Keeping the spine happy under stress!!! New Leaf Tips

July 12th, 2018
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Stretching:  Many people do work that will eventually lead to repetitive strain injury.  Learning how to stretch and take care of your body is a sensible thing to do.  These stretches are specific for the upper body and neck.  Doing these several times throughout the day when we are feeling the muscles ‘tighten’ can help us relieve the pain as it happens.  These are useful for anyone using a computer many hours per day, students, hairdressers, mechanics, massage therapists…anyone who does similar movements with the upper body over and over again.

Acupuncture:  Has been used for centuries to support better health of the bones, ligaments, tendons and muscles.

Why do we need to stretch?  When we start to feel that ache or burn in a muscle, it is building up lactic acid.  Lactic acid dehydrates the muscle, and eventually the muscle becomes ‘gluey’ and later on the muscle tissue calcifies.  Stretches gets the blood supply into the muscles and helps to release the  waste products from the muscles, and support re-hydration of the muscles.

Massage:  When we feel those ‘knots’ during a massage, the muscles are somewhere between ‘gluey’ and ‘calcified’.  It can take many hours of massage to remove these knots.

Stem Cell Nutrition:  https://madonnaguy.cerule.com/

Cellular Regeneration: Our Frequency Specific Microcurrent equipment can dissolve these calcifications much more quickly than massage can.  Chronic calcification may take many treatments, and long term will prevent surgeries.

Nutrition:  Muscles which regularly ache require both magnesium and water.  Drinking plenty of water is massively important for muscle health and quality.  Magnesium products such as Fibroplex (much more potent than any tablets on the market) help to get magnesium into the muscles as quickly as possible.

Kinesiology:  we can use ‘muscle testing’ to find out which muscles are hypertonic, ie causing pain and use techniques such as PNF stretching to release these muscles.  We may also find stubborn muscles which are switching off other surrounding muscles, thereby  making the whole area ‘weak’ and hard to keep pain-free.  We recommend monthly treatments to re-establish integrity of the major 84 muscles of the bodye

Surrogacy Kinesiology!!

July 12th, 2018

https://youtu.be/FHzfYbgMqkY

 

Surrogacy is a weird beast in the kinesiology world.  I’ve been doing it for nearly 23 years – and these days it’s just as weird as when I first started using it.   Here’s a quick video from our New Leaf Health Team YouTube channel…

Have a fab day!!

Madonna Guy
New Leaf Natural Therapies
07 3348 6098
healthteam@newleafnaturaltherapies.com.au

Benefits of Hot Stone Massage: Winter Special with Shelby!!! 3348 6098

June 18th, 2018
What happens during a hot stone massage?

A hot stone massage is a type of massage therapy. It’s used to help you relax and ease tense muscles and damaged soft tissues throughout your body.

During a hot stone massage, smooth, flat, heated stones are placed on specific parts of your body. The stones are usually made of basalt, a type of volcanic rock that retains heat.  Hot massage stones are heated to between 45 to 60 degrees.

The stones may be placed:

  • along your spine
  • on your stomach
  • on your chest
  • on your face
  • on your palms
  • on your feet and toes

Massage therapists may hold heated stones as they massage your body using Swedish massage techniques such as:

  • long strokes
  • circular movements
  • vibration
  • tapping
  • kneading

Sometimes, cold stones are also used during a hot stone massage. Cold stones may be used after hot stones to calm any engorged blood vessels and to soothe the skin.

 6 benefits of hot stone massage

All massages generally fall under the alternative medicine umbrella. They’re becoming a popular complementary therapy for many conditions. Here are some advantages of getting a hot stone massage:

1. Helps relieve muscle tension and pain

Heat has long been used to ease muscle tension and pain. It helps increase blood flow to the affected area. It may also reduce muscle spasms and increase flexibility and range of motion. Cold therapy helps relieve inflammation. Depending on your symptoms, alternating hot and cold stones during your massage may be helpful.

2. Reduces stress and anxiety

It’s the position of the American Massage Therapy Association that “massage therapy can be effective for stress relief.” Research supports their opinion. A 2001 study showed that a ten-minute massage improved cardiovascular responses such as stroke volume. A 1997 study found that 15-minute, onsite chair massages in the workplace significantly reduced stress compared to a 15-minute break without massage.

A 2015 study found that people who underwent abdominal colorectal surgery had less pain, tension, and anxiety after receiving post-operative massage.

3. Promotes sleep

A 2006 literature review found massage may be an alternative to sleeping pills in adults with insomnia. The research showed that back massage helped promote relaxation and sleep. A 2001 study showed that infants with sleep problems who were given a 15-minute massage by their parents went to sleep faster. They were also more alert, active, and positive upon awakening. Massage is thought to help you enjoy more restorative sleep, although it’s not completely understood why.

4. May help relieve symptoms of autoimmune diseases

Hot stone massage may relieve painful conditions such as fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes widespread, chronic pain. According to a 2002 study, people with fibromyalgia who received a 30-minute massage slept longer, had fewer trigger points, and had decreased levels of substance P (a substance involved in transmitting pain signals) than people with the condition who received relaxation therapy. More research is needed, however, before massage becomes a standard fibromyalgia treatment.

A 2013 study found that people with rheumatoid arthritis may benefit from a moderate-pressure massage, such as hot stone massage. Participants in the study experienced less pain, greater grip strength, and a greater range of motion after one month of massage therapy.

5. May help decrease cancer symptoms

A large, three-year study published in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management examined how massage affected pain, fatigue, stress and anxiety, nausea, and depression in 1,290 people with cancer. The study showed massage, especially Swedish massage, improved cancer symptoms, even in those with substantial symptoms. Researchers believe the comforting use of human touch played a role.

6. May boost immunity

Massage may give your immune system a boost. According to a 2010 study, a single session of Swedish massage therapy had a positive and acute impact on immunity. Blood samples taken before and after the massage showed a decrease in arginine-vasopressin, a hormone that helps regulate blood pressure and water retention.

 Risks and warnings

When performed by a trained therapist, a hot stone massage is generally safe. There are some circumstances where it should be avoided. Consult your naturopath/doctor before getting a massage if you have:

  • a bleeding disorder or take blood thinners
  • burns on your skin
  • open wounds
  • a history of blood clots
  • had surgery in the last 6 weeks
  • a fracture or severe osteoporosis
  • low platelet count (thrombocytopenia)
  • diabetes

A prenatal massage may help relieve stress and ease uncomfortable pregnancy symptoms. Still, most massage therapists won’t use hot stones on pregnant women. If you’re pregnant, you should only get a massage with your doctor’s approval, and under the hands of a trained prenatal massage therapist.

Winter Special:  only $99 for your initial 1.5 hour Stone Stone Massage with Shelby 🙂

Mast Cell Activation Syndrome!

June 15th, 2018

 

Does histamine control your life?   Are you even aware that it might?  You might have MCAS!!

Much of this information comes from Dr Tania Dempsey and Dr Jill Carnahan in the States….  but it is a Syndrome worth thinking about if you’re simply not getting on top of your pain, allergies, nervous system stresses etc….  Many doctors in Australia are totally unaware of this condition.

What is Mast Cell Activation Syndrome?

Mast cells, a type of blood cell, play an important role in the body’s immune system. They reside in all body tissues and form part of the body’s initial defence system. Mast cells react to foreign bodies and injury by releasing a variety of potent chemical mediators, such as histamine, when activated. In a healthy person these chemicals will act beneficially to protect and heal the body, but in a person with MCAS these same chemicals are inappropriately triggered and released and have a negative effect on the body. Amongst the triggers are a variety of different foods, exercise, chemicals, fragrances and stress. Many sufferers struggle to identify their triggers and continue to discover new triggers for many years after diagnosis.

MCAS forms part of a spectrum of mast cell disorders involving proliferation and/or excessive sensitivity of mast cells, it has been identified since 2007. It features inappropriate mast cell activation with little or no increase in the number of mast cells, unlike in Mastocytosis*.  MCAS causes a wide range of unpleasant, sometimes debilitating, symptoms in any of the different systems of the body, frequently affecting several systems at the same time. The onset of MCAS is often sudden, affecting both children and adults, sometimes in family groups, mimicking many other conditions and presenting a wide-range of different symptoms that can be baffling for both the patient and their physician. Often there are no obvious clinical signs since MCAS confounds the anatomy-based structure underpinning the traditional diagnostic approach. Very often Mast Cell Activation Syndrome is hiding in plain sight.

Mastocystosis:  very rare and NOT what we’re talking about here…

Mastocytosis involves inappropriate mast cell activation AS WELL AS an increased number of mast cells. It is a rare but relatively well known mast cell disorder and is currently easier to diagnose than MCAS.

Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS): When Histamine Goes Haywire…

Mast cells are present in most tissues throughout the human body, especially connective tissue, skin, intestinal lining cardiovascular system, nervous system, and reproductive organs. They are part of the allergic response designed to protect us from threat and injury.  When the body is exposed to a perceived threat, the mast cells secrete chemical mediators, such as histamine, interleukins, prostaglandins, cytokines, chemokine and various other chemicals stored in the cytoplasm of the cell.  These chemical messengers produce both local and systemic effects, such as increased permeability of blood vessels (inflammation and swelling), contraction of smooth muscle (stomach cramps and heart palpitations), and increase mucous production (congestion, sneezing, etc).   Historically, we thought of mast cells only in relation to an allergic or anaphylactic response.  We now know they play a profound role in immune activation, development of autoimmunity and many other disorders, such as POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome).  Sadly we are seeing a large increase in patients presenting with mast cell disorders and MCAS.  I believe it is in part do to the onslaught of more pervasive environmental toxins, moulds and chemicals.

Withouts mast cells, we would not be able to heal from a wound.  They protect us from injury and help the body to heal.  Unfortunately, overactive mast cells can cause a variety of serious symptoms.

Symptoms of overactive mast cells may include:

  • skin rashes/hives
  • swelling/oedema
  • flushing
  • asthma
  • itching
  • abdominal pain
  • nausea/vomiting
  • diarrhoea
  • wheezing
  • shortness of breath
  • heart palpitations
  • anxiety, difficulty concentrating
  • headaches
  • brain fog
  • low blood pressure
  • fatigue

Mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS) is a condition symptoms involving the skin, gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, respiratory, and neurologic systems. It can be classified into primary (clonal proliferation or mastocytosis), secondary (due to a specific stimulus), and idiopathic (no identifiable cause). Proposed criteria for the diagnosis of MCAS included episodic symptoms consistent with mast cell mediator release affecting two or more organ systems with hives, swelling, flushing, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, low blood pressure, fainting, heart palpitations, wheezing, red eyes, itching, and/or nasal congestion.  For a diagram of all of the varied symptoms histamine can cause, click here.

Triggers may be medications, foods, supplements, hormones, opioids, stressors (physical or emotional), cold temperature, heat, pressure, noxious odors, chemicals, insect bites, trauma or environmental toxins.

We commonly see mast cell activation syndromes associated with CIRS (chronic inflammatory response syndrome) in response to biotoxins, such as mould, inflammagens, and lyme-related toxins.

Low MSH and Mast Cell Disorders?

As mentioned above, we frequently see histamine intolerance and MCAS in patients with mold-related CIRS (chronic inflammatory response syndrome).  It is interesting to note that a common finding in CIRS is low MSH.  According to this study in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, alpha-MSH plays an immunomodulatory role during inflammatory and allergic reactions of the skin.  In addition, there is evidence that MSH induces mast-cell apoptosis(cell death).

Definition of Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS)

  1. Typical clinical symptoms as listed above
  2. Increase in serum tryptase level or an increase in other mast cell derived mediators, such as histamine or prostaglandins (PGD2), or their urinary metabolites,
  3. Response of symptoms to treatment
Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS)

Mast cells can be activated by both direct and indirect mechanisms as a result of exposure of the host to pathogens.

Diseases Associated with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS)

  • Allergies and Asthma
  • Autism
  • Autoimmune diseases (Hashimoto’s thyroiditis,  systemic lupus, multiple sclerosis, bullous pemphigoid, rheumatoid arthritis and others.Eczema
  • Celiac Disease
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • CIRS (chronic inflammatory response syndrome)
  • Eosinophilic Esophagitis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Food Allergy and Intolerances
  • Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD)
  • Infertility (mast cells in endometrium may contribute to endometriosis)
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Migraine Headaches
  • Mood disorders – anxiety, depression, and insomnia
  • Multiple Chemical Sensitivities
  • POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome)
Mast cells are known to be the primary responders in allergic reactions, orchestrating strong responses to minute amounts of allergens. Several recent observations indicate that they may also have a key role in coordinating the early phases of autoimmune diseases, particularly those involving auto-antibodies.

Mast cells are known to be the primary responders in allergic reactions, orchestrating strong responses to minute amounts of allergens. Several recent observations indicate that they may also have a key role in coordinating the early phases of autoimmune diseases, particularly those involving auto-antibodies.

Lab Tests for Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS) – many of these are as yet unavailable in Australia …  Possibly histamine is as yet the only available, but chat to Georgia about what our Naturopathic Labs can offer….

  • Lab tests specific to mast cell activation for suspected MCAS may include:
    • Serum tryptase (most famous mast cell mediator)
    • Serum chromogranin A
    • Plasma histamine
    • Plasma PGD2 (chilled)
    • Plasma heparin (chilled)
    • Urine for PGD2 (chilled)
    • PGF2a
    • N-methylhistamine
  • Tryptase is the most famous mast cell mediator. Serum tryptase value is usually normal in MCAS patients, but sometimes it is elevated.  Tryptase values that show an increase of 20% + 2 ng/ml above the baseline level are considered diagnostic for MCAS.
  • Chromogranin A is a heat-stable mast cell mediator.  High levels can suggest MCAS, but other sources must first be ruled out, such as heart failure, renal insufficiency, neuroendocrine tumors and proton pump inhibitor (PPI) use.
  • Heparin is a very sensitive and specific marker of mast cell activation.  However, due to its quick metabolism in the body, it is very difficult to measure reliably.
  • N-methylhistamine is usually measured in a 24 hour urine test to account for the variability in release over the course of the day.
  • Prostaglandin D2 is produced by several other cell types, but mast cell release is responsible for the dominant amount found in the body.  PGD2 is less stable than histamine and metabolized completely in 30 minutes.
  • Other less specific mast cell mediators that are sometimes abnormal in MCAS patients include Factor VIII, plasma free norepinephrine, tumor necrosis factor alpha, and interleukin-6.

Treatments to reduce MCAS symptoms and lower histamine

  • H1 Blockers
    1. hydroxyzine, doxepine, diphenhydramine, cetirizine, loratadine, fexofenadine
  • H2 Blockers
    1. Famotidine (Pepcid, Pepcid AC)
    2. Cimetidine (Tagamet, Tagamet HB)
    3. Ranitidine (Zantac)
  • Leukotriene inhibitors
    1. Montelukast (Singulair)
    2. Zafirlukast (Accolate)
  • Mast cell stabilizers –
    1. Cromolyn
    2. Ketotifen
    3. Hyroxyurea
  • Tyrosine kinase inhibitors – imatinib
  • Natural anti-histamines and mast-cell stabilizers
    • Ascorbic Acid
    • Quercetin
    • Vitamin B6 (pyridoxal-5-phosphate)
    • Omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil, krill oil)
    • Alpha Lipoic Acid
    • N-acetylcysteine (NAC)
    • Methylation donors (SAMe, B12, methyl-folate, riboflavin)
  • Certain probiotics decrease histamine production
    • Lactobacillus rhamnosus and bifidobacter species 
  • DAO Enzymes with meals – UmbrelluxDAO
  • Decrease consumption of high histamine foods (more on histamine-restricted diet)
    • Avoid alcoholic beverages
    • Avoid raw and cured sausage products such as salami.
    • Avoid processed or smoked fish products. Use freshly caught seafood instead.
    • Avoid pickles
    • Avoid citrus fruits.
    • Avoid chocolate
    • Avoid nuts
    • Avoid products made with yeast and yeast extracts
    • Avoid soy sauce and fermented soy products
    • Avoid black tea and instant coffee
    • Avoid aged cheese
    • Avoid spinach in large quantities
    • Avoid tomatoes, ketchup and tomato sauces
    • Avoid artificial food colorings & preservatives
    • Avoid certain spices: cinnamon, chili powder, cloves, anise, nutmeg, curry powder, cayenne pepper

References

  1. Mast Cell Activation Syndrome, A Review
  2. Mast cell activation disease: a concise practical guide for diagnostic workup and therapeutic options
  3. Presentation, Diagnosis and Management of Mast Cell Activation Syndrome by Dr. Afrin
  4. Histamine and Gut Immune Mucosal Regulation
  5. Dr. Theoharides presents “Mast Cell Disorders”
  6. Diagram of Histamine Symptoms
  7. Mast Cell Aware
  8. A Tale of Two Syndromes
  9. Mold Histamine Connection

Air Quality & Our Health: Madonna Guy Naturopath

May 30th, 2018

How the Air Quality of Where You Live Affects Your Health

If your home is close to the freeway, you could be putting your health in jeopardy.

This article from the U.S. is well written and gives great ideas about supporting your health!  Madonna’s thoughts:

  1. there are herbs which support the lungs, sinuses and airways
  2. there are anti-inflammatory nutrients and herbs that can be used to support better breathing under stress
  3. Vitamin D is important for every cell in your lungs!
  4. Old infections can create low level inflammation that adds to your risk of sinusitis, hayfever, allergies and asthma
  5. Overuse of steroids suppress the mucus in your lungs to the lower lobes – over years of use we end up with less capacity in the lungs – chi nei tsang can help loosen the congestion in the lower lobes of the lungs
  6. Overuse of Anti-biotics has been shown to destroy the villi in the intestines and lead to lung conditions – there are nutrients and probiotics specific for re-growing the intestinal villi
  7. Biofilms can build up in the lungs and intestines – and hold old infections – which are released in a mutated form when we are run-down
  8. Our Food Detective shows 60 food intolerances that are causing inflammation in your body – this can be done within a 60 minute consultation with our naturopaths
  9. Glutamine, vitamin A, vitamin D are all crucial for healing the gut and lungs
  10. Kinesiology, Acupuncture and Chi Nei Tsang abdominal massage all support better immunity, better lung function, less allergies and less inflammation

Call us on 3348 6098 to book an appt 

 

The Los Angeles freeway system was designed to get you where you need to go fast (well, more likely in tons of traffic). But it also has had unintended consequences for the health of people who live near the busy roads — especially children, who can suffer lifelong consequences as a result.

The health risks of air pollution.

First, some good news: The USC Children’s Health Study, one of the largest research projects into the long-term effects of air pollution on children’s respiratory health, has found that, overall, kids’ lungs have improved in the past 20 years in the LA area. Bronchitis symptoms have also declined. This is all due to improvements in air quality, as policies to fight pollution were put in place and emission levels from vehicles declined.

But, it’s still clear based on the study’s findings that children who live in areas with more pollution have poorer lung function, reduced lung growth, more asthma and greater lung damage than kids who live in areas with less pollution. The air quality is definitely the cause, as lung function improves when kids move away from these areas. Plus, days with higher levels of air pollution lead to more respiratory infections that result in more school absences.

More negative health outcomes discovered.

Kids aren’t the only ones at risk. USC Environmental Health Centers notes that high levels of air pollution near freeways can cause high blood pressure and gestational diabetes in pregnant women. It could also lead to more cognitive problems in their babies. In teens, another USC study showed pollution particles can affect still-developing brains and increase delinquent behavior. In adults, another USC study found that preventable heart disease deaths are a direct result of living near a major road. Living near air pollution can lead to more cardiovascular disease, including heart attacks and stroke, and premature death as a result.

Urban living or the suburbs?

So how close is too close? The state Air Resources Board recommends against building homes within 500 feet of freeways, although the LA Times reports that this is happening anyway. The City Planning Commission has even warned against building 1000 feet from a freeway and notes negative health consequences as far as a mile away. (Check out how your home fares with the LA Times’ interactive map.)

In some ways, urban density can have environmental benefits — living close to public transportation hubs reduces the number of cars on the road. Better air filtration systems, vegetation barriers and other anti-pollution measures may help new buildings that are close to busy freeways. But experts still agree that living farther out has current benefits for your health, even though you have to drive a greater distance to get to where you want to go. In general, the farther you are from the freeway, the less pollution poses a risk to your health.

But besides moving, what else can you do to protect your respiratory health if you live in an urban environment with pollution? Monitor the air quality by visiting the Environmental Protection Agency website airnow.gov. You can also sign up for email alerts or download their app. Or, check out the World Health Organization’s air quality website, breathelife2030.org.

Follow these tips to keep safe when air quality is low:

  • Stay indoors as much as possible in a building with air filtration. At home, close the windows and use an air conditioner with a HEPA filter, or use an air cleaner/purifier, especially in your sleeping space.
  • Keep your home clean of particles by using a vacuum with a HEPA filter, and a wet mop on floors. In general, carpet is going to hold onto more dirt and dust, so bare floors are better.
  • Don’t use a fireplace, smoke or light candles.
  • On your commute, see if you can go in off-rush hour. Try taking back roads or, if you walk, go through a park.
  • Take off your shoes as soon as you get inside, and change your clothes.
  • If you exercise outdoors, skip mid-afternoon on warm days.

Colds Flu Bugs! Let’s get well!! 2018 Winter Specials (use by 31st August 2018)

May 24th, 2018

Are you trying to prevent the flu this year?  Trying to avoid the Flu Vaccine?

Let’s think about what it means to get sick…

…  it means your immune system is lowered.  Herbs and nutrients help to boost white blood cells – your immune system – so you can fight infections faster.

…  being sick ripens your immune system.  Each time you get unwell, and NATURALLY boost your immune system, and NATURALLY  get well afterwards, you then have this immunity for the rest of your lives.  Vaccines give no long-term protection – which is why it’s recommended each year.

…  looking at your blood (Book in at New Leaf – winter special is only $199 for 1.5 hours with Georgia or $219 with Madonna) will give you an idea about how worn out, exhausted, challenged your liver, gut, immune system is…

…  Big enough doses of vitamin C (anywhere from 3-20 grams daily) has been shown to kill viruses… increase daily until you hit bowel tolerance – vitamin C.

…  We have herbal nasal sprays that have essential oils and xylitol which will help to locally kill infections and break down old biofilm / mucus that’s holding old infections in the sinuses.  These infections are reactivated once we’re exhausted and run down – and our immune system is compromised.  We also have herbal throat sprays which do a similar thing in the throat – locally kill infections.  Obviously, we still need to boost the immune system as well, local infections (sinuses, lungs, throat, gut) are just a sign that the overall immune system isn’t working well!

…  Probiotics – there are very specific strains of gut probiotics that boost immunity.  The regular strains are not the ones proven to boost immunity – see us for specific strains that raise the gut immune system

…  Herbs all have different ways of working for us:  there are herbs that are mucolytic, herbs that tone the lungs and sinuses, herbs that boost immunity, herbs that settle the cough, herbs that kill viral infections, herbs that destroy bad bacteria….  once again, think probiotics as well!

…  Stress will reduce the immune system – we find that sometime unless that stress is lessened (or resolved) the immune system will never improve.  All of our processes (OligoScan, Blood, Acupuncture, Kinesiology, Naturopathy, Massage) can all find reasons for stress and help to support lowering it.

…  Acupuncture helps to boost immunity, tone the lungs, boost energy to and from our bloodstream and lymphatic systems…  Book a series of immune boosting Acupuncture sessions for only $89 each!  Mention this special!!!

…  Kinesiology helps to find blockages stopping your immune system from functioning properly…  1/2 hour Immune Boosting Kinesiology for only $99 with Georgia or $119 with Madonna

…  Naturopathy / Kinesiology combo with Georgia only $149 for 1.5 hours!

…  Hot Stone Massage heats the body, which of course, is nature’s way (fever) for killing infections.  We have infrared saunas too!!    Book up to 3 x 1.5 hour Hot Stone Massages for only $99 with Shelby!

…  Frequency Specific Microcurrent can target the immune system, lymphatic system and boost these cells to detox faster!

 

Call us on 3348 6098 to book

Simply Life-changing health advise for you and your child.

May 21st, 2018

Join me for FREE at The healthy mommy Movement summit.

Are you wondering and asking the question “What is wrong with me?” and always feeling sick and tired or health issues in the family are constantly dragging you down, you are wanting more answers to start feeling amazing and live a much happier healthier life you and your child deserve…..

You need to know the number 1 most underling issue to nearly every disease in the human body.

Where you have the ability to take control of your health, you want to find safer and more effective ways to help you and your child.

Then I want to invite you to an online event that’s perfect for you.

It’s called The Healthy Mommy Movement Summit: Healthy Home Healthy Food Healthy Gut Happy Child.

I’m participating in it, and I’m so excited to invite you to join for FREE!  https://thehealthymommymovement.com/madonna

It’s all about how you can make better informed decisions when it comes to you and your family’s health.

Just click here to claim your FREE spot in The Healthy Mommy Movement. https://thehealthymommymovement.com/madonna

Here’s a little more about this unique event:

 

My friend, Jade Venables is interviewing me and 21 other acclaimed functional medicine doctors, nutrition practitioners, health and wellness coaches, fitness trainers, meditation and mind full thinking, ADHD, Autism, neurologists, scientists, food experts and so many more.

 

Are you wondering what could possibly be going on inside your body..

 

What are the underlying causes of all health issues so you can work out their solutions and start feeling and living the life you and your child deserve, what to eat, how to release stress, anxiety and have optimal health and energy?

 

Where you can have full control over your health, once you know what to do and have the tools to start building your health, how you can apply the solutions to your life right away?

 

The answers she’s getting are transforming lives. They may set you on your ideal health journey and help you reclaim your strength and energy as a whole family.

 

Through these interviews, you’ll find out how to:

 

  • Reverse auto immune disease
  • Natural treatment for Autism and ADHD
  • Increase your energy mind body and soul
  • Find optimal health and wellness
  • Why we need our hormones and what they do for us.
  • Dangerous household items highly effecting you and your childs health
  • The underlying cause to almost every disease
  • Helping your IBS or SIBO, anxiety, and chronic conditions
  • How to find inner peace, relax meditate and love
  • How to get the best from yourself in your parenting and all areas of life
  • What does your poo say about you! Healing your digestive tract
  • Unlocking the unlimited power within you, so you can release the struggle, heal easily and live a life you love

 

And much, much more…

 

You’ll come away with an increased clarity about your nagging symptoms and what steps to take next so you too can learn how to have better optimal health.

 

So, click here to claim your spot in The Healthy Mommy Movement!  https://thehealthymommymovement.com/madonna

 

Much Love,

 

Madonna Guy

thehealthymommymovement.com

 

 

P.S. Each interview in this series will only be available for a limited time. So register now and get ready to unlock your key to living the life you your child deserve!

 

Click here to register https://thehealthymommymovement.com/madonna

Infertility causes… we can help at New Leaf Natural Therapies!

May 17th, 2018
One of our specialities is fertility issues… Did you know that there are herbs and nutrients that increase:
 
– healthy sperm production
– healthier hormonal balance
– less stress!
– better ovulation
– healthier uterine and ovarian function
– less stressed eggs!

 
Call us on 3348 6098 to book at appt. Ask about our OligoScan special so we start with heaps of information about toxicity and nutritional status….

Optimal Thyroid Function – the link with infertility!

March 26th, 2018

Great article – thought I’d share.

Also check out our YouTube Channel:  New Leaf Health Team – where there are some examples of kinesiology which support better thyroid function, and radio discussions regarding fertility, endocrine issues, thyroid problems…  For example…

Our team offers acupuncture, naturopathy, kinesiology and microcurrent – all of which can support you in better fertility!

Madonna Guy
07 3348 6098
healthteam@newleafnaturaltherapies.com.au

 

If you and your partner have been trying to conceive for six months or more, have you considered getting your Thyroid checked?  Optimal Thyroid function is crucial when it comes to fertility in both men and women.

But why is this fact so important when you are trying to get pregnant?

The Thyroid gland is known as the “Master Controller” as it controls your whole metabolism (how your body breaks down food and converts it into energy), brain and digestive function, blood pressure and even how fast your heart beats.  In fact every cell in your body requires Thyroid hormone in order to function. 

Certain prescription medications such as cholesterol lowering drugs and steroids can block Thyroid function but something as simple as a mineral deficiency also plays a major role in Thyroid health.  A deficiency of the mineral Iodine for example can lower Thyroid function because Iodine is essential to produce Thyroid hormone.

Two of the most important female hormones are Oestrogen and Progesterone which need to be in balance for optimal fertility.  If Progesterone levels fall, Oestrogen levels rise creating an imbalance called Oestrogen dominance.  One of the main problems with oestrogen dominance is it causes the liver to produce what is called TBG (Thyroid Binding Globulin) which prevents Thyroid hormone from being utilised properly in each of your cells.  This invariably leads to low Thyroid function.

Blood tests which only measure the amount of TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) you are producing is really an incomplete blood test, and may be interpreted by your GP as ‘normal’.  If the blood test does not also test your levels of T4 as well as T3 (which is the active form of Thyroid hormone), you don’t truly know the whole picture. 

When interpreting a Thyroid function blood test, what does the TSH level actually tell us?  If you have insufficient T4 and T3, the TSH result will be high.  Conversely your TSH level will be low if you have an excess of T4 and T3.  Let’s not forget the amount of hormone actually being assimilated into each of your cells can be abnormal due to the presence of Thyroid Binding Globulin (TBG).  You may not be efficiently converting inactive T4 into the active T3 form.  Therefore a thorough Thyroid function test would check your levels of TSH, T4, T3, reverse T3 and autoantibodies (autoimmune disease indicator).

Hence women suffering from Oestrogen dominance may be exhibiting symptoms of Hypothyroidism (low functioning Thyroid) only to be told that everything looks ‘normal’ on their Thyroid test. Sound familiar? This is why an under functioning Thyroid can have a significant impact on your ability to conceive.

Some of the symptoms of low Thyroid function may include skipped or irregular periods, clotting and heavy bleeding, unexplained weight gain or difficulty losing weight (even if exercising and consuming a healthy diet), and fatigue.  This is by no means a comprehensive list of symptoms and of course could be contributed to a myriad of other health conditions – however around 25% of women who have been previously diagnosed with unexplained infertility may have Hypothyroidism (low Thyroid hormone synthesis).  Hypothyroidism can reduce the levels of Luteinising hormone (LH) and Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) which are essential for the maturation of egg follicles as well as your ovaries’ production of Oestrogen and Progesterone.

It is vitally important I believe to not only check your hormone levels, but to undergo a comprehensive Thyroid function test in order to get a clear understanding of the health of your body as a whole when preparing for a healthy conception and pregnancy.

Don’t despair if you feel like you have been doing everything ‘right’ diet and lifestyle wise – there may be light at the end of the tunnel! Working with a natural health care professional such as a Naturopath who understands the link between your Thyroid, hormones and infertility can support you on your conception journey. Healing factors such as poor digestive function for instance may be affecting how well your body converts Thyroid hormones into its active and useable form. Every patient is unique and requires a multi-faceted, personalised approach to treatment using a combination of nutritional supplements, diet, mineral therapy and herbal medicines.
Your Thyroid may just be the missing piece of the conception puzzle.

Nutrition and psychiatry!

March 22nd, 2018

Great article from the UK about nutrients and psychiatric conditions!  Obviously we treat all of these conditions at New Leaf – our combination of:

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A lack of essential nutrients is known to contribute to the onset of poor mental health in people suffering from anxiety and depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and ADHD. Nutritional psychiatry is a growing discipline that focuses on the use of food and supplements to provide these essential nutrients as part of an integrated or alternative treatment for mental health disorders.

But nutritional approaches for these debilitating conditions are not widely accepted by mainstream medicine. Treatment options tend to be limited to official National Institute for Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines which recommend talking therapies and antidepressants.

Use of antidepressants

Antidepressant use has more than doubled in recent years. In England 64.7m prescriptions were issued for antidepressants in 2016 at a cost of £266.6m. This is an increase of 3.7m on the number of items prescribed in 2015 and more than double than the 31m issued in 2006.

A recent Oxford University study found that antidepressants were more effective in treating depression than placebo. The study was led by Dr Andrea Cipriani who claimed that depression is under treated. Cipriani maintains that antidepressants are effective and a further 1m prescriptions should be issued to people in the UK.

This approach suggests that poor mental health caused by social conditions is viewed as easily treated by simply dispensing drugs. But antidepressants are shunned by people whom they could help because of the social stigma associated with mental ill-health which leads to discrimination and exclusion.

Prescriptions for 64.7m items of antidepressants were dispensed in England in 2016, the highest level recorded by the NHS. Shutterstock

More worrying is the increase in the use of antidepressants by children and young people. In Scotland, 5,572 children under 18 were prescribed antidepressants for anxiety and depression in 2016. This figure has more than doubled since 2009/2010.

But according to British psychopharmacologist Professor David Healy, 29 clinical trials of antidepressant use in young people found no benefits at all. These trials revealed that instead of relieving symptoms of anxiety and depression, antidepressants caused children and young people to feel suicidal.

Healy also challenges their safety and effectiveness in adults. He believes that antidepressants are over-prescribed and that there is little evidence that they are safe for long-term use. Antidepressants are said to create dependency, have unpleasant side effects and cannot be relied upon to always relieve symptoms.

Nutrition and poor mental health

In developed countries such as the UK we eat a greater variety of foodstuffs than ever before – but it doesn’t follow that we are well nourished. In fact, many people do not eat enough nutrients that are essential for good brain health, opting for a diet of heavily processed food containing artificial additives and sugar.

The link between poor mental health and nutritional deficiencies has long been recognised by nutritionists working in the complementary health sector. However, psychiatrists are only now becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of using nutritional approaches to mental health, calling for their peers to support and research this new field of treatment.

It is now known that many mental health conditions are caused by inflammation in the brain which ultimately causes our brain cells to die. This inflammatory response starts in our gut and is associated with a lack of nutrients from our food such as magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, probiotics, vitamins and minerals that are all essential for the optimum functioning of our bodies.

Recent research has shown that food supplements such as zinc, magnesium, omega 3, and vitamins B and D3 can help improve people’s mood, relieve anxiety and depression and improve the mental capacity of people with Alzheimer’s.

Magnesium is one of most important minerals for optimal health, yet many people are lacking in it. One study found that a daily magnesium citrate supplement led to a significant improvement in depression and anxiety, regardless of age, gender or severity of depression. Improvement did not continue when the supplement was stopped.

Omega-3 fatty acids are another nutrient that is critical for the development and function of the central nervous system – and a lack has been associated with low mood, cognitive decline and poor comprehension.

Research has shown that supplements like zinc, magnesium and vitamins B and D can improve the mental capacity of people with Alzheimer’s. Shutterstock

The role of probiotics – the beneficial live bacteria in your digestive system – in improving mental health has also been explored by psychiatrists and nutritionists, who found that taking them daily was associated with a significant reduction in depression and anxiety. Vitamin B complex and zinc are other supplements found to reduce the symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Hope for the future?

These over-the-counter” supplements are widely available in supermarkets, chemists and online health food stores, although the cost and quality may vary. For people who have not responded to prescription drugs or who cannot tolerate the side effects, nutritional intervention can offer hope for the future.

There is currently much debate over the effectiveness of antidepressants. The use of food supplements offer an alternative approach that has the potential to make a significant difference to the mental health of all age groups.

The emerging scientific evidence suggests that there should be a bigger role for nutritional psychiatry in mental health within conventional health services. If the burden of mental ill health is to be reduced, GPs and psychiatrists need to be aware of the connection between food, inflammation and mental illness.

Medical education has traditionally excluded nutritional knowledge and its association with disease. This has led to a situation where very few doctors in the UK have a proper understanding of the importance of nutrition. Nutritional interventions are thought to have little evidence to support their use to prevent or maintain well-being and so are left to dietitians, rather than doctors, to advise on.

But as the evidence mounts up, it is time for medical education to take nutrition seriously so that GPs and psychiatrists of the future know as much about its role in good health as they do about anatomy and physiology. The state of our mental health could depend on it.