Part II ABC Catalyst Program - Gut Reaction

 Probiotic Sparkling Vinegar Drink with B vitamins Water Kefir & Kombucha Are Good For You

Probiotic Sparkling Vinegar Drink with B vitamins Water Kefir & Kombucha Are Good For You

Here is the link to part II of the ABC science program Catalyst "Gut Reaction"- The latest scientific research is showing how the food we eat affects our gut bacteria and therefore our health.  Acetate in vinegar is helping with asthma - Kombucha and water kefir are also a type of vinegar drink with good bacteria (probiotics) and b vitamins and are easy to make. 

Isabell Shipard - Importance of Vitamin C & Book Review

Herb Farmer, Author and medicinal herb expert Isabelle Shipard has written the following books:

How Can I Use Herbs in My Daily Life?

How Can I Grow And Use Sprouts As A Living Food?

How Can I Be Prepared With Self Sufficiency & Survival Foods?

They are all excellent educational books and she also has a substantial Herb Farm in Queensland With an online business

The Importance of Vitamin C Includes also Advice from Dr. Lady Cliento (a specialist with mothers and children) The excerpt from the book How can I Use Herbs is about the high vitamin C content of the Acerola Cherry which is native to the Caribbean, fast growing and 2-5m and bushy. 

New Medical Research Link Between Gut Bacteria & Health

 Micro greens - Optimum Dense Organic  Nutrients Full Of Living Enzymes, Protein, Vitamins, Minerals, Fibre

Micro greens - Optimum Dense Organic  Nutrients Full Of Living Enzymes, Protein, Vitamins, Minerals, Fibre

ABC Catalyst program last night was about the new medical research into the link between gut bacteria (therefore what we eat) and diseases such as autism, asthma, obesity, diabetes to name a few - here is the link:  part 2 goes to air next week.  

The sprouting and micro green class will not be going ahead at this stage as there was not enough people interested.


Protect Your Brain From Dementia/Alzheimers

I have just re-read the book

"Power Foods For The Brain" by Dr. Neal Barnard

Clinical researcher and associate professor of medicine at the George Washington University School Of Medicine and Health Sciences and I highly recommend it.  He discusses what scientists are finding as a common denominator in alzheimer & dementia brains and in a nutshell plaque build up in the brain is caused by animal fats (including cholesterol from shellfish) and excess metals i.e. iron, copper, zinc, aluminium, & mercury. Sources of excess metals include unfiltered tap water, copper pipes, foil, packaging, multivitamins, cast iron cookware, fortified breakfast cereals, meat, organ meats, fish, shellfish, frozen pizza, tinned foods, soda cans, baking powder, antacids, antiperspirant, tea (camellia sinensis - contains aluminium in the leaf). Copper plus bad fats daily - saturated and hydrogenated/trans fat is showing to be harmful to the brain that includes dairy - (be careful because olive oil also contains 14% saturated fat but overall is a very good one to use.)  Salmon is about 50% fat - 15-30% is omega 3 & the other 70 to 85% is saturated & unsaturated fats. His recommendation is to consume no animal foods at all but have a low fat, low sugar diet based on the following foods:

Which foods are helpful for the health of the brain? 

Fresh foods are far more effective than vitamin tablets. 

Vitamin E

Through walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, pine nuts, pecans, pistachios, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, and flaxseeds. 


Fresh broccoli, kale, spinach, asparagus, green leafy vegetables, beans, peas, citrus, rock melon (cantaloupe), wild rice also contains folate.

Vitamin B6

 Whole grains such as oats, barley, green vegetables, beans, legumes, sweet potatoes, bananas and nuts. 

Vitamin B12

Fortified rice, almond or oat milk, B12  chewable supplement 1000mg 3 times per week, breakfast cereals.

Also helpful are orange coloured fruits and vegetables, blueberries, apples & pears & other bright coloured fruits and vegetables.  This kind of low fat plant based diet is also helpful for the prevention of cardiovascular disease.   

Physical Exercise

Efficient Blood flow throughout the human body is helped by daily exercise - your brain makes up 2% of your body but uses 20% of your blood supply. 

Cognitive Exercises

Linking, language learning & sites like Luminosity are helpful.  





Importance Of Vitamin C

Rosehips Contain Vitamin C & Were Used in WWII  in the UK due to a shortage of Oranges

ust to let you know that I was interviewed today by the Tv show "Today Tonight"

The current affairs show is on  channel 7 and it is a good news story about our garden and why I am a keen vegetable grower, they will also be featuring Jeremy Cordeux`s garden and Steve Hailstone.  My new blog will be promoted on Today Tonight face book page which is great! The show will be aired on Monday 22nd April (unless they change this) and will be advertised on the weekend, you can probably view it on their website.

itamin c

Higher primates (including humans) and guinea pigs cannot make vitamin c and so it must be ingested daily.

I believe that we should get most of our vitamins and minerals from food and vitamin supplements are only for supplementation to an already excellent diet.  We are not always perfect (including myself!) nor can we always rely on the nutrient content in the food we buy due to freshness and farming methods so I choose to take a natural vitamin C powder made from fruit in very small amounts and I use citrus zest and lemon juice on my food to enhance my vitamin c consumption and iron absorption.

Vitamin C  has been used successfully intravenously to treat cancer instead of chemotherapy by medical practitioners in the US and here is a  60 Minutes Program story about a farmer in NZ with swine flu, nearly died and Vitamin C saved his life.

Dietary C is also very important because your body will not absorb plant based iron called nonheme iron unless there is Vitamin C present in the gut at the same time.  Vitamin C is very heat sensitive and is destroyed when heated above body temperature so it is important to add raw fruits or vegetables such as red capsicum, citrus, raw kale, cauliflower, strawberries, collards or sauerkraut in the same meal and always include them in your salads. 

How To Grow Citrus

 Grow A Few Lemon Trees

Grow A Few Lemon Trees

 Strawberries contain Vitamin C

Strawberries contain Vitamin C

 Raw Broccoli Contains Vitamin C

Raw Broccoli Contains Vitamin C