Frequently Asked Questions
What is Nutritional Therapy ?
According to BANT (British Association of Nutritional Therapists) Nutritional Therapy is:
“ … the application of nutrition science in the promotion of health, peak performance and individual care.
Registered Nutritional Therapists use a wide range of tools to assess and identify potential nutritional imbalances and understand how these may contribute to an individual’s symptoms and health concerns.
This approach allows them to work with individuals to address nutritional balance and help support the body towards maintaining health.
Nutritional Therapy is recognised as a complementary medicine and is relevant for individuals with chronic conditions, as well as those looking for support to enhance their health and wellbeing.”
What are the distinctive features of ArisePeter! Nutritional Therapy ?
Many Nutritional Therapists use a diverse range of dietary models, while others focus on specific diets such as the ‘paleo’ or ‘GAPS’ diet, or the so-called ‘plant-based’ , vegan, diet.
ArisePeter! Nutritional Therapy utilizes a high fat/low carbohydrate diet consisting of local produce in season, plenty of animal fats and traditional food preparations.
It is, so to speak, a ‘natural diet’, the core elements of which would be familiar to inhabitants of the UK thousands of years ago (with the exception of the potato and other food items that we have adopted that have ‘taken’ to our soil and climate) but with the ‘macronutrients’ (fat, protein and carbohydrate) in a range that allows the body to burn fat instead of sugar (glucose) as it’s primary fuel, thus provoking a metabolic shift.
What is German New Medicine ?
Beginning in 1979, Dr Ryke Geerd Hamer of Germany began to discover what became known later as the ‘five biological laws’ of his ‘New Medicine’ or ‘German New Medicine‘.
These laws state that every sickness and disease follows from an unexpected and traumatic life event that we could not prepare ourselves for and we could not foresee coming.
This traumatic event registers on the brain (visible on a CT scan) and the psyche and in a corresponding organ that is specifically related to the content of the conflict.
Then begins a phase of conflict activity where we are ‘sympathetic dominant’ ( in ‘fight or flight’ mode) and trying to look for ways to resolve the conflict.
Once that event or issue is resolved, we enter the second part of a two-phase program, the ‘healing phase’, where micro-organisms are used by the body (as helpful assistants) to:
1) break down extra tissue that is no longer needed, or
2) replenish tissue that has been ulcerated during the conflict active phase, or
3) restore function to an organ that has changed its function (in response to the unexpected and traumatic life-event)
At that stage ( the healing phase) we have ‘infections’ as these micro-organisms carry out their work ( provided that these micro-organisms are available).
All of this is part of a meaningful program to help us adapt and survive things in life which happen to us outside of our control, and which we find distressing and traumatic ( and thus requiring conflcit resolution).
This paradigm is known, collectively, as ‘the Sacred Medicine’, ‘New Medicine’, or more recently ‘German New Medicine’ (Dr Hamer coined this description because of copyright issues with others who were plagiarising his work).
Despite its name, German New Medicine does not actually involve any ‘medicine’ (as in ‘pharmacological agents that are prescribed or administered’) and is not contraindicated with any mainstream medical procedure.
How is German New Medicine used at ArisePeter! Nutritional Therapy ?
We don’t make any claim to treat or cure disease using German New Medicine (GNM), we simply look to the recent life events that have impacted the health of the client and look for ways to gently and safely resolve these issues, or to downgrade them, while using Nutritional Therapy to support the client going through this program.
Which food items does Arisepeter! Nutritional Therapy discourage the consumption of ?
Discouraged, are the food items that don’t or won’t grow in the UK, even though they have become synonymous with healthy eating. They include :
avocados, coconuts, olives, most nuts, along with chickpeas and lentils (both imported foods that don’t or won’t grow in the UK, or at least struggle to grow in the UK, meaning the bulk of these pulses are imported from countries such as India and Canada) and most fruits.
This can come as a shock to people who have been conditioned (by the food importers and their marketing lackeys) to believe that plant-food items from exotic places (such as fruits from Israel, sweet-potatoes from South Africa etc. along with other, similar, plant-food imports) are essential for good health for us living here in the northern hemisphere, and specifically in the UK.
These imported foods can be used, in season, as part of a healthy, fat-based diet in the countries which they came from, but are simply not necessary for us in the UK (except as optional compliance foods that can make sticking to a program easier, but they should not take up the bulk of the calories or even space on the plate).
Is it necessary, while following the Arisepeter! Program, to supplement the diet with some imported plant-foods ?
As the movie says, there is ‘no place like home’. Every food item we need for good health maintenance and healing is found in our land in which we live ( which in our case happens to be the UK), and it never requires an imported food item to make up for what is lacking, nutritionally, in the indigenous food item.
What a blow to the food importers for us to realise that, no matter how tasty and nutritious avocados, coconuts and olives are, and no matter how tasty imported, warehouse ripened fruits are, they are all unnecessary (not essential) for good health here in the UK!
Sadly, these imported goodies (because of clever marketing strategies) have become synonymous with good health which, from our perspective, they are most certainly not.
So how have we been persuaded to give up or ignore a lot of our historic foods ?
By demonizing our indigenous, historic foods (and food preparations) that have been our staples for hundreds and even thousands of years:
butter, cheese, black pudding, various kinds of eggs, liver, double cream, cream cheese, lard, cured pork-belly (‘bacon’) etc.
the food importers have managed to persuade gullible consumers that their colourful, low-calorie (often pesticide-laden) vegetation is the very heart of good, healthy eating, while those historic foods mentioned above are, all of a sudden, allegedly causing all kinds of health issues, even though they have kept and nourished the inhabitants of this island ever since it was first inhabited !
So Arisepeter! Nutritional Therapy goes some of the way towards undoing the damage that the food importers, along with government dietary advice, have done to our concept of ‘healthy eating’.
What is wrong with eating a plant-based diet consisting of these imported foods ?
This is the first time in the history of the world that we have been subject to a ‘healthy eating’ trend which relies almost entirely on food imports to set the table.
This has only increased over the years, not decreased. So we went from being advised to ‘eat 5 portions of fruit and veg a day’, that already consisted almost exclusively of imported, out of season plant-foods for us in the UK, to eating up to ‘ten portions a day’: a guaranteed recipe for bloating and weakness, given the fact that these colourful fruit and veg imports consist mainly of fiber and water, along with a few token antioxidants.
This leaves us with a diet that could not be more unnatural if it tried:
A grain from Canada
Some fruit from New Zealand
Some pulses from Indonesia
some vegetation from somewhere in Europe etc
all sewn together to falsely give the impression of a unified whole once it appears on the dinner-table.
This is a ‘balanced diet’ that is very, very far from being ‘balanced’ on any level (despite being so very rich in colour).
In short, it is fake. If the food importers stopped their trading tomorrow and a blockade was imposed on the UK, this entire house of cards would collapse, and ‘plant-based dieters’ here would wonder what on earth they should eat.
Does Arisepeter! follow the advice to eat 'five portions' of fruit and veg a day ?
Try eating ‘five portions’ (or more recently ‘ten portions’) of fruit and veg a day, consisting of only local, in-season produce: hard, if not impossible, lets say, in January in the UK. Most organic fruit and veg box suppliers here in the UK won’t touch British fruit, for example, because there is not much of it, and what is available is bitter and not paletable for consumers with a sweet tooth.
This is how far removed dietary advice has become from the reality of the land in which we live. Expressed in plain English:
you do not need five portions of fruit and veg a day to be healthy here in the UK.
Such advice primarily benefits the food importers, who are able to sell their plant-produce to consumers who have fallen for the ‘five a day’ mantra.
Is Arisepeter! Nutritional Therapy the same as a ketogenic diet ?
Arisepeter! Nutritional Therapy is not, first and foremost, a ketogenic diet.
Only in a very few cases is ketosis necessary, depending on the client’s health-goals. Everything should be judged by the results that are obtained (and when results are not forthcoming, then it is time to re-evaluate our approach).
Carbohydrate intake is restricted to about 50 grams a day, mostly from local starches and one or two in-season vegetables, if available.
In the autumn, some local fruits can be added too, if they are desired, but always with large amounts of fat (mainly of animal origin, such as local berries with clotted cream).
This carbohydrate restriction takes us to the threshold of ketosis, but not into it.
For most health goals: weight loss, diabetes reversal, hypertension reversal, gastrointestinal relief, nervous system support, mood improvement, skin healing etc. ketosis is unnecessary.
Cancer patients (and possibly clients wanting to manage ALS or Parkinson’s) may consider the ketogenic diet, which may be beneficial beyond the normal carbohydrate restriction practised at Arisepeter! Nutritional Therapy, but that will be discussed in full during the consultation.
Following a high-fat diet such as the Arisepeter! Nutritional Therapy, one can easily incorporate intermittent fasting and get the full range of its benefits just as easily as following a ketogenic diet.
A ketogenic diet can achieve the goals listed above, but being even more restricted in carbohydrates it means that compliance generally goes down if carbs are too (unnecessarily) restricted. This has been my observation over the last 15 years.
Also, the extra demands that the ketogenic state places on the body are not always well received (it depends on the individual) which again can limit the number of people who could benefit from it. Patience is needed to become ‘keto adapted’, which can take many weeks.
But if the goal that the client wishes to accomplish can be acheived using an easier, more palatable and more ‘natural’ form of carbohydrate restriction that is not ketogenic ( but on the threshold of ketosis), then why put the body through this extra unnecessary stress?
I have personally spent many months, even years, in ketosis over the years since first discovering high fat/ low carbohydrate diets in Jan 2003, and have formulated these observations through watching how both myself and others respond to carbohydrate restriction.
These observations have lead me to the conclusion that ketosis for the sake of ketosis is simply unnecessary, and that we should rather be clear in our mind what our own personal health goals are, and in the vast majority of cases a strict ketogenic diet is simply not necessary to achieve them: the same result can be easier achieved with a more generous carbohydrate intake of 50 grams or so (at the threshold of ketosis).
Trust me, when a client is told that they can have a small/medium potato a day ( a British carbohydrate source, providing about 25-30 grams of carbohydrate, in the form of starch, meeting all the criteria for the Arisepeter! Nutritional Therapy), cut up into fries and cooked in Vitamin D-rich pastured lard, there is never any resistance. I have yet to find a single client who would turn their nose up at such tasty ‘forbidden’ foods (!) and it makes compliance very high. This is not a diet to go on and go off, it is a way of eating that can be followed for life.
This begs the question: how did we ever come to the conclusion that if food is tasty it must be bad for us?
Does Arisepeter! Nutritional Therapy support the popular 'plant-based' diet ?'
So-called ‘plant-based’ diets (veganism), even though they can be very effective weight loss tools (and can supply, in the short term, the other benefits associated with weight loss), are not supported at Arisepeter! Nutritional Therapy.
Not only are such diets deficient in certain nutrients that are essential for good health (such as B12, retinol (pre-formed vitamin A), vitamin K2, pre-formed Arachidonic Acid, long-chain fatty acids, etc.), but they also reinforce negative attitudes towards our historic foods, and encourage the unlimited use of imported, out of season, supermarket vegetation.
Any health benefits ( in the short term) from a vegan, ‘plant-based’ diet are identical to what can be achieved with a complete water fast.
veganism is a type of fasting:
any diet that eliminates all of our historic building foods i.e meat, fish, eggs and dairy, should be considered a fast
(according to Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride (GAPS diet creator)).
For weight loss, in the case of extreme obesity, i recommend a total water fast, with medical oversight. Then, once the excess weight has been lost, the client switches to a fat-based diet, where carbohydrates are still restricted.