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A New Look at Managing Pain

Palmitoylethanolamide (P.E.A.) for Chronic Pain and Inflammation. PEA, is a naturally occurring fatty acid amide produced within our cells. Since the initial discovery of P.E.A there have been around 500 separate studies on the properties of PEA for human health. It has been shown to help relieve pain, inflammation, fever, boosts the immune system and helps with allergies. It has been shown to be very safe and virtually side effect free. It is not addictive and is not psychoactive. It can be safely combined with most pharmaceutical drugs as no dangerous interactions have been found. PEA is produced in the body…

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How To Improve Your Brain Function

LION’S MANE MUSHROOM BENEFITS  Lion’s Mane mushroom (Hericium erinaceus) is a potent brain-boosting, mood health enhancing, immune supportive, nerve regenerating medicinal mushroom with potent nootropic health benefits. Nootropics are known as “smart drugs” (compounds derived from natural or synthetic sources) that work to enhance brain health function and improve mental capacities. Lion’s Mane is like rocket fuel for the brain. Traditionally used in Chinese Medicine for centuries, Lion’s Mane mushroom  can help support digestion, enhance the immune system, as well as nourish the five internal organs; spleen, lungs, liver, kidneys and heart. Lion’s Mane benefits as a potent antioxidant and anti inflammatory adaptogenic mushroom. Modern research has proven…

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How to control blood sugar levels?

Baobab as a Glycaemic Response Moderator  Baobab is the African Superfruit that comes naturally as a dry powder, tastes fantastic, has an extraordinary backstory of positive social and environmental benefits in Africa, and a legendary reputation for its immune-boosting properties. But there’s much more to Baobab than just this. It also has a range of other functional attributes and health benefits that make it especially interesting to food and beverage manufacturers. This month we tackle the health property that has sparked most interest in Baobab Fruit Powder from the manufacturers of baked goods, bakery ingredients and health beverages. This is…

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Herbs For Stress

THE THREE STAGES OF STRESS Alarm stage: This is the body’s immediate reaction to acute stress and is characterised by symptoms such as an increased heart rate, sweating, nervous fidgeting, or feeling tense, anxious, worried. This reaction is part of the “fight or flight” stress response, which results in a burst of adrenaline through our system. Resistance stage: If the stressful situation comes to an end the body will then return to normal; however, if the stressor remains, stress hormones continue to be produced. Fatigue, sleep disturbances, irritability, poor concentration, and chronic anxiety can develop as receptor sites become resistant…

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A Good Start in Life

NATUROPATHIC CASE STUDY:  A GOOD START IN LIFE Providing a solid nutritional start in life provides the foundation for good health and growth in children. Good nutrition during infancy and early childhood will have lasting effects on enhancing health and development throughout childhood, adolescence and well into adult life. Good nutrition helps build a healthy strong body, supporting growth of healthy bones and muscles, a smart brain, a healthy heart and a balanced nervous system. A young boy aged 2 ½ years presented to the clinic with frequent colds and infections, and was not eating or sleeping well. He was…

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IMMUNE SYSTEM

CoV is an enveloped, positive-sense single-stranded RNA (ssRNA) virus belonging to the Coronaviridae family. The CoV family consists of several species and causes upper respiratory tract and gastrointestinal infections in mammals and birds. In humans, it mainly causes common cold, but complications including pneumonia and SARS can occur. (van der Hoek L. Human coronaviruses: What do they cause? Antivir Ther. 2007;12:651–8) The known human CoV (HCoV) includes HCoV-229E, -OC43, -NL63, -HKU1, and the more widely known severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) which caused a global threat with high mortality in 2003. (Geller C, Varbanov M, Duval RE. Human coronaviruses:…

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NATUROPATHIC CASE STUDY ON ANXIETY

John, a 40 years old technician presents with excessive stress, worry, low energy, anxiety, irritability and insomnia. He had previous medications from his G.P. and is looking for a more natural solution. First consultation: The first priority is to nourish and support his nervous system and adrenals. Nutrients: Formula with a high potency taurine, B vitamins, glycine and magnesium: Insufficient tissue levels of magnesium and other nutrients such as potassium and B vitamins decrease the ability to deal with stress. Herbal formula with Rehmannia, American Ginseng and hops: American ginseng has been shown to prevent decreases in dopamine, noradrenalin and…

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Hormones are so challenging when imbalanced!

NATUROPATHIC CASE STUDY: HORMONAL IMBALANCE Linda is in her mid twenties and suspected with endometriosis by her G.P., however medical investigations cannot confirm. Very intense pain before periods, irregular cycles, fatigue and nausea are the main complaints. Iron is prescribed by her G.P. but she is constipated now. First consultation: to raise general well-being A herbal iron tonic with a complex B and vit. C: helping raising the energy without side effect of constipation. An herbal blend including Chaste Tree, St. Mary Thistle, Nettle Leaf, Codonopsis, and Licorice: to tone, regenerate and support the liver, to normalise hormonal status and…

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NATUROPATHIC CASE STUDY ON HAYFEVER

Three weeks ago, a young man suffering from hay fever came into the store to ask for advice. I suggested the following herbs and nutrients to help manage his symptoms of allergies naturally, as well as rebalancing his immune function. Perilla (Perilla frutescens) – great herb that is beneficial in the treatment of hay fever, asthma and sinusitis. It can be used to reduce the symptoms of allergic reactions, particularly of the upper respiratory tract. Atractylodes (Atractylodes lancea) – this herb is beneficial for hayfever, nasal congestion, asthma, and dermatitis. It also helps the immune system to fight colds and…

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NATUROPATHIC CASE STUDY: DNA TESTING

A young couple came to see me after experiencing two spontaneous miscarriages. Through DNA testing, it revealed that both the man and the woman had a single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) in the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene. This means that their capacities to generate the active form of folate were significantly compromised, putting their pregnancy at risk for birth defects and miscarriage. Pregnancy protocol: First a detox of 8 weeks was implemented where the focus was on healthy food, no alcohol and no sugary foods. Then the following program was initiated to support a healthy pregnancy A prenatal vitamin that included a…

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Blood Pressure Problem

NATUROPATHIC CASE STUDY: BLOOD PRESSURE Jack, a 35 year old, presented with a slightly elevated blood pressure due his stressful position as a technical director.   Some key nutrients that are well researched for their effects on improving Cardiovascular health: *Magnesium: Magnesium is necessary for the health of your muscles and nervous system.  Magnesium helps the blood vessels muscle cells to relax – the more relaxed they are, the lower your blood pressure will be! The best magnesium is diglycinate form which is very well tolerated and well absorbed. *Taurine: Taurine is another nutrient that will help maintain healthy blood pressure. It…

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NATUROPATHIC CASE STUDY: DYSGLYCEMIA

Brigitte, 35 year old personal assistant, is presenting with overwhelming fatigue in the afternoon, anxious with fluctuating moods and bouts of depression. Dysglycemia refers to any abnormalities in blood glucose levels that lead to disease. Abnormally high, low or unstable glucose levels indicate a lack of control that can be attributed to a variety of causes. Glucose, the sugar in our blood, is essential to health because it is required for the formation of ATP, the energy molecule in our bodies, which is necessary for every organ and cell to function. The brain primarily relies on glucose as a source…

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Cellulite

Sarah, a 30 year old computer analyst was worried about her ongoing cellulite problem on her arms, thighs and legs. In technical term, cellulite is the dimpling of the skin caused by the protrusion of subcutaneous fat into the dermis creating undulating tissue. It’s often described as “orange peel” skin. The first approach for lasting results is to improve the liver function, the digestion and the circulation. We started with  digestive supplements  for her liver and gall bladder. The herbs will stimulate her pancreatic enzyme production and secretion.  They will speed up the clearance of toxins stored in fat cells. We…

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A complex presentation

Amanda, a 53 year old  accountant presented with medically diagnosed irritable bowel syndrome, fatty liver and constant lethargy. She is very often sick with colds and coughs. First consultation: Gastro-intestinal repair and nutritional support – Gastro-intestinal repair: formula made of glutamine, slippery elm and specific probiotics, good gut integrity is indispensable for long term health. – A good multivitamin/mineral with high B12 and high folic acid, her nutritional status was decreased due to the poor absorption caused by the IBS – Extra magnesium, zinc and vitamin D 5000 I.U. as these deficiencies were noted. – Diet modifications: reduce coffee, alcohol,…

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LOW MOODS

NATUROPATHIC  CASE STUDY: LOW MOOD M, a 55 years old secretary has been suffering of “low mood” and anxiety for a couple of months and the condition is getting worse with the Holiday Season approaching. To implement a gentle detoxification program for 7 days: To eliminate: Alcohol, milk products (except ½ cup unsweetened yoghurt with a good probiotic each day), sugar, honey, maple syrup, artificial sweeteners, coffee, grains such as wheat (bread, biscuits, cakes, pasta), rye, barley, oats, spelt and dried fruit. To include: fresh fruit and fresh vegetables, fresh fish or canned fish in water or olive oil, lean…

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SPRING CLEANSE

NATUROPATHIC CASE STUDY: SPRING CLEANSE 47 years old, civil engineer, is presenting with joint swelling, pain, history of upset stomach, diagnosed as irritable bowel syndrome by his G.P. The blood tests are good. He is chronically tired with sore muscles. All this started two years ago after contracting gastroenteritis overseas. First consultation: Short term protocol to reduce inflammation To address the pain with a very specific probiotic and nutrients like glutamine and Boswellia to relieve the gastrointestinal symptoms and reduce gastrointestinal inflammation To address diet with an anti-inflammatory diet for 3 months, reducing coffee to one a day, to eliminate…

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ANTIBIOTIC-RESISTANT URINARY TRACT INFECTION

NATUROPATHIC CASE STUDY: ANTIBIOTIC-RESISTANT UTI M., a 50 year old sales assistant presented with a history of urinary tract infections (UTIs), including a current UTI of five months duration. Her symptoms included low back pain, urinary urgency, digestive discomfort, exhaustion and emotional distress. In the preceding five months the patient had been prescribed three separate antibiotics with no resolution and the patient was diagnosed with antibiotic-resistant UTI. Herbs and supplements: Herbal support for urinary disturbance: Concentrate traditional herbs to relieve and manage urinary disturbances with sensations of pain and burning: Cleavers along with Bearberry to support kidney and bladder health…

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POLYMYALGIA

NATUROPATHIC CASE STUDY:  POLYMYALGIA A 58 y.o arborist has been diagnosed with polymyalgia by his G.P. His symptoms are persistent pain for at least 1 month involving the following areas: neck, shoulders, and pelvic girdle, morning stiffness and loss of weight. Diet tips for pain and inflammation Increase Magnesium rich foods in your diet, these include almonds, cashews, molasses, parsnips, wholegrain cereals. Calcium rich foods are almonds, dairy products, egg yolk, green leafy vegetables, molasses and sardines Reduce acidic foods which contribute to inflammation such as red meat, sugar, alcohol, preserved and processed foods Alkalize the body by increasing foods…

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Naturopathic Case study of Fatty Liver

Michael,a 45 y.o. plumber presented with severe pain on the right side, bloating and nausea, His G.P. had diagnosed fatty liver disease by ultrasound. Fatty liver is a pathological increase in the fat content of liver cells that can severely compromise hepatic function. DIET: HYPO-ALLERGNIC DIET Eliminate totally alcohol of any sort Eliminate deep fried, fatty, and processed foods Aim to limit dairy foods including milk, processed cheese, cream and butter.  Opt for organic low fat yogurt and cheese such as ricotta or cottage. Avoid margarines and similar type spreads. Avoid sugary processed foods and drinks  Consume only free range chicken…

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UNEXPLAINED FATIGUE

 UNEXPLAINED FATIGUE Mary, a 59 years old secretary complained of decrease energy and breathlessness. All her blood tests were good. She had enjoyed good health in the past and was on no medications.  To improve her vitality with a herbal formula and supplements Adrenal tonics also help build energy. These herbs nourish and balance the adrenal glands, the “stress managers” of the body. They improve stamina, energy, and ability to manage stress. Withania is a calming adrenal tonic and is anti-inflammatory Ginkgo improves cerebral blood flow and circulation Rhodiola strengthens the nervous system, fight depression, enhance immunity, elevate the capacity for…

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