Archive for June, 2010

What to do for Foot spurs, heel spurs, plantar fasciitis…

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

It’s amazing to me how many people ring me on 4BC to ask about foot spurs, heel spurs and plantar fasciitis…  It seems to be a very important, painful, and debilitating issue for many people in Australia.

Firstly, we need good connective tissue support so that the foot can heal and repair properly.  Nutrients that can be used are things like silica, magnesium, calcium…  Products that support connective tissue support:  Metagenics Arthrex; BioCeuticals Silica liquid; Metagenics Cartrin; Blackmores SCF; Metagenics Glucosamine Intensive Care.

Secondly, ensure weight is optimal…  carrying excess weight puts huge amounts of pressure on the feet, and they will of course, be inflamed over time.  Foot spurs, heel spurs and plantar fasciitis and natural side-effects of long term weight issues.  See us about our fat loss programme which has a fantastic success rate and saves you money long term.

Thirdly, structural balancing can be very beneficial:  in our clinic we do:

  • remedial massage to increase blood supply to the extremities
  • structural kinesiology to balance hips, knees, ankles, feet
  • foot manipulation to ensure all the bones of the feet are in correct positions
  • frequency specific microcurrent to help to break down calcification in the joints

So, there really is plenty of help for heel spurs, foot spurs and plantar fasciitis.  Call us today to book your appointment!

Madonna Guy, Naturopath, Wynnum, Brisbane
New Leaf Natural Therapies
3348 6098

Remedial Massage in Wynnum, Brisbane. Benefits of Regular Remedial Massage

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Current Bonus:  30% off your initial massage – mention this website!!  Our beautiful natural therapies clinic in Wynnum, Brisbane, has a fantastic remedial massage team.  We also have Reiki sessions available with Gabby Graham.

Remedial Massage is very different today than it was 30 years ago.  Today is becoming more and more recognised as a way of repairing muscles and tendons:  these can be damaged through many problems in daily life – the product of overuse, trauma or bad posture.

Remedial massage involves a number of applied techniques involving deep pressure, trigger points released and longitudinal strokes on shortened and tight muscles to allow proper function and restore muscle strength.

Remedial Massage Technique: It uses several specialised techniques to locate and repair damage and to support and speed up the body’s own repair mechanisms. The massage is applied directly to the skin using a lubricating medium, usually oil, which ensures that the muscles associated with the disorder and mobilisation of the joint are deeply penetrated. Passive stretching moves are also used.

Benefits of Remedial Massage

Key benefits of Remedial Massage include: the stimulation to the blood supply allowing toxins in the muscles to be removed; the calming of the peripheral nervous system to ease pain and discomfort; and the toning and relaxing of muscles to improve joint mobility. An improvement to the health of the cells, the repairing of tissues, and the easing of stiffness and tension can also be experienced through therapeutic relaxation.

Muscular and skeletal dysfunctions often addressed with Remedial Massage include Fibrositis, Spondylitis, Arthritis, frozen shoulder, muscular cramps, Whiplash, muscular atrophy, sports and dancing injuries.

Ring and ask about our specials – we often have great bonuses available for first time clients!

Madonna Guy, Naturopath, Wynnum, Brisbane
New Leaf Natural Therapies

Trying to conceive? Natural Fertility Specialists in Wynnum, Brisbane!

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Trying to Conceive?? Do you need help with fertility problems?  Have you been having a few problems falling pregnant and have started looking into Natural Fertility?  We at New Leaf Natural Therapies have been working with Subfertility for over 15 years.  Trained with Both Francesca Naish and Ruth Sharkey, along with updating skills and knowledge regularly, our naturopaths have supported couples in attaining their goal:  happy, healthy babies!

We treat all manner of issues with women that lessen conception prospects:

  • endometriosis
  • poly-cystic ovary syndrome
  • cysts and fibroids
  • insulin resistance and pre-diabetic conditions
  • poor libido
  • thyroid issues
  • liver issues (not coping with hormones)
  • dodgy oestrogens (xeno-oestrogens)
  • history of miscarriage
  • weight issues
  • stress!!!!  stress!!!!  stress!!!!
  • allergies/poor dietary choices…
  • and lots more

For men, we work on improving sperm quality and quantity, through several different areas:

  • anti-oxidant levels (as seen in live blood analysis)
  • zinc levels (sperm are 70% zinc by weight)
  • poor libido
  • allergies:  men’s diet often impacts on the quality of the sperm and therefore whether the woman has an allergic reaction or not
  • stress levels
  • weight

Our fertility programme is a fabulous programme which helps our clients keep motivated and save money!  Fertility is one of our specialties for good reason – we have excellent success is helping fertility issues:  we work with fertility specialists if need be, and support any choices our clients make.

Talk soon,
Madonna Guy ND, Naturopath, Wynnum, Brisbane
New Leaf Natural Therapies
3348 6098 / 0417 643 849

Weight Loss and the Paleo Diet… as researched by Loren Cordain…

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

Weight Loss and the Paleo Diet

Hunter-gatherer societies and other less Westernized populations routinely exhibit superior health markers, body composition and physical fitness, when compared to western populations. Indeed, our hunter-gatherer ancestors were lean, healthy, fit and free of the signs and symptoms of most diseases of civilization.

The evolutionary template thus tells us that to achieve optimal health, body composition and physical fitness we should try to emulate our ancestors’ diet and lifestyle.

People who follow the Paleo Diet lose weight without counting calories, measuring portions, or going hungry. There are many reasons why this way of eating naturally leads to a lean body composition. Here are some of them:

1. The Paleo Diet is higher in protein than most Western diets. High protein diets are more effective at reducing hunger than reduced-calorie diets that people typically follow when trying to lose weight. Protein has a two to three times greater satiety value than either fat or carbohydrate, so people spontaneously eat less when they consume more protein. In fact, 3 of the 4 intervention studies with a Palaeolithic type diet have shown exactly that!

2. Protein has a higher thermic effect than carbohydrates or fat, which means it requires more energy to metabolize than the other macronutrients

3. A high-protein diet (especially one that contains high amounts of the amino acid leucine) will help you maintain your muscle mass, which is very important in terms of fat loss.

4. The second reason the Paleo Diet favors fat loss is its low glycemic load. The glycemic load is a measure of how quickly a given serving of a certain carbohydrate containing food raises blood sugar levels. By focusing on fruits and vegetables as the main carbohydrate sources, The Paleo Diet has a lower glycemic load than most cereal based diets. Hundreds of scientific studies show that high glycemic load foods cause hormonal and blood chemistry changes that increase appetite and promote fat gain.

5. The Paleo Diet has a lower omega 6/omega 3 fatty –acid ratio than most so called healthy diets. Emerging evidence suggests that omega 6 fatty acids may promote obesity and that adding omega 3 fatty acids to your weight loss program may lead to more fat reduction and less muscle loss.

So, the Paleo Diet has many advantages.  Loren Cordain has written several books on the subject discussing these and many more topics of interest to health conscious human beings…

Madonna Guy, Naturopath, Brisbane
New Leaf Natural Therapies
3348 6098

Foods Causing Inflammation and Pain: New Research!

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

Are Foods Making us sick, causing us pain?!  Time to take a new look at research from around the world!

I’ve just returned from a anti-ageing & obesity congress on natural medicine, we had speakers from around the world, experts in their fields, researchers in inflammatory processes of foods (and the body), and basically we found that over 30 years, research has been done looking into prevention of many health issues:  diabetes, cancer, heart disease and auto-immune diseases… with changing the foods we eat, or negating the inflammatory effects of foods.

There are links with really specific genes interacting with certain allergenic foods – these activate our genetic ability to create disease, unfortunately at this stage there is no medical test which finds these connections, however, the  following have been found to create issues:

  1. Grains, especially wheat and gluten containing foods cause ‘leaky gut’.  Every time we eat wheat and gluten, our gut isn’t as strong as it should be and ‘food particles’ are released into the bloodstream creating inflammation.  Inflammation causes pain and disease.  Wheat and gluten are not good!
  2. Saponin and lectin containing foods also create leaky gut and inflammation.  Studies were done to find out which foods had the highest amounts of these substances: pretty much all grains contain these in differing amounts, but soy scored the highest andd rice, amaranth, wheat, barley, oats all contained these substances.
  3. Dairy milk creates insulin resistance, a pre-diabetic condition.  It is also linked to short-sightedness and acne.  Interestingly, in our clinic when we’ve improved the insulin resistance in clients, their eyesight often improves, they see things much more clearly.  So kids drinking milk, getting acne and needing glasses has now been linked to being a pre-diabetic condition.  Insulin in big amounts is very inflammatory!  At the very least pop in to our clinic and have your insulin resistance checked out!

So basically we found compelling research that the health conditions killing people these days:  cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity are very much linked to the food choices, including many ‘healthy’ choices, so once again, food needs to be individualised.

What to do?

The Paleo Diet/Mediterranean Diet/Keto Diet/Shake It Diet

These diets consistently help the body heal and repair.  They all have:

  • plenty of high quality proteins: meats, fish, eggs, low-fat hard cheeses, nuts and seeds
  • plenty of good quality vegetables (3 handfuls per meal) and fruits (best are the berries, lots of colours, only 1/2 cup per day)
  • plenty of fluids such as herbal teas, dandelion coffee, purified water
  • limited grains
  • limited dairy milk
  • limited coffee, tea and alcohol

And then we’re looking at reducing inflammation each time we eat…  For example, we could take a couple of purified fish oil capsules such at MetaPure EPA/DHA each time we eat, or some high potency gut bacteria such as Ultra Flora Immune.

So, that’s it for today,
Have a great one…
Madonna Guy, Naturopath, Brisbane, Australia
4BC & BayFM Naturopath
3348 6098/0417 643 849

Remedial Massage Loyalty Programme: Wynnum Natural Therapies Clinic, Brisbane, Australia

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

Are you looking for a natural therapies clinic who has a Remedial Massage Loyalty Programme? Well, we’ve never seen one which is as good as ours!  Our well-trained therapists Katherine Lynn & Nathan Leach have training in many areas such as:

  • remedial massage
  • sports massage
  • deep tissue massage
  • hot stone massage
  • reflexology
  • lymphatic drainage
  • pregnancy massage
  • cupping techniques
  • massage for pure relaxation
  • natural facials
  • structural alignment and balancing

The benefits of massage in our clinic are:

  • fully enclosed, private rooms
  • 100% organic towelling (warm, safe, healthy, non-toxic)
  • supplements available for muscle pain, stress, cramps, injury repair
  • naturopaths and kinesiologists available for complete health care
  • full reception team – your therapist has the full-allotted time for your appointment
  • fully qualified, experienced therapists
  • all towels are cleaned after EVERY client
  • pure water available before and after your massage

Our therapists are currently available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturdays.

Our massage loyalty bonuses are as follows:

  • book within 1 week and save 30% off recommended retail price
  • book within 2 weeks and save 20% off RRP
  • book within 3-4 weeks and save 10% off RRP
  • health fund rebates available

OR pay for a remedial massage monthly (for 9 months) and ALWAYS receive 30% off your massages!!!

For those on our monthly payment plan, there are additional bonuses such as discounts off infrared saunas, AUGUST/SEPTEMBER BONUS!!

Book this month and save 30% off your initial massage with BOTH Nathan & Katherine!

Talk to Gabby or Helen about these savings!

Madonna Guy
New Leaf Natural Therapies
Chief Clinician/Owner
Naturopath, Wynnum, Brisbane, Australia