Q & A with Sue Visser at Nature Fresh
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Cautions and disclaimers
Warning: This information should not be used for diagnosis or to guide treatment without the supervision of a health professional. Please consult a competent and knowledgeable doctor or alternative therapist for professional guidance if you wish to combine common sense or naturopathic protocols with your current treatment and prescribed drugs. Never stop an ongoing prescription abruptly or combine it with an alternative without figuring out the side effects. Understand that innocent sounding herbs, supplements and normal healthy food can thin the blood, lower blood sugar, raise or lower blood pressure and duplicate the effects of sleeping pills, hormone supplements and thyroid medications. Side effects can block the action of heart drugs or trigger inflammation. They may even exacerbate autoimmune diseases. Food is your medicine and needs to be respected as such. If doctors have to warn us about these “dangerous side effects” and drug interactions then it is proof indeed that food needs to be considered as a serious medicine!
Disclaimer: these discussions, anecdotes, research reports and protocols are primarily for your interest and amusement. Should you need to be diagnosed and medically treated for any health threatening condition that may exist both in your mind as well as your body first go and see your doctor. Then, if you need a second opinion or two you can browse through this book. It has not been sponsored by self-improvement campaigns we have been associated with because they gave us junk food to eat. It is not based on research sponsored by drug companies who pay to publish propaganda to sell products they know are harmful if not downright dangerous. If people sell a solution to fear and it costs a lot of money then rather look at the cause of the fear and kick it in the teeth. So what’s your opinion?
Q & A with Sue is what people enjoy reading the most
Introduction by Sue Visser
Some of my most popular reads are the Q & A sessions. People love to share and peek over the shoulders of fellow victims of bodily malfunctions. This seems to spice up their attention span and the personal involvement adds a boost of reality to the health problem in question. By publishing my Q & A sessions it helps me to deal with a general condition and create a set of resources to help other people with a similar query. You soon learn that attitudes differ even if people all have the same ailment. Some ask for alternative pills but are not interested in making any changes to their diet or lifestyle. Some love complaining and listing their calamities and are not really interested in a solution. If you take that away you would offend them. They are the ones who love talking about ailments more than addressing the causes! They have “tried everything!” They list the doctors, the drugs, the treatments that have been of no help. For other patients, those same doctors, drugs, herbs, diets and treatments are their lifeline and they place their full trust in them.
I often have to refer disillusioned patients to practitioners of integrative medicine or alternative modalities for a second opinion when mainstream drugs are giving them a hard time. For the patients who are more serious about correcting the mistakes, a good practitioner can supervise drug weaning protocols, do laboratory work, examine and investigate the patient’s causes in order to formulate the cures. They can select suitable medications or supplements from a broad range of modalities – including my favourite, Homeopathy. Dietary and lifestyle changes help patients to take on the responsibility of making changes as opposed to popping pills.
The key to being a scientist is to gain knowledge – to experiment and come to a conclusion based on what you actually see and experience. We do not have to be scientific about getting well. Our faith and prayers cannot be prescribed, sold or placed under a microscope. But we have plenty of evidence all around us that they work! You can change the way you view, manifest and manage your health. It is the truth that sets us free. So if your diagnosis and treatment so far have been based on lies then no wonder you ask us for help – for a second opinion or two.
“Dear Sue, I could see no light, was becoming so depressed with the thought of going onto lifelong medication and then I read the success stories on your website! This is definitely God sent! Please help me with a step-by-step guideline on what to do and take for…. Thank you so much”.
A letter that begins in such a positive way deserves a comprehensive answer and the time we take to give out free diets, protocols and suggestions will not be spent in vain. Henry Ford once said there are two types of people: “those who say they can and those who say they can’t.” He said that they are both right! We try to give of our very best to both types of people. A pill is easier to prescribe but is it really going to find and fix what went wrong in the mind?
“A sick body is the manifestation of an error in the mind. Pills can’t cure sick ideas.”
“Thank you for your astonishingly prompt & helpful reply to my query; if only much of the rest of South Africa would understand so clearly the meaning of the word ‘service’ — hooray for folk like you!”
“Thank goodness for people like you who do research and share it so willingly with the broader public. These days one pays huge prices to see Nutritionists. I really value your input and time to take care. I will read through everything slowly and change my diet.”
A Second Opinion on Parabens
2016 update on parabens by Sue Visser (Health Researcher)
These earth-friendly chemicals protect you from microbial infections
Preservatives called “parabens” are used in many products to prevent microbial infections. They do not cause cancer or disrupt hormones as rumour has it.
Why do plants depend on parabens?
Paraben is short for: para-hydroxybenzoic acid, the most abundant and widely distributed aromatic organic acid in the vegetable kingdom. All higher plants require particular forms of “parabens” such as methylparaben or propylparaben in order to breathe, reproduce and defend themselves from microbes. Parabens are truly natural, totally organic, earth friendly anti-microbial agents that we too, can benefit from.
Do parabens cause breast cancer?
90% of the parabens that are present in human urine come from food sources or as a byproduct of the amino acid tyrosine. This is also true of parabens that are found in breast tumors that are eaten in common daily foods such as onions, carrots, strawberries and other fresh produce. Ironically, parabens control many strains of mold and fungi that are associated with cancer, especially due to the acidic toxins they release. The presence of these pathogenic mycotoxins in human tissue is what attracts parabens to the area, as they attack them. Parabens protect us from the toxic effects of microbes. can trigger cell-proliferative responses and many result in tumour formation.is what attracts.
Do parabens behave like xenestrogens?
Do parabens behave like hormone disrupting xenestrogens? No. Xenestrogens are synthetic hormones, similar in structure to one of the most aggressive of the cancer-driving estrogens known as estradiol. Parabens do behave like cell-proliferating estrogens – they have the opposite effect. They work like isoflavones, also called weak estrogens in helping to minimize the dominance of estradiol on cell receptors. In terms of hormonal “disruption”, parabens are effectively 100 000x weaker than protective isoflavones like those found in red clover.
Make informed choices based on truthful facts
We are told not to buy products that include the nature identical preservatives: methylparaben and propylparaben. They are not cancer-causing endocrine disruptors as people are falsely told. Parabens are used to ensure the safety of products containing high levels of organic herbal extracts. Parabens function within a wide range of acid-alkaline mediums and are well suited to liquids as well as gels, balms and lotions. Even if the chemical profiles of naturally occurring parabens are duplicated in a laboratory, they prevent contamination from yeast, molds, bacteria and other harmful microbes. People who take vitamin C (ascorbic acid) or aspirins (salisylic acid), for instance are consuming chemicals that occur in nature or can come from a sterile, medically compliant laboratory.
When shopping for reliable cosmetics, be sure to look for products that are adequately and safely preserved. Some preservatives used as alternatives to parabens may not be as effective in the long run.
References I used in 2012
articlesnatch.com/Article/Parabens—A-Preservative used in cosmetics
New references: 2016
Sue, what supplements do you take and why? What is your typical food for the day?
Sue’s Supplementation story. Formula for the fifties and beyond.
I suffered from anaemia with haemoglobin of around 7 (even when I ate meat) for most of my life. I had no luck with any of the usual supplementation. I used iron, tissue salts, B12 and so on. But a few months after I stopped eating any form of gluten the levels rose to above 12.
My usual supplementation:
1 Ladyvite mature or slow release multi-vitamin.
B5 (calcium pantothenate) 500mg capsule. for low blood sugar and adrenal support. (I had chronic fatigue/adrenal collapse and low thyroid a few decades ago!)
Vital cod liver oil or huge Omega 3 fish oil capsules. (Yes, even as a vegetarian!)
Before running 2 – 3 mornings a week I also take our Megamax, Megaslim and Coleus tincture.
Before supper: Solgar HCL and digestive bitters I make myself.
Bedtime: Calcium Complex powder.
My personal choice of food for the day:
NO gluten or any flesh of any kind. Diet: O secretor, but as a vegetarian.
Breakfast: 1 egg, usually an omelette on a huge pile of lettuce, tomato & onion with mayonnaise.
Snacks: apples, apples, apples. Nuts, rice crisps.
Lunch: a huge salad. Sometimes rice cakes with marmite and cheese.
Supper: Vegetables, vegetables, a little Feta cheese now and then. Rice, quinoa, yellow pea, white kidney and cannellini beans, lentil sprouts.
1 Gluten intolerance. For some it is only a wheat problem. But going totally gluten-free usually means to exclude wheat, rye, barley and oats. So alternatives can be offered. The other option is to make the table basically gluten-free. Then offer crackers, bread and rolls including some 100% rye or gluten-free ones separately. This is what I find works best. Let people have a choice and make it all taste fabulous! By the way, beer is a problem because it contains dozens of harmful antigens that shred the gut lining and affect immunity and can even make you very depressed. One then becomes addicted to the toxins in the beer so the body can produce opiates that make you euphoric. The same is true of food made out of wheat. They syndrome is called allergenic addiction.
2 Vegetarians and vegans. There are different types and the most popular is the lacto-ovo variant whereby animal by products (but not the flesh) is OK. So they eat eggs, milk and honey – like me. Some vegetarians don’t eat eggs. A vegan won’t even touch honey and insists that all food be free of anything animal. A pescetarian eats fish and usually also milk, honey and eggs. So we need to have some of our dishes entirely free of anything that comes from an animal. Don’t panic, just follow this party plan. Think of using tofu, avocado pear, tahini, nut butters / milks and bananas for substitutes.
3 Specific allergies: to nuts, strawberries, guavas, sunflower seeds, shellfish and so on. People on the danger list will let you know in advance or be able to pick and choose. Sometimes they will come and ask you what ingredients you have used. This is a specific, not a general consideration and rarely needs to be catered for.
4 Sugar problems and diabetics. Some diabetics take insulin and eat according to their dosage of insulin or similar medications. The healthier option is to avoid all the sugar in the first place or eat to keep the insulin activity to a minimum by adding more protein, fat and fibre to a dish. For them, naturally sweet foods such as bananas, raisins and dates provide the basic sweetening and stevia or xylitol add extra sweetness. I often include a separate stevia spray so people can adjust the level of sweetness as preferred.
5 Eating Right for Your Blood Type? I have had over 15 years of experience with blood type preferences and will give you plenty of guidance as we get stuck into preparing the dishes, dips, sauces and deserts. At the end of this article I provide a reference link to my free full colour diet lists. (My book: HEALTHY HAPPY EATING for All Blood types by Sue Visser was published in 2004. It includes most of these easy recipes plus a lot of health protocols.) The Peter D’Adamo website and books also provide the basics.
Additional suggestions and recipes for healthy gluten free food to suit your blood type:
1 You can also include these fat burning foods suggestions to help control party weight gain
2 Use raw foods with caution if they contain dangerous chemicals like cyanide
3 Citrus fruit is highly beneficial. Oranges are excellent for blood type B!
4 Make your own cream cheese and Labne
5 Use pineapples as an alternative to a lot of medicine
6 Make gluten-free high protein cookies from edible play dough
7 All about chocolate. Recipe for Inca chocolate brownies
8 Carrots for snacks, salads and desserts
Lentil Sprouts: the Cheap Vegetarian Super Food to Eat Every Day https://suite.io/sue-visser/4zy92x4
I hope you too, find out what suits you and feel younger as you grow in strength and wisdom.
Best Regards, Sue