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Anorexia may be caused by bacterial infections

Scientists now suspect that anorexia nervosa, irritable bowel syndrome and chronic fatigue syndrome may all be connected with an imbalance in the bacteria in the gut. They speculate that the activities of certain bacteria may confuse the immune system and lead it to produce antibodies to the body’s nerve cells which can attack the brain, including the limbic system, which controls our emotional responses. This can affect our moods and, in the case of anorexia, perhaps lead to inappropriate feelings of fear and disgust associated with food and body image.

http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/news/articles/2016/do-anorexia-ibs-and-chronic-fatigues-share-a-common-cause

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Alzheimer’s linked to microbial activity, including herpes virus

A team of 31 scientists and clinicians from institutions all over the world are suggesting that microbes, particularly the herpes virus and chlamydia bacteria, are major cause of dementia. They are thought to prevent neurons from communicating with each other, leading to memory loss and cognitive decline. It is also suggested that these viral or bacterial infections trigger the build-up of plaque in the brain associated with the disease.

The team explain that viruses and bacteria can often lie dormant in the brains of elderly people, but they can become active after stress or if the immune system is compromised. It has been known for a long time that viral infections in the brain can cause symptoms very similar to those seen in Alzheimer’s.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/12188092/Alzheimers-disease-could-be-caused-by-herpes-virus-warn-experts.html

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Fussy eating may signal depression in young children

A study by Dr Nancy Zucker (Duke Centre for Eating Disorders), published in the journal Pediatrics, found that children with highly selective eating habits were more than twice as likely as normal eaters to have a diagnosis of depression. “Moderate” pickiness was also linked with significantly higher levels of depression and anxiety in a study group of more than 3,000 children aged two to six.

http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2015/07/28/peds.2014-2386

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Junk food kills stomach bacteria which keep you healthy

This research by Tim Spector, professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London, shows that eating junk food kills stomach bacteria which protect against obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, inflammatory bowel disease and autism.

Spector has found that diets with just a few highly processed ingredients are so toxic to these bacteria that hundreds of species can be wiped out in just a few meals. He believes that this explains, amongst other things, why some people put on weight and others do not, even though they eat a broadly similar balance of carbohydrate, protein, fat and sugar.

Spector says: “Fifteen thousand years ago our ancestors regularly ingested around 150 ingredients in a week. “Most people nowadays consume fewer than 20 separate food types and many, if not most, are artificially refined. “Most processed food products come, depressingly, from just four ingredients: corn, soy, wheat or meat”.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/11595559/Junk-food-kills-bacteria-that-protect-against-obesity-heart-disease-and-cancer-study-finds.html

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Probiotics could help with hay fever symptoms

A large number of studies have shown that probiotics reduce the severity of hay fever. Scientists now suspect that a lack of beneficial bacteria in the gut can lead to a variety of allergies. They think that if these bacteria are lacking, the immune system can be sent into overdrive by allergens such as pollen, dust mites and animal hair.

http://news.vanderbilt.edu/2015/05/study-shows-probiotics-may-help-ease-allergies

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Friendly bacteria may help reduce your stress levels

This study of 22 healthy men found that those who took a probiotic containing Bifidobacterium longum 1714 performed better in a visual memory task. Previously the same team had found that this strain reduced stress, anxiety and depressive symptoms and improved memory in mice. These findings suggest that a lack of beneficial gut bacteria could have a significant effect on human emotional and cognitive functioning.

http://www.ucc.ie/en/media/academic/psychiatry/Allen_Psychobiotic_SfN_2015.pdf

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IMOGEN

I have found a new job which produces more money and less stress. I am coping very well and better able to ask for help from other people than I was in the past. And I’m dealing with my mother’s illness much better than I would have expected.
Imogen, Writer, late 40s

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LISETH 2

Liseth started karate lessons last week and is focusing and listening throughout – she’s loving it. Also, she is now independently riding her bike without stabilisers. We took her on the prom 2 weeks ago and she concentrated, listened and focused until she’d mastered it. So another great accomplishment..yehhhh
Liseth, 8 years old, Behaviour and attention problems

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INDIA

In general my energy levels are good and I’m feeling healthier. I’m sleeping well and my eating patterns have improved. My voice sounds great.
India, Physiotherapist & natural voice practitioner

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LISETH 3

Last night we attended parents evening with Liseth’s teacher and she’s starting to write sentences and completes tasks when instructed. Her teacher is made up with Megan’s progress since September (so are we!!) and the flash cards and learning through memory is working a treat. She’s now reading her books, asks me to complete her homework and is enjoying it.. Even the maths..!! 
Liseth, 8 years old, Behaviour and attention problems

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IVOR 2

Ivor really has improved in the last three to four weeks. He’s come home this evening, and spent 20 minutes doing literacy homework & 20 minutes doing maths . We did the maths calculations together, but Ivor really lead throughout. In the evening we read a chapter a night – Ivor and I read alternate pages. I’ve taken the advice not to use phonics … he seems so much more fluent.
Ivor, 10 years old, Specific learning difficulties / dyslexia

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HANNAH 1

Hannah has not missed school at all this term except one day off genuinely sick. She stays after school for several clubs and now has lots of friends. She was one of only four in her year group to perform in the school play – in an auditorium which had traumatic memories!”
Hannah, 12 years old, School phobia

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BARBARA

I’ve noticed that my appetite seems to have changed. I don’t seem to get as hungry and I don’t seem to be craving sweet things as much which means that I have lost a bit of weight. Hurrah! 
Barbara, Mum early 50s

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KYLE 1

Kyle’s language is really coming on now. He used to have a tendency to zone out. Now he is a lot more communicative, responding at lot better, more engaged, more part of the world. He is beginning to show anxiety though, really for the first time. At a disco last week he held back from interacting with the other children and said he was too shy. He would have been oblivious before.
Kyle, 8 years old, Autistic spectrum disorder

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KYLE 2

Kyle is doing much better in school and with his homework and he is following instructions a lot better. His spelling and handwriting have really come on and he is doing his English homework pretty much by himself. He might have done this with maths before, but never English. Also, he can now do 150 piece jigsaw puzzles! He would have had no chance of organising all the pieces a few weeks ago.
Kyle, 8 years old, Autistic spectrum disorder

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JOANNA

I’ve stopped craving sugar and my homeopath has just told me that the candida – yeast infection – that we have been trying to get rid of for years is finally gone. I have not done anything different.
Joanna, Mum mid thirties

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OLIVER

Oliver is very happy bunny and doing great in his last year of (Russell Group) University, on course for a 2.1. His work experience was so successful that he was offered a job. He is very easy and reasonable to be with. He loves to party, has lots of friends and is absolutely loving it! But his friends say that when he is in working mode no one can reach him or distract him.
Oliver, 21 years old, History of underachievement and hearing loss

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KIERAN

Kieran seems to be making good progress. He seemed to make some gains both in academic progress and on the friendship front during year 6 and came away with some good SATs results in maths, spelling, reading and comprehension which we couldn’t have dreamed of at the beginning of the year!
Kieran, 11 years old, Developmental regression from leukaemia treatment

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WILLIAM

William is in his second term at the new school and is always in the newsletter as one of the top ten pupils. This is such a turnaround given his previous “naughty behaviour”. I am so proud of him. He has been selected for the boys’ choir and has a lovely singing voice.  He is doing well at football too. He tries so hard and has incredible passion and discipline.
William, 12 years old, Emotional difficulties

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