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The Atopic Child

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…

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Alzheimer’s Disease (Part 2/2)

Alzeimer's Disease

This article is a continuation of the first article on Alzheimer’s disease (AD). In part one, we started to look at various natural measures, such as diet and nutritional supplementation, which have demonstrated promising results (relating to improved mental function) in the early stages of AD.* As mentioned in part one to this article, AD…

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5-Methyltetrahydrofolate (5-MTHF) is the most active form of folic acid

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. What Does 5-MTHF Do? 5-MTHF (together with vitamin B12) functions as a methyl group donor in a range of metabolic…

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Leaky Gut Syndrome

A syndrome associated with abnormal intestinal permeability; is commonly referred to as Leaky Gut Syndrome. Leaky Gut Syndrome is a condition that is seen when the walls of the small intestine are damaged. A healthy intestine allows only nutrients to pass into the bloodstream. However, when the gut wall is damaged, larger molecules such as…

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DIGESTIVE ENZYMES

Digestive Enzymes

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…

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ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE (PART 1/2)

Alzeimer's Disease

Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common form of dementia and is characterised by memory loss, difficulties with language, and motor and sensory functions. This is the first of two articles that will be discussing some of the various natural treatments for Alzheimer’s disease (AD). As the disease progresses changes in mood and behaviour increase. It…

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ESSENTIALS MINERALS: CALCIUM & MAGNESIUM

Calcium & Magnesium

Calcium and Magnesium are both classified as “essential minerals” which humans require for good health. Like all minerals, they cannot be made in our body and must therefore be plentiful in our diet in order for us to remain healthy. Calcium is a major constituent of bones and teeth (99%), where it plays two roles. First, as…

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FAECAL RETENTION AND CONSTIPATION

FAECAL RETENTION AND CONSTIPATION

The GI Tract A normally functioning gastrointestinal (GI) tract is an often overlooked important part of good health. The GI tract is responsible for the digestion and absorption of nutrient and fluid as well as protection from absorption of harmful agents. When the GI tract is not well, we can feel quite miserable with stomachache,…

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FRUCTOSE MALABSORPTION

Fructose malabsorption

Fructose malabsorption is a gastro-intestinal disorder, characterised by the inability to absorb fructose efficiently. This will usually induce bloating, cramps, osmotic diarrhoea along with other symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and can be seen in about 50% of fructose malabsorbers.

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