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Month: January 2016

An elderly man with severe dementia improves in healths after stopping antipsychotics

I recently heard of a elderly man who had been prescribed antipsychotic drugs to relieve his severe dementia. But after taking these drugs his condition worsened, he couldn’t sleep and he was aggressive. His memory had not improved and his family were terribly distressed from his worsening condition. Eventually it was decided that their father  would stop taking the antipsychotic drugs and try complementary medicine. Since stopping the antipsychotics  and taking substances derived from plants his condition has improved significantly. He still has dementia and all of the symptoms associated this destructive condition.  But overall he… Read more An elderly man with severe dementia improves in healths after stopping antipsychotics

A smartphone app proves when we change our eating patterns we can loose weight and improve sleep

The evidence exists to show that fad diets and the regular gym work-outs will not help you shed those undesirable kilos of belly fat and more importantly keep it off. There is much more to the science of weight loss and metabolism. Healthy food choices and regular physical activity are a must , but we have to make permanent changes to eating habits. The study below proves once again that the length of time between eating has a bearing on our metabolism. A study asked participants to record their eating… Read more A smartphone app proves when we change our eating patterns we can loose weight and improve sleep

Sleep Problems? What do you treat first ? Mind or body?

Here’s abstract on a study  I found last week. This is a great example of mind-body integration. Perhaps most of us know that constant worrying , suppressing negative emotions , being in toxic relationships and stressful work situations keep us a wake at night. But how many of us accept that  thoughts and feelings affect the body at a cellular level? It is more widely accepted now that inflammation is associated with depression. Research has found a correlation between elevated inflammatory markers and patients with depression. We don’t know whether inflammation can… Read more Sleep Problems? What do you treat first ? Mind or body?

How do you know if you have picked parasites overseas?

Here in Australia , you would be surprised how common parasitic infections are. Unwelcome guests such as Blastocystis hominis ,  Dentamoeba fragilis, Giardia  and Cryptospridium are often picked up during overseas travel, but they are also here too. Parasites like gardia and Blastocystis can be found in unhygienic environments such as untreated water sources and rivers. Other parasites like cryptospridium can be passed feces to oral route and from infected animals.  If you are not careful when a member of the family is infected the parasites  can quickly find a… Read more How do you know if you have picked parasites overseas?

In response to evidence that previous guidelines of Alcohol consumption increases incidence of bowel cancer the UK revises advice on weekly Alcohol consumption.

Recently Sally Davies the UK’s Chief Medical Officer issued new guidelines for alcohol consumption. The new guidelines recommend further reducing alcohol consumption to avoid increased risk of cancer, heart disease and overall risk of death. The new guidelines say that to reduce health risks, men and women should not drink more than 14 units of alcohol in a week, roughly the equivalent of seven glasses of wine, six pints of beer, or half a bottle of whiskey. Others called the new guidelines alarmist.“The chief medical officer has focused on small… Read more In response to evidence that previous guidelines of Alcohol consumption increases incidence of bowel cancer the UK revises advice on weekly Alcohol consumption.

‘Fat but fit’ may be a myth, researchers say

By Ariana Eunjung Cha One of the most controversial ideas in medical science today is whether people can really be fat and fit. That is, is weight in itself a marker of health – or simply a suggestion of a person’s physical fitness? A key study in this debate was published in 2012 by a team of researchers from the United States and Europe in the European Heart Journal. They argued that overweight and obese people were at no greater risk of heart disease or cancer as compared with those of… Read more ‘Fat but fit’ may be a myth, researchers say