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December 2014

Female hormonal imbalances

Female hormonal imbalances create significant stress and can leave women feeling out of control in both mind and body. In addition, as hormone test results may be at odds with clinical presentations, Practitioners can be left wondering where to start. Ultimately, formulating an appropriate prescription begins with asking the question, “What is the actual experience?” By categorising common symptoms into ‘patterns’ it becomes clear that there are four key female hormonal presentations: oestrogen excess, oestrogen deficiency, progesterone deficiency and testosterone excess.

Highs and Lows of Oestrogen

Oestrogen is a proliferative hormone; however in normal reproductive function, a degree of proliferation is necessary. During the menstrual cycle, the fluctuations in oestrogen stimulate ovarian oocyte development and endometrial thickening in preparation for implantation. In conditions such as endometriosis, fibroids and breast cancer however, excessive oestrogen has a hyper-proliferative effect that leads to abnormal tissue growth and inflammation. Women with excessive oestrogen levels may experience heavy bleeding, clotting and pain. Soy, Methylating Nutrients & BCM-95® Turmeric to Clear Oestrogen helps modulate the synthesis of oestrogen, help it through the correct metabolic pathways in the body and reduce the drivers of abnormal oestrogen activity.

Whilst transitioning peri-menopause, women may present with what we understand to be signs of oestrogen depletion, including sweats, hot flushes and low libido. However, since it is normal and expected that oestrogen levels decline during this life-stage, it may be more helpful to consider these symptoms the result of long term stress and depletion of adrenal reserves, or yin. Oestrogen Lifting Herbs is a traditional Chinese medicine combination of yin-tonifying Rehmannia Six formula blended with calming, cooling zizyphus and anemarrhena to aid in the management of peri-menopausal symptoms.

The Pain of Low Progesterone

Many Practitioners would rarely see a week pass by in clinic without consulting a female patient with PMS and irregular cycles – both symptoms of progesterone deficiency. Progesterone has anti-inflammatory activity, reduces pain and promotes calm and when deficient, women may experience mood changes, breast tenderness, dysmenorrhoea and in some cases, infertility. Vitex, Ginger and Withania to Increase Progesterone addresses both the symptoms and causes of progesterone deficiency. Vitex enhances progesterone production indirectly via the inhibition of prolactin release from the pituitary by stimulating D2 dopamine receptors. This effect, along with the anti-inflammatory potential of ginger and the anxiolytic and adaptogenic effects of withania, can improve and reduce a range of symptoms in patients with progesterone deficiency.

Putting Testosterone to the Test

The most well-known female condition associated with elevated testosterone is PCOS, characterised by amenorrhoea or oligomenorrhoea, infertility, signs of hyper-androgenism such as facial hair growth and acne, and typically concomitant insulin resistance. In the presence of excessive testosterone and insulin in PCOS, a novel and highly effective nutritional treatment, myo-inositol can reduce testosterone and improve insulin sensitivity. A specific isomer of inositol, myo-inositol is produced as a secondary messenger to insulin, however levels may be deficient in PCOS. Dosages of 2.0 g to 4.0 g per day for 12 to 16 weeks have been shown to improve insulin sensitivity by approximately 50% in PCOS patients, coupled with reductions in serum free testosterone levels from around 30 pmol/L to 10 pmol/L. Myo-inositol can be used together with the potent combination of liquorice and peony, both shown to inhibit the production of testosterone synthesising enzymes in the ovary and increase the levels of aromatase, which converts testosterone to oestrogen. Inositol, Peony and Liquorice to Clear Testosteroneincludes clinically effective ingredients to address patient symptoms resulting from elevated testosterone.

 

  • Magnesium is a key nutrient that is frequently deficient in women suffering from hormonal imbalances. In conditions ranging from premenstrual syndrome (PMS) to polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), menstrual migraine to symptomatic menopause, levels of magnesium may be 20 to 30% lower than in asymptomatic matched controls. Magnesium should therefore be at the forefront of nutritional prescriptions for patients suffering from hormonal conditions.
  • Breast cancer risk increases by approximately 10%, in response to alcohol consumption of only one to two drinks a day. Alcohol raises oestrogen levels, and interferes with the activity of catechol-O-methyl-transferase (COMT), involved in oestrogen detoxification. In patients with oestrogen excess, review their alcohol intake; even if their alcohol consumption is low, they may benefit from a two or three month break.
  • Treating hormonal conditions requires consideration of more than just the reproductive hormones. For example, treating thyroid dysfunction, particularly hypothyroidism, can reverse menstrual abnormalities, increase luteal progesterone secretion and promote fertility. Therefore, when treating progesterone deficiency conditions, it is essential to also address any imbalances in thyroid function.
  • The World Health Organisation (WHO) acknowledges that depression is a leading cause of disability and predicts that by 2020, depression will be the second leading cause of the global burden of disease. This highlights how imperative it is to address mental health, including higher-than-normal stress levels, in every patient.
  • There are many consequences of sleep deprivation other than just feeling tired. A survey conducted 50 years ago showed an average sleep duration of eight to nine hours. Several decades later this dropped to seven hours per night and recent data shows average sleep at six hours per night. Lowered levels of sleep can increase systemic inflammation, cortisol, insulin and ghrelin levels, and insulin resistance risk. With these effects, it may well be time for night-owls to head to bed earlier.
  • “Every thought, emotion or belief has a neurochemical consequence”. This statement by internationally recognised neuroscientist and pharmacologist, Candace Pert, expresses the power of the mind in influencing health. Pays to have positive thinking or choosing positive language? Constructive self-talk may alter neurochemistry, positively influencing health and wellbeing.

August 2014

Environmental toxins known as persistent organic pollutants (POPs) have been linked to a  spectrum of diseases throughout life. Many POPs are endocrine [hormonal] disruptors and due to their lipophilic [fat like] nature, may absorb into fat tissue. Weight loss may release these toxins as fat stores are liberated, detoxification will support toxin clearance in weight loss patients with a history of POP exposure.

There is now an upgraded detox powder available

August 2014

Research has shown that the use of antimicrobial essential oils and probiotics together provide significant synergistic benefits in both inhibiting the growth and reducing the chances of pathogen survival. Selective antimicrobial agents such as garlic and lavender oil can be safely prescribed with probiotics to support their therapeutic effects.

There is now a new anti-parsitic/yeast product that contains;
Allium sativum, bulb fresh (Garlic) 1.5 mg
Artemisia absinthium, herb dry (Wormwood) 500 mg
Origanum vulgare, leaf oil essential (Oregano) 100 mg
Lavendar oil 90 mg

August 2014

It has recently been discovered that bitter taste receptors are not restricted to the oral cavity; the whole upper gastrointestinal tract is considered a tasting organ, not just the tongue! The activation of bitter receptors has downstream effects on regulating stomach function, appetite and acid production, and the speed of gastric emptying.

There is now a new product for the digestion that contains bitters from Dandelion and Gentian;
Taraxacum officinale, root dry (Dandelion) 3.0 g
Filipendula ulmaria, herb dry (Meadowsweet) 2.0 g
Gentiana lutea, root dry (Gentian) 1.0 g
Melissa officinalis, root dry (Lemon balm) 1.0 g
Cinnamomum verum, stem bark dry (Cinnamon) 1.0 g
Zingiber officinale, rhizome dry (Ginger) 750 mg

 

April 2014

Men prone to diabetes

Queensland men are being diagnosed with diabetes at a much faster rate than women, a report to be released today will show.

In the past 10 years, about 3200 Queensland men have been diagnosed with type one diabetes – compared with only 2200 women, the Australian Institute of health and welfare report finds.

When it comes to lifestyle caused type 2 diabetes, the trend is the same – with many more men than women having to use insulin to treat their condition.

Health experts say there is no clear reason why the condition is affecting mean more commonly than women, and further research is needed.

Researchers don’t know what causes it, there is no cure and, similarly, the reason why it effects more males and females is unknown, Diabetes Queensland Chief Executive Michelle truth said we need greater investment into researching the condition.”

 

AMA Queensland President  elect Dr Shaun Rudd said a Sedentry lifestyle for some men might be leading to increases in the rate of men developing Type II diabetes.”Men are catching up with women in the obesity stakes – through a lack of exercise and eating the wrong things,” he said.Ms Tute said about 65% of Queensland males were overweight or obese compared with about 50% of Queensland females.

New clue to coeliac mystery

Researchers have discovered the trigger point for coeliac disease, unlocking for the first time the molecular interaction that prompts the body to launch its immune response against gluten.

By uncovering how the toxin – wheat protein gliadin in gluten – causes the reaction, resarchers hope to find better treatments and diagnostic tests for the 1 in 70 Australians with the incurable disease.
It is estimated 80% of cases – or 330,000 people – remain undiagnosed from the lifelong condition, in which the ingestion of wheat, rye and barley damages the bowel, limits nutrition absorption and can cause infertility.Researchers from Monash University, the University of Melbourne and Leiden University in the Netherlands use studies conducted at the Australian Synchrtron to uncover the molecular docking mechanism.Monash’s Dr Hugh Reid said “coeliac disease was an immune response against gluten, in which certain T cells interpreted it as a foreign and toxic substance they must fight.”

Take a healthy bite for long life

Over 17,000 patients with established cardiovascular disease have confirmed that the Mediterranean diet prevents premature death, even when introduced at the advanced stage of the atherosclerotic process. The 28 year cohort study followed patience with myocardial infarction, angina pectoris, coronary bipass and coronary angioplasty, and found that despite already experiencing serious cardiovascular complications, those who began a Mediterranean diet had a significant reduction in all-cause mortality compared to those with poorer quality diets, proving it is never too late to start eating well.

Have you just exercised? Have a cuppa!

I cup of green tea following the intensive exercise offers benefits beyond fluid replenishment, as demonstrated by a group of Taekwondo athletes. When given either water or the equivalent amount of green tea following a two hour training session, it was found that the tea drinkers had significantly improved mucosal immunity and higher levels of salivary anti bacterial enzymes, enhancing their defence against microbial pathogens. Regular consumption of green tea may well be the way forward to counter immune suppression in athletes, whilst maintaining oral health and a glowing smile.

Are heavy metals weighing the thyroid down?

Researchers from the University of Cincinnati College of medicine have identified significant correlations between thyroid hormones and heavy metal exposure in adults with previously healthy thyroid function. In particular, blood mercury levels were associated with decreased total T4, T3 and free T3 levels. Mercury is thought to disrupt thyroid hormone production by selectively binding to sulphydryl – containing ligands in the thyroid, and inhibiting deiodinase function in the peripheral tissues. It could be your amalgam fillings or tuna salads that are the true driver behind your thyroid problems.

Sperm need folate to win the race.

Recent research has confirmed the importance of adequate a paternal folate not only to influence rates of conception, but also the health of the offspring. In an animal supplementation study, it was found that pregnancy rates increase by 32% when male rats consumed a folate sufficient diet, whilst the folate deficient males experienced 24% more abnormalities in their offspring. The study identified multiple regions of the sperm epigenome that are susceptible to epigenetic reprogramming and could influence pregnancy outcomes, if folate supply is inadequate. This redefines the age old adage – it takes 2 to tango so long as he has enough folate.

September 2013

Not all Probiotics are equal

Probiotics form an essential component of any health treatment plan. Microorganisms in the gut have profound clinical impacts on health through influencing digestive health and regulating the immune response. Many health conditions are associated with imbalances in the gut flora e.g. irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease, eczema, allergies and autoimmune disease. These problems will benefit from probiotic supplementation.

You need to be able to select the most appropriate probiotic with assured quality and stability and the exact strain to help your health problem. Not all probiotic strains and doses are equal or have the same therapeutic outcomes. It is therefore critical to use specific strains of probiotics at the appropriate doses proven to target your specific problem.

Most people believe that taking a daily probiotic will meet their health goals, without realising the incorrect strain may not be appropriate or may have no impact on their health. Probiotics differ according to genus, species and strain (see Figure One below).

Lactobacillus rhamnosus LGG is clinically proven to assist eczema and allergies

Lactobacillus rhamnosus HN001 is protective against E.coli and Salmonella infection, as well as enhancing natural killer cell activity.

Using an inappropriate probiotic strains may have no benefits e.g. Lactobacillus acidophilus LAVRI-A1 given for the first 6 months of life to children at high risk of allergy failed to reduce the risk of dermatitis and increased the risk of allergen sensitisation. In contrast, a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled study has shown the combination of 5 billion organisms of both Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM and Bifidobacterium lactis Bi-07 effectively reduced the incidence and duration of upper respiratory tract infections in young children, significantly lowering symptoms of fever, cough, runny nose.

New research continues to demonstrate that illness specific probiotics are having positive effects. A recent double blind, placebo-controlled trial confirmed that a dose of 10 billion L. plantarum 299v organisms reduced the frequency and severity of abdominal pain and bloating in IBS patients in four weeks. These studies demonstrate that using not only the correct strain, but also at the appropriate dose for the condition, is the secret to clinical success.

Choose the best Probiotic

In choosing the best probiotic product, there are several factors that are vital to ensure a quality product and therefor a quality outcome. A therapeutic strength probiotic must:

  1. Be temperature controlled in both shipping and storage.
  2. Use evidence-based probiotic strains proven for specific health conditions in human trials.
  3. Have proven stability for the complete shelf life of the product.
  4. Use quality probiotic manufacturing and labelling procedures.
  5. Contain a guaranteed level of probiotic content per dose and offers a dose matching research.

The Food Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) provides guidelines and criteria for probiotic manufacture, highlighting the points listed above.

Keep It Personal

Well chosen strains allows everyone to have an abundance of the right bacteria to moderate pathogenic overgrowths. The key to microbial harmony is consistency. Many probiotic strains colonise in the gut for up to a week therefore daily supplementation is needed to keep your health moving in the right direction.

Table below highlights the key strain combinations to meet the differing needs of different people. These strains are able to pass through the digestive process intact and adhere to intestinal cells, ensuring maximum impact on gut, immune and overall biological function.

Personalised
Probiotic
Active Probiotic
Strains
Number of Active
Strains per Dose
 
Evidence Based
Treatment Applications
High Potency
Probiotic
  • L. acidophilus NCFM.
  • B. lactis Bi07
  • L. rhamnosus GG
  • 11.5 billion
  • 11.5 billion
  • 2.0 billion
  • For general support of healthy ageing.
  • General gut health and wellbeing.
  • Restoration of gut flora after a course of antibiotics.
Immune
Enhancing
Probiotic
  • L. acidophilus NCFM
  • B. lactis Bi07
  • L. rhamnosus HN001
  • 11 billion
  • 1.2 billion
  • 0.5 billion
  • For targeted support of innate immunity in adults, especially older patients.
  • For support gut-based immune regulation.
Dysbiosis
Control
  • Sacromyces boulardii
  • L. rhamnosus HN001
  • 7.5 billion
  • 0.5 billion
  • For patients: with bacterial dysbiosis, candidiasis.
  • Travelers’ diarrhoea in adults and children.
Lactobacillus Rhamnosus GG
  • L. rhamnosus GG
  • 10 billion
  • Prevention and treatment of allergic and atopic conditions including food allergy and eczema.
  • Treatment and prevention of acute infectious diarrhoea in children and adults.
Lactobacillus Plantarum 299v
  • L. plantarum 299v
  • 20 billion
  • For patients with digestive and/or systemic inflammation.
  • IBS and other inflammatory bowel conditions.

Western Diets: It is well established that a healthy diet and effective digestive flora can have a large impact on your health. Emerging research shows that a move from a phytochemical rich, low fat diet to a standard Western diet can significantly impact the microflora balance in the gut within just 24 hours.

Probiotics and Pregnancy: A meta-analysis of microflora research confirms that a large number of probiotic strains provide multiple benefits to both mother and child, during and after pregnancy. Probiotics were proven to be completely safe for use in pregnancy, with no adverse effect on caesarean section outcomes, malformation rates, gestational age or birth weight, making them an excellent choice for pregnancy support.

Probiotics and Antibiotic Associated Diarrhoea: Antibiotic use disturbs the natural balance of gut flora. It can result in a relative excess of Clostridium difficile, which produces toxins causing diarrhoea and inflammation of the bowel. A recent meta-analysis found that probiotics effectively reduced antibiotic associated diarrhoea due to Clostridium difficile by 66%, as well as reducing other antibiotic related side effects. This study highlights the importance of probiotic supplementation during and after antibiotic therapy.

Achieving Success

A probiotic supplement does more than balance the microflora of the gastrointestinal tract. It represents the key foundation for any Wellness program. In conjunction with dietary, herbal and nutritional therapeutics, a personalised probiotic selection will help to achieve your optimal health goals.

Remember that the focus is on;

The right strain for the right condition

The applicable therapeutic dose

The integrity of the product.

Always choose probiotics that are condition specific, stable and of the highest quality.

 

September 2013

Skin cancers

Radium Weed is a commonly found weed that people have been using for many years as a home remedy to treat sunspots and BCC’s. If you suspect you have a skin cancer, you should seek professional advice from your GP. Get regular checkups from your doctor or specialised cancer clinics.

For the ABC interview between Annie Gaffney and Professor Jim Aylward’s go to;

http://blogs.abc.net.au/queensland/2009/05/milkweed-and-sk.html

July 2013

Latest list of diseases helped by balancing white blood cells called T-Helper 1 or 2 [TH1 or TH2]. Different herbal formulas can help by reducing either TH1 dominance or TH2 dominance.

TH2 Dominant conditions;
Allergies
Hayfever
Rhinitus
Sinusitus
Asthma
Eczema
Urticaria
Grave’s dx [overactive thyroid]
Ulcerative colitis [Chrohn’s dx]
Scleroderma
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus [SLE]
Nephrotic syndrome
CREST syndrome
Fibrosing alveolitis

TH1 Dominant conditions;
Rheumatoid arthritis RA
Multiple sclerosis
Type 1 diabetes mellitus
Psoriasis
Sarcoidosis
Coeliac disease
Polymyalgia rheumatica
Hashimoto’s thyroiditis [underactive thyroid]
Vitiligo
Anti sperm antibodies
Recurrent miscarriages
Sjogren’s syndrome
Ankylosing spondylitis
Parkinson’s disease
Lichen planus
Alopecia areata
Granuloma annulare
Polymyositis
Dermatomyositis
Wegener’s granulomatosis
Giant cell arteritis

April 2013

Hypertension
Hypertension means high blood pressure (BP). High BP is when your BP is greater than normal levels for the population.

There are 2 blood pressure measurements;
1. Systolic – This is the pressure when the heart pumps blood
2. Diastolic – This is the pressure when the heart is resting after pumping blood

BP is measured in millimetres of mercury (mm Hg).

High BP is when the systolic pressure is > 140 mm Hg or diastolic is > 90 mm Hg i.e.
High BP is > 140/90
Very high BP is > 180/110
Normal BP for people 18 years and over is < 130/85
Normal BP for people 65 years and over is < 140/90
Diabetics or people with kidney disease need to be <130/80

95% of high BP has know known cause but as arteries narrow the heart must pump harder.
5% of high BP is due to kidney disease or some other rare disease.

15-20% of the adult Western world population has high BP which tends to increase as we get older.

High BP rarely has any warning signs. Possible symptoms are headaches, palpitations or a red face but these are rarely seen high BP.

High BP increases the risk of stroke and heart attack. The higher the BP the higher the risk. It could also cause damage to the heart and kidneys.

Your doctor may recommend an antihypertensive medication to reduce high BP.

It may be possible to reduce BP to normal by leading a normal sensible lifestyle which could avoid a lifelong commitment to drugs.

Diet – Low salt and low saturated and trans fats. Good fats e.g. fish oil are positive
Weight – As your weight reduces to normal levels so may your BP
Alcohol – Keep to a minimum. (Maximum 2 standard drinks per day)
Stress – Avoid stress and overwork. Consider relaxation or meditation classes.
Exercise – Aim for 30 minutes of daily activity e.g. walking
Smoking – Please stop. Smoking damages the arteries which could increase BP

Supplements;
Magnesium is needed to relax muscles including muscle of the blood vessel walls. Stress uses up magnesium
Taurine is very useful in reducing high BP
CO ENZYME Q10 is also useful is helps to protect the heart and improve energy
Fish oils and Vit E help to thin the blood which may help keep BP down

Check your BP;
If normal – Every 1-2 years
Over 40 years old – Every year
Women on the pill – Every year

March 2013

Below is a summary of Cholesterol jargon and alternatives to cholesterol statin drugs.

Cardiovascular disease
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the number one cause of death in Western nations. Elevated levels of blood lipids, especially triglycerides and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, have been consistently identified as risk factors in the development of CVD. In Australia and New Zealand around 51% of adults have high blood cholesterol and/or high blood triglycerides.

Cholesterol is the most common type of steroid in the body and essential to the formation of:
1. Bile acids
2. Vitamin D
3. Cell membrane structure, permeability and function
4. Steroid hormones (e.g. progesterone, oestrogens, testosterones, aldosterone and cortisol.

Triglycerides
 are the main fats in the diet and are the bodies main fat storage molecules.

Chylomicrons
. Cholesterol and triglycerides are transported in the bloodstream as a package of chylomicrons and/or lipoproteins.
Lipoproteins are proteins with some fat attached. There are four main categories.
1. Very low density lipoproteins (VLDL)
2. Intermediate density lipoproteins (IDL)
3. Low-density Lipoproteins (LDL)
4. High-density lipoproteins (HDL)
VLDL, IDL and LDL Deliver triglycerides to the tissues
HDL Removes cholesterol from the tissues and takes them to the liver for elimination. This is why HDL is seen as the good cholesterol. This is why a blood test with high cholesterol is not seen as necessarily bad if there is a high level of HDL cholesterol.

VLDL
 Has the highest fat content and therefore is the lowest density lipoprotein. It is the major transporter of triglycerides to either muscle, for energy production, or fat tissue for storage.

IDLs
 also deliver triglycerides to tissues.

LDL
 are the major blood carriers of cholesterol. Diets high in saturated fats, trans fats and cholesterol appear to cause a reduction in LDL receptors in the liver thus retarding LDL breakdown and elevating circulating LDLs.

Small dense (sd) LDLs
 are formed when triglyceride is removed from VLDLs. They are more likely to cause the formational of fatty deposits on the artery walls. There are four main factors that increase the risk of sdLDLs being produced;
1. High body fat, especially on the abdomen/stomach.
2. A low fat and high carbohydrate diet.
3. People with insulin problems such as hyperglycaemia, insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes.
 4. Medication, for example the oral contraceptive pill.

HDLs
 are antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-thrombotic, and decrease cardiovascular disease risk. Total cholesterol (TC) to HDL ratio TC:HDL is a strong risk marker for cardiovascular disease. HDL levels increase with weight loss, stopping smoking, moderate alcohol consumption, exercise, and good quality dietary fats especially from fish. Low HDL is associated with diabetes and metabolic syndrome.

Apolipoproteins
 are present in all fat transport particles. They provide structure and act as receptor binding domains.
1. ApoA Is the essential for HDL formation.
2. ApoB is present in VLDL, IDL and LDL particles and are essential for LDL receptor activation. ApoB Is the main protein component of LDL
3. ApoE is also essential for LDL receptor activation e.g. In the liver where the LDLs are broken down.

Chylomicrons
. Dietary fats are absorbed as chilomicrons, which are produced in the absorbent cells lining the small intestine. They contain triglycerides, cholesterol, phospholipids and proteins. They are found in the intestinal lymphatics and blood during and after meals. They transport dietary fat to the liver for processing into lipoproteins.

Triglycerides
 are transported as chylomicrons and VLDLs. High levels of triglycerides are an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease as they are associated with the decreased HDL’s and the formation of sdLDL’s which promote the formation of fatty deposits in the arteries. Dietary TG’s are transported in chylomicrons from the gut to the liver where they are broken down to glycerol and free fatty acids and re-formed into  VLDL particles. As these VLDL particles circulate around the body they are broken down leaving sdLDLs.
Approximately 70% of the body’s cholesterol is in fact produced by the liver, with the other 30% from dietary sources. There is an enzyme in the body that is needed to produce cholesterol in the liver.

Statin drugs
. Medical attempts to control blood cholesterol levels have largely centred around the inhibition of this enzyme. These drugs are collectively known as the statins. While these are successful at controlling cholesterol in many patients they are unfortunately associated with side-effects such as;
1. Fatigue
2. Muscle breakdown which causes muscle pain. NB the heart is a muscle
3. Liver damage
4. Inhibits the production of coenzyme Q10 which is needed for energy production and muscle contraction.
5. Anaemia (long term use)

An alternative approach
 to cholesterol reduction combines two natural medicines
1. Polymethoxyflavones (PMFs) from citrus fruits
2. Tocotrienols from sustainability sourced palm oil

PMFs
 are antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds found in the peel of citrus fruits. They have been shown to reduce cardiovascular risk. Studies have shown that diets with flavonoid rich fruits and vegetables reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Citrus juices can improve blood fat levels. For example three glasses of orange juice a day can increase HDL by 21% and reduce LDL:HDL ratio by 16%. Grapefruit has been shown to give similar benefits.

PMFs work by;
1. Reducing apoB secretion which reduces LDL synthesis in the liver without affecting CoQ 10 production.
2. Increasing LDL receptor synthesis which insures increased liver LDL clearance
3. Mildly inhibiting the activity of liver enzymes that produce cholesterol
4. Helps reduce the early stages of inflammation that could help reduce damage to blood vessel walls.
5. Reducing high blood pressure (in animal studies)

Tocotrienols
 are similar to tocopherols such as vitamin E but have extra values. They have potent free radical scavenging properties but they also regulate numerous transcription factors and receptors.
1. They regulate enzymes that produce cholesterol in the liver
2. They regulate inflammation
3. They regulate a signalling enzyme which is known to be involved in cancer formation
4. They inhibit LDL oxidation
5. They decrease LDL levels
6. They increase the clearance of cholesterol in the liver
Both PMFs and tocotrienols are strongly antioxidant and may therefore help protect against the formation of plaques on blood vessel walls. Oxidised LDL is a key agent in the formation of plaques.

Statin drugs
 work by not allowing the liver enzymes to produce cholesterol. They are very effective and inhibit cholesterol production by 99%. But they also reduce the production of some proteins and CoQ10 which leads to long-term effects of anaemia and muscle breakdown.
In contrast tocotrienols have been shown to elevate CoQ10 production significantly.
A recent human trial using a combination of PMFs and Tocotrienols showed significantly improved levels of total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglycerides within the first four weeks of between 20-25%

There are no known contraindications.
 Cautions;
Blood thinning agents
Vitamin E and tocotrienols might increase the risk of bleeding as they can inhibit platelet aggregation and interfere with vitamin K clotting factors. This is probably only likely to be significant when using greater than 800 iu/day

Chemotherapy
Theoretically, PMFs might increase absorption and blood levels of some drugs. Use with caution.

Pregnancy

It is not recommended to reduce cholesterol below physiological levels in pregnancy.  Not safe to use.

Lactation

Not safe to use. These compounds pass into breastmilk and may reduce cholesterol production in the infant, which is not recommended.March 2013

Research Reviews

Cancer and Fatigue

A recent review has shown that people with cancer that get fatigue benefit from exercise with rest where it was previously thought they should just rest. Light aerobic exercise is best rather than resistance exercise or Yoga. All studiew were in patients with solid tumours and mostly in breast cancer patients.

Vitamin D deters cancer.

Vitamin D is well known to be important for the immune system but it has now been shown that it is important in cancer prevention. Make sure your blood levels are > 100 nmol/L

Blood pressure

Does your doctor take your blood pressure in both arms?

A difference in blood pressure between the 2 sides of the body of 10 [mmHg] or greater indicates a problem in the peripheral blood circulation. There are no other symptoms to warn you of this danger.

A difference in blood pressure between the 2 sides of the body of 15 [mmHg] or greater indicates an increased risk of death from heart/blood vessel disease. It is also connected to hardening of the arteries of the brain.

Depression and the B Vitamin Folate

Two main types of depression are Melancholic and Non-melancholic.

1. Melancholic depression symptoms include;

a. inability to feel pleasure in things that usually give pleasure

b. non reactive mood

c. profound lack of enthusiasm, energy and activity

d. cognitive problems [poor brain function]

e. poor memory

f. observable psychomotor disturbances e.g. slower reaction times

2. Non-Melancholic depression [most common form of depression] symptoms include;

a. low self esteem

b. self criticism

c. depressed mood

d. appetite changes

e. fatigue

f. poor sleep patterns

Non-melancholics do not have the psychomotor disturbances as do the Melancholics

Non-melancholics respond to drug treatment and psychotherapy.

Research is starting to show that Folate supplementation can help the Melancholic form of depression.

Melancholics have dysfunctions in the serotonin and/or noradrenalin neurotransmitter pathways.

Folate, B12 and B6 are needed for the production of serotonin and noradrenalin and dopamine. So take your B vitamins especially high quality activated forms e.g. folinic acid is the active form of folate and pyridoxal-6-phosphate is the active form of B6.

Cystic Fibrosis and Magnesium bisglycinate

Magnesium bisglycinate supplementation has been shown to improve clinical outcomes in children with Cystic Fibrosis [CF].

Many studies have shown that many children with CF are deficient in magnesium.

300mg per day of elemental magnesium from Magnesium bisglycinate was shown to significantly improve the function of the lung muscles and reduce severity of lung disease.

This is possibly because it helped;

a. muscle contraction and relaxation

b. cell energy production

c. production and clearing of mucus

d. improved immune response

e. reduce inflammation

f. reduce oxidation stress

 

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A truly “Practitioner Only” brand which means it’s concentrated and pure, so you can be confident that it is high quality.

One of the purest fish oils on the market, to minimise toxin exposure  [e.g. Mercury] often found in oils and so your cells are getting the best there is.

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Manufactured by a highly ethical company so you know what you’re getting is sustainable, pure, fresh, and extensively tested.

Free from list available so we can avoid any allergens and irritants.

Oils sourced from eco-friendly sustainable fish sources and are certified by “Friends Of The Sea”.

Endorsed by The MINDD Foundation due to the oils’ purity and strength.

No added sweeteners.

Liquid – convenient once a day dosing. [Top of bottle is filled with Nitrogen so there is no air reducing quality of oil]

Capsules – flavoured option and enteric coated options to avoid after taste or reflux.

 

Suggestions For Sensitive Patients and Liquid Oils

Add the oil to a pineapple juice shot.

Follow with a little fresh lemon juice in water to lift the oil off the pallet.

Add the oils to a little salmon/tuna and eat with a cracker. This works particularly well for children

When opening for the first time leave the gold foil seal on and put a small pen hole in one side and a larger pen hole in the other side to reduce dribbles.

Store the bottle wrapped in a tissue to catch any dribbles.

Always store both liquids and capsules in the fridge after opening.

In Traditional Chines Medicine an aversion to oils is an indicator that the gall bladder is not functioning well and needs to be supported. This may be manifested long before there are any Western Medicine gall bladder signs. This is relevant even for those who have had their gall bladder removed.

Fish Oil Detail

 

New product called CholCare which may improve LDL:HDL cholesterol ratio by 26% in four weeks [see details below].

They also have a new flavour in their High blood pressure/magnesium formulae CardioX. They now have a banana/berry flavour as well as their standard Tropical flavour.

They have also added a 270 capsule Vit D supplement in addition to their standard 90 capsule container

 

CholCare

30 capsules (30 days)

Clinically Trialled Combination to Help Healthy People Maintain Normal Levels of Cholesterol and Triglycerides.

In healthy people, ingredients in CholCare have been shown to or may:

Help maintain healthy total cholesterol levels.

Improve LDL:HDL ratio by 26% in four weeks.

Clinically trialled, once daily dose.

Clinical Benefits

The combination of 270 mg of citrus bioflavonoids (PMF-source™) and 18 mg of tocotrienols (TocoSource™), has been shown to impact total cholesterol by an average of 25% over 4 weeks and 27% over 12 weeks: Three studies including a double blind, randomised clinical trial plus two open-label trials demonstrated significant reductions in total cholesterol, triglycerides and LDL:HDL ratio

Key mechanisms include HMG-CoA reductase inhibition, reduction of apolipoprotein-B100 secretion and modulation of hepatic LDL receptors. Specifically, the polymethoxyflavones tangeretin and nobiletin, suppress the hepatic secretion of ApoB and increase LDL receptor synthesis. PMF-source™ is an exclusive extract of citrus bioflavonoids containing at least 11.5 mg of tangeretin and 10 mg nobiletin per dose.

TocoSource™ tocotrienols inhibit the production of HMGCoA reductase but support endogenous CoQ10 production via induction of the enzyme geranylgeranyl pyrophosphate (GGPP). In vitro research shows an 80% inhibition of HMG-CoA reductase by decreasing transcription efficiency and enhancing degradation, unlike most HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors which block the mevalonate pathway by up to 99%.

Directions

Adults: Take 1 capsule at night.

Ingredients

Each capsule contains:

Citrus bioflavonoids extract (PMF-source™) 270 mg

Tocotrienols complex – palm* (TocoSource™) 18 mg

*Sustainably sourced palm.

February 2012

Metagenics have just changed their Fibroplex powders. They now use Stevia as a sweetener and have taken out the Fructose from all of their magnesium powders. The Fibroplex Plus 200 grams now contains 210 grams and the 400 grams now contains 420 grams. There is no price change.

August 2012

Cancer seminar notes July 2012

June 2012

 

New products from Metagenics

1. Mito Activate 30 tabs [30 days supply] $39.95 – Helps mental and physical fatigue by helping mitochondrial function and cellular energy production.

Extract equivalent to:
Camellia sinensis, leaf dry (Green tea) 10.0 g
Ilex paraguariensis, leaf dry (Yerba mate) 3.0 g
Panax ginseng, root dry (Korean ginseng) 2.0 g
R,S-alpha Lipoic acid 300 mg

2. Omega Brain Plus 190ml [19 days supply] $84.95 – Improves memory in people with age related cognitive decline.

Each 5ml dose contains;
Fish oil – natural 2.3 g
Equivalent to Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) 209 mg
Equivalent to Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) 1.0 g
Lecithin (Soy) 1.7 g
Equivalent Phosphatidylcholine 575 mg
Lecithin liquid – Soy phosphatidylserine – enriched soy 750 mg
Equivalent Soy phosphatidylserine 150 mg
Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3) 20 μg
Equivalent Vitamin D3 800 IU

3. Kidney Care 60 tabs [30 days supply] Supports kidney and bladder health and assists in treatment of fluid retention.

Each tablet contains extract equivalent to:
Galium aparine, whole plant dry (Cleavers)3.0 g
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi, leaf dry (Bearberry)1.1 g
Equisetum arvense, whole plant dry (Horsetail)500 mg
Quercetin100 mg
Thiamine hydrochloride (Vitamin B1)15 mg
Pyridoxine hydrochloride (Vitamin B6)13 mg
d-alpha-Tocopheryl acid succinate83 mg
Equivalent Vitamin E100 IU

October 2011

Childrens seminar

Childrens’ Health

The Metagenics Childrens’ Range: Caring for the Youngest Patients.

Children have special health requirements. They have an immature physiology and specific nutritional requirements that vary from those of adults. Therefore, any Natural Medicine designed for children must be formulated to take their specific needs and stages of development into account. For example, formulas for children need to address issues of:

  • Appropriate dosages for children of different ages
  • Enhanced absorption minerals and activated vitamins
  • Small serving sizes for small patients
  • New flavours and formulations for improved compliance
  • Treatment strategies for the most common children’s clinical presentations

The Metagenics childrens’ range addresses all these issues, and provides high quality Natural Medicines especially designed for children.

Improved Compliance for Fussy Kids

Children are notoriously fussy and this has been a major consideration in the formulation of the Metagenics kids range. The Metagenics Kids range may assist compliance by:

  • Tiered dosing enables smaller serve sizes and fluid volume to help children consume the therapeutic dose.
    • Ages 1 to 4 dilute in 50 mL
    • Ages 5 to 12 dilute in 100 mL
  • Specific mixing directions with water, milk (oat, soy, rice, cows or other) or juice, to best complement the formula whilst also considering therapeutic application.
  • Some formulas may also be frozen into ice blocks as a ‘fun’ alternative for children.
  • Fish oil liquids are best taken chilled as this reduces any odour and provides a crisper taste.
  • Fish oils can also be mixed into juice for those who dislike the texture of oil.

Note: It is important to ensure powdered formulas are mixed into the recommended quantity and type of fluid, as more concentrated drinks and mixers may not be palatable.

Neurological Function

Behavioural and cognitive difficulties can disrupt the learning ability of some children. It is critical that the developing brain receives the nutrition it needs and that neurotransmitter function is optimal.

Common indications that the Metagenics kids range may assist include:

  • Learning
  • Memory
  • Concentration
  • Cognitive development
  • Nervous system function
  • Insomnia
  • Stress and anxiety

Immunity

T-helper polarisation can predispose children to atopic conditions and poor immunity. Eczema (atopic dermatitis) is a recurring, non-infectious, inflammatory skin condition affecting one in three Australasians at some stage throughout their lives.1

Common immunological conditions include:

  • Eczema
  • Upper respiratory complaints
  • Allergy, hayfever, sinusitus
  • Ear infections
  • Coughs and colds

Gastrointestinal Health

Gastrointestinal function is fundamental to a child’s health and linked to immune regulation, neurological development and growth.

Common clinical presentations include:

  • Leaky gut
  • Diarrhoea
  • Poor digestive function

July 2011

New supplement;
For the eyes
There is a new supplement that I stock that supports an increase in macular pigment density and healthy vision in older people. It may also relieve eye strain and visual fatigue and supports night vision and dark adaptation.

Numerous trials using lutein and zeaxanthin have demonstrated improvements in macular pigment density and visual parameters such as glare recovery, contrast sensitivity and visual acuity through a protective mechanism on the macula. Lutein and zeaxanthin act as free radical scavengers, reducing peroxidation of membrane phospholipids.

 

In a double blind, placebo controlled trial; blackcurrant, lutein and zeaxanthin showed significant improvements in recovery from visual fatigue. Testing included proof reading from computer screens indicating that this specific combination may be beneficial for those operating computers for prolonged periods of time.

New supplement;
A new supplement to support male conception
Improves sperm health, DNA integrity, sperm count, motility and morphology. Email me for details [email protected]
Zinc and selenium are essential for normal sperm production and folic acid may improve chromosome health. Vitamin C helps to prevent DNA damage which may be associated with poor reproductive outcomes. Tribulus has been used to balance and support normal male physiology and sexual function in traditional Ayurvedic medicine.

New supplement;
A new supplement to support females throughout conception, pregnancy and lactation.
Specialised nutrition for healthy conception and pregnancy and provides nutrients commonly deficient during pregnancy to support healthy birth outcomes.
Includes nutrients such as iron, iodine, folate, zinc, calcium and vitamin D which are required in higher levels during pregnancy. Studies show that up to 19.8% of pregnant Australian women have a severe iodine deficiency. Iodine is required for normal healthy foetal brain development.

In addition to low intakes and low plasma levels of selenium, pregnancy further reduces plasma selenium levels by approximately 20 to 30%. Reduced levels of selenium in pregnant women and/or neonates have been associated with poor birth outcomes, such as premature birth and low birth weight.

Deficiency of important nutrients during pregnancy such as iron and vitamin D may increase infant disease risk and adverse birth outcomes.

This supplement also contains Amla, an antioxidant tonic herb traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine during pregnancy.

New supplement;
Potent antioxidant for stress protection and improved resistance against disease

Made from organic superfoods which may have superior antioxidant activity to other fruits and vegetables has a broad range of antioxidants, may provide more benefits and protective effects against disease risk than single doses. A single serve provides a wide variety of phytochemicals from 13 fruit and vegetables.

This new supplement is made from organically grown fruit and vegetables have naturally high levels of phytochemicals which have been developed as part of their defence mechanism against environmental stress.

This supplement may activate the protective stress mechanism. Phytochemicals from high consumption of fruit and vegetables act as low dose stressors that improve resistance against more severe stressors.

Ingredients include organic fruit and vegetable powders [Cabbage, Raspberry, Cowberry, Capsicum, Spirulina (2%), Beet, Sea Buckthorn (maltodextrin) (1%), Carrot, American Blueberry, Ginger (0.2%), Spinach], Non Organic Flax seed powder (17.5%) , Inulin (15%), natural flavour (Mulberry), Ascorbic acid (antioxidant), Acacia gum, Green tea extract (3%), Astragalus powder (0.5%), Acerola extract (maltodextrin, starch), Goji extract (0.2%), Steviol glycosides.

New supplement;
High Potency Iron with Enhanced Bioavailability that is vegetarian and vegan friendly

24 mg of elemental iron per capsule with enhanced absorption using Iron diglycinate.
Also included is 500 μg folic acid and 500 μg vitamin B12 to help build red blood cells to carry the iron.
Iron diglycinate is a highly stable and absorbable form of iron. It has been shown to absorb better and have fewer side effects than ferrous sulfate.

The key role of iron is to facilitate oxygen transport by haemoglobin in red blood cells. Red blood cells require iron, folic acid, vitamins B12 and B6 for normal synthesis. Population groups with an increased demand or reduced dietary intake of iron such as pregnant women, athletes, vegetarians and vegans may also have greater need for these nutrients.

 

Some supplements which may appear vegetable based may be derived from animals. This new supplement goes through the highest quality assurance system to know the origin of all ingredients used. This supplements contains no ingredients of animal origin and is contained in a small, easy to swallow, green vegecap, making it ideal for vegetarian and vegans.

May 2011

Healthy bowels for healthy skin [eczema, psoriasis and acne]
A new herbal laxative supplement may assist waste elimination by supporting regular bowel movements. Unlike pharmaceutical laxatives and castor oil, this herbal supplement does not trigger the release of platelet activating factor (PAF), a pro-inflammatory mediator known to damage the intestinal mucosa. Rather Cascara and Rhubarb work through a variety of mechanisms to improve the contractility and peristaltic action of the lower bowel maintaining intestinal integrity.

In order to minimise griping pain that is often associated with laxative use, Herbal Laxative also contains antispasmodic and carminative herbs Ginger and German Chamomile and Cinnamon, all of which have been traditionally used to relieve intestinal spasm and pain.

Healthy Lymphatics for healthy skin [eczema, psoriasis and acne]
The lymphatic system is an open-ended network of vessels which play crucial roles in fluid regulation, immune function, and waste removal. If the lymphatic system is not sufficiently emptied, lymphatic stasis may occur, which has major implications for skin health. In Iridology the this can be seen as white clouds on the outer part of the iris next to the skin!

A new supplement “Blood and Lymphatic Detoxification” contains key alterative herbs which act through a variety of mechanisms to enhance waste elimination via the lymphatics, blood, and kidneys. Red Sage, has long been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for skin eruptions and rashes, in order to dispel stasis and cool the blood. Coupled with Nettle to support kidney elimination, and antimicrobial essential oils from Thyme and Wild Marjoram, this well-rounded formula is a must have for the effective management of all skin afflictions.

To get the best results for your skin, all aspects of elimination need to be considered. Two key systems that often need attention in conditions like eczema, psoriasis and acne are the lymphatics and the bowel. Simple herbal and nutritional support options like Herbal Laxative and Blood and Lymphatic Detoxification can help to move toxins through the appropriate elimination channels to ensure radiant skin from the inside-out.

April 2011

Wellness Review (Nutrients for Healthy Skin)

March 2011

Are you constipated?

Functional Constipation must include two or more of the following:

– Straining
– Lumpy or hard stools
– Sensation of incomplete evacuation
– Sensation of anorectal obstruction/blockage
– Manual maneuvers to facilitate defecation
– Two or fewer defecations per week

NB Loose stool rarely present without use of laxatives

Have a look at the Bristol stool chart the 1st 2 pictures are common with constipation

Herbs that help with constipation;
Ginger – Stimulates bowel transit and reduces spasm
German Chamomile – reduces spasms and relieves discomfort
Cascara – Safe laxative, does not cause gut inflammation like some other laxatives
Cinnamon – reduces spasm
Rhubarb – Restores bile production. Low bile causes a slow bowel as bile acts like a soap to keep the bowel moving]

All of the above herbs are in a new supplement, ask for “Gut Laxative herbal 60 caps”

Tips to encourage daily bowel function;
Go to the toilet when your body gives you a signal. Do not ignore this signal.
Regular exercise especially using the abdominal muscles
Keep your fluid intake up which includes water, herbal teas, tea, milk
Dietary fibre e.g oats, apples, lentils, barley, fruit, vegetables and cereals.
Make sure any medication you are on does not cause constipation e.g. Antidepressants, narcotic [opiates], poor iron supplements, calcium supplements.

Welcome to Wellness Review [Skin Health]

Did you know…
That those ingrown hairs on the back of your thighs can be a sign that you are low in Vitamin A
Hanging skin tags are are sign of Insulin/blood sugar problems
Cracks in the corners of the mouth are a sign of Iron or B2 deficiency

Iron deficiency can be seen from many symptoms in the mouth
Cracks in the corners of the mouth
Swollen tongue with some loss of the “taste bud” lumps
Pale mouth lining
Thrush on the tongue or mouth
Recurrent mouth ulcers or sores in the mouth
Inflammation in the mouth lining
Burning mouth

Also look out for flattening of the finger nails with some concave  hollows on the nail surface

Do you have yellow lumps on the skin anywhere around your eyes?
This is a condition called “Xanthelasmata” and is a warning of possible future heart disease and premature death

Do you have white spots on your nails?
This can be caused by physical trauma to the nails but can also indicate that you have had a bit of a sugar binge. High sugar causes some temporary deficiency of alkalising minerals such as Calcium, Magnesium or Zinc.

Resveratrol and Breast Cancer
The antioxidant compound Resveratrol can interfere with the growth of some forms of breast cancer. It seems to be able to interact with one form of breast cancer gene [BRCA-1] which can be present in women with a family history of breast cancer. This gene can be negatively triggered by exposure to some hydrocarbons and some dioxin like compounds that may be found in polluted soil, air or water.

Skin nutrients
Omega-3 fish oils [lipids] provide structural, hydrating, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial benefits to the skin. All of these benefits are needed in psoriasis.
This is why soaps and detergents can adversely affect the skin by reducing fats [lipids] in the skin.
Six percent of the bodies Zinc is found in the skin and is indispensable for the best possible skin. If you have any skin issues ask for a “Zinc taste test” to determine the level of zinc in your body.
The Ph of the body and the skin helps to regulate the skins bacterial population size and diversity.
Some bacteria are useful to fight off negative bacteria such as Propionibacterium acnes [can cause acne vulgaris], Demodex folliculorium [acne rosacea], D. brevis [eczema] and staphylococcus aureus.
Other nutrients needed are Vitamin E, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12
Specific gut bacteria are also important to help tip the immune system in the correct direction [balance T-Helper 1 and 2] but also Th17 in cases of psoriasis.

February 2011

Skin
Skin is the largest organ of the human body, with a total surface area between 1.5 to 2 square metres. Skin conditions account for over 15% of all doctors consultations. Healthy skin is an integral part of good health. Not only does the skin provide a physical barrier to protect us from the external environment, but also defends us against bacterial, fungal, and viral infection. It is the starting point in the synthesis of vitamin D. and it is vital for fluid regulation. Even a mild disruption in skin function can have major repercussions not just on skin quality, but on overall health.

Are you itching for relief?
There is now a new lotion to help relieve the irritation and itching of eczema, atopic dermatitis, acne vulgaris, and skin infections. It contains herbs, Calendula officinalis (Marigold),Chamomilla recutita (German chamomile), and Avena sativa (Oats) and essential oil from manuka leaf.

Also a new cream for Psoriasis. Ingredients include Vitamin B12 [psoriatic skin is very low in this healing vitamin], Aloe Vera, Evening Primrose Oil, Lavender and Vitamin D3

Other new supplements
New supplement to help prevent cold sores and other herpes virus problems.
New lymph and blood cleansing tablets
New laxative capsules
To help the skin in the long term detoxification of the bowel, lymph, blood and or kidneys is needed.

Welcome to Wellness review

Chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, account for approximately 90% of all deaths in Australia despite the fact that they are largely preventable through dietary and lifestyle modification.

The proportion of our population that is aged over 65 years is predicted to triple in certain areas of Australia by 2051. This is particularly alarming given that chronic disease rates are greater with increasing age. For example, the incidence of coronary heart disease in people aged 75 to 90 years is estimated to be 18 times greater than those aged 40 to 54 years. Take your Fish oil and Co Q10 supplements now!

Co Enzyme CoQ10 and energy production

December 2010

Diabetes
Surprisingly, obesity has been shown to correlate with diabetes only when there are detectable levels of environmental toxins – organochlorides – found in the body. It is not just too much food but too much contaminated food that triggers diabetes.

There is a striking correlation between diabetes and the level of persistent organic pollutants such as PCB’s, dioxins and organochlorides which are very long lasting environmental residues from plastics, pesticides and other industrial chemicals. These are part of the blame for diabetes. They have a proven ability to damage pancreatic beta cells, alter glucose [sugar] metabolism and increase inflammation in the body.

High levels of other toxins  such as bisphenol A [a plasticiser] have been shown to be associated with a 35 – 40% increased risk of cardiovascular disease as well as diabetes in the general population.

Also keep in mind that diabetes can cause changes in moods, memory and a slower cognitive speed and an increased risk of dementia. These problems are due to impaired energy metabolism in the brain, dysfunction of the mitochondria, high oxidative stress, inflammation and degeneration of cells.

The brain does not need insulin for uptake and consumption of glucose to the brain but it is important to protect nerve cells that help with learning and memory.

Insulin resistance [which can be a precurser to diabetes] combined with beta-amaloid [seen in Alzheimer’s patients] can cause nerve cell insulin resistance. Could dementia now be called “Type 3 Diabetes”?

Co Enzyme CoQ10 and energy production

I had a patient last month who complained of severe muscle pain. It turned out that a statin drug that he used to lower cholesterol was the cause of the pain.

What you can do about your high cholesterol

November 2010

Did you know that;
Statin medications (e.g. Lipotor for lowering Cholesterol) are the world’s highest selling class of pharmaceutical drug, with sales reaching more than $US12 billion dollars in 2008

People with type 2 diabetes have a 2 to 3 times increased risk of developing high cholesterol and/or atherosclerosis [hardening of the arteries]

It is estimated that the world-wide prevalence of type 2 diabetes will more than double by 2030, with rates reaching 366 million people. This could have massive implications for the cardiovascular disease in Australia.

Do you have Metabolic Syndrome?

October 2010

Menopause – Wellness Review Article

Latest antioxidant formula supports healthy ageing
Potent antioxidant [standardised 300 mg of Resveratrol bioflavanoid]
Tumeric root
Quercetin bioflavanoid
Reduce your risk of chronic disease with the latest potent antioxidant. 1 tablet daily.

Heart formula now includes CoQ10
A powerful combination of of herbs and nutrients to support heart and cardiovascular health including blood flow to this vital organ. CoQ10 will also increase your energy levels.

Immunity may lose balance in menopause.
Oestrogen plays an important role in regulating immune function, and declining levels throughout menopause increase susceptibility to arthritic and auto-immune pathologies. T-helper 1 (Th1) activity increases gradually and peaks 10 to 30 years after menopause. TH1 higher than Th2 causes a shift to autoimmune diseases in menopausal years. [NB There are herbs that can reduce TH1 and therefore help prevent auto immune diseases].

Chinese herbs shown to support hormones and immunity in menopause.
Rehmannia and other herbs are widely renowned for their adaptogenic benefits, as well as offering hormonal support for menopausal women. A trial of peri-menopausal women showed that taking the six-ingredient rehmannia formula for two months, increased plasma oestradiol levels as well as oestrogen receptor levels in white blood cells, supporting both hormonal health and healthy immune function. These results positively correlated to significant improvements in menopausal symptoms.

Childhood stress associated with earlier age of menopause.
A UK study has revealed that women whose fathers were in manual labour during their childhood reached menopause at an earlier age compared to women whose fathers engaged in non-manual work. Also, children who endure parental divorce go on to reach menopause at an earlier age. Contributing factors are thought to be childhood nutrition, cognition and emotional stress.This study highlights the impact of childhood stress having profound and lasting effects on hormonal health throughout life.

The herbal combination Bupleurum Complex for Nervous Tension and Irritability is shown to support healthy neuronal activity to help relieve anxiety, insomnia, irritability, depression, and hot flushes during menopause, especially when symptoms are exacerbated by stress. The herbs in this formula synergistically ease the stress response and support healthy levels of neurotransmitters such as dopamine and GABA. These effects help soothe irritability, improve mental focus and manage daytime hot flushes.

Rehmannia Hot Flush Relief is another herbal formula for relieving menopausal symptoms,especially more severe hot flushes and night sweats. Rehmannia is associated with increasing oestrogen activity, reducing neuronal inflammation and promoting healthy bone metabolism.In Rehmannia Hot Flush Relief, rehmannia is combined with zizyphus, a cooling anxiolytic, to help reduce anxiety, sweating and to improve sleep quality. Consider Rehmannia Hot Flush Relief for menopausal symptoms of night sweats, fatigue, anxiety, low libido, vaginal dryness and for those women with osteoporotic risk.

September 2010

Report Confirms Vital Role of Natural Medicine

Does your Menstrual Cycle rule your life?

August 2010

PMS better by Moderate Exercise
Moderate aerobic exercise has been shown to improve symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) by modifying hormone levels. In a recent study, oestrogen and progesterone levels were monitored mid-cycle and premenstrually in over 50 PMS sufferers, who either took up regular exercise or remained sedentary. After 24 weeks, the exercising women reported less menstrual pain and water retention, a decreased sense of loneliness, less crying and fewer skin blemishes.

Stress directly impacts on reproductive health.
When stress activates the hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal axis (HPA), the consequent release of corticotropin releasing hormone (CRH), adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) and cortisol directly impacts on healthy reproductive function. Stress causes the hypothalamus to increase CRH release, which inhibits gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH) secretion. In turn, rising cortisol levels inhibit the release of luteinizing hormone (LH), ovarian oestrogen and progesterone. These effects are responsible for amenorrhoea [loss of periods], which is observed in women during times of anxiety, depression, malnutrition, eating disorders and chronic excessive exercise.

What is PMS really telling us?
Many women can accurately predict the arrival of their monthly menstruation due to irritability, tiredness and chocolate cravings! PMS symptoms are a clear signal that hormonal imbalances are affecting the body and the brain, altering mood and disturbing the stress response. Bupleurum Complex is a herbal formula that may help relieve mood swings and emotional instability caused by hormonal fluctuations. It is shown to help relieve PMS-related symptoms such as depression, irritability, frustration and short-temperedness.

Angelica and Vitex complex is a formula that focuses on the more physical symptoms of PMS, menstrual pain and heavy and/or irregular periods. It reduces high oestrogen/low progesterone levels.

Fibroids
Women with painful and heavy menstruation associated with uterine fibroids, endometriosis and/or polycystic ovarian syndrome may find relief with Cinnamon Complex. It reduces congestion and inflammation.


Diabetes

Latest on weight loss research

Alzheimer’s and other Dementias

Vitamin D deficiency

Metabolic Syndrome

Insulin Resistance & Weight Loss

July 2010

Could stress trigger Metabolic Syndrome?
The British Medical Journal reported on a 14 year study that found a direct relationship between work stress and Metabolic Syndrome. Over 10,000 civil service employees aged 35 to 55 showed that chronic work stress is associated with more than double the risk of developing Metabolic Syndrome. Socioeconomic factors also played a role, as those with higher status jobs were less likely to have Metabolic Syndrome, compared to those with lower status jobs. Other factors such as smoking, alcohol abuse, lack of exercise and diets low in fruit and vegetables were also associated with increased risk of Metabolic Syndrome.

Meditation restores the heart.
A recent study shows that transcendental meditation (TM) may help patients with established heart disease. 103 coronary heart disease patients were assigned either weekly TM practice or health education classes for 16 weeks. Researchers discovered that TM was associated with the benefits of lowered systolic blood pressure, reduced insulin resistance and significantly improved heart rate variability, whereas the health education group did not. These results indicate that, whilst TM is not an alternative to medical therapy, it is a potentially helpful complementary strategy.

June 2010

Colds and Flu article

Australia is in the grip of a rising obesity epidemic
Recent studies estimate that more than half of all Australian women (52%) and two-thirds of men (67%) are overweight or obese. That is, almost 60% of the adult population in Australia is overweight or obese. Obesity is a health crisis that is costing the Australian government up to $1.5 billion a year in direct health costs.1 A quarter of a million Australians have metabolic dysfunctions as a result of being obese. Spare a thought for the obese liver. A healthy liver contains little or no fat. Whilst alcohol abuse is a well known culprit for causing liver damage, insulin resistance and obesity also cause triglyceride accumulation in the liver leading to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease [NAFLD].

The good news is that low carbohydrate diets are shown to help obese patients with NAFLD. A study has found that after six months of following a low carbohydrate diet, obese patients experience significant weight loss and follow-up liver biopsies revealed histologic improvements in steatosis (fat infiltration), inflammation and fibrosis.

May 2010

Auto Immune disease article

Symptomatic relief that supports immunity
Even the healthiest person may experience occasional viral infections, as viral strains are constantly mutating and easily evade immune memory and recognition. To help manage URTIs, the herbs Andrographis paniculata and Picrorriza kurroa are useful for both treating and preventing viral illnesses by supporting immune resistance. In clinical trials, 6 g of andrographis daily during colds has been found to be as effective as standard pharmaceutical antipyretic treatment for relieving sore throat and fever. Further, when compared to placebo, andrographis significantly reduces the overall symptoms and length of respiratory tract infections. NK Cell Regulation is a formula that combines 6 g of andrographis with picrorriza and 15 mg of elemental zinc per tablet, to provide acute relief during colds and ‘flu. This formula can also be used to provide ongoing immune support throughout the winter months to prevent infection.

Clearing congested sinuses
During an infection, Antimicrobial Sinus Nasal Spray can to be added to a prescription to help clear congested sinuses with saline, xylitol and essential oils. Available in a convenient nasal spray, this formula provides powerful local anti-inflammatory relief, whilst helping to manage microbial infection.

Relieving cough
Viral infection is responsible for 90% of all acute bronchitis infections, resulting in an acute, wet cough and often leaving patients with a lingering dry, post-viral cough. In either situation, two new formulas have been developed that can help. Containing high levels of herbal extracts, Herbal Relief for Productive Cough provides expectorant, mucolytic and bronchodilating properties, whilst Herbal Relief for Dry Cough offers anti-tussive, antiinflammatory and demulcent mucus membrane support.

Nutritional building blocks to fortify immunity Vitamin C and zinc are rapidly utilised in the immune response to infection, making supplementation essential to support recovery and strengthen resistance to further infection. These essential immune nutrients are involved in virtually every step of the immune response, including T-cell proliferation, natural killer cell activity, and neutrophil viability. Zinc with Vitamin C Powder combines these essential nutrients with beta-carotene, magnesium and vitamin B6 to support healthy immunity, reduce respiratory infections and promote healing and recovery.

April 2010

Sinus and Hayfever article

Do your cells have digestive issues?
Cells have the remarkable ability to self-digest intracellular components, via the process of autophagy. There are now 31 separate genes associated with this catabolic process, which is recognised as a double-edged sword, as it protects cells and triggers apoptosis, but is also involved in the pathogenesis of many serious diseases, including cancer, Crohn’s Disease and Parkinson’s disease. New research looking at the genes associated with autophagy is revealing new markers in the susceptibility to various chronic diseases.1 We will keep you updated on this new research as it emerges!

Genetic identification turns up clues in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. Extensive epidemiological studies throughout Europe, North America and the UK have uncovered striking findings related to inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), Crohn’s Disease (CD) and Ulcerative Colitis (UC). The discovery of two specific genes involved in autophagy (ATG16L1 and IRGM) suggests a role for impaired clearance of intracellular bacteria from GIT epithelial cells in the pathogenesis of CD. Meanwhile, three new genes have been associated with UC which have strong association with intestinal epithelial barrier integrity. These studies are leading to significant changes in the understanding of the pathogenesis of IBD.

Blueberries, broccoli and bowel microflora. Diet is a well-known contributor to the pathogenesis of IBD, and phytonutrient-rich foods have been investigated for their role in protecting the gut from inflammation. In an animal model of IBD, diets containing either 10% of blueberries or 10% broccoli were shown to reduce levels of certain dysboitic microorganisms, whilst increasing butyric acid production in the bowel. These changes collectively improved epithelial barrier integrity and significantly increased goblet cell function in the colon. These findings suggest that blueberries and broccoli contain phytonutrients that can modulate microflora fermentation and intestinal morphology, helping to improve digestive immunity and reduce colonic inflammation.

Are there safe levels of mercury exposure?
The Environmental Protection Agency in the USA has deemed that <0.1 mcg per kilogram of body weight would be considered a safe level of daily mercury exposure; that is, less than 7 mcg daily for a 70 kg person. Consider then that each dental amalgam filling releases 3 – 17 mcg mercury vapour daily,1 and you can see why a New Year’s detox is a good idea for many patients!

Could dental amalgam fillings be undermining patients’ health?
A New Zealand study of 465 patients diagnosed with mercury toxicity found that 32.3% of patients suffered with severe fatigue, 88.8% had memory loss and 27.5% were depressed; all of which significantly improved with the removal of amalgam fillings.2 This data is further supported by studies reporting a 70% improvement in chronic health complaints after amalgam removal, including chronic fatigue, autoimmune thyroiditis and multiple sclerosis.

Andrographis gives faster relief from the common cold
The immune stimulating herb Andrographis paniculata was shown to powerfully reduce the intensity of cold symptoms in a five day, double-blind, placebo controlled study of 158 adult patients. This study compared andrographis extract to placebo during an acute respiratory tract infection. By day two, the patients taking andrographis experienced a significant reduction in symptoms of tiredness, sleeplessness, sore throat and nasal secretions compared to placebo; and by day four, a significant decrease in all cold symptoms was observed in the andrographis group, but not in the placebo group.

Keep kids rehydrated for learning
A study that correlated hydration and cognitive function in children found that dehydrated infants suffer confusion, irritability and lethargy. In young adults, even mild dehydration corresponding to 1% to 2% of body weight can lead to significant impairment of cognitive function.

Not-so mellow yellow
The yellow food colouring tartrazine has been shown to deplete zinc in children with ADHD, whose zinc levels are often already compromised. The study showed that kids who consumed tartrazine were excreting zinc at a higher rate than controls. Azo dyes and tartrazine also interfere with gut enzyme activity in digestion.

Breast feeding reduces breast cancer risk
From a recent international study, it was found that for every year of breast feeding, the relative risk of breast cancer was reduced by 4.3%, and for every child breast-fed, the relative risk decreased by 3.4%. Compared with controls, the breast cancer patients had a lower incidence of ever having breast-fed at 79% vs. 71%, a shorter average duration of breastfeeding at 15.6 months vs. 9.8 months. An estimated reduction from 6.3 to 2.7 cases of breast cancer per 100 women under 70 years of age would occur in developed countries if the average number of births and the lifetime duration of breast feeding were similar to those in recent years in developing countries. Breastfeeding would account for more than 65% of the reduction. In developed countries, women have 2.5 children on average.

Six extra months of breast feeding per child, compared with the current average, would prevent 25,000 of the nearly 500,000 cases of breast cancer that occur in developed countries per year. Twelve additional months of breast feeding would result in 50,000 fewer cases.

Does paracetamol really reduce fever?
Paracetamol is one of the most commonly used drugs in the Western world. It is used as an effective pain reliever and it is also widely used to reduce fever, especially in infants. So how effective is paracetamol for reducing fever? Paracetamol’s mean antipyretic effect is only 0.24oC, which is insignificant compared to an infant’s overall temperature. Therefore, there has been some questions raised regarding the efficacy of paracetamol as an antipyretic agent.

Fever helps heal. As any Natural Medicine Practitioner will know, fevers can actually speed up recovery,1 but high temperatures do need to be closely monitored, particularly in children. Antipyretic strategies should be employed when fevers exceed 39oC in children and 40oC in adults.

Could paracetamol cause allergies? An analysis of 205,487 children aged 6 to 7 years from 31 countries found that the use of paracetamol in the first year of life and in later childhood is associated with increased risk of developing asthma, rhinoconjunctivitis and eczema. Furthermore, overuse of paracetamol may reduce antibody-mediated antimicrobial responses and actually prolong infections.

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Are heavy periods a pain?
Women with painful and heavy menstruation associated with uterine fibroids, endometriosis and/or polycystic ovarian syndrome may find relief with Cinnamon Complex for Pelvic Congestion. This herbal formula is traditionally used to disperse and eliminate blood stasis and congestion in the abdominal area. It is also shown to reduce plasma levels of FSH and oestradiol, contributing to its effects in these congestive, inflammatory oestrogen-dependant disorders.

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