate these toxins.

A Swedish study by  Hardell L and Eriksson M, has already linked Roundup with Non-Hodgkin’s Leukemia.

If you have an autoimmune disease, your body is already telling you that it is struggling.

Eating organic produce is one way to reduce your exposure to environmental toxins that can sabotage your body.

Want some inspiration? Look at what is phenomenally possible when you grow your own.

“The tiny seed knew that in order to grow, it needed to be dropped in dirt, covered in darkness, and struggle to reach the Light.”   Sandra King.


Gemma x

Braised Kale, Butternut squash and coconut curry.

The Autoimmune Disease Series

I have another recipe for you today.  It is born from my trying to find interesting, non triggering, nourishing foods.  As such I bring to you: Braised kale, butternut squash and coconut curry.


This recipe is a winner in so many ways:

  • It contains the super food turmeric, which itself contains curcumin, a potent antioxidant that gives turmeric its rich golden colour.  Turmeric is exploding in popularity in health circles as it is being credited with many cures.  It is helping people to lower pain and inflammation, fight cancer, relieve liver and gallbladder issues, heal the gut and delay the onset of diabetes.  Some have even gone so far as to say that it may have been the gold that was given to Jesus!  If you are suffering from an autoimmune or chronic disease eat this daily, or take a supplement.
  • This recipe  contains the healing trio of fat, turmeric and black pepper.  Being fat soluble, you will increase your absorption of the health boosting curcumin (in the turmeric) by cooking it with fat.  The fat will help the curcumin navigate the stomach to the small intestines and then the blood where you will gain the most benefit from it’s miraculous properties.  Taking curcumin with black pepper will increase its bio availability by 1,000 times.  So get grinding.
  • It contains the super food kale which is rammed with antioxidants.  As a green leafy vegetable it also plays host to lots of relaxing magnesium, which will help with tension and muscle aches along with promoting heart health and bone health.  Kale has beta carotene in abundance which among other benefits is known to promote a health lining of the urinary tracts, boosting urinary health.
  • Butternut squash increases the phytonutrient  whammy and something else that I haven’t mentioned yet is the significant amount of fibre, that will aid digestion, promote bile release and enhance good gut flora.
  • I use coconut oil to fry with as it has a high smoke point, avoiding the toxicity produced by damaged heated oils.  Coconut has loads of benefits too; anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral.  It also contains a unique blend of medium chain fatty acids which can be really easily absorbed into your cells.  This can make coconut oil a really useful product for diabetics.
  • I have made a recipe that leaves out the nightshades (tomatoes, potatoes, chili powders, aubergines and peppers), which appear to aggravate symptoms of autoimmune disease particularly inflammation of joints.  It is also grain free and vegan.


  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 butternut squash, peeled and sliced into ½-inch cubes
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger or 1/2 teaspoon dried
  • 2 teaspoons mustard seeds
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander seed
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin seed
  • 5 garlic cloves, sliced or crushed
  • 1 can full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 squeeze lemon or lime juice
  • A sprinkling of pumpkin seeds
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Heat the coconut oil in a large pan over a medium heat.
  2. Add onion and squash with ginger, turmeric, mustard seeds, coriander and cumin.
  3. Fry gently, stirring frequently, until the onion has softened, about 10 minutes.  If the spices start to burn add a little water to the pan and keep stirring.
  4. Add the kale and garlic, stir for a minute or two and then add the coconut milk, cover and cook, stirring occasionally for about 20 minutes.
  5. Serve into bowls.
  6. Add a good grind of black pepper, sprinkle with pumpkin seeds and zing it up with freshly squeezed lemon juice.

There are more ingredients in this than I would like.  I am trying to keep things simple for you.  Many of you, I know, will struggle to look at the page, let alone spend ages chopping and stirring.  I hope that my throw together method will ease things a bit.  By all means half the recipe if you wish, to cut down on chopping time (those butternut squashes can take their toll).  That said I wouldn’t recommend buying pre-chopped butternut squash, or anything else for that matter – I am trying to nourish and sustain you and the pre-packs will leave you with far less nutrients, let alone toxic compounds from anything that may have leached from the plastic packaging.

But that is a conversation for another day.


Gemma x