Autoimmune

  • Food Allergy & Intolerance series of consultations will diagnoses food allergy or intolerance, teaches how to reduce & rotate foods, treats underlying causes & long term therapy retrains the immune system.

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    Placing you on a low reactive diet and oral food challenge and works to alleviate the symptoms of your allergy by improving digestion of food proteins and improving the metabolism of histamine.

    Series of consultations as follows:

    The initial consultation will prescribe a Low Reactive Diet; foods that are considered to be the lowest in reactivity, or the safest from a chemical load view.

    The second consultation will assist you to conduct an Oral Food Challenge (OFC) The OFC is or feeding test conducted in which the suspect food is eaten slowly, in gradually increasing amounts, under professional healthcare supervision.

    The third consultation will assist you in introduce other foods, with a focus on reducing and rotating the Top 8 as complete elimination only increases sensitivities. The other focus is in treating the underlying causes of food allergy Increased Intestinal Hyperpermeability, digestive enzyme insufficiency & bowel flora imbalance.

    Food allergy

    Food allergy is an immunological reaction involving the production of an antibody. Food allergy can be either Immediate (IgE mediated)

    or

    Delayed (non IgE mediated). Life threatening anaphylaxis to peanuts is an example.

    Food intolerance

    Food intolerance is a pharmacological reaction to compounds in foods, similar to the side effects when taking medication. For example, a person who gets headaches from eating cheese, is experiencing a side effect to vasoactive compounds in cheese & has food intolerance.

    The Food Allergy Food Allergy & Food Intolerance Test Plan;

    • Diagnoses food allergy or food intolerance using the gold standard of food allergy tests, the Oligoantigenic Diet or Low Reactive Diet and Oral Food Challenge.
    • Describes the Top 8 Food Allergens.
    • Teaches you how to reduce & rotate suspect foods & find healthy alternatives to common problem foods.
    • Treats the underlying causes of food allergy; Increased Intestinal Hyperpermeability or Leaky Gut Syndrome, digestive enzyme insufficiency & bowel flora imbalance.
    • Long term therapy retrains the immune system so that it does not overreact to food proteins. (due to the Hygeine Hypothesis).
    • Reinocculates bowel flora.


    For further details contact Carina Harkin BHSc.Acu.BHSc.Nat.BHSc.Hom. Cert IV TAE. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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  • A Naturopathic Consultation is holistic and assesses the physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual aspects of a person. For example from a Western Medical Perspective you may be medically diagnosed with hypothyroidism however, from a Naturopathic Medical Perspective your diagnosis might be;

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    • Decreased Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) due to "Functional Hypothyroid"
    • Poor breakdown of fats and increased visceral adiposity due to a "Sluggish Liver".
    • Excess cravings for carbohydrates due to “Insulin Resistance” and "Functional Hypoglycemia"
    • Long term stress leading to "Adrenal Exhaustion", cortisol spikes and resultant weight gain
    • Long term stress leading to “Nervous System Exhaustion” and emotional eating
    • Nutritional deficiencies of Iodine, EFAs, selenium
    • Excess Bioaccumulation of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) such as fluoride, aluminium and  BPA leading to a disruption of thyroid hormone production. 

    Thus

    Naturopathic Treatment Principles 

    • Tonify the thyroid to boost BMR
    • Improve insulin sensitivity
    • Balance blood sugar
    • Tonify the adrenal gland
    • Nourish the nervous system
    • Replace nutritional deficiencies
    • Treatment in the terms of dietary, lifestyle, supplement and herbal medicine recommendations are then derived from these treatment principles.

    Addtional Protocols

    Traditional Chinese Medicine

    As an Acupuncturist, I will also diagnose your Pattern of Disharmony according to Traditional Chinese Medicine. In obesity, it may be for example Cold Damp accumulation due to Spleen Qi and Yang Deficiency. I will prescribe Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine and Chinese Dietary Therapy to treat your Pattern of Disharmony. Rather than prescribing Chinese Herbal Patent Formulas, I specialise in preparing Traditional Chinese Herbal Formulations in organic 1:1 high practitioner strength extract form 

    Once I have confirmed a Naturopathic Diagnosis, I will then explain the Naturopathic Causes of your condition from a Naturopathic Perspective so that you will be motivated to remove these causes to the best of your ability and have a better chance for cure, depending also, on the strength of your Vital Force. As the "Stress-Less Naturopath" I tailor a Health Management Solution to suit your lifestyle.

    I am trained in pharmacology, herbal and supplement contraindications and drug/nutrient, drug/herb interactions. I can prescribe safely if you are pregnant and breastfeeding or on medication. As a Herbalist and Nutritionist I specialise in matching the pharmacological actions of drugs with natural alternatives using compounds found in food and herbs. I will always give dietary advice and assess your diet for nutritional deficiencies.

    Classical Homeopathy

    As a classical homeopath I may also prescribe what are described as your constitutional remedy, an acute lesional remedy or drainage remedy.

    What to expect during a Naturopathic consultation?

    At either a consult in person or an online consultation I will

    Discuss your presenting symptoms

    • Discuss any medications that you take to ensure that there are no drug/nutrient or drug/herb contraindications with proposed or current treatment
    • Discuss your past health history
    • Discuss your family history
    • Ask you questions about relevant body systems to gain a better understanding of your condition
    • Perform nail analysis and tongue and pulse diagnosis to asses for mineral deficiencies (For online consult you will need to email photo of tongue)
    • Perform Iridology (for online consult you will need to attach photo of left and right iris)
    • Take your blood pressure
    • May recommend blood or other tests
    • Explain the Naturopathic Causes of your health issues from a Naturopathic Medical Perspective
    • Provide a diagnosis from a Chinese Medical Perspective
    • Prescribe treatment in the terms of diet, (including Chinese dietary therapy), lifestyle, herbal medicine, homeopathy and supplements in the form of an email prescription.
    • Provide ongoing support through www.carahealth.com Online Naturopathic Health Resource and Consultant Services.
    • Face-to-face consultation includes acupuncture according to your Pattern of Disharmony.

    For further details contact Carina This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

     

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