What's in your supplements?

Deborah Manners discusses supplements


Headache, Bloating, Back Pain, Poor Immunity?

Food Toxins (AntiNutrients) Make Us Sick

It begins in your intestine. A damaged or 'Leaky Gut' allows 'foreign stuff into your body breeding inflammation - and eventually disease!

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Many of these are PLANT TOXINS e.g. lectins - and effect thousands of foods from wheat and other cereals and certain vegetables - to moulds. Dairy products also contain lectins - proteins which cause damage in the small intestine - beginning as bloating and irritable bowel - snowballing into immune disorders.

Food Toxin


Disorders linked


Nervous system effects - anxiety, restlessness, muscle twitching

Severe muscle spasms, suffocation, death


Headaches, skin disorders, projectile vomiting (infants), nasal congestion, recurrent colds, breathing difficulty

Schizophrenia, psychosis, depression, eczema, asthma, recurrent respiratory infections, weakened immunity, malabsorption.

Ethyl alcohol

Neurological effects; cognitive dysfunction, addiction

Neurological disease, kidney malfunction, liver disease

Food additives

Various responses including headaches,  inflammation, digestive difficulty, respiratory disorders, allergies

Behavioural issues, respiratory disease, skin disorders, digestive disease


Chronic diarrhoea, mineral deficiencies

Chronic diarrhoea, malabsorption disorders, weakened immunity


Plant protection mechanism producing light-sensitive responses on skin

Severe skin reactions upon exposure to sunlight.

Gluten (gliadins and glutenins)

Bloated stomach, headache, migraine, skin disorders, anaemia, chronic fatigue, weakened immune system, low bone density

Depression, miscarriage, schizophrenia, inflammation, malabsorption and autoimmune disorders e.g. rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, colitis, celiac, Crohn’s, Hashimoto’s, diabetes type 1, psoriasis, spontaneous fractures.

Glycoalkaloids e.g. solanines, chaconine

Headache, nausea, fatigue, vomiting, diarrhea, mental confusion

Severe poisoning can result in coma and death


Flatulence, nausea, bloated stomach, diarrhoea, nutrient malabsorption

Irritable bowel, dehydration, depression, osteoporosis, anaemia


Gut damage, low iron, low calcium, low bone density

Leaky gut, malabsorption disorders, anaemia, osteoporosis, mineral deficiencies, immune deficiency disorders, blood clotting, cancers

Muscimol, muscarine

Often delayed onset, effects can range from dizziness and nausea to visual disturbance.

Severe reactions include hallucinations and may poison the kidney, liver and nervus systems.


Robust naturally-occurring moulds found on cereals and other foods: immediate reactions inc. severe stomach pain and vomiting.

Able to survive throughout food processing the long term effects can produce immune disorders and cancers.


Low iron, low calcium, chronic fatigue, low bone density

Malabsorption disorders like anaemia, osteoporosis, rickets, and mineral deficiencies.


‘Man boobs’, diminished male reproductive development in utero and later in life

Thyroid disorders including Hashimoto’s and thyroid cancer. Interference with hormone production: reduced penile size, low sperm count, reduced masculinisation

Phytotoxins inc. cyanogenic glycosides

stomach ache, diarrhea, vomiting, headache, mental confusion

Cyanosis: convulsions, lethal coma

Refined sugars

Sugar cravings, weight gain, anti-social behaviour, agitation, panic attacks,

Memory disorders, obesity, aggressive and violent behaviour, hypoglycaemia, depression, anxiety


Inflammation of the skin, small intestine and respiratory systems

Malabsorption disorders like anaemia & magnesium & zinc deficiency, eczema, hives, chronic cough, wheezing, asthma, nausea, diarrhoea.


Bloated stomach, diarrhea, flatulence, rediuced bone density

Dehydration, diarrhea, mineral deficiencies, osteoporosis


Head and neck pain, sinus congestion

Headache, sinus headache, sinusitis, nasal congestion


Additional Notes

Phyto estrogens

‘In the post-pubertal years, exposure to high levels of genistein, as is seen in strict vegetarians who replace animal proteins with soy-based foods, has general feminizing effects on their male anatomy, including reduced sperm production, a decrease in viable sperm, breast development and a reduction in sex drive due to an overall decrease in androgens.’Damgaard IN et al 2002. Impact of Exposure to Endocrine Disrupters in utero and in childhood on Adult Reproduction. Best Practice & Research Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism 2002:16(2):289-309.


‘High-phytate diets result in mineral deficiencies. In populations where cereal grains provide a major source of calories, rickets and osteoporosis are common.’  Wills MR et al. Phytic Acid and Nutritional Rickets in Immigrants. The Lancet, April 8, 1972, 771-773.


‘ . . . the truth is that the saponins found in many varieties of agave plants are toxic steroid derivatives, capable of disrupting red blood cells and producing diarrhea and vomiting, to be avoided during pregnancy because they might cause or contribute to miscarriage by stimulating blood flow to the uterus.’ Felix D’Mello et al. Toxic Substances in Crop Plants. Woodhead Publishing 1991.


‘Hunter-gatherers ate very small amounts of sugars in the form of fruits, honey and tree and grass syrups. In 1800 the sugar intake was less than ten pounds per person per capita, whereas today the average sugar intake is estimated at around one hundred fifty pounds per person per year.’ Hyman M. The Blood Sugar Solution. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2012


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