When does normal stress manifest into something more, like anxiety?

When does normal stress manifest into something more, like anxiety?

Anxiety is more than just feeling stressed or worried. While stress and anxious feelings are a common response to a situation where we feel under pressure, they usually pass once the stressful situation has passed, or ‘stressor’ is removed.

Anxiety is when these anxious feelings don’t go away – when they’re ongoing and happen without any particular reason or cause. It’s a serious condition that makes it hard to cope with daily life. Everyone feels anxious from time to time, but for someone experiencing anxiety, these feelings aren’t easily controlled.

In Australia, it’s estimated that 45 per cent of people will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime.… + Read More

Complimentary Medicine – Which supplements work?

You may have seen Four Corners program on Complementary Medicine. As always complimentary medicine didn’t do to tell. With the comment.. just creating expensive urine, once again being thrown around.

So what next? How are we going to arm consumers to make the right choices? How are we going to clean up the products available?

Like anything I believe you pay for what you get. Ditch the Google Dr and speak to someone who is trained in Complimentary Medicine and studied Nutrition, Naturopathy, Herbal Medicine and understands anatomy and physiology. Each product I choose to use is because of the scientific research and my own clinical experience, which has been shown to improve the health.… + Read More

Melbourne researchers believe they have made a breakthrough with ADHD

Researchers at Melbourne’s Swinburne University believe they have found a natural treatment which could help children suffering from ADHD.

In the clean, clear waters of New Zealand lies the green-lipped mussel, which contains anti-inflammatory and joint-protecting properties through the high amount of Omega-3 fatty acids found in them.

For some time, Melbourne researchers believed a supplement made from the mussels, marketed in Australia as Lyprinol, could also help children suffering from ADHD.

Natural treatment for ADHD
Natural treatment for ADHD

Swinburne University lead researcher Professor Con Stough said the team found a 34 percent improvement in bad behaviour at home, a 13 percent improvement in attention and a 10 percent improvement in hyperactivity.… + Read More

Complementary Medicines in Australia

“Swallowing It: How Australians are spending billions on unproven vitamins and supplements”. If any of you watched, it went as I expected, fairly negatively for complementary medicine.

Once again the efficacy and safety of Australian complementary medicines is being questioned through the media.  Many of you will have read or heard about the ABC’s Four Corners story airing tonight “Swallowing It: How Australians are spending billions on unproven vitamins and supplements”.  With phrases in the program promotions such as “What a lot of Australian families have is very expensive urine.”  I expected to hear the usual suggestions that there is no evidence for the benefits of complementary medicines and that their use may cause harm. … + Read More

Pregnancy: We’ve all heard about postnatal depression, but what about antenatal depression?

We all know and hear a lot about postnatal depression, but what about depression and anxiety during pregnancy?

Over the past two decades, most research on mothers’ mental health has focused on the time after childbirth. Only recently has attention turned to the issue of maternal mental health during pregnancy.

Our study involving 1500 first-time mothers suggests around one in ten mothers have clinically significant depressive symptoms in the first three months of pregnancy, and a similar proportion have severe anxiety symptoms.

Other studies measuring symptoms at later stages of pregnancy, or over a number of time points, indicate even higher proportions of women have clinically significant depressive and/or anxiety symptoms during pregnancy.… + Read More

Health Check: What is endometriosis?

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Health Check: are painful periods normal?

Endometriosis is a condition in which tissue similar to the lining the endometrium (womb), grows outside of the womb. It can grow on the ovaries, bowel, and in some rare cases has even been found outside of the pelvis such as the lungs. The hormones that trigger a period cause bleeding at these sites of implanted endometrial tissue, and this causes pain.

Endometriosis usually causes period pain to start earlier and last longer than what is commonly experienced with menstruation. Sometimes the pain doesn’t go away when the period ends. Women with endometriosis can describe pain at the the time of ovulation, or pain with sex.

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Health Check: periods – is pain normal?

The experience of having periods varies between women. They can be light and completely painless for some, but completely debilitating for others.

The majority of women experience some cramping for one to two days during their period, and this is normal. Teenage girls are also more likely to suffer from painful periods compared to adult women, particularly adult women who’ve had children. But painful periods in adolescence usually improve over time.

However, some women have period pain that isn’t easily managed and that requires them to take time off school or work. Pain to this extent is not normal, and needs to be investigated.… + Read More

Avocado fan’s go wild! Thanks to this clever sticker

We’ve adopted Paavola, Lamingtons, Lorde and Russel Crowe, and it looks like soon another winner from across the ditch we will claim as our own. Wait for it, avocado stickers to tell you when they are ripe, perfect for eating. Bernard Salt will be frothing over these!

A brilliant New Zealand company has developed stickers for avocados that tell you when they’re ripe for the eating. No more bruised squeezed brown mush.

Developed by Freshmax their stickers, with clearly marked colour codes to tell you if the avo is ‘not ripe’, ‘firm ripe’ or ‘soft ripe’.
Unfortunately, they’re not available in Australia – yet – but Freshmax Senior Marketing Strategist Matthew Crouch confirmed they aren’t too far off.… + Read More

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