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Nutrition and psychiatry!

Thursday, 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:

kinesiology
naturopathy
universal consciousness
acupuncture
chi nei tsang
microcurrent therapy
nutritional supplementation

gives great support and relief and hope… for our clientele.

Call us on 3348 6098 for support 🙂

 

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 ÂŁ266.6m. 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.

Stalls on HCG… Steak days and Apple days!

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017
Are you aware that you can do a Steak Day if you hit a ‘stall’ on HCG? Easy!!  If you require you can choose to do a couple of steak days per week if your weight loss has been sluggish…
Or…. You can have an apple day! Eat only between midday and 7pm – eat a maximum of 6 apples all day – plenty of water and herbal teas…
Reasons for stalls?
1. Constipation – there are natural herbal laxatives that support the gut, liver and gallbladder such as Cascara Complex & Liver combinations;
2. Poor metabolism – there are supplements such as ThyroCo / Balance that improve thyroid energy and support better energy expenditure and production
3. Poor detoxification – we support the body with Silymarin combinations for the liver and Gut/Kidney detox supplements…
4. Insulin release – as we release tummy fat we release insulin. If we can’t ‘sop it up’ as quickly as it’s released – we can end up simply storing it again as fat…
5.  Viral or Bacterial Detoxification – sometimes we’ve stored old viruses and bacteria in our bodies that are released during HCG.  I love using fully-cleansed-Zeolite products and lots of Vitamin C to support ridding the body of these viral and bacterial ‘particles’ as they’re released.
Consider our Weight Loss Programme Consults – only $130 / month for 4 x 1/4 hour appts to check in with our Naturopaths – Saves more than 50% off these consult costs if you come weekly!
Call us on 3348 6098 to discuss which products will support you…

Katherine Lynn back at New Leaf Natural Therapies! Phone 3348 6098

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Musculoskeletal Therapist, Manual Therapies Lecturer, Kinesiologist, Yoga Teacher, Ayurvedic Practitioner in Training

Kat began her training in body therapies over 10 years ago and was a practitioner at New Leaf from 2009-2013.  She then taught for several years, developing her skills in training and teaching  (both manual therapies and kinesiology), supporting clients to take care of themselves for better health long-term:  body, mind and spirit.

Kat infuses her formal training in musculoskeletal therapy with kinesiology and yoga to help her clients feel a deeper sense of peace and wellbeing so they can truly be of service to others. Her treatments are focused on searching and finding the root cause of imbalances in mind, body or spirit.

Areas of experience include stress resolution, spiritual revolution, structural alignment, child development/support, breaking patterns, fulfilling relationships, releasing emotional trauma and finding your highest potential by helping the life energy within you to resume its inner work of healing.

What is Kinesiology?

Kinesiology is the use of therapeutic muscle monitoring to support growth & change physically, mentally and spiritually.

What is Musculoskeletal Therapy?

A manual therapies modality that focusses on the treatment and management of pain and dysfunction in the musculoskeletal system. Musculoskeletal therapy involves extensive physical assessment and a variety of treatment techniques to return musculature, joints and nerves to a balanced state.

Specialties:

A treatment session could include; remedial massage, lymphatic drainage, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, positional release, muscle energy technique, passive joint mobilisation, pregnancy massage, cupping, acupressure point therapy, ligament/sprain therapy, corrective and rehabilitative exercise prescription, meridian massage, chakra balancing, emotional, mental and spiritual development, past life balancing, flower essence therapy, liquid crystal therapy, neural organisation technique, survival pattern deactivation, holistic mineral/vitamin/amino acid/essential fatty acid deficiency testing, allergy/intolerance balancing, holistic heavy metal toxicity balancing, hydration therapy, immune balances and cranial kinesiology.

Private health fund rebates available.

Email us on healthteam@newleafnaturaltherapies.com.au or phone 07 3348 6098 / 0417 643 849

Types of Fat Cells – Making Fat Cells Healthy!

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

I found this article by Dr Deanna Minich – a beautiful explanation of current thinking of fat in our bodies!  I hadn’t heard this term of ‘beiging’ our fat cells before – interesting concept and article!!!  Of course we have supplements available at New Leaf with the following healthy nutrients, which make our fat cells healthier!

Beiging: Making Your Fat Cells Healthier with Nutrients

Although excess body fat might contribute to the development of certain diseases, it is important to not simply think of fat as bad or unhealthy. You have different types of fat, or adipose tissue, in your body, each one serving a distinct and important function.  One is designed to store energy for when your body requires additional food, such as when you fast, and the other is ready to burn energy to make heat when you are cold.  Adipocytes, or fat cells, also play a key role in the regulation of appetite, glucose, and energy balance through secreting adipokines, or messengers, such as leptin and adiponectin (Adiponectin is a protein which in humans is encoded by the ADIPOQ gene. It is involved in regulating glucose levels as well as fatty acid breakdown.)

Some adipose tissue is also protective against obesity and metabolic diseases, so it is thought of as the healthier fat. New research is demonstrating that there might be a way to switch the type of fat you have to this healthier type, so it works for your health, not against it, through a process known as beiging.Âť

Types of Adipose Tissue

For decades, it was presumed that there were two main categories of adipose tissue: white adipose tissue and brown adipose tissue. In very general terms, brown adipose tissue is healthier, as this is the one involved in thermogenesis, or the burning of calories to make heat. It is protective against obesity and contains a higher number of mitochondria. White adipose tissue stores excess calories and generally exists in the stomach area and subcutaneously. It is the one associated with disease, including diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

However, recent research has discovered a third type of adipose tissue: beige. As its name implies, it is a blending of the two types of adipose tissues, although it has a distinct gene expression. Beige adipose tissue has the low basal expression of white fat cells but still will respond to the cyclic AMP stimulation as needed. This feature suggests that the cells have the capacity to switch between storage and creating energy depending on the needs of the body.

Beige adipose tissue arises when brown-like cells accumulate in white adipose tissue, which happens more often in subcutaneous adipose tissue than visceral fat tissue. The addition of the brown cells increases the capacity to burn calories through thermogenesis. There are certain components of these cells that provide them with the special characteristics, including PR domain containing 16 (PRDM16), which is like a switch that differentiates brown adipose tissue. The cells also express the genes for uncoupling protein 1 (UCP1), which typically are reserved for brown adipocytes and are associated with mitochondrial cells, which is where energy production occurs. In general terms, the more mitochondria in a cell, the more energy it can burn.

There are ways to boost the beiging to combat obesity and obesity-related diseases. As an added bonus, many of the recommendations have multiple health-boosting benefits beyond converting your adipose tissue.

Exercise 

Exercise provides many health benefits, including reducing stress, facilitating weight loss, and increasing strength. One way it might provide its benefits, especially in terms of weight loss, is through instigating beiging. In a study on mice, exercise on wheels for just 11 days led to a significant increase in the UCP1 expression. This suggests that physical activity increases the number of mitochondria and the expression of the marker for UCP1, which is typically associated with brown adipocytes. As more mitochondria enter the white tissue, more beige cells arise.

Another reason exercise promotes the development of beige adipose tissue is due to an increase of irisin. Irisin is a hormone that increases fat loss, glucose tolerance, and energy expenditure. Irisin levels are directly related to muscle mass. In a study using murine cells, differentiated cells were incubated with irisin alongside a control group that was not. Irisin led to upregulations of the markers for brown adipose tissue in the white adipose tissue, including UCP-1 and PCG-1A. The researchers also performed the study on live mice and found similar results. These studies suggest that exercise fights obesity not just by reducing the number and size of fat cells but also through switching at least some of the white adipose tissue to the healthier beige variety.

Environment

Another way to stimulate the production of beige adipose tissue is through your environment, including your social activities. One study on rats found that enriched living conditions simulated the upregulation of PRDM16 and UCP1 levels, suggesting beiging. This study defined enriched living as social interactions, increased physical activity, and new experiences. Although physical activity played a role in the environment, it was not the sole reason for the beiging effect.

The researchers looked at several groups, including those with an enriched living situation that did not have as extensive of an exercise regimen. That group still lost weight, although those who did have access to an exercise wheel had a more effective browning. This suggests that social interactions, learning new information, and trying new hobbies could also help boost the beiging effect, even if your lifestyle changes do not include physical activity.

Capsaicin

Capsaicin has a reputation for assisting in weight loss, and this might be due to its ability to facilitate thermogenesis and beiging. In terms of the beiging properties of food ingredients, capsaicin is one of the best studied, and the one that has advanced into human studies. Capsaicin is the component of hot red peppers that give them their spicy properties. A closely related particle is capsinoids, which are found in the less-spicy red peppers. Both have demonstrated the capacity to enhance fat oxidation and increase energy expenditure to aid in weight loss. One way they do this is through brown adipose tissue. In one study, the group with positive markers of brown adipose tissue had a 3-fold increase in their energy expenditure compared with those who did not after consuming capsaicin. Another study found that consuming 9 mg per day of capsinoids in a capsule form for a period of six weeks led to increased activity in brown adipose tissue, even in the group with low activity levels, when exposed to cold temperatures. Similar thermogenic effects in connection with capsaicin have been demonstrated in beige adipose tissue as well. One study demonstrated that capsaicin inhibited adipogenesis and increased the expression of browning-specific genes in white adipose tissue, especially at higher doses.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids 

You have probably heard time and time again to get your omega-3 fatty acids to gain from their anti-inflammatory and other health-promoting properties. Another reason to do this is to boost the conversion of your white adipose tissue into beige or brown. Specifically, you want to consume eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), a type of omega-3 fatty acid. One study found that after treating fully differentiated human white adipose subcutaneous tissue cells of women who were overweight with 100 – 200mg of EPA for 24 hours, there were alterations in the mRNA expressions of the genes suggestive of beiging. There was an increase in the number of mitochondria and the gene expressions for fatty acid oxidation, which burns fat as energy. There was also an induction of specific genes of beige, including PRDM16 and UCP1, as well as expression of specific markers for beige cells.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin whose metabolites, such as retinoic acid and other retinoids, play a key role in differentiation of tissues and cells around the body. The body stores excess vitamin A and its metabolites in the liver and adipose tissue, and it might do more than simply sit in the adipose tissue. A certain metabolite, all-trans-retinoic acid (ATRA), has been shown to stimulate beiging. In one study, cells treated with ATRA had an increased number of mitochondria and UCP1 expression. The study also looked at the effects of ATRA on mice.

A group of mice consumed feed with 5 IU of vitamin A per kilocalorie and six of the mice received subcutaneous amounts of ATRA at levels of 50 mg/kg of body weight per day (this would be equivalent to .375 grams in a 165-pound person, which is quite high). Despite not reaching statistical significance, there was a definite increase in mitochondrial gene expression in the treated mice white adipose tissue. This study looked at a specific metabolite of vitamin A, rather than vitamin A. However, it does suggest that beiging could be another possible benefit of consuming sufficient vitamin A in your diet, although more research needs to be done to confirm the exact dose.

Alpha-Lipoic Acid (ALA)

Alpha-lipoic acid is an important antioxidant naturally produced by the body, which supports mitochondrial health. It demonstrates anti-obesity properties, and this might be due to its beiging effect on the body.  A study looked at the effects of subcutaneous adipocytes treated with ALA at doses of 100 and 250 uM over a period of 24 hours. After treatment, the cells had increased mitochondria numbers and markers of brown adipocytes.

Resveratrol

As with many of the above, consuming resveratrol increased the markers of brown adipocytes, including UCP1 and PRDM16, in white adipose tissue. In a study on female mice consuming a high-fat diet, researchers gave one group 0.1 percent resveratrol in their feed and the control group did not have any resveratrol. The researchers also performed a similar experiment on cultured cells. Their findings pointed to the beiging of the white adipose tissues based on the increased markers.

Curcumin 

Curcumin has numerous health benefits, thanks to its anti-inflammatory and other health-promoting properties. Additionally, it has the power to induce the beiging of adipose tissue. In one study, curcumin was found to increase the number of mitochondria in the white adipose tissue. It also increased the ability of the cells to perform beta-oxidation and augment lipolysis. Additionally, there was increased expression of UCP1 and other specific makers of brown adipose tissue. This finding suggests it converts the white adipose tissue into the more fat-burning and healthier beige or brown adipose tissue. Curcumins fat-fighting benefits do not stop simply at converting white brown tissue to beige or brown; it also has the potential to inhibit the genesis of adipose tissue as another way to help combat obesity.

Berberine

The herb berberine has many health benefits, including helping prevent and treat diabetes. One reason for its efficacy in weight regulation and diabetes prevention might stem from its effects on beiging white adipocytes. A study on db/db mice, which are a variety that has impaired glucose tolerance and marked obesity, treated one group of mice with berberine. This group lost weight despite no significant difference in caloric intake. The berberine reduced the size of the white adipose cells, and it activated AMPK, which increases the energy production of adipocytes. There was also an increased number of mitochondria, suggesting beiging.

There are other ways to stimulate the production of brown or beige fat cells, including cold temperatures, conjugated linoleic acid, and green tea. Many of the studies on beiging thus far are still in the in vitro and animal trial phase. However, there are promising results demonstrating that there are ways in which you might be able to increase the number of brown and beige fat cells in your body, especially in your subcutaneous white adipose tissue.

Remedial Massage Therapist Wanted: Wynnum, Bayside, Brisbane!!

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

Are you the next fabulous team member for New Leaf Natural Therapies?

At New Leaf Natural Therapies we are looking for an experienced, fully-qualified massage therapist with health fund rebates and HiCaps eligibility available and a minimum of 2 years experience.  Negotiable hours – some after hours/Saturday should be available.

Reflexology, aromatherapy, facials, hot stone massage, chi nei tsang a bonus.

Our new practitioner should have exceptional people-skills, a fun personality and happy to work with many clients, from different backgrounds.  We need someone keen to work with a small team.  We are looking for someone able to build long-term relationships with team-members and clients.

We need someone who is un-flustered in changes to bookings, as our clinic has a walk-by and phone-in rate which can be quite changeable, ability (and keen) to learn new skills such as frequency specific microcurrent and bio-impedance analysis, passion for learning supplements to prescribe – all with the aim of enhancing current skill levels and providing the best treatment for clients.  Living close by would be a benefit.

Musculo-Skeletal Degree or Remedial Massage Diploma required:  also should have keen interest in other areas of health as well, for example, we use naturopathic testing such as VLA & looking at your blood, we also use Microcurrent technology.  Rate of pay is driven by experience, client retention and bonus system when practitioner meets KPI’s. Also, pay-rate increases depending on number of clients seen each day.

Preferably able to do hot stone massage (or willing to learn).  Our applicant may also be required to learn some basic reception skills.

We have a congruency in our clinic with health and the environment.  We have made sure our clinic is as low-toxin as we can, and we are after an applicant with an interest in taking care of the body, inside and out.  Non-smokers preferable.

We currently have 2 naturopath/kinesiologists & 2 reception team, plus the massage position, open 6 days per week, later Thursday evening.

Hourly rate per massage (plus bonuses) to start.

Please drop resume in (preferably with photo) to:

New Leaf Natural Therapies

94 Edith Street, Wynnum 4178

or email a resume to:

healthteam@newleafnaturaltherapies.com.au

Our clinic phone numbers are 07 3348 6098 / 0417 643 849

Reception Team: Lynn & Annette
Phone: 3348 6098
Website: www.newleafnaturaltherapies.com.au
Mobile: 0417 643 849

7 top prescribed drugs and their side effects!

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

I found this article in “Prevent Disease”.   Really interesting about how the top 7 drugs work – and consequences of these drugs!  Call us on 3348 6098 to discuss your health from a different perspective!

Prescription-Drugs_healthyfoodsWe don’t have to live in a medicated world, but we certainly choose to. The crux of the matter is that we refuse to proactively think about prevention because we reactively commit to treating the symptoms of underlying health problems. This is the allopathic model. We want the quick fix so we can continue our poor lifestyle and dietary habits. It doesn’t have to be this way, but it is. We can blame doctors, the medical institutions and healthcare systems all we want, but self-responsibility is our only recourse if we are ever to surface from this mess. There are no excuses–if you’re taking one of these drugs, consult with a Natural Health Practitioner this week about phasing out your medication and phasing in these powerful natural foods and remedies.

Of the over 4 billion prescriptions written every year, the United States and Canada make up more than 80% of the world’s prescription opioids (psychoactive medications). Between 1997 and 2012 prescription opioids increased in dosage by almost 500%. Pharmaceuticals and medical errors are now a leading cause of death. Painkillers are the leading cause of accidental death.

In the last 15 years of life, people are experiencing more pain for longer periods than at any point on our historical record. If you think life expectancy has increased to the benefit of mankind, you’re not looking at the numbers.

78% of U.S. prescriptions written in 2010 were for generic drugs (both unbranded and those still sold under a brand name). The most prescribed drugs aren’t always the best selling drugs, there’s a difference.

Prescriptions for pain, cholesterol reduction, high blood pressure, hypothyroidism, antacids, antipsychotics, diabetes and antibiotics make up 100% of the most prescribed drugs.

Make a commitment to yourself right now and start incorporating some of these amazing foods into your diet with no consequence of side effects. When you accept this, you will get off prescription medications for good.

Check out the top 7 most prescribed drugs and the best natural remedies to treat and prevent disease.


1. HYDROCODONE (Acetaminophen/Vicodin/Oxycontin)

Use: For Pain

Currently the single most prescribed drug in the world. More and more doctors are getting huge payouts from pharmaceutical companies to promote these hydrocodone, especially generic drugs. They make up more than 20% of the top prescribed medications.

Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told Fox News that doctors are handing out narcotics like candy. Some doctors are giving patients prescriptions for narcotics for even minor injuries.

How it Works:
It is an orally psychoactive compound that works as a narcotic and analgesic. It is biotransformed by the liver into several metabolites. It is highly dependent on metabolism by the Cytochrome P450 pathway.

Consequences:
Respiratory depression; bradycardia; coma; seizures; cardiac arrest; liver damage; and death. Inherited genes such as the Cytochrome P450 affects metabolic pathways–some cannot process it at all, whereas a smaller percentage can get even more strength from it than usual.

Natural Foods:
Ginger, turmeric, berries, cayenne pepper, celery/celery seeds, cherries, dark green veggies, walnuts.
See: Natural Healing Remedies: 10 Foods That Fight Inflammation And Pain


2. STATINS (Generic versions of Lipitor/Zocor/Crestor)

Use: Reduction of LDL Cholesterol

Approximately 15% of the top prescribed medications are generic statins. A study published in January 2012 in the Archives of Internal Medicine linked statins to 48 percent increased risk for type-2 diabetes.

The are NO scientific studies ever documented which have proved through causation that lowering LDL cholesterol prevents disease. The obsessed culture of lowering cholesterol may actually be causing cancer.

How it Works:
Statins artificially lower cholesterol levels by inhibiting a critical enzyme HMG-CoA reductase, which plays a central role in the production of cholesterol in the liver.

Consequences:
Inflammation and pathological breakdown of muscle, acute kidney failure, diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, interference with sex hormones and death.

Natural Foods:
Nuts, spinach, apples, turmeric, cranberries, tomatoes, green tea, fatty fish, beans, alfalfa herb, capsicum fruit, garlic, psyllium, fenugreek seeds, butcher’s broom, licorice root, hawthorn berry.
See:
– New Data Shows Lycopene Reduces Heart Disease Up To 26 Percent
– Two Apples a Day More Effective At Reducing Heart Disease Than Statin Medications
– Top 5 Foods and Herbs To Control Cholesterol
– World Renown Heart Surgeon Speaks Out On What Really Causes Heart Disease


3. LISINOPRIL (Prinivil/Zestril) AND NORVASC (Amlodipine)

Use: Reduction of High Blood Pressure

In combination, Lisinopril and Norvasc make up a whopping 23% of the top prescribed medications. This makes them the most prescribed generic medications (if combined) for cardiovascular disease and blood pressure. Individually, Lisinopril constitutes approximately 14% and Norvasc about 9%.

How it Works:
Lisinopril is typically used for the treatment of hypertension, congestive heart failure, and heart attacks. Norvasc is used for hypertension and angina. It accomplishes this by inhibiting the influx of calcium ions into vascular smooth muscle and cardiac muscle so it essentially interferes with the metabolism of calcium.

Consequences:
Cancer, blood disorders, development of breasts in men, impotence, depression, tachycardia, enlargement of gums, inflammation of the liver, elevated blood glucose, hepatitis, life threatening skin conditions.

Natural Foods:
Any foods high in vitamin C (chili peppers, guavas, bell peppers, thyme, parsley, dark leafy greens, broccoli), any foods high in magnesium (chocolate, green leafy vegetables, Brazil nuts, almonds, cashews, blackstrap molasses, pumpkin and squash seeds, pine nuts, and black walnuts) and any foods high in potassium (mushrooms, bananas, dark green leafy vegetables, sweet potatoes, oranges and dates). Coconut oil/water and CoQ10 are also very effective for lowering blood pressure.
See:
– Magnesium Reduces Blood Pressure Naturally Without Side Effects
– Low Salt Diets Do Not Decrease Blood Pressure, Period
– Vitamin C Supplements Reduce Blood Pressure Without Side Effects Associated With Medication
– Low Potassium Linked To High Blood Pressure


4. SYNTHROID (levothyroxine sodium)

Use: Hypothyroidism

A synthetic form of the thyroid hormone thyroxine, generic Synthroid makes up more than 11% of the top prescribed medications. It’s used to treat hypothyroidism. The related drug dextrothyroxine (D-thyroxine) was used in the past as a treatment for elevated cholesterol but was withdrawn due to cardiac side-effects.

How it Works:
It replaces the thyroid hormone which is naturally occurring in the thyroid gland essentially halting natural production.

Consequences:
Long-term suppression of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) causes cardiac side-effects and contributes to decreases in bone mineral density (high TSH levels are also well known to contributes to osteoporosis.) May also cause elevated blood glucose levels, heart failure, coma and adrenal insufficiency. TSH directly influences the whole process of iodine trapping and thyroid hormone production so use of synthroid directly affects how the body metabolizes iodine.

Natural Foods:
Any foods containing iodine such as seaweed, kelp, radish, parsley, fish, seafood, eggs, bananas, cranberries, strawberries, himalayan crystal salt. Also, copper, iron, selenium and zinc are essential in the production of thyroid hormones. Exercise a minimum of 20-30 minutes per day — enough to raise the heartbeat.
See:
– Seaweed Extracts Can Help You Lose Weight, Mostly Body Fat
– 8 Critical Nutrients Lacking In More Than 70 Percent of Diets
– The Number One Reason So Many Women Have Trouble Losing Weight

5. PRILOSEC (omeprazole/generic versions of nexium)

Use: Antacid

A proton pump inhibitor which constitutes just over 8% of the top prescribed medications. Omeprazole is one of the most widely prescribed drugs for reflux disease (GORD/GERD/LPR) and ulcers internationally and is available over the counter in some countries.

How it Works:
It suppresses gastric acid secretion by specific inhibition of the gastric acid ions in cells. The absorption of omeprazole takes place in the small intestine essentially turning off the switch which promotes healthy digestion of foods. Omeprazole is also completely metabolized by the cytochrome P450 system.

Consequences:
Angina, ulcers, tachycardia, bradycardia, palpitations, elevated blood pressure, development of male breasts, inflammation of the pancreas, irritable colon, mucosal atrophy of the tongue, liver disease/failure, elevated blood sugar, muscle weakness, skin conditions, tinnitus, inflammation of the eyes, urinary frequency, testicular pain, anemia and blood cell disorders.

Natural Foods:
Grapefruits, probiotics, broccoli sprouts, manuka honey, mastic gum, marshmallow tea, glutamine, slippery elm, deglycyrrhized liquorice (DGL), aloe vera juice, baking soda, pickle juice.
See:
– Grapefruit Heals Stomach Ulcers
– Broccoli Sprouts May Prevent Gastritis, Ulcers and Stomach Cancers
– Manuka Honey Reverses Antibiotic Resistance, Treats Disease


6. AZITHROMYCIN AND AMOXICILLIN

Use: Antibiotic

In combination, azithromycin and amoxicillin contribute towards a mind-blowing 17% of the top prescribed medications. Then we wonder why we have antibiotic resistance. On their own, each contributes about 8.5%. Azithromycin is one of the world’s best-selling antibiotics and derived from erythromycin. Amoxicillin is usually the drug of choice for children.

How it Works:
Inhibits the synthesis of bacterial cell walls and interfering with their protein synthesis. These drugs also inhibit the protein synthesis of good bacteria needed for immunity and proper digestion.

Consequences:
Inflammation of the liver, inflammation and destruction of the stomach lining, destruction of healthy bacterial populations, inflammation of the colon, allergic reactions, obesity, human antibiotic resistance.

Natural Foods:
Sunlight (vit D), garlic, coconut oil, turmeric, foods high in nicotinamide (vit B3) such as salmon, sardines and nuts. Also manuka honey, olive leaf extract, green tea, pau D’Arco, rose water, myrrh, grapeseed extract, golden seal, oregon grapes, oregano oil, andrographis paniculata, and probiotics.
See:
– Garlic Proven 100 Times More Effective Than Antibiotics, Working In A Fraction of The Time
– Before Antibiotics Ever Existed, Sunlight Was Used To Treat Diseases With Great Success
– The Most Potent B Vitamin That Combats Infections Better Than Antibiotics Ever Could

7. GLUCOPHAGE (metformin)

Use: Oral anti-diabetic drug

Glucophage drugs round up the top 7 but the prescription rate of this drug is rapidly increasing. It makes up about 7% of the top prescribed medications. It is the first-line drug of choice for the treatment of type 2 diabetes, in particular, in overweight and obese people. It also acts to indirectly lower LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

How it Works:
By suppressing natural glucose production by the liver, the drug activates an enzyme which plays an important role in insulin signaling, whole body energy balance, and the metabolism of glucose and fats.

Consequences:
Lactic acidosis, impaired liver/kidney function, decreasing thyroid stimulating hormone and testosterone, increased homocysteine levels, malabsorption of vitamin B12, B12 deficiency, bladder cancer, heart failure. The biggest consequence of diabetes drugs is that it causes pancreatic function to substantially decrease inhibiting several hormones and causing other imbalances which are never correctable without abstaining from the drug.

Natural Foods:
Black tea, Sunlight (vit D), potentially coffee (more research needed), turmeric, nuts, chia seeds, green leafy vegetables, apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, red grapes, steel cut oatmeal, broccoli, spinach, green beans and strawberries. 90% of all cases of diabetes can be resolved by eating foods with a low glycemic load, and pursuing both weight training and aerobic exercise.
See:
– Study on Black Tea Consumption From 42 Countries Shows It Lowers Diabetes Risk
– Two More Bombshells For Vitamin D: It Prevents Both Type I Diabetes and Cavities
– Coffee’s Anti-Diabetes Benefit
– Healthy Diet, Moderate Exercise Reduce Diabetes Risk Better Than Drugs
– How Turmeric Has An Anti-Diabetic Effect On The Body

The drugs on which we spend the most money are those that are still new enough to be protected against generic competition. That’s why drugs like Abilify and Seroquel (antipsychotics), as well as Plavix (blood thinner) and Advair Diskus (asthma inhaler) don’t make the list.

Source: Prevent Disease     

Looking After Others Means Looking After Yourself

Saturday, October 17th, 2015

One of the challenging things in life is when we start to get older and family or close friends start to receive diagnosis of their health. Yes, I’m talking cancer in the family. It’s one of the most challenging things one goes through when loved ones start to show symptoms, go through treatment with drastic side effects and with the looming query of: what’s going to happen next?

The overwhelming sense that one can’t really do much, the underwhelm of not being able to do much except comfort the person which is really hard to do when we’re rundown, exhausted, worried and busy with normal life. So what can we do apart from cook dinners?

You can look after yourself. Yes, it is one of the best things you can do as a support person to someone and don’t feel guilty about good health! When you’re rocking the sense of wellbeing:

  • it is a natural pick-me-up for others
  • you have more energy to do support jobs i.e. driving to appointments, cooking and preparing food, changing bed sheets, helping shower
  • it’s easier to maintain positive, non-judgemental and a calming vibe
  • you become more emotionally resilient
  • and are more able to enjoy more moments along the way

Let’s break it down:

Maintaining a sense of personal balance and wellbeing actually means:

  • maintaining good sleep wherever possible. Sleep is necessary for the body to replenish stores and do minor repairs around the body from the day.
  • Maintaining a balance of hormones. Why is this so important? Hormones are the bodies messengers to tell parts of the body to do things. Yes, reproduction is a result from hormones but they also have a great effect on keeping us calm, awake, good focus, active with energy and even sleep when it’s bed time. If one is over used then it’s eventually like a game of domino’s, but not quite as fun.
  • Maintaining good energy means everything becomes easier! Doom and gloom isn’t an overbearing sense but more a sense of acceptance and you are more likely to make more good moments.
  • Having good energy means eating good food and often. Food is our fuel therefore there is some truth to “You are what you eat”. Good energy means having enough energy to make breakfast lunch and dinner for yourself and whoever else you need to. When we’re busy, stressed and overwhelmed one of the first things to go out the window is dinner and/or breakfast. This is effectively not putting good fuel in the engine and expecting it to do a Formula 1 race every day. The maths just doesn’t add up, does it? Preparing good nutritious food is paramount and may take a bit of organising but should be a priority on your to-do list.
  • Taking care of any aches, pains and health issues of your own so when you’re with your loved one you can be as present and focussed with them as possible.

So we’ve talked benefits, now the big question is: how?

I’m a Naturopath and Kinesiologist so I’m going to say naturopathy and kinesiology works wonders! So I will go through some benefits however if your thing is massage do that. And do it regularly!

I love naturopathy as essentially it’s utilising herbs, nutrients, food as medicine, flower essences and even appropriate homeopathics to support and maintain wellbeing. For example often stress and energy are big ones that need support as they can unwind everything else. There are some fantastic herbs called adaptogens that help support energy levels whilst calming the nerves. Herbs can cater specifically for your personal health requirements whether it be stress, energy, pain and inflammation or digestion. They can make day to day life easier!

Whereas Kinesiology can essential give an indication of where the stress is affecting your body, how to balance it and what herbs, nutrients, foods or other remedies are the priority to maintain wellbeing and balance J

Other fantastic modalities that can be used alongside or instead of are:

  • Massage – If you have aches and pains and respond well to massage book one in regularly. A one off is nice, but an ongoing weekly or fortnightly massage works wonders for stress and energy management long term.
  • Reflexology – via pressure points on the feet this modality also works on rebalancing energy systems (and organs). Plus you get to lie down for one hour and totally relax into an amazing foot rub!
  • Chi Nei Tsang – this is a particular massage style for your belly. It is really good for digestion as when we are stressed, busy and tired our digestion often takes the brunt of it all and starts to not work as well. And what does digestion do? It processes our fuel (i.e. food) so we can use it efficiently. Therefore digestion is really important.

Some people like to mix it up, that is naturopathy/kinesiology every three weeks to keep on top of things and in between a massage, reflexology or chi nei tsang. It’s whatever works for you!

Chakras and Reiki

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Chakras and Reiki

During a Reiki session we work with the energy of the Chakras to help to bring balance, harmony and relaxation into the body, mind and spirit

 

The Sanskrit word Chakra literally translates to wheel or disk. In yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda, this term refers to wheels of energy throughout the body. There are seven main chakras, which align the spine, starting from the base of the spine through to the crown of the head. To visualize a chakra in the body, imagine a swirling wheel of energy where matter and consciousness meet. This invisible energy, called Prana, is vital life force, which keeps us vibrant, healthy, and alive.

Seven Major Chakras

 

Chakras are numbered from the bottom up. The first three chakras, starting at the base of the spine are chakras of matter. They are more physical in nature.

1st Chakra: The Muladhara/Coccygeal/Root – colour Red – this is the chakra of stability, security, and our basic needs. It encompasses the first three vertebrae, the bladder, and the colon. When this chakra is open, we feel safe and fearless.

2nd Chakra: The Svadhisthana/Sacral – colour Orange – this is the chakra of our creativity and sexual center. It is located above the pubic bone, below the navel, and is responsible for our creative expression.

3rd Chakra: The Manipura/Solar Plexus – colour Yellow – this chakra means lustrous gem and it’s the area from the navel to the breastbone. The third chakra is our source of personal power.

 

4th Chakra: The Connection between Matter and Spirit – colour Green

Located at the heart center, the fourth chakra, Anahata/Heart is at the middle of the seven and unites the lower chakras of matter and the upper chakras of spirit. The fourth is also spiritual but serves as a bridge between our body, mind, emotions, and spirit. The heart chakra is our source of love and connection.

 

 

When we work through our physical chakras, we can open the spiritual chakras more fully.

 

The Chakras of Spirit

5th Chakra: The Vishuddha/Throat – colour Blue – this is the chakra located in the area of the throat. This is our source of verbal expression and the ability to speak our highest truth. The fifth chakra includes the neck, thyroid, and parathyroid glands, jaw, mouth, and tongue.

6th Chakra: The Ajna/Third Eye – colour Indigo – this is the chakra located in between the eyebrows. It is also referred to as the “third eye” chakra. Ajna is our center of intuition. We all have a sense of intuition but we may not listen to it or heed its warnings. Focus on opening the sixth chakra will help you hone this ability.

7th Chakra: The Sahaswara/Head/Crown – colour  Violet – this is the chakra located at the crown of the head. This is the chakra of enlightenment and spiritual connection to our higher selves, others, and ultimately, to the divine. It is located at the crown of the head.

 

Chakras and the body

These swirling wheels of energy correspond to massive nerve centres in the body. Each of the seven main chakras contains bundles of nerves and major organs as well as our psychological, emotional, and spiritual states of being. They can be treated from the back or the front and are often felt as balls of energy.  Chakras perform their duties in perfect synchronicity with our endocrine systems.  The endocrine systems control the functions of the body at a cellular level through seven major glands in the body, each of which is associated with a particular chakra.  The glands of the endocrine system are responsible for the correct amount of chemical nutrients, or hormones, fed to each of our organs and if one of them has an imbalance it can be felt.

Since everything is moving, it’s essential that our seven main chakras stay open, aligned, and fluid. Our bodies are in constant flux between balance and imbalance and when there is a blockage, energy cannot flow.  Keeping a chakra open can be a challenge, but not so difficult when you have awareness. Since mind, body, soul, and spirit are intimately connected, the emotional stresses and traumas of our everyday lives can manifest into physical ailments.  For example someone overwhelmed with grief can also be struggling with bronchitis or breathing issues. The heart chakra is affected in this case and when awareness of the connection between the loss and the bronchitis is developed, healing will occur much faster when the grieving process is honoured as well as the physical ailment.

The openness and flow of energy through our chakras determines our state of health and balance. Knowledge of our more subtle energy systems empowers us to maintain balance and harmony in the physical, mental and spiritual level.  Through living consciously with awareness of how we acquire and spend our energy we become capable of balancing our life force with our mental, physical and spiritual selves.

Initial 1hr Reiki session are 30% off $80.50

 

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.

New Leaf Natural Therapies Opening/Closing Hours Christmas 2014

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

Here are our hours over the next few weeks for Christmas 2014

Wednesday 24th December:  open

25th December:  CHRISTMAS DAY – CLOSED

26th December: BOXING DAY – CLOSED

27th December: CLOSED

28th December:  CLOSED

Monday 29th December:  OPEN

Tuesday 30th December:  CLOSED

Wednesday 31st December:  OPEN

Thursday 1st January:  CLOSED

Friday 2nd January:  OPEN

Saturday 3rd January:  OPEN

Monday 5th January – Back to normal hours…