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Gina Wilson is a registered Naturopath and Medical Herbalist working with families to improve their overall health via education, nutrition and practical help tailored to meet the family’s specific issues.

 

 

“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but interest her or his patients in the care of the human frame, in proper diet and in the cause and prevention of disease. Thomas Edison”

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Disturbance of the Gut Microbiome
When there is disturbance to this symbiotic relationship due to poor dietary or lifestyle choices, medications such as antibiotics, and/or stress, the microbiota could potentially contribute towards the development of certain infectious disease or trigger an autoimmune process.

The AIP diet has a strong emphasis on reducing inflammation in the gut as the digestive system plays a major role in the overall function of the immune system. Eliminating foods that reduce inflammation is important, as foods which irritate the gut can potentially exacerbate autoimmunity.

What conditions may benefit from the AIP diet?
Many autoimmune conditions may benefit from the AIP diet, including:

Hashimoto’s Disease
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Coeliac Disease
Adrenal fatigue
Recurrent viral infections or low immunity
Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
Multiple Sclerosis
Sjogren’s
Type 1 Diabetes
Lupus (SLE)
Other factors to consider with the AIP
As autoimmune conditions can potentially be very complex, there are many other factors that need to be taken into consideration in addition to addressing diet when dealing with conditions like the aforementioned.

Hormonal imbalances, and the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal/ovarian axis need to be assessed and addressed. Potential infections, either acute or chronic also need to be dealt with. Digestive bacterial imbalances, such as Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO), or even parasitic infections, should be rectified. Blood sugar issues such as insulin resistance, or pre-diabetes need to also be identified.

Other factors such as your sensitivity to high FODMAPs foods (fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols), and your tolerance to histamines and salicylates needs to be assessed individually in order to tailor an autoimmune protocol that is suitable for you.

There may also be specific testing that needs to be conducted in order to monitor disease progression or improvement whilst endeavoring to treat autoimmune diseases. These may include, but are not limited to inflammatory markers, specific hormones, blood glucose testing, imaging scans, and specimen cultures.

What can be eaten and what is excluded with AIP?
The table below outlines what should be eaten and excluded during the elimination phase of the AIP diet:

Included with AIP
All vegetables except nightshades
Fresh fruit
Coconut (oil, milk, flour, and coconut aminos)
Fermented food (kefir, kombucha, coconut yoghurt, Kim chi, sauerkraut)
Organic grass fed meat, organ meat, poultry
Seafood
Herbal teas
Vinegar
Oils and fats (olive oil, ghee, lard, avocado oil)
Herbs (ginger, turmeric, basil, thyme, sage, oregano, rosemary, mint, cinnamon)
Gelatin
Arrowroot starch

Excluded from AIP

Nuts
Seeds
Beans and legumes
Grains
Dairy products
Dried fruit
All processed foods
Eggs
Chocolate
Nightshade plants (tomato, potato, capsicum, eggplant, chilli)
Seed herbs (mustard seeds, coriander seeds, fennel, fenugreek)
Tapioca
Vegetable oils
Artificial sweeteners
Stevia, xylitol
High FODMAPs food such as fruit (onion, coconut, nectarines) may bother some people and these need to be eliminated during the first phase. Re-introduction of high FODMAPs foods should be done with care, you can read more about how to reintroduce these foods

How to implement the AIP diet:
It is recommended to follow the elimination diet for at least 30 days, and up to 90 days. Beginning the elimination phase can be done cold turkey, or one category of food can be removed at a time, for a week. E.g. Grains are removed the first week, followed by dairy products the second week, nightshades the third week, eggs the fourth week and so on.

When positive change is observed, the reintroduction phase is commenced. This needs to be done slowly and systematically, to reduce the chances of a reaction. Reactions may not always occur immediately, there may be slow increases of symptoms that may not be noticed as easily.

Choose a food group that is important to you, and start with that group. If dairy is chosen, choose a food like ghee with a low amount of milk proteins, followed by butter, cream, yoghurt, cheese and milk.

Eggs should be reintroduced with yolks only first. Nightshades should be reintroduced individually (potatoes, tomatoes, eggplants).

Only introduce one food at a time and allow for three full days between foods to observe any potential reactions to that food before moving on to the next. If a food has been eaten for three days without any autoimmune symptoms, it can be assumed that that food is safe for you.

One day on the AIP Diet:
Below are examples of meals that you could eat on the AIP diet:

Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Snacks
Organic bacon
Sweet potato
Sautéed kale, and zucchini
Chicken and ginger stir-fry
Cauliflower rice


Roasted cauliflower and pumpkin soup
Zucchini noodles with salmon and basil pesto
Smoothies
“nice cream” (frozen banana and coconut milk ice cream)
Coconut yoghurt and berries
Carob cookies
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Thanks for this comment Dr Shira

Dr Shira Michaeli - Chiropractor I was at a conference this past weekend where we looked at the effects screens are having on a neurological level. Scans of the brain show a decrease in white matter among another things in children who use devices too much. It is also highly additive. Brain scans of gambling addicts, heroin addicts and digital addicts are indistinguishable. Which is scary! It's no wonder kids through a tantrum that can last days if their devices are taken away-it's like you've taken away their heroin.
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    A very happy Mum documenting her sons journey.

    Sept 2014
    How are you?   Thought that as it was the school holidays it made for a good time to drop you  a quick line to let you know how well B is getting on.  He started school end of Feb and is doing so so so well.  He is at standards for everything and has lots of lil friends, goes for play dates, participates appropriately in the classroom and is like a very normal child - other than his behaviour- due to all the ABA he would probably be the best behaved child in the classroom.  He tries to write stories, independently tells me about his day and independently asks questions about mine. He is a caring loving boy, who is also a great supportive friend.  Great eye contact, answers  when spoken to, is extremely "connected" and is just so freakin happy!!!!!!!  We can not be more proud of him!!  The food on the other hand is always going to be a freakin challenge - which it is here that his autism shines thru lol. 

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    Seminar feedback

    May 2014
    Thanks so much GIna! You and Leila are the dynamic (and gorgeous might I add) duo of biomed intervention. You are shining lights and the complete opposite of most of the "stuffed shirts" we've come across who diagnosed our children with the doom and gloom news and offered no hope.

    May 2014
    I just wanted to say thank you so much for doing the seminar on Saturday. C and I thoroughly enjoyed it and it was very beneficial to us both. Although L isn't autistic we certainly have huge challenges with him. C had been querying the money I have been spending on supplements and change of diet etc as we have been on a tight budget lately but after coming along on Saturday he can now see that there is method to my madness and he now thoroughly backs it. He even said after we left that he was really pleased he went along and it was definitely worth the money. We have been struggling a bit with L diet and he has been upset eating different food to C and my other son so C suggested that we all eat GFCF while L is on his 3 month trial. That will definitely make shopping and cooking a lot easier!

    Anyway thanks again.

    August 2014
    Hi Gina
    Thanks again for the awesome conference yesterday. Great coming away inspired and re-energised re family nutrition!

    August 2014
    Firstly thank you so much for the seminar on Saturday.    It was just fantastic to say the very least, it was worth the day trip down from Whangarei!

    August 2014
    Hi Gina
    > Thank you so much for last weekends seminar. It was the refresher I needed to get us back on track. I've made quite a few changes this week and I'm feeling motivated more than ever! .....

    August 2013
    As a parent of children with autism I feel we are so lucky to have you both work with our children. I would have hate to think of what would have had to us as a family if you hadn't been there to help us.I think you both do a great job and give so much back.

    August 2013
    Thank you so much for the fantastic Seminar on the weekend.. I found it so helpful, and it gave me so much faith and hope for my little boy to recover from Autism.. I have already started putting into practice all the great advice I was given, and hopefully the results will show in my son.

    August 2013
    Thank you for a great seminar on Saturday - very enlightening and it filled in a lot of gaps that I didn't even realise were issues, or potential issues for the long term.  So much makes sense now!!!
    August 2013
    Dear Gina and Leila,

    Just a quick email to thank you for the seminar on the weekend.  It was great to get a better understanding of what we are doing for our child.  It was also great to speak to other parents in the same boat as us.
    We particularly enjoyed the talk that Helen gave as we had somewhat neglected our own health in favour of our child's health.  So it was a good wake up call for us as parents.

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    ACNEM presentation

    ACNEM
    I just want to offer a big huge thank you from all of us at ACNEM for your very professional and well received presentation.  ACNEM Thank You 17/11/11

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    J Greenidge

    Hi Gina, Well I can't believe 3 months have shot past! We have seen a BIG change in G and I have to put it mostly down to the strict GF side of things (maybe Soy free too). Our usual diet has improved slightly on the vegie and nutritious baking front but was pretty good already. After 2 weeks GF we saw a slow but steady improvement in energy, behaviour, no more yawning and fainty, pale child in mornings. No more continuous nagging to get ready for school. One much more relaxed Mum!G previously would never go and play outside willingly, after one month on GF she shocked us one weekend by getting dressed ! without being asked and headed out to the trampoline straight after brekky. Went out 4 more times during the same day for a 15 min bounce by herself!! Excuse all the exclamation marks but this is very exciting. For the last 10 years I have had a difficult kid and even avoiding all chemicals, excess sugar, dairy products and most gluten containing food I knew she still wasn't quite right.THANK YOU!!We had one muck up when she ate dumplings at an asian friends house (little English spoken). All her old symptoms came back and although I was mad about the mistake it was probably a good reminder for her as to why she needs to be careful.
    Kind regards,J Greenidge.

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    L Yates

    01/08/2010
    I would like to offer my gratitude and thanks to Gina (Naturopath) who offered us a wealth of knowledge and information, and a successful out come when our baby had an acute out break of eczema. At six months of age I introduced solids to my baby and at ten months he was weened, during this time he began to develop small persistent patches of eczema which wouldn't clear. By the time he was eleven months old he had an aggressive out break of weeping, itchy eczema sores from head to toe. Gina explained that this was a build up of toxins in the body due to food issues and that's the body's way of trying to eradicate the over load.
    After three GP visits and two referrals to pediatric dermatologists, we finally got diagnosis of a rare type of Discoid Ecema.
    Gina came highly recommended to me and proved to be an extremely professional and empathetic Naturopath, who's extensive knowledge and training has proved to be an absolute god send.
    Gina recommended some drastic dietary changes and a range of natural supplements, and the results were highly visible within the first few days of implementation. We noticed an extreme improvement in not only our baby's skin but also his happy little personality returned, he was no longer agitated by the severe itching of his skin, he was able to sleep through the night, and was generally so much more settled.
    Eczema can bring huge stress to not only the little one suffering from the condition, but also to parents who suffer alongside their children, we are always continually searching for a cure or treatment to bring back normality for our children.
    So we would like to give our heartfelt thanks to Gina for sharing wisdom with us, her passion for her work shines through, and is an absolute credit to her, and as a family we are immensely grateful for such a successful outcome for our precious son.
    Kindest regards
    L Yates
    Auckland

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