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BLOOD PRESSURE MANAGEMENT - The natural way
The number of people afflicted with high blood pressure has been described as an epidemic .
Having unchecked high blood pressure, can cause blood vessel damage, negative changes can be seen in the arteries, the kidneys, the brain and on the retina of the eye.
The damaged blood vessels can become so hard that the heart works to exhaustion trying to push the blood in very inflexible pipes and often ends up damaged. So have you had your blood pressure monitored lately?
You can help yourself to avoid this silent killer. Have an assessment today of your risks and learn how to manage, reverse or prevent the ravages of high blood pressure.
DIABETES - Prevention & Management
Do you have a family history of type 2 diabetes? If you have a first-degree relative with type 2 diabetes you have a lifetime risk of 40% of becoming diabetic yourself.
If you are older than 40 years, have excess body fat, particularly truncal obesity with waist circumference greater than 88cm in women and greater than 102cm in men, you are more at risk of becoming diabetic.
Other factors that influence your risk are:
High blood pressure
A history of gestational diabetes or polycystic ovary syndrome.
Plus if you are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, Pacific Islander, Indian or Chinese, African American, Hispanic American or Native American person, you are also at a greaer risk. Also a low birth weight and/or malnutrition in pregnancy may cause metabolic abnormalities in a foetus that later lead to diabetes.
The liver has been compared to a housewife - always looking after other people and neglecting her own needs. The liver is the filter of the blood and its healthy functioning protects all body systems.You probably heard many times the expression ‘liver – cleansing diet’, ‘liver cleansing in a weekend’, ‘the Hollywood liver…’ Let me tell you: they are gimmicks!
If you wish to feel healthy and alive, supporting your liver function should be in the top of your list. For more information about the best way to return your liver to greaer health - just give us a call!
LOWERING CHOLESTEROL - The Natural Way
Did you know that cholesterol (in the right kind and amount) is an important substance for good health and that very low cholesterol has been associated with depression? Did you also know that cholesterol reducing drugs can cause irreparable damage to your muscles, robb you of essential nutrients that your heart and muscles need? Did you know that food alone has the capacity to lower your cholesterol in the majority of people?
If you want the answers to these health questions answered, just give Maria a call and she'll discuss the best time for you to come in for a consultation.
MENOPAUSE - The View of Natural Medicine >
Are you eating appropriately to support this important stage in your life? Did you know that with food alone many women are managing successfully many of the undesirable symptoms associated with menopause?
Natural therapists view menopause as a normal transition. Menarche, menstruation and menopause are seen as normal phases which effect women in their passage through life, and which may need supportive treatment.
Rather than encouraging mid-life women to believe they have a disease, most natural therapists (and many like-minded doctors) encourage menopausal women to adopt positive lifestyle changes, good eating patterns and a positive attitude to this phase.
After a life time of nurturing and looking after other people and putting themselves last, many women find they are tired and exhausted and their bodies are screaming for attention and love. I find that many of my patients due to stress and nutritional deficiencies their bodies are in a state of inflammation and as a result they suffer from many unnecessary pains.
Very often during menopause a woman needs support for her nervous system, to help her sleep better, be more relaxed and to be able to concentrate. In order to help with this, Naturopaths use medicines from plants (Herbal Medicine) to support women in all the different stages of life.
Herbal Medicine has a very long tradition. In the "dark ages" women were burned as witches because they were the traditional guardians of the knowledge of such powerful medicines and the political/religious establishment saw them as dangerous. Take advantage of the knowledge that has been passed on to us today thanks to the bravery of many wonderful women.
Science today has been able to validate the knowledge that before was just tradition. Researchers in one study found that the wellbeing of mid-life women was related to being physically well, exercising moderately, having a positive attitude to menopause and feeling happy.
Exercising, even once per week, was associated with fewer symptoms, as were positive relationships and friendships. Hormonal status was not the relevant feature of a positive menopausal experience, so to help with your menopause symptoms - just give us a call!
CHILDREN'S OPTIMAL DEVELOPMENT
Did you know that the frontal part of your child’s brain, the part that is involved in reasoning and problem solving, does not finish developing until s/he is about 20 years old? Did you also know that the brain needs the right kind/amount of fats to be able to develop correctly?
Would you like your child to get better from all the normal childhood diseases with ease and speed?
Is your child able to metabolise all the nutrients from the good diet that you give her/him? Is your child a fussy eater? Is s/he getting sick too often? Let’s support your child if s/he has learning or behavioural difficulties, autism, bed wetting, ADD/ADHD, “growing pains”, etc.
If you would you like to feel that you are giving your child the best opportunity to develop into a beautiful and intelligent human being, than just give Maria a call and she'll lend you her expertise.
DEPRESSION, ANXIETY, STRESS
Are you getting all the nutrients that you need to control mood disorders? Did you know that there are many herbs that can be used to help you go through it? Counselling and conventional medication are sometimes needed, but good nutrition can provide the rest of the support and wellbeing that you need. Be helped and supported gently and efficiently.
Psychodynamic influences (e.g., chronic stress, especially early childhood loss or deprivation), biologic factors (e.g., alteration of neurotransmitters including serotonin, acetylcholine, and catecholamines), and genetic predisposition (a recently identified gene called SERT that regulates serotonin, has been linked to depression) are all factors in the aetiology of many mood disorders.
Other aspects contributing to mood disorders include amount of light exposure, sleep disturbances, degree of social isolation, and nutritional deficiencies (e.g., of folate and omega-3 fatty acids).
Many patients that suffer from mood disorders like depression, report a precipitating stressful life event preceding their symptoms; the mood disorder can be immediate or delayed following a trauma such as loss of a loved one, abuse, or a natural disaster.
Mood disorders like depression can also be precipitated by other medical conditions (e.g., myocardial infarction or cancer), as well as certain medications (e.g., antihypertensive, cholesterol lowering drugs, and some heart medication).
CONCEIVING A HEALTHY BABY
In a study of some 1500 couples that participated in a health building program before conception produced children with IQ’s well above average. Wouldn’t you like to do your best on behalf of your child - just give Maria a call and find out how.
Preconception is a very important time to prepare the mother’s body for one of the most important tasks in the life of a woman: the creation of life. Many health issues, from minor debilities to life threatening malformations can be avoided through good nutrition during preconception. If the mother has enough folic acid during the month prior to conception, chances of the malformation called spina bifida are minimised.
It is believed that probably more than 50% of miscarriages are caused by the poor quality of the genetic contribution made by the father. The pain and disappointment of miscarriages could be avoided if the health of the father is brought up to a level of excellence before conception.
PREGNANCY AND LACTATION CARE
The good work does not end at conception, during pregnancy a mother’s wellbeing is the best health insurance policy. To keep a pregnancy enough zinc is needed, to avoid preeclampsia magnesium should be looked at, as well as the general diet of the mother.
Also to prevent postpartum depression there are key nutrients that the mother should make sure to have enough, as baby’s needs are met before the mother's and she can be severely depleted.
There are many herbs (powerful but safe) that can be used during pregnancy and lactation. These plants have supported women throughout the ages, and the long tradition of their use has been preserved in the hands of qualified Herbalists and Naturopaths.
A range of remedial massage, homeopath, remedial therapy and weight loss services are also available to all of our customers, so why not give us a call today and get yoru health back on track the natural way.
Bachelor of Health Sciences (Naturopathy) - University of New England
Advanced Diploma of Naturopathy
Diploma of Botanical Medicine
Diploma of Nutrition
Diploma of Homoeopathy
Remedial Massage Therapist
Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training
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