• 7 Ways to Keep your Heart Healthy

    7 Ways to Keep your Heart Healthy

    Date: 22 Nov 2017

    Written by: Annmarie Cannone

    Cardiovascular disease is one of the major causes of death in Australia and is one of Australia's largest health problems and it places quite a lot of strain on the health care system.  As we age, we are more susceptible to developing cardiovascular issues, whether this be elevated blood pressure or imbalances in cholesterol levels. Over time, these issues cause an increase in the burden of disease. It is essential that we do all we can to ensure a healthy cardiovascular system and most of all, a healthy heart. The following are some ways we can ensure we keep ourselves...

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  • B Vitamins and Magnesium: A Hangover Hack

    B Vitamins and Magnesium: A Hangover Hack

    Date: 23 Oct 2019

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    Written by Annmarie Cannone, Naturopath. M. Hum Nutr, Grad Dip Naturopathy, B. App Sci (Naturopathic Studies) The festive season is upon us and let’s face it, we all tend to drink more than what we usually do during this time and our diets tend not to be as nutritious as what they usually would be. Our B group vitamins are water soluble which means, they are easily absorbed and just as easily excreted from our body. As alcohol is a diuretic (increases fluid loss) we tend to excrete more B vitamins than usual and if these B vitamins are not...

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  • Compounding is not the problem

    Compounding is not the problem

    Date: 23 Oct 2019

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    Ron Loftus Now that there are a few commercial bio-identical medications available, the heretofore detractors of bio-identical hormones have switched their focus on renaming such bio-identical mass-produced medications from bio-identical to body identical. Could this be in the hope of capturing the estimated 40% of women who are now using bio-identical hormones worldwide? Not satisfied with the billions of dollars collected every year from women currently still on synthetic hormonal medications, they want their cake and eat it. So, they use every resource of their formidable economic arsenal to encourage, cajole and embolden the usual experts into attacking not so...

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  • Doctor, I can’t sleep

    Doctor, I can’t sleep

    Date: 5 Nov 2017

    Written by: Dr David Woodhouse

    I just can't get a good night's sleep. I stay up as late as I can so that I'm sleepy but when I get into bed I just lie there, tossing and turning for what seems like hours getting hotter all the time. Finally, I drift off to wake up with my legs twitching and my partner nudging me because I'm snoring. I get up because my bladder is bursting. Start again with less bedclothes to reduce the heat. I stare at the ceiling in the dark with a thousand things going through my mind. I seem to drift off...

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  • Gout in Women, and How Menopause Fits into the Picture

    Gout in Women, and How Menopause Fits into the Picture

    Date: 23 Oct 2019

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    Sharon Aaron, Nutritionist, BSc. Adv.Dip.Nutr.Med. When one thinks of gout an image of an older grumpy man (perhaps going through andropause) with a throbbing painful swollen big red toe and a bottle of red wine immediately jumps to mind. As far back as Hippocrates time – gout was known as the “disease of the Kings”. It was also noted then that premenopausal women and prepubescent men were not afflicted by the disease. (1,3) Yet gout is one of the most common inflammatory arthritides. An arthritide is characterised by pain, swelling, stiffness and often inflammation of the joints. It is associated...

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  • Green Tea and Its Active Constituent Epigallocatechin Gallate May Be Beneficial For Inflammation and Bad Bugs

    Green Tea and Its Active Constituent Epigallocatechin Gallate May Be Beneficial For Inflammation and Bad Bugs

    Date: 23 Oct 2019

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    Annmarie Cannone, Naturopath. M. Hum Nutr, Grad Dip Naturopathy, B. App Sci (Naturopathic Studies) Surprisingly, green tea is obtained from the same plant as black tea, Camellia sinensis. The difference is, green tea leaves are dried and steamed, to optimise antioxidant content. Green tea has undergone minimal oxidation during processing. The shorter processing provides green tea with a much lighter flavour. The season to which the leaves are picked are also vital to green teas health benefits. The plant originates from China and the Chinese have been consuming green tea for over 3,000 years, with first documented consumption being noted...

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  • Hair Loss and Menopause

    Hair Loss and Menopause

    Date: 23 Oct 2019

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    Written by Annmarie Cannone, Naturopath. M. Hum Nutr, Grad Dip Naturopathy, B. App Sci (Naturopathic Studies) Menopause is a time in a woman’s life where many changes occur. These changes are namely hormonal that can in turn, influence our physical and mental wellbeing. One of the main concerns we hear when a woman is progressing through menopause is hair loss or hair becoming dry and thinned. Hair begins to lack luster, looks damaged and just isn’t as luscious as it used to be and this can become problematic for many women. Causes of Hair Loss There are multiple causes for...

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  • Know Thy Breasts

    Know Thy Breasts

    Date: 11 Nov 2017

    Written by: Samantha Mainland

    Ageing is a normal process in life, and as we age, we may notice some breast changes that are either temporary, permanent or life-threatening. It is important, that you keep an eye on your breast health, note any changes, and act accordingly. Your breasts should be loved, regularly examined and looked after. Why do I get sore breasts before my period? It is common for your breasts to become swollen, engorged, heavy or painful prior to a bleed. This pain, is known as mastalgia, and has been linked quite heavily to your hormones, namely oestrogen. However, whether this response is...

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  • Metabolic Syndrome

    Metabolic Syndrome

    Date: 5 Nov 2017

    Written by: Samantha Mainland

    Meta-what? Metabolic syndrome is a lifestyle disease that is becoming more and more prevalent, but not for the right reasons. It is a cluster of physical, biochemical and metabolic symptoms that, when seen together, increase your risk for stroke, heart disease, diabetes and early death. Whilst the cause of Metabolic Syndrome continues to challenge the experts, lifestyle choices and hormonal changes are known contributing factors. Metabolic syndrome, otherwise known as Syndrome X, is defined as a combination of at least three of the below five risk factors: Excess fat around the waist area; Elevated waist circumference. A large waistline, otherwise...

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  • Oestrogen, Calcium, Vitamin D, Vitamin K, Exercise and Stress – How Menopause May Be Affecting Your Bones.

    Oestrogen, Calcium, Vitamin D, Vitamin K, Exercise and Stress – How Menopause May Be Affecting Your Bones.

    Date: 23 Oct 2019

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    Dr Candice Chin, MD, BSc Major in Biology. For many women, when they think of menopause, they also think of bone loss. Menopause is a phase all women go through, but bone loss isn’t something that women necessarily have to experience. Our bones constantly change through-out life. Bones are broken down, resorbed, renewed or reformed. When bone resorption occurs more quickly than formation, osteoporosis occurs which leads to a loss of bone strength and density, becoming fragile and fracturing easily. After menopause, there is increased risk of osteoporosis. A loss of ovarian function during menopause has a profound impact on...

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  • So, What Exactly is Helicobacter Pylori (H. Pylori)?

    So, What Exactly is Helicobacter Pylori (H. Pylori)?

    Date: 23 Oct 2019

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    Sharon Aaron, Nutritionist, BSc. Adv.Dip.Nutr.Med. H. pylori is a bacterium that lives in the stomach lining and the chemicals it produces may cause inflammation. According to GESA (Gastroenterological Society of Australia) approximately 40% of all adults over the age of 60 have H pylori. Many people infected with the pathogen may never develop any symptoms throughout their lives. However, if symptoms do develop they may manifest as gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining), duodenal and gastric ulcers and in some rare cases may even contribute to some cancers of the stomach. (1) 1998 data from the Centers for Disease Control...

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  • Stop Counting Calories and start eating REAL whole foods

    Stop Counting Calories and start eating REAL whole foods

    Date: 4 Nov 2017

    Written by: Sharon Aaron

    We live in a culture that is obsessed with counting calories, and reading food labels. In my practice, I focus on the joy of eating REAL whole fresh foods and not at all on calorie counting. The goal is long term health and with a diet that is jam packed with fresh produce, fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds, not only are you engaging in preventative health care but weight loss will follow, energy levels will improve and a general sense of wellbeing takes over. Many of you might ask though if I'm not counting calories – how can I lose...

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  • Struggling to lose weight?

    Struggling to lose weight?

    Date: 2 Nov 2017

    Written by: Samantha Mainland

    Menopause is a tough time for most women. If the hot flushes, mood changes and insomnia wasn't enough, menopause can often come with a thickening of the waist line. This thickening tends to be relentless and stubborn and to make matters worse, difficult to move. Not only is the thickening typically unexplained, but the old weight loss tricks that used to work a treat, don't tend to make a dent on the scales. The old saying of 'energy in versus energy out;' is no longer applicable to the wider population, and definitely not applicable to the menopausal woman. Our hormones...

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  • The Wonder of Our Adrenal Glands (and how menopause affects them)

    The Wonder of Our Adrenal Glands (and how menopause affects them)

    Date: 8 Nov 2017

    Written by: Annmarie Cannone

    The Adrenal glands are two walnut sized organs that sit on top of our kidneys. They are crucial organs that have a strong influence on many aspects of our health and wellbeing. The main roles of our adrenal glands are to allow us to cope with stress and let's face it, stress is experienced daily, in varying degrees and is ultimately inevitable; DHEA a steroid hormone is produced by the adrenal glands and aids in the secondary production of oestrogen and testosterone; our fight or flight response is dictated by our adrenal glands, through the production of adrenaline and cortisol....

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  • Type 2 Diabetes

    Type 2 Diabetes

    Date: 23 Oct 2019

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    Samantha Mainland, Naturopath. B.Nat, BMedsMgmentProfHonsCM Diabetes represents a major health concern to the people of Australia. The latest stats from the Australian Bureau of Statistics 2011-13 Australian Health Survey showed that one in every twenty Aussie adults has diabetes, with Australians aged 65-74years having the highest rate (almost one in every seven). In addition to this, a further three percent of Aussies are at high risk of diabetes, with their fasting blood glucose levels being elevated to between 6.1-7.0mmol/L. People who are obese have a much higher rate of developing diabetes, with obese Aussies being seven times more likely to...

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