Drinking coffee may reduce the risk for multiple sclerosis (MS), according to new data from two large population-based studies, one from Sweden and one from the United States.

"Caffeine intake has been associated with a reduced risk of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases, and our study shows that coffee intake may also protect against MS, supporting the idea that the drug may have protective effects for the brain," study author Ellen Mowry, MD, from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, noted in a statement.

The findings will be presented at the upcoming American Academy of Neurology (AAN) 67th Annual...

Posted by on May 28, 2015 .

 41-year-old Sue presented with" unexplained infertility", having spent the previous 12 months trying to conceive without success. She and her partner Jake had undergone a full fertility/reproductive health workup at one of the infertility clinics but decided against IVF treatment.

 All fertility investigations for both Sue and Jake came back within normal limits and remained inconclusive regarding the cause of their failure to conceive. Sue was diagnosed with “unexplained infertility” and was told that it was probably due to her age. Her history included the use of the OCP from the age of 23–36 without a break.

 Since ceasing...

Posted by on Apr 03, 2015 .

Probiotics may have therapeutic potential in autism spectrum disorder (ASD), new research suggests.

A study conducted by investigators at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena shows that treatment with the human gut microbe Bacteroides fragilis alleviates ASD-like behaviors and eases comorbid gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms in a mouse model of autism.

"Traditional research has studied autism as a genetic disorder and a disorder of the brain, but our work shows that gut bacteria may contribute to ASD-like symptoms in ways that were previously unappreciated," study investigator Sarkis K. Mazmanian, PhD, said in a...

Posted by on Apr 03, 2015 .

NICE, France — Higher consumption of green tea was associated with a lower risk for dementia or mild cognitive impairment (MCI), even after possible confounding factors were considered, a Japanese study shows. Black tea or coffee did not show the same effect.

Researchers led by Moeko Noguchi-Shinohara, MD, from Kanazawa University Graduate School of Medical Science in Japan, conducted a population-based, prospective study of residents of Nakajima older than age 60 years, starting with participants with normal cognitive function in 2007-2008 as evaluated by using the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) and the Clinical Dementia...

Posted by on Feb 18, 2015 .

J. 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: where there is anxiety with...

Posted by on Jan 30, 2015 .

Seems like the Christmas holidays comes to an abrupt end when we make that mad dash to the store for school supplies and new clothes! “Back to school” is upon us, and it is time to get our brains into gear after some summertime fun in the sun. How can we support the learning process for our kids in preschool all the way to our young adults entering college? Perhaps a little “brain food” is in order.

The Brain – A Work in Progress

It was once believed that the brain was fully developed at birth. While it is true that most of the brain’s cells (about 100 billion of them) are formed by this time, new equipment and...

Posted by on Jan 20, 2015 .

ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS OF WELLNESS

Prevention is Better Than Cure

Is it not better to prevent yourself from getting sick by living a life of wellness than to get sick and then try to get better? Your goal should be wellness! Living a life of wellness improves health, energy and wellbeing, whilst reducing the risk of developing chronic disease. Wellness promotes positive health, and positive health promotes a healthy mind, body and spirit.

Laughter is The Best Medicine

One of the most important factors in wellness is laughter! Various authors have suggested that laughter:

• Exercises and relaxes muscles

• Improves...

Posted by on Jan 20, 2015 .

NATUROPATHIC CASE STUDY: PH BALANCE

Feeling good after your Christmas break? De-stressed? Rested and relaxed? Great! Let’s see how  you stay this way!

The New Year is the perfect time to reassess your goals and priorities. Making optimal health one of these goals may well help you thrive in 2015. This obviously involves committing to healthy eating, being active and having some fun. One of the most important aspects of maintaining long term health is actually maintaining a healthy acid/alkaline balance within your body.  Optimal acid/alkaline balance is necessary for:

• Healthy stress responses;

• Weight management;...

Posted by on Nov 14, 2014 .

The silly season is upon us. It is the time of the year when we tend to overindulge on alcohol, foods high in fats, sugar and stray away from our physical activity routines because ”it only happens once a year”.  It’s absolutely OK to have occasional treats. I call it the 80/20 per cent rule.  As long as you are eating healthy 80 per cent of the time, 20 per cent is not worth beating yourself about.  So relax and enjoy it.

 

TIPS TO SURVIVE THE FESTIVE SEASON

 

-          Skip cream, butter and laden sauces,  instead  add extra lemon and freshly ground pepper

-          Don’t drown your salad in mayonnaise or...

Posted by on Sep 29, 2014 .

TIME TO DETOX

 

Detoxification is a process that your body undertakes every day to help eliminate toxins and restore a healthy balance.

Your body is constantly exposed to toxins from the external world, as well as those created within. The human body is amazing in the way that it has evolved since prehistoric times to adjust to the ever changing world; but what happens when the toxins in our world are evolving faster than humans? This can increase the body’s toxic burden and impact on its ability to clear toxins.

 

 Do you want your body to effectively and efficiently eliminate toxins you are exposed to? Or maybe you are...

Posted by on Sep 10, 2014 .

BEANS

They keep you full and are high in resistant starch, meaning that half the calories consumed cannot be absorbed.

They also reduce blood sugar and create the fatty acid butyrate, which may burn fat faster.

PINE NUTS

Just one shot glass full of pine nuts everyday can help suppress hunger.

Pine nuts contain pinoleic acid, a naturally fat that stimulate the release of two powerful  hormones

that alert the brain that the stomach is full.

FENNEL TEA

Squash morning hunger pangs by drinking fennel tea before bed. Fennel is  known for its cleansing

properties and help to reset taste buds and reduce...

Posted by on Jun 10, 2014 .

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 very small for his...

Posted by on Jun 10, 2014 .

NATUROPATHIC CASE STUDY: GASTRO-OESOPHAGEAL REFLUX

A 30 years old secretary, presented with a 3 years history of reflux. She had been prescribed different medications to reduce the severity of the symptoms but they come back when the medications are stopped. The symptoms are worse for spicy foods and stress.

TREATMENT:

A combination of herbs with de-glycyrrhized liquorice extract, turmeric, chamomile and fennel to regulate hyperacidity.

An herbal formula made of meadowsweet, golden seal, mandarin peel, fennel to be taken three times a day before meals will:

  • improve gastric motility and function
  •  assist with normal...

Posted by on Jun 10, 2014 .

NATUROAPTHIC CASE STUDY: TRIGEMINAL NEURALGIA

 

M.  has been diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia by her G.P. She has been on medication but the condition is persistent. She describes it as electric shock going from lips and nose to lower and upper jaws.

This disorder involves irritation of the fifth cranial or trigeminal nerve that causes episodes of intense stabbing or electric shock-like pain in the area of the face where the branches of the nerves are distributed. Root causes are constriction of the trigeminal nerve by vascular compression and inflammation of the nerve sheath.

Treatment with supplements

  • A high quality...

Posted by on Aug 18, 2013 .
NATUROPATHIC CASE STUDY: BEHAVIOURAL DISORDER


A four-year-old boy presented with behavioural problems - bad temper, aggression and insomnia. His history revealed he was a premature baby, had bad reflux, for which he had been prescribed a gastric secretory inhibitor. The little boy had also taken 4 courses of antibiotics. At 18 months he'd contracted adenovirus, which brought on high temperatures and convulsions. He had suffered 4 major concussions in the previous 18 months, 2 of which had resulted in hospitalisation.

DIET
-     Avoid all sugars and confectionery 

  • Food additives and preservatives
  • Decrease dairy, notably...

Posted by on Aug 18, 2013 .

NATUROPATHIC CASE STUDY: CHILDHOOD OBESITY

S, a 12  y.o., overweight for her size came to see me, with her mum, to check if some herbs and homeopathics could help with her problem.

HERBAL FORMULA

  • Gymnema Sylvestre is an important herb in both Ayurvedic medicine and Traditional African medicine, Gymnema is known to support healthy blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Gymnema sylvestre has recently been studied for its ability to promote weight management
  • Taraxacum Officinalis (Dandelion) is an unusually nutritious food. It contains substantial levels of vitamins A, C, D, and B complex as well as iron, magnesium, zinc,...

Posted by on Aug 18, 2013 .
NATUROPATHIC CASE STUDY: ACNE ROSACEA

 

L., fifty year-old lady, presents with redness and slight swelling on cheeks forehead and chin. It has been diagnosed as acne rosacea by her GP

 

FIRST VISIT:

DIET:

  • Eliminate alcohol as it may increase the reddening of the skin affected by rosacea, but alcohol is not the cause of this disease.
  • Eliminate spicy foods as it has been reported anecdotally by rosacea sufferers to cause flare-ups.
  • Increase vegetables and fruit intake, notably

* Fresh apricots – high source of minerals, fiber, and beta-carotene and will help control acne. (A precursor to vitamin A) They help...

Posted by on Aug 18, 2013 .
NATUROPATHIC CASE STUDY: CONSTIPATION

 

M, 45-year-old business executive complains of constipation. With the overuse of laxatives, the natural peristaltic rhythm is inactivated or “worn out”; therefore atonic constipation has developed.

Some associated symptoms are present: poor skin, bad breath coated tongue and tiredness.

Family history of bowel cancer therefore M. is under medical supervision on a regular basis.

FIRST VISIT:

DIET:  - Eliminate refined carbohydrates: pastry, ice cream etc…

                - Reduce coffee intake to only one a day  (no sugar and weak coffee)

- Increase water...

Posted by on Aug 18, 2013 .
NATUROPATHIC CASE STUDY: INSOMNIA

 

M., 40 years old, presents with sleeping problems. For the last six months she has been waking up three to four times at night.

The causes of insomnia are varied, but psychological factors are present in more than 50 percent of the cases. Environmental and dietary factors also play a prominent role, and statistics show that, for unknown reasons, insomnia is more common in females than males.

An occasional episode of insomnia can make it difficult to handle the day, and regular episodes of insomnia can make it difficult to handle life.

Insomnia is classified into two broad categories:...

Posted by on Aug 04, 2013 .
NATUROPATHIC CASE STUDY: HAIR PROBLEM

 

 

M. 48 years old, presented with general fatigue, poor vitality.  Her main concern was her hair, which had become flat and dull in recent months.

 

Observations showed iron, magnesium and zinc deficiencies, gut and liver imbalances.

 

FIRST VISIT:

  • A good iron tonic with B12, folic acid,  vit.C, and blood tonic herbs such as Donq-Quai
  • A complete magnesium powder with B vitamins, indispensable for energy production.
  • Liquid zinc, to improve hair health and energy levels.
  • A herbal combination specific for hair health

 

SECOND VISIT:

  • A gastrointestinal...
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