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Virus Support

The Corona virus is causing a lot of concern in regards to what clinics are open for practice.

I would like to inform all my patients that I will remain open for practice unless a total lockdown is enforced.

Alternatively, I also offer a mobile or online service for those who cannot or prefer not to travel.

Naturopaths specialise in boosting and modulating the immune system and reducing the side effects of influenza, this includes patients presenting with upper and/or lower respiratory tract infections.

Please be reassured that I am here for you in this time for need.

I have included below a beautiful Garlic oxymel recipe. Take it as you would a cough syrup. It works a treat.

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Stay safe!

Garlic Oxymel
Dosage
• Take 1 tablespoon as need
Ingredients
• 30gm (approx. 10 cloves of pink garlic)
• 4gm fennel seeds (optional)
• 4gmcaraway seeds (optional)
• 100mL apple cider vinegar
• 40mL honey (manuka)
Method 1 – For a mild garlic taste and effect
• Gently warm seeds in apple cider vinegar for a few minutes – careful not to boil. Remove from heat
• Add the peeled and crushed garlic to warm apple cider vinegar mix
• Strain and add honey to thicken
• Store in jar in refrigerator
Method 2 – For a very strong garlic taste and effect
• Gently warm seeds in vinegar without boiling for a few minutes, then strain
• Add honey and warmth to combine
• Peel and crush garlic and place in jar
• Pour the warm honey and vinegar mixture over the garlic and steep
• Store in jar in refrigerator
Method 3 – Fermented for a strong effect
• Digest carraway and fennel seeds in vinegar for 7-14 days (use a clean glass jar: pasta sauce jar)
• Add crush garlic and leave for another day
• Strain herbs (optional) and warm on stove add melted honey and leave on very low heat until thickened
• Store in jar in refrigerator

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Immune Support and Protection with Vitamin C

Vitamin C – IMMUNE STIMULATION AND PROTECTION!

Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid) stimulates both sides of our immune systems – innate and adaptive. It stimulates
white blood cells which includes neutrophils and phagocytes. These two guys are the soldiers that patrol our bodies in search of enemies, including viruses to destroy them.
Additionally, supplemental vitamin C also increases antibody levels and protect the integrity of immune cells.

We cannot synthesise vitamin C so it is vital to obtain it through food or supplementation.

Food sources include:
Think C for CITRUS, this is an easy one to remember – oranges and grapefruits. Think B for BERRIES: cranberries, blueberries, blackberries and strawberries. Among the VEGIES, capsicum, broccoli and brussel sprouts are amongst the best sources. Cooking destroys vitamin C so always enjoy raw.
According to nutrition Australia, on average, we should be consuming at least 2 servings of fruit per day and preferably organic in order to avoid nasty herbicides and pesticides.

Supplemental form should contain several forms of ascorbic acid such as calcium ascorbate, ascorbyl palmate, sodium ascorbate or magnesium ascorbate.

Dosage will vary depending on the individual and medical history.
High dose can affect aluminium absorption and influence bowel motions.
High dose vitamin C should be avoided by people who struggle with kidney stones, gout, cirrhosis or renal acidosis.

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Does Eating Fat Scare You?

DOES EATING FAT SCARE YOU?
Do you avoid fats in your diet?
Do you buy skinny milk and low fat foods?

Eating fats is essential, you just have to eat the right fats!
Every cell in your body including your brain is surrounded in fat. Your cells cannot function adequately without fat. Fat soluble vitamins and phytochemicals need fats in order to be absorbed in the gut.

This stuff is important!

Some common signs of a fat deficiency are:
Dry brittle hair
Brittle nails
Dandruff
Cracked heels
“Chicken fat” arms
“Crocodile” skin
Poor moods
Vitamin deficiency
Frequent colds and flu’s
Fatigue
Just to name a few!

Eating a well balanced diet is important. Plants provide an abundance of nutrients (fats, vitamins and minerals) that your body needs to function on a daily basis.

What are you waiting for ?

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Coronavirus

Coronavirus update:

The current spread of coronavirus across several continents has the potential to elicit significant anxiety and worry amongst the general public. As health professionals, it is important that you know that we are equipped with the most up-to-date knowledge of this outbreak so that we are able to give a measured response with appropriate recommendations.

Whilst the trajectory of this outbreak is impossible to predict, and the situation is rapidly evolving, here is what we know so far about the current coronavirus outbreak.

Human coronaviruses (HCoVs) have long been considered inconsequential pathogens, causing the “common cold” in otherwise healthy people. However, the emergence of the SARS-CoV in the early 2000s and MERS-CoV in 2012 caused global epidemics with alarming morbidity and mortality.

The current outbreak is caused by a novel strain from the coronavirus family. This virus is so new that it does not yet have a name – it is currently being labelled by the WHO as the 2019 novel coronavirus or 2019-nCoV.

The virus is thought to have originated from a seafood market in Wuhan, a central Chinese city. Currently, all 5 confirmed cases of the virus in Australia are in individuals who have recently visited Wuhan with no human-human transmission occurring in Australia, although such cases are expected, and have occurred in China.

At this point in time, the virus has been responsible for approximately 130 deaths. In all of these cases, the individual has suffered from an underlying condition, was elderly or frail, and therefore had reduced ability to mount an appropriate immune response. Currently, there are no available effective medical treatments.

The main causes for concern relate to what is not known about the virus:
It is not known how virulent this strain of coronavirus is
It is not known how it is transmitted or how long it lives on surfaces; however, it thought that coming within a 1-metre radius of an infected person increases the likelihood of transmission
It is not known if the person is able to transmit the virus before symptoms appear
Thankfully, the 2019-nCoV appears to have a much lower fatality rate than previous coronavirus outbreaks such as SARS and MERS, or other deadly viral diseases such as Ebola. The current estimated fatality rate of the 2019-nCoV is approximately 2-3%. Individuals who have died from this coronavirus are individuals who would have been at similar risk from a common seasonal influenza, which helps to contextualise the lethality of this outbreak. However, it is possible that the virus could mutate and become more deadly.

For perspective, the mortality rate of SARS was 10%, MERS was 36%, whilst the Ebola virus killed half of all individuals infected.

Current recommendations to help prevent the spread of the virus are common-sense recommendations which are applicable to viruses such as influenza, and especially apply to people travelling or working in healthcare. The WHO recommendations include:
Regularly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
Cover your nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing with a tissue or flexed elbow. Avoid coughing into your hands. Throw the tissue into a closed bin
Avoid close contact with individuals who display cold and flu-like symptoms
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. A face mask may help you to remember to not touch your face
Avoid travel if you have a fever or a cough
Avoid travel if you are immunocompromised or have a chronic illness, or if you are regularly in close contact with individuals with such conditions
If you have a fever, cough or difficulty breathing, seek medical care early, and share your travel history with your health care provider; let your doctor know before you present to their clinic that you have respiratory symptoms so that you are not kept waiting with other patients
If you feel unwell during your travels, notify your travel crew
Eat only well-cooked food while travelling
Whilst we still do not know a lot about this virus, supporting our patients’ immune system during this outbreak – particularly for those planning to travel, healthcare workers or individuals who work in public spaces – is a prudent preventative approach.

BioMedica

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The succulent everyone needs in their garden!

Aloe : Aloe barbadensis

Although aloe is a tender succulent, you can grow it indoors on a warm sunny windowsill or greenhouse during winter. It is a very handy first aid remedy for cuts and skin abrasions – just slice a leaf horizontally and apply the clear gel that oozes out of the centre directly onto the wound.
Aloe gel has been shown to speed up healing time and encourage cellular repair in burns, minor wounds, psoriasis and the red, scaly, flaking skin of seborrheic dermatitis. It can help skin recover from sunburn and frostbite and is often used in beauty treatments as a skin softener. I will post a recipe soon.
Its astringent properties may also help tighten skin and minimise wrinkles. Caution: the clear gel from the inner leaves is different from the yellowish juice that comes from the tough outer edge of the leaves, which is known as aloes when it has solidified. Aloes can cause intestinal cramping, so don’t orally ingest the Aloes.