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Soup Sunday with Brian Hetrich: Hippocrates’ resident Sproutologist

It’s a bit black over Bill’s mother’s today.

In other words – for those of you unfamiliar with this extremely random and bonkers observation – it looks like the heavens are about to open at any moment.

But its ok, as I’m all toasty and warm, having spent TWO WHOLE HOURS in my FIR sauna this morning.

Today’s Soup Sunday contributor is unlikely to be worrying about the weather where he is. I’m very excited and honoured to introduce to you Brian Hetrich, who is not only the guy responsible for growing all of Hippocrates’ wheatgrass and sprouts supply. He is also a key lecturer on the Health Educator Program. And I almost forgot to mention that he is a naturopathic doctor too.

Sprout-savvy: Hippocrates' Brian Hetrich, ND

Sprout-savvy: Hippocrates’ Brian Hetrich, ND

During my stay in sunny Florida, I named Brian The Sproutologist. I mean, there is NOTHING he doesn’t know about one of nature’s most nutritionally-dense foods. And by the time you leave – whether as a Certified Health Educator or a Life Transformation Guest – he will have done everything he can to pass on as much of this information as possible to you.

Like most of us, Brian’s current diet – he is 100% raw vegan – is the result of a long journey, which started with years of ill health.

Brian says: “I lived most of my life eating the Standard American Diet (SAD.) As a result of this, I developed many of the ailments of the typical American person.

“I became seriously overweight, I was ‘tired all the time’, and developed a whole host of chronic ailments including headaches, backaches, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, low energy, allergies, acne, poor vision, brain fog, and poor sleep, to name a few.

“I reluctantly accepted this as normal because the same thing seemed to be happening to almost everybody else. Finally, I became sick and tired of being sick and tired. I tried every kind of diet and exercise I could think of, and nothing worked. I began searching for a change.

“In January 2005, I attended a lecture on health given by a very fit-looking naturopath, Dr Jim Sharps. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Something he said caught my attention – he mentioned raw foods and claimed that going on a ‘raw food’ diet was the most amazing thing he had ever done in his life.

“So I decided to make some small changes to my meals and began to move towards a more plant-based diet. I went vegetarian for a year, then vegan for a year, and then “high raw” for another year.

“Each step of the way, I noticed more and more improvements to my health. I was very intrigued by these positive changes and decided to go 100% raw, just to see what would happen.

“I simply cannot overemphasize the power of raw foods! To say that going from SAD to 100% raw is like ‘night and day’ is an understatement. It is more like being launched to another reality or dimension! Not only did I quickly lose 100 pounds of excess weight but, all of my health challenges went away and my mental clarity, focus, awareness, sensitivity and sense of connectedness soared to levels I never knew existed! Without me realising it, this new found sense of awareness and energy began to steer my life in another direction.

“I began to teach raw food “cooking” classes, host raw pot-luck events, raw chocolate parties, movie nights and health education lectures. I also regularly co-hosted raw food retreats at Briarley Hill in Poolesville, Maryland, where I was living at the time.

“I went back to school and graduated from the International Institute of Original Medicine (IIOM) as a Doctor of Naturopathy in Original Medicine. IIOM is internationally-recognised as a pioneer institute in the study of natural health sciences that integrate mind, body, spirit and nature.

“I subsequently opened my own private practice guiding people to a healthier lifestyle using food and exercise as medicine.

“I also published a book of my favorite ‘gourmet’ raw food recipes with the help of my business partner and close friend Kendell Reichhart, a nutritional counsellor and health coach in Maryland. I made this book my Doctoral Dissertation project.”

If I might just interrupt Brian’s flow for a moment, let me tell you that it’s a great book – I’m fortunate enough to have a signed copy. US reader, buy your copy here. For UK, click here.

And on top of that, more change was still to come.

In 2012, Brian moved from his home state after accepting the position of Greenhouse Manager at Hippocrates Health Institute.

He put his private practice on hold and took up the role at Hippocrates to grow sprouts, wheatgrass and fresh food in the institute’s organic garden, and to teach classes.

“It’s been an amazing journey so far, and the adventure continues,” says Brian.

All along the way, people and circumstances have come into alignment to help me on this path. It is humbling to walk in the footsteps and work alongside legendary  raw food giants such as Ann Wigmore, Viktoras Kulvinskas, Drs Brian and Anna-Maria Clement and many others.

“I am learning new things every day and feel that this steep learning curve is somehow preparing me for the next phase. I can’t wait to see what is around the corner. To all the Health Educator alumni and all those reading this blog whom I have yet to meet, I look forward to seeing you the next time you visit West Palm Beach.”

 Brian’s Fiesta Soup

Ingredients

1 young Thai coconut (meat and water)

Half cup sundried tomatoes, soaked in water for a few hours***

1 tbsp nama shoyu

1 tbsp miso

1 tbsp lemon juice

2 garlic cloves

¼  onion

¼  bell pepper

1 oz fresh coriander (cilantro)

¼ tsp ground coriander (cilantro)

½ tsp ground cumin

2 tbsp extra virgin first cold pressed olive oil

½  tsp cayenne

1 cup water

 

To garnish

1 cup shitake mushrooms, chopped

1 avocado, cut into chunks

1 oz fresh cilantro, chopped

 

Method 1. Marinate shitake mushrooms in the oil and nama shoyu for a couple hours.

2. Drain marinade into the blender and set mushrooms aside.

3. Add all remaining base ingredients to the blender (except garnishes) and blend well. Pour into serving bowls and add garnish. Enjoy:)!

*** Not Hippocrates approved. Why? Because tomatoes are a fruit, and so according to food combining rules practised at Hippocrates, tomatoes should either be eaten alone, or with other fruit.

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Thyroid SOS Part II: Meet the UK thyroid guru who should be getting changed in a telephone box

Today, as promised, the focal point of part two on the thyroid is THE man in the UK you should go and see if your thyroid isn’t working as it should. Or even if you suspect it isn’t, but have been told by your GP that “it must be something else”.

And for those of you resident elsewhere, there’s still plenty of advice in here to lead you in the right direction of the best specialists in your own country.

Missed part one? Catch up here for lots of advice on how to keep your thyroid ticking along nicely – and what foods you should be eating.

Today, I am proud and pleased to introduce Dr Barry Durrant Peatfield. He is to thyroid problems what David is to Goliath.

Dr Barry Durrant Peatfield

Dr Barry Durrant Peatfield

But instead of being handy with a slingshot, Dr Peatfield has an arsenal of 34 years’ specialist experience and NATURAL remedies. Remedies which actually work. Remedies which don’t do you any harm with long-term use, as discussed in part one.

And it’s this very (sensible and sane) approach which makes Dr Peatfield something of a maverick in NHS circles. They don’t like his methods one little bit. But that’s hardly surprising, given that the vast majority of medical professionals in the NHS are only trained to dish out (toxic, synthetic) pharmaceutical drugs.

Dr Peatfield qualified as an NHS GP in 1960, and continued in this role until 1980, when he decided to set up a private practice.

After breaking free of the system, he went to America to study at the Barnes Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to education, research and training in the field of thyroid, adrenal and metabolic balance.

In 2001 he voluntarily erased his registration with the GMC, having been suspended for his style of treatment.

He is the first to admit that he jumped before he was pushed, but after countless instances of being discredited by NHS colleagues, his every move questioned and monitored – in spite of his results – he was sufficiently disillusioned to retire.

“The NHS doesn’t like natural remedies,” says Dr Peatfield. “I was continually got at, with smear campaigns orchestrated by other colleagues. They would write to the General Medical Council, rubbishing my methods. So I left.”

After retiring, he wrote his book ‘Your Thyroid and How to Keep it Healthy’, and studied nutrition (available in US here).

“It was the only way I could carry on helping people, without anybody hanging round my neck.”

He currently practises four days a week, in Crawley, West Sussex, and also once every three months in North Yorkshire, Stockport and Malvern.

From the moment he decided to restart his metabolic clinic, and practice as a nutritionist, his feet haven’t touch the ground. I should know; I developed a very sore dialling finger before I managed to get through on the phone.

At 77 years of age, Dr Peatfield is way beyond the official age of retirement, but he says he has never been busier, and is usually booked up a month in advance.

In other words, this problem is rife.

David Roberts, 57, is one of Dr Peatfield’s patients. Through his own research, he found Dr Peatfield after getting relatively little joy from the NHS, who told him all his bloods were in “normal” range.

For various reasons, David was prescribed Gaviscon Advanced because he also developed digestive problems around the same time, but his other symptoms – generally feeling unwell, falling asleep in the afternoons and chronic constipation – remained a mystery.

It wasn’t until a WHOLE YEAR later that the doctors decided to test his thyroid. His TSH was 35 (sky-high) and so he was immediately put on 100mcg of thyroxine.

“After a few days, I was near to collapse”, says David. “A second doctor was called immediately and the thyroxine was reduced to 50mcg.

“My TSH did go down to 1.2, but I carried on feeling unwell. The only dietary advice I was given was to eat plenty of fibre.

“Dr Peatfield’s approach was different – he wanted to review my basal temperature and pulse. He actually understood my symptoms,” recalls David.

“His initial plan was to get my adrenal glands working, and the supplements helped.

“Before I saw Dr Peatfield, I would rate myself a 5 on a good day and a 2 on a bad day. Now, on a good day, I might be a 7, although we seem to have hit a plateau at the moment.”

Since May 2014, David has been taking Armour as a natural alternative to thyroxine. He says that the transition wasn’t easy, but he is feeling improvement, has fewer headaches and more energy and continues his treatment with Dr Peatfield.

And as David can testify through personal experience, it would seem that the NHS approach, in many cases, just isn’t cutting it:

“The NHS doctors don’t know and they don’t seem to want to know. If TSH comes back within their levels, they tell you there is nothing wrong with you. They only treat the symptoms, so that if you can’t sleep, they give you sleeping tablets and if you feel depressed, they prescribe anti-depressants.

“Dr Peatfield understands because he has a thyroid problem himself. Everything is connected: digestion, liver and adrenals, but it’s not easy to find the missing piece of the jigsaw, and we are still searching.”

Official figures state that hypo-thyroidism affects only 3-4 per cent of the population. Dr Peatfield says that this figure is, in reality, closer to 30-40% by mid-life.

Are you sure you’re ok?

FACT: Women are 5-6 times more likely than men to have an underactive thyroid, largely because of bearing children, when hormones can go haywire.

Dr Peatfield is also suspicious of the “normal” ranges relied upon by NHS medics (see part one).

“You don’t have to be low or below these figures to need treatment,” he says. “The important question is ‘does the patient feel well?’”

Dr Peatfield is indeed a rare breed (think slightly above dodo); he did have another colleague practising in Birmingham, but sadly, Dr Skinner passed away last year.

It’s also interesting to note that Dr Skinner was also treated with similar disdain by the NHS, again because of his reluctance to toe the one-size-fits-all treatment party line.  Every year for a decade, he was hauled before the General Medical Council, criticised and questioned, and eventually, he was only allowed to see patients under the supervision of an NHS endocrinologist.

But now, Dr Peatfield is IT. And he’s more than worth waiting for.

Dr Peatfield’s database holds the details of over 7,000 patients, past and present. Some first saw him 10 years ago, but somehow he finds the time, to answer their queries and to check on their progress.

Yes, you’ll have to bide your time for an appointment, but once you see Dr Peatfield, you usually only need ONE visit, and then contact is maintained thereafter via post or phone. (He doesn’t do emails).

“I have no intention of retiring,” he says. “As long as I have breath in my body, I intend to carry on working and helping people.

“I can’t claim to CURE everyone, but every client, without fail, even if it takes time and lots of tweaking, feels a whole lot better. Some will be completely better.”

Ironically, it was only when Dr Peatfield was on the course in the USA that he himself discovered his own thyroid was not firing on all cylinders, something he had been blissfully unaware of.

A quarter of a century on, he still takes Armour daily, a NATURAL alternative to Thyroxine/Synthroid/Levoxyl/Levothyroxine (aka synthetic T4).

And this is where I have to throw a rotund cat among the pigeons: ARMOUR IS NOT VEGAN.

Unfortunately, there is currently no vegan alternative of equal success rate, but Hippocrates’ Dr Brian Clement says that although this medicine comes from a pig, it is HUMANELY extracted. And for now, despite not being vegan, in his opinion, it’s the best solution (and for him to say something like that, we’re talking end-of-the-world serious).

Like Dr Peatfield, Brian SWEARS by this natural remedy and I know for sure that if any cruelty or unethical practice of any kind were involved, it would not get through the gates at Hippocrates.

So, you take your choice. But if you feel like death every day, and you know it is not a cruel product, it’s well worth considering, as vegan, Messianic ( a branch of Judaism) thyroid patient Serene Shick did when she faced this dilemma herself:

“All the evidence points to this being the superior medication for this illness, although most docs want to give the synthetics. Armour is all natural, which appeals to me in spite of the fact that it is derived from pigs. As you know, being vegan and Messianic, this doesn’t sit well, but I have come to believe that what makes my body/brain/temple perform optimally takes precedence over the desire to exclude all animal products from my diet as well as the mitzvah against pork. It is a very tiny amount and I am already feeling incredibly better: my thinking is clearer, I feel more in control of my emotions, and I am actually having frequent moments of real joy! So I am certain that YHVH has led me to this discovery. The above is quoted from here: www.supernaturalself.com/Hypothyroid.htm

So, what’s wrong with Thyroxine/Synthroid and all their generic equivalents?

Dr Peatfield says that although it does work for some patients, it fails many. Sometimes this is because of the wrong dose – take too little and it changes nothing, but take too much and it has a toxic effect, like all synthetic medicine, and can cause heart problems.

The second reason is because the patient may also have adrenal problems.

Adrenal problems often go hand in hand with thyroid issues, and if this is the case, the body cannot digest, or convert, the Thyroxine properly.

And equally:

“Your thyroid gland produces and secretes FIVE hormones,” says Dr Peatfield. “Just replacing one, such as the T4, which Thyroxine does, isn’t going to solve the problem. Armour contains ALL the missing elements, which is why it is so successful.

“The other problem is that even when held at gun-point, most NHS GPs will not check free T3 (fT3) levels. They only check the free T4 (fT4) count, but the fT3 count is just as important, because otherwise, it is impossible to see if the body is converting it properly from T4 to the active T3 hormone.

It’s also worth noting that this conversion process also requires a lot of enzymes. Enzymes are a founding principle at Hippocrates, so much so, that within days of walking through the door, you’re stocked up and popping them like there’s no tomorrow.

Why is everyone deficient? Because of poor food choices, particularly such a high amount of cooked food, which contains no enzymes as they have all been destroyed. Living foods, particularly sprouts, wheatgrass and green juices are packed with them.

So, how to get in touch with Dr Peatfield?

You’re best off doing this outside working hours and leaving a message. Otherwise, you may struggle to get through. Leave a message and you WILL receive a response.

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Soup Sunday with Karen Hawley: brought to you live from Thailand!

As you all no doubt know by now, the Hippocrates Health Educator Program teaches its students many things. It changes the way you eat, the way you view food.

But most of all, it changes you.

Being 100% honest with all of you, right now, I’m struggling a wee bit. For nearly all of my life, I’ve been a square peg in a round hole, and for most of the time, that is a situation I am both accustomed to and at peace with; I’m happy to take the lead, rather than be led.

But after three-and-a-bit months at home post-Hippocrates, I’m feeling isolated. And there have been many days lately when I wish I didn’t know what I know so that I could just be “like everybody else”.

Just a temporary glitch, I’m sure. But I just wanted to let you know that it happens to all of us. And no matter how tough it gets, you have to be true to yourself, whatever that might mean to you.

So I was really pleased to hear news from Karen Hawley, one of my Hippocrates classmates. Rather than get sucked under by “real” life, she’s upped the ante and jetted off to Thailand for an unscheduled adventure of indefinite length, where she describes her living conditions as “pretty basic”.

Karen Hawley: She's got a passport and she's not afraid to use it!

Karen Hawley: She’s got a passport and she’s not afraid to use it!

But you know what? She sounds happy, content and fulfilled. And that’s all that matters.

Karen explains: “I have been in an odd place for a while now, probably since my husband passed away in 2004 and I sold my chiropody practice so that I could be more ‘available’ for our son, who was then only 13 years old.

“Not having a regular job means that you have no reason to be disciplined about going to bed at a sensible time, because it doesn’t matter when you get up, which then throws your eating out because your time clock is askew, so mealtimes cease to have relevance.

“It is simple then to only eat when one is hungry, which, as we all know, means that the choices made will probably be poor ones and the weight then piles on!

“We’d also moved to London after my husband died, as it was much more convenient for my son’s schooling. This worked very well except that I did not find London a friendly place for a middle-aged, mostly-unemployed widow.

“I fulfilled an ambition of going to drama school, which was an excellent way to spend a couple of years, but there wasn’t very much work available for my age group, so I started working as an extra on films, but that is unfortunately not very regular either; you could work three days in one week and then not again for six weeks or more.

 

“So, with the irregular work and my son getting older and more independent, I started travelling, mostly to detox or weight-loss places to try to reverse the damage of my unconventional lifestyle.

“I recognised that I was always very much happier being in the sunshine, preferably near a source of natural water that I could swim in, and associating with people who considered their health and well-being to be very important, and continually looking for ways to optimise their health.

“And so here I am – the sun shines every day, which makes everything seem possible and I find myself laughing out loud for no reason except that I feel happy – most often when I am riding my scooter (without a helmet, I’m afraid!) and delighting in the temperature and the lovely scenery.

“When I see Rawai beach stretching out in front of me, I’m amazed every time by the stunning colour of the sea against all the Thai long-tail boats bobbing in the water.  It is stunning and I am so grateful to have the means and opportunity to ‘just decide’ to live here for a while!

“Home here is a cute, one-bedroom bungalow, which is pretty spacious, but the kitchen is a worktop, with a sink at one end, and cupboards below. I have a fridge, but no cooker, and have just bought a kettle and blender so I can heat water for my morning hot lemon or any-time pea flower tea.

“Soups and salads are the order of the day, and in line with this, I’m sharing a recipe for the raw version of Tom Kha.  Although it is absolutely delicious, it doesn’t contain many ‘solid’ ingredients, so I tend to pile it high with whatever sprouts I have available.  I have not yet experimented with adding more vegetables, because I’m scared of spoiling it!”

Karen’s Raw Tom Kha Soup

Karen's raw Tom Kha Soup

Karen’s raw Tom Kha Soup

Ingredients

1 stalk of lemon grass, sliced

5 tsp tamarind paste

2 small Thai chillis

Approx ½ inch piece of galangal root (available from Asian supermarkets – ed)

Zest of 1 kaffir lime (or a few dried kaffir lime leaves, available from most mainstream supermarkets – ed)

½ red onion

2 cloves garlic

2 medium tomatoes***

500ml coconut milk

Pinch of Himalayan salt (or to taste) (or use a few dashes of tamari to taste – ed)

Method

  1. Put all of the ingredients into your blender and whizz it up for about 12 seconds.
  2. Let it stand for 10-15 minutes (if you can resist!) to allow the flavours to infuse and develop.
  3. Follow hen just give it a 2 second burst to mix it up again and serve with a giant topping of sprouts. Enjoy!

*** Not Hippocrates approved. Why? Because tomatoes are a fruit, and in line with good food combining, should be eaten alone, with other fruit, or, as a lone salad with onions, garlic and herbs.

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Thyroid SOS Part I: Put yourself in the driving seat for a healthy thyroid

There are many reasons why I consider myself lucky, particularly with regard to my health.

One of those reasons is that I have never had a problem with my thyroid gland.

But I’m willing to bet that at least one of you reading this will either a) have such a problem, b) have an issue, but haven’t yet realised, or c) know someone for whom a) or b) applies. If so, you might want to share this post with them.

In this post, I will tell you why such problems are commonplace, explain the reported shortcomings of the current mainstream medical diagnostic and treatment process and, best of all, I will share the 17 simple things YOU can do to help yourself (so long as your problem is not too severe).

In part two next week, I will introduce to you THE man in Britain who gets long-term thyroid patients back on track. And yes, he is a fully-fledged member of my own health super-heroes gallery, sitting just to the left of Dr Brian Clement.

But for now, and to clarify before we begin, here are the two main types of thyroid challenges (your thyroid being the butterfly-shaped gland located near your voicebox, btw).

Hyper-thyroidism: Caused by an auto-immune problem, the most common of which is known as Grave’s disease, or an over-active thyroid. In such cases, the thyroid goes into over-production of its five hormones. Symptoms include an inability to gain weight, a skinny frame that is unnatural to you, and, generally, being pretty hyper-active in daily life. On edge, if you will.

Hypo-thyroidism: Caused by auto-immune thyroiditis, otherwise known as Hashimoto’s disease. It’s an under-active thyroid, when insufficient amounts of the five hormones are produced. Symptoms include constant lethargy and a sluggish metabolism, often leading to unexplained weight gain and difficulty in losing weight.

The focus today is on the latter, – underactive thyroids –  as they are by far the most common of the two.

Until I went on the Health Educator program at Hippocrates, I had no idea that it was such a widespread problem. We’re talking epidemic proportions here.

In one of our lectures, Dr Clement explained that 15 years or so ago, if he’d asked everyone with a thyroid problem to put their hands up, there would only be one or two.

But today, he says a sea of hands is not uncommon. The good news is that thousands of people who have stayed at Hippocrates under the Life Transformation Program have nipped even long-standing problems in the bud.

For example, one guest went to Hippocrates because her doctors wanted to remove her thyroid. She was told that if they didn’t she would die (Tactic No 241, taken from the “Medical Scaremongerer’s Handbook”. Well, it would be if such a tome existed).

Anyway, within months of following the Hippocrates diet, and with the support of Hippocrates’ own-brand, natural, vegan supplement Pinnacle (I can get source these for any non-USA readers – read details at the bottom of this post), her thyroid awoke from its slumber and began to fire on all cylinders once more.

FACT: The thyroid is the THIRD most important hormone-secreting gland in your body. Look after it, and it will look after you.

So, why is it so common today? And what can you do to prevent it or reverse it?

According to Hippocrates’ Head Nurse Tom Fisher, there are many causes:

  1. I’m sure you won’t be surprised to learn that most of them are a by-product of the ravages of modern-living and lifestyle choices.
  2. And yes, many of these are to do with what’s on your dinner plate. I’m sorry, but it’s a fact.
  3. Equally, however, we have become increasingly adept in the practice of voluntary self-nuking, for which there is more detail further on.
  4. Genetics also play a major factor. But as we were taught time and again at Hippocrates, just because nature loaded the gun, you don’t have to pull the trigger by making rubbish lifestyle choices.
  5. For many, the cause is a life-long lack of the trace mineral selenium because of our universally-depleted soils. Brazil nuts are packed with the stuff – just four of these beauties a day should serve you well. Or ditto a generous handful of walnuts.
  6. Auto-immune disease is another factor. This is when the body decides to turn on itself, in this case, the thyroid, specifically.
  7. And glandular fever is another nemesis, often resulting in a slow, insidious decline that is hard to notice day by day and therefore difficult to determine if a problem exists.
  8. Hashimoto’s disease, an autoimmune condition.
  9. Likewise, women who have had upwards of two children are at risk, as are those who have had major operations which have challenged the endocrine (hormonal) system, such as a hysterectomy.
  10. And then there’s our dear friend radiation. More details in a moment, but catch up with another post I wrote on this subject here and here.
  11. And let’s not forget the greatest of our emotional crutches: food. You already know that eating unwisely is giving your body nothing, thus depriving it of essential vitamins and minerals. And ditto eating more than 50% cooked food (that figure, by the way, is a VERY generous one for all you die-hard cooked consumers. You really need to lower that figure to 25%).
  12. And lastly, if your adrenal glands are playing up, the thyroid usually comes out in sympathy. Or vice versa. And why do your adrenals throw their toys out of the pram? Stress is the biggest cause, so do yourself a favour and do something to reduce it. As you know, my first port of call would be – and is – yoga.

So, what’s the score with treatment? Our mainstream medics have this common problem well and truly nailed, right?

Far from it.

And I hate to say it, but I would strongly suspect that dwindling public funds have a great deal to do with it, particularly given that thyroids are dropping like flies all over the shop.

The greatest problem is the NHS-decreed range, which is about as gaping as the widest section of the Grand Canyon.

For example:

According to the NHS, your T4 (thyroxine) count can be anything from 9-20. The mystery guest on my next post says that ideally, it should actually be between 12 and 14. But the only point at which you can hope to get treated on the NHS is when this count is WAY BELOW 9.

Your T3 (triiodothyronine) count should be 3.5 to 6. But again, you have to be WELL BELOW 3.5 to get treatment on the NHS.

Your TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) level should be 0.75 to 4. And you have to be 5 or above before an NHS doctor will admit you have a problem.

But if you manage to cheat the diagnostic odds and actually qualify for treatment, I am willing to bet my last penny that you will be put on a synthetic version of your body’s T4 hormone, thyroxine, also sold as Sythroid/ Levoxyl/Levothyroxine, as well as other brand names http://www.thyroid.org/thyroid-hormone-treatment/

If it’s your T3 levels letting the side down, you will probably be prescribed Cytomel. But given that your T3 levels are not part of the default test (another bone of contention for our next post’s mystery star), it’s far less likely you’ll be prescribed it.

But here, we are looking at synthetic thyroxine and all its namesakes, considered in the allopathic kingdom to be the ultimate panacea for an idle thyroid.

What’s wrong with that?

Plenty, actually.

  1. For starters, according to research, this commonly-prescribed long-term “solution” has been linked to serious, long-term effects such as dementia and Alzheimers. But the doctors who prescribe it are either unaware of this fact, or choose to ignore it. I mean, how can anyone prove that link?
  2. These medications also lower dopamine in the body. A crucial neuro-transmitter, altered levels have been linked to Restless Leg Syndrome, ADHD, and schizophrenia. I’m not saying that this medication will cause it – I don’t know  – but if, as in the case of people with Parkinson’s disease, you already have lowered dopamine levels, it’s unlikely to end happily.
  3. The third fly in the ointment is all down to numbers which don’t add up; your thyroid produces FIVE hormones. Thyroxine is just one of those. So how can replacing only one deficient hormone truly solve the problem? It doesn’t. More of that in the next post.
  4. And lastly:

FACT: If a patient taking synthetic thyroxine by whatever name is diagnosed with a tumour, in the USA at least, they are taken straight off it.

The good news is that there are plenty of things you can do yourself to take control and start feeling better, so long as your case isn’t too severe.

If you know you have hypothyroidism and you are unhappy with the synthetic prescription you are on, or you suspect that you have a problem which isn’t being diagnosed, the following tips will still help, but I strongly advise you to read my next post and book an appointment with the star of the show.

But as I said earlier, even if you’ve never had a thyroid problem, you still need to administer a little TLC in its direction in order to maintain the status quo; if you’re neglecting your thyroid, you never know when it’s going to throw a strop, down tools and go on strike.

So, take heed:

  1. Reduce your body’s toxic burden: minimise processed and non-organic food, avoid chemical household cleaners and toiletries and wear natural fibre clothing, such as organic cotton.

FACT: Synthetic fibres such as polyester and nylon affect your hormones.

At this point, I feel the need to break the flow to remind you about the story of my fellow Hippocrates Health Educator and newfound friend, Eva Carceles Poveda, who did this Soup Sunday recently.

Positively blooming, at around 4 months, at Hippocrates

Eva: on the mend after years with an underactive thyroid which mainstream medication alone could not fix

More to the point, she can vouch personally for the positive effect that reducing your body’s chemical content and improving your diet will have on your thyroid.

When she arrived at Hippocrates, her TSH count was 2.9, and Eva was on Synthroid. But in spite of her own specialist doubling the dose, the count would not come down any further.

And to add a rather happy complication into the mix, Eva was pregnant.

“Doctors want pregnant women to have a reading of below 2.5, as there are studies suggesting that higher TSH readings are associated with miscarriage, and I had already had one,” explains Eva.

“Because I was already on Synthroid when I became pregnant, I didn’t want to mess around with my medication. Having already doubled the dose once with no effect, they were all up for doubling it again, but I said no.

“Instead, I went to Hippocrates on the Health Educator Program for 5 weeks, and through the dietary change, my count reduced to 1.4. I did not take any supplements for it, just wholesome raw, vegan food.”

2. Reduce stress through meditation and yoga: The latter is particularly excellent for thyroid conditions, especially those postures which put pressure on the thyroid gland.

3. Add sea vegetables to your food: Kombu, nori sheets (available here if you’re in the US), nori sprinkles (US- here), dulse (US- here) and arame. Or, for a quick fix, try Seagreens Food Granules (US- here) to sprinkle on just about anything heading in the direction of your mouth.

FACT: Pets need healthy thyroids too. And they know it.

Eric goes MAD for nori sheets (like Nathalie’s dog from another recent Soup Sunday). And as luck would have it, Seagreens do granules for pets too. Eric has this EVERY day.

4. Avoid cruciferous vegetables: This includes vegetables such as Brussel sprouts (there is a God), cauliflower, cabbage, cress, bok choy and broccoli. Why avoid them? They contain a compound called glucosinolates, which has been shown in studies involving animals, to lower thyroid function. Yet they are supposedly excellent for thyroid cancer. Go figure!

5. Food allergies: many have been linked with thyroid problems, particularly dairy and wheat. Get yourself checked.

6. Take a FOOD-BASED (non-synthetic) B-complex supplement daily. (for US, click hereThe entire planet should already be taking B12 anyway.

7. Pinnacle: Start taking this vegan, natural, food-based supplement, created by Hippocrates specifically for an underactive thyroid. Need some? Comment on this post and I will get you some (non-USA readers only). One of my fellow Health Educators was put on this during her stay because of a sluggish thyroid, and in 9 weeks, her TSH went from above 4 to normal.

8. Check your iodine levels: Add an iodine supplement (US- here) if your results are lower than 100mcg per litre. In mild cases, it is possible to treat an underactive thyroid by mixing 1 drop iodine with 2-3 drops castor oil (US- here) and applying directly to the neck in the thyroid area daily. As a general rule, 10-13 mg iodine a day should provide a level in the blood of 100-200 mcg per litre. But be careful: TOO MUCH CAN SHUT THE THYROID DOWN.

9. Check out your adrenal function: if it’s out of whack, it can interfere with your body’s conversion of T4 to T3. I highly recommend another specially-formulated, vegan, food-based supplement from Hippcorates, Adrena Support. It works by supporting adrenal function and is particularly helpful for those with high stress and anxiety levels. If you let this situation lie dormant, you could end up with Addison’s Disease, which JFK suffered from. Again, as long as you’re not in the USA, I can bag you some. Just holler.

10. Take selenium (US- here) and zinc (US- here) supplements daily: Sadly, you can no longer rely on foods to provide this because of our depleted soils.

11. STOP EATING SUPERMARKET BREAD: Just do it. There are far too many reasons to list here, but what is relevant here is the fact that in most countries, bromine has to be added to bread by law, instead of iodine. It makes the yeast rise or something. But whatever the reason is, it’s HIGHLY toxic. (And just think about the fact that you probably eat this infernal stuff daily right now. STOP!

12. Reduce radiation exposure: We’re talking about the stand-in-various-poses-while-we-nuke-you airport security scanners (you are LEGALLY entitled to opt out and request a body search). If you are having an X-ray or any kind of body scan, ask for a lead collar to put round your neck, thus protecting the thyroid area. And take SHEDLOADS of chlorella tablets before, during and after a flight.

13. Get off the phone: It’s also time to break the habit of having your mobile phone stuck to your ear at every given opportunity, and likewise curtail your usage of every wireless device you own. At the very least, don’t walk around with one of those daft Bluetooth ear-pieces wrapped around your lughole (you look ridiculously self-important anyway, IMHO). And make your bedroom (where you spend at least a third of your life) a wireless-device-free zone. And if there’s a landline available, use it instead.

14. And as for that bloody microwave. Still sat there, is it? Open your front door (or the back – you choose) and send it sailing. NOW.

FACT: Up to 50% of radiation exposure comes from hospital scans and X-rays.

15. Demand a full blood test from your doctor: You have to be firm with this one. If you feel constantly shattered, are struggling to lose weight and/or gaining it easily, or generally suspect that something isn’t right, get a FULL thyroid blood test done, including the following elements:

  • A full thyroid panel (T3, T4, and TSH
  • A thyroid antibodies test – of which there are 3
  • Reverse T3
  • 4-point Cortisol test – tested via a saliva swab

16. Read around the subject:

Your Thyroid and How to Keep it Healthy: The Great Thyroid Scandal and How to Survive it (Available in the US here)

Stop the Thyroid Madness: A Patient Revolution Against Decades of Inferior Treatment (Available in the US here)

17. Book yourself in: if you’re suffering, the best possible thing you can do is book an appointment with the man who is arguably the UK’s leading alternative thyroid expert. And no, I’m not on commission. I just know he’s the man who can. Stay tuned for all the details you’ll need.

NON-USA READERS: If you have been diagnosed with an adrenal or thyroid problem, I am able to source the Hippocrates Life Give supplements I mentioned earlier. Get in touch by commenting on this or any post.

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Soup Sunday goes solo: and can you BELIEVE what this doctor SAID?!

…but only for today, I hope.

I guess it’s that time of year – silly season – as we journos call it. Mid- to late summer, news becomes particularly scant on the ground (not least because Parliament is in Recess), and that’s because everyone – which clearly includes my Soup Sunday contributors – are busy doing far more interesting things.

And who can blame them? OK, I did, but only for a few seconds.

And I can hardly talk – this morning, I’m off to what I consider is THE BEST part of the British coastline – Norfolk. Just for the day, to Holkham, with friends and, slightly scarily, a couple of horses. But I’m going armed with a pile of organic carrots for protection/bribery purposes.

So instead of the usual guest spot, I’ve got a recipe for you which I’ve not made for ages myself, but which I love, mostly because it’s got a kick like a horse with PMS that’s run out of carrots. Also great for when you have a cold.

But before that, I have to share something which made me laugh so hard this morning that the walls of my sauna were probably shuddering a fair old bit.

And I quote, from a Tweet to a well-known doctor, and his ensuing response:

Q: “Do I really need to drink eight glasses of water a day?”

A: “Nope. That figure is not based on any real science.” (I can’t believe he used “nope”. You can’t be down with the kids when you have medical licence. It’s just wrong, somehow).

I must interject further: his statement in itself is bad enough, although technically he is right – as the formula you need to stick to is: Your body weight in lbs divided by 2 = no. fluid ounces per day for the AVERAGE person.

But it continues. And here’s where I lost it:

“Remember too that any fluids will hydrate you, INCLUDING TEA AND COFFEE”. (My emphasis).

WTF?! And a DOCTOR, no less.

I dread to think how many people reading this from the pages of a UK magazine promptly arose from their sofa, stuck the kettle on and reached for the dark roast instant.

As I’ve said before, that’s the danger – we trust the medical profession unquestionably, particularly when it condones a bad habit.

But as far as I’m concerned, he needs to go and sit in the naughty corner for at least 24 hours. And with Supernanny Jo Frost standing over him looking very displeased.

Either that, or he could opt to go for a few rounds with Dr Clement and a gazillion other health experts who’d agree with me that he’s more than a little off-piste here.

Nowadays, the only time I read so-called “health/diet advice” – particularly that which winds up in the glossies and the not-so-glossies – is when I want a laugh. I have to giggle, because otherwise I would just get all cross.

This guy is most definitely a contender for the Tut of the Year Awards. (Sadly, such a phenomenon does not exist as yet, but it can only be a matter of time?).

But that’s that. And I know that you will all be ignoring this snippet of (mis)information. Won’t you?

So, to the soup.

And you know what else I love about this ridiculously-easy recipe? You can have tomatoes without the bad food combination consequences; other ingredients like ginger, garlic and onion go with any foods in food combining “law”, so make a bucket-load and enjoy!

You’ll get a blood circulation boost from the ginger and harissa, which is a traditional blend of North African/Middle Eastern spices with a punch. Most supermarkets stock it now.

And let’s not forget about the cancer-fighting kick from the lycopene in the tomatoes.

Grab a pan, and let’s go!
Hot Harissa Soup

Adapted from Michael van Straten’s “Super Duper Soups” book

Ingredients

2 tbsp coconut oil

1 medium onion, chopped

2-4 cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp cumin

1 inch fresh ginger, grated or VERY finely chopped

2 tsp tomato purée

1 tsp harissa paste

1 400g can of chopped tomatoes (or use fresh ones which have been skinned and de-seeded)

1 litre of vegetable stock (either an organic, vegan stock, like Marigold Swiss Bouillon, or make your own – find the recipe in this post) https://itshouldnthappentoavegan.wordpress.com/2014/05/11/welcome-to-soup-sunday-vegan-style/

Handful coriander leaves

Method:

  1. Melt the oil on a medium to low heat in a large saucepan and sauté the onions until soft.
  2. Add the cumin and ginger and cook for two more minutes.
  3. Add the tomato purée and harissa paste, stir well and cook for another two minutes.
  4. Pour in the tomatoes and stock. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 20 minutes.
  5. Add in the garlic and stir. Remove from heat.
  6. Put the mixture in a Vitamix or food processor, or use a hand blender and whiz until smooth.
  7. Garnish with the coriander leaves.

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Thai massage: How to get all Bangkok bendy without lifting a finger

Today, I rock. I really do.

This is mainly because:

  1. I’m waaaay ahead in my current phone Scrabble match with my good friend Stuart (he’s beaten me too many times in a row lately, so it’s only fair). Better even than that, he’s also slightly miffed about it too.
  2. I spent another hour in my FIR sauna this morning.
  3. I have another hour of FIR therapy to look forward to tonight when another friend comes round to try it out. I mean, I can’t leave her to sweat alone, now, can I?
  4. Not only that, but I’ve just had the most amazing lunch – a nori wrap filled with sprouts, salad, hummus and – slightly naughtily – a tofu hot dog-style sausage.

There are occasions, seldom though they may be on this diet, when you just have to indulge in something that tastes plastic, processed and, generally, not of this earth. They’re made by Taifun and called Tofu Wieners, in case you wanted to try them for yourself. And yes, I am well aware that this name will generate a good few schoolboy sniggers from the left-hand side of the Atlantic in particular.

5. And the web copy writing is progressing nicely too, in case you were wondering.

So today, I thought I would tell you about something which also, like wieners, never fails to put a smile on my little face.

As you know, the founding principle of Abraham-Hicks is all that matters is you FEEL good, and today’s topic is a once-a-month indulgence of mine which ticks every single one of the Law of Attraction check boxes.

Thai massage. Can’t beat it.

I’d have one every day if I was Richard Branson (not sure if he does, but if he doesn’t, can someone page him and suggest it, please?)

Again, this therapy is another phenomenon –  like the double-entendre sausage – which generates mirth of the wink-wink, nudge-nudge variety.

Never in the course of history has such a revitalising, regenerating treatment been so misunderstood.

I get it. And I have to admit that every time I turn up for my appointment on a semi-seedy street in my home city of Leicester, I worry that I’ll bump into someone I know and feel compelled to explain that it’s all above board with not even the merest hint of backstreet about it (unlike so many other “massage” establishments in Leicester).

So, what is it, exactly?

As I’ve already explained, you don’t have to schlep all the way to Thailand to experience it. Thai massage therapists are just about everywhere. We have planes now and everything.

And I’ve also yet to experience a bad one. For this reason, I’m beginning to wonder if there is such a thing.

But do you want to know what the biggest plus is?

In the wake of a few of my recently-shared naked experiences in Turkey, it’s a jumbo sausage-sized relief for me to be able to enjoy a one- or two-hour massage while remaining FULLY-CLOTHED!

See, it can be done.

And that’s great news for the thousands of people out there who are horrified at the thought of stripping down to their undies in front of a complete stranger, and have thus never experienced any form of massage.

Thai massage is your answer.

You basically lie on a huge mattress in loose-fitting clothing (I’d take your own, as if you don’t, they’ll give you some dodgy, garishly-patterned pyjama get-up which makes you look like a member of a Thai airline cabin crew).

And for you, the client, that’s about as complicated as it gets. Just lie back, forget everything and prepare to be manipulated like you’ve never been before.

If you’ve ever attended a yoga class and wished that someone would just crank you into each posture – so you could gain all the benefits without any of the effort – now’s your chance.

Other than that, it’s pretty tricky to explain.

But whatever it is, it gives your lymph a great workout (if you’ve forgotten why that’s so important, click here).

It also stretches out every area of your skeleton, particularly your spine which, when you think about it, is a slave to the downward-pressing force of gravity for your every waking moment.

And it puts every muscle group, sinew and fibre of your being through its paces. And all while you channel your best puppet-on-a-string impersonation. You are, quite literally, in your therapist’s hands.

So many postural problems stem from the fact that we don’t stretch enough – Hippocrates recommends at least 20 minutes a day. But few of us – including me – bother to toe this particular preventative line, unless we’re at the gym or inverted à la beetroot face in Downward Facing Dog.

A good therapist (like mine – Kim, at Tip Thai Therapy & Spa, Welford Road, Leicester, UK) will ask you if there are any particular areas which need work. If you specify anywhere, expect to leave the odd tooth-mark indentation in your pillow or, worse still, choke on a mouthful of feathers.

These specialists take no prisoners. But they get right to the core of the tension and send it packing.

Every session will be different. Why? Because every session your body will be different, with new areas of tension and soreness. And if you’re like me, you’ll be surprised at the areas which cause you the most pain – why are my calves soooo tender? And why do I fantasise about swinging a hefty punch in her direction whenever she presses on the soles of my feet?

But that’s how you know it’s working. And you can almost feel the physical tension and emotional stress draining from your body. I’m not generally an advocate of the Jane Fonda mantra “No pain, no gain” (let’s not forget this is the same woman who regularly supped on her own urine), but in the scenario of Thai massage, it’s the spot-on truth.

How can you expect to feel afterwards? Words fail me. But I’ll try.

Floating on a bank of fluffy, white clouds? Absolutely.

Overcome by the sudden urge to give the planet a suffocating bear hug? Deffo.

Devastated that it’s all over? Me too. Always.

So, just to recap:

  • Muscle workout: Check
  • Bones cracked, de-impacted and momentarily gravity-defiant. Check.
  • Spine feeling ten years younger. Check.
  • Lymph flowing more freely than Niagara Falls. Check.
  • Sports injuries in retreat. Check.
  • Temperament locked firmly in Mother Teresa mode. Check.

And all for just an hour of your time and about £35. Or why not make it a double?

For me, it’s the Rolls Royce, Daimler and Aston Martin of massages all cut and shut into one. It  leaves me serene, yet firing on all cylinders at the same time.

And for me, that Saturday afternoon each month just can’t come round quickly enough.

Go on, do it. I’m no advocate of the philosophies of that Cheryl Cole bird, either, but she’s right about one thing:

YOU ARE WORTH IT.

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Soup Sunday with Eva Carceles Poveda: and the how-to guide for a healthy vegan pregnancy

I did a very odd thing yesterday. That’s perhaps not something that would surprise you, but I mean really odd.

I nominated yesterday as a duvet day. No work. No emails (ok, a few). No phone calls. Bliss.

And for the first time this week, I made myself something cooked.

And that was partly why I ended up doing the thing that was odd.

It was very yummy, loosely based on Margarita’s recipe from the second-to-last Soup Sunday.

I ate it while watching a few more episodes of “Come Dine with Me”, my long-standing number one guilty pleasure (joint first with Booja Booja Hunky Punky Chocolate ice cream).

And then I felt tired. I mean REALLY tired. No doubt, after nothing but raw food for a week, my insides were saying “this is way too much like hard work”.

So, at around 4.30pm, I decided to have a little nap, which is unheard of for me in the day-time, unless I have a heavy cold or flu (woman flu, the proper one).

Only thing was, I didn’t set an alarm. So I woke up shortly before midnight. I had a little wander round the house, checked Eric was ok, and then went back to bed again.

And I slept again, almost immediately. Until 7.30am.

Now, I’m not just blaming the cooked food. And it was definitely worth it, just for a change, you understand. And I must seriously have needed to catch up on some zzzzs. But it just goes to show how much more energy it takes to digest cooked food, doesn’t it?

Whenever any of us used to go out for cooked food away from Hippocrates, we’d all be hitting the snooze button at least a dozen times the next morning. And until then, I thought it was only a few bottles of Malbec that could do that to you.

Anyway, while I was sleeping, this week’s Soup Sunday superstar was busy beavering away.

I’m very pleased to introduce to you Eva Carceles Poveda, Spanish by birth, and a classmate of mine on the Hippocrates Health Educator program a few months ago.

Positively blooming, at around 4 months, at Hippocrates

Eva Carceles Poveda: Positively blooming, at around 4 months, at Hippocrates Health Institute

Unlike most of us (I hope), Eva has steadily piled on the pounds since she returned home. What’s more, she’s completely happy with that.

And that’s because in a few weeks’ time, Eva will be introducing Thomas to the world. Yep, throughout the course, Eva was pregnant. Still is. And she’s blooming.

But before we hear any more about Eva’s bonny bump, I need to tell you a bit more about the lady herself.

An associate professor of Economics at New York’s State University, Eva teaches macro-economics and finance. And as you’d expect, Eva’s vegan.

She’d been a vegetarian since enrolling on Hippocrates’ three-week Life Transformation Program in 2008. But then she took things a stage further when she took the Health Educator Program by ditching the remaining animal stuff.

“I became vegan to try to improve my hypothyroid (underactive thyroid) condition during the pregnancy and it improved a lot,” says Eva, who lives in Long Island.

“I’ve also felt great throughout my pregnancy and the baby has been growing beautifully. There was absolutely no issue with being vegan and pregnant at the same time. I was juicing and eating sprouts, of course.”

She continues: “When I arrived at Hippocrates for the Health Educator Program, I was vegetarian, not vegan. But after talking to Dr Anna-Maria Clement, who has raised all four of her children on a vegan, raw diet – and carried them all as a vegan – she convinced me that this was the right thing to do.

“This was reinforced after my thyroid issues became much better; I got a noticeable boost of energy after becoming vegan. Both Anna-Maria and Dr Brian stressed the importance of having blue-green algae as part of the diet, as well as oils rich in omega 3, such as hemp seed oil, with salads.”

Eva’s mind was made up. But as you can imagine, a number of her nearest and dearest were concerned about whether a vegan diet would be able to sustain the healthy development of her baby.

“Many friends and family advised me to quit the vegan diet because of the danger that the baby would not get the right nutrition, and that we would both be lacking in protein and iron.”

Still blooming!

Life’s a beach. For now, at least…

And here’s what she continues to tell these naysayers:

  1. The fact that animal protein is needed for survival is a myth. I stress the irrefutable link between animal protein and disease.
  2. Pregnancy is the best time to get on a vegan diet, because if you eat the right way, it is full of nutrition and enzymes, especially if part of it is raw. However, it is important to have a balanced diet and to eat lots of sprouts so that you and the baby get the right nutrition.
  3. You also have to add some supplementation, like the pre-natal vitamins and iron. But this is something that non-vegans also do during pregnancy. By doing this, you will go through the pregnancy better than ever. I have experienced this myself.
  4. I have been working and exercising every day, even now that I am in the last month of pregnancy. In the first trimester, you do not feel like eating so much and many woman feel like eating crackers or chocolate and this is where the green juices come in handy, as well as the green salads. Both will be easy on the stomach and will give you the right nourishment. If you crave sugars, you can eat organic fruits for breakfast to get rid of any sweet cravings.
  5. I will definitely switch back to a vegetarian diet if either my bloodwork is deficient in anything, or if the baby is not growing well. But as ever, my bloodwork is very good, and the baby is growing beautifully. He is just the right size, not too big and not too small. I specifically asked the doctors if they saw any problem with me being vegan but they said my blood results were very good.

And as for after Eva’s Big Event?

“Dr Anna-Maria and Dr Brian say that the most important thing to do for your baby is to breastfeed for as long as you can, up to two years of age,” says Eva.

“This will give the baby a personalised immunity that you can NEVER get with formula milk. They also recommended for the baby not to have any vaccines on the first day of life, when the baby has no immune system, and they recommended me to look into homeopathic vaccines as an alternative going forward.”

Eva’s chosen recipe is a great one to prepare her for impending motherhood, as it’s one of the most comforting and nurturing concoctions on the planet. And here it is, minus a photo (let’s be honest, lentil soup isn’t the most photogenic substance on the planet, now, is it?)

And: Bonus: It’s cooked! (After last night, I won’t be trying this one until I need to catch up on some sleep).

Eva’s Vegan Lentil Soup

Serves 2

Ingredients

2 tbsp coconut oil

Sprouted lentils – 2 handfuls per portion

1 onion

3 gloves of garlic

1 ripe tomato**

3 bay leaves

1 potato*** or sweet potato (sweet potato is better nutritionally – ed)

1 carrot

¼  of a cabbage

1 red bell pepper

1 leek

Pinch each of salt****, cumin and/or turmeric – (as a healthier alternative, use tamari instead of salt – ed)

 

Preparation

  1. Warm up the coconut oil on a low heat and add in this order: minced onion, minced garlic, minced tomato, bay leaves, minced potato, minced carrot and the remaining vegetables cut into small pieces. Mix well with the olive oil for a couple of minutes.
  2. Add the sprouted lentils, and add cold, filtered water until both the vegetables and lentils are covered well (for the water, I usually add 4 times the amount of lentils).
  3. Cook until the lentils are done in the regular pot. Spice to taste. You can use salt (or tamari – ed), cumin, turmeric or any other spice of your taste.

** Not Hippocrates approved. Why? Because in line with the rules of food combining, tomato is a fruit and so should not be eaten with anything other than fruit. This is a treat!

*** Not Hippocrates approved. Why? I think I went to the toilet in the middle of a lecture when this was covered, but Dr Clement said they are toxic. And being a member of the nightshade family, this isn’t really surprising. Stick to the sweet potato option instead.

**** Not Hippocrates approved. Why? You won’t find a grain of salt anywhere on the Hippocrates campus (unless someone has smuggled it in the lining of their suitcase). It’s a mineral robber and it causes hypertension. So just use tamari instead (about a teaspoon per pinch of salt).

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