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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.”

Parasitic Infections & Diseases Caused by Parasites

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013
Parasites & Parasitic eggs
  •   ES-62 Acanthocheilonema
  •   Heligmosomoides polygyrus
  •   Helminths (worms)
  •   Malaria
  •   Protozoa: see diseases linked under ‘protozoa’
  •   Schistomsoma mansoni/eggs
  •   Toxoplasmosus
  •   Trichinella spiralis  /    Tichinella suis  /  Trichomonas vaginalis
  •   Parasitic worms – see worms

MOST INVOLVED IN   INFERTILITY/CHRONIC ABDOMINAL ISSUES:

  •    Trichomonas vaginalis (causes vaginal   trichomoniasis)

 

Parasitic Diseases

Lyme Disease: Natural Support for your Immune System, Symptoms & General Health

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Is Lyme Disease here in Australia?

Absolutely.  Over the past few years we’ve seen clients who have travelled to the U.S. to be diagnosed since it’s so challenging to find a diagnosis here in Australia.  About 5 years ago we started looking into the treatments within natural therapies to help to get Lyme Disease to a manageable state in the body (for some people it becomes a chronic, incurable conditions that takes years to reverse) creating chronic pain, sensitivities, fatigue and inability to function.

Symptoms of Lyme Disease

One of the major problems with Lyme disease is that it often looks like so many other conditions, and seemingly unrelated symptoms in the body. Obviously these symptoms could range from things like depression (therefore treated incorrectly with anti-depressants) to fatigue (and be treated with B Vitamins).  Neither of these treatments will hurt, but nor will they get to the root cause of the problems.  There are several types of Lyme Disease known to exist in Australia.  We use a combination of therapies to help the body start ‘recognising’ these infections, rather than allowing them to live happily in our bodies.

Core symptoms

  • Can’t think clearly (‘brain fog’)
  • Poor concentration
  • Poor memory
  • Swollen Glands – particularly neck
  • Sore Throat
  • Facial pain
  • Jaw and neck pain around the throat
  • Chest wall pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chronic cough
  • Muscle pains
  • Muscle spasms – usually with twitching
  • Muscle cramps
  • Eye pain – particularly with movement and usually behind or above the eyes
  • Sensitivity to bright light
  • Sensitivity to loud noise
  • Smell and taste changes
  • Intermittent facial muscle weakness and muscle twitching
  • Headache
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Alcohol sensitivity

Common symptoms

  • Fevers – at night
  • Abdominal pain
  • Period pain, irregularity – unexplained
  • Rapid beating of the heart or irregularity
  • Pins and needles feeling
  • Facial paralysis (Bell’s Palsy)
  • Visual difficulties
  • Slurring of the speech, wrong words, or mispronunciation
  • Word block

Less common symptoms

  • Tinnitus – ringing in the ears
  • Vertigo, a tumbling form of dizziness
  • Dizziness or spinning
  • Motion sickness
  • Imbalance
  • Gait disturbance
  • Fevers – in daytime
  • Air hunger
  • Head congestion
  • Arthritis or joint pains (not muscle pain)
  • Dental pain
  • Genital pain
  • Bladder irritability dysfunction
  • Bowel irritability dysfunction
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Menstrual disturbances
  • Pelvic pain or cramps
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhoea

More general symptoms

  • Fainting or near faint
  • Tremors
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty with concentration, reading
  • Disorientation: getting lost, going to wrong places
  • Memory loss
  • Forgetfulness, poor short term memory, poor attention
  • Mood changes
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Depression
  • Early morning waking
  • Anxiety
  • Panic
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability

There may be help for you!  Call us on 3348 6098 and book to see one of our professional staff today.

Madonna Guy ND
New Leaf Natural Therapies