Q: Does canned fish contain any worthy omega 3?
A: It depends on the fish. Whole sardines are very good but canned tuna, where they squeeze out the oil has a third of fresh tuna.
Q: Hello Patrick Re depression – I have been following your advice from the good mood factor book ( for several years)but still feel down upon waking. I have had a recent bereavement and wondered what else I could take for immediate help? I currently take; VM 2000 multivitamin Omega 3 oils (EPA DHA) x2 adding up to 1500mg Vitamin C 1000mg x1 or 2 a day Vitamin D3 drops A multi probiotic Magnesium citrate 100mg x 1 a day A bone supplement Astralagus I had previously used 5HTP 200mgs a day and chromium but felt no difference and stopped after prolonged use I am eating blueberries, apples and kale in a smoothy for breakfast every day
A: Everything you are taking is good. The only possible angle not explored/covered is methylation. Ideally have a homocysteine ltest and check you’re below 8 mcmol/l. if not take Connect. Alternatively, try SAMe, available from the US, or US websites. This is a very good, and natural, antidepressant. Follow the guidelines in my book The Feel Good Factor (400 to 800mg on empty stomach). Sorry to hear about your bereavement. I hope you are getting some counselling support. This can really help.
Q: What’s your view on CBD oil to help joint pain and also depression?
A: I wrote about this in my November newsletter (no 109). There’s not really much evidence for ewither of these conditions – perhaps a little for pain, but you’ll get better relief with something like my Glucosamine Support, which has five natural anti-inflammatories. Also, try Theracurmin. Regarding depression have you read my book The Feel Good Factor – 10 proven ways to improve your mood? The best supplement for this are 2 x Mood Food plus Omega-3 fish oil, or 2 x Essential Omegas, together with a low GL diet.
Q: Hi Patrick, I have osteoarthritis for seven years and control it with a fairly strict anti-inflammatory diet. I'm post-menopausal and find it difficult to sleep.This is the one thing which can make me depressed and exhausted, especially in winter. I understand starches before bedtime is a useful tool in making the body sleep. However, I find most starches inflammatory. Do you have any recommendations for a sleep starch which is not too inflammatory? A Big ask. Thank you in advance. BTW, To sleep, I do use yoga/exercise 2/3 times a week, CBD oil, magnesium powder before bedtime, turn off electronics and lower the light, EFT tapping. Getting myself to sleep is a full time job!
A: The things that really help getting to sleep are listening to the Silence of Peace CD and either 2 x Chill Food (with 5-HTP and magnesium), or/and 1000mg of GABA (available in the US and online). If you tend towards anxiety HeartMath really helps, using the ‘Inner Balance’ app and the decive that clips onto your ear. All this is explained in The Stress Cure. Check out my Hybrid Diet – you might find the high fat phase solves your problems. Pulses (beans/lentils0 are the best non-inflammatory carbs that keep your blood sugar even throughout the night, so try one of the relevant recipes for dinner. I’m sure you’ll find a combo that works for you.
Q: Dreadful pain in right arm and can hardly turn on ignition in car without extreme pain. Grateful for an answer. Thanks Patrick
A: Have you seen a good osteopath? The problem probably comes from your neck/spine. If that’s the case no natural or drug painkillers are going to make much of a difference. I’d definitely start there.
Q: Can medication given for joint pain and arthritis cause pancreatitis? Thank you,
A: Dee Yes. Here’s one relevant review paper - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4033969/ I’d switch to natural anti-inflammatories such as curcumin from turmeric, quercitin, hop extract, MSM, glucosamine, omega-3 etc. All these, except omega-3 are in my Glucosamine Support. You could also try Theracurmin, a highly absorbable form of curcumin.
Q: Dealing with hip knee shoulder and wrist pain for the last six months. In my early 50s, menopausal & attend weekly Yoga & pilates classes & play golf. I'm finding it difficult to really get the most from these classes due to joint pain. I do wonder if some of this could be down to a food allergy?
A: Possibly. I’d certainly recommend having a test to find out. Yorktest’s Foodscan is the best, from yorktest.com. if you use this code PH50 you get £50 off. Also try natural anti-inflammatories such as curcumin from turmeric, quercitin, hop extract, MSM, glucosamine, omega-3 etc. All these, except omega-3 are in my Glucosamine Support. Take 3 a day, plus some omega-3 fish oil. You could also try Theracurmin, a highly absorbable form of curcumin. Another option is to try high dose vitamin D for a few months. Biocare’s Vitamin D Mulsion is 25mcg/1000iu a drop. Try 10 drops a week, all taken in one go.
Q: Good morning I was diagnosed with FM many years ago which I now try to control with diet and supplements. But recently pain in my joints (hands being the worst) is incredible. I know I am overweight. I have tried all sorts of ways to address it but can’t seem to get the “mind set” to keep momentum going. Any advice you could give me would help. I have had an “annus horribilis” in 2018 with illness (nothing major just one thing after another). I want to live again .... even though I am 65! Thank you for your time in reading this.
A: By FM you mean fibromyalgia? Have you read my book Say No to Arthritis? have you tried Magnesoium malate (Biocare do this). You need to check our homocysteine (yorktest.com have a kit – use this code PH50 to get £50 off) because if you have faulty methylation this could be the root cause. If so my Connect supplements should help.. You need to get back on the Low GL diet, and take 3 x Glusomaine Support plus Optimum Nutrition pack (2 strips a day). For a quantum leap in your health why not come to my Total health Transformation Retreat? The April one might be full but we’re planning another in September. There is a way through your health issues to a much better place!
Q: I have been taking approx 3000mg a day of omega 3 fish oils now for over 1 year. I believe there is a difference in way I deal with stress and I seem to be more focused. However I am concious there's a fine line, as I am from a family where mental health deterioration is present i.e. dementia, depression, memory loss and anger management issues. Please can you advise whati other things I can do/take for example increase in vitamin E maybe? I was advised that vitamin E may also help decrease chances of illnesses such as Alzheimer's/dementia? I am a 37 year old, working single mother of two, living in a very busy crowded area of London, often finding it hard to find that peace and serenity us 'city birds' crave for. My stress levels can get high, I am concious of this and thus try my best to fulfil a diet high in fruit and veg for my children and I. However given that I am from a traditional Bangladeshi family, resisting Basmati rice and spicy curries is proving to be difficult. I would appreciate any advice you can give me, to help me out on a road to discovering, practicing and implementation of nutritional therapy in my home. I look forward to hearing from you
A: The best thing you can do is read my book The Stress Cure. There’s so much practical advice of simple things you can do. Something to try, for one month, is taking 2 xz Awake Food in the morning before breakfast and 2 x Chill Food in the evening. This helps reset the brain away from stress. Also, come to one of my Hybrid talks if I’m coming near where you live.
Q: At 50 and signs of depression, lack of energy and mood swings and lack of urge to go to workout . All signs of menapause .What changes to my past 20 year supplement regime should i make .. thank you
A: Sounds like you’re in a slump. Can you make it to any of my Hybrid seminars or, even better, the Total health Transformation retreats. April is almost full but we’re about to start booking September.
Have you read The Feel Good Factor? In terms of diet and supplements you need to be on a low GL diet and take 2 x Mood Food (am before breakfast) and 2 strips of either the Optimum Nutrition pack or, ideally, the 100% health Pack a day. This will help. Female Balance, twice a day, may help re menopausal symptoms.
Q: My brother has been having lots of problems over the last couple of years with inflammation of his big toe, they thought it was gout initially, but his acid levels are low and they now think it is psoriatic arthritis, caused by psoriasis. They have given him humira injections to take, which have helped greatly, but of course they come with nasty side affects and I wondered if there is anything you can suggest he takes. The other medication he takes is statins for high blood pressure and my brother is 60 years old. Many thanks
A: Firstly, he must test for food intolerance. Yortest.com’s foodscan is the best. Use this code, PH50, for a £50 discount. Once he’s eliminated his intolerant foods have him take: 3 x Glucosamine Support 2 strips x Optimum Nutrition Pack or, ideally, 100% Health Pack he might want to read Say No to Heart Disease – 2 x NoBlushNiacin can help re this.
Q: Hi Patrick, I would like to ask a question about my hip pain. I have some slight degeneration in my right hip. I had a hip arthroscopy in 2011 but the pain is still there when I walk. I have good rotation and movement in my hip but unfortunately I get alot of discomfort in my right hip and quads as I walk . I do alot of yoga and go to the gym to do the exercises I can. My consultant has told me I need a hip replacement which I'm trying to avoid. Is there anything I can do to heal this pain and avoid surgery. I am a 48 year old lady. My height is 5ft 3ins and I weigh 60kgs.
A: Try high dose vitamin D for a few months. Biocare’s Vitamin D Mulsion is 25mcg/1000iu a drop. Try 10 drops a week, all taken in one go. You could even double this for short-term use, just to see if there is an effect.
Also try natural anti-inflammatories such as curcumin from turmeric, quercitin, hop extract, MSM, glucosamine, omega-3 etc. All these, except omega-3 are in my Glucosamine Support. Take 3 a day, plus some omega-3 fish oil. You could also try Theracurmin, a highly absorbable form of curcumin.