Vitamin D the natural "D"rug

Written by Fred Walton

Vitamin D the Natural “D”rug.


Research published this week in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology shows that vitamin D can significantly improve symptoms in asthma sufferers.

Researchers from Kings College, London found that the 'sunshine' vitamin works better than steroids at reducing levels of a natural chemical in the body — called IL-17A — which aggravates symptoms in asthma sufferers.


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Fish oils and what to Look for ( oils aint oils)

Written by Fred Walton

The increasing awareness around the wide-ranging benefits of fish oil mean chances are either you or someone close to you is taking a fish oil product.

Their beneficial effects are widely accepted by both the  medical communities and complementary modalities alike and they are readily available to purchase in health food stores, pharmacies and even supermarkets.

Bearing this in mind, and the variance of price accross these retail areas you MUST pose the Question."are you getting precisely what you bargained for in terms of both efficacy and purity" when you purchase that mega-tub of fish oil from your local supermarket?


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Benefits of Remedial massage during Pregnancy

Written by Fred Walton

As a part of our clinc's many branches of care, we love to care for pregnant women during this special time.

Pregnancy massage helps you take valuable time out for yourself and connect with your body and your growing baby. It reduces swollen painful legs and feet, reduces muscle cramps and back pain and calms the nervous system, aiding comfortable sleep. We take great care  to use softer massage techniques in the first trimester and many women request firmer massage during the second and third trimester as the pelvis and spine start to move and shift.

A hormone called Relaxin is released which makes your joints looser in preparation for the hips to accommodate your growing baby.


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Treating Headaches with Acupuncture

Written by Fred Walton


Headache: can present in various forms,

  • pain behind the eyes,
  • pain on top of the head,
  • nuchal line pain as in at the back of the skull,
  • neck and shoulder pain radiating to the back of the head,
  • in the ear area and TMJ joint area,
  • face pain which can affect the teeth both upper and lower.

Dehydration headaches: generally occur at the back of the neck where the muscles of the neck attach to the skull.


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Using a Form Roller

Written by JoAnn Prior

What is a Foam Roller A foam roller is just a cylindrical piece of hard-celled foam, from 30 to 70cm’s long. And cost $25 and up.

Foam Rolling is a method of soft tissue mobilisation, and a form of self myofascial release (SMR) – basically self massage. Fascia is the soft tissue component of the connective tissue that provides support and protection for most structures within the human body, including muscle. This soft tissue can become restricted due to psychogenic disease, overuse, trauma, infectious agents, or inactivity, often resulting in pain, muscle tension, and corresponding diminished blood flow. Although fascia and its corresponding muscle are the main targets of myofascial release, other tissue may be affected as well, including other connective tissue.When the fascia becomes irritated, it becomes inflamed, leading to thickening of the connective tissues (fibrosis), which in turn causes reflexive muscle tension which leads to more inflammation.


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Herbs, The forgotten Medicine

Written by Fred Walton

Herbs the Forgotten Medicine

Herbs are among the most flavoursome and beneficial health ingredients to add to your shopping list. They are subtle yet incredibly versatile. You can use them as a garnish, make fresh pesto or simply add to a meal to add a serious flavour kick. Fresh Herbs added to salads can completely change the flavour to accompany different meats or fish, add them to salad dressings, sandwiches, soups, stews, oven-baked veges to accompany your Sunday roast and just about any meal you can think of. There are so many things you can do with herbs, and utilising these flavours in the kitchen will eliminate the need for just about every additive-ridden sugared sauce and seasoning mix you can tip from the supermarket shelf.
• Rather than opt for a pre-made salad dressing made with cheap vegetable oils, preservatives and artificial colours and flavours, why not make your own salad dressing with immune-boosting lemon juice, antioxidant-rich cold-pressed olive oil and your own choice of healing herbs? It’s simple touches like this that’ll really optimise your health and wellbeing. By replacing sugar-filled and often toxic, lifeless ingredients with fresh, wholesome, nutrient-rich foods you will take a huge burden off your detoxification systems while also boosting your immune system and supplying your body with an abundance of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients.
Fresh herbs are like nature’s form of delicious-tasting medicine. Unlike other vegetables, herbs are known for their particularly dense concentration of medicinal and nutritional properties. Eating more herbs, including dried herbs will make you feel cleansed from the inside out as they supply a surprising array of health benefits, ranging from calming your nerves through to settling your stomach.
Sage ( Salvia officianalis) From the word salvere which means to be saved.
Out of all the culinary herbs, Sage is perhaps the one offering the broadest range of medicinal uses. Sage has been recognised as being anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory anti-hypertensive, and it helps to detoxify and cleanse the blood and offers protection to the synapses in the brain which if not cared for can be the precursor to Alzheimer’s disease and depression
• The primary medicinal components of sage are its oils, flavonoids and rosmarinic acid, a polyphenol similar to caffeic acid. The oils found in sage have been shown in studies to act as an effective agent against salmonella and candida, and the presence of rosmarinic acid has been recorded as offering powerful anti-inflammatory effects, fighting conditions such as gingivitis and rheumatoid arthritis. Long used as a digestive aid, sage works well when combined with fattier meats, such as poultry and pork, and is known to lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels in people with type 2 diabetes, Very tasty when paired with other strongly flavoured herbs such as rosemary, oregano and thyme.
Thyme ( thymus valgarus)
• Thyme contain an essential oil called Thymol, it has antiseptic and anti fungal properties and has uplifting, earthy aroma due to its numerous healing benefits. Thyme has been noted as being a powerful antiseptic, digestive aid, immune system fortifier, parasite fighter, internal skin purifier and bacterial and fungal infection buster due to the content of phenolic antioxidants like lutein, luteolin and thymonin.
Thymol, the primary volatile oil constituent of thyme, contains well-documented health-supporting effects. AN exciting observation made by scientists reveals the capacity of thymol to significantly increase the presence of healthy fats in cell membranes of the brain, kidneys and heart.
• The minerals contained in thyme include High levels of magnesium potassium, iron, manganese and selenium.
• Vitamins include vitamin B6 the stress buster due to pyroxidine keeping up GABA (a beneficial neurotransmitter in the brain), Vit A, Vit C, Vit E
• Thyme is also exceptionally high in vitamin K. This makes it a brilliant herb for expectant mothers, as the presence of vitamin K helps to promote normal blood clotting in a newborn. Vitamin K is also necessary for building strong bones and preventing heart disease, and is a highly important adjunct to vitamin D. Thyme provides a delicious flavour and aromatic quality when added to pasta sauces, scrambled eggs, stocks and roast chicken, and as a freshly sprinkled garnish on fish and meat dishes.
Rosemary ( rosmarinus officianalis)
• Rosemary is one of the most delicious of the everyday kitchen herbs, its pungent, pine-like fragrance offers a priceless complement to chicken, lamb, pork, salmon and tuna dishes, as well Baked veges with your roast as well as soups and relishes.
• Rosemary is actually a member of the mint family and purveys properties that stimulate the immune system, it was traditionally used to help alleviate muscle pain, increase circulation, improve digestion and stimulate hair growth. It’s highly anti-inflammatory and an anti tumor agent, itis a wonderful concentration improver, having been shown in studies to increase blood flow to the head and brain. Rosemary is a good source of vitamin E and is bursting with antioxidants. It also contains significant amounts of folates, vitamins A and C, copper, magnesium, potassium, calcium and iron, which increases the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood.
• Rosemary also contains carnosic acid which helps fight off free radical damage in the brain. It also acts to protects against Macular degeneration.
Parsley ( petroselinium Crispum) Flat leaf simply add neapolitinum.
• Parley is rich in anti-oxidants,Vitamins, detoxifying and cleansing chlorophyll, vitamins K, C and A, plus folate. This common kitchen ingredient contains significant amounts of a property known as apigenin, which has been revealed in studies to block the formation of new blood vessels in tumours, thereby cutting off the supply of blood and nutrients and slowing or stopping their development.
• Parsley contains essential oils such as myristicin, limonene, eugenol and alpha-thujene.
• Parsley contains minerals such as potassium, calcium, manganese, iron and Magnesium.
• Parsley contains antioxidants such as Zea-xanthin, lutein, and cryptoxanthin, beta–carotene, Vit C and Vit E.
• To up your intake of these health benefits, include parsley in fresh vegie juices, finely chopped in salads, soups and sauces, and as an ingredient in homemade rubs for chicken, beef or lamb.
• Say goodbye to packaged seasonings — the real thing’s right here. Healing herbs are second to none when it comes to adding another level of deliciousness to your meal. And not only will they tantalise your tastebuds but they’ll revolutionise your health.
Oregano: (Oreganum Vulgare)
• Oregano is particularly used widely in Greek and Italian cuisines. Its leaves have a characteristic aromatic, warm, and slightly bitter taste. The intensity varies; however, good-quality oregano is so strong that it almost numbs the tongue.
• There are many varieties of oregano cultivated across Europe but the influence of climate, season, and soil on the composition of the essential oils is greater than the difference between various species. Origanum heracleoticum is another Greek variety that is having characteristic sharp scent and flavour.


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Help you and your gut stay healthy

Written by Fred Walton

Probiotics - Replenishing the Fragile Ecosystem That Makes You, You!

Life Inside You

Bacteria are critical for human survival, living both within
and on your body. It may sound unappealing, but having the
right types of bacteria in the right balance can help your body
function optimally. For every one human cell in your body, there
are ten bacterial cells; this means you are about 1% human and
99% bacteria! There are billions of different types of bacteria
in your body, all playing different roles to keep your health in
check. When these bacteria are out of balance, it can make
you susceptible to digestive symptoms and conditions, such as
irritable bowel syndrome (IBS); as well as having an impact on
immunity, allergies, metabolism, and skin health. Probiotics are
beneficial bacteria that can have positive effects on health. The
right probiotic can bring your body back into balance.


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HOW IMPORTANT IS ENOUGH SLEEP

Written by Fred Walton

Acupuncture,Chinese Medicine and Massage can help you sleep

Have you ever woken up and thought “DO I HAVE TO GET UP YET”
If you have you could be experiencing the first signs of sleep deprivation.
For every hour your body misses out on its required sleep quota, the body clock saves it up and says to itself, “THAT’S “X” NUMBER OF HOURS I NEED TO CATCH UP ON”!
Not only do you feel tired, the functions of the body that go on behind the scene are also affected.
It weakens the immune system, it has been tied to obesity, our thought and behavioural patterns are altered, it accelerates the pathways that develop cancer and heart disease and stroke due to high blood pressure.
So to help you decide whether you are sleep deprived or not there are several signs you can use as indicators.
1. You fall asleep as your head hits the pillow or in mid-sentence while having a discussion in bed with your partner. Considered a sleep disorder.
2. You are more hungry than usual.
3. Forgetfulness. Mmmm why did I come into this room???
4. Slurred speech or words simply don’t come out right.
5. Inability to concentrate for periods that should be a piece of cake!!!!
6. Catching everything that the Kids bring home from pre-school , and there is a myriad of those. Immune dis-function or immune suppression.
7. Petty arguments with your partner or children, researchers at Berkley Uni found that lack of sleep reduces ability to handle conflict.
8. Lack of clarity of thought or as it is often described "BRAIN FOG".
9. Waking with a headache or dull head each day.
I guess the next question you want answered is HOW MUCH SLEEP DO I NEED?
Research has shown that adults who get less than 7 hours sleep a night, whether for one night or over the course of days, weeks or months- have more difficulty concentrating and more mood problems than those who get 7 to 9 hours.
There is no MAGIC NUMBER and there are many variables. The figures above are a guide but all researchers seem to arrive at 7 hours as a minimum or you are a candidate for chronic sleep deprivation.
Having trouble sleeping??
Don’t hesitate to call us and allow our clinic to help with this often trying problem. Phone 0738783766 or BOOK ONLINE AT ACCESS2HEALTH.COM.AU. With Fred for Chinese Medicine Acupuncture,  for Massage Jo - Ann on 0425344471 or BOOK ONLINE.


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Top 5 things you can do to get the most out of your massage

Written by JoAnn Prior

Top 5 things you can do to get the most out of your massage.


1. Slow deep breaths into the side of the ribs / top of the lungs, this will help to relax you, and benefit the muscles to release under firm pressure. People often stop breathing, contract or strain, when they feel the pressure is to much. Never tell yourself you need to handle the pressure this will only lead to feeling anxious or a sensitive.


2. Don’t be afraid to discuss any apprehensions, concerns, or worries you have once the massage has started. Ask for areas you feel need the most amount to treatment time Your therapist is a professional dedicated to do their best to help you feel at ease at all times. Include feet and forehead to be included in the treatment. These areas carry a lot of tension.


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Why we Should Walk

Written by Fred Walton

Walking 

Walking is our most immediate and accessible form of exercise, yet it’s something we often gladly exchange for driving or even sitting still. You know the old saying why stand when you can sit! When we do walk, its value is often discounted and is not something we wholly embrace. Ancient Greek physician Hippocrates once said, “Walking is man’s best medicine”, so let’s find out why you should integrate it into your life.

Why walk?

When you are presented with so many exercise options and trends, walking often is left at the bottom of the pile. You might think, “Why should I walk when I can take up running or join the gym?” The answer is, walking makes your fitness goals simple and achievable.


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