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Dr. H. Sutcliffe Maverick Doctor

Many years ago, an elderly patient from Havelock North here in Hawke’s Bay (New Zealand) mentioned that her favourite doctor was a bit of a maverick. In fact, he was...

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Food Allergy And Food Intolerance

People talk to naturopaths a lot about their food allergies and intolerances. Many people get kind of get confused and think that "all food reactions are allergies", when in fact,...

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Eric's 3 Basic Nutrition Principles

When I'm online and read health and wellness articles, everyone has got their own opinion, from the sublime to the ridiculous and even wacky. I've worked with patients in the...

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Treating Constipation With Yoghurt

Yogurt is beneficial not just for those who suffer from constipation but also for the general health of the gastrointestinal system. Years of experience as a naturopathic physician have led...

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Thyroid Disease Raises Birth Risk

Women with thyroid disease are more likely have babies with birth defects even if tests show no problem with the gland during pregnancy. A study by Johns Hopkins University also...

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Why Are Guys Afraid Of Doctors?

A recent poll reveals that many males have a negative attitude about getting medical help. Nearly two-thirds of those interviewed  said they try to avoid going to the doctor as...

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What Causes Psoriasis?

If there is but one thing I have discovered over the years working with many psoriasis patients is that there is always a cause of their health problems, and there...

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Hyperthyroidism

When your thyroid gland generates too much of the hormone thyroxine (T4), you have hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid). Hyperthyroidism causes your body's metabolism to speed up, resulting in common symptoms such...

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Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

PMS is a set of symptoms that women experience between ovulation and menstruation. The cause is generally unknown, however it is thought to be related to hormonal fluctuations throughout the...

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Breast Cysts

Breast cysts are one of the most prevalent reasons a breast lump forms and can appear in one or both breasts. A breast cyst may have the texture of a...

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PCOS Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Polycystic ovary syndrome is also know as PCOS. It means a condition associated with many (poly) cysts in the ovary or ovaries. There is confusion surrounding the diagnosis of this...

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Lupus

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is an autoimmune disease that affects the body's connective tissues. SLE, like all auto-immune conditions, occurs when the body produces abnormal antibodies that attack normal body...

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Cervical Dysplasia

Cervical abnormalities generally have no symptoms. Your healthcare professional may diagnose you with cervical dysplasia after identifying abnormal cells during routine checkups, which include a pelvic exam and Pap smear...

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Endometriosis

The possibilities for relief of many symptoms associated with endometriosis,  by simply adopting simple dietary and lifestyle changes are very good. Treatment for endometriosis is sought early on, because "endo"...

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Women Benefit From Natural Medicine

Many women benefit from naturopathic medicine tremendously, in fact, they make up the bulk of our patients as natural health care professionals. Like men, some women may unfortunately neglect their...

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Prozac Doesn't Work

Prozac, the bestselling anti-depressant taken by 40 million people worldwide, which does not work and nor do similar drugs in the same class, according to a major review released in...

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Lactose Intolerance

Lactose intolerance is caused by a lack of the enzyme lactase in the body. Abdominal cramps, bloating, and diarrhoea are common symptoms. The treatment centres on avoiding dairy products, switching...

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Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction can occur when  a man is unable to obtain or maintain an adequate erection in order to achieve sexual intercourse. Erectile dysfunction can indicate either a medical or...

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Autoimmune Disease Treatment

What are autoimmune disorders? An autoimmune disease occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks your body rather than protecting it. Over 100 autoimmune disorders have been identified. Lupus, rheumatoid arthritis,...

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Cold Sore

Cold sores are tiny blisters that usually appear on or very near the lips. A crust forms over the sore after the blisters have broken. Cold sores normally heal without...

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Shingles

Shingles is caused by a herpes virus, and is also known as herpes zoster. Perhaps you are reading this page because you have it yourself, or you may know a...

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Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson's disease is a progressive neurological condition affecting movements such as walking, talking and writing. Parkinson's disease is a progressive disorder of the central nervous system which causes tremors and...

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Celiac Disease

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease that can produce a wide variety of symptoms,  including digestive problems, exhaustion, skin problems, and nutritional deficiencies, to name just a few of these...

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Heartburn

Heartburn is a burning sensation in the chest that occurs directly beneath the breastbone. After eating, in the evening, or while laying down or bending over, the discomfort is usually...

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Fatty Liver

Fatty liver disease is a condition characterised by excess fat in the liver. Your doctor may use the fancy term hepatic steatosis. You're more prone to get it if you...

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Adrenal Fatigue Diet

The adrenal fatigue diet is a way of relieving stress on the HPA (stress) axis, that includes the hypothalamus, pituitary and adrenal glands by the use of specific foods consumed...

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Mindful Eating

Are you eating while reading this on your phone or computer? Do you frequently snack while watching TV? From time to time, we're all guilty of it. We sit down...

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Adrenal Fatigue FAQs

These are the most commonly asked questions about adrenal fatigue.

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Heart Disease Treatment

You'll normally do three things to keep your heart healthy: eat nutritious foods, stay active, and quit unhealthy behaviours like smoking. Is there, however, a faster way to give your...

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Heart Attack Symptoms

Tightness or pain in the chest, neck, back, or arms, as well as weariness, lightheadedness, an irregular heartbeat, and anxiety, are all signs and symptoms. of an impending heart attack.

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Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation (A-fib) is a type of arrhythmia (irregular and typically fast heartbeat) that can cause blood clots in the heart. Stroke, heart failure, and other heart-related problems are all...

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British Medical Journal Says Statin Drugs Are No Good

Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs significantly increase a person's risk of cataracts, muscle weakness, liver dysfunction and kidney failure, according to a study in the British Medical Journal.The study also confirmed that...

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Neurotransmitters

Everything you eat and drink will affect your mood, behaviour, and many aspects of your brain function. If you are hungry, you may feel irritable and restless, whereas a person...

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Happiness

Happiness is a state of emotional well-being that a person experiences either in a narrow sense, when good things happen in a specific moment, or more broadly, as a positive...

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Hypoglycemia

Hypoglycemia is a condition where your blood sugar (glucose) level is below the normal range. Your body's primary energy source is glucose. Hypoglycemia is frequently associated with diabetes management. It...

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Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome refers to a cluster of several known cardiovascular risk factors, including obesity, insulin resistance, high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. These chronic symptoms are all interrelated and...

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Coping With Stress

If we understand how stress affects us as an individual, and if we are prepared to makes the necessary changes to our lifestyle and diet, then we sure can mitigate...

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Sick Of Being Stressed Out?

It is not practical to advise people to avoid stress because we all have stress in our lives from one degree to another. What is practical, however, is to emphasise...

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Stressing Your Children Out?

According to psychologists, parenting stress is the distress you experience when you feel you just can’t cope as a parent. The demands being placed on you are too high. You...

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Teflon Linked To High Cholesterol In Children

In nonstick cookware and water-resistant clothes, PFAS stands for per- and poly-fluoroalkyl compounds, a family of chemicals linked to cancer and other negative effects. These substances are manmade and do...

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Girls reaching Puberty At A Younger Age

According to the findings of a study conducted by Dr. Marcia Herman-Giddens, the typical age at which young women began experiencing signs of puberty in 1860 was 16.6 years. It...

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Children And Caffeine

Caffeine is known to elevate blood pressure in youngsters and to disrupt their sleep patterns. Children may be less conscious of their own exhaustion as a result. It has the...

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What Foods Cause Cancer?

In order for a food or beverage to be labelled as a carcinogen, there must be conclusive proof connecting its consumption to an elevated risk of cancer as well as...

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Cancer Rarely Found In Egyptian Times

The trophoblastic concept of cancer holds up well still. Cancer is metabolic disease. A healthy body does not allow for the growth of cancerous cells, and healthy implies full of...

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Healthy Adrenal Glands Improve Survival In Breast Cancer

Generally speaking,  one needs to improve adrenal health, particularly if you have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Salivary cortisol studies have revealed compelling evidence.

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Vitamin C and Cancer

When Vitamin C given through a vein (intravenously) it has been found to have different effects than vitamin C taken in any oral form. This has prompted renewed interest in...

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Naturopath Near Me

Are you looking for a naturopath close or near where you live? Here are 10 things to look for when visiting a naturopath. If you can tick all ten boxes,...

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Arthritis, Inflammation And Antioxidants

Antioxidants aid in the removal of residual free radicals that might harm cells and tissue, resulting in fewer inflammatory triggers. Antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables should be consumed on a regular basis...

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Cardiovascular Disease Helped With Antioxidants

Antioxidant vitamin supplementation in the clinic may aid in preventing coronary heart disease (CHD). People who intake more antioxidants in foods or supplements have lower CHD morbidity and mortality, according...

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Signs Of Bad Health

Do you want to avoid chronic illness? If you get into the habit of fixing small problems like constipation now, there will be less chance of developing a serious gut...

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Learn From Yesterday, Live For Today, Plan For Tomorrow

There is nothing wrong about thinking of the past, enjoying your achievements, but remain focused always on the present - it's the world you live in right now. Many people...

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Menopause Symptoms

Common menopausal symptoms include hot flashes that occur in about 60 percent of women (more at night), tiredness, headaches, palpitations, thinning hair, dry skin, low libido, sleep problems and vaginal...

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Inflammation

I’ve been following research on inflammation for some time now and have discovered that chronic low-grade inflammation lies at the root cause of many different chronic health issues which patients...

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Brain Fog And Food Intolerances

Brain fog can be commonly caused by excessively processed diets that are high in refined carbohydrates, added sugars, and sodium. Foods that have been heavily processed, such as processed meat...

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Brain Fog

Brain fog is an interesting functional complaint that along with adrenal fatigue and leaky gut syndrome simply “doesn’t exist” as far as many medical experts are concerned, because it will...

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Why Am I Tired And Stressed All The Time?

When stress builds up because of life's negative or challenging occurrences, you can become emotionally exhausted. Emotional weariness is the term for this. Emotional weariness is something that most people...

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Skin Infections Difficult To Diagnose

Why do so many doctors get the skin infection diagnosis wrong? You'd be surprised how many, be sure to get the right diagnosis before considering medical creams and other pharmaceutical...

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Jock Itch

Jock itch (Tinea Cruris) can be isolated in patches, for example affecting the inner thigh, or it may be more extensive and even involve the entire groin area. From clinical...

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Ringworm

Ringworm is caused by a microscopic fungus, not an actual worm or bacteria as some may think. Some people worry a great deal about the term “ringworm” because they actually...

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Skin Infections Can Go Systemic

The common types of skin yeast infections can often affect other parts of the body as well, especially if the condition is allowed to remain for some time going into...

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Tinea Versicolor

This fungus actually changes the colour of the skin it infects; the patches may be lighter or darker than your normal surrounding skin. This spotted pattern and the fine scaly...

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Skin Fungal Infections

Skin infections caused by fungus can occur anywhere on the body. Athlete's foot, jock itch, ringworm, and yeast infections are among the most frequent.

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Diaper Rash

Nobody likes to see a baby suffer with a diaper rash, and if you have had children like me you will have been familiar with this condition from time to...

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Diaper Rash Diet

Of all the foods in your diet or your baby’s, you will find that it will be the sweet and acidic foods that are most often to be the likely...

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Athlete's Foot Fungus

Athlete’s foot is a fungal condition potentially affecting the fingers, hands, feet or toenails and it is more common than you think. Athlete’s foot can be quite an uncomfortable skin...

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Steroid Cream Side Effects

In recent years, topical corticosteroids have become a standard treatment for many skin diseases. Their use is so widespread that many general practitioners will prescribe a steroid rather than make...

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One In Ten Taking Antidepressants

Many countries like Australia and New Zealand have developed a strong liking for pharmaceutical drugs to the point where we are placing one in ten on an antidepressant. In NZ,...

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Antibiotics And Children

Do children need repeated rounds of antibiotics for every sniffle and cough? All too many doctors are still widely over-prescribing antibiotics to children, inspite of wide spread antibiotic resistance developing.

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Medical Misadventures Rising In Hospitals

Mistakes in hospitals are killing 1500 people a year, research shows. Of the 3000 deaths caused by medical failure, about half are preventable.

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Prawns On Prozac

British prawns and shrimps are getting high on anti-depressants thanks to rising levels of drug waste in the coastal waters around the UK, experts say. Pharmaceutical drugs like Prozac are...

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Diclofenac Side Effects

Diclofenac is a Non-Steroidal-Anti-Inflammatory-Drug (NSAID). It is commonly used to treat arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, painful periods, dental pain, migraine, and accident or surgical pain. Blocking inflammation reduces swelling...

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Naturopath

Naturopathic medicine is a type of primary health care that stresses self-healing and prevention through the use of natural remedies. While naturopathic medicine has origins dating back to the 1890s,...

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Best Detox Tips

Lots of good tips here, like Do not over-eat on a detox. Eat less, not more, eat more slowly and concentrate on smaller portion sizes. Use smaller dinner plates, that way...

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Detox Cleanse

When people used to hear the word detox when I was a kid, it meant you needed to stay away from alcohol and maybe get some help. Not anymore, but...

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Your Cardiovascular System

All cells in the body receive nutrients and oxygen through the circulatory system (cardiovascular system). It is made up of the heart and the blood arteries that run throughout the...

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Heart Disease

Heart disease knows no bounds. It is the leading cause of death for a variety of individuals, affects over half of all Americans, and the number is rising. Similar statistics...

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Your Digestive System

The gastrointestinal (GI) system–also known as the digestive system–is a highly organised system of organs and components. These work together intricately to break food down into sugars, amino acids, fatty...

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Bone Concerns

Every person has a skeleton made up of many bones. These bones provide structure to your body, allow you to move in a variety of ways, and protect your internal...

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Pharmaceutical Treatment of Muscle and Joint Problems

Drug-induced liver injury is more prevalent than you would believe, and practically every class of pharmaceutical medicine has the potential to cause liver disease. The majority of instances are benign...

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Joint Pain

Arthritis can have many and varied causes from strains and injuries caused by repetitive motion, sports, over exertion, and falls. Arthritic joints can be sensitive to weather and barometric pressure...

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Your Nervous System

The nervous system of the body is also referred to as the neurological system of the body. Known as the information processor of the body. Your nervous system receives and...

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Cellulitis

Cellulitis is a common but serious bacterial skin infection. The affected skin is swollen, red, painful, and heated to the touch. Aside from the lower legs, cellulitis can affect the...

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Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil, commonly known as melaleuca oil, is an essential oil extracted from the leaves of the Australian tea tree by steaming. Tea tree oil is proven through research...

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High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is a lot more common than you think, it can be deadly if left untreated. Let's take a good look at high blood pressure, the causes, symptoms...

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High Blood Pressure Medication

Do you take a pharmaceutical drug every day to control your blood pressure? The following page is an explanation of some of the different types of medications that may have...

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High Blood Pressure Diet

There are many different diets recommended for heart health. Personally, I've found the Mediterranean diet one of the best as it contains all the elements that improve circulation, reducing inflammation...

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How To Control High Blood Pressure With Lifestyle

A heart-healthy lifestyle is about the whole-package approach. Some people just think about eating well without thinking about how stress affects their heart, whereas others don't include any physical activity but just eat well....

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Muscle And Joint Problems Are Common As You Age

Much can be done to make your many musculoskeletal problems more bearable, and maybe even slow down or halt the progression of many common complaints. Let's look at muscle, joint...

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Lack Of Sleep Can lead To A Shorter Life

Do you know somebody who boasts that they can get by on only a few hours of sleep a day? According to a leading neuroscientist from Oxford University, Professor Russel...

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Is Your Drinking Getting In The Way Of Your Living?

When we think about a person with a drinking problem images come to our mind of a disheveled and intoxicated person who may have a noticeable odor of alcohol about...

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Antibiotics

Antibiotics are a class of drugs used to treat bacterial infections. Other compounds to kill germs have been discovered in the past, but many of them, such as mercury, were...

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What Are Prebiotics?

Probiotics are live bacteria strains that increase the population of beneficial bacteria in your digestive system. Prebiotics are a type of plant fibre that works as a food source for...

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NSAIDs, Proton Pump Inhibitors And Your Gut

Taking Non-Steroidal-Anti-Inflammatory-Drugs (NSAIDS) like Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Paracetamol, etc; damage the lining of the upper digestive system in particular, allowing partially digested foods, microbes and various toxins to enter the bloodstream....

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Stress Is A Nervous System Reaction

Does it feel like you are drowning in stress? You are not the only one!  Many aspects of life, including work, relationships, and financial concerns, can induce stress. And, when...

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Muscular Tension Is Common With Stress

Do you suffer with a sore lower back, tight neck and shoulders or have tension headaches regularly? What I’ve noticed is that many people I’ve seen with chronic illness of...

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Stress And Your Gut

Most patients I see in my practice eat under some kind of stressful situation, like a time constraint (during their lunch break in front of a screen), while watching the...

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Buteyko Breathing

The Buteyko breathing method is a strategy to retrain dysfunctional breathing based on the postulation that many disorders can result from an abnormal breathing pattern. To be more specific, disorders...

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12 Worst Foods With Irritable Bowel Syndrome

You'll get a lot of benefit from reading the content of this page of you suffer from IBS, Irritable Bowel Syndrome. These 12 foods are likely some of the most...

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Minerals

Minerals are elements found on earth and in foods that our bodies need to develop and function optimally. Minerals that are essential for health include calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, chloride,...

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Top 10 Drugs That Cause Violent Outbreaks

How legal drugs affect your mental state is a very important issue that is not getting the attention it deserves. In recent years, prescription rates for antidepressants and related drugs...

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Isotretinoin Side Effects

Isotretinoin side effects are very common, and sometimes the side effects can be devastating. It has been labeled as "one of the most dangerous drugs on the market". It is...

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Grapefruit And Medications

Grapefruit includes chemicals that may interfere with the absorption of some prescriptions, such as blood pressure and antidepressant medications. It has the potential to leave too much or too little...

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The Dangers of Prescription Pharmaceutical Drugs

Do you take a drug from your doctor long term to "cure" your illness? You may want to think twice, because your health may actually be in jeopardy! Your doctor...

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41 Percent Now Obese

So why are so many people overweight, why do so many men and women struggle in their quest to shed those love handles? There are many answers to these questions,...

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One In Four Obese

Do You Eat Junk Foods And Limit Activity? The number of obese men has almost doubled in the past decade, according to shocking figures showing the nation is getting fatter...

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Weight Loss And The Low Carb Approach

Weight Loss And The Low Carb Approach ebak June 1, 2014 The Dr. Atkins Weight Loss Approach People always ask Naturopaths the same old question: “Should I be on a high...

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Fat Burning And Weight Maintenance Tips

This is a good page for those who want to lose weight naturally. Have you struggled with your weight and found it hard not just to lose weight, but to...

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Urinary Tract Infection

Is it possible to effectively treat urinary tract infection naturally without having to resort to antibiotics? We will cover these questions and more in the interesting and most comprehensive article...

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Kidney Stones

You only get one set of kidneys. It is important to take care of your important organs such as the kidney system which plays an important role in maintaining your...

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Thyroid and Selenium

Selenium is critical when it comes to your thyroid's health and well-being. Research was conducted in the year 2000 and an interesting article was published in British medical journal called...

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Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism is a common, treatable disorder that currently is poorly managed by Western medicine with the current drug-based approach. Over the many years of practice, I have seen many hundreds...

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Overactive Adrenals Lead To Insomnia

Scientists have found increased blood levels of stress hormones in people with chronic insomnia, suggesting that these individuals suffer from sustained, round-the-clock activation of the body’s system for responding to...

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Insomnia

Do you suffer from insomnia, how are you sleeping? Depression is common in many with those with sleeping issues, some who are constantly fatigued or tired during the day, others...

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Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is the most common metabolic bone disease. One in four women and one in eight men over the age of 50 of Caucasian or Asian descent will eventually develop...

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Mood Food

A nutritious diet not only helps you lose weight and remain healthy, but it can also help you avoid mood disorders like anxiety and depression symptoms. A diversified diet rich...

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The Dirty Truth about Krill Oil

The Dirty Truth Krill Oil Promoters Don’t Want You to Know What’s important for you to understand is that krill oil is very cheap to harvest. It’s cheap because it is...

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Snake Oil Salesmen

Those Snake Oil Sales Guys Were On To Something… Maybe snake oil does have a real therapeutic use after all. It may even be beneficial for heart disease, depression and more....

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Anti-Aging Benefits Of Antioxidants

Antioxidants Slow Ageing The quality of your life depends a great deal on the quality of your diet, and in particular, the health giving qualities of the foods you consume....

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What Are Flavonoids?

Flavonoids Explained Flavonoids are a group of plant compounds that we usually obtain from our diet as part of the vegetables and fruit we eat. These flavonoids are very important for...

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What is an Antioxidant?

Antioxidants and Oxidative Stress Antioxidants – everybody has probably heard of this term. But what does it mean? You may have heard awhile ago about the health benefits of antioxidants,...

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Psoriasis

Psoriasis comes from the Greek word psora, meaning fine bran like scaling. Psoriasis afflicts 1% – 4% of the general population, and is a type of chronic skin condition where...

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Eczema

Eczema (also known as atopic dermatitis) is a skin condition that causes dry, red, itchy, and rough skin. It's one of numerous varieties of dermatitis. The skin barrier function is...

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Acne

Acne or pimples, is the term which is commonly used for inflammation of the sebaceous glands of the skin. The sebaceous glands are the glands on the skin which produce...

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Men’s Health – From 20 to 50 and Beyond

Guys, does it not make sense to maintain health and wellness, your most valuable asset, rather than manage sickness as you age? It makes sense for men to look and...

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Brain Waves

Brain waves are at the very heart of communication between neurons (also called neurones or nerve cells) within your brain, they are the root of all your thoughts, behaviours and...

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Your Memory

Memory is the mental capacity that encodes, stores, and retrieves data or information when needed. It is the process of retaining information over time in order to influence future behaviour....

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Infertility

Even though doctors have known for a long time that infertility is a medical problem, people who have it still tend to feel ashamed and keep it a secret. This...

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Male Infertility

Did you know that the quality of men's sperm in many Western countries has dropped more than 50% in the past twenty years? – this represents the most dramatic drop...

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Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration results in visual loss in the centre of the field. The retinal centre deteriorates in dry macular degeneration. Leaky blood vessels form behind the retina in wet macular...

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Cataracts

Did you know that cataracts account for 51 percent of the blindness globally? Cataracts are the clouding of the typically clear lens of your eye. The majority of cataracts form...

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Black Mold

Prague was the location where scientists first discovered Stachybotrys chartarum in 1837, most popularly referred to as "black mould." Mold was found to be growing on an interior wall of...

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Plastic Waste

Plastic pollution has becoming a major environmental issue as the world's ability to cope with it grows. Garbage collection systems are generally ineffective or non-existent in developing Asian and African...

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Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative colitis is an auto-immune disease that causes inflammation in the colon. Symptoms can be persistent or intermittent, but typically include diarrhoea, several motions daily, weight loss, abdominal cramping and...

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The Intestinal Flora and Probiotics

Probiotics Improve Digestive Health Why probiotics, why would you want to ensure you have beneficial bacteria in your digestive tract?Let me explain some concepts you may or may not be...

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Leaky Gut Syndrome

Leaky gut syndrome (LGS) describes a condition of altered or damaged small intestine lining, caused by antibiotics, toxins, poor diet, parasites or infection, that can lead to increased permeability of...

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Helicobacter Pylori

Do you suffer from heartburn, reflux or burping? Do you rely most days on a medicine to help settle your stomach? Is your stomach like this? Do you experience flatus,...

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Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids are swollen and inflamed veins in the rectum or anus, they are also known as piles. Many of the most common symptoms are around the anal area, causing discomfort,...

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Gallbladder Cleanse

A gallbladder cleanse is a particular protocol, including diet, aimed to prevent gallstones or to address gallstones that have already formed. Gallbladder cleansing is also known as a liver and...

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Gallstones

The gallbladder is a small organ in the upper right side of your belly, just beneath the liver. It's a soft pouch that holds bile, a yellow-green liquid that helps...

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Celiac Disease Treatment

When celiac disease sufferers consume gluten (a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley), their bodies launch an immunological reaction that slowly can destroy the small intestine. The villi, little...

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Constipation

Having problems "going"? Despite the fact that constipation seems to be quite common, some people suffer from chronic constipation, which can make it difficult for them to carry out their...

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Campylobacter

Food poisoning is a common and distressing problem for many people around the world today. People infected with food borne organisms may be symptom-free or may develop symptoms ranging from...

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Mouth Ulcers

We also known mouth ulcers as canker sores. They are tiny, painful lesions that occur in the mouth or at the base of the gums. They can make eating, drinking,...

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Detox Side Effects

One of the most common side effects of a detox is a mild dull headache within the first few days of starting the detox diet, often due to caffeine withdrawal. For...

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What is Detox?

Detox, short for detoxification, is the body’s natural, ongoing process of neutralising or eliminating toxins from the body. Toxins (anything that can potentially harm body tissue) are transformed chemically to...

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Conventional Medicine Does Not Recognise Detox As Valid

Don’t expect much support from you medical doctor when you mention the word “detox”, unless your GP has been trained in detoxification and/or nutritional medicine such as the AIMA course (Australasian...

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Handy Detox Hints and Tips

Some Important And Handy Detox Hints And Tips: Do not over-eat on a detox! Eat less, not more, eat more slowly and concentrate on smaller portion sizes. Use smaller dinner...

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Detox is a Powerful Blitz to your Health if Done Well.

I highly recommend a detox once per year for best effect. During this period, you can eat all you want but the selection of food is quite important  It is...

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Sinusitis Treatment

Treatment for acute sinusitis is mainly limited to symptom alleviation using pain relievers, warm compress, and nasal saline rinses. Some may have you believe that antibiotics may be necessary for...

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Sinusitis

This article will focus on both acute and chronic sinusitis causes, signs and symptoms. In part 2, you'll be able to read all about sinusitis treatment. How many people do...

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Auto-Immune Disorders – Causes & Natural Solutions

This article will continue with auto-immune conditions but look at little more closely at some of the primary causes and offer some solutions as to the prevention and treatment of...

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Autoimmune Disease

Auto-immune conditions constitute a large group of diseases which basically have their origin in faulty immune function. Your immune system is a very complex network of cells and cell components...

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Immune System

The human immune system is a magnificent and well-coordinated network of cells, organs, glands, and physiological processes. Nearly every cell, organ and tissue in the body is involved either directly...

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Statin Drugs Side Effects

The most common statin adverse effects include nausea, vomiting, and muscle and joint aches and pains. Constipation, gas, or diarrhoea may also be present. The majority of people can take...

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Worried About Heart Disease? Try Stress Management

A 5-year study of men with heart disease showed that those who went through 4 months of stress management training were less likely to need a heart procedure such as...

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Stroke

A stroke is a very serious condition that requires urgent medical care. Stroke symptoms include difficulty walking, speaking, and understanding, as well as facial paralysis or numbness. Early treatment with...

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Homocysteine

Have You Ever Had Your Homocysteine Levels Checked ? Homocysteine is a normal and unavoidable by-product of the breakdown of the essential amino acid methionine within the body. It is...

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Lowering Cholesterol – Statin Drugs and Side Effects

High Cholesterol Scam: Are We Being Conned? An Interview with Uffe Ravnskov MD, PhD.  November 2009 Dr. Ravnskov is an expert in cholesterol metabolism and believes the cholesterol lowering hypothesis...

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Cholesterol Lowering

While cholesterol is a molecule, what it's bound to while circulating through your blood is more crucial to know than how much of it there is in total. The amount...

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Natural Treatment For High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is a potentially fatal disorder that damages the heart. It affects one out of every three Americans and one billion individuals worldwide. High blood pressure, if uncontrolled,...

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High Blood Pressure – Statistics, Drug Treatments and Causes

High blood pressure is one of the most serious of health problems; frequent symptoms such as mild headaches, dizziness, a sensation of dullness and difficulty thinking often go ignored. Some...

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Blood Tests For Heart Disease

There are many different kinds of blood tests you can do to assess the state of your heart and circulatory system. Has your doctor informed you of the availability of...

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How To Avoid Cancer

The following cancer tips were mentioned at the Holistic Cancer Congress New Zealand in Auckland, in March/April 2012. You will find many good ideas in this article, just follow as...

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Childhood Cancer

According to the NZ Child Cancer Foundation, each week on average in New Zealand four children and teenagers are diagnosed with cancer. If you live in America or the UK,...

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Nutritional Supplements For Cancer Patients

Some vitamins or minerals could interfere with how well cancer drugs work. Antioxidant supplements such as co enzyme Q10, selenium and the vitamins A, C and E can help to...

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Herbs For Cancer

With cancer, there is a tendency for many people to believe that all natural medicines and herbal medicines are harmless, whilst the general medical consensus is that it is very...

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Cancer Diet

Everyone with a chronic condition, even if it isn't cancer, should eat protein, good fats, whole grains and nutrients, if they wish to remain in good health. If possible, make...

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Cancer Prevention Better Than Cure

Cancer will soon be the top cause of mortality in the US. It will likely be the leading cause of mortality this century. This is the first time in history...

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Asthma Treatment

 Asthma Treatment Plan Asthma and the Buteyko method go hand in hand. Welcome back to part 2 in the asthma series. In Asthma part 1  we looked at some of the...

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Asthma – Causes and Conventional Treatment

I have wanted to write on asthma for some time now and share my views on this all too common diagnosis. Unfortunately there are still quite a few people out...

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Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an auto-immune disease in which the body's immune system attacks it's own tissue, particularly the joints such as ligament, tendons, muscle, are attacked and become stiff and...

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Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis. It is a degenerative disease affecting the whole joint, and any joint can be affected but OA most commonly affects the...

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Gout

Gout is a type of arthritis marked by extreme joint pain, redness, and tenderness. Gout is caused when too much uric acid crystallises and accumulates in the joints, it causes...

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Natural Treatment For Depression

Overcoming a chronic health condition like depression is usually a matter of integrating key natural therapies into a treatment program that feels right for you. There are no “quick fixes”...

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Antidepressant Drugs No Better Than Placebo

Why Bother Taking Antidepressants? It appears that the antidepressant drug you may be taking is probably no more effective than taking a sugar pill. A recent “meta-analysis” (a big study...

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Postpartum Depression

After giving birth, the 'baby blues' is a brief period of feeling down, emotional, and crying. It only lasts around two weeks after giving birth. It is perfectly normal to...

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Negative Thinking

Thinking negatively can be a contributing factor in a variety of health issues, including social anxiety, depression, stress, and low self-esteem. The first step in altering your negative thinking patterns...

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Meditation

When we meditate, we bring far-reaching and long-lasting benefits into our lives. These benefits include lowering our stress levels, becoming more aware of our discomfort, improving our ability to connect...

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Anxiety

Anxiety is a common occurrence in life. Many people are concerned about their health, finances, or family issues. Anxiety disorders, on the other hand, are more than just transitory anxiety...

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Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a brain and spinal cord illness that can be devastating (central nervous system). MS causes communication issues between the brain and the rest of the body...

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Basic Healthy Lifestyle Habits

Most of us desire to live long, happy, prosperous, and healthy lives. Unfortunately, in our quest for achievement, we frequently sacrifice our health and end up with a variety of...

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10 Things To Look For When Visiting Your Naturopath

Have You Seen A Natural Healthcare Professional? Many patients we see as naturopaths have seen been coming to natural healthcare professionals before, some for many years, but many others are...

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Holidays Are Hard On Your Gut

Holiday Food And Fun Can Be Hazardous To Health Ease maladies like indigestion and hangovers with natural medicine. I’ve think it would be interesting to take a poll to see...

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5 Signs Of Health And Longevity

We sometimes think of those that are truly healthy are those that are ‘super-fit’, or perhaps ‘eat everything organic’, or the slimming and beauty culture. In fact, good health can...

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Dental Diseases

Dental research has shown that inflammation of the jawbone can act as a seeding ground for a host of health problems including lethargy, poor concentration, irritability, poor sleep patterns, lower...

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Love Your Disease

The process of healing oneself involves enquiry. The underlying mental health problems that led to the development of your disease and that are now keeping it going can be deduced...

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Addicted To Wine

Is it unhealthy to drink a bottle of wine every day? Researchers agree that consuming wine in moderation is not harmful to your health, despite the fact that opinions on...

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Do You Think When You Drink?

Some people see alcohol as a harmless drink that may be consumed on a regular basis or on occasion and enjoyed in the company of others during social gatherings. However,...

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Caffeine -Tea And Green Tea & Caffeine Detox

Ever Considered A Caffeine Detox? When I engage patients in a detox program, I like them to gradually cut out ALL caffeine over a one week period, and this includes...

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Caffeine – Coffee And Health

Is Caffeine Good Or Bad? Now that designer coffee, hip caffeinated energy drinks and exotically flavored teas are quickly becoming the hallmarks of urban consumerism, the downside of increasing caffeine...

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Childhood Stress Increases Inflammatory Proteins

Do you have or know of kids that live in an abusive or high risk environment? Interesting new research has found a link between high childhood stress and elevated levels...

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Calming Herbal Medicines and Kids

When it comes to calming kids, there’s no doubt that effective herbal medicines exist. I have four children and use herbs and homeopathic medicines frequently at home as well as...

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Children Need Weight Loss Too

When I was a kid at school in the 60's, every classroom had at least one overweight kid. About half of kids in classrooms today are considered overweight or obese. In...

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Childhood Immunity

What can I do to help strengthen the immune system of my child? Provide them with a balanced diet. Check to see that they are getting enough rest. Get them...

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Autism

Autism spectrum disorder, also known as ASD, is a form of developmental disability that is brought on by changes in the brain. People who have autism spectrum disorder (ASD) frequently...

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Do You Have Children?

Many parents today prefer a less drug based treatment approach for their children, and can recognise the safe natural medicine treatments when it comes to many conditions affecting the younger...

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Khalil Gibran (1883 – 1931)

Poem about Children “Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, And though...

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Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer's disease is a degenerative neurologic condition in which the brain shrinks (atrophy) and brain cells die. Alzheimer's disease is the most frequent form of dementia, which is defined as...

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Food Allergies

A food allergy is one type of adverse food reaction that is mediated by the immune system. An adverse food reaction may comprise any symptom following the intake of a...

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Trauma affects all of us at some stage in life. The stress that follows from a traumatic event usually stays as ‘tension’ in the body that is not appreciable at...

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Managing Your Stress or Managing TO Stress?

Did you know chronic low-grade stress is far worse for your health than smoking a packet of cigarettes a day and drinking excessive alcohol? It is amazing how many patients...

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6 Things That Make You Happier

Few people would claim they wouldn't prefer to be happier, and it is simple to understand why. Happiness is a fantastic emotional and mental experience, so we would want to...

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Stressed During The Holidays?

Stressed During Christmas? The Christmas decorations are going up. Everyone is talking about presents and what they will be doing for the holidays. It’s that time of the year again....

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How To DE-Stress

During these stressful times, it is vitally important that you look after your health and the health of those around you. Stress intensifies the demands on your body, and it...

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Burnout

What exactly is burnout? Stress that is both extreme and chronic can lead to a condition known as burnout, which is characterised by mental, bodily, and emotional weariness. It manifests...

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Chemists More Stressed Than Doctors

Job satisfaction amongst surgeons, doctors and pharmacists varied according to gender, the relative amount of time spent in public practice and the perceived ill effects of work on health. Pharmacists...

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Eating For Fatigue

The Fatigue Diet is a specialised diet in that it focuses on specific foods to improve one's ability to deal with the effects of stress. Your adrenal glands are responsible...

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Adrenal Fatigue

Although you may be familiar with the term adrenal exhaustion, it should be noted that this is not the technically correct term to describe how it is typically applied in...

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Fatigue Syndrome

We're all exhausted sometimes. The reasons are typically clear: Too many late nights, too much work, a baby keeping you awake But prolonged weariness or exhaustion is not normal. I've...

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Children’s Health

We hear so much about teaching our children how to be critical thinkers, to be responsible, to respect themselves and to consider the long-term consequences of their actions. In what...

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Are Antibiotics Really Necessary?

We all get older, and as we do our risk of developing a chronic degenerative neurological disease increases. What can we do to reduce our risk factors? What can we...

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General Health

General Health is a large page covering many different articles, it represents mind/body health and more. Come back regularly for some very interesting information! Perhaps you have a topic which...

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Food Allergy

Do you have a food allergy or think you may have one? I have heard countless patients over the years tell me that they are suffering from some food allergy...

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Adrenal Fatigue and Stress

Fatigue is one of the biggest reasons people come to see us as naturopaths. The problem is, fatigue is seen as a “non-descriptive” complaint that so many people present to...

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