Posts Tagged ‘chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia’

Fabulous Article from Dr Mercola about magnesium!

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

Fabulous Article from Dr Mercola about magnesium!

 

The fact that magnesium is involved in more than 300 biochemical processes in the body highlights how critical this mineral is for supporting and maintaining health. It also makes it easy to understand that magnesium can have a role in relieving many different types of pain.

Interest in the ability of magnesium to resolve pain, both acute and chronic, has been growing for years, as has the research into this phenomenon. Experts believe the reason magnesium can relieve pain is the fact that it is “a physiological antagonist of the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor ion channel, and that the NMDA receptor plays a key role in central sensitisation,” which is the main way magnesium kills pain by blocking the NMDA receptor in the spinal cord.

Here are some of the discoveries experts have made about the ability of magnesium to help manage different types of pain.

Arthritis. Magnesium helps strengthen bone, maintain joint cartilage, and assists with muscle function. Without enough magnesium, these essential processes cannot function optimally, which can contribute to and cause pain. Therefore, as noted by the Arthritis Foundation, it’s important to get enough magnesium (RDA is 320 mg for women and 420 mg for men), as many studies have reported that eating foods rich in magnesium and potassium improves bone density.

Read about do you need a magnesium supplement

Fibromyalgia. Managing fibromyalgia pain is especially challenging, and having access to an effective natural remedy is most welcome for many patients. Numerous studies have identified magnesium as one such treatment option. In a study conducted by experts at Mayo Clinic, for example, 24 women applied a transdermal magnesium chloride solution in spray form to each limb twice daily for four weeks. All of the women completed a questionnaire and survey about their experiences with the spray. Generally, use of the magnesium resulted in a significant improvement in pain after 2 and 4 weeks of treatment.

Among people with fibromyalgia, it seems that magnesium inhibits the nerve receptors that are associated with the pain trigger points. In a studyfrom Turkey, for example, the authors noted that magnesium citrate supplementation (300 mg/d) resulted in a significant reduction in tender points, fibromyalgia impact questionnaire scores, and depression scores.

Menstrual cramps. A study appearing in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews noted that taking magnesium supplements can relieve painful menstrual cramps. Subsequent research also pointed out how important magnesium can be for relieving not only menstrual cramps but other symptoms associated with premenstrual syndrome and post-menopause.

Read about are these foods high enough in magnesium?

Migraine and tension headache. Many people who suffer with migraine have a magnesium deficiency. Research has indicated that supplementing with 400 mg daily of chelated magnesium or magnesium oxide can reduce the frequency of migraine as well as lower the severity of pain. For individuals with tension headache, magnesium can help relieve muscle tension associated with the head pain.

Neuropathic pain. Neuropathic pain is believed to be associated with peripheral nerve issues, such as neuropathy associated with spinal stenosis, spinal cord injuries, and diabetes. Numerous studies have revealed the ability of magnesium to help reduce and manage neuropathic pain. For example, a report published in Current Medicinal Chemistry in 2016 noted that magnesium “has been shown to exert an analgesic effect on humans in conditions presenting…chronic (neuropathic) pain.”

Postoperative pain. The amount and level of pain experienced by people following surgery can be overwhelming and challenging to treat. Research suggests administering magnesium can significantly reduce pain and pain intensity. For example, 44 individuals who underwent bilateral total knee arthroplasty were given either magnesium sulphate or isotonic saline (22 patients each) during surgery. A comparison between the two groups of levels of postoperative pain and the amount of patient-controlled analgesia (fentanyl) and rescue analgesia (ketoprofen) used during the first 48 hours revealed that those in the magnesium group used significantly fewer rescue analgesics and fentanyl during the first 48 hours postoperatively.

[Editor’s Note: Natural Vitality Natural Calm and Pure Essence Labs Ionic Fizz are our favorite ways to supplement magnesium.]

Sources
Arthritis Foundation. Magnesium
Bagis S et al. Is magnesium citrate treatment effective on pain, clinical parameters and functional status in patients with fibromyalgia? Rheumatology International 2013 Jan; 33(1): 167-72
Chiu HY et al. Effects of intravenous and oral magnesium on reducing migraine: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Pain Physician 2016 Jan; 19(1): E97-112
Engen DJ et al. Effects of transdermal magnesium chloride on quality of life for patients with fibromyalgia: a feasibility study. Journal of Integrative Medicine 2015 Sep; 13(5): 306-13
Parazzini F et al. Magnesium in the gynecological practice: a literature review. Magnesium Research2017 Feb 1; 30(1): 1-7
Proctor ML, Murphy PA. Herbal and dietary therapies for primary and secondary dysmenorrhea. Cochrane Database Systematic Reviews 2001; (3):CD002124
Shin HJ et al. Magnesium sulphate attenuates acute postoperative pain and increased pain intensity after surgical injury in staged bilateral total knee arthroplasty: a randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial. British Journal of Anaesthesiology 2016 Oct; 117(4): 497-503
Smith HS, MD. How can magnesium help relieve pain?
Srebro D et al. Magnesium in pain research: state of the art. Current Medicinal Chemistry 2016 Dec 12
WebMD. Magnesium

Introducing Ross Walter Nutritionist & Naturopath! Now at New Leaf

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

Are you sick of being sick? TIred of being tired? Depressed about being depressed?

In order to see a change and get improvements in your health, you need to decide when you have had enough of your current situation, and make the decision to want to improve your health!

Are you ready yet?! The sooner you make that decision to get professional help, the sooner you can have your health back. Do it now!

Ross Walter Nutritionist and Naturopath can help you to improve your health. You can do it now!



How can Nutritional Medicine and Naturopathy help me?

The aim of Naturopathy is to identify the causes of your health issues, then to treat those causes using evidence-based natural solutions. This is the only way to treat any health condition, to make it go away and stay away! Unfortunately this is not the medical approach, which is to suppress your symptoms and pretend that the problem has gone away, but it hasn’t. This will only cause a longer illness duration and worsening health.

Naturopathy combines the modalities, advice and treatments of Nutritional Medicine and Herbal Medicine, all 3 of which I have qualifications in! Naturopathic treatments can include nutrition advice, lifestyle improvements, stress management, herbal medicines, nutritional and herbal supplements, flower essences, and even pathology testing as needed.

It doesn’t matter what your health issue is – digestive complaints (IBS, constipation, diarrhoea etc), skin conditions (acne, eczema, psoriasis), diabetes, hormone issues, heart disease, cancer, or anything else, Nutritional Medicine and Naturopathy can help to reduce your symptoms, reduce pain, improve sleep, increase energy, and make you feel better and give you a better quality of life! I have a range of treatments and services to help you return to health! I specialise in chronic (long-term) and complex conditions, for which you may not have been able to get an answer for to date.

To find out how Nutritional Medicine and Naturopathy with an award-winning practitioner can help you, please call for a free 15-minute chat, or to book your treatment now!

healthteam@newleafnaturaltherapies.com.au
07 3348 6098
94 Edith Street, Wynnum
You Tube:  New Leaf Health Team

Remedial massage at New Leaf Natural Therapies!

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

 

Looking for a great remedial massage clinic?   Our bright, bubbly, caring new pracci will support you in getting well – with her amazing skills of remedial massage.  We have experience is supporting you deal with:

  • neck pain, jaw pain
  • spinal cord and disc pain
  • shoulders and hips
  • lymphatic congestion – swelling and inflammation
  • for headaches, migraines, chronic head, neck, jaw pain
  • arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis
  • abdominal massage – for pain and inflammation in your digestive organs, reproductive organs and hip flexors
  • fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome
  • hip realignment
  • feet, ankle, leg aches and pains

Our Remedial Massage payment plan is from only $80.50 / month (saves 30%) and if you’re on a payment plan you also save 10-30% on all other treatments and testing processes at New Leaf.

Madonna Guy ND
New Leaf Natural Therapies
3348 6098

Anti-biotics in our food – Anti-biotics causing disease

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

Anti-biotics are of huge importance to our health – and disease! Anti-biotics destroy our gut bacteria (as we know) but did you know that between 50 and 80% of anti-biotics in the Western world are in our foods:  pork, beef, chicken, farmed fish and other foods?  Not to mention in our GMO foods that contain anti-bioitics. Hugely linked to all kids health problems. Did you know that Genetically Modified Foods have the anti-biotics, pesticides and herbicides IN the SEEDS, so you CAN’T wash these toxins off!

We end up accidently destroying our immune system each time we eat food that contains anti-biotics.  Is our immune system keeping up with repair and maintenance?

Anti-Biotic use increases hardened, active, bacteria-laden biofilm in our body – and the combination of these are known to be linked to:

  •  cardiovascular disease: bacterial particles (linked to anti-biotic use) is found in the plaque in the arteries in heart disease
  • autism & Asperger’s:  staph & strep bacteria have been found in the basal ganglia of autistic children
  • dementia and Alzheimer’s:  it’s been known for many years that the plaque in the brain has heavy metals, xeno-oestrogens, and bacterial particles
  • diabetes:  the higher the levels of toxins stored in fat mass in the body, the more risk of diabetes.
  • ADHD & learning issues:  there is a huge gut-brain-learning connection.  The worse the gut, the harder it is to stay focussed and learn and concentrate.
  • behavioural problems:  similar issues to ADHD & Learning – behaviour problems, the brain, the gut – all linked
  • chronic fatigue & fibromyalgia: 100% of people with chronic fatigue & fibromyalgia have gut issues, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth & gut issues
  • mitochondrial dysfunction – inability to think, inability to access cellular energy – bacterial particles ‘clog up’ our mechanisms inside our cells and hinder our health
  • and so much more…

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

So… your insulin resistance is too high – on the way to diabetes?

Saturday, November 12th, 2011

You know, I hear it in my clinic each and every day – my doctor’s checked my blood sugar levels and I’m totally ok…  Doug or I check their insulin resistance and it’s in the high risk for diabetes.  It’s damaging and inflammatory and it’s NOT OK!

What is insulin resistance?

It means that when you eat carbohydrates (anything that turns into sugar – grains, sugar, flour, fruits, starchy vegies (potatoes, pumpkin, carrots, corn etc) creates insulin which, instead of creating energy, increases inflammation and is NOT giving you energy…  Your cell membranes are either not functioning properly – not allowing insulin inside the cells OR the internal pathways within the cells are getting jammed and not allowing the energy production from insulin.

Is insulin bad?

No.  It is a crucial hormone – each and every cell in your body requires it to make energy.

Is insulin resistance bad?  What health problems does insulin resistance cause?

Yes!  When insulin isn’t getting into our cells it becomes a very inflammatory and dangerous hormone which has the ability to create:

  • blood sugar issues
  • dizziness
  • diabetes
  • peripheral neuropathy
  • dementia
  • memory issues
  • degeneration of the nerves in our hands, feet and brain
  • chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia
  • insulin, being a hormone, if out of whack can create an imbalance with any other hormone

How can I find out if I have insulin resistance?

We do a simple blood test (2-3 drops from your finger – the more hydrated you are the easier the test is!!!) which gives us the results in about 3-4 minutes.  Easy!

Are there supplements I can take to reverse insulin resistance?

Yes there are:  My favourite supplements are

  • Insulex; 6 daily which is for insulin resistance combined with lots of pain
  • Resist X; 4 daily which is for insulin resistance, sugar cravings and low energy (also helps girls gain a ‘waist’ over a period of time; contains ingredients such as korean ginseng, cinnamon and chromium
  • combination of these 2 if it’s really dangerous!
  • Krill oil works through increasing HDL cholesterol (good HDL levels are crucial for good hormone production and decreasing our risk of stroke, heart disease and diabetes) – there are many qualities of krill oil – be careful with supermarket brands
  • Shake It Extra – high protein meal replacement with the ingredients of insulex in the formula.

What foods should I avoid until my insulin resistance is within the ‘safe’ range?

Anything that turns into sugar is very inflammatory and exhausting for your body to cope with when we have insulin resistance:

  • All grains and flours:  wheat, rye, spelt, rice, oats, barley
  • All fruits
  • All starchy vegetables:  potatoes, pumpkin, carrots…
  • breads, cakes, cereals (obviously – they contain the ingredients above)
  • sugar (yes, I commonly get ask if it’s bad)
  • alcohol – turns straight into sugar – and our body burns it down first, before anything else!

Starting to make a little sense??

Talk soon,

Madonna
Chief Clinician
New Leaf Natural Therapies
3348 6098 / 0417 643 849