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Sick Home – Healthy Home

Over the last 50 years humans have changed the face of the earth. The chemical revolution has brought us many consumer delights, but these have come at a very high price when you consider their affect on our future health and wellbeing.

This toxic chemical onslaught is still happening today, causing an increasing number of health issues and epidemics, resulting from any number of 75,000 plus and growing, commonly used, potentially toxic synthetic chemicals, released into our environment or applied directly to or into our bodies each day by consumer products. Check out this Endocrine Disrupting Chemical report by the WHO.

Many years ago Samuel Epstein asked us, “Are you even aware that Australia has no regulations concerning the safety of ingredients in the products we use in the home?” Read More

Does Death Begin In The Colon?

My original exposure to the warning that “Death begins in the colon” and the further investigation of it that I undertook, came after hearing if from Dr. Bernard Jensen, D.C. who, in some circles, is referred to as the “Father of Colonics”. But the term has also been ascribed to physicians in ancient Egypt, and said to be espoused by Hippocrates, the apparent father of modern medicine, whose teachings link many illnesses to problems with the digestive tract, and the lack of optimal functioning of the body.

If not death, then perhaps at least disease and ill health might have a lot to do with the much overlooked function and health of the digestive tract. And the way to achieve that simply and effectively, does depend on the Savvy Team’s three-step process. The strategy of optimising nutrient intake while minimising toxins is also the central focus of the Savvy Team.

The Savvy Team point to the research showing that these days, children, and especially those coming from families with a history of “brain-immuno-gut disorders”, are also being affected with paediatric disorders such as ADHD, Asthma, allergies, autism, chronic illness, depression, learning and language delay, and digestive and behavioural disorders. All of these conditions are now proven to be triggered by toxins, malnutrition and infections as well as inflammatory conditions and stress. While their diets may be ‘good’, they are almost always found to be low in nutrition. Read More

Your ‘Microbiome’ and You!

“You could be sitting alone and still be completely outnumbered for your body is home to trillions upon trillions of tiny passengers – bacteria. Your body is made up of around ten trillion cells, but you harbour a hundred trillion bacteria.” says the Science Discover Magazine, in a fascinating article on the Microbiome: Your Body Houses 10x More Bacteria Than Cells.

Did you know that for every gene in your genome, there are 100 bacterial ones? The human microbiome is the population of more than 100 trillion microorganisms that live in our gut, mouth, skin and elsewhere in our bodies. The total number of genes associated with the human microbiome exceeds the total number of human genes by a factor of 100-to-one.

This is your ‘microbiome’ and it has a huge impact on your health, your ability to digest food and much, much more. We, in turn, affect them. Everything from the food we eat to the way we think, from the drugs we use to the way we’re born, influences the many species of bacteria that take up residence in our bodies over our lifetime.

Wikipedia lists the micro biome as: “the ecological community of commensal, symbiotic, and pathogenic microorganisms that literally share our body space.” These microbial communities have numerous beneficial functions relevant to supporting our life. Science has only now discovered that they are needed (in fact essential) for us to digest food, to prevent disease-causing bacteria from invading the body, and to synthesize essential nutrients and vitamins.  Read More

Is Orthomolecular Medicine The Answer To Disease?

Orthomolecular medicine is the restoration and maintenance of health through the administration of adequate amounts of substances that are normally present in the body. Dietary supplements at high doses as part of medical therapy have been controversial, but the evidence suggests that they play a significant role in prevention and treatment of diseases as well as protection from accelerated ageing that results from oxygen free-radical damage, inflammation, and glycation.

The aging process is typically accelerated as a result of free radical exposure, frequent or chronic inflammation, and toxic exposures (such as to heavy metals, or industrial and agricultural hydrocarbons, or toxic chemicals unwittingly bought into the home in common household and personal care). Reversing this process or slowing it down is one goal of orthomolecular therapy, along with treatment of health problems. So it’s a two-step approach, just as we say in the Savvy team talks “Wellness It’s Not That Hard”.

It’s hardly new news, when you realise that Dr Weston Price was saying this back in the 1930’s. Orthomolecular nutrition, in contrast to “eat the right food groups” nutrition, emphasises the use of supplemental vitamins, minerals and other essential factors in amounts that are higher than those recommended by the government-sponsored ‘dietary allowances.’ ” Read More