Tonsillitis

October 3, 2017

Tonsillitis can be defined as the swelling of the tonsils due to infection.

The tonsils are the two small pads of glandular tissue found at each side of the back of the throat that act as part of the immune system. They work by producing antibodies and white blood cells which then attack the germs found inside the mouth. The tonsils are essentially the body’s first line of defense against airborne bacteria, pathogens, or germs found in food, and act to block these from invading the body once they enter through the mouth or nose. As the tonsils always come into contact with outside particles, they are often inflamed or enlarged, usually without a problem. Tonsillitis occurs when there is an influx of bacteria or other germs and the tonsils can’t handle the workload and become overwhelmed, resulting in them becoming very inflamed and infected themselves.

Causes of Tonsillitis

Tonsillitis can be caused by either bacteria or viruses, some of which commonly include: Streptococcus bacteria, adenoviruses, rhinovirus, respiratory syncytial virus, influenza virus, Epstein-Barr virus, Parainfluenza virus, Enteroviruses, or the Herpes simplex virus. Other bacterial causes of tonsillitis include staphylococcus aureus, Mycoplasma pneumonia, Chlamydia pneumonia, Bordetella pertussis, Fusobacterium sp., and Neisseria gonorrhoeae. Whether viral or bacterial, tonsillitis c

September 25, 2017

Cellulite is defined as subcutaneous fat that causes the dimpling of the skin, due to the fat pushing through connective tissue above. It isn’t harmful, but many people wish to get rid of it for aesthetic reasons. This condition affects 90% of women over their lifetime.   Cellulite can occur in both skinny and overweight people and is more common among women than men because they carry their weight more around their thighs and buttocks. It usually occurs around the thighs, buttocks, and sometimes the upper arm areas. The condition is also less noticeable on darker skin. Loss of circulation is one of the main causes of cellulite.

CAUSES:

  • Genetic predisposition
  • Total body fat/being overweight
  • Hormonal changes
  • Aging
  • Dehydration
  • Changes in metabolism
  • Poor diet
  • Stress (causes production of catecholamine which is associated with the development of cellulite)
  • Lack of exercise
  • Poor circulation
  • Smoking (reduces blood vessel flow and weakens collagen)

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TREATMENTS:

  • Cellulite cre

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September 20, 2017

MIGRAINES

Definition:a recurrent throbbing headache that typically affects one side of the head and is often accompanied by nausea and disturbed vision.’ – Wikipedia These headaches can last from 4 – 72 hours and will worsen with normal activity.Migraines commonly start from childhood and are most frequent in people in their 20s and 30s. They usually occur less frequently from the age 40 and onwards.

SYMPTOMS:

  • Pain is one sided
  • Pain occurs behind the eye/eyes
  • Moderate to severe
  • Throbbing
  • Aggravated by movement
  • Excessive yawning
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Sensitivity to light, noise, and smell
  • Affected vision (such as an aura)
  • Vertigo or double vision
  • Problems with articulation and coordination
  • Stiffness in the neck and shoulders
  • Tingling, pins, and needles, or numbness
  • Speech disturbance
  • Paralysis or loss of consciousness (rare)
  • Lasts between 4 – 72 hours

CAUSES:

  • Tyramine and Phenylethylamine: which are commonly found in fermented cheese, chocolate, soy, citrus, and nuts
  • Certain perfumes
  • Alcohol
  • Nitrites: which are in most foods that contain preservatives (hot dogs, deli meats, jerky, and pickled or cured foods)
  • Eye str

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September 17, 2017

THE MINT FAMILY:

Mentha, commonly known as mint, is a genus of plants in the Lamiaceae family. There are a number of different species of mint, along with many hybrids, due to the natural occurrence of cross-breeding between species. Mint plants are aromatic, mainly perennial herbs with highly fragrant, toothed, opposing leaves, and tiny white, pink, or purple flowers, arranged in clusters forming whorls or a spike. Many characteristics of the mint plant can vary with differing species, but will always be characterized by a square stem. The colour of the leaves can vary from a dark green to grey, purple, blue, and even pale yellow. These plants can often grow up to about 2 – 3 feet tall, and will commonly spread out along the ground. Mint plants produce a fruit called a nutlet which contains 1 to 4 seeds. Propagation is considered an easier form of reproduction for mint. The volatile oils which are extracted from the plant are found in resinous dots located in the leaves and stems. The name Mentha is derived from the Greek word minthe, personified in Greek mythology as Minthe, a naiad who was transformed into a mint plant by Persephone when she tried to seduce Hades. The mint plant originated in Europe, Asia, North America, Australia, and Africa, but has been widely distributed throughout the temperate areas of the world, a

September 10, 2017

Sugar Addiction (3rd of 3post series)

SYMPTOMS OF SUGAR ADDICTION:

• Constantly craving sugary foods • Headaches/migraines • Anxiety • Depression • Constant and persistent fatigue • Loss of concentration • Dizziness • Mood swings • Muscle pains • Nausea • Chills • Weight gain and obesity • Always being hungry and constantly snacking • Eating more sugary food than intended • Inability to stop at “one” or eat small portions, often eating until you feel ill • Cravings for simple carbs such as bread and pasta • Cravings for meat or salty foods: This is because subconsciously your body is trying to balance itself and therefore creates cravings of opposing food types • Eating foods full of sugar even though you don’t really want to • Using sweets as a reward or as motivation • Inability to get through the day without a sugar hit • Shakiness or feelings of illness when you go without sugar • The need to consume more and more sugar every day to feel good or normal REFERENCES: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/reading-between-the-headlines/201404/adhd-and-refined-sugar https://www.additudemag.com/sugar-diet-nutrition-impact-adhd-symptoms/ https://www.understood.org/en/family/events-outings/holidays-celebrations/should-kids-with-adhd-avoid-eating-sugar http://untappedbrilliance.com/sugar-and-adhd/ http:/

August 27, 2017

Sugar Addiction (2nd of 3post series)

HEALTH IMPACTS OF SUGAR:

  • Contains no nutrients but plenty of empty calories: Added sugars such as sucrose contain no fats, proteins, vitamins, or minerals, just energy. When the majority of an individual’s diet consists of large amounts of sugars, this can cause nutrient deficiencies.
  • It is highly addictive: Studies on lab rats show that sugar is as addictive as heroin or cocaine.
  • Bad for your teeth: Sugar is detrimental to the health of your teeth because it provides an easily digestible energy source for the bad bacteria in the mouth.
  • Fructose from added sugars can damage your liver: The common form of sugar (sucrose) is made of two components: fructose and glucose. Our bodies do not produce fructose in significant amounts and it cannot be easily metabolized in large amounts. Eating small amounts, especially in fruits is hardly ever detrimental as the body converts fructose into glycogen and keep it stored in the liver until needed. When the liver is full of glycogen, eating large amounts of fructose overloads the liver and forces it to turn the fructose into fat, resulting in fatty liver and various other health problems.
  • Sugar can cause insulin resistance and therefore diabetes: Ins

August 20, 2017

Sugar Addiction (1st of 3post series)

What is sugar?

vasi - sugarSugar is the generic term for the sweet soluble carbohydrate obtained from various plants, particularly sugar cane and sugar beet, which is used in food. There are different classes of sugar, each derived from different sources. Simple sugars include glucose, fructose, and galactose. Glucose (C₆H₁₂O₆) originates in the blood as animals as blood sugar and is the most important energy source for cellular respiration. Fructose (C₆H₁₂O₆), also known as fruit sugar, is often found in many plants such as tree and vine fruits, flowers, berries, and most root vegetables. Galactose (C₆H₁₂O₆) is ingested in the form of lactose from dairy products, which then is converted to galactose and glucose via digestion. Each of these sugars has the same chemical formulae but a different arrangement of atoms. When fructose is bonded to glucose, we are left with sucrose (C₁₂H₂₂O₁₁), which is the common granulated form of sugar used in most prepared food and beverages. There are also some low-calorie substitutes for sugar (artificial sweeteners),

August 7, 2017

Introducing Helen Greenwood

 

WHAT IS QI GONG

(How to heal and maintain the body mind and soul)

Qi Gong is many techniques put together simply put. Using multiple healing modalities to produce healing, energy blockages are taken away to keep the flow of energy continual. With using different techniques of healing modalities, the body responds automatically to this energy movement. Your body and mind and soul work together to put forward a recipe for your overall health and well-being. “My name is Helen Greenwood. I have been studying various techniques and mental health tools from different cultural and religious beliefs systems that can guide and help you in your everyday life. Practicing for over 20 years. I have given many treatments with many successes. I have helped people with numerous conditions, from physical to mental conditions to conditions of the heart.

To get more information or to book an appointment please contact me on 0421 911 150 or

August 4, 2017

Feldenkrais Method

Feldenkrais Method is a holistic healing modality or exercise therapy designed by Moshe Feldenkrais (1904-1984). It aims to improve body movement in function, efficiency, and psychological state by reorganizing connections between the brain and body.

Benefits of the Feldenkrais Method

Healing of repetitive strain injuries. Pressure on joints and other weak points. General improvement of well-being. The Feldenkrais Method is considered part of integrative/complementary medicine. According to Feldenkrais good health is founded on good function. Self-education is central to the practice. Pupils are taught to become aware of their movements to discover areas of stress and strain. Acting on this information leads to a re-education of the nervous system. The method uses slow gentle repetitive movements and attempts to teach new patterns. The method has proven its self especially beneficial to musicians and also to athletes, children with autism, people with special needs and people suffering from degenerative diseases. Awareness through movement (ATM) is a related practice that involves thinking, sensing, moving and imagining. In Functional Integration (FI) the practitioner’s hands guide the movements of the patient in order to

August 2, 2017

Iridology (also known as iridodiagnosis or iridiagnosis) is generally used as a diagnostic tool rather than a treatment therapy to determine systemic health.   Studying the various marks, signs and discolouration of the iris is said to be an indicator of existing or developing systemic health problems.  Markings and patterns are compared to an iris chart that correlates the 80-90 zones of the iris with parts of the human body.    There are a number of varying iridology charts available with no uniform interpretation of specific iris signs.    Although Iridology cannot detect specific diseases and an iridologist will not (or should not) name a specific disease it can reveal whether various body systems are under par or over-stressed.  The approach is more holistic as it considers physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of an individual’s health.

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