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Peptic Matters

Peptic Matters

chamomile.jpgI remember many years ago  in my early naturopathic student days, one of my first ever patients, treated at the college’s student clinic, presented with the classic signs of peptic ulcer-experiencing a burning, gnawing pain in the stomach, commencing shortly after eating. Relieved to have made such a quick diagnosis, I immediately recommended that this poor patient drink a strong cup of Chamomile tea daily and roll around the floor immediately afterwards..needless to say, this patient did not return for a follow-up consultation!

While, as we shall see shortly, this rolling herbal tea method certainly would have helped, there are some far more effective and less physically demanding treatments for this painful condition of the upper gastrointestinal tract!

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H.Pylori and Probiotics

H.Pylori and Probiotics

probiotics.jpgHelicobacter pylori infection, is a common cause of peptic ulcer and indeed gastritis. It is also a risk factor for gastric malignancies. Antibiotics are normally prescribed to eradicate H.pylori infection, and are effective in about 90% of cases. Unfortunately antibiotics do cause side-effects such as nausea, thrush, abdominal discomfort and antibiotic resistance.

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Hyper Additives

Hyper Additives

food_colouring.jpgThere is much convincing observational and well substantiated clinical evidence that food additives, flavourings and colours can lead to hyperactivity. A randomized, double-blinded, placebo- controlled trial reported in Lancet 2007 has provided further proof of this undesirable relationship. In summary, the study found a strong case that food additives exacerbate hyperactive behaviours – inattention, impulsivity, and over excitability – in childhood. The study showed that adverse behaviours from additives was not restricted to children with ADHD, but could also be seen in the general population.

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Brown Rice is Very Nice

Brown Rice is Very Nice

brown_rice.jpgBiodynamic brown rice is a nutritionalist’s dream. Brown rice is a wholesome food which can meet our protein requirements quite adequately when combined in a variety of interesting and delicious ways. It has far more protein, calcium, B vitamins and iron than its pale, insipid, white counterpart, and also has the added benefit of containing vitamin E, found in the rice germ of whole brown rice, which is absent in white rice.

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Food is Medicine

Food is Medicine

food.jpg The plant kingdom is truly an ally and generous and giving friend. A recent report by the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) – noted in last month’s newsletter in relation to its findings of the link between processed meats and colorectal cancer – recommends eating mostly plant-derived foods.

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Basta Con La Stanchezza!

Basta Con La Stanchezza!

italian_revive.jpgYes that’s Italian for Revive…or thereabouts! Say Goodbye to Fatigue may be a more accurate translation, but I’m open to correction! As some may know, I went to Milan in September to publicise my first book Revive – How to Beat Fatigue Naturally which has been translated into Italian.

 

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More Good News for CoQ10!

More Good News for CoQ10!

Tinnitus and Coenzyme Q10

trout.jpgMany of you are aware of the beneficial effects of CoQ10 on energy production, blood pressure and cholesterol…not to mention its brilliant antioxidant properties.

Latest research now reveals another very therapeutic use for this supplement…tinnitus. And with an estimated 10–15% of the population suffering from this very stressful, annoying condition this is potentially very good news!

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