April 7, 2017
Inflammation can be a good thing
Everyone has experienced the remarkable phenomenon of acute inflammation - a sprained ankle, splinter, or cut – and as a result have witnessed the affected area turn red, puffy and hot as your immune system rushes to your aid to assess the injury and fight any pathogen that might have entered your body.
A normal, healthy inflammatory response should flare up and die down again a short time later, as the healing process resolves the inflammation and the injury heals.
March 4, 2016
The diseases that kill us (high blood pressure, heart attacks, cancer) are not pre-programmed into our genes. For most of the leading causes of death, our genes usually account for only 10–20% of risk.
The other 80-90% of risk relates to our diet and lifestyle. The typical Western diet is the number one cause of premature death and the number-one cause of disability. Another way of framing this statistic is that a long and healthy life is largely a matter of choice.
February 23, 2016
It’s red, itchy and can be incredibly painful – and if you’re one of the 97% of Australians who had chickenpox as a child, consider yourself at risk.
Herpes zoster, better known as shingles, will affect one in five Australians during their lifetime, with more than 220,000 adults aged over 50 diagnosed every year.
It is also one of the most commonly searched health terms on Google, so while it may be painfully prevalent, what’s clear is that we don’t know what it is, what it looks like or how to get rid of it.
December 30, 2015
A large proportion of people living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) are vitamin D deficient, a new study has found.
The British study, which is the first of its kind, found that out of 51 IBS patients tested 82 per cent exhibited insufficient vitamin D levels.
Vitamin D level testing should be undertaken in cases of IBS and supplementation should be part of the treatment protocol in cases of a likely deficiency.
December 9, 2015
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes progressive pain, inflammation and eventual destruction of the joints.
The hallmark feature of this condition is long term inflammation of joints that is mirrored on the opposite joint. It affects the hands, wrists and feet, though any joint lined by a synovial membrane may be involved.
Early diagnosis is key and by implementing supplementation, changes in lifestyle and the environment, RA’s impact can be lessened.
December 1, 2015
While it may be uncomfortable for many of us to discuss, stool analysis has become a very important tool to determine a wide range of gastro intestinal conditions.
Stool Analysis provides an overview of the components of digestion, absorption, intestinal function and microbial flora as well as pathogenic bacteria, parasites and yeasts.
By indicating a poor digestive function and imbalanced gut flora a number of health conditions can be better understood and more tailored treatment protocols can be implemented.
November 24, 2015
It seems to be little more than a modern day catch phrase but methylation is a vitally important process that happens inside each of us. Whether this pathway is working optimally or is under or over performing can dramatically impact our health and the possible development of an alarming amount of diseases.
Methylation is responsible for many of the most complex and vital processes in the body. The methylation pathways can be found to occur in each cell as well as the liver and the fluid supplying the brain, impacting every system in the body.
Methylation helps determine who we are, what we look like, and how we behave yet even more importantly, it is central to our physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing. Without methylation, we could not survive.
October 15, 2015
Leaky gut has been known by Natural Health Practitioners to contribute to a range of debilitating conditions for many years.
Once diagnosed with a test such as an Intestinal Permeability kit, leaky gut can be effectively treated with proven ingredients, supplements and dietary changes.
Read on to find out more…
September 15, 2015
Catching the educated eye of Dr Ross Walker recently on 2UE radio, is the new Medlab product W8 Biotic.
W8Biotic is scientifically formulated to support lean body mass, weight management and maintain healthy blood glucose levels in healthy individuals when taken in conjunction with a calorie controlled eating plan.
W8 Biotic is dairy and gluten free, is suitable for vegetarians and is comprised of evidence based ingredients
August 25, 2015
A child with a fever is every parents nightmare and is usually the first indication that a child is ill. Watching the thermometer steadily increasing, feeling the heat radiating from the child and the listlessness is a simply horrible experience for everyone.
What to do?
A common practice is to reach for the Ibuprofen and dose the child up as quickly and as often as possible. But how efficacious and safe is this practice?
August 6, 2015
Love a bit of spice in your life?
A recent study confirms that eating spicy food particularly fresh chilli, regularly positively influences our long term health and wellbeing.
Published on the 4th August 2015 in the British Medical Journal, the study looked at 199,293 Chinese men and 288,082 Chinese women aged 30 to 79 years in 10 different geographical areas.
Addressing disease states involving the cardiovascular system, metabolic system and gastrointestinal system, near daily intake of fresh chilli was shown to reduce both morbidity and mortality by 14%.
July 28, 2015
There are a surprising number of key nutrients that have been shown to be very useful when supporting hypertensive and cardiovascular patients.
Ranging from magnesium, omega 3 fish oils and CoQ10 to pomegranate juice and sesame some of these nutrients may be well known, others may surprise you!
July 7, 2015
It’s a contentious topic that has its supporters on both side of the fence. However fasting, in its various modes has a plethora of clinical studies to back up its introduction in reducing the signs and symptoms of a variety of conditions.
With demonstrated improvements in brain activity, cardiovascular system, mood, chronic pain conditions and gut health, sensible and supervised fasting can not be ruled out as a valid treatment adjunct in a number of conditions.
May 13, 2015
In an insightful study researchers from the University of Pittsburgh asked 20 African Americans to do a diet switch with 20 rural Africans for two weeks.
The speed in which the body responded to the change in diet was frightening – especially regarding biomarkers for bowel cancer – for both of the research groups.
The results from this study suggest high-fibre diets could have a dramatic, positive effect on reducing colon cancer among populations most at risk.
November 12, 2014
It’s a common medicine found in most Australian households but paracetamol poisoning (both deliberate and accidental) is alarmingly on the rise.
A study released by Professor Andis Graudins of Monash University in June 2014 showed that 150 Australians are hospitalised weekly due to paracetamol poisoning. This equates to nearly 8,000 Australians yearly!
November 12, 2010
Aspirin has long been hailed as an effective, low-cost way to prevent a heart attack or stroke. By thinning the blood, aspirin is thought to be a safe preventative measure against deadly cardiovascular events.
A new study has defied these beliefs by revealing a daily dose of aspirin may be doing more harm than good. The research has shown that regular use of aspirin doesn’t actually confer to heart attack prevention. In fact, the study participants taking aspirin experienced more heart attacks than the placebo group, as well as experiencing high rates of serious internal bleeds.