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Entries for March 2009

Did you know...   1. Kingsway Compounding has completed all the requirements necessary for full accreditation through the Professional Com...

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The current marketplace is flooded with different probiotic supplements, from probiotic drinks to powder, tablet and capsule forms, all of which claim...

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5-Methyltetrahydrofolate (5-MTHF) is the most active form of folic acid, the B group vitamin, also known generically as folate. Folate deficiencies have been linked with such health conditions as cancer, cardiovascular diseases and neurological abnormalities.

5-MTHF (together with vitamin B12) functions as a methyl group donor in a range of metabolic and nervous system processes, making it vital to numerous metabolic pathways in the body. 5-MTHF plays an essential role in methylation*, it enables the conversion of homocysteine to methionine, the production of serotonin and melatonin, and it is indirectly involved in the synthesis of DNA.
* = Please see our newsletter on Methylation for more information on this topic.

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The majority of people take months, even years to properly understand how methylation works and why a functioning methylation cycle is crucial to good health. Over one newsletter, I am hoping to explain what this biochemical pathway is all about and why it is so important... Wish me luck!

A formal explanation of methylation describes it as... “Reactions in our metabolism that involve the transfer of a methyl group (a carbon with three hydrogen’s attached) from one compound to another. These reactions are required for many of the most vital pathways in our metabolism. The building or repair of every cell in our bodies requires methylation.” (Cynthia Schneider, MD). This definition is great but unless you have a science background it will not help you to comprehend the importance of methylation and why it is so essential.

Methylation allows the body to take action against stressors in our environment, helping it to detoxify, adjust and rebuild. It is involved in many of our most vital bodily functions, by offering support and/or managing, such processes as:
1) Detoxification
2) Controlling inflammation
3) Maintaining DNA
4) Immune function
5) Energy production
6) Mood balancing.

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Mutaflor® is a probiotic (capsule), which contains a viable non-pathogenic strain of Escherichia coli (E coli), named Escherichia coli Nissle 1917. The therapeutic effects of Mutaflor® are strain specific and have been demonstrated by in-vitro and in-vivo experiments and clinical studies. E coli Nissle 1917 has demonstrated an ability to exert beneficial effects on various gastrointestinal disorders and is one of the most extensively studied probiotic strains of bacteria. It was first isolated in 1917 from the faeces of a soldier during the First World War, by a Professor Alfred Nissle. It had been noticed that this particular solider “in contrast to the large majority of his comarades, had suffered neither from dysentery nor from any other intestinal diseases”.

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ACNEM Training 8-11 August, Brisbane (1st Early Bird extended to 7 June)

Primary Course in Nutritional and Environmental Medicine 8-11 August, 4 days face-to-face

The ACNEM Primary Course in Nutritional and Environmental Medicine is a practical, evidence-based, foundation program in NEM for GPs and othergraduate health professionals.

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A few weeks ago I was delighted to stumble across an article in the Telegraph discussing Pyrrole disorder (Could You Have Pyrrole Disorder?). Pyrrole disorder is a relatively unknown genetic condition which affects over 10% of the population. The article is written through the eyes of a lady (Zannie) with a young daughter recently diagnosed with Pyrrole disorder. It outlines many of the struggles encountered daily by Zannie and her daughter, prior to receiving a diagnosis and treatment.

Back in 2009 I wrote a newsletter discussing Pyrrole disorder, a condition even back then we heard and saw a great deal of at Kingsway. It is very unfortunate that although Pyrrole disorder has been around for a number of years, most people are still not aware of it. So this month I would like to either attempt to spread the word (again) or just refresh your knowledge of Pyrrole disorder in the hope that people like Zannie and her daughter, will find a diagnosis and start to live a happier life.

The presence of pyrroluria can have a profound effect on a patient’s mental and physical health, as a consequence of the underlying nutritional deficiencies. Pyrrole disorder is characterised by the abnormal synthesis/metabolism of haemoglobin, which leads to the excretion of excessive amounts of zinc and vitamin B6 in their urine.

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Many people do not realise how important it is to maintain adequate levels of vitamin K. This fat soluble vitamin plays a vital role (as a cofactor) i...

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The incidence of childhood atopic disease in developed countries has increased dramatically over the past several decades. In Australia at present one in four children is affected. The exact reason(s) for this is still not completely understood. It may be linked to our environment, the food we are eating, changes in our lifestyle, genetics or a combination of these factors.

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Enzymes are specialised protein molecules found in all living cells. They accelerate and regulate all biochemical reactions that occur in the human body. An enzyme itself does not change during a reaction but acts as a catalyst by changing one compound (known as the “substrate”) into another (known as the “product”). Enzymes also play a key role in digestion. They break down proteins, carbohydrates and fats enabling us to benefit from the nutrients found in these foods, while removing the toxins. Enzymes turn the food we eat in energy.

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