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Issue 22 has many articles to help you improve your health naturally!

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Naturopathic approach to Autoimmune diseaseDisease Risk

Naturopath Emily Kane (USA) explains why she considers a vegetarian diet is best when treating someone with an
autoimmune disease. “ The immune system is “confused” because it is attacking itself.  Mammalian tissue from food is remarkably similar to your own tissue, at a molecular level, and eating animal food may provoke an auto-immune flare.  A vegetarian diet is also likely to be low-fat.  Animal fats are implicated in inflammation, whereas vegetable oils, and certainly the pigments and vitamin/mineral nutrients in vegetables are anti-inflammatory.” She offers dietary and supplement suggestions, as well as some advice on a psychological level. 

Children’s sleep problems

sleeping childMany parents will be all too familiar with nights of  broken sleep and the worry that is associated with a child’s sleep or lack of it. In her article, Associate professor Amanda Richdale  (Australia) explains that “childhood sleep problems are quite common, particularly in infants and children under 6 years, adolescents, and children with developmental disorders (e.g., autism) or chronic health problems (e.g., asthma).”  Following her study into the effects of poor sleeping patterns in children Ms. Richdale concluded that “poor sleep in children can be associated with difficult daytime behaviour, poor attention, organisation and memory, poor academic performance, anxiety, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and obesity.”  She has several suggestions on how to establish a healthy sleep routine and offers readers the chance to participate in a children’s sleep survey.

Male Baldness and prostate cancerPortrait of the bald man. Thinking about something.

In her article Dr. Sandra Cabot (Australia) states “research has shown that men who lose scalp hair early in life are at greater risk of developing prostate cancer later in life.” Although that statement might cause alarm for some less hirsute men, the following information might allay some of their fears.  “According to a French study published in the Annuals of Oncology, men in their 60s with prostate cancer were twice as likely to experience male pattern baldness (androgenic alopecia) beginning in their 20s than men without cancer.  The men were more likely to develop prostate cancer, but it wasn’t necessarily a more aggressive type of tumour.”  Dr Cabot outlines some of the contributing factors to male pattern baldness and offers some dietary suggestions to minimise hair loss.

Importance of Minerals

Man applying deodorant over his bodyNaturopath Kylie McCarthy (Australia) explains why minerals are so important to our health. “Unlike vitamins, minerals do not supply energy. They act as co-factors to enzymes; that is, they are the catalysts, the things essentially required by the body for correct and efficient function. Minerals make up the structure of the body – literally the structure of our bones. They regulate every single cell membrane within our body, maintaining correct acid / alkaline balance and so much more.” She reveals that some parts of the world are deficient in certain minerals, making supplementation advisable.

 

Vegetable milks – an alternative to cows’ milkDepositphotos_18322545_original

Whilst cows’ milk is widely recognized as an important part of the human diet, especially for young children, it has become increasingly common for lactose intolerance or even an allergy to develop. Professor Chelo Gonzalez (Spain) explains that “the incidence of allergy to cows’ milk proteins in early childhood is approximately 3 % in developed countries. In the case of lactose intolerance, people affected vary depending on the ethnicity, with low prevalence of the illness in Northern Europe (<5%) but extremely high in Southern Europe (70-80%) and Southeast Asia (100%)”. A research team at a university in Valencia has been studying various forms of nut and cereal-based milks and observed “an improvement in the bioavailability of dietary iron when almond “milk” was present in a fermented beverage.” She explains why these fermented products aid in digestion and are a healthy alternative for those unable to tolerate dairy-based products.

Ketogenic diet (part 2)

HealthIn the previous issue (21) we presented an outline of the principles of the ketogenic diet as an effective approach to weight loss. In this issue ketogenic proponent Ellen Davis (USA) describes in more detail how to follow a ketogenic diet and the benefits that follow – “The main effect of the ketogenic diet is to lower and normalize blood sugar (glucose) and insulin, a hormone that moves blood sugar into our cells. The diet also reduces insulin resistance (IR), a condition arising from chronically high levels of serum insulin in the body. IR is a risk factor for obesity, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, heart disease, cancer and other diseases related to metabolic derangement”. Ellen explains the science behind the efficacy of such a diet as well as offering a thorough account of the foods allowed in limited and unlimited amounts, and those to be avoided altogether.

Healing reiki handsWhat is Reiki?

Reiki master and practitioner William Rand (USA) offers a description of the history and thinking behind this form of therapy – “While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion. It has no dogma, and there is nothing you must believe in order to learn and use Reiki. In fact, Reiki is not dependent on belief at all and will work whether you believe in it or not.”

He also includes two videos on how to practice Reiki.

Kinesiology explainedSmiling Older Woman With Fruits

Kinesiologist Linda Orr Easthouse (USA) explains the principles behind this form of therapy – “The underlying understanding is that there is an interface between the body’s muscle system and the meridian system accessed through the acupressure points – no needles are used. By identifying and monitoring the stress in the body, and then tuning the meridian and energy systems around the stress, the person can release the stress responses and thereby change their subconscious reactions to stresses of many kinds.” She describes a simple method one can practice to relieve stress without having to see a therapist.

 

Therapeutic Hypnosis

hypnosisWhen most people think of hypnosis they think of ‘victims’ making fools of themselves on a stage in front of a laughing audience. For clinical hypnotherapist Gordon Young (Australia) this perception is unfortunate – “Therapeutic hypnosis has had to fight to be taken seriously against its ‘show-off’ sister, stage hypnosis.”

He explains that hypnosis has been studied for many years and found to be effective for a range of health issues. “The most researched area has been pain management, but the efficacy of hypnosis in dealing with substance abuse, anxiety disorders, self esteem issues, depression, and sleep disturbances is well documented.”

In his busy Sydney practice he treats patients with a wide range of complaints, some of whom have often been seeking help from other types of practitioners for many years. It is encouraging to know that “a good hypnotherapist will consistently achieve outcomes in one to two sessions, even with clients who have been trying to resolve the problem with months or even years of more traditionally accepted therapeutic interventions.”  Gordon describes the two types of therapeutic hypnosis used and the outcomes that can be expected. He also dispels some common myths associated with this form of therapy.

Alternative pain treatments

Physiotherapy and rehabilitationAs anyone who has suffered from long-term pain will attest, it’s not just unpleasant, but can come to dominate one’s life.  Dr. Teresa Sievers (USA) treats such people and is familiar with the effects of chronic pain – “It causes prolonged stress to the body, and ultimately affects the immune system, creating an environment for infection and cancer. Over time, a weakened immune system will alter the brain chemistry, which can cause depression, anxiety and …. lead to a variety of illnesses. For example, when chronic pain regularly interferes with a good nights sleep it causes poor memory, aging and the inability to lose weight. Subsequently, gaining weight leads to several other adverse health consequences, including diabetes, heart disease, dementia, cancer and arthritis.” Dr. Sievers suggests some dietary and lifestyle changes that can alleviate our body’s reaction to pain and also proposes some alternative, non-drug treatments that have been shown to be effective.

Recipes

We present two healthy recipes from Dr. Ben Kim (Canada).

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