Acne, Pimples & Skin Blemishes
Skin disorders are due to Chronic Inflammatory diseases of the skin, with lesions occurring most frequently on the face, chest and back.
There is an overactivity of the sebaceous glands of the skin. Excessive sebum blocks the gland openings which become infected and inflamed.
It appears to have three main underlying causes:
- Hormonal changes during puberty, or at any time
- Poor diet
- and the body’s inability to eliminate waste.
Although teenage acne is extremely common (4 out of 5 teenagers develop it) adult acne is now more prevalent, a clear sign of our modern poor diet. Whiteheads are plugs of oil and dead skin cells under the surface of the skin that block oil from flowing freely to the skin surface. They can turn into blackheads when they reach the surface of the skin.
The importance of a good diet is important, including the need to reduce sugars and fried foods. Supplements including zinc, may be given to promote healing, reduce scarring and inhibit the growth of acne producing organisms. Importantly zinc levels should be measured before zinc is prescribed. Essential Fatty Acids helps alleviate acne but results may not be noticed until 3 months of supplementation. An antimicrobial skin healing lotion is recommended to help the skin heal.
Respiratory allergies can be triggered from environmental pollutants such as smoke fumes and seasonal conditions such as dust, pollen or spores. The important word to understand here is trigger. Triggers like dust, pollens, chemicals etc. are not the cause, they are the triggers. The cause needs to be found and it usually has a direct link with the inability of the liver, digestive system or immune system to work effectively. This type of allergic reaction often occurs when the body has an excess of mucous, which breeds irritants. Often common medications mask symptoms and have a rebound effect; the more you use them the more you need them.
To specifically pinpoint allergies, a Vega Test can be performed. This may identify major triggers or allergies to wheat, melons, dairy and sugar. A homeopathic remedy and herbal medication can be used along with other medications that may be successful in treating viruses and bacteria.
The growing number of people living into their early 50′s to 90′s is evolving into a population of people who suffer from significant loss of memory, thought and language. Alzheimer’s disease, a serious health problem is now a common condition. Many of those diagnosed are really a victim of too many drugs and or have several nutritional deficiencies that can possibly be easily improved.
The symptoms include the loss of ability to think clearly or remember past or present facts, names, places etc., loss of touch with reality, confusion, impaired judgement, difficulty in completing thoughts or following directions and personality and behavioural changes. Even in earlier years memory loss or brain fog can be a problem. People even in their late 20′s are now coming in with brain fog, cold hands and feet, bloating and mood swings. If these symptoms do not seem to clear up after a short period of time then some Naturopathic or preventative help may be required.
With any process of chronic ill health the diagnosed condition usually takes a number of years before it becomes serious. Diabetes is an example. If someone has a binge on chockies for one day, Diabetes is not the end result. However if these types of foods are eaten on a regular basis over a 20 year period Diabetes may be the end result. The same goes with Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia as it takes many years before severe chronic symptoms become evident. Preventative medicine is best.
Factors which accelerate aging include:
free radical exposure
- and poor blood sugar metabolism.
To ensure longevity and vitality we must remove these stimulants and promote the correct healing processes of the body. The following multi-step procedure we use for most of our clients at the Centre concerned with anti aging can correct the processes that lead to accelerated aging.
Clients can be put onto an Anti-Aging program which may include:
Detoxification to promote normal digestive processes, with gut flora balance and proper elimination.
We also help to repair any gut dysfunction and support liver detoxification and eliminate any potential allergenic dietary factors
We advise a balanced diet that helps to regulate blood glucose levels, as high blood glucose levels is closely associated with rapid tissue aging and chronic disease progression. We reduce inflammation associated with the pain in knees and joints with herbs and essential fatty acids.
Anti oxidant support may also given because antioxidants are fundamental to prevent DNA damage and to assist in longevity and health.
Putting clients on the Wellness and Longevity program to increase muscle tone. This consists of exercises specifically designed to assist in the prevention of muscle wasting and toning of the body is included as part of the Anti-Aging program.
Bone Loss or Osteoporosis
Bone loss or Osteoporosis is an absolute and progressive decrease in bone tissue mass. The contributing factors are:
a lack of exercise
or for that matter excessive exercise (body builders, triathletes)
use of oral contraceptives
corticosteroid use as in some asthma medication
and a diet high in protein and a high consumption of soft drinks like coke etc.
An osteoporosis risk factor urinary test can indicate calcium loss. Supplements can be given to support bone tissue, the supplement providing nutrients necessary for bone growth and repair. This is a special formula, as a high degree of calcium supplements are very hard to digest. Other supplements, such as Ipriflavone increases bone density and also decreases the fracture rate of osteoporotic or osteoarthritis sufferers. This supplement helps in the uptake of calcium supplements.
Treatment includes acupuncture and use of the light machine. Weight bearing exercises that are not overly stressful may be beneficial to potentially fragile bones and used to maintain adequate bone density and strength.
Cellulite is a cosmetic defect of the skin where there appears to be dimpling or irregular bulging of the skin. The affected areas may appear to feel tight, heavy or tender. Cellulite is a combination of fat, water and trapped wastes beneath the skin. When the body’s circulation and elimination process becomes impaired, connective tissue loses its strength. Fats and wastes become trapped in the cells just below the skin instead of being expelled through normal means. Over a period of time these wastes become hardened and form the puckering skin effect we know as cellulite.
A balanced carbohydrate, protein and fat diet is used to treat this condition. Exercise programs are used to help reduce the fatty deposits and to help the body of toxins. Massage techniques and a complete bowel detoxification program is recommended to clear toxins and fats that are stored in the tissues. A special heat therapy is used. This program also helps with weight loss which helps with the removal of cellulite. Specific nutrients are also added to the diet to help clear the lymphatic system along with nutrients designed to stimulate fat loss and improve circulation.
It is important to note that excess cellulite is one of the early warning signs that the body is collecting and depositing toxins. Normally these toxins are eliminated through the skin, bowel or urine. But due to the overload the body is now trying to say “help me” as toxins are getting worse resulting in cellulite deposits.
Cardiovascular Disease & Angina Heart Disease was almost unknown of before the turn of the century but today two thirds of the population suffer from some kind of cardiovascular disease, including heart attack, coronary hypertension and stroke. The most frightening statistic of this disease process is that 50% of people have no other symptoms prior to their first attack and unfortunately this first attack can possibly be fatal. Pretty scary really.
Clients may be given strong antioxidant and essential fatty acids to break down the thrombocyte aggregate, reduce platelet aggregation, whilst also reducing atherosclersosis progression and the risk of heart attack. A modified diet to assist the elimination of toxins from the body. Remember statistics reveal that 50% of people who have a heart attack or stroke don’t get a second chance.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Chronic Fatigue is described as a chronic persistent or relapsing debilitating fatigue that does not get better with bed-rest. Associated symptoms can include mild fever, sore throat, painful swollen glands under the arms, neck or groin, muscle weakness, headaches and sleep disturbances. Chronic Fatigue usually occurs in conjunction with a chronic viral infection.
A detoxifying program may be used to reduce toxicity level. Tests conducted by us have shown Leaky Gut syndrome has been implicated as a major contributing factor in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. A modified diet can be used to assist with detoxification and allowing the body to recover from the viruses a person may be exposed to. A Vega test can be used to identify the virus and an appropriate homeopathic remedy can be used to help eliminate viruses from the body.
A very gentle exercise program can help a person retain muscle tone wtihin a person’s body. The program we use in the Centre can teach a person how to look after his body, his diet and the correct exercises to improve muscle tone. The aim is to maintain long-term wellness by looking at preventative medicine rather than treating the symptoms.
Depression is a prolonged, persistent depressed mood which may be accompanied by one or more of the following:
- poor appetite
- increased appetite
- excessive sleeping
- fatigue /tiredness
- constant nervousness (jitters)
- decreased sexual drive
- feelings of low self esteem
- inability to concentrate
- recurrent suicidal tendencies
- food cravings
The presence of five or more of these symptoms may indicate depression.
Diet can play a role in depression so changes to diet to assist with blood sugar imbalances and the removal of certain foods from the diet can help. Herbs and vitamins can also be prescribed to assist with the depression and insomnia. Stress may be treated naturally with herbs like Withania and Bacopa.
Endometriosis is a condition caused by mis-location and overgrowth of uterine endometrial tissue and attachment of this tissue to other organs. It is normal tissue growing in abnormal places. Menstrual flow is heavy and painful and much of the waste blood flows back through the fallopian tubes instead of the normal process. This may result in fibrosis and adhesions within the area. Endometriosis is one of the most common causes of female infertility.
It can cause painful cycle, mood swings, breast pain, bloating and swollen hands and feet to name but a few.
It is often caused by:
- excessive levels of oestrogen,
- and deficient progestreone and hormone imbalances that causes chemical imbalances within the body.
Specific modified diet can be used to assist with detoxification and to reduce fluid retention. Acupuncture and prescribed Herbal mixes may assist with hormone imbalances. (Acupuncture or a light machine can be used to assist with pain are options if they are required).
Menopause is intended by nature to be a gradual reduction in oestrogen by the ovaries with few side effects. Although almost 90% of women experience some menopausal symptoms, most symptoms only last a year or two and are not severe enough to interrupt their lives. But for those with severe and continued symptoms they can stem from exhausted adrenals and poor liver function, where it does not process oestrogens correctly.
Many symptoms arise from:
lack of exercise
exhausted adrenals stress
and vitamin deficiencies.
Symptoms may include hot flushes, mood swings, insomnia, low libido and irritability. This is a situation where natural remedies can help. Supplementation, a specially modified diet and increased exercise can help with menopausal problems. Men over 40 can also suffer from Male Menopause. The symptoms include mood swings, stress, irritability and lack of interest and vitality etc.
Progesterone is the factor that assures uniform shedding of the uterine lining. Low levels of this hormone may result in tissue buildup. At the same time relatively high levels of oestrogen stimulate the uterine lining causing even more endometrial tissue formation. The combination of these two factors lead to abnormal blood flow during menstruation. Other symptoms can be PMS symptoms of bloating, irritability and depression during the cycle.
Common causes are:
nutritional deficiencies in the diet which cause hormonal and glandular imbalances
calcium and iron deficiencies.
A homoeopathic remedy can be prescribed along with other supplements such as Vitamin C and a special mushroom extract needed to stimulate the immune system. Rest is also prescribed.
Morning sickness is an acute nausea associated with pregnancy. It may occur at any time of the day. It is thought to be caused by increased levels of oestrogen being produced by the placenta. No drugs have been approved for use in morning sickness during pregnancy, due to the fear of foetal absorption and side effects.
A course of acupuncture to relieve nausea may assist in evening out hormonal levels . Nutritional support for the liver aid in the removal of expired hormones when their useful function was over. Vitamin B6 and herbs may be given to support liver function. Ginger tea may also be prescribed to help reduce nausea and stomach upsets. B12 folate may also be included to assist with pregnancy.