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Is Going Organic The Way Forward for NZ?

Is Going Organic The Way Forward for NZ ?

Farming - The Backbone of the NZ Economy

We know how important the farming industry is to New Zealand economically.  Farmers are “real New Zealanders” - the ones bringing home the bacon for the rest of the country.

Without the farming industry NZ would be desperately poor”, says Sir Paul Callaghan, New Zealander of the Year and one of the country’s top scientists.  The average NZ farmer is a battler and gets little financial return. Bruce Wills, the head of Federated Farmers, says that farming “pays the bills” to the tune of earning $24 billion a year and “Agriculture is largely responsible for rebuilding Christchurch and repaying the country’s massive debts”.

Is Our Dairy Industry Sustainable the Way It Is?

Currently our advantages as a dairy producing country are plenty. We produce high-quality milk from a clean, safe environment and we offer produce from grass fed, lean, healthy cows.

These characteristics are highly sought after by consumers in the United States and other offshore markets prepared to pay a substantial premium, but it’s becoming a competitive market with increasing costs, changing weather patterns and environmental issues  - we may need to lift the bar to stay in the game.

Does our global reputation as a producer of premium dairy products still stand?  Incidents such as the Fonterra/Botulism debacle,  the China/Melamine scare and the Sri Lanka/DCD contamination incident, do not help with our clean, green image, it damages our reputation and contributes to a negative brand association.

We need something that gives us a competitive edge and ensures we are a major player – even under threat!

We Need A Competitive Edge

It’s no longer just a matter of supply and demand – we have to get our marketing strategy right, look for the market gap, grab it and run with it.

What is that market gap anyway?  Could it be building upon that clean green image and going organic? How many other countries offer organic produce?  Could this be our USP (Unique Selling Point)?

Changing Weather Patterns

Droughts, floods and global warming all affect the bottom line for farmers. Northland farmers state that droughts and floods effect production and profit.

Comments from Ruth and Ross, Dargaville farmers - “The weather patterns up here in Northland seem to be getting worse, from droughts to floods all in one year.

When we get a drought it wipes out your savings and any profit you’ve made goes toward damage control.  We couldn’t pay our bills for months after the last one and then we had to wait for Fonterra to pay us out.   You’ve got to know how to budget and you need a really good relationship with your bank manager, thank God for overdrafts”.

I asked -  what can farmers do to ensure the next drought or flood doesn’t wipe them out?

Ruth replied – “What we do is plant alternative crops, don’t just rely on grass alone, stock up on grains and we have a dam and other catchments for water, but these are all extra costs we don’t need”.

Increasing Costs

Rising transport and fuel costs increase the price of NZ goods.   Our competitors are able to keep their prices down because they are geographically closer to the offshore markets and don’t have the same overheads.

Dairy farmers have numerous overheads e.g. - fertiliser, weed sprays, spreading contractors, mechanical equipment repairs, milk shed maintenance,  rubber cup inflations, dropper rubber replacements, pulsater tube replacements, air hose replacements, milk vat rubber seal replacements (connecting to the trucks) and these are ongoing absolute essentials to meet operating standards.

It would be even more expensive if the Kyoto Protocol goes through, (an international agreement to address global warming and delay climate change). This would mean farmers would pay for their animals’ farting and burping via the Emissions Trading Scheme, which is supposedly good for the environment but not so good on the pocket.

http://www.climatechange.govt.nz/emissions-trading-scheme

Hard On The Environment?

There is ample research to support that dairy farming and other forms of agricultural farming,  is polluting our environment -land, water and air.

http://www.foodispower.org/pollution-water-air-chemicals

http://nzae.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Estimating_Values_of_Environmental_Impacts_of_Dairy_Farming_in_New_Zealand.pdf

A growing number of public figures say that while farming is important to NZ, its heavy use of natural resources is unsustainable and affects our clean green image and we should look at making improvements.  There will come a time when NZ won’t be able to rely on Dairy as the main income.

Professor of Pastoral Agriculture at Massey University,  Jacqueline Rowarth says we are making improvements to the way we farm by increasing productivity via the growing of maize for silage and plans to eventually house animals, which will help curb greenhouse gas emissions and boost milk production.

Is this enough?  Is this the right strategy?  Do we want housed animals? What about robot milking is that the answer?  I think we need to preserve out clean green image and go back to the basics.

Why don’t we develop NZ as an organic source of food for the rest of the world?   Maybe this could give farmers more money (more bang for their buck) and boost the NZ economy. Could organic farming be the way forward?

Organic Farming is the Way Forward

Organic farming is healthier for farmers, animals and the environment.  People are prepared to pay more for organic produce.  Fonterra pays farmers more for organic milk solids than regular milk.   It’s a polluted world out there now, but not so bad in New Zealand, right? We should use this to our advantage before it becomes too late and we are polluted like everyone else.

Doesn't Deplete Soil

You don’t end up with nitrates in the waterways and you don’t need toxic sprays or chemical fertilisers – but how can a farmer who has spent his life using an in-grained cultural template, suddenly change?

Is there any guarantee he will make money if he implements changes?

Increases Profit

I spoke to Culloden a farmer from Northland who has been operating a successful certified organic dairy farm for over 5 years.  He says organic farming offers him numerous benefits including increased financial profit. He gets paid more per kilo for organic milk solids than he does for regular milk and has some very interesting ways to increase his turnover and productivity.  

Culloden says “Conventional farmers have a mental block when it comes to organic farming – they are afraid their income will go down and they will lose production.  At first it’s a bit scary to go through the transition;  it requires a different type of thinking like learning a new language - but there is definitely money to be made”.

“Once seen as a fringe activity, organic farming has become a multi-million-dollar industry in New Zealand. Worldwide, organics is one of the fastest growing sectors of food production”.

Read story by Seager Mason

http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/organic-farming/page-1
http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/organic-farming

Healthier Animals

If we consume antibiotic-free produce it’s a win/win. Farmers can save money and consumers will have better health.  Culloden says -  “Milk farmers can make savings by treating Bovine Mastitis with Homeopathy rather than antibiotics.  Homeopathic treatments are not expensive and they keep your animals healthy.

When cows are treated naturally you don’t get antibiotic contamination in the milk, no withholding period and no loss of production.  I have seen so many farmers having to dump their milk because of antibiotic contamination, a loss that really costs them”.  Check this out – Homeopathy for Dairy Farming, written by Tineke Verkade  http://www.farmsupport.co.nz

Healthier Grass

“We don’t use phosphate fertilisers or Urea” explains Culloden. “ To grow good grass we use, seaweed, or zinc and a special type of lime that is better quality and not expensive.

There is a lot of low grade lime around,  like chalk -  no goodness in it”.

http://www.agrisea.co.nz

I asked Culloden what was wrong with phosphate fertilisers, his reply - “Soil contamination can occur when using phosphate fertiliser as it can contain residues of other chemicals in the manufacturing process and it has other minerals in it we don’t need – this binds up the natural minerals in the soil and makes the soil hard”.

Then I asked, what’s wrong with Urea?  His reply – “Urea is used for increasing grass growth.  It has high nitrates in it and no goodness.  It‘s kinda like grass on steroids.  Over use of it throws other important minerals in the soil out of balance.  It also promotes Lactic Acid build up in animals and humans - effecting health”.

Nitrates can also leach into our water ways from runoff,  and cause leaching – and eventually effect fish and plankton/algae balance.  Then you have to use chemicals like DCD to prevent this from happening and you don’t want DCD or nitrates turning up in your milk or any other consumable.

Other ways of growing good grass is to spray cow manure back onto the grass and there are ways to do this effectively without the danger or Leptospirosis.

You can also grow good grass by cutting back on the number of cows you have in a field so you don’t over stock and this prevents “pugging” –  When stock intensively trample wet soil, the soil aggregates are broken down, and spaces/ pores  in the soil are reduced and the root structure is damaged.

This phenomenon is called pugging.

Organic Farming Increases Milk Protein

Culloden also says “Instead of planting maize plant chicory –the cows love it, milk protein levels go up and cows improve in health. The protein content is what we get paid for by Fonterra not volume of milk.  It’s all about making our pastures sustainable”.

Natural Weed Control – Less Toxic to the Environment

You can weed control easily without costly chemical sprays by using flowers, herbs and Neem and it doesn’t cost the earth.  Spraying chemicals to kill weeds also kills worms, nematodes, anthropoids,  fungi and disturbs the ecological balance of the soil let alone what it’s doing to humans health”.

http://www.naturallyneem.co.nz

http://www.naturalchemistry.co.nz/_blog/Wellness_Forum/post/toxicity-in-the-modern-world

Here’s some valuable input from a Natural Chemistry Health Shop customer Kesley Phillips – 

“I wanted to share a post you might enjoy  It covers the most and least dangerous produce when it comes to pesticides. According to the EWG, an estimated 65% of 32,000 produce samples test positive for pesticide residue! I thought readers might find this helpful”.  http://bit.ly/CleaningUpProduce

Going Organic - Great Idea But Too Hard

I spoke to Ross and Ruth, conventional farmers from Dargaville about going organic they said the thought of it made sense but maybe it was too hard to make the change. They would love to reduce the amount of Urea/Nitrates they use as these tend to build up and affect the soil, and they also realised the harm that toxic sprays can cause to their own health.   Ross and Ruth visited me at Natural Chemistry  to seek advice for health issues.

Ross said “The idea is great, but for farmers like us, how do we do it?  We wouldn’t know how to?  How do you stop production going down with these new methods?  If they don’t work, we can’t afford anything to go wrong financially.  Other methods of weed control rather than chemical spraying would have to kick in fairly quickly otherwise you’d go backward”.   Ruth added - “We like the idea but wouldn’t do it at our age, maybe our sons could do it, but I’m not sure how they would learn.”

http://www.agrisea.co.nz
http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/organic-farming
http://www.organicfarm.org.nz

Message to farmers from Culloden –“The way forward for NZ farmers is to not be afraid of change - do the risk management first,  like a business plan and then just change your mind set and go for it.  There are ways to work smarter not harder and healthier with less exposure to toxins and stress and to make more money”.

Ruth says – “The way forward is to integrate, take a bit of this and a bit of that and join old methods with the new and just go for it”.

Be Proactive

Instead of criticising farmers for polluting the environment,  let’s be proactive and talk to local MP’s about Government incentives for using alternative, less damaging farming methods.

Let’s focus on the positives rather than the negatives.  Look at the benefits of organic farming and the benefits of eating organic produce rather than bagging conventional farmers and the doom and gloom of agricultural pollution.

Don’t put farmers down for doing the best they can, the only way they know. Enlighten them and educate them.  Gently prompt them to get out of their comfort zone, look outside the square and let go of the small minded approach.  Give them the tools and info they need to go forward and not just plod along.

Shop at Farmers’ Markets,  they are an example of the increasing bio-regionalism taking hold around NZ and the world as consumers seek to connect with producers of fresh food and a means of reducing our impact on the environment.

Influence Fonterra to support Northland organic farmers.  Remember farmers get paid more for organic milk solids than regular milk!

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10877683

Support the NZ organic dairy industry -  start buying organic milk or butter or meat.

Make sure its NZ made of course!    There’s a better mark up for farmers and it’s better for your health!   Help to make positive changes by sharing this Blog with as many people as you think would benefit from it.

Important Websites
http://www.biogro.co.nz/index.php/how-to-get-certified
http://www.ecofarm.co.nz/Probitas.html
http://www.soilfoodweb.co.nz
http://www.agrisea.co.nz
http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/organic-farming

Thanks for your attention.

Kind regards from Leah

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Colds And Flu’s - Are They Getting Worse?

The Flu Virus (Influenza, Rhinovirus) seems to just about wipe people out these days. Even a good old fashioned Cold seems to linger and be more severe. People who normally don’t get sick are coming down with the Flu. The symptoms are taking longer to get over. And to top it up, we are getting Colds and Flu at different times of the year not just winter. Are bugs getting stronger or are we getting weaker?

As far as I can remember, when someone got the Flu it was a just a cough, raspy throat, snotty nose, a few aches and pains and in about a week, job done.

These days when someone gets the Flu  it’s like a life threatening disease.  It’s not just hitting the weak and elderly, healthy people at any age can get it.



Glandular swellings, inflamed throat, infected lungs, deep intensive cough, blocked throbbing ears, sore eyes, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, fever, severe headaches, shortness of breath , dizziness, anxiety, weakness, achy joints and muscles and inflammation in numerous parts of the body, are all standard symptoms that can last for weeks, then come back again.

When you’re finally out of bed and back on your feet, you are left with debilitating fatigue.

How Do We Actually Get A Cold or Flu?

  • The Human body is a host for billions of bacteria all co-existing together.
  • Bacteria are not all bad.   Some bacteria can actually be beneficial to us by helping foods break down via fermentation in the gut or by helping us to make vitamins.
  • New bacteria arrive in our body every day and the existing ones seem to allow them to set up camp as long as they behave. They all seem to tolerate each other and live in harmony. 
  • The problem only starts when something disturbs the balance. The terrain in which they all live in, changes.
  • The terrain may change because there is tissue damage from - toxins, poor diet, harmful chemicals, heavy metals, antibiotics or drugs. Or if there is some sort of stress.
  • Under these circumstances some of our good bacteria may die off and the undesirable ones flourish which tilts the balance. An infection or imbalance of bacteria results.
  • Then everything changes. The bacteria that seemed harmless and living in harmony can turn feral or opportunistic.
  • Our immune system senses the changes and knows what to do.  It  may trigger mucus production to flood and drown or create an inflammatory immune response.
  • If our stress control system is healthy (i.e. normal Cortisol Rhythm), and our immune system is strong,  then a Cold or bacterial infection will get sorted.
  • However, if our immune system is overwhelmed or weak and we are stressed with lowered resistance,  a simple Cold could progress into a more advanced infection like Emphysema, Otitis, Pneumonia or Tuberculosis as the bad bugs party on.
  • And, if our immune system takes it’s eye off the ball, a Virus can sneak through our defence system.  

What Is The Difference Between A Cold And Flu ?

A Cold

  • A Cold is an imbalance of bacteria (infection) that triggers an immune response in the body.
  • Bacteria are small living bugs or micro-organisms.
  • Some examples of bacteria are Staphylococcus or Mycoplasma.
  • A Cold effects the sinuses and respiratory system and usually occurs for a 3-5 days with symptoms of sniffley nose, blocked ears, sore throat and a cough.
  • The first three days is the infectious stage.  If you sneeze or cough on someone during this phase you can pass bugs on.The bugs you pass on shouldn’t be a problem to someone else unless their terrain is suitable for them to flourish.

A Virus

  • A Virus is not actually alive in the same way that a bacteria is.  It is made up of nucleic material and protein.
  • A Virus cannot grow on its own, it needs to enter a human cell and take over the cell to help it multiply. 
  • A Virus is like an intruder jumping into the driver’s seat of your car and throwing you into the back seat.
  • It invades a healthy cell and hijacks its replicative parts to reproduce itself.
  • A Virus can multiply fragments of itself through every cell in your body.
  • A Flu Virus targets the respiratory system and sinuses  but it seems every cell in the body feels its presence.  The whole body becomes weak and fatigued.  Muscles ache, any damaged  or weak tissue can ache, old injuries may ache, bones can ache,  the digestive system can become sensitive and even the skin can become reactive.  A state of inflammation is declared plus  infection to deal with as well.
  • Types of Viruses are Influenza or Rhinovirus these effect the respiratory system in particular.
  • Other types of Virus iruses are Herpes Virus, Epstein-Barr Virus, Cytomegalovirus, Measles, Mumps, Chicken Pox etc.
  • When a Virus attacks, the Immune system pulls out the big guns and goes into battle. View the video below.

Isn’t The Best Way To Cure A Cold Or Flu.....Kill, Kill, Kill ...?

No.     

Military tactics won’t work. There is no point bombarding your body with antibiotics or other drugs once a Cold or Flu hits you. I'm not saying don't take them, but I can explain what happens if you do.

Do Antibiotics Actually Work?

Antibiotics just dampen things down for a short time to give the body a symptom reprieve and reduce the bacterial burden.  They don’t kill all the bacteria off. They don’t cure a Cold and certainly don’t cure a Virus.   They kill some bacteria, not all and they kill off our good bugs in the process, leaving our supply of beneficial bacteria at a low reserve so bad bugs can re- group.

Antibiotic treatments result in defective acquired immunity following an infection with Influenza virus. 1.  

Something you should know about bad bugs is that they don’t hang out on their own, most are pack animals.  

They live in a protective colony called a Biofilm.  A sticky film-like tent enabling them to  survive as a mini colony.  A commune where they can all feel safe with their own kind.   Like Kiwis migrating to London and all ending up flatting in Earls Court. 

A bug community is scientific and sophisticated. The residents are not holidaying with a temporary visa, they are here to stay. The Bioflim enables them to have stability, ward off enemies and buffer antibiotic attacks, enjoy great plumbing and irrigation facilities to remove their wastes, channel and distribute food and most importantly, to house their special agents.   

These special agents  are trained in survival tactics.  They are called Persister Cells.

Persister Cells cannot be eliminated by antibiotics. Not only are they specially trained, but they have an ability to lower their metabolic rate and avoid detection by our immune surveillance cells.  Genius, these bugs.

When antibiotic treatments are prescribed to kill bacteria, only some are destroyed, the Persister Cells can live through the attack.  Persister Cells can re-colonise the bug community when the antibiotic attack is over.   They are trained to survive. 

Normal bacteria have a weak spot or Achilles tendon on their outer cell wall.  This weak spot is where Antibiotics target and our Immune cells shoot at.  Persister Cells somehow manage to hide their weak spot.

Persister Cells also have stealth technology  enabling them to move undetected under our immune radar. After an attack of antibiotics occurs,  they simply lay low and then re-colonise.   

They can grow back as their original self and relapse our symptoms,  or they can develop into more prolific entities that have greater military experience i.e. turn into diseases like Emphysemia, Otitis, TB, Staphylococcus, Hodgkins Disease etc.

So now you can see why using antibiotics is just a temporary stop gap.  They kill off our good bugs allowing bad ones to flourish, and the bad bugs just build up a stronger resistance to them.

Will Paracetemol Help?

If you are wanting to reduce fever or inflammation associated with a Cold or Flu, there is evidence that Paracetemol actually impairs the immune response 2.   It prevents proper antigen production and allows bad bugs to flourish.   

So What Can We Do?  

All you can do if a Cold or Flu hits you, is reduce the severity of the symptoms, help to manage the bacterial overload and try to become comfortable during the immune process.  

We can reduce the bacterial overload using natural anti-microbials and in doing so, not harm the body or our beneficial bacteria.  

Prevention Is The Key

Don’t get sick in the first place!   All very well and true but that doesn’t help while you are coughing, spluttering, gasping and fighting for your life.  If we keep ourselves strong, healthy and happy we won’t invite trouble in the first place.  Our terrain will stay balanced and all the bugs can live in harmony?   There are natural remedies you can take to prevent getting sick -

  • Adrenal support formulations ASK US
  • Vitamin D – get levels checked by your GP and start supplementing if they are low, no matter what time of year. Vit D is a Virus preventative.
  • Prime your immune system everyday with Probiotics  ASK US which ones.
  • Take Antioxidants like Resveratrol, Enzogenol, Astaxanthin every day to protect against the effects of Free Radical and toxic damage.
  • Take Astragalus, Rhodiola, Mushroom Extracts or Withania combinations to build up resistance.
  • Detox the body at least once a year. ASK US

Practice The Art of Self Care 

Eat well, feed yourself up with gorgeous organic food, drink pure water, exercise, reduce stress and  most importantly reduce toxins! .....particularly challenging in this day and age.  Too many toxins in our food, air and water can weaken us and make us more susceptible to illness.  Read my blog post on toxicity in the modern world

Reduce Stress

Stress can be defined as trauma, infection, inflammation, toxicity, psychogenic or emotional clutter.  Stress is actually a natural state and we need a bit of it to help prime our immunity,  but not for prolonged periods.   Too much stress lowers the immune system and weakens the Adrenals by disturbing the Cortisol Rhythm. Cortisol is crucial to inflammation control.  We need it when we get sick.   If Cortisol is not doing its thing when a Virus hits us - it  will effect  our recovery.

Look at the balance of give and take in your life. When you get emotionally depleted you are more vulnerable. When you get sick it’s a wake up call.  Your body is trying to tell you something.   You are out of balance.

If you can’t relax and being sick makes you panic - especially if you can’t breathe, try;

  • Essential oils as inhalations or in the bath.
  • Acupuncture.
  • Tapping, Body Talk or Emotional Release Therapy.
  • Sauna and or Massage  - wait 3 days until infectious stage dampens down so you won’t spread bugs.
  • Or If you need help with stress control ASK US

Let Your Passion Heal You

Ensure you get a balance between work and play. Factor-in some time to do the things you love and enjoy. Don't wait once a year to do them.  What is your passion?  Music?  Art?  Crafts? Walking?  Fishing? Dancing? Writing?  Being happy is great for your immune system and nervous system. 

Natural Remedies  

If you treat a Cold or Flu naturally, your immune system will remember the strategy and know what to do next time!  You will get stronger not weaker!

Reduce The Bacterial Load / Manage The Symptoms

 Use any combination of the following at the first sign of infection or Cold

  • Oregano capsules
  • Andrographis
  • Garlic –capsules, tablets or raw organic
  • Berberine (in combination antimicrobial formula)
  • Echinacea
  • Goldenseal
  • Homeopathic Aconite if symptoms come on quickly
  • Homeopathic AGE first sign of a sore throat
  • Throat gargle - hot water, lemon, honey, cayenne, turmeric and raw garlic
  • Propolis tincture – drop directly into the throat
  • Malcolm Harker Products
  • Ivy Leaf or Myrrh throat spray
  • LypoSheric Vit C
  • Colostrum
  • Probiotics
  • Essential oil inhalations combined or single – Thyme, Sage, Cloves, Tea Tree
  • Hot bath with 5 -10 drops Lavender Oil, 2 dropsThyme Oil, Himalayan Salt, Epsom Salts
  • Xylitol Nasal Spray
  • Vicks inhaler
  • Onion and honey infusion cough mixture
  • Castor Oil pack to the chest
  • Onion pack to the chest
  • Natural chest rubs - Thyme, Sage, Tea Tree or Vicks  

Natural Support During A Virus    

Once a Virus hits - you can’t kill it, but you can support the immune system with natural remedies such as;

  • Echinacea/Thuja homeopathic
  • Olive Leaf Extract
  • Collostrum
  • Probiotics species  L acidophilus , L rhamnosus , B lactis
  • Kaloba
  • Magnesium Citrate to relax and prevent respiratory spasms
  • LypoSheric Vit C
  • Anti-inflammatories for pain and swelling -  Berberine, Tumeric, Boswellia, Bromelain combinations
  • Mushroom extracts
  • Zinc
  • Vitamin D
  • Homeopathic Virus Complex   

Reduce Fever Naturally

Stay calm if you get a fever it’s your body’s way of incinerating bugs.  "Give me the power to create a fever and I shall cure any disease.”  Hippocrates the Father of Medicine expressed over two thousand years ago. To reduce fever and heat in the body, try;

  • Yarrow, Elderflower, Peppermint or Sage tea  
  • Homeopathic Belladonna 

Dietary Tips

Clean up your diet when you are sick.   Basic is best.

  • Fruit, veges, garden herbs, organic eggs, organic lamb or beef, organic chicken, and  organic lentils.
  • The naturally cleansing and protective foods are organic garlic, onions, shitake mushrooms, broccoli sprouts, blue berries and green leafy veges.
  • Eat organic or spray free produce where possible!
  • Take out the mucus forming foods like grains, breads, sugar and milk.
  • Avoid stimulants like coffee, tea, chocolate and alcohol.
  • Avoid processed foods like noodles, pasta, cereal, canned soups, packet soups with MSG.
  • Avoid all sugars like jam, sugar sweetened lozenges or cough syrups, soft drinks, cookies.

Make Up A Pot Of Soup 

Soup is a convenient food to eat when you are sick.  Make up a large amount to last you about 3 days so you dont have to cook every night.  Keep it in the fridge and re heat it when you need it. Or use a crock pot.

  • Brown in a pan organic beef or lamb cut up small.   Add olive oil or coconut oil, and heaps of organic garlic.
  • Once brown add organic onions, fresh ginger, fresh chillies, fresh sage, fresh thyme, fresh coriander, fresh sage, fresh parsley plus turmeric and cayenne.
  • Then cut up carrots, pumpkin, kale, spinach, broccoli, and any other leafy greens.
  • In another pot boil organic brown lentils (3/4 cup)
  • Once veges are soft separate half into a shallow frying pan and let cool
  • Add  soya sauce (gluten/ sugar free) and natural vegetable bouillon NOT Oxo cubes
  • Put this half in a blender or use a stick blender
  • Add this back to the rest
  • Add the cooked lentils
  • If you are a vegetarian keep the meat juice rather than eating the flesh and be sure to have plenty of lentils. You need protein to aid repair, detoxification , blood sugar balance and recovery. 

Keep Fluids Up

Lemon, hot water and raw honey 

Make Fresh Juices

Use organic fruit and vegetables only  - or spray free!

  • Juice organic beetroot,  organic carrots, spray free coriander, organic or spray free celery and spinach, wheat grass, organic orange, organic apple, organic lime or lemon, organic raw ginger. Dilute with water.
  • Drink 1-3 glasses  per day.
  • If you are too sick to make your own juices you can buy ready made organic beetroot  or vegetable juice at our store. ASK US

Include Super Food Smoothies 

Blend Cacao powder with an antioxidant powder like Mesquite, Acai or Camu Camu powder. Add flaxseed oil or coconut oil. Add LSC, LSA or ground flaxseeds as a source of fibre.  Add nut milk  (no added sugar), and organic frozen berries for extra vitamins. 

Balance Your pH

Drink green juices i.e. green barley, spirulina or wheat grass combinations to alkaline the body.  If your  body is too acid, it may be a sign of toxicity, and/or that you are losing valuable minerals. ASK US FOR pH TEST STRIPS


Trust that your body has the Intelligence, Strength and Wisdom to heal itself. Believe it.  Provide the right tools and it will happen!


Products, ingredients and supplements listed above are available through Natural Chemistry Health Shop. If you can't find it via our online shopping cart, let us know what you need and we’ll get it to you.  

Stay well.

Kind regards, Leah

1. Ichinohe T, et al. Microbiota regulates immune defense against respiratory tract influenza. A virus infection. PNAS Mar 29 2011; 108(13): 5354-5359
2. Warwick C. Paracetamol and fever management. J R Soc Promot Health. 2008 Nov; 128(6):320-3

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Toxicity in the Modern World

Have you ever wondered why you're taking Magnesium but still getting cramps? Or taking Zinc but still have white spots on your fingernails? Keeping up with your probiotics and still getting digestive problems or Candida? You could have a build up of toxins and heavy metals in your body preventing absorption of vital nutrients and minerals, disturbing your gut flora and enabling bacteria and viruses to set up camp and making you feel unwell.



No matter where or how carefully you live or how well you try to eat, it’s almost impossible to avoid harmful chemicals and toxins, as they are prolific in our modern world. It would be true to say that nearly everyone on the globe has some degree of heavy metal toxicity from air pollution, innoculations, fish, water contamination, amalgam fillings, in-utero exposure and occupational exposure.

It's not only heavy metals contributing to our toxic burden, there are the man-made by-products and pollution from industrial and agricultural activities like BPA’s, PCB’s, Dioxins, Pesticides, Petrochemicals, Artificial sweeteners, Parabens and much much more. In this post we will look at Heavy Metals and XenoEstrogens - the topic is so vast I won't try to cover it all now, so watch for my future Blog posts as I discuss various other toxins in our environment.   Read more  

We Have A Winner

Congratulations to Queenie Going the winner of the Natural Chemistry Health Shop Lucky Draw.

All the customers that entered their email details via our website went in to the draw.  Our staff member Ange was nominated to select the winner.  Ange has a very unusual method of selection.  The entrants were not picked out of a hat.   Ange selected the winner using her "do do" intuitive powers and she "felt" the winner by scanning the list with her eyes closed.  Her intuition led her to Queenie's name and email address on the list.

This divine intervention and rather bizarre method of picking a winner has enabled Queenie to come  and collect her prize.  She can now spend a $100 on all sorts of goodies we have here in the store.  Vitamins, minerals, natural cosmetics, hair care, essential oils, gluten free foods - wow - Queenie go for it. Read more  

Focus and Balance

Just recently a good friend sent me a link to a video that made me think about focus and balance.



I started to imagine what it would be like to have positive focus and balance in my life and how this would change things for the better.  

I got to wonder, if I had the right focus at work how would that change things for me?  Gosh I guess I could get my systems in place and become more productive. Then I would feel more secure. If I had more balance at work how would that change things for the better? I would have more time to do the things I love and less anxiety. How would that feel,  I asked myself, Greaaaaaat!

Want to play?  Go get a piece of paper and a pen (or use your computer), divide a page into three columns  (landscape size), and follow the steps below.  But first, watch the video. Read more  

Why do we get sick?

Why is it that some people get sick and others don’t? 

There are folk out there who can drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes, stay out late, never exercise, eat what they want and never get sick. Then there are others who hardly drink, smoke or stay out late and they exercise regularly, eat plenty of fibre, drink water, watch their diet, but often get sick.

Any ideas?

Unwell woman

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