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Methylation: Why Stress Turns You Toxic, (and alters your genes)

R5: Re-Establish Methylation

Many people still think genetics determine our health.  The fact is, genes only really determine what happens if WE don’t do enough of the right things, or too much of the wrong thing.

Understanding methylation is critical to this.

The short version of this article is ‘nutrition influences your genetics, and stress influences it too’. And the good news is nutrition and how you respond to stress IS UNDER YOUR CONTROL

“Nutrients can reverse or change epigenetic phenomena such as DNA methylation and histone modifications, thereby modifying the expression of critical genes associated with physiologic and pathologic processes, including embryonic development, aging, and carcinogenesis”  –

Increase methyl donors and you will also increase glutathione

Methyl depletion also depletes glutathione which will drive inflammation.

Stress depletes methyl donors and can cause mood swings, sleeping problems, anxiety and irritability.

You need methyl groups to remove toxic oestrogen metabolites.

Methyl protects DNA.

Optimal methylation pre-conception (in mother and father)  turns off ‘crap’ genes for next generation.

 “The Methylation Priority Principle”

Dr. Alan Vinitsky, a researcher and doctor, theorized that due to the importance of methylation in the body and its multiple functions, there must be a prioritization of the valuable methyl groups it uses in the many life-sustaining functions.

Your body needs methyl groups to activate cortisol and adrenalin (the 2 most important stress hormones), and if there is a lack of methyl groups it will take them away from other uses to activate the hormones needed to adapt to stress. If your body does not adapt to stress it dies, thus it adapts to survive. The problem is that now the other needs are not met and new problems will arise such as DNA damage (cancer) or genes of susceptibility being turned on. This is a new understanding of how stress can lead to a host of different diseases.

Stress is the number one way methyl groups become depleted. Remember, your body does not know the difference between physical, chemical or emotional stress. The body’s response is the same, and its use of methyl groups to adapt to the stress is the same. Yes all of your worrying is costing you valuable methyl groups and putting your DNA at risk.

If you would like help decreasing stress then, we have a free video series on Youtube: How to beat stress, or  call us on 01707 662 704

More on Methylation from my live training on Facebook in early 2017:

Dr Pompa’s PDF:


Related Article

Stress, Insulin, Cholesterol, Hormones and Your Brain.

Glutathione, Pollution, and Your Health

Glutathione, Pollution, and Your Health

A 2017 update on more ways to boost glutathione, decrease body pollution, and help achieve better weight and World Peace too (I dare you to help)


Ageing can be thought of as a form of rusting.

Rusting is exacerbated by oxidation – which happens naturally when you exercise, and as part of life,  and it is accelerated by pollution and toxins in the air we breathe,  the water we drink, the food we eat, and even the 200 chemicals in our bathrooms and cleaning products.

Of all the molecules our body makes to protect us against this onslaught, glutathione is arguably the most important.

But even glutathione itself is under attack by medicine we think of as safe – paracetamol and Calpol.

Watch the video and read the article for more information:

Your glutathione levels fall, by about 10% to 15% per decade!

Decreased glutathione levels result in accelerated aging, low energy, higher inflammation, and a greater vulnerability to cell damage and disease

Glutathione is the body’s master antioxidant .

It functions both as an antioxidant and an antitoxin and is a major defence against illness and aging. Our glutathione levels indicate our state of health and can predict longevity. There are more than 60,000 published papers on the beneficial effects of glutathione.

Low Glutathione Graphic


Possible warning signs you have low glutathione:

  • abdominal pains
  • diarrhoea
  • headaches
  • joint pains
  • depression
  • rashes
  • lack of energy
  • frequent colds
  • shaky hands after exertion

Some of the many functions of glutathione:

  • required to get rid of heavy metal toxicity (included are mercury, lead, arsenic, and cadmium)
  • boosts white blood cell formation, which helps boost immunity/immune system
  • used by the body to neutralize/remove things like formaldehyde, car exhaust chemicals, cigarette smoke, and certain pharmaceuticals, pesticide and industrial chemicals, steroids, bacterial produced toxins, and alcohol
  • plays a role in DNA repair
  • anti-viral properties
  • positively affects insulin production and control by the pancreas
  • can help decrease/reverse cataracts

And most importantly for energy production: glutathione is the only anti-oxidant inside mitochondria, which are the energy producing factories in our cells.

If you have a sedentary, non-stressful life then you should be getting enough nutrients to make glutathione if you eat plenty of organic nuts, seeds, avocados, eggs, lentils and lots of veg, some high quality grass fed meat.

If you are under stress, have any of the symptoms listed above, or exercise, then it would be advisable to take at least a good multivit/mineral with HIGH amounts of B vitamins in,  and whey protein from organic, grass fed cows.

My current favourite supplements to boost glutatione.

Organic Ganoderma Spore Powder

And a glutathione spray

To order  the products below direct from NutriAdvaned you will need our Practitioner Code 228 587

Or 10g servings of high quality whey protein, 2 or 3 x day (instead of the 20g servings they suggest)

You can find unflavoured whey protein from organic, grass fed cows at most health food shops.

We can give you more advice on the products we use at the clinic on your next appointment.

Permanent Perfect Eating for Permanent Weight Loss 2 – Cultured Foods

Cultured Foods and Fermented Foods: What are they and why are they so good for us?

What are cultured and fermented foods?

Cultured foods and fermented foods are natural ways humans have consumed probiotics for thousands of years. They don’t just provide a greater range of bacteria than the commercial yogurts, they also deliver more nutrition.  There is a whole range, catering for all tastes – vegetables, dairy products, cereals, fish, just about everything.  You can make them yourself, or you can buy the read made.  I’ve put some resources at the end.

Why are cultured food and fermented foods so good for us?

To understand just why cultured or fermented foods are so important to our health, an introduction to the ‘microbiome’ is needed.

Dr.Martin Blaser, the director of NYU’s Human Microbiome Program has written an important book on a subject all health care providers should be aware of.  The subject is the microbiome. The book is called “Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues”.

Dr Blaser points out that since World War II there has been a huge rise in a number of diseases, especially allergies, autoimmunity and obesity.  Instead of going down the usual route of looking for individual causes for individual conditions, the world’s collective microbiome projects are pointing to just one major cause of many different problems – the upsetting of the natural order of things in the collection of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other microbes that SHOULD be living inside of us, that have a purpose, and a vested interest in keeping us all healthy and well.

We are full of so many of these microscopic bugs that up to 90 percent of all the cells in the human body aren’t human at all — they’re micro-organisms.

The major reasons our microbiome is in such big trouble?

There are a number of factors. One is to do with our previous attempts of staying healthy: Antibiotics, antibacterial soaps, or even just too much washing

Another is the over medicalisation of natural processes – C-sections at birth (far higher than ever before).

Another is agricultural chemicals and industrial pollution.

Even chlorinated water is harmful to good bacteria.

You can read more in Dr Blaser’s book: “Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues

missing microbes

It’s About DNA too

It’s not just the microbes that are important, it’s actually their genes, Professor Jeroen Raes has this to say:

“We have about 100 times more microbial genes than human genes in the body.”

And there’s more … proteins made from fungus and bacteria called micro RNA circulate in our blood stream. It’s estimated that about 25% of the microRNA circulating in our blood is not human (and nor should it be).

This means that what is living within us actually makes up our genetics. Which also means a lot of our ‘genetics’ is not just what our parents gave us, it is a choice too.  This gives us power over our health.

What are the benefits of healthy gut bacteria?

what kind of roles to healthy gut bacteria play for us?

A healthy ratio of good to bad gut bacteria is also essential for:

  • Proper development and function of your immune system
  • Protection against over-growth of other microorganisms that could cause disease
  • Digestion of food and absorption of nutrients

The probiotics in your gut also play a role in helping numerous bodily functions, such as:

  • Digesting and absorbing certain carbohydrates
  • Producing vitamins, absorbing minerals and eliminating toxins
  • Keeping bad bacteria under control
  • Preventing allergies

We also know that certain gut bacteria have an effect on brain function, so not only are there probiotics, there are now psychobiotics!

Don’t forget your mouth

It’s not just your gut that needs to be filled with happy bacteria. Your mouth is now emerging as another place we have killed off what makes us healthy.

The best place to learn about the mouth microbiome is from dentist Dr Gerry (this is an affiliate link so if you do buy his toothpaste I’ll make a few cents) –

Dr_GerryThe New Solution To Gut Health

Before we get to the cultured and fermented foods themselves there is one more BIG concept to get.  This is something very new, and you may well be one of the first people in the UK (or anywhere) to learn about this.

Cutting edge research has found that even more fundamental to the microbiome then the actual microbes is there communication system.  I won’t go into details, I’ll let you watch this interview between one of my mentors, Dr Dan Pompa, and the discoverer of the microbe communication system.

To cut a long story short, if you have gut health issues – leaky gut, irritable bowel, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, or you were born by C-section or have a child born by C-section, then you need to try Restore before you spend any money on probiotics.

You can learn more about Restore  here –

We do not yet stock it in the clinic but you can get it from the Finchley Clinic (not to do with me, and service can be a bit slow at times, but it’s worth it):

Cultured Food and Fermented Food Recipes and Resources

For cultured foods, here’s some links to recipes to try, and places to buy them ready made.

The Benefits of Cultured Dairy and Cultured Vegetables with Recipes

Sauerkraut Recipe

These are places in the UK to purchase ready made fermented products

There are plenty more foods to explore on Google, here’s just a few:

Kimchi (Korean food, and as it gets more popular you’ll soon have a restaurant near you!)





Here’s Part 1 of my Permanent Perfect Eating Plan for Permanent Healthy Weight, and do call us if you have health issues as expert guidance can be a shortcut to good health

Permanent Perfect Eating, for Permanent Weight Loss, Part 1 – Intermittent Fasting







Permanent Perfect Eating, for Permanent Weight Loss, Part 1 – Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent Fasting – Probably Your Most Powerful Tool For Healing Yourself

If you think I’m exaggerating then check out the 2016 Nobel Prize for Medicine (links below)

Permanent Perfect Eating, for Permanent Weight Loss

Without going into too much detail fasting regularly improves your body’s ability to get rid of its ‘sick’ cells, and encourage new ones, and it does this through various mechanisms.

One is that it stimulates a process as autophagy or ‘self-eating’ – think of this as self cleaning and recycling. (See the 2016 Noble Prize).

Another is that it lowers sugar (glucose).  Sugar is a very ‘dirty’ energy, but it is easy to burn. Think of it like kindling that gives off lots of foul black smoke.

Another is that it raises the really good energy source, made from fats,  known as ketone bodies.  Ketones are a really clean energy source, but less easy to produce than sugar. Think of it like solar energy. A lot of installation needed, but once set up it’s much, much easier with no smoke.

And this is the problem.  Because sugar is so much more ‘easy’ our body will burn it in preference to fat, no matter how much fat we have.

We can only store 12 hours’ worth of sugar (about 2000 calories), after which our body is forced to break down fat into ketone bodies.  Even lean people have 60-80,000 calories of fat they can burn, so you cannot actually ‘starve’ to death for quite some time.

The trouble is, with the myth of ‘breakfast’ having to be early, many of us rarely go more than 10 -13 hours without eating more food that contains sugar. Sugar means any carbohydrate or starch – so the typical breakfast cereal, even muesli or porridge oats, is sugar. Pasta is sugar. Potatoes and rice are sugar. Even proteins from meat and fish, nuts and seeds can be turned to sugar.

Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting can be practiced in a number of ways, but the one I focus on for patients is daily, trying to have  at least 13, and really at least 15 or 16 hours, from your last intake of calories on one day, before breaking your fast the next day.  In reality this often equates to skipping breakfast and eating 2 meals a day.  You don’t have to jump right into this, and if you do have a medical condition then you should really consult us first, so we can help ease you into it.

Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting can be profoundly beneficial to your health

  • efficient weight loss,
  • reversal of type 2 diabetes
  • improved cardiovascular health
  • reduced cancer risk, gene repair
  • increased longevity
  • protects muscle
  • protects the brain and nervous system
  • decreases inflammation
  • helps reduce autoimmune diseases
  • improves mode
  • decreases stress
  • improved endurance and athletic ability (see the Running on Fat movie – link below)
  • and more


  • People that would be best served to avoid fasting, unless they are being supervised by a specialist, include those living with chronic stress (adrenal fatigue), and those with cortisol dysregulation. Pregnant or nursing mothers should also avoid fasting

For more information

Dr. Jason Fung, a nephrologist (kidney specialist) with a practice in Canada, has written an important book:

The Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting,” co-authored with Jimmy Moore. It details how to implement fasting and overcome some of the most common challenges that might arise, including persistent fears and myths associated with extended water fasting.

Make use of our free daily coaching on Facebook –

If you would like help making intermittent fasting a part of your life we consult by phone, over Skype, or in person. Call us to book – 01707 662 704

The Running on Fat movie:

The 2016 Nobel Prize:

Move on to Part 2 of Permanent Perfect Eating

Permanent Perfect Eating for Permanent Weight Loss 2 – Cultured Foods


Happy World Freedom Day

Happy World Freedom Day

This is an email I sent to patients today (9/11/16)

Yes, it really is World Freedom Day. (..and health freedom for you if you keep reading)

It was mentioned on ClassicFM this morning, and along with Trump winning the US election, and the recent UK Brexit vote and it started me thinking.

…and then I listened to my favourite morning motivation – Pete Cohen at and he had made me think even more.

Pete said that nothing you can do today will change the outcome of the two recent votes.

Life isn’t about what happens outside of us, it’s what we choose to do with these ‘happenings’ that determines our future.

Today you can choose to ‘Vote for Yourself’, you can grab your own headlines.

…and so I thought, ‘What is my manifesto, what would I do if I had millions of pounds to run for office?’

This made me realise that my manifesto needs no multi-million pound campaign.  I can start right now.

You see, what I want, is to make my community the healthiest, happiest place to live in Great Britain.  I want to make Great Britain the healthiest, happiest country in the world.  I want the World to take note, and become a healthier, happier planet for my children to enjoy.

At the moment in the UK, our amazing NHS is under crippling pressure, and prescriptions for anti-depressants and mood altering drugs is spiralling upwards out of control.  We are getting sicker and less happy.

But do you know what the shocking truth is?

About 50% of everyone depending on expensive medication could be off it in 6 months with just one change!  One FREE change.

This would mean in one year the entire health of the nation would be vastly improved, the NHS saved, and more able to cope with emergencies, which would make us all happier.

So, would you like to know what that one change is?

A change that can improve heart disease, diabetes and dementia?

A change that alters DNA and decreases cancer risks?

A change that can lead to permanent fat loss, better moods, clearer thinking and less pain?

All you have to do is make a choice that will change your life for the better, forever.

I’m already sharing this patients this week as I learned of new discoveries this weekend, but I’m going to get very public about it, especially if you decide to help me save the NHS.

For 7 weeks, every week day, from next Monday, I’ll be doing a ‘Live’ broadcast:

You don’t have to wait until Monday though, as you can get onto Facebook today as I start sharing my NHS-M:  National Health Saving Manifesto, later today – 2pm.

I also plan to hold a talk in Brookmans Park within the next 4 weeks, going into detail on the ‘one change’.

For now, get onto Facebook and tell your family and friends it’s time to vote for themselves.

Look out for another email on Friday from me.

Be Well

01707 662 704


What Every Golfer Wants

The eye test I spoke about, to detect your toxic load, and asses possible nutritional deficiencies:
The VSC Test

More info on Cellular Detox:

Some great exercises to try as both a warm up to your golf, and a warm up to your day:

Tai Chi Twists – I prefer to ‘slap’ my upper chest/front of shoulder, rather than the front lower rib area – try both and ‘feel’ which is right for you

Balance: There are a number of great balance exercises, and this is a good introduction

The Lunge and Twist:

At Home Acid Buffer Test

Take the Lemon Test to Learn if You Need to Alkalize

The home acid buffer test is very easy to do. Scroll down for instructions.

Acid/Alkali Balance – What is it REALLY About?

The technical measure of acidity and alkalinity is pH, and the pH of our blood must stay between 7.35 and 7.45 to remain healthy and alive.  Because this pH is so critical to life is tightly regulated by various mechanisms in the body.

In fact, it is so important to keep the blood at the right pH your body will may well break down bone, or pump your arteries full of cholesterol in extreme cases of pH imbalance.

acid alkali balance

Because today’s modern diet, lifestyle and stress levels all contribute to acidity in the body, it has become a focus for many clinicians to ‘alkalise’ the body.

This has given rise to lots of confusion as the body does not really become acid or alkali.  What is happening is that the ‘alkaline diet’ provides your body with what it needs to stay in the perfect pH range without having to break down bone (causing osteoporosis), or raise cholesterol.

There is more to it than this, including the fact that the more ‘acid stress’ we put on areas of our body, the less oxygen is transported, and the more chances of cancer.

The basic overview of the alkaline diet is ingest  less acid forming substances – dairy, wheat, meat, tea, coffee, alcohol – all the usual suspects – and have more alkaline forming foods – green vegetables!

Notice I said ‘acid forming’ and ‘alkaline forming’ as opposed to just acid and alkali.  This is because what a food starts of as on the outside of your body is not the same as it gets broken down to inside your body.  Milk for instance is alkaline, but once digested is more acidic.  Lemons, although acidic, break down to be alkaline forming.  Some foods, like eggs, are OK cooked, but not raw.  Wheat in any form is a major acid former, except when puffed! (Don’t ask me why – I’m sure the answer is out there).

alkaline foods

What made me realise understanding acid/alkali balance could be a major key to health came from listening to an Anthony Robbins course – Get the Ultimate Edge.  In the section on health he relates two stories, both about people with genetic disorders who were helped enormously by ‘alkalising’.

The first was a lady who had genetically high cholesterol and was obese.  She had apparently been studied since she was 14, and no diet and no drug made any difference. Then she started an alkalising diet and lost 6kg in 6 weeks, and halved her cholesterol too.  The theory was that she had high cholesterol in her blood to help lower her acidity – so remove the acid and the cholesterol goes down to!

The second example was more extreme.  A 21 year old who had broken over 200 bones, and could break more just by sneezing or coughing.  He was expected to die soon and his dying wish was to meet Tony Robbins.  Tony introduced him to alkalising and 12 years or so later this fragile man is now pumping iron and has become a motivational speaker – Sean Stephenson.

Now I’m Going To Blow Your Mind

The single biggest cause of acid stress is exercise.  By a long, long way.  This often comes as a surprise, even though most people are aware of lactic acid being linked to exercise. So if you exercise, and are not taking alkalizing super nutrients you are probably in trouble. The only way to know is to do the test below.

The best single alkalising superfood is the reishi mushroom (aka ganoderma lucidum) , which we recommend in combination with a multi-greens powder.  For the exact makes we use scroll to the bottom.

Ganoderma is Good for You

Ganoderma is Good For You

How to Test your own Acid Buffering at Home

Take this test before your 7 Day detox, and then again at the end.  If it is not perfect then you need to increase the alkalising superfoods until it does improve. (You may need to take the greens powders up to 20 times a day in severe cases)

The Acid Buffer test is a dynamic measurement of your body’s alkaline mineral reserves, which are one of the system’s that your body uses to deal with acid and alkaline imbalances.


  1. Do this test first thing in the morning before eating or drinking anything or brushing your teeth.
  2. You will need a roll of Universal pH paper to do this test, which will take about 7 minutes to complete and consists of taking the pH of your saliva 7 times.pH strips
  1. Take 7 strips of pH paper and lay them out on paper towel. (click on the picture to order some)
  2. Prepare your lemon juice drink: 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of water.
  1. To take a saliva pH reading: Make a pool of saliva in your mouth and dip half of the strip into this pool of saliva, remove and measure pH on the chart that comes with the pH paper. Do not put the whole strip in your mouth or hold it in for too long.
  1. Record this first reading.
  2. Take the lemon juice and swish it around your mouth for 10 seconds before swallowing. Check your pH again and start timing.
  3. Test and record your saliva pH every minute for 5 minutes.

Check your readings against the chart below.  If your readings do not follow this pattern and become mildly alkaline then your system is failing.

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If your acid buffer system is below the line then for 7 days:

Try and eat ONLY veg, salad, berries, almonds, 1 or 2 pieces of fruit max, fish, AVOID at ALL costs – grains, meat, poultry, dairy (although you can take whey protein powder)

Have 5-20 scoops of Dynamic Greens per day – click here for a testimonial

Have 3-9 Ganoderma Spore capsules per day (put them into your favourite hot drink) – Order Here

Retest your pH after 7 days. If it is improving then carry on with the same regime. If it is not improving, not improved much, or got worse, then call us.

If you are not sure how to interpret your results, or need help with ordering,  then we can help, call 01707 662 704

Checking the acid buffering system is a critical part of improving performance in athletes, to learn the full nutrition protocol that legends like boxer Evander Holyfield followed to beat Mike Tyson, and that many of today’s top US Olympic, NBA, NFL, and WWF stars follow then click on the link below, and fill in the form to get the 5 part series.

Understand Your Pain

Understanding the Pain of Fibromyalgia and Arthritis

If you have been struggling with pain then these two videos should help you come to an understanding of what is going on, and give you some hope.

One Step Cure For Arthritis

Understanding Chronic Back Pain and Fibromyalgia

Functional Health Care

If you think starting with some basic supplements is all you need then see our products pages Pain Relief Supplements

Porridge – Good or Bad?

Porridge – Good or Bad?

While traditional porridge oats has many health qualities it may surprise you to know that it has more calories per serving than a bowl of Kellogg’s Frosties!

This is bad news for diabetics, people with any kind of pain or inflammation (e.g arthritis,cancer,dementia) or if you are trying to lose weight.

What you really need is a no sugar or ‘ketogenic’ version.

So here is a much healthier, delicious hot or cold ketogenic recipe.

Take an equal amount of flaked almonds and pecans (70g each) (or soak whole almonds overnight to soften them) and blend them together with a small amount of coconut milk (100ml) and a bit of nutmeg.

You can then add more coconut milk and heat it if you wish – and add some berries on top too.

I have also tried blending in cashews, and adding cinnamon (which is very good for blood sugar control).

The original recipe is in the TeamHannah Ketogenic cookbook which is available in the clinic for £15 or online –

Buy it if you A) want to raise some money for a cancer therapy Hannah and I believe in or B) don’t want to spend a few minutes searching the internet for ketogenic recipes (there are lots, so easy to find).

Let me know what you think – you can post on our Facebook page:

…and if you would like more recipes email me so I can get some together.

Be Well

Dr Chris

More on choosing a healthy diet:

Fibromyalgia Treatment Hertfordshire

Fibromyalgia is a painful condition, often related to chronic fatigue and brain fog.

It is poorly understood, and often very hard to manage with conventional medicine.

Luckily, some people with diagnosed fibromyalgia may not actually have fibromyalgia at all but a treatable collection of problems that have to be managed together.  Some would argue that ALL fibromyalgia is treatable IF you can find the multiple causes.

Here is one testimonial from a happy patient who after receiving a course of spinal care, and taking the medicinal mushroom called ganoderma, along with a healthy eating plan, has made dramatic progress.

Each case we take on is individually assessed for their functional needs.  We seek to improve the function and health of the individual rather than treating any particular condition.

Book now for an Initial Consultation, either in person at the clinic, or via the phone or Skype on 01707 662 704

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