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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

Health Check: what causes bloating?

Bloating the feeling of a full and swollen belly, is one of the most common complaints we hear about in medical practice from patients, with 10 to 30% of people experiencing bloating.

The term bloating is used by patients to describe a wide variety of abdominal sensations, usually associated with abdominal discomfort (feel like one’s going to burst) or tummy cramp. People suffering from bloating may also experience burping, diarrhoea, constipation, abdominal swelling and excessive passing of gas (flatulence).

If we are to understand bloating we need to look at some basic anatomy. The intestinal tract is made up of a hollow tube with a muscular wall.… + Read More

Tips on how to be a Smooth(ie) Operator – Smoothie

Smoothie Operator

Your guide to the perfect smoothie-Green alkaline smoothie with wheatgrass, raw organic elderberry super fruit with spirulina puree, coconut flesh and cold pressed ginseng, kale, and spinach activated almond milk with turmeric…  you got this, right?!?!?

Smoothies are serious business. Designer juice bars are all the rage, and social media pages are bursting with pictures of mason jars full of healthy, vibrant liquid goodness, garnished with a sprinkling of goji berries and a striped paper straw.

Don’t get snowed under by any smoothie-related confusion – below are all the things you need to know, to make a top-notch, whiz-bang blended brekkie.… + Read More

What goes up must come down.. understanding blood sugar

Hypo, how low can you go? Well very, and that’s a problem

Hypoglycemia occurs when your blood sugar (glucose) level falls too low.

During digestion, your body breaks down carbohydrates from foods into various sugar molecules (glucose). Glucose is absorbed into your bloodstream after you eat, but it can’t enter the cells of most of your tissues without the help of insulin — a hormone secreted by your pancreas.

When the level of glucose in your blood rises, it signals certain cells (beta cells) in your pancreas, to release insulin. The insulin, in turn, unlocks your cells so that glucose can enter and provide the fuel your cells need to function properly.… + Read More

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