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Health Promoting Nutrition Summary

This is the ultimate nutrition plan for those who are experiencingillness, or those under care who want to get better, quicker. Goodhealth and feeling well goes beyond the realm of eating a few vegetables. If you really want to feel the best you can possibly feel, you need to follow a nutrition program that improves your health and energises your body.

‘Health Promoting Nutrition’ is writtenby Dr. Hooper to improve or normalise your health. This is something that has been recommended to ALL patients who have attended his practice, to aid and asist in regaining health.

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The Mediterranean Diet: The World’s Healthiest Diet?

When we think of the Mediterranean diet, we picture Europeans leisurely dining on meals of fish, vegetables, fruits, olives, and crusty whole-grain bread dunked in olive oil, along with a glass of wine.

If eating and living healthier is one of your goals, then consider a Mediterranean diet and eating more like the Italians.

A Mediterranean diet has many significant health benefits, while not skimping on taste or making you feel like you are depriving yourself.

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Juicing and Smoothies – Your Ticket To Vibrant Health

There is an ongoing rivalry between Juices and Smoothies; Which one is better for your health?

Which one will help you lose weight, or look better, or provide you with endless amounts of energy?

Health Professionals, Raw Food Gurus and Bloggers alike all have very different opinions to offer on this matter.

Emed explores both sides of the story to provide you with a balanced guide to Juicing and Smoothies for vibrant health!

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Best Healthy Snacks Ideas

Hunger can throw your body into starvation mode, which slows metabolism and makes it easier to pack on the extra kilograms. 

Healthy snacks are more like slow-burning fuel that helps you keep going all day.

Eating a healthful snack between meals prevents the body from switching into starvation mode, keeps your metabolism revved up and helps normalize blood sugar levels.

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Sweet Science: The Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

Just before Easter I have some good news for chocolate lovers out there.

Eating dark chocolate can help lower your blood pressure, prevent heart disease and support healthy mood.

The cacao bean contains more than 400 chemicals, many of which benefit our health.

So make the switch to dark chocolate this Easter – for the sake of your health!

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Essential Pre and Post Workout Nutrition

People exercise for a variety of reasons including maintaining physical fitness, promoting a healthy body composition, maintaining or improving bone density, improving muscle strength and joint mobility and promoting emotional well being. Whatever the reason for exercise, the body needs the right nutrition and recovery strategies in place to sustain performance and facilitate recovery. Pre-workout […]

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Keeping Our Kidneys Healthy and Happy

Unless we are unwell, the kidneys would have to be one of our most unappreciated organs.

The kidneys are extremely efficient waste disposal system. Each day, the kidneys filter 180 liters of blood, removing about 2 litres of waste and water that our body excretes as urine.

Poor kidney health is on the rise in Australia and currently 1 in 3 Australians are at risk of developing kidney disease. We highlight the many lifestyle modifications and nutrients that can be taken to maximise the health of our kidneys and reduce the impact of chronic kidney disease.

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Vitamin D the Key to Diabetic’s Heart Health

A recent study has revealed some key benefits of vitamin D intake for the heart health of diabetics. The study, performed in 2009, aimed to find the mechanism by which vitamin D deficiency increases cardiovascular disease in patients.

Diabetes affects over 240 million people worldwide, and diabetics are up to four times more likely to develop cardiovascular disease. The risk of mortality is up to 40 times greater in those with diabetes – however as seen in this new study, a little sunshine everyday can make all the difference.

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5 Tips To Lead A Long And Healthy Life

The anti-ageing business is booming as the ageing Western population strives to live longer and look younger while we do it. The problem is, while our life expectancy is increasing our ‘health expectancy’ is decreasing and many people spend the last few decades of their life suffering from chronic disease and disability. So what is […]

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Introduction to Nutrition

Thank you for your time the other day and I really appreciate your questions on nutrition. For many patients attending the practice, it is difficult to accept that what they eat may in fact alter their pains. In some respects this is intuitive and counter intuitive. We know that if we eat McDonalds we can […]

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Pre and Post Work Out Nutrition – Which Fuel is Best?

Whether you’re an athlete or just starting an exercise routine, it is important to understand nutrition’s role.

What you eat and drink, and when, can make all of the difference in how you perform, recover and improve.

Lets take a look at some of the basics of exercise nutrition and hydration so you can get the most of out your workouts.

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Pantry Essentials for Healthy Weight Loss

Want to lose some weight and not sure where to begin?

Making over your kitchen is a perfect place to start and is an essential part of your journey to better health.

It's difficult, if not impossible to succeed in achieving a healthy weight if you are constantly surrounded by processed, unhealthy foods.

You may not be able to control the type of foods at your workplace or school, but you can definitely stock your fridge and pantry for weight loss success.

Here are our Top 12 Favourite Foods to help with Healthy Weight Loss.

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Run Forrest Run! Your Guide to Running for Health

Running is an ideal way to improve your health, lose weight and reduce stress.

To get the most from your running, read on for adequate fuel, hydration and supplement guidelines.

It’s time to lace up and clock up those kilometres!

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Improve Heart Health With Whey Protein

The benefits of whey protein on lean muscle mass and weight loss arewell documented, however a new research study has shown amazing newadvantages of whey protein for heart health.

Conducted byGlanbia Nutritionals, this randomised, double-blind study has shownthat a whey-protein-rich ingredient may improve blood vessel function inhealthy individuals. This is a major step forward in the battle againstincreasing rates of heart attacks and disease plaguing many Australians.

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Fish Oil For Healthy Skin

When you think about protecting your skin so it can remain radiant for years in the future, fish oil probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind.

But omega-3 is a wonderful way to keep your body’s biggest organ in tip-top shape.

So, if you want your skin to defy aging, make fish oil part of your solution.

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The Inside of Carbs and Protein

Health promoting nutrition means that you need to eat generous quantities of fruits, vegetables (good sources of carbohydrates), nuts,seeds, and berries. But they must also be combined with good sources ofprotein and I will explain why a little later.

Good sources of protein are lean meats such as coldwater fish, chicken and turkey. I also advocate soy protein and wheyprotein for their high-quality, anti-cancer, cardioprotective, andmood-enhancing benefits.

Doing this will keep your metabolism ticking along quite nicely,you wont get hungry, your blood sugar levels will remain stable and youwont feel tired!

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Fountain of Youth – Everything You Need to Know About Anti-Ageing

Interested in why some of us seem to age faster than others and want to slow down the process?

With so many ‘anti-ageing secrets’ and products on the market it is difficult to know where to begin.

Find out which dietary and lifestyle factors are harmful to you and accelerate your rate of ageing and how you can change your ways to enhance your longevity.

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ADHD Payment Scandal: Guidelines Manipulated; Dangers Dismissed

Not many other health issues cause as much controversy as ADHD, and the recent revelation that a leading doctor was paid to push the anti-psychotic drug Ritalin has done little to dispel the media storm.?

Following an investigation by the US Congress, it has been found that psychiatrist Dr Joseph Biederman was paid over $1.5 million to taint research of the drug. This worrying breach adds to the mounting skepticism of the true effectiveness of ADHD drugs.

With a 25-fold increase in Australia’s prescription rate of Ritalin over the last few years, it’s time to crack down on the amount of prescriptions being handed out.

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Acid/Alkaline and pH Balancing

Did you know that the pH of your body affects every aspect of your health?

pH levels regulate, effect, and control practically everything in nature, including your body.

The common cause of disease may come down to three words: acid/alkaline imbalance.

Read on to see how your pH could be preventing you from achieving optimal health.

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Foods That Love Your Liver

We are living in an increasingly toxic world and are exposed to toxins on a daily basis from environmental pollutants, pharmaceutical medications, recreational drugs, cosmetics, foods additives, and the list goes on- even our bodies produce toxins internally!

Unfortunately our livers, as our main organ of detoxification, often pay the price for less than pristine environments and unhealthy habits.

Luckily, keeping your liver healthy can be easy when you know the right choices to make.

Find out which Top 10 Superfoods will Love Your Liver most here!

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The Worst Diets – Official Top 5 from the British Dietetic Association

Each year we are promised the diet to solve all weight loss problems.

Some diets can help to re-educate people about nutrition while others are well and truly fads that set us up for failure.

The British Dietetic Association (BDA) annually publishes its Top 5 Worst Diets.  

Find out those diets that did not make the grade.

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Is Fluid Retention Weighing You Down? Banish Bloating For Good

We all know how it feels to get a bit bloated. Suddenly your jeans don’t fit so well or your face starts looking more puffy than you remembered.

You may be experiencing sudden weight gain or can barely walk down the driveway at the end of a day because your feet are so sore and swollen.

The symptoms of fluid retention or oedema can be quite debilitating and embarrassing and often flare up in the summer heat, significantly affecting your everyday life.

Instead of turning to the pharmaceuticals straight away, find out which simple and easy changes you can make to naturally rid yourself of excess fluid and that bloated feeling for good!

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The Paleo Diet – Revival of the Caveman?

There’s no doubt about it, the Paleo (Paleolithic) Diet, also known as the Hunter-Gatherer Diet, Stone-Age Diet or Caveman Diet is creating quite a stir amongst health professionals, the media and the online blogging community.

If you don’t quite get what the hype is about, here’s a rundown on the newest (or oldest) health movement around.

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Are Grains The Cause of Your Pain?

Suffering from joint or muscular pain and aches?

It’s likely that your diet is not going to be the first place you look for answers, but maybe it should be.

The link between gut inflammation and joint inflammation has been known for decades, but where does diet fit into the picture?

Emed explains which foods can contribute to systemic inflammation and rheumatic disease, and how to take control of your health to live a pain-free life again.

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Fish Oil for Fat Loss – The New Miracle 'Diet Pill'?

If you’re looking to shed some body fat and tone up, you may want to follow your workout with a few capsules of fish oil.

A new Australian study has shown that a combination of exercise and fish oil was effective at reducing body fat and improving cholesterol levels.

Combine this with all the other benefits of fish oil and it’s little wonder that omega-3’s are considered vital for good health.

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Fish Oil, Statin Drugs & Heart Attacks

This an important article for all those who take statin drugs. Results of the Japan EPA Lipid Intervention Study (JELIS), firstpresented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions,have been published.

Statin drugs are sold under a variety of names including Lipitor (atorvastatin), Zocor (simvastatin), Mevacor (lovastatin) and Pravachol (pravastatin). If you take one of these drugs, you should also use a fish oil to reduce your chance of a ‘major coronary event’.

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Could Your Cleaning Products Cause Cancer?

Women who reported a greater use of cleaning products may be at a higher risk of breast cancer than those who use them sparingly.

In this smaller-scale study, researchers found that women who often used chemical based cleaners appeared to be at a higher risk of breast cancer. Given the many dangerous risks involved with the use of chemicals on the skin and around this home, this new research comes as little surprise.

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Glucosamine Chondroitin Side Effects

Glucosamine and chondroitin have been used for many years, with minimal side effects particularly when compared with other forms of treatment such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID'S). Glucosamine and chondroitin are very popular products used by literally millions of people around the world and have undergone the scrutiny of 1000's of clinical trials with side […]

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What's For Breakfast?

'Junk food' breakfast cereals are a major concern, containing alarming amounts of sugar and salt.

About 7.5 million Australiansregularly buy cereal, but what are wereally eating? In some cases it’s more salt than a packet ofchips and more sugar than an iced doughnut.

Evencereals that may appear to be nutritious can be laced with sugar and salt.

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How CoEnzyme Q10 Helps Heart Disease

Patients with cardiomyopathy (enlarged heart) are often deficient inCoQ10.  Studies show that oral supplementation with this nutrient maylead to extraordinary clinical improvements in these patients,including increased tolerance for physical activity and extended lifeexpectancy.

According to Australian researchers, oral CoQ10 therapy before cardiacsurgery also improves energy production,improves post-operative heart function, and shortens hospital stay.

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The Omega Question – Understanding The Role of Fatty Acids in Your Body

If you’re a regular to Emed, you would’ve heard us talking about the amazing benefits of omega-3 fatty acids.

The reason?

An increasing amount of evidence indicates that these healthy fats can prevent a wide range of medical problems, including cardiovascular disease, asthma, arthritis, inflammation and even depression.

With all the attention being on a ‘low-fat’ diet,some may wonder why ingesting plenty of ‘fatty acids’ can be a good thing. So why are omega-3 fatty acids so good for you? And is fish oil the only source?

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Selenium: The Cancer Cutting Mineral

A brand new study has shown that selenium could be your most potent ally against cancer.

This trace element has eluded researchers for decades with it’s beneficial effects, exhibiting extraordinary results in a multitude of trials.

Now, according to a new Australia study, this cancer-combating ingredient has now shown amazingly valuable results by dramatically cutting the incidence of bowel cancer – an illness that kills thousands of Australians every year.

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Advanced Hair? No Need. Emed Gets to the Root of Hair Loss…

It is a moment many men dread – the barber asks if they want a haircut to help disguise their bald spot.

For women, it can be equally if not more distressing to realise they are losing their hair.

Emed looks at hair loss from all angles. Find out what you can do to regain your mane.

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Fish Oil During Pregnancy Leads to Smart Babies

Women who take fish oil during pregnancy may give birth to children with improved hand-eye coordination, language skills and behaviour, an Australian study has suggested.

The positive effects of omega-3’s for cognitive development and learning difficulties has been well documented, and this research adds to the expanding list of benefits fish oil has for practically everyone.

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Winter Solstice – Manage the Winter Blues of Colds and Flu

On the day of Winter Solstice, the Earth’s south pole is tilted away from the Sun. The Sun rises north of east, sets north of west and reaches twenty-eight and a half degrees above the horizon at noon. This is the shortest day of the year.

Winter is now truly in full force. As the nights get colder, even the best of us can get bogged down with seasonal colds and flu.

Fortunately, there are many effective natural remedies that can get you through this cold and flu season in good health!

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Magnesium Supplements Boost Brainpower

A recent study from China has found that an increase in brain magnesium improves learning and memory in young and old rats.

The study, published in the renowned journal ‘Neuron’, suggests that increasing magnesium intake may be a valid strategy to enhance cognitive abilities.

These results support the theory that inadequate levels of magnesium impairs cognitive ability – leading to faster deterioration of memory and thought process in the aging population.

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Study Links Magnesium Deficiency to Faster Ageing

When we think of premature aging; wrinkles, age spots and theendless array of ‘anti-aging’ creams and formulations come to mind.

Butwhat if we were to say that you could stop premature aging at acellular level – without needing another beauty product?

Arecent study has shown that magnesium deficiency is linked to fasteraging. Magnesium is responsible for hundreds of bodily processes – andas the new research shows, you can stay young inside and out with smartsupplementation.

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Don’t Ruin Your Holiday: How to Prevent Traveller’s Diarrhoea

New food, beautiful destination and exciting experiences – and you want to enjoy every moment of it.

What unsuspecting illness could ruin all this? Traveller’s diarrhoea.

Up to 60% of traveller’s will develop diarrhoea, with some cases lasting weeks on end.

The good news is that traveller’s diarrhoea is preventable with the use of a good probiotic formula, and it’s not too late to start.

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Fish Oil and Glucosamine for Arthritis Relief

A study out of Germany, said to be the first clinical trial to evaluate the combination of glucosamine sulfate and omega-3 fatty acids in people suffering from osteoarthritis, has shown that taking a combination of these supplements can dramatically boost results in joint health than taking glucosamine alone.

Glucosamine has long been known for it’s beneficial effects on joints, as has omega-3 fatty acids, however this new study highlights the hugely beneficial health effects that can be achieved by taking a combination of both. So if you suffer from arthritis, it’s time you invested in some good quality supplements.

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Green Lipped Mussel Extract – Can it Really Help Arthritis?

If you’re one of the 4 million plus people who suffer from arthritis in Australia, you’ll know of the pain, stiffness and crippling deformity that it can bring.

We’ve known for a long time of benefits of omega-3 fatty acids in the treatment and reduction of this inflammatory disease, however new research is showing the benefits of green lipped-mussel extract – and the results are nothing short of amazing.

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Magnesium for Asthma Relief

There are around 2 million asthmatics in Australia, with most knowing of the terrible risks and ailments that can accompany this inflammatory condition.

In the past, the only treatment option for asthma revolved around inhalers and pumps, however as each have their own side-effects, such treatment is often undesirable.

New research is now showing the benefits of magnesium for asthma relief, and with many other amazing advantages like improved energy levels, less muscular cramps and pain relief, magnesium is one supplement that should be utilised by everyone.

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Dangerous Energy Drinks Being Used by Kids

A leading Australian poisons expert has warned of the disturbing trend of children consuming drug medications and energy drinks for improved sporting performance.

This dangerous drug abuse is commonplace amongst children as young as 10; children too young and undeveloped to cope with the potentially lethal side-effects of such medication and high doses of caffeine.

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Are Your Kids Eating Foods That Could Cause ADHD?

A new study from Perth’s Telethon Institute for Child Health Research has shown an association between ADHD and a ‘Western-style’ diet in adolescents.

A Western Diet is characterised by high intakes of red meat, sugary desserts, high-fat foods, and refined grains. It also contains high-fat dairy products, high-sugar drinks and an abundance of artificial colours, preservatives and flavourings. It has been known for some time that a Western Diet contributes to heart disease, obesity and diabetes, however this is one of the first to show it’s connection with ADHD.

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Smaller Frequent Meals Prevent Elevated Cholesterol and High Blood Pressure

People who eat smaller, more frequent meals have lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure and healthier blood sugar than people who eat fewer, larger meals.

This conclusion was reached after a recent study conducted by specialist researchers from a US Nutrition Research Center. This research follows an ’05 study showing that eating larger portion sizes does not correspond to feeling more full.

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Type 1 Diabetes and Wheat Consumption Link Found

Recent research has shown that an abnormal response to wheat proteins found in bread, pasta and cereals may be a major cause of type 1 diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes affects an estimated 25 million people worldwide, and requires regular insulin injections to control the disease. There is no known cure, but this research trial offers a promising insight into how this devastating disease can be prevented with simple dietary modifications.

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Vitamin D to Counter the Effects of Crohn’s Disease

A new study has found that Vitamin D supplements can counter the effects of Crohn’s disease.

Crohn’s disease is a serious chronic and progressive inflammation of the ileum (part of the small intestine), that can lead to frequent bouts of diarrhoea, abdominal pain, nausea and weight loss.

With no known cure, this research offers hope for the 65,000 Australians suffering from this devastating – and often debilitating disease.

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Ginkgo Protects Against Alzheimer's

In the biggest European study for Alzheimer's Disease (AD) to date, Ginkgo extract was found to be significantly protectiveagainst the development of AD.

Ginkgo is an antioxidant that can help with circulatory disorders, cardiovascular health, it supports healthy aging, lowers mortality, can relieve symptoms such as dizziness, vertigo, anxiety and hearing loss, enhances cognitive function and eye health and the list goes on!

This study demonstrates the use of Ginkgo in AD prevention.

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Omega 3’s Linked Your Body Clock

Omega 3’s Linked to a Younger Biological Age Adequate Essential Fatty Acid intake can protect against a range of conditions, and in this study, researchers have shown that supplementing with omega-3’s can actually help prevent cellular ageing  and  as a result, can help you live longer. Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, looked […]

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Although most people associate acne with the teenage years, it canerupt at any age. Indeed, up to 8% of people who had clear skin intheir youth develop acne as adults. Fortunately, there is a variety ofways to control outbreaks – no matter how old you are when they occur.

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Too Much Alcohol Causes Heart Disease

Consuming too much alcohol is bad for your heart and arteries, according to a recent study.

It’s well known that over-indulging in alcohol can give you a beer belly, however the results of this study show that drinking heavily can cause high blood pressure, stiff arteries and rigid heart muscles – all dangerous conditions that could lead to fatal heart attacks and strokes.

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So Your Kids Play Sport. What do You Feed Them?

Hard to believe that they grow so big. They grow up fast! When kids are rapidly growing their metabolic rate is extremely fast and nutritional requirements are much higher than normal. If they do no meet their nutritional requirements then their body will 'take' it from other organs or tissues and make do the best […]

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Detox is Not a Dirty Word

After the excesses of Christmas and New Year, many of us are tempted to ‘detox’ to get back on track and clean ourselves up.

Thanks to lemon concoctions and extreme dieting regimes, detoxing has become a topic of much debate. A lot of us would associate ‘detoxing’ with starving ourselves for a week to achieve a ‘cleaner’ body.

Read on to find out more about how to detox the healthy way and to download your free copy of the exclusive Emed Detoxification E-Book.

So don’t let the word ‘detox’ scare you off! Start the New Year in a healthy way and see how good you can feel and look!

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Deadly Pain Pills Available Over The Counter

It's tempting to pop a few Nurofen Plus to quickly combat any aches or pains and diffuse the occasional hangover.

What isn't widely known is the fact these pills are killing people and it's why we should be worried.

Getting your hands on some is as simple as walking into a Pharmacy, Nurofen Plus is so readily available over-the-counter, Ibuprofen and/or codeine overdose has become a common deadly phenomenon. 

Emed looks further into these harmful drugs and the real effect on your health. 

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Are Your Breakfast Habits A Recipe For Heart Disease?

We’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but did you know that skipping it could prove to be deadly?

Results from a large-scale observational study show a significant association between skipping breakfast and having a heart attack or dying from coronary heart disease.

Find out why skipping breakfast has such a big impact on health and how to start your day off right!

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The Grind on Grains and A Review of NY Times Bestseller, “Wheat Belly”

Ever wondered why modern society is dealing with obesity, cardiovascular disease and metabolic conditions like diabetes now more than ever?

Think your 'beer gut' is due to having a few too many drinks on the weekend? Well think again!

William Davis has a new theory to offer on these matters in his bestselling book, Wheat Belly. 

Emed reviews this thought provoking book about the damaging health effects of wheat and highlights the facts from the book that will change your life and perspective on grains forever.

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Why You May Be Wheat Intolerant and Not Even Know It

In this second part of Emed’s Wheat Belly article series, we discuss the wide-ranging health effects of wheat.

While digestive symptoms are often a sign of wheat sensitivity, we now know that they are not the only sign.

It seems that symptoms of wheat sensitivity or serious intolerance can range from arthritis, skin rashes and mood swings to fatigue, autoimmune disease and peripheral numbness!

You will be shocked at how many of these symptoms you may be experiencing right now without any answers as to why.

This article is a must read for anyone who eats wheat or suffers from cardiovascular disease, diabetes or chronic disease and wants to get to the bottom of their health problems for good.

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S.A.D – Your Guide to Beating the Winter Blues Naturally

Is your mood being affected by the wintery weather?

S.A.D or ‘Seasonal Affective Disorder’ is becoming a more common condition nowadays and can have seriously negative effects on your health during the colder months.

Read on to find out what may be causing this condition and better yet- easy ways to beat it naturally!

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Are We a Nation of Over-the-Counter Drug Addicts?

A recent inquiry has shown that Australia is fast becoming a nation of pill-poppers, consuming more than 40 million pills a day.

This $14.2 billion a year habit begs the question of whether we rely too heavily on pills to achieve better health. With safe, natural medicine only making up $4 billion of this total, it’s becoming obvious that Australians are turning to prescription drugs for a quick fix – an act that could be very dangerous for many people.

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Supplements Under Attack

The value of nutritional supplements in promoting health has been intensely debated in recent years in the national press.

The continuing anti-supplement sentiment is often due to a fear that natural health products could prevent the need for conventional drugs.

Your need for supplements depends on many factors and meeting your daily dietary needs without using supplements is sometimes a challenge.

We believe it is our duty to address this false information before harm that is irreversible is done to an industry that is committed to natural approaches to wellness and a public that is increasingly confused.

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Fish Oil, Statin Drugs and Heart Attacks

This an important article for all those who take statin drugs. Results of the Japan EPA Lipid Intervention Study (JELIS), firstpresented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions,have now been published.

Statin drugs are sold under a variety of names including Lipitor (atorvastatin), Zocor (simvastatin), Mevacor (lovastatin) and Pravachol (pravastatin). If you take one of these drugs, you should also use a fish oil to reduce your chance of a ‘major coronary event’.

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The Serious Dangers of Statins

Statin drugs are over prescribed, over hyped, over advertised and much more dangerous than pharmaceutical companies would have you believe (who by the way, made a staggering $33 Billion dollars in statin sales worldwide last year).

In a recent study published in theBritish Medical Journal, they found that statin use was associated with moderate or serious liverdysfunction, acute renal failure, moderate or serious myopathy (muscle disease), and cataract.

In fact for every heart attack the drug prevented, more people suffered liver damage, kidney failure, cataractsor extreme muscle weakness as a result of taking their statin.

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5 Basic Exercises that Reduce Neck and Shoulder Pain

A recent Danish study has shown that completing five basic exercises a few times a week can reduce neck and shoulder pain.

These results confirm the amazing, therapeutic benefits of exercise.

Not only can exercise and strength training reduce pain and inflammation; it can also enhance the body’s ability to heal itself.

For anyone who experiences back, neck or joint pain, this is promising research that could help bring an end to their suffering.

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Endurance Running – A Marathon Effort

Running a marathon (half or full) requires the strength of body and mind.

While endurance events can have a physical toll, there is much physiological benefit to running a marathon. There are specific nutritional requirements also.

So whether you sign up for 42 or 21kms, here are some tips from Emed for an enjoyable and satisfying marathon run. 

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Are You Chronically Inflammed?

Inflammation certainly is our body’s way of dealing with a perceive threat. Normally, it is relatively minor, working quickly to dispel infection. Sometimes it is self-inflicted, like sunburn. However it happens, the tell-tale symptoms of inflammation like swelling, redness and pain have affected most of us at one point or another.

But what happens if chronic inflammation starts affecting our bodies? Can we stop this silent killer, before it is too late? The bad news is that you too could be chronically inflamed, and not even know it.

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High Dose Statin Limited in US Due to Muscle Damage

The American Food and Drug Administration is worried that Zocor (simvastain) may increase the risk of muscle damage when taken in the highest doses.

The agency evaluated the results of a clinical trial and has called for a label warning. They are also recommending that patients taking the cholesterol-reducing drug for the very first time should not be prescribed the 80 milligrams-per-day dose.

See the full news report and find out what you can do to protect yourself and manage your cholesterol naturally.

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Too Much Alcohol Can Cause Deadly Heart Disease

Consuming too much alcohol is bad for your heart and arteries, according to a recent study.

It’s well known that over-indulging in alcohol can give you a beer belly, however the results of this study show that drinking heavily can cause high blood pressure, stiff arteries and rigid heart muscles – all dangerous conditions that could lead to fatal heart attacks and strokes.

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Preventing Prostate Cancer with Fish Oil

Fish oil is once again proving that it is highly effective intreating and preventing a wide range of conditions – from improvingskin, hair and nail health even to preventing prostate cancer.

Recent research has proven that a higher dietary intake of omega-3fatty acids from fish may protect men from prostate cancer – even ifthey have a strong genetic predisposition to the disease. This is anamazing result that simply shows why we should all be taking a fish oilsupplement daily.

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Eating Badly During Pregnancy Increases Your Child’s Long Life Obesity Risk

Scientists have discovered that a mother’s nutrition during pregnancy can strongly influence her child’s risk of obesity many years later.

An international study, led by University of Southampton researchers and including teams from New Zealand and Singapore, has shown for the first time that during pregnancy, a mother’s diet can alter the function of her child’s DNA.

The process, called epigenetic change, can lead to her child tending to lay down more fat. Find out how to give your child a head start and reduce their obesity risk in later life…

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Preventing Prostate Cancer with Fish Oil

Fish oil is once again proving that it is highly effective intreating and preventing a wide range of conditions – from improvingskin, hair and nail health even to preventing prostate cancer.

Recent research has proven that a higher dietary intake of omega-3fatty acids from fish may protect men from prostate cancer – even ifthey have a strong genetic predisposition to the disease. This is anamazing result that simply shows why we should all be taking a fish oilsupplement daily.

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Being a Couch Potato Could Kill You

Couch potatoes and lazy bones beware – your sedentary TV time could be killing you.

A new Australian study has revealed that for every hour of sedentary time you partake in everyday, the risk of dying earlier from cardiovascular disease or cancer increases. This interesting new research offers an insight into how deeply a sedentary, unhealthy can affect our bodies – however, it’s not too late to change your tune.

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Nexium – A Danger to Your Bones

A large-scale study has revealed that some commonly-used heartburn drugs could actually be weakening bones, leading to serious fractures.

The study showed that those over 50 who took the drugs for more than a year had a significant increase in the risk of breaking a hip.

These results are even more worrying when it has been revealed that around 1 in 7 Australians use these dangerous medications daily – some after every meal!

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Prince Alfred Hospital Recognises Fish Oil Benefits

The Prince Alfred Hospital in Melbourne has just completed a trial showing that important vitamins, minerals and nutrients, including Bioceuticals EPA/DHA is effective for the management of heart disease.

Supplementation with magnesium, omega-3, CoQ10 and antioxidants provided study participants with a 50% reduction in heart arrthymias and heart failure. This new research shows that appropriate nutritional medicine could represent a saving to the hospital of up to $4800 per patient.

Not bad for ‘snake oil’.

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Lacking Energy? Check Your Magnesium Level

Often we blame low energy levels on lack of sleep, bad food, chasing after the kids or busy weekends. But what happens when you can’t get your energy levels back up, even if you have enough sleep?

Look to your magnesium levels, suggests experts. Magnesium is involved in hundreds of biochemical reactions, many of which are involved in energy production. Despite this mineral being so readily available, most of us are deficient. So could your lack of energy be blamed on a magnesium deficiency?

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Surviving the Festive Season: Your Essential 4-Step Guide

From drinks at your work christmas party, right up to the food and alcohol-laden big day, the festive season can take a huge toll on your body and leave you feeling less than festive.

Abstinence from all the delicious food and drinks simply isn’t an option – you deserve to treat yourself at this time of the year, but if you’re not careful, the festive season can see you pile on the kilo’s.

The answer? There’s no need to begin a strict detox and diet – follow our 4-Step Festive Season Survival Guide to get through the festive season in the best shape you can.

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39% Increase in Heart Attack Risk with Diabetes Drug

A common drug used to treat type-2 diabetes has been shown to boost the risk of heart attack by an astounding 39%. This revelation comes after extensive research into the possible dangers of this drug.

Around 80,000 Australians use the drug everyday. With type-2 diabetics already having a 68% higher chance of experiencing a heart attack as compared to non-diabetics, it's time to take a natural approach to reducing or even eliminating the need for dangerous drugs.

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Giggle Party Drug No Laughing Matter

Urgent health warnings are being announced cautioning the potentially lethal dangers of a new party drug.

Aptly named ‘Giggle’, each tablet contains the equivalent caffeine of 20 cups of coffee, along with a range of ‘herbal’ extras to boost energy. While investigations are pending, the Australian public is being warning to steer clear of legal ‘party’ drugs, however the temptation of these store-bought medications may be too strong for some.

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Deadly Warning on Daily Aspirin Use

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.

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Are Your Intestinal Bacteria Making You Fat?

Have you tried everything you can think of to beat obesity, insulin resistance or diabetes without success?

Recent research has brought light to an unexplored cause of obesity-related health disorders; gut health and bacterial balance.

With so many beneficial effects on digestive and immune health, could probiotics be the answer to regulating the processes involved in these health conditions too?

Read on to find out how these good 'gut bugs' can improve your metabolic function and help you on your way to better health. 

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If you can’t explain why every muscle in your body seems to hurt lately, you may have fibromyalgia, an elusive disorder that affects millions of people. This condition is most common among women between the ages of 20 and 50, although it can strike anyone at any age.   What is it? Defined as a […]

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Probiotics, The Answer to IBD?

Promising results for probiotics in the treatment of Inflammatory Bowel Disease. According to this review, probiotic microbes, or ‘good bacteria’, could be the most successful treatment for IBD to date, even compared to conventional treatments.

With around 100,000 Australians suffering from a form of IBD, the news that probiotics may dramatically ease symptoms will certainly be welcomed with open arms.

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Can Vitamin D Prevent Heart Attacks?

We are literally starving for vitamin D. Our quest to prevent overexposure and skin cancer has meant that the majority of Australian’s are now vitamin D deficient.

Recent research has now shown some alarming results for the effects of vitamin D deficiency on the body.

The new research, run by Harvard Medical School has shown that a low intake of Vitamin D boost the risks of heart attacks and stroke by an astonishing 60% – a scary figure considering that most of us are vitamin D deficient.

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Insulin Resistance – Why You Can’t Lose Weight

A problem with insulin could be preventing your from losing weight.

Insulin resistance is a common problem and causes obesity, heart disease, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and rapid ageing.

It also increases the risk for cancer,  Diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, menopausal symptoms and osteoporosis.

How could one little hormone do all that?

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Ah-Choo! The Best Way to Manage Hay Fever This Spring

Spring allergies are no fun for anyone – no matter what time of the year they hit you!

However recent studies show that with a bit of help from nature, you can sail through the sneezy season with minimum stress.

Watery eyes, runny nose, itchy throat… if you’re among the one infive Australians who suffers from seasonal rhinitis (commonly known ashay fever) then read on!

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Caffeine: Magic Potion or Devil’s Brew

Caffeine remains one of the most globally accepted drugs.

We consume chocolate, coffee, tea, and soda to be able to keep our alertness up and in some cases, keep ourselves awake.

Consuming caffeine in moderation gives us the sensation of having rejuvenated energy. It gives our mind a boost and can have the ability to help us focus on the tasks we’re about to do.

Although most of us drink caffeine on a regular basis, it is in fact a drug-and one with profound effects on the human body.

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The Miracle Weight Loss Hormone

High protein diets are nothing new. Their popularity has cycled in and out of cultures for decades. Who hasn’t heard of The Zone, the Atkins diet, or the Duncan Diet?

New research finally explained why increasing protein in our diet make us feel fuller and helps us lose weight.

Emed explains how this hunger fighting hormone can get you ready for summer in no time!

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Coconut Oil Boosts Weight Loss and Improves Metabolic Function

Forget what you think you know about fats. 

We’ve long been told to choose low-fat food options and stay away from saturated fats, but the truth is, not all fats are alike!

Coconut oil is fast becoming a widely-recognised superfood as it’s health benefits are more thoroughly researched and publicised.

Previously receiving negative attention for it’s high saturated fat content, evidence shows that Coconut oil stands alone from most other dietary sources of fat.

In this article we reveal the many health benefits of coconut oil, explain how eating the right fats can actually help you lose fat, and share a delicious coconut-based recipe with you.

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Pregnancy Medication Use Found to Increase Risk of Childhood Asthma & Allergies

The prevalence of asthma and allergic diseases has significantly increased, particularly in children and young adults in the developed world during the last half century.

Among factors such as the environment, genetics and nutrition, research suggests that one of the reasons for this increase is prenatal exposure to certain medications.

Paracetamol and antibiotics are two main medications which have been found to alter the natural immune development of infants and children, both pre-natally and during early life.

Read on to find out more about these important findings on maternal medication use to make the best health decisions for you and your baby!

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Are You Being Conned By Caltrate?

If you go to your Doctor and they happen to prescribe you with aCalcium supplement, it is likely that they will recommend the popular pharmacy brand ‘Caltrate®‘.

So, does this Calcium supplement stack up?Is it worth the money that droves of Australians spend to increasetheir calcium levels, protect their bones, and prevent disease?

The research points to no. Studies show there are better forms of calcium out there.

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Ketogenic Diet To Enhance Cancer Outcomes

When it comes to cancer, there are many different schools of thought on the best treatment and lifestyle approaches to take.

Diet is an important health aspect to consider in regards to improving cancer outcomes and quality of life of individuals with cancer.

The use of a Ketogenic diet is showing promise for reducing tumour progression – sometimes even reversing disease conditions – and appears to be a safe and feasible option, even in advanced stages of cancer.

Read on to find out more about the Ketogenic diet and which nutritional strategies are most beneficial to cancer patients.

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How to Ward Off the Winter Sniffles

With winter on our doorstep, you can almost rely on colds and flusbecoming the next houseguests. Many of us are concerned about fallingvictim to these annoying sicknesses, especially if you don’t have timeto let a cold or flu slow you down.

Prevention is better than a cure, so before you reach for the Coldand Flu tablets once again, try a natural alternative that actuallyworks, without the drug side-effects.

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How Probiotics Protect Against Infections

Australian and Japanese scientists may have uncovered the mechanism by which probiotic bacteria protect the gut from E. coli infection.

The human gut is home to a wide variety of microbes that have beneficial effects, including aiding gut function and protecting against illness and infection.

One of these, a probiotic known as Bifidobacterium, modulates host defence responses and protects against infectious diseases. Read on to find out how it does this!

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Training Guide For Running

Training at high intensities can place greater nutritional demands on the body.  Fuelling your body to maximise energy metabolism, recovery and overall health is paramount to help you achieve best results. A diet rich in a variety of plant foods providing healthy carbohydrates, fibre, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients is a great place to start.   […]

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W8 Biotic – A Stellar Performer!

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

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Setting Soy Straight – Everything You Need to Know

The humble soy bean is a nutrient-dense legume with a considerable history of both culinary and medicinal use. An important dietary staple in Asian cultures, soy consumption has been associated with lower incidence of coronary artery disease, ischemic stroke, hormone-dependent cancers and osteoporosis in these populations prompting it to become one of the most widely-studied […]

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Natural Medicine in Sights of Budget

Recently (3/01/2015) the Weekend Australian newspaper published an article Natural Cures on Budget Hitlist. The article cites a review conducted by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) which was highly critical of the evidence base for natural therapies.

Based on these findings, many natural therapies will be stripped of government subsidies on the grounds that private health insurers and their members have embraced natural therapies and consequently driven up costs.

Is this really in the best interests of Australians and their health or are there vested interests at play?

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Is Yakult Your Best Choice?

Gut Health In A Bottle – Is Yakult Your Best Choice? It is easy to fall into the trap of convincing marketing promising you good health if only you just drink this, or eat that product. Probiotics, the helpful critters that support bacteria living in our guts, are getting a lot of press in recent […]

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The Emed Hawthorn Clinic – Your Natural Medicine Centre

Welcome to The Emed Integrative Medicine Clinic

We are a team of highly qualified Integrative Medicine Practitioners and Naturopaths who are able to tailor treatments that will help you achieve optimal health and wellness.

Our aim is to understand the underlying cause of your condition by drawing on the latest scientific research, testing and investigations to pinpoint areas of your health that need attention.

Whether you are a long time devotee of natural medicine, or are new to the area, you’ll love the treatment and wellness support experience at Emed.

Our professional team are dedicated to helping you achieve optimum wellbeing in a caring and professional clinic environment.

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Alcohol – A Major Risk Factor for Breast Cancer

Alcohol is a socially accepted and commonly used drug which has become an integral part of Australian culture so it is no surprise that its role in cancer development is often overlooked. According to the World Health Organisation, more than 30% of cancer deaths could be prevented by avoiding known risk factors such as alcohol consumption.

Alcohol does not only contribute to mouth and oesophageal cancer, it is also a major risk factor for oestrogen-dependant cancers such as breast cancer. Find out how alcohol can disrupt your hormone levels and lead to serious health consequences.

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Is Codeine Use Amplifying Your Pain?

Think codeine is a quick and effective fix for your pain? Think again.

Researchers from the University of Adelaide, Australia have revealed that codeine actually increases pain sensitivity in a similar manner to morphine.

Find out why codeine is not your best choice for long term pain relief and how you could be unknowingly sabotaging your pain management efforts.

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Research Insight – Probiotics Show Promise for Dental Cavity Prevention

Probiotics are often associated with gut and immune health, but it now seems they may benefit oral health too!

While research into the effects of probiotics on oral and dental health is a fairly new area of scientific interest, the evidence currently available shows promising results.

Find out more about the way dental cavities develop, and how your diet, lifestyle and bacteria levels can accelerate or put the brakes on this process.

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Manopause – More than a Male Mid Life Crisis

If there is a man in your life who has become withdrawn, worn out and not himself, don’t dismiss it as a passing mood.

Rather than being in the midst of a mid-life crisis, he could be dealing with Manopause.

More accurately known as Andropause, this condition is a gradual decline in the production of the hormones testosterone and dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) in middle-aged men.

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Strengthening Your Child’s Immune System

As every parent knows, having a sick child is certainly not fun and on top of that, it can impact on the health and wellbeing of the whole family.

Whether it’s due to sleepless nights, sickness spreading through the whole family, or needing time off school or work, sickness can take its toll.

It is vital for children’s immune systems to be in tip top shape to deal with whatever bugs are thrown their way, be it bacteria, viruses or allergens.

So if your kids are getting sick with regular colds and flus, or are susceptible to eczema or wheezing or sneezing, then make it a priority to boost up their immunity and bring them back into balance.

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Reduce grains and sugars to lose weight

While eating 5 serves of bread and cereal every day is touted as a healthy addition to the daily diet, the effects that these grain products can have on the body are not always good. We discuss the real effect this can have on your body.

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