Supporting different types of Arthritis
October 19, 2017
As we age people expect they will start to develop aches and pains, however all arthritis is not the same and may need to be managed differently.
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Urinary Tract Infections
June 12, 2017
A urinary tract infection, or UTI, can happen anywhere along the urinary tract and on average 1 in 4 women will suffer from UTI's in their lifetime.
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Irritable Bowel Syndrome
October 19, 2017
IBS seems quite generic diagnosis for any gastric disorder with no obvious solution…
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Perimenopause to Menopause
October 19, 2017
For many women hormones can start to fluctuate in their late 30’s through to their 40’s…
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Insomnia and Stress
October 19, 2017
Lack of sleep can make you feel tired, grumpy, short tempered and unable to think.
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Combating spring allergies
October 10, 2016
There are ways to lessen those Spring allergies without resorting to antihistamines...
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Are you tired of being tired?
February 24, 2016
If we don’t manage stress we eventually burn out and are left with adrenal fatigue...
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The Secrets of Stress
November 8, 2014
Stress is the secret cause behind many of our health problems, literally ruining some people’s health and lives...
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Time to Detox?
January 20, 2016
Apart from Christmas, birthdays etc, when many of us know we have overdone it, most of are not aware of when we need to detox...
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DNA Profiling Tests
June 12, 2017
Personalised genetic profiling offers an insight in to how your body responds to diet, nutrition, exercise and lifestyle at a cellular level.
DNA Profiling Tests
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Corporate Wellness
June 12, 2017
I have spent many years in the corporate world dealing with stress and keeping a work/life balance. Now as a naturopath I enthusiastically work with Corporate Wellness.
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Metagenics Detox
June 12, 2017
Metagenics' natural detoxification program can rapidly improve the state of your health.
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Allergy Hair Tests
June 12, 2017
This test is great for identifying food and non-food related allergies.
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Health/History Wellbeing Questionnaire
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Mood and Stress Questionnaire
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Conditions
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Supporting different types of Arthritis
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Irritable Bowel Syndrome
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Perimenopause to Menopause
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Urinary Tract Infections
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Blog and Articles
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Can I Get Off the Meds?
July 13, 2016
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Combating spring allergies
October 10, 2016
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The Secrets of Stress
November 8, 2014
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Time to Detox?
January 20, 2016
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Boosting Winter Immunity
June 29, 2016
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Menopause
September 18, 2016
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Are you tired of being tired?
February 24, 2016
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Iodine - Running your Metabolism
November 9, 2016
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Tests and Services
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Genetic Profiling for Personalised Health
DNA Profiling Tests
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Metagenics Detox Programme
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Corporate Wellness and Services
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Allergy Hair Tests
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Questionnaires
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Health/History Wellbeing Questionnaire
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Mood and Stress Questionnaire
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Can I get off the meds?
Breaking the Vicious Cycle
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Breaking the Vicious Cycle
We don’t call it holistic medicine for nothing, as the idea is to look at the person as a whole and not just at their symptoms. What I would like to offer you is an overall strategic approach that I have used to get clients off their prescription medication and back to good health. It is worth noting here that I have never taken anyone off their medications, they have chosen to do this themselves or have been recommended to stop by their specialist.

Below is a diagram that I have constructed to explain how I see the vicious cycle that needs to be broken. I have explained each box in the text below.

Initial Trigger – as you are all well aware no one is100% sure of what triggers IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) in the first place.  There are however many recognised antagonist that can start triggering the worsening of the condition such as food allergies, stress, non-beneficial bacterial overgrowth.

With treatment we aim to work to remove triggers at this level from starting a cycle of further damage.

Inflammation – So this is the start of the cycle and is of course the main problem with IBD (I guess this is obvious from the title).  Inflammation in the walls of the digestive tract leads to pain, malabsorption of nutrients and poor osmosis so water stays in the digestive system causing diarrhoea.

It also causes damage to the tissues in the mucosal lining. The digestive system contains 70% of the immune system and provides a physical barrier against the outside world.

It is selectively permeable, which means that only small particles of food and water should be able to pass through the walls.

If inflammation damages the walls it means that larger particles of food and other substances that would normally not get through, are able to pass into the blood stream.

The damage to the walls is commonly known as “Leaky Gut”. When the substances that should not be in the blood stream are found by the immune system, which is on surveillance all the time, it mounts an attack on them. This is where antibodies may be created to new foods or substances.

Eventually if the problem goes unchecked over time the immune system becomes over alert and starts to attack the digestive tissues. This of course causes more inflammation and more leaky gut; hence the vicious cycle.

Strategy Therefore key strategy is simply to:

  • Work with clients to identify which triggers may be contributing to the cycle and remove them eg. allergic or intolerant foods, candida.‍
  • ‍Reduce inflammation to prevent further damage to the digestive system.  There are many anti-inflammatory foods, supplements and herbs that can be employed here.
  • ‍‍Repair the digestive system and importantly restore the immunity to within the digestive tract. For example building up good bacteria, removing parasites, increasing IgA, which provide the first line of immune defence in the digestive system.
  • Balance immune response within the blood stream to stop it over reacting.  There are several supplements and herbs that help to balance immunity rather than suppressing it.

One person who followed this approach was Simon (pseudonym) who came to me after 5 years on immune suppressants. He still suffered from diarrhoea, pain and fatigue, but was able to maintain weight.

He is now 41 and was diagnosed and hospitalised with Crohn’s when he was 18. He was very vigilant with dietary changes removing his allergic foods. He also used digestive repair powders at the same time as taking high doses of fish oil and herbal anti-inflammatories. 

Coincidently he saw his specialist three weeks into treatment and he took him off the immune suppressant, which alarmed me as it was so soon. However there were no negative effects and treatment on high doses of supplements only lasted for 3 months.

He now just takes fish oil and has his herbal supplements in case of a flare up.

In summing up I will let Simon have the final words, which I think are very encouraging. 

“Through diet and naturopathic remedies, my disease has been in remission for over a year. My specialist could not believe after my last medical that there was no sign of Crohn's disease. He had to even double check with one of his colleagues as the probability was less that 1% to be in remission for anyone having the disease for over 20 years.” (Simon, 2009)

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I look forward to meeting you

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