Natural Parenting & Fertility, Life Extension, Performance Enhancement, Fluoride Removal
Prospective, Randomised Control Trial of Acupuncture for Select Common Conditions within the E.D. Emergency Department of The Northern Hospital, Epping, Melbourne, Australia to assess the potential of acupuncture to reduce waiting times, reduce pain and satisfy the desire of patients to see complementary medicine within mainstream healthcare.
Winter brings naturally virulent viruses
Rhinovirus (RV) is the most common virus in humans and the predominant cause of the common cold. In healthy individuals symptoms are usually mild and self-limited. Treatment is focused on symptomatic relief and prevention of person-to-person spread. Cough into your elbow. Coughing into your hands is so last century. Colds can, in susceptible individuals, lead to the more serious condition of flu so best bet is to nip a cold in the bud. Flu is caused by the influenza virus (ever mutating). Fever, exhaustion and serious complications are more usual in flu.
It is now winter
I would like to focus on some attention on an often underrated organ, or actually two organs, the kidneys. In Traditional Chinese Medicine TCM, the organ that corresponds to the season of winter is the kidneys. The paired kidneys are part of the urinary tract. The urinary tract also consists of ureters, (tubes that connect the kidney to the bladder), the bladder and the urethra, which connects the bladder to the outside.
Causes of a hangover
A hangover is caused by a combination of the toxic by-product of alcohol metabolism (acetaldehyde), hypoglycemia dehydration, & Vitamin A, B (particularly B6) and C depletion. The symptoms are usually a dry mouth, nausea, fatigue, dizziness and headache and are caused by a combination of these factors. Excess alcohol irritates the stomach lining. It also shuts down the production of anti-diuretic hormone, which in turn causes the excessive urination that leads to dehydration. Almost 2/3rds of our body weight is water weight. In fact our brain is 74% water. The symptoms of a hangover are due to dehydration of the brain and an irritated stomach lining, causing nausea and headache. As alcohol is a diuretic, it also causes us to wee out our water-soluble nutrients, the main ones being vitamin B complex, zinc, chromium and vitamin C which leaves us with very low blood sugar, hence fatigue.
Our cars are not the only things that are hard to start on a cold and frosty morning. For some of us it takes a while to get the old bones moving. Of course of late, we have been blessed with a spell of sunshine in the afternoon but none-the-less, some of us struggle with energy levels. There are many reasons why we may feel tired. It is important, as always, to see your doctor and eliminate any underlying disease. Sometimes however, there seems to be no explanation as to why our energy levels are low. Causes of fatigue that can be treated by natural medicine are poor digestion and absorption e.g. in Crohn's disease, coeliac disease), bowel flora imbalance, infections, adrenal exhaustion, blood sugar and hormonal imbalance. Visiting a doctor of complementary medicine can illuminate the cause and bring back that old spark.