What is Diverticular Disease?


What is diverticular disease?

Diverticular disease affects nearly ten percent of the population over the age of 40 and nearly 50 percent of the population over 60 years of age. Diverticular disease is, in most cases, free from recognisable symptoms with the exception of chronic constipation, which seems to be a common symptom. For those who do develop other symptoms, the most common complaint is intermittent and unpredictable griping lower abdominal pain often accompanied by a fever.

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August Newsletter

August Newsletter

Welcome to the August newsletter where we do a rather big (understatement!) NIOD update, which I ask that you read carefully because at the end of it we may well have changed everything, again! We take a look at several health concerns, including Age-Related Macular Degeneration, what it means to have an underactive thyroid and Diverticular Disease. Somewhere in the middle of all this is a treat and I report on the death of a product, actually make that three that have entered ‘product heaven’; additionally there is another new launch from Margaret Dabbs and a rather chic water bottle to have and to hold. Let’s go:


When we launched NIOD, I was very clear that we were launching on a health platform and although NIOD can of course be categorised as a health/beauty crossover, the single most important thing to Brandon and I was that the products made a positive difference and in some way, shape or form changed lives, which for so many of you it has gone on to do on so many different levels.

I’ve written several times that NIOD is not a brand, it is a collection of extraordinary formulations, which are light years ahead of all else; it has a heart, it has a soul and we always do NIOD in depth because anything less would be deeply disrespectful. But it is more than that, far, far more: NIOD loves, NIOD shares and NIOD gives. And you give back; you give back in the most loving and beautiful way by sharing your thoughts and in so doing you help others and that is where I am throwing the focus on this newsletter because there can be no greater gift than loving and supporting each other. Read More…

Diverticular Disease: Readers’ Solutions


My recent article on diverticular disease (16 June) prompted several readers to send in their own solutions to this distressing digestive condition, which occurs when small pouches (diverticula) form on the colon. The symptoms are intermittent lower abdominal pain and/or bloating, sometimes with diarrhoea or constipation.

  • Fiona, who says the pain aged her by ten years, found that food combining using the Hay Diet gave her immediate relief. ‘It’s so easy to follow,’ she says, ‘simply do not eat carbohydrates and protein together. Eat either carbs or protein with vegetables – just don’t combine potatoes, pasta, rice, bread, etc, with meat or fish.’ A useful book on this subject is The Complete Book of Food Combining by Kathryn Marsden (Piatkus, £14.99*).
  • Nigel, who suffered for eight years, stopped the course of antibiotics he’d been taking on his doctor’s advice. ‘Then along came manuka honey from New Zealand,’ he says. ‘I eat a teaspoonful every morning – two if I feel discomfort coming on – and the activity in my guts has not reappeared for 13 years. It is not cheap, but for me it has been a blessing.’ Comvita UMF Manuka Honey 10+ costs £17.55 for a 500g jar.
  • Ten years ago, one reader’s husband was advised to take acidophilus, a well-documented probiotic. ‘He has done this ever since, and has had no further symptoms,’ she says. BioCare Acidophilus, £21.35 for 60g, from victoriahealth.com.
  • Finally, David says: ‘My 95-year-old mother-in-law’s uncontrollable bowel movements [due to diagnosed diverticulitis] were a big problem until we discovered slippery elm capsules, which she takes with meals. This has made a huge difference and reduced the problem dramatically.’ Bio Health Slippery Elm, £8.90 for 60 capsules, from victoriahealth.com.

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3 of the Best Super-Energising Green Foods


With whole leaf greens, yerba mate and organic matcha green tea, plus polyphenols, probiotics and enzymes, this powder mixes well with juice or smoothies. Our tester bounced like the Duracell bunny and saw the difference in her skin and eyes. £29.99 for 240g (30 servings).

A cornucopia of plant proteins, enzymes, pre- and probiotics, fibre and essential fatty acids, £25.75 for 227g (about 19 servings). Delicious in smoothies, such as Savse unpasteurised Raw Smoovies (£2.49 for 250ml, savsesmoovies.com).

This nutrient-packed blend of potent chlorophyll-rich green foods alkalises the body. Ideal for people who don’t like powders. £15.95 for 90 capsules (dose: three capsules twice daily). Read More…