Maria Augustyn - BLOG
Maria Augustyn - (Naturopath)
RSS Follow Become a Fan

Delivered by FeedBurner


Recent Posts

The amazing human brain
Annual check-ups can uncover some serious risk factors
Autism could be prevented
Multiple Sclerosis Management
Can I eat Bacon and be healthy?

Most Popular Posts

Drugs to lower cholesterol
Scurvy is back in Australia!
Anti-cancer curries
Low Cholesterol may cause depression
Outbreak of hepatitis: tomatoes blamed

Categories

BONES
Brain Health
CANCER
Children's Health
Dangerous Medical Drugs
Diabetes
Drawings
FUNNY
HEALTH CHECK - Tests
HEART
HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
Humorous
Interesting facts
Mental Health
National Heart Foundation - The "tick"
NUTRITION
OUTBREAKES
Pregnancy
RADIATION
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
VACCINES
Weight loss
Wild animals
powered by

Maria Augustyn - BLOG

NUTRITION

Annual check-ups can uncover some serious risk factors

Annual Check-Ups 
Can Uncover Some Serious Risk Factors


Introduction
I would like to share this story with you to inspire you to take charge of your own health today.

A 41 year old male was referred by his Doctor as a recent medical checkup had revealed an abnormal blood profile. The Medical Practitioner told the patient that if he could not normalize his cholesterol levels in four months, the patient would have to start taking medications to lower his cholesterol. His total cholesterol was 6.

Autism could be prevented

Bacteria in our gut and our brain's health

Many of you have completed or are undergoing a Detoxification Program.

The Integrated Detoxification Program is the most effective way of giving your body a thorough 'spring clean' and get you feeling fantastic again.
It helps you to remove toxin exposure through dietary and lifestyle changes; remove bad bacteria and waste from your digestive system; renew your digestive lining and the healthy bacteria that improves your digestive function; and releasing your body's toxins so they can be eliminated.

Multiple Sclerosis Management

How Holistic Treatment Can Help Manage Multiple Sclerosis
Multiplesclerosis (MS) is a chronic, inflammatory autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system (CNS). MS affects the myelin sheath that surrounds CNSneurons, causing gradual demyelination of neuronal axons throughout the brainand spinal cord. This demyelination results in impairment of motor, sensory andcognitive functions. There is no known cure for MS, but dietary andlifestyle changes, along with natural medicine, can help slow progression ofthe disease and ease symptoms, as this case demonstrates.

Alzheimer's vaccine

 
Alzheimer’s vaccine
Spanish scientists’ trial  work
 
On September the 21 World Alzheimer’s day was aiming to raise awareness about the most common form of dementia.
Around 36 million people are affected by the disease worldwide, a number which is expected to rise to more than 115 million by 2050.
For now there is no cure but Spanish scientists, who have been working on a vaccine, say they could soon start clinical trials on humans.
Researcher, Javier Jorba said: “Our system reacts and generates what we call antibodies that pick up the beta-amynoid protein, which causes the illness, and destroys them.

Lead exposure may affect 100,000 children

 
Lead exposure may affect 100,000 children
 
As many as 100,000 Australian babies and preschoolers mayhave blood lead levels that put them at risk of impaired brain development andbehavioural problems, according to the authors of a new analysis who sayAustralia’s threshold value should be urgently revised to one tenth of thecurrent standard.
 
Environmental health specialists led by Mark Taylor fromMacquarie University made the calculation by extrapolating exposure rates in USchildren to the Australian population of those aged from birth to four years.

CANCER - The Fear Word

The FEAR Word...
Cancer is a life altering experience for the person involved, as wellas their close family and friends. However, it doesn’t occur over night. Inreality, cancer is the manifestation of chronic disease that has beendeveloping over time, with many factors contributing to its onset andprogression. The good news is that there is a multitude of supportive andpreventative measures available that can help you transform fear intounderstanding and empowerment, leading to a happier, healthier state of wellbeing.

Age related liver disease: can you prevent it?

TREATING A RISING EPIDEMIC:
AGE-RELATED LIVER DISEASE

Very often I encourage my patients to follow a "Liver Detoxification Program".WARNING:
It has'serious' side effects: increased energy levels, improved immunity, less aches and pains, in one word: vitality.
The first time that you follow this program, it will take you from 6-8 weeks.
After that, if you have a healthy lifestyle, you will need to do it for only two weeks: "The Express Detox".
Here in this article you will find more reasons to consider having a Liver Detoxification once a year.

Omega 3 and Depression in the elderly

 
Omega 3 and Depression in the elderly
 
Recent observations showed that long chain omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acids could represent a potential treatment for elderly depression.  
A double-blind, placebo-controlled trial study was conducted over a two month period, in a Nursing Home in Pavia, Italy.
 
The study included 46 depressed females, aged 66-95 years old. The dosages given were 1.67 grams of EPA and 0.83 grams of DHA. The results after the 2 month period showed that the use of supplement essential fatty acids was helpful and significantly alleviated the symptoms of depression (assessed using the Geriatric Depression Scale).

Cancer treatments and prevention

Cancer
Facts
Cancer sufferers are taking doses of expensive and potentially toxic treatments that may be well in excess of what they need…”
“…because pharmaceutical companies were the only group who could afford to fund trials of expensive drugs, they had enormous control the scientific evidence that dictates how much should be used”
Dr. Ian Haines cites evidence that many of these new and expensive cancer drugs are just as effective when taken in smaller quantities and for a shorter time. He says “it would seem that pharmaceutical companies are attracted to studies looking at maximum-tolerated dose…”

Brain shaped by bacteria in the gut

The Neuroscience of the Gut
 
Strange but true: the brain is shaped by bacteria in the digestive tract

People may advise you to listen to your gut instincts: now research suggests that your gut may have more impact on your thoughts than you ever realised. Scientists from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden and the Genome Institute of Singapore led by Sven Pettersson recently reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that normal gut flora, the bacteria that inhabit our intestines, have a significant impact on brain development and subsequent adult behaviour.

Low Cholesterol may cause depression

Are Cholesterol-Lowering Drug Regimens Causing Depression?
 
Low cholesterol is a risk factor for depression, according to integrative psychiatrist James Greenblatt, MD, of Waltham, MA. Speaking at the recent iMosaic conference, Dr. Greenblatt said there are 11 studies showing strong correlations between low total cholesterol and increased depression and suicidality.

The brain is the most cholesterol-rich organ, and cholesterol is a building block for many important hormones. This doesn’t mean that high cholesterol levels are healthy, but neither are levels that are too low.

Blueberries may inhibit obesity

Blueberrin
May Inhibit Development of Fat Cells
 
The benefits of blueberry consumption have been demonstrated in several nutrition studies, more specifically the cardio-protective benefits derived from their high polyphenol content. Blueberries have shown potential to have a positive effect on everything from ageing to metabolic syndrome. Recently, a researcher from Texas Woman’s University (TWU) in Denton, TX, examined whether blueberries could play a role in reducing one of the world’s greatest health challenges: obesity.

Anti-cancer curries

Curcumin compound boosts
head and neck cancer therapy
 
The May, 2011 issue of the American Medical Association journalArchives of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgerypublished the finding of researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center of a benefit for a derivative of curcumin, which occurs in the spice turmeric, in the treatment of head and
neck cancer with cisplatin, a platinum-based chemotherapeutic drug. The development of chemotherapy-resistant tumor cells is a major cause of treatment failure in head and neck cancer, resulting in relapse or metastasis.

Improve your memory effortlessly

Blueberries May Reverse
Age-Related Mental Decline
A new study with lab rats suggests that supplementing with blueberries for one month may slow and even reverse the decline in mental function associated with age.
Cognitive performance declines naturally with age, but new results published in Nutrition indicate that for elderly rats, one month's supplementation with blueberries was associated with an improvement in the memory scores, as measured in a maze.
In addition, data showed that two months of consuming the blueberry-enriched diet was associated with a prolongation of the benefits after the diet was stopped, and the performance of the aging rats was similar to that of younger rats.

Osteoporosis drugs: fractures and jaw rotting disease.

)Drug holiday advised for bisphosphonates
 
Patient using bisphophonates should be considered for a ‘drug holiday’ after five years to minimise the risk of femoral fractures, researchers say. A Canadian study inJAMAshows that older women using bisphosphonates for more than five years have a significant increased risk of subtrochanteric or femoral shaft fractures 
Michael Woodhead
6minutes
 
What are bisphosphonates?
Bisphosphonates are a relatively new family of non-hormonal medications, which have been proven to be effective in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis.

Menopause: the love deficiency disease.

When menopause is a disease
Menopause has never been a disease that needed to be treated until our 'modern' age. Additionally, primitive cultures of the world don’t even have a word to describe ‘menopause’. They view a woman that is not menstruating any more as a more powerful being, that possesses wisdom and knowledge, someone to be respected and revered.  
 
The medical establishment, generally speaking, considers a menopausal woman as a patient deficient in this or that drug. But, the drug will make you deficient in another drug, and the multiple uses of drugs create other states that are unknown and not even studied yet.

ADHD - Alternative to harmful drugs.

Elimination diet for ADHD
 
The study by Lidy Pelsser and colleagues (Feb 5, p 494)attempted to determine whether a restricted elimination diet is an effective treatment for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Although the design had some methodological strengths, a chain is only as strong as its weakest link.
Unfortunately, the study's design was severely flawed since none of the outcome assessments was blind to treatment status. The investigators should have included at least one objective, independent assessment of attention, impulsivity, or activity level.

Price rises hitting the poor

Price rises hitting diet of Manningham's poor
 
RISING produce prices are affecting the diet and health of Manningham’s low-income earners, local GPs and welfare workers say.
Manningham General Practice’s Dr Amitabh Ilango said he had already seen subtle signs of poor diets among patients in response to rising fruit and vegetable prices.
Dr Ilango said there was “no doubt” cases of malnutrition would increase if prices continued to rise. The Templestowe GP said in an effort to record the effect of tight budgets on his patients’ health, he had started asking them whether they were making healthy food cutbacks.

Alzheimer's...a form of brain diabetes.

Insulin: Predictor for Alzheimer’s?
 
Could Alzheimer’s be a form of diabetes? Brain levels of insulin and its related cellular receptors fall during the early stages of Alzheimer’s, and as insulin levels continue to drop, the disease becomes more severe. Now, doctors are looking at memory problems like Alzheimer’s disease as a form of brain starvation, and one doctor says glucose metabolism can be the key to helping prevent this deadly disease.

Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia.

High Blood Pressure and MSG in Chinese foods.

High BP? Hold the MSG
Consumption of monosodium glutamate may raise blood pressure, especially in women and in people taking antihypertensives, Australian and Chinese researchers have shown.
A prospective study of more than 1200 people in China found strong dose-related increases in both systolic and diastolic BP associated with MSG consumption.
Over a five year period, the average increase in BP was 4.5mmHg, but increases of almost 10mmHg were seen in people with higher intakes of MSG. A similar pattern, but with lower absolute increases, was  seen with diastolic BP.

Calcium supplements may cause heart infarction

Calcium supplements
increases risk or heart disease 
Fresh evidence has linked calcium supplements to an increased risk of cardiovascular events, reigniting safety concerns over their use.
 
A meta-analysis published today in theBMJ concludes that calcium supplementation – with or without vitamin D – increases the relative risk of MI (myocardial infarction) and stroke.

The authors said the relative risk increases were modest, at about 25-30% for MI and 15-20% for stroke, but could have a significant impact on a population level.

Persistent crying and later behavioural problems

Persistent crying linked to ADHD
 
Infants who have problems with persistent crying, sleeping and feeding are at higher risk of developing behavioural problems such as ADHD, a study suggests.
 
Swiss researchers analysed data from 22 studies involving almost 17,000 children and found that infants with previous regulatory problems were more likely to have behavioural problems as children than infants without regulatory problems.
 
The most significant association was found for persistent crying in infancy and the development of externalising problems and ADHD, say the  researchers in the

Vitamin D defficiency...is your baby at risk?

Are you vitamin D defficient?
 
Current guidelines to ensure adequacy of vitamin D levels in pregnancy are failing to prevent serious deficiencies in both mothers and infants, research suggests.
Screening of more than 300 pregnant women at Westmead Hospital in Sydney found moderate to severe vitamin D deficiency in 22% of Australian born women. Severe deficiency was especially common in dark skinned women, affecting 70% of African women, 44% of women from the Indian subcontinent and 22% of women with a Middle-East background.

Gluten Sensitivity Without Celiac Disease?

Gluten Sensitivity Without Celiac Disease?
 
A gluten-free diet might benefit selected patients with irritable bowel syndrome.

Some patients with symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), but no evidence of celiac disease, report gluten sensitivity. To determine whether these observations hold up under double-blind, placebo-controlled conditions, Australian researchers enrolled 34 adults in whom celiac disease had been ruled out by standard criteria but who reported intolerance to gluten-containing products.

Lack of fruit ’n’ veg linked to behaviour

Children's health
Lack of fruit ’n’ veg linked to behaviour
 
Children who don’t get enough fruit and vegetables are more than twice as likely to have behavioural problems, a Queensland study suggests.
The findings come from a survey of 500 Brisbane households in 2009, released this week by Queensland University of Technology’s Institute of Health.

Researchers found that one in four households goes without healthy food because of low income levels.

And children growing up in “food insecure” households, where fruit and vegetable consumption was lowest, had two-and-a-half times the rates of behavioural problems as food-secure houses.

Scurvy is back in Australia!

 
Scurvy is making a surprise comeback in Australia...
 
...an intensive care specialists say, after reporting a case in Brisbane.
(Scurvy is a condition that arises from the lack of Vitamin C).
In a report published this week in theInternal Medicine Journal, the specialists describe the case of a 56-year-old woman who presented with scurvy on a background of sepsis and arthritis.

She had recently undergone an uneventful total knee joint replacement, but returned to hospital 10 days later with septic shock.
Website Builder provided by  Vistaprint