The British Natural Hygiene Society
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  Tackling weight gain on weight loss diets
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"Learn to forgive. Sometimes life is unjust. But its even more unfair when eating to stifle your anger, you punish yourself for other's insensitivity."


Dieting for weight loss is crazy. Learn how to eat hygienically and then look out for half a dozen pointers to understand why the weight fluctuates up and down.

  1. Dozens of prescription drugs can cause weight gain in some people. Some simply stimulate appetite; others may alter your metabolism. Some of the older antidepressants, known as tricyclics are among the worst offenders. Other medical saboteurs are: antihistamines such as astemizole and loratadine; blood-pressure medications which may cause fluid retention and corticosteroids, used to treat arthritis, asthma, allergies, endometriosis etc.

    Your breakaway strategy should be to live hygienically and then ask your doctor to slowly wean you off these drugs.

  2. Alcohol - many youngsters and old people are now drinking one or two glasses of wine with their meals. But according to a Swiss study reported in the New England Journal of Medicine, if about a quarter of your calories comes from wine, beer or spirits, the alcohol can slow your fat metabolism by about 30%. In other words, while your body is burning alcohol it is not burning fat and that fat goes to the abdomen.

    If your rate of weight loss has stalled, eliminating alcohol is the right strategy to jump-start it again.

  3. Many people eat too much when they are angry and stifle that anger. According to Dr. Redford Williams, Director of Behavioural Studies at Duke University Medical Centre in North Carolina, up to 20% of us carry around harmtul levels of hostility. In one study, people with high levels of hostility averaged 500 more calories than those with lower levels.

    Best strategy is to go for a long walk, or dig the garden, or go for a long bicycle ride, or even hit a pillow 50 - 100 times

    Learn to forgive. Sometimes life is unjust. But its even more unfair when eating to stifle your anger, you punish yourself for other's insensitivity.

  4. Many people also eat too much when they are depressed. Most people who gain weight during autumn and winter months may be suffering from S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder). Their bodies crave more light, when they do not get it, they tend to feel depressed and eat heavily of carbohydrates.

    Such people should get out more even on a cloudy day and have a brisk walk or install bright lights in their home. Fatigue coupled with an increased appetite can also be due to thyroid disorder.

  5. To keep that weight down be proud of your achievement in even losing a few pounds. Don't underrate your efforts and your success, but above all don't compare or compete with someone else as to how much you lose. Lowering your self esteem can help you to pile that weight back on again.

  6. Last but not least in helping you to get fat is that you are unable to handle stress. Weight gain from eating too much under stress is found mostly in the abdomen. Abdominal fat has been linked to higher rates of heart disease, diabetes, stroke and breast cancer. The hormone "cortisol" may play a part in directing fat gain to the midriff. In one Yale University Study, overweight women who carried fat around their middles secreted more cortisol when subjected to stress than others.
    The strategies to beat stress are quite a few:
    • Learn to do meditation- it does help to lower cortisol. according to Dr Williams of Duke University.
    • Identify your stress triggers.
    • Learn to say "no", and say "I can be in control".
All this will help.

K.R. Sidhwa 98

"Be proud of your achievement in even losing a few pounds - ... lowering your self esteem can help you to pile that weight back on again."


Rheumatoid Arthritis
One in seven people in Britain seek help for this condition. 600,000 people have rheumatoid arthritis. Drug treatment for this is common but even many doctors are not aware that these drugs can cause stomach upsets, bleeding, skin rashes, abnormal blood counts, increased blood pressure and changes in kidney function.
The time to act is when patients only show swelling of soft tissues and not wait until severe irreversible destruction of joints has taken place. A fast, short or prolonged, is necessary and then a hygienic diet of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds could have prevented many from severe disabilities.

Migraine Headaches.
One in ten people suffer from migraine. The illness has been recognised since 400B.C. and affects 5% of the world's population - and these are mostly women. According to the Migraine Trust there are 10 million sufferers in the U.K. alone.
Migraine headaches are triggered by a complex series of factors. They include stress, tiredness and fatigue, smoky or stuffy atmospheres, an unhygienic diet and food intolerances. Normally two or more of these factors will trigger an attack. Factors that bring on an attack, apart from the one mentioned above, can be loud noises, T.V., computer screens, alcohol, strong smells, use of contraceptives, menstruation (hormone changes), and a yo-yo blood pressure. Often a cleansing fast with complete bed rest, plenty of sleep and a positive outlook followed by a Hygienic lifestyle has helped many a migraine sufferer to recover completely.

Grapes for hospitalised patients
The Lancet, a medical journal, praises the habit of taking a bag of grapes for your friend or relative who is hospitalised. Grapes with skins on are a good source of resveratrol, a chemical that may be useful in preventing cancer. Grapes contain 100 mcg per gram of fresh skins. Patients in hospitals don't get enough of fresh fruits, so a bag of fruits will speed up the recovery.

Aging and your thoughts.
A few years ago I published my talk "Be Poised or be Poisoned" in the Hygienist. Now an experiment done by psychologist De Elen Langer at Harvard Medical School and kept under wraps for 20 years seems to prove that the power of thought alone can help reverse some of the effects of ageing on our bodies.
She tested a group of men, all over the age of 75 years, for hearing, vision, muscle mass, bone density and physical strength, in order to establish their biological age. She then took them to a country retreat where they acted as though they were living in 1959 instead of 1979 (the year of the test).
When they were tested by the same standard after seven days, all the participants had reversed their biological age by at least 7 years and some by as much as a decade.
Marisa Peer has written a book on the subject, "How to look and feel ten years younger", published by Michael Joseph, in which she extols the virtue of positive thinking and affirmations.

To my children this is nothing new - they say "you, Dad, always act as if you were 40 years old rather than your three score years and ten."

Pioneers of a new medicine.
After graduating from the State University of New York in Brooklyn in 1991, Richard DeAndrea read about Dr Dean Ornish's success in treating heart disease with a vegetarian diet. DeAndrea became convinced giving up meat, rather than taking drugs, could cure many illnesses. To put those convictions into practice, DeAndrea needed to be in a position of authority but such opportunities were limited for a young doctor of 28. In 1993, he took a job that few wanted: medical director of a private clinic in the Watts section of Los Angeles, which had been gutted by the riots that followed the Rodney King verdict. The Watts clinic, he believed, was the perfect testing ground for his ideas. The majority of patients were overweight and suffered from a host of chronic ailments, including hypertension, diabetes, asthma and recurring bronchitis.

To say DeAndrea's patients were wary would be putting it mildly. When he stopped dispensing codeine, the legal and addictive painkiller the previous doctor had prescribed to two-thirds of the patients, DeAndrea was threatened at knife and gun point. DeAndrea hired a security guard and focused on his next problem: convincing lifelong meat eaters to go vegetarian. When logic didn't work, DeAndrea tried shock techniques. He told his patients that their "soul food" diet - the high-fat, high-salt foods many considered part of their cultural heritage - was killing them. "It was like telling them their grandmother was killing them," said DeAndrea. For three months, DeAndrea provoked anger but not change.

The tide finally turned when DeAndrea researched the history of soul food and learned that it was really slave food. When he told his patients soul food came from the parts of the animal that the slave master didn't want, they became much more open to exploring what truly was their heritage, the legume and fruit-based diet of their ancestors in Africa. DeAndrea started the Watts Health Challenge, daring the patients to go off dairy products within four weeks, not for him but for themselves. Next came eliminating red meat and pork, again over a four week period. Then chicken and fish, and finally, white sugar and soda. Within six months, DeAndrea was vindicated.
Two hundred patients became vegan. They lost as much as 110 pounds, and many were able to stop taking medication. Moreover, the new diet saved them money in medical expenses and grocery bills. Families were saving $2000 to $3000 a year - big bucks anywhere but especially in an impoverished area like Watts. The people of the Watts clinic had achieved one of the main goals of holistic medicine: They had become partners with their doctor and taken charge of their own health

Shift work - and the risk of heart attacks.
Over the years I have stated that turning our nights into days is damaging, in the long term, to our health. There have been occasions when I had to sit up all night with a critically ill patient during their fast, but my instincts were correct, my body wanted to sleep and rest at nighttime.
Now a study in December 1995 in "Circulation", a magazine of the American Heart Association, says nurses who worked irregular shifts for more than six years were up to 70% more likely than co-workers to suffer a heart attack. The study was done by a team at the Harvard Medical School and written by Dr Ichiro Kawachi, an assistant professor of Medicine.
"Shift work is a type of stress," he said. If you disrupt the body's daily biological clock, the body responds by pouring out stress-related hormones.... and these thing generally do bad things for the body."
Kawachi said "rotating night shifts also are associated with reduced job-related performance and higher levels of perceived stress."

Corticosteriods and Bone
This is the title of a book just published by the National Osteoporosis Society. It confirms my warning in the past that fractures due to bone loss are now on the increase because doctors prescribe corticosteroids to treat respiratory diseases, rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease. When prednisolone is used over weeks and months exceeding 7.5 mg per day, they will eventually lead to osteoporosis.

Ovarian cancer
If after an operation to remove your ovarian growth the hospital suggests chemotherapy, then according to New England Journal of Medicine there was a 24% reduction in the death rate of patients receiving intra-abdominal chemotherapy compared with those receiving intravenous chemotherapy. In addition the study also pointed out a 67% reduction in the number of patients experiencing moderate to severe hearing loss - a common side effect of ovarian drugs and a 40% reduction in the number of patients experiencing neuro-muscular problems.

A Beautiful definition of Death
Death is not extinguishing the light, but putting out the lamp because dawn has come.

What Price your diagnosis?
Measles is being wrongly diagnosed by G.P's in 97% of cases.
A simple saliva test analysed over the past 2 years by the UK Public Health Laboratory Service shows that fewer than 3% of patients has measles. And they call Natural Hygienists "Quacks"!

Can you diagnose a heart attack?
According to the British Heart Association the classic tell tale indications of a heart attack are:
uncomfortable pressure, squeezing or pain in the centre of the chest, lasting for at least 20 minutes - often described as vice-like.
Pain spreading from the chest down into the arms - especially the left arm - and into the lower jaw or back.
Sweating and pallor, breathlessness and fatigue, sometimes accompanied by fainting, nausea or vomiting.

Bored to Death - then charge up your batteries and challenge your mind.
A few years ago a researcher named Marion Diamond at the University of California at Berkeley proved to me what I already believed. She placed one group of rats in cages where they had noting to do, and she placed a second group of rats in cages that came as close to providing a normal rat environment as possible. They had plenty of "toys" to play with and other rats with which to socialise.
At the end of the study, Dr Diamond examined the rat's brains and found a significant difference between the two groups.
The brains of the rats who had been caged without stimulation had literally shrunk. Actually, one of the other findings of Dr Diamond's research was that even in old rats, brain growth can be stimulated if the rats are exposed to something new and challenging for as little as one week.
Blood tests showed that adrenal hormones (DHEA) increase when your mind and emotions are challenged.
There is no doubt that having the right amount of stimulation in our lives is crucial to good health. Studies pointing to the extraordinary longevity of orchestra leaders is that they are constantly involves in creative activity apart from vigorous physical activity of their upper body whilst conducting. In fact, very early studies that looked at the effects of isolation and boredom on disease found that animals treated with carcinogens who were caged singly were more likely to develop tumours than animals, also treated with carcinogens, who were caged together in small groups.
Why do you think I keep publishing "The Hygienist" or organise seminars? To keep you and me alive and kicking!
So whatever you do, don't let yourself be bored to death.

Mobile Phones- a curse or a blessing?
Nowadays this instrument has become commonplace. Over the past years "The Hygienist" has given many warnings that electromagnetic fields emanating from many electronic instruments like T.V., microwave ovens, nuclear fission, computers and audio visual screens can cause damage to the delicate nervous system.
Now a lawyer connected with one of the leading U.K. manufacturers of mobile phones says that research 5 years ago confirms that it can trigger cancer and other problems.
Roger Coghill, a research scientist and friend of my friend Harry Oldfield, another research scientist, now admits that a new study by Professor Henry Lai from the University of Washington shows that extra low frequency emitted by mobile phones breaks down DNA in our cells and that damage to DNA is potentially cancer-causing. In 1995 Professor Lai found the same damage from celiphone microwave frequencies. Chronic exposure to this radiation is known to cause short-term memory loss and lowered libido and to weaken and depress immune flinction, that can, in turn trigger problems such as ME or chronic fatigue. Roger suggests a mobile phone cover that reduces radiation emission by almost 90%. If you want an in-depth study, read Roger Coghill's book, "Electrical Pollution"

Studies have shown that cutting out caffeine and sugar for just one week can lift people out of depression. While adding them back to the diet can cause the symptoms to resume. (Source: Behaviour Therapy 1988)

To conclude let me remind you "Where there is no resistance there is no harm". The grandest of things are achieved with a light heart. Allow your soul to smile.

Keki Sidhwa, from 4/97 and 1/98 issues

"The grandest of things are achieved with a light heart. Allow your soul to smile!"


Today I want to clarify a myth that is spreading far and wide, that a hygienic institution is a fasting institution.
Conversely it is thought that a fasting institution is a hygienic institution. Fasting is not hygiene and hygiene is not fasting.

We must cease to think that when we fast we are carrying out a hygienic program and that every man who conducts a fast is a Hygienist (I know a gourmet chef who does). Entirely too much stress is being placed on fasting and not enough on factors of Hygiene.
Hygiene is a "total way of life".

I have often spoken and emphasised the fact that fasting is an essential factor element in a total pattern of life, which in its wholeness, is the only valid means of restoring, as it is the only valid means of preserving health. Fasting is not a cure, nor is it a mode of treatment. It is a period of physiological rest, nothing more.

Altogether too many people attempt to substitute frequent fasting for a hygienic way of life. They think they can live unhygienically and when trouble develops they can take a fast and square accounts.
The intermittent fasting and feasting that grows out of this idea leads them into trouble. They fast so often and so much that they are actually trying to subsist on a famine diet.
This feeding and fasting program is often continued until serious injury results. These fasters may impair their digestive system, develop allergies and various nervous symptoms and become unable to regain lost weight.

Where conditions and circumstances permit, one long fast is far more fruitful than a series of short fasts.

It is almost always safe to take a short fast without supervision, but if a series of short fasts is to be undergone, not merely the fast, but the feeding also should be carefully supervised.
Many of the harmful results that are often said to result from fasting are due to concomitant treatment.

I am often referred to by people as the "Fasting Doctor", and I spend a lot of time on the phone explaining.
In all cases the fast should not be regarded as an expediency and not as a permanent addition to the regular habits of life.
In a few instances one long fast is not sufficient to enable the body to put its physiological house in order. A second lengthy fast is sometimes essential. Properly carried out no harm comes from several long fasts over a period of time.

All things, even eating, can be overdone; fasting is no exception to this rule.

K.R. Sidhwa, editorial 1/98

"Fasting is not a cure, nor is it a mode of treatment. It is a period of physiological rest, nothing more."

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