Dairy products. Butter, cheese, milk, yoghurt or anything containing dairy products, lactose or whey, including sheep’s’ and goats’ milk products.

Gluten grains. Wheat, oats and any others except those on the ‘allowed’ list. These grains can be in bread, pastry, sauces and gravies, pasta, batter, cakes or biscuits.

Stock cubes/powders or gravy/sauce mixes. These should be avoided as they can contain disguised wheat (in the form of hydrolyzed vegetable protein) or yeast. Use miso paste dissolved in hot water and add to the dish but do not boil once the miso is added.

Animal products. Red meat, poultry, eggs.

Stimulants. Sugar, tea, coffee, alcohol, beer, wine. Do not eat sweets or chocolate.

Artificial additives. Colourings, preservatives, ‘instant’ or convenience foods, etc.

Yeast. Yeast extracts, fermented foods, sauces or drinks (except miso or tamari).
This is called a hypo-allergenic diet which is really a misnomer as there is no restriction on the quantity of food you can eat, only on the types. Get organized so that you are well stocked with foods you are allowed and don’t feel deprived. Try to plan to adopt this diet when you have some degree of control over your meals and not too many social events coming up. You may still get good results even if you can only follow it for a week.
For the first few days you may feel worse as your body begins to eliminate toxins and waste products. You may also get withdrawal symptoms from certain stimulants such as tea and coffee. You may feel as if you are coming down with the flu, feel headachy, get diarrhea or aches and pains. But persevere and I can assure you there is light at the end of the tunnel. Most women say they get a feeling of having so much more energy after they have completed the diet.


The mast cells are located deep in the lining membrane of the nose, generally near blood vessels and mucus-producing cells. The basophils are located primarily near the surface of the nasal lining. They are the first cells encountered by entering pollens and other allergens—and the first that are triggered to respond during an attack of allergic rhinitis. Each type of cell is able to produce a wide variety of chemical mediators for release during an allergic reaction (table 3-3). Some of these mediators, called preformed mediators, exist already formed in the cells, while others, the newly formed mediators, are formed only after an allergic reaction is triggered.

Chemical Mediators of Mast Cells and Basophil Cells
Preformed Mediators:
Histamine        Eosinophil chemotactic factor
Chymase        Neutrophil chemotactic factor
Tryptase        Heparin
Acid hydrolaxes

Newly Formed Mediators:
Leukotrienes        Prostaglandins

The Binding of IgE To Mast Cells and Basophils
Just as IgE has a binding site, the mast cells and basophil cells have a receiving site, or receptor, for the IgE binding site. Although this receptor will accept only IgE molecules, it will accept any type of IgE molecule. So, attached to any single mast cell or basophil cell can be a variety of different IgE antibodies: some made against ragweed, some against Johnson grass pollen, another against oak pollen, etc. Thousands of IgE molecules bind to each of these cells.

Helen Jones, a 35-year-old nurse, had suffered from sinus problems since childhood. She had also had periodic episodes of gas, bloating, indigestion, and, occasionally, diarrhea. Within the previous five years, Mrs. Jones had experienced increasing fatigue and the need for excessive amounts of sleep. Seven months after moving into a new house, she developed tendonitis of the wrists, soon followed by arthritis of the right shoulder and knee. After giving birth, she developed arthritis of the hands, feet, knees, and shoulders, as well as progressive weakness and muscular cramps in the right calf.

These painful joint and muscle syndromes were accompanied by other withdrawal-type illnesses such as fatigue, irritability, and depression.

In desperation, Mrs. Jones submitted to an operation on her right knee to relieve the pain and crippling inflammation. This procedure brought some temporary relief, but soon her left knee was in just as bad condition as the other had been. By the time she was admitted to the hospital for comprehensive environmental control, her left knee and wrist were swollen, tender, and inflamed, with sharply limited and painful motion. The knee which had been operated upon was still swollen, but no longer inflamed.

When Mrs. Jones fasted and avoided smoking and other suspected environmental factors, such as air pollution and household chemicals, she developed a severe withdrawal-type headache, but her arthritis improved. By the end of five days of fasting, she was able to walk without crutches for the first time in months.

When single foods, known not to have been significantly contaminated with chemical additives, were returned to her diet, reactions occurred to the following:

Corn: 10 minutes, severe arthritic pain

Cane: 15 minutes, pains in knees and hands plus abdominal cramps Apple: 30 minutes, abdominal distress and arthritic pain Lamb: 35 minutes, severe arthritic pain

Orange: 40 minutes, intermittent waves of apprehension and depression

followed by progressively severe arthritic pain

Crape: 40 minutes, increased dizziness and arthritic pain

Egg: 45 minutes, gradual onset of arthritic pain

Wheat: 1 hour, stiffness of knee; accentuated immediately after second

feeding 1 hour later

Pork: 1 hour, gradual onset of fatigue and depression with residual increased

arthritic pain

Rice: 1 hour, slowly increasing joint stiffness, fatigue, and irritability

Lobster tail: 3 hours, lightheadedness with increased stiffness of joints

Beef: 31/2 hours, gradual onset of arthritic swelling and pain

All other commonly eaten foods were tolerated with no flare-ups of her symptoms, but when tomato juice, which had been tolerated in its uncontaminated form, was given to her from a phenol-lined can, she reacted with stiffness of the joints after fifteen minutes, followed by rapidly increasing fatigue, irritability, and depression.

Upon returning home, Mrs. Jones was instructed to use only nonchlorinated water for drinking and cooking, to avoid all incriminated foods, and to rotate the use of chemically less contaminated foods.

She continued to improve steadily at home on this program but experienced mild recurrences of symptoms from massive exposure to plastics. During the past several years, there have been no troublesome arthritic symptoms. At the present time, she is able to eat pork, beef, lobster tail, wheat, egg, cane, and lamb once a week. Accidental breaks in the avoidance of corn sugar (dextrose) have been followed by bouts of irritability and depression but not arthritis. Corn as a cereal has not been tried. Mrs. Jones still finds that it is necessary to eat chemically less contaminated (organic) food to remain free of arthritis pains.

Several features stand out from this case. One can see that over a period of years, Mrs. Jones’ ecologic problems were progressing from minus-one symptoms (sinus problems, indigestion) to minus-two, especially arthritis and fatigue. At the same time, she was already entering a minus-three phase with the development of depression as a result of food susceptibility.

It is also noteworthy how quickly Mrs. Jones reacted to her test foods. For example, she came down with severe arthritic pains only ten minutes after eating corn and fifteen minutes after eating cane sugar. Generally speaking, the more severe a person’s arthritis, the more rapidly he will react to an incriminated food or chemical exposure.



The same problems encountered in the home are also found in public places, sometimes to a greater degree. Deodorants, disinfectants, pine-scented sweeping compounds, and insect sprays are commonly encountered. How distressing it is, for instance, to enter a public toilet only to find it thoroughly polluted with some pine- or artificial “fruit”-scented deodorant. Acute reactions of patients after such encounters are becoming increasingly common.

Fuel-oil or gas space-heaters are also found more often in small shops, stores, and restaurants than in homes; these can be major causes of chronic reactions in workers and of acute responses in customers. One patient, for instance, tells of going to dinner at a small Italian restaurant. She had to change her seat a number of times because of currents of gas coming from a space heater in the kitchen every time the kitchen door swung open. Even so, she suffered familiar symptoms that evening, a kind of “spaciness” in her brain, followed by headache, which she often experienced after encountering natural gas.



Catherine had suffered from asthma since childhood – she could not remember a time when these attacks of breathlessness and wheezing did not set in once or twice a week. Skin testing had always been negative and she had simply learned to live with the problem, controlling her symptoms with drugs. Then, in her forties, Catherine began to suffer from frequent headaches and felt very tired. Her doctor could find nothing wrong and suggested that she might like to try an elimination diet to see if this was of any help. Catherine cut out milk, eggs, wheat and citrus fruits, and found that she felt a great deal better. When she retested milk, this brought on a headache within an hour, followed by a severe attack of asthma. On a diet with no milk or milk products her headaches are few and far between. To her great surprise, she is also free from asthma attacks for the first time in her adult life.



‘There are many paths to the top of the mountain hut when we get there we all see the same moon.’ (Old Japanese martial arts proverb)

There are lots of different forms of meditation, or mental relaxation exercises, and all of them work. If you have one that you are particularly fond of, by all means use it. If not, try this one. I have had great success with it.

For maximum results it pays to do the mental relaxation exercises directly after the deep breathing exercises. The breathing exercises are relaxing exercises in their own right and prepare the body for meditation. Try and do the mental relaxation exercises twice per day. If that’s not possible, do them once. I’d rather you have the extra sleep than see you getting up too early to fit them in. Some patients prefer to do the breathing exercises in the morning and the mental relaxation ones at night, before bed, or during the afternoon at work. As you become more proficient at them you’ll be able to do them anywhere—on the train, waiting at the bus stop or in the dentist’s chair (no kidding, I did it once, and had a tooth drilled without an injection—didn’t feel a thing). Most people find it easy to fit the mental relaxation exercises in after the deep breathing on the weekend when they have more time.

Try and do the exercises every day if you can but don’t upset yourself if you can’t. Getting stressed out over missing a session or two defeats the purpose of doing them. Because life is unpredictable, circumstances that interfere with your routine will always arise. Don’t worry about it. Some weeks you will be able to do the exercise every day, other weeks you will only fit them in three or so times. That’s fine, so long as you keep patiently plugging away, the cumulative effects of your persistence will, in time, manifest. You won’t slip back by missing a few sessions. The important thing is not to become fanatical. Fanaticism begets stress. Take your time, the inevitability of gradualness will reward you with the level of well-being you are seeking.



The fact that we can stress ourselves out by doing too much of what we enjoy over too long a period of time makes recognising stress a problem for some people. Recognition of stress can be further complicated by certain physiological processes that take place in a stressed brain. When we’re under significant stress the brain releases chemicals called beta endorphins. Beta endorphins belong to the opiate group of chemicals (the literal English translation of the Greek endorphin is the ‘opium within’) and are five times more potent than opium or heroin in producing euphoria and reducing pain. (The Oxford Dictionary defines euphoria&s ‘a feeling of well-being, especially one based on over-confidence and over-optimism.’)

The high that long distance runners and other competitive athletes experience when they break through the pain barrier and receive their second wind is the result of endorphins. Many women have their first endorphin experience while giving birth.

Athletes and child-bearing women aside, the hard-charging, over-achiever type is the one most likely to experience a beta endorphin high and is therefore in danger of getting hooked on a stressful lifestyle. The painkilling and euphoria-producing effects of beta endorphins can so successfully mask the symptoms of stress that one is not aware one’s adrenal glands are getting tired until one ceases the given activity and the levels of beta endorphin drop. It’s at this point that the typical symptoms of adrenal fatigue manifest. Tiredness, irritability, drowsiness, loss of confidence and eventually depression are typical symptoms of adrenal fatigue.

As a group, hard-chargers don’t recognise these symptoms as a need to rest. Instead they reason that if working, exercising and socialising makes them feel good and slowing down makes them feel tired then the former is what their body needs. Non-hard-chargers reason that their bodies need rest until symptoms such as tiredness and depression go. Hard-chargers force themselves on until their adrenal glands fatigue to the point of incompetence and their bodies become racked with the symptoms of disease. Non-hard-chargers have learnt to pace themselves and enjoy good health. While hard-chargers are relying more and more on a chemical (beta endorphin) high for feelings of well-being, non-hard-chargers enjoy the natural high of normal good health.



The human body is made up predominantly of water. Loosely described, we humans are nothing more than hairy, animated bags of salt soup. All the chemical reactions needed to produce heat and energy, to enable us to think, feel, emote, express, see, hear and move, take place in this salty water.

Collectively these chemical reactions make up what’s known as our metabolism. To interfere with the body’s water levels is to interfere with the chemical reactions and thus unbalance the metabolism.

Falling water levels (dehydration) unbalances the metabolism in three ways:

1. A lack of hydrostatic (water) pressure in the blood vessels means less nutrients (oxygen, vitamins, minerals, protein) are forced out of the blood and into the cells.

2. The cells rely on the water that carried the nutrients in to also flush their waste products out. If waste products lie around in the cell they interfere with normally occurring chemical reactions and so unbalance the metabolism.

3. The osmotic pulling power of the blood is reduced and less waste products are drawn from the cells to the blood for elimination through the kidneys.

Optimum fluid intake ensures the process of cell feeding and cell cleaning operate at full capacity. Bathing the cells with water also reduces the concentration of any allergens that may be present in them. Allergens are notorious for gate crashing resident chemical reactions and, interfering with their outcome. Diluting allergens also dilute the intensity of the allergic reactions they cause. The chemicals found in polluted water readily invite themselves into chemical reactions that neither want nor need them. Alcohol does too, so effectively in fact that some people slur their words after only one or two drinks.

Drinking chemical free water is imperative for balancing the metabolism. Avoid tap water wherever possible, unless its thoroughly filtered. Country people, who live in areas of top dressing and pesticide spraying zones, should avoid tank water. Fresh spring water (home and office delivered), mineral water from a recognised spa (not the commercially made ones, or soda water) and freshly squeezed juices are ideal.

The programs and dietary supplements in this book cannot balance the metabolism if the water levels are below optimum. Next to oxygen water is the most important nutrient. It is frequently the missing link in an unbalanced metabolism.

A deficiency in water can cause the same vagueness, disorientation and confusion that allergies and Candida yeast infections produce. This vagueness, disorientation and confusion is frequently evident in middle and long distance runners who on crossing the finish line can’t answer questions coherently, stare blankly at the TV camera and say nothing; or walk off in the wrong direction after the race. These athletes illustrate just how precarious the body’s fluid levels are and just how quickly they can fall. One hour of strenuous physical activity can see 1 L of water evaporate from the body.

Fluid must be taken into the body at regular intervals through the day. Busy people tend not to observe this important rule and have patches of vagueness, mistake making, irritability and confusion in the middle of a working day as a result. This can be most disconcerting for people who’re on the Metabolism-Balancing Program and are expecting not to experience such things. Those on the ‘Anti-Candida/Anti-Allergy Program tend to blame what they ate for breakfast when this happens and as time goes by take themselves off so many foods they become malnourished. Malnutrition of course can give the same symptoms as fluid deficiency.

There is no excuse for going without fluid through the day. We can all find time to drink fluid, no matter how busy we are. Busy people try to get around this by fluid loading in the morning and fluid loading in the evening. This doesn’t work. The harder we work, the more heat we produce; the more heat we produce, the more fluid we evaporate. Fluid levels can drop below optimum within an hour, which is why the aforementioned symptoms can come on so quickly and why we have to keep topping our fluid levels up, all day long. Sip from a bottle at your desk.



The great variable in the link between food, mood and learning is the daily intake of fluid.

The brain is 80 per cent water. All the chemical reactions required to facilitate brain function take place in water. A drop in brain water levels below 80 per cent interferes with the chemical reactions, disrupting our thinking and feeling processes. I’ve found in my involvement with problem kids that the majority of them don’t drink enough or don’t spread their fluid intake evenly over the day. Most of them go to school without having consumed any liquid other than the milk on their cereal. A few quick drinks at the bubblers through the day sees them tired, dull and thirsty when they get in from school. At this point they fluid load by drinking three to four glasses of whatever fluid they can get their hands on. The problem here is that they take in more fluid than their body can make use of at one time and although it picks them up its usually after the evening meal before they feel the good effects of it.

Jessica (13—allergic to soya beans, wheat, moulds, tomatoes, malt, honey, peanuts and grasses) and Paul (14—allergic to moulds and all fermented foods, grasses, dust, dust mites, eggs, milk, wheat, beef and almonds) are good examples of just how quickly the removal of allergenic substances from the diet and environment can alter behaviour and improve brain function.

Jessica, although very bright, couldn’t concentrate, was the class clown, could be rude to the teachers and wasn’t interested in applying herself. Paul was easily distracted and although keen enough complained of not being able to concentrate for more than a few minutes. He had limited assessment skills and had trouble coping with mathematical problems. Both of them suffered from hayfever, sinusitis, itchy red eyes and stuffy noses. Paul was almost a permanent mouth breather.

Within a week on the program Jessica’s teachers and parents were reporting a dramatic change in her behaviour and altitude to work. She was interested and studious. Within a month or so she changed her friends and moved into a group who were work orientated. She became happier and started smiling more.

Paul’s mother phoned me to say that within four days of being on the program Paul was for the first time able to understand what the teacher was saying. He was feeling more confident and positive about his future.

Both Jessica and Paul are currently on the combined Anti-Candida/Anti-Allergy Program and will be for a month or so yet. After that time their previously allergic foods will be reintroduced one by one. Their respiratory tract problems have improved significantly. Jessica no longer has the sniffs and Paul can breathe through his nose.

So impressed were Jessica’s teachers they asked her to give a talk on her program to the fifth and sixth form students. By year’s end her schoolwork had improved so dramatically she had moved into the top ten of her class and was doing brilliantly at science, a subject she just hadn’t been able to cope with before.

As is often the case in these situations Jessica’s family took longer than Jessica to adjust to the changes in her attitude and behaviour. It took some weeks for them to get out of the habit of ‘walking on eggs’ to use her mother’s expression. For a while they were still bracing themselves for vitriolic retorts that were never delivered. Situations, things said, times of the month and questions that would normally cause Jessica to flare up, no longer did and it took some time for the family to get used to this. Most pleasing of all was the dramatic improvement in Jessica’s relationship with her father—they stopped fighting.

Jessica is so impressed with the program and the changes she’s experienced that she’s afraid to go off it. The chances of her reverting back to her old self are highly unlikely as ninety days on the program will allow enough desensitisation to her former allergens to allow a moderate imbibing of them without a return of symptoms.



The unfortunate thing is that many of the kids with glue ear are never diagnosed. This is because they have only low grade allergies and colds that go unnoticed. Because these kids are only mildly afflicted they tend not to exhibit the overt allergy, Candida and cold symptoms of sneezing, runny or stuffy nose. The raised body temperature that accompanies daily activities dilates their nasal passages sufficiently to facilitate normal breathing. It’s only at night when they’re asleep and their body temperature drops do they commence the mouth breathing that aids the flow of mucus to the ear and dries out the throat, leaving it prone to infection.

These are the kids who fall behind in class because they can’t hear properly. Because their glue ear has never been diagnosed they are often labelled ‘a bit dumb’ by the other kids and ‘uncooperative, rebellious, lazy and given to dumb insolence’ by the teachers. Kids with this level of glue ear who are lucky enough to sit at the front of the class tend to get by. It’s the ones sitting further back who miss out. The introverts tend to cope by withdrawing further into themselves while the extroverts respond by venting their frustrations in the form of overt attention seeking, disruption of others in class and fighting in the playground. Because this low grade glue ear doesn’t lead to headaches or noticeable ear infections the way full-blown glue ear does, these kids muddle their way through school in the belief they are not as intelligent as the others.

They seldom mention to their parents the fact they’re having trouble hearing in class because they don’t realise they are. Because they know no different they think their level of hearing is perfectly normal. Unlike their counterparts who have all the symptoms of full-blown glue ear and receive help these kids/ adults struggle through life never reaching their full potential and never really knowing why.

As parents, uncles, aunts, friends, teachers and godparents its our duty to keep our eyes open for these kids and to get them into treatment as soon as possible. Often the only give-away signs are below average intellectual performance at school (comprehension, maths, writing, English) associated with one or more of the following:

• dark rings under the eyes;

• below average physical co-ordination;

• below average ball-handling skills (they are the last to be chosen when picking sides for football, netball, cricket);

• the habit of rubbing the nose with the palm of the hand (nasal salute);

• complaining of an itchy nose (as opposed to a runny or stuffy nose);

• the tendency to fatigue easily (wants to lie down or sit and watch TV after school; often tired on waking);

• a transverse ridge or crease in the nose (due to constant nasal saluting);

• shy, quiet, daydreamy personality; seems to be in his/her own world; appears switched off and doesn’t always respond when called or spoken to; has trouble getting started on things; gives up easily (introverts); <

• aggressive, stroppy personality; low frustration tolerance; can’t concentrate; loud; won’t listen; often ignores (extroverts).