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Big picture of probiotics

Probiotics are tiny, microorganisms which can provide many health benefits when administered in the right amounts.  There are many to choose from so let’s look at the big names.  Lactobacillus are any of a group of rod-shaped, gram-positive, non-spore-forming bacteria of the family Lactobacillaceae.  Lactobacillus are characterized by their ability to produce lactic acid as a by-product of glucose metabolism. Lactobacillus are used commercially during the production of sour milks, cheeses, and yoghurt, and they have an important role in the manufacture of fermented vegetables (pickles and sauerkraut), beverages (wine and juices), sourdough breads, and some sausages.  Lactobacillus are commensal inhabitants (ie microorganisms that live on one specific part of the body without causing disease) of animal and human gastrointestinal tracts, as well as the human mouth and the vagina. Lactobacilli are used in probiotic formulations to restore normal flora in the...

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Nailing CoVid 19 disease with early treatment

A lot has been written in the last 12 months about preventing or avoiding ‘THE VIRUS’  – social distance, hand washing, masking and vaccinations.  That’s all very well and good but what’s missing? What about early treatment and avoiding a hospital stay? I’ve seen very little in mainstream media about how we can self-treat the early stages of CoVid 19 disease.  Did you know that if treated 1-5 days after infection with nutraceutical agents (or in more severe cases anti-viral or anti-inflammatory medications), you can dramatically reduce viral replication giving yourself and our loved ones a much higher chance of a full-speed recovery. Research on specific botanical and nutraceutical agents indicate they may have a role in the pre-exposure and...

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Perimenopause - The great rollercoaster

Did you know that the symptoms many media, doctors, and most women commonly refer to as ‘Menopause’ are in fact those of Perimenopause?   So let’s get our terms straight. Menopause is the life phase that happens 12 months after your last period, and is usually when symptoms such as night sweats and insomnia will settle down.  It’s a time of low oestrogen and you should expect to be symptom free and happy during this period.  The average age of menopause in Australia and New Zealand is 51 Perimenopause on the other hand is the 10 or more years leading up to menopause.  It’s this time of much change in a woman’s body and can bring on all sorts of unpleasant...

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Pomegranate as ‘Art-ery’ Therapy

I find it interesting when I look at fruit, or slice it open. It's often remarkably like the internal body tissue it’s primed to support.  Is it not nature’s clever way of directing the traffic?  Omega 3s for example, which are known for their support of mental health are found in abundance in walnuts, which looks just like a brain. When I cut open a pomegranate I observe luscious drops of red pearls in two distinct chambers, separated by a soft, furry pith reminding me of little drops of blood moving around the left and right chambers of the heart.  It should be no great wonder then that research has identified that the simple pomegranate has an effective artery-clearing action...

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Silent Inflammation

Q? What do heart attack, stroke, cancer, diabetes, obesity, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, autoimmune disease, gastritis, fibrosis, rhinitis, sinusitis, asthma, arthritis, dermatitis, depression, ADD, dyslexia, schizophrenia and an army of diseases ending in the suffix, “itis”, have in common? A. Inflammation.   We need inflammation to survive. It’s the body’s response to trauma and injury to help repair itself. Without inflammation, infections would go unchecked and wounds would never heal. It is however when inflammation does not resolve the problem that it becomes a longer term issue. Acute inflammation occurs in response to an infection or injury. It is a life-saving process and generally short-lived and localised.  It resolves when the body removes the damaged cells and replaces them with...

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