Painful (or heavy) periods are not a normal event - yes it may be extremely common, but still this doesn't make it 'normal.' Painful periods, technically known as Dysmenorrhoea, is one of the leading causes of all female school and work absences. Usually, the pain begins on either the day before, or the day of … Continue reading Period Pain is NOT normal!
Hayfever season is upon us, yay! Spring is finally hear, and I am guessing that with all rain we have had locally of late, we will be in for a cracker of a pollen count! So I guess a lot of you are starting with the antihistamines, and pretty much just bunkering down in dread? … Continue reading Hayfever doesn’t have to be forever…
Off the back of working with a lot of chronically-low immune people this week, I wanted to revisit the link between stress, fatigue and the immune system. Of all the people I have seen this week with recurring infections or susceptibility to ‘catching everything’, the number one thing they had in common was just how … Continue reading Fatigue and Poor immunity (revisited)
Since i posted a hormone profile discussion yesterday, I have had a number of you ask me what the difference between blood and saliva testing is, when it comes to hormones. One person also asked me to compare it to a urine test… all three are valid in their own arena, but all three have … Continue reading Hormone Testing; Serum, Saliva or Urine?
Last week I listened to an interview that discussed a concept in Medical Research called the Cell Danger Response. Whilst this concept is not a new one, it has been evolving and gaining strength for some time, and as an old-school Naturopathically trained practitioner, I have to say it made my heart sing. For those … Continue reading Cell Danger Response; Why Methylation might not be something to tamper with, and why Naturopathic Medicine makes sense
Adrenal Fatigue is one of the fastest growing epidemics of our modern world, with the general concept being that we are running around in a constant state of ‘Sympathetic Dominance’, otherwise known as ‘fight or flight’. When we are in this rushed state, we are constantly secreting higher than normal levels of Cortisol, which inevitably … Continue reading Hot Flushes, Erectile Dysfunction & Adrenal Fatigue
Winter is the Season of Coughs, Colds and Flus. Of course there might be the odd time that an antibiotic is required, but these should ONLY be resorted to in people who are already immune-impaired such as the elderly and chronically ill. For all other times, it is wise to try and avoid these medicines … Continue reading Natural Cold Remedies
Do you know anybody who will shy away from bright lights or loud noises? Do you have a child who, when you start to ask them a question, you can get their attention initially.. but if you take too long they appear to wander or even worse, simply shut down and ignore you? Usually these … Continue reading Know anybody who hates Bright lights? Loud Noises? Cold weather?
Hi guys.. Im sitting here this morning in the clinic, sifting through a number of different test results that i have lined up for people later in the week, and it dawned on me that whenever i get people come in with undiagnosed alleriges, they have usually gone down the same path from GP to … Continue reading Allergy Testing; Why Skin Prick testing doesnt always cut it
So today I wanted to have a quick ramble about a thing called Hormesis. Hormesis revolves around the concept that certain systems of the body will adapt to, and even thrive from different types of shock, volatility and stressors. Hormesis is responsible for the adaption you experience after things like exercise, intermittent fasting, vaccinations, and … Continue reading Hormesis; The way nature intended