If you regularly use complementary medicines, and have an auto-immune condition, intolerances, or allergies, there is a thing or two you need to know about reading complementary medicine labels, and a consumers right to know about the ingredients. This information applies to Australia, where I live, but may also be of interest elsewhere.
Firstly, let me share a personal experience, to paint a picture as to the current state of affairs.
I am intolerant to many things. I know what those things are (having been at this for a while) and one of those things is synthetic colours. When I say intolerant I mean I need medical assistance.
I made these delicious Sweet Potato and Ginger Muffins, froze them, and took them with me for breakfast on a recent trip to Sydney. They were not only delicious, low histamine, low amine, but fructose free and gluten free.
The fibrous nature and water content of sweet potato make this vegetable extremely adaptable in cooking. In this recipe the amount of flour used is much less than a traditional muffin and yet the muffin remains intact whilst perfectly moist.
I recently had the great pleasure to interview Vicky Mitchell the creator of the Rotation Diet Assistant App. Vicki is a certified health coach, has personally used a rotation diet for over a decade, and is also an expert on gluten intolerance.
Rotation diets are widely recommended for auto-immune conditions by immunologists. The rationale of the rotation diet is that it takes 2 – 4 days for the immune system (and particularly the villi) to recalibrate itself. The diet works on food families (rather than individual foods) as the immune system is primitive so attacks things that look similar (rather than identical). If the family of foods (rather than just individual foods) is removed for 4 days then the gut will respond authentically when challenged by that food family.