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Avoid these ingredients when you’re buying processed foods!

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

We know that processed foods aren’t optimal these days – but did you know they can be harming your health long term?  Here’s just a few ingredients that can cause long-term health issues…  such as immune issues, ADHD, behavioural issues, mitochondrial dysfunction and chronic fatigue.

3 tips for eating well:  1.  Eat organic  2.  Eat fresh  3.  Cut out sugar.

1 – Sodium Benzoate
Sodium benzoate is added to food to prevent the growth of pathogenic microbes, like fungi. A recent study published in 2015 revealed that sodium benzoate caused mutation and cytotoxicity through the formation of micronuclei and chromosome breaks – both characteristics found in cancer cells.  Another study in 2014 linked the intake of sodium benzoate-containing beverages to ADHD-like symptoms in college students.

2 – BHA (Butylated Hydroxyanisole)
BHA is used to prevent oils and fats from going rancid and is added to butters and chips. Similar to the results of the sodium benzoate study in 2015, a 2013 study revealed both cytotoxic and DNA fragmentation properties of BHA when used on human cells.  BHA also potentiates the harmful effects of propylparaben, a preservative found in most cosmetics.

3 – MSG (Monosodium glutamate)
Not only is MSG a preservative found in chips and other snacks, it is also used in cooking to enhance the flavor of certain dishes. While the FDA declares MSG as safe to consume, many others disagree and a recent study in 2013 revealed contraindicating results. The study revealed that MSG could cause kidney damage through the formation of kidney stones, along with increasing the levels of serum creatinine.

4 – Artificial Sweeteners
Although artificial sweeteners like aspartame are popular among diabetics and people watching their weight, a 2014 study revealed how people who regularly used AS experienced a sharp spike in glucose levels followed by a lengthy decline after consuming sugary food – a characteristic found in diabetes or other metabolic disorders. The study found out the AS altered the body’s gut bacteria, increasing the number of gut bacteria that fed on AS and have been linked with obesity.

5 – Potassium Bromate
Widely used in bread products, potassium bromate has been linked to tumor formation in the kidneys, abdomen, and thyroid, which is why it is banned in certain places like Canada and Europe.  A more recent study revealed that potassium bromate caused damage and oxidative stress in human red blood cells, causing the cells to lyse or break – which can contribute to numerous immunity disorders and cancers.

6 – High Fructose Corn Syrup
High fructose corn syrup found in most carbonated beverages has been linked to a variety of conditions like diabetes, liver disease, and obesity.  Not only is soda a source of empty calories, it can cause diseases as well.

7 – Artificial Coloring (blue 1, blue 2, yellow 5, and yellow 6)
There have been many studies on artificial food coloring and its effects on children, particularly their behavior. Studies in 2009 and 2012 reveal that AFC has effects on hyperactivity in children, as well as links to ADHD.

8 – Acrylamide
Acrylamide isn’t an “ingredient”, per se, but it can be found in certain food products (e.g. French fries, coffee, breakfast cereal) after going through high-heat processing. It also happens to be classified as a probable human carcinogen by the IARC, the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Two studies in 2011 focused on the carcinogenic effects of acrylamide, linking it to prostate cancer and cytotoxicity, a condition that causes cancer.

9 – Sodium Nitrite
Sodium nitrite is popularly used as a preservative in the food industry to prevent the growth of bacteria, prolonging the shelf life of the food product. While it is regarded as safe in small amounts, research has proven that SNT is not completely excreted by the body. About 60 percent remains circulating in the blood, forming nitrogen compounds that damage tissue and cause various diseases.

10 – BPA
It’s not exactly an ingredient… but it sure can end up in your food: Bisphenol A or BPA is used to line the inside of cans used to contain food. While certain canned goods that don’t use other preservatives on this list, the cans themselves can cause food to be contaminated with BPA. BPA is known as an EDC – or endocrine disrupting chemical. Intake of BPA in high doses can cause the body’s hormones to go haywire, which science has indicated can cause obesity and diabetes.  Note that the new “replacement” – BPS – which is sometimes found in products marked “BPA free” may also have problems. In short, you are better off with fresh foods if possible.

Chronic Fatigue…

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Madonna Guy on 4BC – topic number 2!!

Chronic Fatigue

We treat a lot of Chronic Fatigue at New Leaf.  Everyone know that it’s generally considered adrenal exhaustion, but there’s so much more to it than that.  But we find that in order to get to the bottom of chronic fatigue there needs to be a multi-pronged approach!  Here are just some of the things we need to work through with clients…

1.  Finding hidden infections.  80% of infections are hidden in ‘biofilm’ in the body – viral, fungal and bacterial particles (bits of these bugs that have broken apart by vaccines, anti-biotics, anti-inflammatories, our natural immunity).  These ‘particles’ are just as inflammatory as the ‘whole bug’.  The body then releases mucus/plaque to ‘bind’ these particles to protect us from them.  It takes 1000 x the dose of anti-biotics to break down this biofilm to release these infections, so that doctors can kill them.  Herbs seems to be more effective – we use a combination of kinesiology, herbal and nutritional supplements to break down this biofilm (which can be anywhere in the body – bowels, nasal passages, lungs etc) to release the infections and boost immunity naturally.

2.  Finding nutritional deficiencies AND the reasons for them.  Our experiences practitioners have several techniques (questionnaires, symptoms, live blood, urine tests, kinesiology) to find out how the body is coping with nutrition, what the absorption is like, where extra nutrition is required, if there are toxins (heavy metals, plastics such as BPA’s, stress hormones, medications, anesthetics, pesticides, fertilizers etc) that are blocking the absorption of nutrients or making our need for certain nutrients much higher.

3.  Detox Organs – Are they working?  Our body’s detox organs are working harder than they ever have before in the history of mankind.  Our pH (acid/alkaline balance) is struggling to stay healthy, our digestive organs, liver, immune system and kidneys – all struggle to keep up with the toxins we breathe in (such as pollution); eat (pesticides, sugars, caffeine, fructose, alcohol); create in our own body (stress hormones, infections)…  We can help getting these organs back to their optimal health.

4.  Work through any related organs and symptoms – ANYTHING can be linked to chronic fatigue!

Need another opinion?  Need to find a health care clinic which can provide a health care solution that can consistently improve your health over the next weeks, months and years!

Madonna Guy ND
3348 6098
New Leaf Natural Therapies

Mitochondrial Disease

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

New Leaf Notes:

This is a great article about the challenges to do with Mitochondrial Disease.  Unlike the medical profession which looks for a ‘drug’ to correct a cellular imbalance we look at Mitochondrial Disease in the following way:

  • high levels nutrition
  • sensible nutrition based on science and what YOUR body can handle
  • detoxification of cell walls and mitochondria
  • enhancing stem cell production and telomere health
  • dealing with stress and pain symptomatically whilst correcting the underlying causes.
  • doing live blood screenings and bio-impedance screenings to see results / improvement / deterioration so that we can adjust our programme.  Generally inflammation improves, but detoxification can create minor side-effects in the short term

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Struggle against disease

      By                       Michèle Jedlicka          

  • Andrew and Hilary Fuller frequently face the challenges presented by mitochondrial disease.Andrew and Hilary Fuller frequently face the challenges presented by mitochondrial disease.

This week heralds awareness of two debilitating health issues. Dementia Awareness week began yesterday and World Alzheimer’s Day is on Saturday.

It is also awareness week for a less well-known disease. Global Mitochondrial Disease Awareness Week is a time where mitochondrial disease-related organisations from all around the world join forces to promote our joint cause- to find a cure for mitochondrial disease.

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Local resident Andrew Fuller, 72, was diagnosed with a mild form of MD about four years ago, the specialist pinpointing the cause to be the Statin medication he had been taking for his cholesterol. Blood tests profiled a rising item in the results.

Andrew’s wife Hilary said: “Nobody seemed to know what it was until he had a muscle biopsy and they said, ‘This is what it is you’ve got Mitochondrial disease. Mild mitochondrial myopathy.’

“He wakes every morning being sore; his muscles are sore, his forearms, his forearms, his legs. He says it’s a feeling, while there’s tingling with it…but the other part is that the feeling after you’ve had a cramp… an ache that’s left with you with that. Fatigue is the other thing.” Andrew finds he frequently has to rest after breakfast.

He often finds it painful to stand for any length of time, to walk any distance or climb up into tractor cabs.

“He was always a very mobile man,” said Hilary. “He used to play football until he was 60 … gone-so that part of his life has changed completely.”

Mitochondrial disease is a complex genetic mutation when mitochondria within body cells have a predisposition to fail early. Mitochondria are found in all cells except for red blood cells, and convert fuel from food into pure energy called ATP to power cell nuclei and so promote healthy cell function, be it a brain cell, a muscle cell or a nerve cell.

The Australian Mitochondrial Disease Foundation, established in 2009, explains: “Since the high energy organs require so many mitochondria within their cells, they are usually the first to be affected in mitochondrial disease. These include the brain (using 20 per cent of our total energy), nerves, muscles, eyes, ears, heart, bowels, liver, kidney and pancreas.”

Symptoms range widely including dementia, chronic pain, stroke, abdominal and digestive malfunction, blindness or deafness, seizures, neuro-psychiatric disturbances and fatigue and exhaustion which are most common, to name a few.

There is no cure and few effective treatments. The principal rule is ‘energy balance equation’. As rest is mandatory for the mitochondria to ‘catch up’ with body function, Sunday, September 22 is “Stay in Bed Day’, a global event to support those who have to rest to stay on top of MD.

The AMD Foundation states: “Recent research demonstrates that mitochondrial mutations are present in at least one in 250 people and that at least one in 5000 will develop serious illness.” Many are children.

“The woman who’s the powerhouse behind the information phone help-line, has two children, both of which have got mitochondrial disease,” Hilary said. “And the girl has had a number of strokes as a result of her manifestation of the disease and now has dementia…she’s about 12 or 14.”

Dementia Awareness Week is the national flagship week for Alzheimer Australia’s community awareness activities each year. The theme this year is Brain Health: Making the Connections. This theme gives organisations and individuals an opportunity to get involved in promoting brain-healthy lifestyles, promoting early detection and raising awareness of dementia.

The Australian Department for Health and Ageing defines dementia as “an umbrella term describing a syndrome associated with more than 100 different diseases that are characterised by the impairment of brain functions. Although the type and severity of symptoms and their pattern of development varies with the type of dementia, it is usually of gradual onset, progressive in nature and irreversible.

“In 2011, there was an estimated 298,000 people living with dementia in Australia. Among Australians aged 65 and over, almost 1 in 10 (nine per cent) had dementia. And among those aged 85 and over, 3 in 10 (30 per cent) had dementia.

The term Younger Onset Dementia refers to people aged under 65 who are living with dementia. In 2011 there was an estimated 23,900 Australians living with younger onset dementia.

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“Dementia was the third leading cause of death in 2010, with 9003 deaths recorded across Australia. For people aged 65 and over, dementia was the second leading cause of burden of disease and the leading cause of disability burden.”

Chronic Fatigue. Chronic Infections. Auto-immunity. Hashimotos. Chronic ill-health??

Friday, August 9th, 2013
Chronic Fatigue?  Auto-Immunity?  Thyroid/Hashimotos?
Have you spent years trying to find solutions to health problems that seem elusive?  There are more and more answers these days with chronic illness.  We use a combination of therapies to help to return your body into balance – it takes time, but imagine having your life back!!  Core reasons for chronic ill-health are:
  • latent infections (almost always involved)
  • adrenal fatigue
  • nervous system exhaustion
  • long term medication use
  • toxic overload
  • mitochondrial distress
  • fight and flight responses
  • inability for your body to release infections hidden in biofilm
  • genetic weaknesses for detoxification
Sick of these health issues?  Struggling to get your health under control?  Here are some core consultations we would recommend at New Leaf to find some of the causes – and treatments we find are necessary to start reversing these issues.  Here’s are processes we use and how they work!  Our initial prices for consultation are nearly always discounted – find out how we can save you money be being on a payment plan as well!
  • Initial consultation and live blood screening with our naturopaths:  history taking, blood work, gut, liver, immune function…  important to have an extended initial visit so that we can start collecting as much information as we can about you.  Ask for a longer first session (1.5 hours) so that we can be more effective in helping you!
  • 1.5 hour initial N.O.T. Neural Organisational Technique session.  N.O.T. works on the nervous system balancing structure, immunity and the hormonal system.  Norm is exceptionally skilled at N.O.T. – a gentle process developed by chiropractors and kinesiologists which deals with the most important nervous system issues first.
  • 1 hour initial Immune/Infection kinesiology session with Madonna or Norm.  We’ve developed immune protocols, which allow your body to start to recognise and deal with hidden latent infections.  On average there are around 3-8 chronic hidden infections – sometimes more, (unable to be found in normal blood tests) for chronic disease.  Medically it’s estimated that there are around 80% of infections hidden in your body in biofilm.  Only 20% of infections can be found with the combination of blood and urine tests, faeces and sputum.  That’s a lot of blood tests coming back ‘clear’ – with people being told there’s nothing wrong with them!
  • 1.5 hour initial intuitive energy healing/counselling kinesiology with Gabby.  Gabby is skilled at finding old patterns of energy/stress which are linked to current health problems, and helping you find solutions in moving forward.  It’s like a counselling session combined with an energy treatment…
  • Chi Nei Tsang Abdominal Massage:  Our massage therapists are skilled in Chi Nei Tsang – what we love about this process is that the major organs in your body improve with this treatment – having better blood and nerve supply, lymphatic detox processes…  the liver and gall bladder, the spleen and pancreas, the intestines, the reproductive organs, kidneys and adrenals can all improve!
  • Infrared saunas:  we an on-site infrared sauna to help detoxify your body!
Call us on 3348 6098 and ask about our best specials for you!!
Madonna Guy ND
New Leaf Natural Therapies
Chief Clinician

Foundations of health – What and Why?

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

 

Foundations of Health is our Gold Standard health care plan. It’s a 9 month Naturopathic plan and addresses your health in a deep, systematic way. We focus on an in-depth cleansing process, starting with clearing the gut and boosting digestive function – vital to our overall health. We continue with the other major filtration systems in the body – the liver, immune system and kidneys. 9 months flies by, there is so much work to do!

Our aim is to lift you out of sub-optimal health and to keep you in excellent health for the long term. It’s ideal for long term health issues (with a medical diagnosis or not!), such as chronic fatigue, poor immunity, cancer, diabetes, allergies, digestive disorders, and many others.

Our Foundations of Health clients enjoy fantastic discount on all other services and Naturopathic testing – Live Blood, VLA, Insulin/Cholesterol, Kinesiology, Remedial massage, Infrared Sauna, Microcurrent, Raindrop Aromatherapy, Chi Nei Tsang Abdominal massage, and Facials.

Adrenal Fatigue/Chronic Fatigue – Natural Support at New Leaf

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Adrenal Fatigue is such a huge problem in society these days, each person’s history is totally different, and the ability to prescribe a one-off bottle of Adrenotone and fixing it is just about over.

Signs that you may have adrenal fatigue!

1. increased caffeine intake
2. increased snacking to control blood sugar fluctuations
3. increased fatigue
4. increased irritability
5. increased sleep problems If you feel “wired but tired” you likely need some adrenal support.
6. development of any long-term disease
7. ADD, ADHD, inability to think clearly
Some of our favourite supplements and protocols for Adrenal Fatigue are:
1.  Kinesiology for Immune & Endocrine balancing, stress, dealing with traumas
2.  Frequency Specific Microcurrent:  helps to remove toxins caused by inflammation
3.  Remedial Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Relaxing Massage & Infrared Saunas:  increases serotonin levels, reduces inflammatory hormones and helps us to heal
4.  Supplements:
*  Adrenotone – combination of nutrients which help thyroid and adrenal fatigue
*  Ultra Flora Immune, Andro NK, Bactrex, Parex, Costat, Waiora NCD – for those who have a history with infections preceding fatigue
*  Gaba, Proxan, Resilian, Stressan, Relaxan, Estrofactors, Oestroclear – for those with a history of stress/depression/anxiety/hormonal imbalances
*  Resist X, Chromium Plus, MetaPure EPA/DHA, Mitochondrial Complex – balances blood sugar and increases Mitochondrial Function…
*  Lipoic Acid, Glutathione, NCD, Oxidant Protection, non-acidic Vitamin C
We also see signs of exhaustion in a number of our clinical tests including Live Blood Screenings and Bio-impedance Analysis Screenings.
Call us to book an appointment (phone appointments or in-clinic appointments) on 3348 6098
Madonna Guy
Chief Clinician
New Leaf Natural Therapies
3348 6098
healthteam@newleafnaturaltherapies.com.au

Health issues and don’t know why? Is it leaky gut?!

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

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Beat Colds and Flues as the season changes

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

With the change of season we’ve had a number of people coming into the clinic with respiratory infections, coughs, wheezing, and other respiratory-related complaints. Here we’d like to share our best tips for recovering from acute respiratory illness such as these.

Move inwards..

It’s subtle in Queensland, but the shift in the season brings about subtle shifts within our bodies. In Chinese medicine, the direction in cooler months is inwards, and so we may find we have less energy than summer, and we feel like doing a little less. Follow those urges. It’s time to gather things in, reflect , adjust and gain clarity. All our activities have an influence on our health, especially being out of harmony with nature.  

What is your body telling you?

If you feel run down, listen to your body.  Symptoms can be seen as a form of intelligent communication from our bodies.  Go to bed a little earlier, and nurture yourself a little more. Cook a big batch of vegetable and chicken-broth soup, allow yourself to sleep in, and start to make a few less commitments on your calendar. Your body will thank you for it.

Breathe easy

Take a walk in the fresh air (with a scarf around your neck if you are chilly or sick), preferably in a park, in nature or by the sea. Breathe deeply. Alternatively, take a few deep, conscious breaths when you wake in the morning. Using the timeless remedy eucalyptus oil in a burner or as a steam inhalation can help to open the airways and help you breathe easier. Our Specialist in the aromatherapy massage Raindrop Technique, Rachel, can also recommend some specific, potent oils for the lungs and immune system. 

Herbs and nutrients for the lungs and immune system

Herbal medicines are a powerful aid to the immune system. There are many herbs specific for different conditions, which we would select based on your individual symptom picture. From lung tonics to herbal expectorants to overall immune system support, herbs are an extremely effective means of preventing and treating colds, flues and general low immune function. We also stock a highly concentrated zinc and C powder that provides the body with essential, highly absorbable nutrients for the immune system.

Balance and fortify your body with Kinesiology

Kinesiology can help in the processing of stress and emotional factors that have a very real impact on the strength of the immune system. Kinesiology also helps to identify how well our organs are functioning and raises their energetic vitality when they are sub-optimal. Very often being run down is a product of a deeper issue on an emotional level; kinesiology helps to not only bring about our awareness of this but heal it as well.

Home remedy

Cold and Flu reliever

Juice of ¼ lemon or ½ lime

A pinch of cayenne pepper (or a twist of freshly ground black pepper)

1 teaspoon of raw organic honey

½ tsp of Zinc and C powder

  • Add all above to a mug and fill with warm (not boiling) water and drink .

Take up to 3 times daily to ward of a cold.  

For more advice, remedies and support, please come at see one of our qualified practitioners here at New Leaf Natural Therapies.

Phoebe Boonkerd ND

New Leaf Natural Therapies

3348 6098

Need a viality boost? Trying to lose weight? Crashing in the afternoons?

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Many of us still opt out of eating breakfast, or if it is eaten, its a rushed slice of toast that doesn’t sustain us past 10am.. Habits like this can lead to blood sugar crashes, weight gain (you eat less, but your metabolism winds way down and your body keeps all the calories it can when you do eat), fatigue, moodiness, and of course, nutrient deficiencies.  

Breakfast really is the most important meal – it can influence how we eat for the rest of the day! In general, breakfast eaters weigh less than those who skip it. Eating breakfast gets your metabolism going, helps to maintain a healthy body weight, helps you concentrate, have more energy throughout the day and deal better with stress. If you skip breakfast, you are very likely to end up compensating for it later in the day by overeating the wrong foods.

If you lack appetite in the morning, a smoothie is a great way to get an easy to digest, nutrition-packed breakfast. Try this recipe:

Breakfast smoothie

 1 cup almond or rice milk

1 serve of plain, undenatured whey, rice or pea protein powder

1 teaspoon of honey or to taste

1 /2 cup fresh or frozen fruit, such as berries, pear, banana or peaches

A dash of pure vanilla extract or almond extract

1 teaspoon of Spirulina powder or Greens powder

Grated  fresh nutmeg or organic cinnamon powder

 1-2 ice cubes

Blend all ingredients and enjoy. Cinnamon is great for blood sugar balance, Spirulina or greens powders boost energy and add an extra serve of all important greens to your breakfast. Protein supports blood sugar balance and cuts cravings for carbs or sweets later in the day. High quality protein powders are available from the New Leaf clinic dispensary.

For more on weight loss and boosting vitality, immunity and health, see us at the New Leaf clinic for a personalised plan.

Far Infrared Sauna – amazing health benefits!

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Perspiration is recognised by health practitioners worldwide as perhaps the most effective method of removing both difficult chemical and heavy metal toxins from the body. The combination of “resonant absorption” and low heat makes this the detox method of choice for chronically ill patients as well as those that are well and wish to stay that way by reducing their “toxic burden”.

As your body increases sweat production to cool itself, your heart works harder to boost circulation, thus improving your cardiovascular system. Your immune system is also strengthened because when your body temperature is raised, your systems fight this “artificial fever”. Sweating helps detoxify your body, by removing the accumulation of potentially carcinogenic heavy metals as well as alcohol, nicotine, sodium and excess cholesterol. Profuse perspiration also deeply cleanses the skin, improving tone and helping to treat skin conditions.

Hippocrates, the founder of modern medicine wrote more than two thousand years ago “Give me the power to create a fever, and I shall cure any disease.” During a fever the functioning of the immune system is stimulated, whilst the growth of bacteria and virus is forced to slow down. Fever is the body’s natural defense against bacteria, viruses and microbes. Heat triggers the production of infection-fighting  white blood cells. The result is immune system improvement. The generation of antibodies speeds up, as does the production of interferon, an anti viral protein that also has powerful healing properties.

Far Infra-red sauna is one of the most effective forms of heat treatment it’s technology allows the radiant heat to penetrate the body rather than heating the air in the sauna. It is also better tolerated by those who have trouble with the intense heat of traditional saunas as well as producing  maximum health benefit with lower ambient heat. As the pores in the skin open up millions of sweat glands start to excrete, the body rids itself of metabolic and other waste products. Sweat contains almost the same elements as urine and for this reason, the skin is sometimes called the ‘third kidney’. It is estimated that as much as 30% of bodily wastes are eliminated by way of perspiration.

Far Infrared Sauna:

  • Is well tolerated by most healthy adults and older children.
  • Boosts immune function and is helpful for those who are limited in their ability to sweat through exercise due to lack of energy or physical limitations, such as injury of back pain
  • Is a viable and efficient means of eliminating toxins from the body, thus allviating any symptoms realted to increased toxic burden
  • Can help lower high blood pressure
  • Can be helpful for patients with asthma and chronic bronchitis.
  • It decreases pain and increases mobility in patients with rheumatic diseases.
  • Is beneficial for people with chronic fatigue and low immunity
  • Supports skin health and helps to treat skin conditions

 

 Always remember to re-hydrate following heat therapies, drink extra amounts of water throughout the day.

Book a session with us at New Leaf today!