Archive for April, 2015

Heavy Metals in the body and what to do about them

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

It is a reality in today’s modern lifestyle that we encounter heavy metals and toxins in our atmosphere, environment, materials, products, vaccines and foods. Often these substances are in trace doses which the body can store away (in various tissues and cells around the body) to minimise any harm to the rest of the body. However, whether the body packs them away in storage or not the body still gets affected by them. General symptoms include unexplained tiredness, mood swings, disrupted sleep, poor memory or cognition, low fertility, aches and pains or increased inflammatory conditions and colds and flu’s. Mercury, tin, lead, aluminium, nickel and arsenic are just some of the heavy metals which are known to have health consequences.

 Mercury is a high profile heavy metal still used for various industry reasons or as a preservative in vaccines. One major use for mercury was in old dental fillings causing constant release into the body. After people have had mercury dental fillings replaced with amalgam they report of having more energy, less colds and immune problems, better memory and clarity of mind. Therefore the question is: how does one know what their heavy metal levels are?

There are a few tests which accurately assess the heavy metal content of the body. One is the Oligoscan which is a quick, accurate and non-evasive spectrophotometry scan upon the palm of the hand. Spectrophotometry is a quantitative analytical method consisting of measuring the absorbance or the optical density of a chemical structure. The basic principle is that every compound absorbs, emits or reflects light (electromagnetic radiation) over a certain range of wavelength. This gives information of the cross-section of each scanned location. That is the cells, muscles, both serum and interstitial fluids and bones are scanned to gain information of mineral excesses and deficiencies as well as heavy metal load on the body.

Once minerals and heavy metals have been assessed it is then up to the assessing Practitioner what the next step is. As many different pathways are reliant on various minerals it is a matter of including the information from an Oligoscan into an all round holistic assessment.  That is, when there are heavy metals present what is the best approach to reduce them safely?

The word chelation is often used in conjunction with detoxifying heavy metals out of the system. That is, from a naturopathic understanding supporting the organs that eliminate the toxins (liver, gut, kidneys, lungs and skin) we use remedies that collect the heavy metal or toxins and carry them out of the whole system safely. Thus reducing risk of any further damage to cells, tissues or other organs along the way.

It is generally beneficial for treatment plans to include kidney, liver and bowel support as these are the main organs that carry out toxins. Therefore chelators such as pectin, coriander and N-acetyl-cysteine are often used in conjunction with antioxidants and herbs to support detoxification organs. Depending on the case and if there is ongoing exposure to the heavy metals treatment plans can be between 4 – 12 weeks. However, improved symptoms including more energy and stabilised moods are usually seen within the first 2-3 weeks.

HCG Chicken and Asparagus Cassarole

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015
Number of Servings: 1

Ingredients

        100 Grams cubed chicken
        Asparagus chopped
        1/2 C Chicken Broth
        1 Melba Toast crushed (optional)
        1 clove garlic crushed minced
        2 tbsp. onion chopped
        Dash of paprika

      Salt & Pepper to taste

    Directions

    Directions:
    Place chicken, asparagus, liquids, and spices into a small baking dish. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes or until bubbly and hot. Top with crushed Melba toast crumbs and sprinkle with paprika.

    Makes 1 serving (1 protein, 1 vegetable, 1 Melba toast)

    Number of Servings: 1

    HCG Prawn and Spinach Soup

    Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

    HCG Prawn & Spinach Soup:   great protein, fibre, nutrition, easy to prepare!

    Minutes to Prepare: 5

    Minutes to Cook: 10

    Number of Servings: 1

    Ingredients

    100g prawns (uncooked)
    1/4 cup onion, chopped
    1 cup vegetable broth (divided) or 1 cup water and 1 teaspoon vegetable broth seasoning
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1/2 teaspoon curry powder
    1/4 teaspoon chili powder
    1/4 teaspoon cumin
    1/4 teaspoon turmeric
    2 cups chopped spinach
    Juice of 1/4 lemon

    Directions

    In a tiny bowl, mix the curry powder, chili powder, cumin, and turmeric. Set aside

    Pour 1/4 cup veggie broth into a skillet. Saute the onion until soft. Add the prawns, garlic, and seasonings until prawns are done to your liking.

    Cover and remove from heat.

    Pour the remaining 3/4 cup broth into a saucepan. Bring to a boil and add the spinach. Cook and stir just until wilted.

    Put cooked spinach on your plate. Drizzle with lemon juice. Top with the prawn curry.
    Serving Size: makes 1 serving

    First Aid Kit – Colds and Viruses

    Saturday, April 18th, 2015

     

     

     

    With the colder months about to start and the year in full swing come busy days, exhaustion and for some families the inevitable colds and virus season. So what are some go to natural solutions we can keep in the cupboard/fridge and dose up on the first signs of colds? This can save valuable time and help to prevent the virus or cold from developing into something more serious like days of work and school. Here is a good all round First Aid Kit for Colds and Viruses.

     

    • Andrographis Complex by Mediherb or Andro NK by Metagenics (available at New Leaf Natural Therapies). When a cold is rapidly taking effect it is good to start Andrographis Complex as soon as possible. Dose: 2 tablets 3 times daily for an adult dosage. Can take every two hours for vigour viruses.
    • Zinc. Zinc is a mineral that is utilised around the body for many different reasons including skin repair, immunity, detoxification and as a catalyst for a myriad of enzymatic reactions around the body. Therefore it is in high demand especially with today’s modern lifestyle and exposure to our environment, such as car fumes, perfumes, plastics etc. Zinc is a major mineral for the immune system and usually very easy to replenish in the system. Therefore, at the first sign of a cold or a virus zinc is a good mineral to dose up on. Dose: a therapeutic dosage range is between 20-40 mg per day. However, if a virus rapidly taking hold and zinc levels are low it is generally acceptable it increase that dose by 2 or 3 times for 4 to 5 days.
    • Vitamin C. Vitamin is widely known for it’s role in immunity and for good reason. Vitamin C stabilises the immune cells and is an excellent anti-oxidant which is in need when a virus is spreading. Vitamin C works alongside zinc synergistically and therefore are often in formula’s together. For a virus taking at least 3,000 – 4,000 mg in 500 – 1000 mg increments throughout the day. For a rapidly moving virus it is recommended to take 1000 mg up to what is called bowel tolerance. Bowel tolerance is essentially how much vitamin C the bowel can absorb. If it can’t absorb any more the vitamin C will remain in the lumen of the bowel and attract water to it thus bowel movements become looser. Sometimes a lot looser. Therefore once someone has reached bowel tolerance drop the dose by 1 -2 doses the next day and stay on that until the virus has run its course.
    • Probiotics. Ultra Flora Immune by Metagenics. The immune system is produced on the other side of our digestive system. Therefore the quality of the digestive process can affect the production of the immune system. There are many different species of probiotics which all extenuate different processes and functions, some in a negative manner, some not at all and some in a positive manner. Therefore it can be tricky to figure out which probiotics are right however when coming down for a cold reach for the probiotics that help stabilise the digestion and support the immune system. It is good to have what is called a loading dose for a 3 – 7 days and then drop to a maintenance dose. This is to support the immune system to make new cells if it needs to which can take up to 7 – 10 days i.e. 2 capsules twice a day before food for a loading dose and then drop to 1 capsule twice a day for the duration of the cold. If a virus is a common occurrence it would be recommended to have a maintenance dose of 1 capsule per day for 1 – 3 month afterwards.
    • Naso Clear by Metagenics. Whenever there is any congestion especially in sinuses which are prone to infection a god sinus flush works wonders! Naso Clear is not only a antibacterial but also breaks down any films which can form that bacteria harbour in making it difficult for the immune system to search and destroy them. One to two pumps per nostril at least first thing in the morning and again before bed can work absolute wonders!
    • Herbal Throat Spray by Mediherb. Sore throats can be the entry point of many viruses and therefore good to soothe and assist in maintaining the area’s defences. Herbs helps to do just that by soothing, antibacterial/antiseptic actions and helps support lymphatic drainage so the immune system can reach the area and carry away the
      • We’ve all heard of gargles, but who has time to gargle during a busy day? So a spray can be very convenient!
    • Homeopathics. Homeopathics can work really well for the sensitive people, easy to take and gentle on the pocket! BioResearch Formula 5 is a good immune supporter especially with re-occuring sore throats, colds and flu’s. For infections which have gone into secondary infections Formula C or Formula CR for chest coughs. Homeopathics should be taken 10-15minute away from strong flavours such as toothpaste, breathmints or even strong coffee.
    • Cells need weekends too! In a word recuperation and convalescents. If it is the beginning of a cold a warm easy to digest meal such as soup or casserole is great. These meals often need time to cook thus the food is already starting to break down and less work for the digestion to do. Rug up, get comfortable and enjoy some cosiness for the evening.. down time is a the path the new convalescence.

     

     

     

    If a course of antibiotics is needed these products will be fine with these. If any other medications are prescribed and you have concerns it is best to take the Andrographis Complex 2 hours apart to avoid interactions or call the girls on 3348 6098 to see if we can help you with your health concerns.