The Healthy Wine List
Put together by our very own John Burchell Naturopath/Homeopath. This list ensures you don’t wake up with those nasty side effects such as headaches, or heart palpitations. Enjoy! Brand: Pierre Naigeon Clos Pierre Shiraz BarossaValley, 2008 Clos Pierre Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra, 2008 Clos Pierre Pinot Gris MorningtonPeninsula, 2009 Brand: Smith and Hooper Wrattonbully Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot, 2009 [...]
Lack of Evidence for Milk as a Diet Staple
The Department of Health currently recommends consuming 3 serves of dairy a day, this equates to 1 glass of milk, 1 tub of yoghurt and 2 slices of cheese. The questions we all should be asking is milk really a health food? Should we be eating dairy at all? What is the science behind these [...]
Candida: The Silent Bug That Wreaks Havoc On Your Body!
Candida is not a term you’ll hear often in modern medical journals even though it has been estimated to affect approximately 75% of women at least once during their lifetime. Candida is essentially a yeast organism found naturally on the skin, mouth, gut and other mucus membranes providing no benefit for our overall health and [...]
Flaxseeds Proven A Potent Healer In High Blood Pressure
A promising new study published in the journal Hypertension titled, “Potent antihypertensive action of dietary flaxseed in hypertensive patients,” reveals that dietary flaxseed may represent a powerful therapeutic intervention in patients with cardiovascular disease. Canadian researchers at St. Boniface Hospital Research Centre, Winnipeg, conducted a human clinical trial in order to test whether flaxseed would [...]
Product Spotlight: Soul Warrior Bio-Fermented Brown Rice Protein Powder
If you have bones, an immune system and a nervous system, if you want to recover after exercise and/or illness and if you would like your metabolism to work correctly or would like to have a baby one day, then you require protein, everyday! Sadly, both adults and children in our Western world rarely eat [...]
Recipe: Banana & Coconut Bread
This mouth watering recipe is courtesy of Teresa Cutter! What you’ll need: 400 g ripe banana 6 free range/organic eggs 4 fresh medjool dates (or 4 packaged dates, soaked for a couple of hours) 2 teaspoons vanilla extract or 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste 1/4 cup macadamia nut oil, coconut oil or extra virgin cold [...]
Chemotherapy & Radiation Can Make Cancer More Malignant
Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the developed world, and yet we are still in the dark ages when it comes to treating and understanding it. The colossal failure of conventional cancer treatments reflects a fundamental misunderstanding of what cancer - the “enemy” – actually is. For one, chemotherapy and radiotherapy are both [...]
The Methylation Train! This is one train you don’t want to stop!
There are a number of processes in the body that, when compromised, broken, or otherwise dysfunctional can manifest as fatigue, worry, insomnia, low mood, poor concentration and attention, agitation, a trip to your psychiatrist, and a stop off at the pharmacy. What if you could manage this particular problem without a psychiatrist? When I consider [...]
Clean Energy: The Fermented Brown Rice Protein Super Food That Ticks All The Boxes!
Harnessing nature’s power of fermentation to enhance absorption, this protein powder provides the unique combination of organic bio-fermented sprouted brown rice protein with fermented super foods. The protein provides energy while maintaining muscle mass. The fermented super foods act to detoxify the liver while alkalinising and cleansing the body. Added ‘citrate form’ minerals further help [...]
Recipe: Coconut Oil Omelette
I found this delicious recipe in a book called “Grain Brain” What you’ll need: 1 onion, chopped 1 tomato, chopped 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp pepper 2 eggs, beaten 1 tbs coconut oil 1/4 avocado, sliced 2 tbs salsa What to do: Add the onion, tomato, salt and pepper to the beaten eggs in a [...]
Omega-3 Fatty Acids: The Anti-Inflammatory Fats Proven To Reduce Your Risk Of T2DM
Omega-3 fatty acids have enjoyed the media limelight in recent years, due to the anti-inflammatory properties they elicit within the body, but what are Omega-3 fatty acids? Why is the ratio between omega-3’s and omega-6’s so important? And what foods contain the greatest proportion? All will be discussed in this article. What are Omega-3 [...]
Why Antidepressants Don’t Work!
The Australian Bureau of Statistics estimates that mental illness affects around 3.2million Australians placing a $190billion financial strain on the economy annually, this includes the cost of lost productivity and labour force participation. In a 2003 study “The burden of disease and injury in Australia” concluded that mental illnesses were the leading cause of disability [...]
Recipe: Grain-Free Honey Biscuits
What you’ll need: (makes 4 biscuits, double the measurements if you want more) 1-1/2 tbs coconut flour, plus 1 tbs for dusting 1-3/4 cups almond flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 cup softened coconut oil 2 eggs 2 tbs honey 2 tbs almond milk What to do: Combine all the flours, salt, [...]
Are you aware that 80% of the population will experience thyroid problems over their lifetime? Women are particularly at risk due to their higher oestrogen levels. Common signs and symptoms of an underactive thyroid function include increased weight, feeling cold in your extremities (especially hands and feet), low mood, poor memory, stiffness in joints, muscle cramps, [...]
Aluminium in Deodorant Linked to Breast Cancer in New Studies
A recent study published in the Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry found increasing levels of aluminium in non-invasively collected nipple aspirate fluids from 19 breast cancer patients. These patients were compared with 16 healthy control subjects. In addition to emerging evidence, the results support the possible involvement of aluminium ions in oxidative and inflammatory status perturbations [...]
American Diabetes Association finds Turmeric extract significantly effective in preventing type 2 diabetes in a pre-diabetic population
The World Health Organisation estimates there are now 311 million people who live worldwide with Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). This number continues to grow at alarming rates in particular throughout parts of Asia and newly developing countries elsewhere. Turmeric or Curcuma longa as its botanical names infers, is a popular Asian spice widely consumed [...]
23 Natural Alternatives for Depression
Many people have struggled with feelings of depression, feelings of general sadness, or intense sorrow and grief. Plant products have historically been consumed and utilized for their nutritive and holistic benefits. Many plant materials are being researched for their therapeutic value for our mental health. Here are 23 natural substances which can help to optimise [...]
Natural Ear Infection Alternatives Proven Safer and More Effective than Antibiotics
Acute otitis media (ear infection) is very common in children and usually accompanied by ear pain, fever and irritability. Although it is believed that 80% of the otitis cases resolve spontaneously without any treatment, the standard medical approach relies on the prescription of antibiotics and anti-inflammatory drugs. An independent review by the Cochrane Collaboration reports [...]
Recipe: Chocolate Coconut Mousse
These babies are irresistible and so simple to make! What you’ll need: 1 can full-fat coconut milk (ensure it has no stabilising agents it, as it won’t solidify well) 3 tbs raw cacao powder 2 tsp Xylitol (more or less depending on how sweet you like it Sprinkle of cinnamon 1-2 tsp shredded coconut What to [...]
Roast Vegie Frittata Muffins
A healthy snack on the go! What you’ll need: 1 medium sized sweet potato, diced into small cubes 1 butternut pumpkin, diced into small cubes 3 medium sized carrots, peeled and diced into small cubes 12 eggs 1 bunch of parsley finely chopped 2 big handfuls of spinach, roughly chopped salt and pepper Extra [...]
12 facts on how Rosehip will help with everything from skin to joint health Natural dose of Vitamin C: The Rosehip plant’s deep root system allows the berries to absorb vitamins and minerals, making it one of the richest natural sources of vitamin C. This natural source of vitamin C found in the Rosehip [...]
Rosemary also known by its latin binominal name Rosmarinus officinalis is one of the few well known herbs around the world. Traditionally used to strengthen memory and recall, it is frequently taken to aid study and exam performance and to ward off mental exhaustion. Here are just 7 incredible benefits of this amazing Mediterranean herb! [...]
Grains: Friends or Foes?
Do you suffer from digestive problems? Could grains be a factor? New evidence is emerging that suggests eliminating certain grains from your diet may improve your overall health. Your probably thinking grains are good aren’t they, being the foundation of the food chain? The truth is that grains are convenient, cheap and calorie rich but [...]
Recipe: Raw Caramel Slices
These little slices are heaven on your palate! Base 1 cup raw macadamia nuts 1 cup raw almonds 1 cup Medjool dates ¼ tsp cinnamon Caramel Centre 1 cup Medjool dates 1 tbs coconut oil 1-2 tsp vanilla extract ¼ cup water Pinch of sea salt Topping ¼ cup cacao ½ cup Medjool dates 1/4 [...]
Saturated Fat Not The Culprit!
Why cutting back on the butter, cream and full fat yoghurts may have done more harm to heart health than good. Experts say the belief that high-fat diets are bad for arteries is based on faulty interpretation of scientific studies and has led to millions being ‘over-medicated’ with statin drugs. It is now time for [...]
13Exercise prevents heart disease as effectively as medications!
Exercise is by far the safest and most effective way to prevent and treat heart disease! A meta-analysis review conducted by researchers at Harvard University and Stanford University compared the effectiveness of exercise versus drug interventions on mortality outcomes for four common conditions: Diabetes Coronary heart disease Heart failure Stroke After reviewing 305 randomised controlled [...]
St Mary’s Thistle: A Potent Liver Protector
St Mary’s Thistle, also known by its latin binominal name as Silybum marianum is an annual or biannual plant belonging to the Asteraceae family. The medicinal part used are the seeds. St Mary’s Thistle is a highly regarded liver protectant that also restores the liver’s ability to detoxify harmful substances. The liver-protecting and liver-repairing functions are [...]
Alka Magnesium: The Smarter Magnesium
Many people understand these days that we are what we eat… and even more so, what we absorb! Magnesium is possibly the most important mineral, in the human body it is involved in over 300 enzymatic processes ranging from energy production, to efficient muscle contraction, aiding cellular glucose uptake, helping aid blood pressure, and proper [...]
Green Coffee 8000: Natural Antioxidant & Weight Loss Enhancer!
Green coffee 8000 is made from 100% green coffee extract that preserves the crucial health benefits of the unroasted green coffee beans that helps your body to control appetite and forcing the body to look for other sources of energy, most obvious being stored fat, which also releases toxins. So it is important to drink [...]
Recipe: Apple Slice
Adapted from a Donna Hay recipe, this recipe is free from refined sugar and gluten! What you’ll need: Base 100g butter ½ cup xylitol 1 egg 1 cup quinoa flour, sifted 1 teaspoon gluten free baking powder, sifted 1 tablespoon milk (I used rice milk) Apple filling 5 apples (I used green apples) peeled and [...]
Puberty Blues – Is your Teen at Risk?
By Cassi Cowlam, BHSc(Nat) Naturopath, The Medical Sanctuary The title of the book “Puberty Blues” can sum up perfectly that time in a child’s life when they are rapidly transitioning – no longer a child, but not yet an adult – and this period in their life can be fraught with mood changes among other [...]
Recipe: Cacao Slices
What you’ll need: A few large chunks of cacao butter (boil on stove top till melted) 2tsp coconut sugar 3 tbs raw cacao powder 1 tbs lucuma 1 tbs mesquite 2 vanilla pods Pinch of Himalayan salt 1 tsp maca powder What to do: Mix dry ingredients together Pour in melted cacao butter and mix [...]
Good food doesn’t make you a party popper!!
So your little one is having a birthday party…. I’ve been to a few where the delightful sound of children giggling can turn into a fiasco of shrieking and yelling. Children whizzing past so fast they are a blue and rapidly turning from being over-excited to cranky and teary in the blink of an eye. [...]
10 signs that you may be gluten intolerant What is gluten? Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, barley and oats and ingredients derived from these grains. Obvious forms of gluten include breakfast cereals, cakes, biscuits, pizza, pasta, batter and breadcrumbs unless made from gluten free grains. If you have any of the following [...]
The World’s First 10 Day Fermented Detox Program!
Dr Elen’s Fermented Foods Detox (FFDetox) program uses traditionally prepared, bio-fermented organic whole foods specifically combined to promote rapid yet gentle detoxification of metabolic waste products from the body while helping to reduce inflammation. Not just a fad diet designed to starve your body of fat, the FFDetox is a culmination of years of medical [...]
Agave, not so natural
So many vegans and raw foodies rave about agave, however new research has now come to light indicating Agave is not as natural as we are lead to believe. Agave was developed in the 1990′s and is made primarily in Mexico. There is really no such thing as agave nectar. The sweetener is made from the [...]
Recipe: Energy Bars
What you’ll need: 1 tbs coconut oil 1 cup quinoa flakes 1 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut 1/2 cup almonds, roughly chopped 9 Medjool dates, finely chopped 1/4 cup raw cacao nibs 1/2 cup honey 1/4 tsp himalayan sea salt 1 tsp vanilla extract What to do: Preheat your grill. Place quinoa, coconut and almonds onto [...]
Improving your family’s health with fermented foods
Cultures around the world have been eating fermented food for centuries. The Germans have their fermented cabbage called sauerkraut and the Koreans have their version called kimichi. Scientific research is now starting to understand and document the enormous health benefits that eating these and other fermented foods have on our body. Fermented foods are foods [...]
Suffering on Statins?
What you haven’t been told about cholesterol lowering medication Of course statins inhibit the production of cholesterol, they do this very well. Nowhere is the failing of our medical system more evident than in the wholesale acceptance of cholesterol reduction as a way to prevent disease. Have all these doctors forgotten what they learned in [...]
How to Make Kefir Culture
Complete Kefir Instructions (Veggie Culture Starter Instructions are the same as Kefir) IMPORTANT If using goat’s milk, use two cups milk and entire package of starter for the initial batch. After that you may make as much as you want depending on how much liquid is transferred from the previous batch (transfer ratios listed below). [...]
Bring on the Bacteria!
What are fermented foods? Though the term “fermented” sounds vaguely distasteful, the results of this ancient preparation and preservation technique through a process of lacto-fermentation in which natural bacteria feed on the sugar and starch in the food creating lactic acid are actually quite delicious. This process preserves the food, and creates a wide array [...]
Sugar, not so sweet for brains
Sugar might be sweet on your palate, but too much of it is a serious health concern. We know that high levels of sugar in the blood have been shown to reduce the working memory capacity of mice, effectively making them more “stupid.” Now a new human based study done through the Australian National University [...]
Charge up your Immunity
The common cold is a viral infection of your upper respiratory tract this is your nose and throat. We’ve all experienced the wrath of the common cold at some point in our lives and because any one of the more than 100 viruses can cause a common cold, signs and symptoms tend to vary greatly [...]
It’s a Bug’s Life
Bugs! Most of us associate the word with creepy crawlies, but we ourselves are a host for over 100 trillion different bugs (bacteria) in our gastrointestinal tract (GIT). These can be both good and bad, and it is this delicate balance that plays an important role in our health. What does the term Probiotic mean [...]
Candida: The silent epidemic
The term “Candida” (or Candidiasis) is used to describe yeast overgrowth within the body. It is a single cell fungus that lives in all mucus membranes in our bodies, the intestines, bladder, lungs etc. Candida under normal circumstances keeps the “bad” organisms under control and helps in the digestive processes of our food. However, if [...]
We have all been told that fish can be a great source of heart-healthy lean protein. In fact, according to the Mayo Clinic, swapping in one or two servings of fish as your protein each week can lower heart attack risk by up to one-third. This is all thanks to heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which [...]
Precious Little Knees
Do you remember how as soon as your child was born everyone started looking intently for bits of Mum and Dad? “Oh look, he’s got Dad’s nose, or she’s got Mum’s eyes” etc. Let’s face it the genes are 50/50 Mum and Dad, so your beautiful little mixture is staring you right in the face. [...]
Feeding The Masses
Weather you have 1 child or 10, coming home with a new baby makes it an interesting time with mouths to feed! Whilst providing for our children is paramount, we must not loose sight of the fact that you must take care of you! In the perfect world we would have a support network in [...]
The Kids have Got Worms
Have you been woken up at night by your child thrashing around restlessly in their sleep, or by them calling out that they have a sore tummy or an itchy bottom? No group of society is immune to intestinal worms occurring at some time. There is no point in hanging your head in shame thinking [...]
How is hypnotherapy used to help couples who are facing fertility challenges?
Falling pregnant for many can be so easy, and yet for others, it is a complete headache and incredibly frustrating. Fertility problems affect one in six couples, and one in three when a woman is over 35 years old. Infertility is on the rise, and more than one percent of births in Australia involve the [...]
Do we need to detox?
In the western world we think of having a “detox” as very new phenomena. This is not the case. Ancient cultures such as the Chinese and Indian (Ayuvedic medicine) have been using these principles to heal many ailments for centuries. When consulting one of these more traditionally trained practitioners they look for symptoms indicating whether [...]
You CAN have your ham and cake and eat it too!
Mmm, yummy ham, turkey, mince tarts, plum pudding with custard – oh yes, lollies and chocolates, pastries and pavlovas – some of the foods we love to celebrate Christmas with. But how do we help our kids (and ourselves for that matter) celebrate and enjoy the seasonal delights when affected by conditions such as intolerances, [...]
ICE – In case of emergency
We all carry our mobile phones with names and numbers stored in its memory. If we were to be involved in an accident or were taken ill, the people attending us would more then likely have our mobile phone but would not know who to call. There may be hundreds of numbers stored, but which [...]
Put a little Zing in your water bottle
Drinking water is vital for good health. Up to 60% of our body is good old H2O and it is recommend the average adult drinks 2 to 3 litres a day! Zingers are a great way to add natural flavour and added nutrients to your daily intake. The Aqua Zinger The Aqua Zinger water bottle [...]
Painful and stiff shoulders?
Frozen shoulder, or adhesive capsulitis, is a common condition that is often misdiagnosed and treated incorrectly as a result. The exact cause of frozen shoulder is unknown, it may occur out of the blue or after minor or significant trauma such as throwing a ball, reaching awkwardly, shoulder dislocations and acute rotator cuff tears. The condition [...]
If you don’t poop, you die
Improving one’s health has – in many industries – become a commodity. One could easily become baffled by the constant stream of information through media, health professions and educational systems, etc. – often with one report contradicting another. The basics of health are fundamental, as implied by the old adage ‘if you don’t eat, you [...]
Could your child’s immune system be compromised?
In the last 50 years, the prevalence of immune disorders such as allergic asthma, hayfever, sinusitis, bronchitis and atopic dermatitis has significantly increased in the developed world. Allergic diseases are ranked FIRST among the causes of chronic disease in children in Westernised societies. Many things in our environment can cause an allergic reaction, such as [...]
I want to expand my family – and it just isn’t happening
Falling pregnant the second time around isn’t as straight forward as we may think. Secondary Infertility (or the inability to fall pregnant after a previous pregnancy) affects many couples, and yet is not well recognized. In fact, 1 in 10 couples that are going through IVF, do so for secondary infertility. Unfortunately, past success [...]
Not just skin deep!
Itchy, red, scaly, dry, weeping, painful … when our skin is showing signs of distress, what is it really trying to tell us? Our skin provides a natural barrier to protect us from our external environment, so when symptoms show up on our skin, it is important to understand that our body is trying to [...]
Dopamine and Reaching our Goals
Goal setting is something we are taught and encouraged to do from a young age. According to scientific research what may seem like a simple plan or new years resolution affects our mind and body quite a lot. The brain can not distinguish between what is reality and what is a thought, resulting in those [...]
10 simple rules for healthy eating
The never ending pursuit to be slim and healthy has modern society subscribing to a plethora of diet fads, but is eating really as complex as we have been lead to believe? Below are some simple rules that can help you make sense of it all. Eat FOOD - Supermarket shelves are stocked with more then 17,000 [...]
What is your biological age?
Often we feel younger or older then our years would imply, why could this be? Some say you must be young at heart, others believe it is how old you act that is truly important. A bio-impedence test will not expose your maturity levels but it will calculate your biological age. The bio-impedance test, also [...]
Is toxicity making you unwell?
In todays world environmental and internal toxins can often affect our wellbeing. Our body has natural detoxification pathways which help elimination of these nasty elements, but when overwhelmed by too many toxins we are unable to continue functioning properly and a build up may occur. QUICK QUIZZ – If you answer yes to one [...]
Get a love affair going with Garlic this Winter
D Finney ND, Options, issue 30, 2008, pg 10 Heart health, good strong blood, cardiovascular protection, liver strengthening, immune boosting, nature’s number one food medicine. Get a love affair going with Garlic this winter. Flu Fighting Qualities Garlic contains Allicin, which contributes to its antimicrobial, antifungal, expectorant and immune stimulant qualities. Research has shown that [...]
Nutritional Medicine and Naturopathy
What is nutritional medicine? Nutritional medicine encompasses a holistic and individualised approach to health. Taking into account physical, psychological, social, economic and cultural aspects it seeks to create a balance that promotes optimal health as well as preventing disease. It may include; Supplementation of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Rotational or exclusion diets. Removal of certain [...]
Needles, smoke, energy and stress…
Acupuncture is a natural, drug free and holistic approach to health and wellbeing. It is the art and science of healing which has existed as part of chinese medicine for over 5000 years. Linking body, mind and emotions to affectively treat many common aliments and prevent disease. Needles, smoke and energy – How does acupuncture [...]
DHA and EPA, not so fishy business
DHA(docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA(Eicosapentaenoic acid) are both Omega-3 fatty acids naturally found in fish. Although the human body requires both for healthy function it is unable to produce sufficient quantities, consequently DHA and EPA must be attained through diet. Memory, mental well-being and pregnancy – The many benefits of DHA Much research is taking place [...]
Truth about Aspartame
18 November 09 A.M. Evangelista PhD The toxicology, histology and biochemistry of aspartame (aka: NutraSweet, Equal, etc) is neuro-toxic. The aspartame components injure the blood-brain barrier, allowing easy passage, and will interfere with normal nerve cell function, regardless of whether one is initially symptomatic or not. Aspartame affects brain tissue, destroying nerve cell integrity, and [...]
The Raw Food Revolution
22 October 09 Australian Natural Health Raw food is the biggest food phenomenon of the moment, burgeoning into the realm of the “ultra trendy”. A plethora of raw cookbooks are being released on the market by big name chefs. But there is much more to the raw food movement than just fashion. Dead or Alive [...]
Acupuncture Sports Injury
Gus MacAnally “How can I get back to normal and back on the field, track or the court, as quickly as possible?” Acupuncture treatment ‘fast tracks’ your recovery time, and gets to the point of the problem quicker. If you happen to be sidelined by a sports injury, a fall, or injury to joint or [...]
Osteopathic Winter Wellness
Terese Thomas, Osteopath, The Medical Sanctuary If you want to avoid illness or at least reduce the time and intensity of sickness this winter here are a few uncommon common sense tips to help you stay healthy, and a bit of an ‘osteopathic lecture’ to help understand HOW they help. Upper and lower respiratory tract [...]
The Swine Flu Pandemic-Fact or Fiction?
Dr Mercola Health officials around the world are facing a public health emergency as cases of swine flu are confirmed. Health officials across the world fear this could be the leading edge of a global pandemic emerging from Mexico, where numerous people are confirmed dead as a result of the new virus. The World Health [...]
What can Acupuncture treat?
Diane Joswick, L.Ac., MSOM Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are extremely successful in the treatment of a multitude of conditions. Many people try Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine as a “last resort” to serious and complex medical problems and find that it can help them when other treatments could not. Acupuncture is also often used as a [...]
Organic Super Foods
Emma Gardiner, Options, issue 26, 2008, pg 26 Most of us have heard of super foods but a whole new breed of vitamin packed antioxidant charged foods are emerging. In the jungles of Brazil and in the forests of Tibet, horticultural discoveries are being made that will change the face of the human diet, and [...]
Winter Flu Prevention is Better Than a Cure
The Medical Sanctuary Holistic Medical Centre It has been said that a cold is three days in the coming, three days here and three more going. So who has a spare nine days? Your immune system is your own natural defence force that protects your body against invasion by harmful bacteria, viruses, toxins and other [...]
Could you have Candida? Survey
The Medical Sanctuary Holistic Medical Centre If you answer yes to 5 or more of the following questions, you may have candida, and colon problems. Do you run out of energy in the afternoon? Do you suffer from occasional headaches? Are you having less than 2-4 bowel movements daily? Do you have problems concentrating from [...]
Candida Saliva Test
The Medical Sanctuary Holistic Medical Centre A simple Saliva Test for Candida is as follows: Immediately after rising before you eat or drink anything fill a clear glass with water at room temperature. Spit some saliva into the glass of water. Then check from time to time for up to an hour to see what [...]
Candida: could yeast infection be your problem?
The Medical Sanctuary Holistic Medical Centre Candida is caused by the yeast-like fungus Candida albicans which normally lives in healthy balance with other (benign) bacteria and yeasts that inhabit our mouths, bowels, skin and other mucous membranes. When this natural balance is upset, Candida multiplies dramatically and lodges deep into the tissues. Candida imbalance may [...]
Food Additives to Avoid
The Medical Sanctuary Holistic Medical Centre Have you ever wondered what all those numbers meant on the nutritional and ingredient labels of the products you might buy at the supermarket? Ever wondered whether they were good, bad or indifferent for your body? The numbers represent additives and will generally symbolise either an artificial color, a [...]
Options Issue 26, 2008 If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to improve your health and wellbeing, be sure to incorporate adequate sleep into your plans. Quality sleep is as equally important as diet and exercise, in maintaining good health. The Benefits of Sleep Sleep is important for saving daytime energy, laying down of [...]
Live Blood Screening
The Medical Sanctuary Holistic Medical Centre Also known as Hemaview live blood screening is an observation of live blood, which involves viewing a freshly taken blood sample under a microscope. A tiny prick is made on the patient’s finger and a droplet of blood is added to a sterile slide. Blood is not drawn from [...]
Comprehensive Wellness Survey
The Medical Sanctuary Holistic Medical Centre Select the number which best describes the frequency of your symptoms. If you do not know the answer to the question, leave it blank. When you are finished, please add the number of points in each section and enter the number on the Total Points line. The score for [...]
Acupuncture Reduces Side Effects of Breast Cancer Treatment As Much As Conventional Drug Therapy
American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology Acupuncture is as effective and longer-lasting in managing the common debilitating side effects of hot flashes, night sweats, and excessive sweating (vasomotor symptoms) associated with breast cancer treatment and has no treatment side effects compared to conventional drug therapy, according to a first-of-its-kind study presented September 24, 2008, [...]
Broccoli Fights Cancer
The Medical Sanctuary Holistic Medical Centre New research suggests that broccoli is especially good in the fight against cancer. The new work, led by scientists at Johns Hopkins University, is the latest in a 10-year series of studies on the cancer-fighting potential of broccoli. It started in 1992, when Hopkins pharmacology professor Paul Talalay and [...]
Shining Light on Vitamin D
Australian Doctor, 30 March 2007 Some experts now believe that one in four Australians may have sub-optimal levels of vitamin D. Australian studies also suggest vitamin D deficiency mat effect 80% of dark-skinned women during pregnancy and up to 76% of elderly people in institutions But although there is no dispute the problem exists, the [...]
What is Holistic Medicine
The Medical Sanctuary Holistic Medical Centre Nutritional ands Environmental medicine is the study of the interactions of both nutritional and environmental factors with human physiology, biochemistry, pathology and anatomy and the clinical application of these interactions in the pursuit of good health and the prevention and treatment of disease. This may involve the removal of [...]
Do you Suffer Thyroid Problems?
The Medical Sanctuary Holistic Medical Centre Are you one of the 25% of all women to suffer Thyroid problems? Poor thyroid function often goes undetected. One way to indicate the functional health of your thyroid is to examine your Basal Body Temperature. Take your temperature from under your arm for 10 minutes first thing upon [...]
Type 2 Diabetes Risk Assessment Form
Diabetes Association Circle the right alternative and add up your points. 1. Age 0 p. Under 45 years 2 p. 45–54 years 3 p. 55–64 years 4 p. Over 64 years 2. Waist circumference Measured below the ribs (usually at the level of the navel) MEN [...]
There’s More to Wine to Surprise us
Creina S. Stockley, Vol 37 Healthy & Heart Wise Resveratrol is a component of wine which has attracted much media attention. On 13th October 2006 the headline was “resveratrol in red wine could cut colorectal cancer risk”. Researchers from the Stoney Brook University in New York had examined the drinking habits of 360 moderate consumers [...]
Dr Paul Payton, Nutritionally Trained GP, The Medical Sanctuary Many of us have met or heard of those who have quit their job, or even quit their marriage or relationships due to ‘burnout’. Burnout is that state of mental, emotional and physical exhaustion that is both overwhelming and crippling. Many doctors now use the term [...]
Broccoli Could Reverse Diabetes
The Medical Sanctuary Holistic Medical Centre Eating broccoli may undo the damage that diabetes inflicts on heart blood vessels. Brassica vegetables such as broccoli have previously been linked to a lower risk of heart attacks and strokes. Research conducted by a University of Warwick team believe the key is a compound found in the vegetable, [...]
Finally lose those extra kilos
Danielle N. Dellorto The striking new results of a paper published in the August issue of American Journal of Preventive Medicine shows that dieters can double their weight loss by jotting down what foods they eat. Scientists at several clinical-research centers in the U.S. found that dieters who kept a food diary lost twice as [...]
Do You have Insulin Resistance? What is it, and how can you tell if it is affecting you?
Cassi Cowlam, Naturopath, BHSc (Nat), D.Th.D, D.Iridol, D.N.Med, The Medical Sanctuary Insulin is produced by our pancreas, and is released in response to eating carbohydrate foods. Carbohydrates eventually get broken down to glucose and circulate in our bloodstream. Insulin then comes along and helps put this glucose into the cells of our liver and muscles [...]
The Truth About Plastics
Bryan Walsh, Time Magazine Its in just about everything and may be harmful to you and the planet. Our food and water come wrapped in plastic. It’s used in our phones and our computers, the cars we drive and the planes we ride in. But the infinitely adaptable substance has its dark side. Environmentalists fret [...]
12 Foods You Don’t Have to Buy Organic
The Medical Sanctuary Holistic Medical Centre There is growing consensus in the scientific community that small doses of pesticides and other chemicals can adversely affect people, especially during vulnerable periods of fetal development and childhood when exposures can have long lasting effects. Because the toxic effects of pesticides are worrisome, not well understood, or in [...]
Concerns About Chemical in Plastics
Bryan Walsh For years, a small but growing band of scientists has been raising concerns about the impact on human health of bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical used in plastic that mimics the effect of the hormone estrogen. BPA can be found in a wide variety of products, including some plastic bottles and the lining [...]
Acupuncture Helps Chronic Headaches According to Largest Study
Diane Joswick, L.Ac., MSOM A German study published in the September, 2008 issue of Cephalalgia shows that people who suffer from chronic migraines may benefit from acupuncture to reduce the severity and frequency of their headaches. The study is one of the largest to date on using acupuncture to ease headaches. Researchers from Charité University [...]
Chlorella A Nutrient-Dense Superfood
The Medical Sanctuary Holistic Medical Centre Chlorella is a natural whole food supplement derived from freshwater single-celled green alga, super-concentrated with key vitamins & antioxidants including: vitamin C, pro-vitamin A (beta-carotene), chlorophyll, lutein, thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), pyridoxine (B6), niacin, pantothenic acid, folic acid, vitamin B12, biotin and more. This species of green algae that [...]
Polycarbonate Drinking Bottles a Safe Alternative
The Medical Sanctuary Holistic Medical Centre Polycarbonate water bottles are a safe alternative to most other plastic bottles that can allow leaching of chemicals into your drinks. We are now becoming well aware of the dangers associated with low grade plastics. The chemicals used to give plastic its flexibility are dangerous toxins. These chemicals have [...]
Are You An Indoor or Outdoor Person
Healthsmart Aug Sep 2008 Answer TRUE or FALSE to the following questions as honestly as you can. 1. I can swim and like to do so 2. If I was invited to play in an easy going softball game, I’d probably say yes. 3. Sunsets, wildflowers and mountaintop views make me very, very happy. 4. [...]
Study Shows Acupuncture Significantly Lowers Blood Pressure
Circulation, June 2007 A German study published in the June 2007 issue of Circulation found that acupuncture significantly lowers both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. The extent of the blood pressure reductions by acupuncture treatments was comparable to those seen with antihypertensive medication or aggressive lifestyle changes, including radical salt restrictions. For the study, 160 [...]
Getting to the Bottom of Irritable Bowel
Australian Doctor Irritable bowel syndrome, with its symptoms of intense contractions of the colon and hypersensitivity to painful stimuli, was once though to be a psychosomatic condition. Now its biological origins are becoming clearer and the finger of suspicion is pointing at digestive enzymes that have also been linked to inflammatory bowel disease. Researchers at [...]
Bryan Walsh, Time Magazine At the broad appetit food festival in downtown Richmond, Va., visitors can stuff themselves with pizza, Thai noodles, fried chicken and–this being Virginia–smoky barbecue. But some of the biggest crowds are gathered around David George Gordon, a cheerful 58-year-old writer from Seattle. Gordon isn’t cooking anything that complex–just some pasta, prepared [...]
Mercury Levels in Fish
The Medical Sanctuary Holistic Medical Centre Eating fish contaminated with mercury, a poison that interferes with the brain and nervous system, can cause serious health problems, especially for children and pregnant women. Children under six, as well as women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, are the most vulnerable to mercury’s harmful effects. [...]
Nutrition for Winter: Ward off those Bugs
Cassi Cowlam, Naturopath, The Medical Sanctuary Tis the season to be sniffily, and so it is important to give your body a fighting chance when faced with the culprits causing the common cold (bacteria) and influenza (viruses) which are so abundant at this time of year. When looking at boosting your immune system and warding [...]
Winter Aromatherapy Blend Recipe
The Medical Sanctuary Holistic Medical Centre Aromatherapy is so much more than you might have first expected. This is a holistic therapy using extracts and essential oils in a variety of ways to increase wellbeing and support better health. Aromatherapy blends are reliable treatments for cold and flu symptoms during winter. The Medical Sanctuary Aromatherapist, [...]
The Medical Sanctuary Holistic Medical Centre Do you suffer heartburn or reflux even though you are taking medication for it? Don’t put up with the discomfort, your doctor has other treatments that may be more effective. Complete the heartburn check and talk to your doctor today if you answer ‘YES’ to any of the following [...]
Olive Leaf Winter Wellness
The Medical Sanctuary Holistic Medical Centre For many years the peoples of the Mediterranean have used fresh olive leaves for their healing properties. The earliest known use of fresh olive leaves for medicinal purposes appears to come from the ancient Egyptians. Olive Leaf Extract acts to prevent the onset of colds, flu, and a range [...]
Dr Paul Payton, Nutritionally Trained GP, The Medical Sanctuary Dealing with stress on a daily basis is part of being human. In small amounts it can actually be beneficial as we learn to adapt and potentially become stronger. It is when that stress becomes chronic in amounts that we can no longer handle that the [...]
Workout and Drink Up
Sanjay Gupta, M.D., reported by A. Chris Gajilan, Time Magazine, Feb 4, 2008. If you want to live a long and healthy life, you’re probably trying to eat right , exercise regularly and get enough sleep. Good steps. Now how about adding a little alcohol to your regime? That’s right. It is well documented that [...]
Withania – Could the smell of a sweaty horse help you relax
The Medical Sanctuary Holistic Medical Centre Withania has been used for some 4000 years in traditional Indian medicine and is commonly referred to as the “Ginseng of India”. This is very appropriate as the variety of uses this herb is put to in Indian medicine is as great if not greater than the use of [...]
Is Pain Good?
Deborah Joy Calleja, Osteopath, The Medical Sanctuary One of the functions of pain is to protect you and alert you to danger in the hope of preventing further damage. It is the actual unpleasantness of the pain experience that makes it so essential in our daily existence. No one really wants to experience pain. If [...]
Turn That Sabre-Tooth Tiger Into A Pussycat
Cassi Cowlam, Naturopath, The Medical Sanctuary STRESS! Can’t live with it, can’t live without it. We all know what it’s like to be stressed; it’s an everyday occurrence, and in fact we need a certain amount of stress to survive. Even so, it can get out of hand. When discussing stress with patients, I often [...]
How Toxic Are You?
Natural Detox, Marie Farquharson, Element Books Ltd, 1999. If you are unsure as to how you may be absorbing toxins, answer the questions in this survey and add up the number you have said ‘Yes’ to. The higher the number, the more toxic – and in need of a detox – you are likely to [...]
Functional Liver Detoxification Profile ( FLDP)
Dr Paul Payton, Nutritionally Trained GP, The Medical Sanctuary The Functional Liver Detoxification Profile is a true functional test that is completely different to a blood ‘liver function test’. The test is a challenge test that challenges the liver’s detoxification capacity using small doses of Caffeine, Aspirin and Paracetamol. Saliva and urine specimens are then [...]
Dandelion a well dressed cat or a wonderful detoxification agent.
The Medical Sanctuary Holistic Medical Centre The dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) is a common garden herb, with easily recognized flowers. It is commonly referred to as the enemy of the suburban lawn. However it is not well known that it happens to be a very nutritious food and has been used for medicinal purposes since the [...]
Skin Cleanse the extra kidney you did not know you had.
The Medical Sanctuary Holistic Medical Centre Detoxification should include some type of skin cleansing, because our skin is one of our best eliminative organs. Skin cleanses have been performed for centuries using skin brushing, herbs, saunas and sweat lodges. Heavy metals are actually released through the skin’s pores when we sweat. The theory behind skin [...]
Miners Seek Pain Relief From Surprising Source
The Medical Sanctuary Holistic Medical Centre Science proves Cycloid Action® a winner! Back in the 1920’s, miners worked hard in the coal mines of Canada. The work was back-breaking and relentless, with miners spending hoursin unnatural positions digging for coal. With no professionals to turn to, the miners sought pain relief from the vibrations of [...]
Your Body’s Natural Detoxification Systems
The Medical Sanctuary Holistic Medical Centre In our everyday life we are exposed to and absorb harmful pollutants and chemicals which our body doesn’t know what to do with. Toxins are in the air, water, food, your home, beauty products, plastics, clothes… everywhere. They aren’t nutrients, they can’t be broken down so your body ends [...]
Osteoporosis Risk Test
International Osteoporosis Foundation 1. Have either of your parents broken a hip after a minor bump or fall? 2. Have you broken a bone after a minor bump or fall? 3. For Women: did you undergo menopause before the age 45? 4. For Women: Have your periods stopped for 12 months or more (other than during lactation or pregnancy)? [...]
St John’s Wort – St John’s What?
The historical use of medical St. John’s wort (Hypericum) is well documented. Commencing 2400 years ago St. John’s wort was used as a nerve tonic, a painkiller for arthritis, menstrual cramping, gastrointestinal problems (such as diarrhea, nausea . . . ) as well as ulcers. In 350 BC, the Greek physician and writer Hippocrates prescribed [...]
Wake up and Smell the Roses
Cassi Cowlam, Naturopath, The Medical Sanctuary Spring! A word that conjures up new life – birds nesting, lambs being born, shoots coming through the cold winter earth, buds opening. But for some, it can signify misery. Itchy eyes, wheezing, sneezing and a constant running nose. Take heart – there are some easy steps you can [...]
Osteopathy and Pregnancy
Adapted by Deborah Joy Calleja, Osteopath, The Medical Sanctuary How does being pregnant affect a woman’s body? Pregnancy causes the body to undergo many changes. Throughout the 9 months, progressive adaptations occur to allow for developing child. The ligaments soften, the curves of the spine change, and the posture is altered. The weight of the [...]
Osteopathy and Gardening
Adapted by, Deborah Joy Calleja, Osteopath, The Medical Sanctuary Gardening habits that can lead to body pain. 1. Lower back pain as a result of raking, shovelling, lifting and reaching forward during pruning and weeding. 2. Neck and shoulder pain (nerve root irritation) resulting from pulling the starting cord of a mower, pruning or hunching [...]
How Osteopathy Can Help You Post Pregnancy
Deborah Joy Calleja, Osteopath, The Medical Sanctuary Osteopathy – Post pregnancy Why see an Osteopath after the birth of your child? Pregnancy and birth, places stress on a woman’s body, stretching ligaments and joints. Treatment by an osteopath can help restore the body’s balance, removing tension and assisting new mothers cope with broken sleep and [...]
Women’s Skin Soaks Up 5lb of Beauty Products Each Year
Samantha Booth WOMEN absorb more than 5lb of chemicals from beauty products through their skin every year. A daily routine of cleansing, toning and moisturising is thought to be essential for a healthy and youthful complexion, but scientists are now raising concerns about the damage chemicals in cosmetics and toiletries are doing to our bodies. [...]
Why make-up can be bad for you
Ross Chainey, Health & Wellbeing Editor Some women’s handbags are literally overflowing with the stuff, but research suggests that applying make-up on a daily basis could actually be bad for your health. Make-up is supposed to improve a person’s looks, but research now suggests that women who use make-up on a daily basis are flooding [...]
Australian Journal of Osteopathy – Pubic Distortions
By Peter Carter, Osteopath, The Medical Sanctuary The pelvis may be viewed as 3 separate bones having 2 possible fixation areas. The first in the in the pubic symphysis is the anterior and inferior end and the second is the sacro-illiac joints the posterior and superior ends. Secondly it can be seen in walking illial [...]
A Preliminary Report on the new BEFE
For many years electromagnetic technology has been used in diagnostic and therapeutic devices, in both orthodox and complementary medicine. In the first half of the 20th century many of these devices were somewhat empirical and thus often considered ineffective. The advent of the pharmaceutical revolution significantly diminished the use of electromagnetism, especially in main stream [...]
What is Insulin Syndrome
By Louise O’Connor, Naturopath Insulin Resistance Syndrome develops over time as the body slowly loses the ability to control blood sugar levels effectively. If you have Insulin Resistance Syndrome, your blood glucose and insulin levels are higher than normal, but not high enough for a Type 2 Diabetes diagnosis to be made. Although Type 2 [...]
The Challenge of the Future
Peter Carter, Osteopath, The Medical Sanctuary OMT is the heart and soul of osteopathy. It is what osteopathy is all about. Take away OMT form Osteopathy, and what are you left with? Without OMT there is no “Osteopathy”. (1) Without Osteopathy we are left with the standard medical system that is prevalent today – a [...]
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