What are the warning signs of developing diabetes.?
Are you at risk?
Do you think you may be pre-diabetic or your doctor has expressed a concern? If you are interested in treatments aiming to bring your blood sugar levels back under control, register for the trial on our trials page. If you are eligible, you are paid; as well having the expert help of our clinic staff and cost of the blood tests covered.
Diabetes is preventable and treatable. Help us find the answers!
Lets have a look at the Integrative Health Model.
Integrative Health emphasises the combined use of conventional and alternative ways to support the biological, psychological, social, and spiritual aspects of wellness.
As a biochemist / scientist, I understand we need to develop robust scientific rationale behind our medicines for both prevention and treatment of dis-ease.
However, in order to evaluate a treatment under this scientific / medical model, firstly there must be a test method available and secondly, it requires the treatment to work in exactly the same (biochemical) way in everyone.
This system works well for supporting physical health such as treatments for blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
However, we do not have the tools to measure, scientifically, many other aspects to our health and many alternative treatments are so individualised that they would fail under the rigorous clinical trial process we use to judge effectiveness of pharmaceuticals and botanicals.
So it is likely that our approaches to improving “happiness” which may include my prescription of daily “sun-time”, “laughter” and “hugs” will remain as an alternative approach for many years to come.
…..the season is upon us…….
There are a number of very effective treatments for combating the virus’s that cause the common cold and flu symptoms. The most important key in using these treatments is to start taking small doses of these remedies regularly, as in every 3-4 hours, as soon as you feel the symptoms starting to occur.
These treatments include the nutrients vitamin C and zinc as well as ginger and garlic oil extracts. These ingredients will fight the cold virus itself. For symptom relief, while the body is under attack, use a natural pain relief such as willow bark. Support to reduce muscle aches and help sleep can be aided with the likes valerian.
We found in a double blind clinical trial that this medicinal combination and a regular prescribed dosing regime, was highly effective at shortening the duration of a cold. When we get an infection, our body’s immune system is compromised….so your treatment should also include rest, relaxation and lots of fluids, even in winter.
We are currently recruiting for a clinical study looking at herbal treatments for the symptoms of menopause.
Menopause is a natural process…..apparently. Menopause comes with an array of unpleasant symptoms which may persist for many years. Most of these symptoms, hot flushes, poor sleep, mood changes. weight gain and slow metabolism, have been attributed to the ovaries reducing the production of oestrogen. The aim of this study is to trial herbal medicines for reducing the symptoms and to gain a better understanding of the role of progesterone, oestrogen and testosterone so that we can tailor solutions to get through menopause.
For those of us involved in Research, and especially in the publishing of our new discoveries, which may only be a few pages in length, is the culmination of a lot of hours in the lab, the clinic and at the desk with the analytical writing. This seemingly simple process can at times take years of research before it is published.
The published research usually signifies that a question has been answered …… but more often than not, this only opens the door to more questions.
That is the nature of Research. This industry requires intellect, persistence, stamina and a cache of time….not for the feint-hearted.
I was watching some of our seniors walking and and jogging along the river here at New Farm as I had my early morning coffee today.
Maybe without knowing it, they are practising one of the most important secrets of health and longevity, one of which is being lost in our technological age.
On a fundamental neurological and biochemical level, we function most effectively when we get up with the sun and sleep with the moon watching over us.
Believe it or not, our hormones are biochemically responsive to the sun, moon and tides. The emerging biochemical research in this area is fascinating (to me) but if chemistry is not your thing……..still how about trying to get up that little bit earlier and walk in the shadow of the rising sun……
Let me know how it feels……
Breakfast for the mind.