Articles and Q&A's

March 2012

Staying Healthy, Inside Out

Eating is definitely one of the joys of life. This shouldn't have to change as we age, but our bodies and physiology are continually changing with time. Such changes mean that the internal machinery we’ve relied on all our lives to digest and process foods will likely change for the worse… but no need to fret! There are great ways to maintain and augment the health of your digestive system to ensure proper digestion and absorption of nutrients. We cannot stop the fact that, as we age, our tastebuds lose sensitivity, our digestive enzyme production decreases, our guts become more leaky, and diminishes in ability to absorb nutrients. We can, however, supplement the body with natural building blocks to maximize the digestive system’s regenerative potential.
February 2012

Healthy Nails

Q: My nails are thin, curved, and brittle. Can I restore them with natural medicines? A: Biotin and silica are the most important ingredients in supplements designed to promote healthy nails. A good natural source of silica can be found in Florasil which contains extracts of the horsetail plant.
February 2012

Gouty Arthritis

Gout is a common type of arthritis caused by elevated uric acid level in the blood. When uric acid crystals accumulate in a joint there will be inflammation and destruction of bone and cartilage. Redness is usually dramatic and pain is usually excruciating. The ball of the big toe is the commonest site. However, gout can also affect any joint of the limbs. Gout has a strong genetic relationship. It is a result of either over production or reduced excretion of uric acid. Uric acid comes from the metabolism of purines; hence foods with high purine contents should be avoided, such as anchovies, herring, sardines, mackerel, roe, shellfish, internal organs (brain, kidney, heart, liver, etc.), red meat, yeast, mushrooms, asparagus, legumes, peas, beans, broccoli and spinach. Alcohol and certain drugs may precipitate an attack by increasing uric acid production or reducing uric acid excretion.
January 2012

Jet Lag

Q: Can I use natural medicine instead of a sleeping pill for jet lag? A: Jet lag can be minimized by taking homeopathic Cocculus Indicus 30CH twice daily for two days before the flight and continue for 3 more days after the flight.
December 2011

Gluten Intolerance & Coeliac Disease

Coeliac Disease is a disease of the small intestine caused by extreme sensitivity to a group of proteins collectively called gluten that is found in wheat, barley, rye and oats. The sensitivity reaction causes atrophy of the villi (tiny projections on the mucus membrane required for efficient absorption). The normal absorption ability of the gut and intestinal motility are affected, resulting in weakness, anaemia, loose and greasy stool (steatorrhoea), weight loss, constipation, chronic diarrhoea, bloating, flatulence, and abdominal pain.
December 2011

Surviving your Holiday Dinner

Christmas is one of the most joyous times of year, with loved ones visiting, children laughing, choirs carolling, friends exchanging gifts, and the wonderful holiday food. The food. Mmm. The thought of stuffed turkey with fresh gravy, fresh baked bread and goodies, warm apple-pie with ice-cream... all of it makes our mouths salivate just at the thought! However, the aftermath of a delicious and abundant Christmas meal may involve undesirable feelings of bloatedness, gassiness, heartburn, cramps.
November 2011

Homeopathic Eyedrops

Q: Is there a natural eyedrop I can use for minor inflammation and irritation of the eyes? A: Oculoheel Eyedrop contains homeopathic forms of chamomilla and euphrasia. It is used for early infections, minor inflammations, dryness, irritation, and allergies.
November 2011

Innovations in Electro-Magnetic Therapies

Our body is made of numerous atoms. Each atom is made of electrons circulating around a nucleus. Electrons are negatively charged and the nucleus is positively charged. This system creates electro-magnetic forces radiating around the atom. Our body in turn is made of multiple systems of these electro-magnetic forces.
November 2011

Foil the Flu

We take for granted that the cold and flu season will just come and go; that we will get the chills and sniffles for a week and then things will be back to normal. That is such a grave misconception! Many people actually become debilitatingly ill, with the older adult population and patients with chronic diseases amongst those at highest risk of complications from the seasonal flu. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to prepare yourself properly in order to stay healthy this flu season.
November 2011

Inositol Hexaphosphate for Cancer Support

Of the many herbal and natural products that claim to be beneficial for cancer prevention, IP-6 is the only one that is discovered and researched by a member of the medical profession and it is the only one that has been proven effective through double blind studies in laboratory animals. Inostitol hexaphospate (IP-6, Phytate, Phytic Acid) is a substance naturally found in fibres, cereals and brans.
November 2011

Q: What is the role of homeopathic medicine in the prevention of the flu?

A: Homeopathics can be used to complement vaccination. A weekly dose of Influenzinum 9CH and a weekly dose of Thymuline 9CH for 5 weeks may enhance the protection. In fact such a regime is a good alternative for people who prefer not to be vaccinated.
October 2011

Hormone Balancing - The Next Level After Herbal Products

Hot flashes, insomnia, weight gain, mood swings, hair loss, stress, low sex drive, low energy, memory loss, bladder problems, vaginal dryness, PMS, heavy periods, and depression all could be caused by some sort of hormonal imbalance. Herbal products can work very well for lots of women that have hormonal problems but there are some women that find that herbs just aren’t able to provide the benefits that they were hoping. For some women they have worked at the beginning but then stopped working. For others the herbs have worked for some symptoms but not all of them. These women may benefit from bio-identical hormones.