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Here at Vitalchi we are dedicated to providing you the upmost professional & scientifically proven natural therapy and medicines available; Here are some insights and discussions in natural medical science from modern sciences and proven healing techniques.

Anti-Aging for the Brain

Posted - Thursday, November 20, 2008
If you are ever feeling uninspired, take a moment to consider the amazing marvel between your ears – your brain! Did you know that although your brain makes up only 2% of your total body weight, it consumes approximately 20% of your energy? Or, did you know that the brain is composed of 100 billion cells that make a million connections every second of our lives? Do we really have to end up "over the hill"? Up until recently, we have understood that all the growth and development of the brain occurs early on in life. We were previously taught that the brain reaches its maximum weight around 20 to 25 years of age, and after that it's all downhill as the brain loses about 10% of its weight over a lifetime. However, advances in neuroscience now reveal that early brain development sets the stage for ongoing development throughout adulthood, and into old age. We now know that the brain can continue to grow neural pathways and to forge new connections – all it takes is repetitive use of these neural pathways. In accordance with the health of the whole body, subtle changes occur in the chemistry and structure of the brain throughout midlife in most people. It appears that neurons can readjust to various degrees of damage and degeneration, as long as the neuronal cell body remains intact, where nearby surviving neurons can compensate, in part, by growing new dendrites and synaptic connections. Neuroplasticity – Not a plastic brain, but an evolving one! This capacity of the brain to reconfigure its wiring is called neuroplasticity, a process whereby neural pathways are laid down to develop our unique individuality. Neuroplasticity was previously thought to be relevant only in utero and in children and adolescents; however, it has now been demonstrated that our brain continues to grow well into adulthood. This discovery holds revolutionary hope for a wide range of applications, from protecting against degenerative age-related change, to greater levels of recovery in those who have suffered brain injury, to strengthening and optimising healthy brains well into the later stages of life. It also holds that we can literally "change our minds" by deliberate concentrated thought processes and deliberate practice of new skills to build and strengthen new neural pathways. Of course, this ability to change may be positive or negative, as we also have the power of choice. Give the brain smart nutrition... So how do we support and nourish this marvelous organ and encourage positive neuroplastic growth? We may have overlooked the health of the brain in the past whilst we managed the health of the body, but in reality we need to support the cellular health of every organ. It's true that if things go "wrong" with the brain, from injury or trauma through to depression or psychosis, it is very frightening. We do need to rely on the skills of neurosurgeons and psychiatrists for specialist assessment, diagnosis and treatment for life-saving strategies, but don't underestimate the profound, supportive role that Natural Health Practitioners can offer in supporting those with brain dysfunction, stress and mood disorders, substance abuse or age-related neural degeneration. We can offer unique, complementary nutritional, herbal, dietary and lifestyle support for patients and work in harmony with the multiple modalities that are often required for holistic management of brain dysfunction and stress and mood disorders. Wellness for the brain The maxim "prevention is better than cure" couldn't be more true when it comes to the brain. Targeting nutritional strategies at optimum brain health, and consequently mental function, is essential to enhance every individual's quality of life. This can be easily achieved by targeting the four "M's". The key areas to address to support cellular health of the central nervous system are encompassed by the four M's: Membranes, Mitochondrial function, Messengers (neurotransmitters) and Methylation. By targeting these four areas we support both healthy brain structures and neural biochemistry, and provide the basis of brain health at every stage of life. This information comes from Metagenics latest newsletter
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Hypnotherapy may be helpful in Irritable Bowel Disease

Posted - Friday, October 31, 2008
A group of researchers from Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester found hypnotherapy was effective in improving the symptoms of Dyspepsia being painful, difficult or disturbed digestion, with symptoms including nausea, vomiting, heartburn, and bloating and stomach discomfort. 126 patients were randomised to receive hypnotherapy, supportive therapy or pharmaceutical medication. During the 16 week study, 13 supportive group patients and 10 pharmaceutical patients dropped out but none of the hypnotherapy patients. Analysis of the data gained immediately, and 40 weeks after treatment, found that Hypnotherapy resulted in significantly greater improvement in total symptom scores than supportive therapy and medical therapy. During follow up, the rate of patients who began some form of medication to help relieve the IBS symptoms was 82% in the supportive group, 90% in pharmaceutical group with 0% in the Hypnotherapy group. In conclusion, the authors deemed hypnotherapy as extremely effective in management of functional dyspepsia which can lead to a dramatic reduction in medication use. They also warranted the evaluation of Hypnotherapy in functional issues not confined to the gastrointestinal tract. Reference: Borolo M, Coccia G, Grossi G. Red Pepper and Functional Dyspepsia. New England Journal of Medicine 2002;346:947-8
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Dietary Triggers in Children’s Eczema

Posted - Thursday, October 23, 2008
Approximately 1/3 of children with atopic dermatitis have a diagnosis of cow’s milk protein allergy/intolerance, according to challenge tests. Approximately 40-50% of children under 12 months of age, with cows’ milk protein allergy/intolerance, have atopic dermatitis. In studies of children with food-related atopic dermatitis, positive challenges resulted in reactions in 75% of the children tested. These reactions consisted of itchy, measles-like or flat red lesions in commonly affected sites of atopic dermatitis. Most reactions occurred within an hour of the oral challenge, with eggs, milk and peanuts being the most common foods responsible for the reactions. Milk was the most frequently confirmed allergen inducing 10-40% of positive responses.
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Can anti-depressants heal a broken heart?

Posted - Tuesday, October 21, 2008
We all know the answer to this is NO! So what can we do to heal the real cause of our suffering? Natural approaches include Counselling, Kinesiology, Naturopathy and Hypnotherapy. All these modalities aim at treating the underlying cause of depression and anxiety. We don’t manifest symptoms out of no where, there is always a cause and more often than not the cause lies in our emotional health and wellbeing. Kinesiology looks at underlying belief patterns that prevent us from moving forward in life. We often hold self limiting beliefs that hold us back from experiencing true joy and happiness. By addressing these and letting go of the past, the pain and suffering of depression and anxiety can begin to be released. Naturopathy looks at supporting the body physically and emotionally through anxiety and depression. Nutrition, Herbal medicine and even Flower essences are fantastic in supporting us while we look deeper into emotional causes. Nutritional deficiencies like Zinc, Magnesium and Essential Fatty Acids have all been linked to increased incidences of depression and anxiety. Hypnotherapy is an excellent way to move through mental blockages that stop us from having the life we desire. Hypnotherapy is the therapy of choice when we really don’t know the cause of our emotional suffering.
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Imagine being able to prevent disease before it happens?

Posted - Thursday, October 16, 2008
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Healthy parents make healthy babies

Posted - Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Nutritional deficiencies can also be a contributing factor in infertility. In order for you to give your little baby the best start in life, it is important that both the mother and father are in optimal health. Ensure you both have optimal body stores of vitamins and minerals that will support energy production, healthy metabolism, healthy foetal development and reduce stress. At our clinic, we can recommend nutritional supplements to support both male and female fertility and nutritional status.
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Are you too stressed to conceive?

Posted - Sunday, September 21, 2008
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Falling pregnant is not always easy…

Posted - Thursday, September 18, 2008
Having a baby is a precious gift and conceiving should be an easy, natural process. Sadly for many couples it is an extremely distressing experience as they struggle to conceive and/or maintain a pregnancy. The causes of infertility are many and varied, and affect both females and males. Sometimes the man’s sperm count is too low; sometimes there is a hormonal imbalance in one or both partners; sometimes lifestyle factors such as diet, alcohol or smoking are at fault; and sometimes there may be no obvious reason at all. From a holistic, natural perspective, difficulty conceiving can be due to issues such as stress, toxicity, nutritional deficiencies and/or hormonal imbalances.
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Posted - Monday, September 15, 2008
  1. You only absorb 30% of milk’s available calcium.
  2. Because of the acidic nature of milk you will urinate out calcium as the body tried to neutralize the acidic effects of milk.
  3. Osteoporosis is more common among Milk drinkers than non milk drinkers.
  4. Much of the world's population does not consume cow's milk, and yet most of the world does not experience the high rates of osteoporosis found in the West. In some Asian countries, for example, where consumption of dairy foods is low, fracture rates are far lower than they are in the United States and in Scandinavian countries, where consumption of dairy products is high.
  5. Corporate-owned factories where cows are warehoused in huge sheds and treated like milk machines have replaced most small family farms. With genetic manipulation and intensive production technologies, it is common for modern dairy cows to produce 100 pounds of milk a day— 10 times more than they would produce in nature. To keep milk production as high as possible, farmers artificially inseminate cows every year. Growth hormones and unnatural milking schedules cause dairy cows' udders to become painful and so heavy that they sometimes drag on the ground, resulting in frequent infections and overuse of antibiotics. Cows— like all mammals— make milk to feed their own babies— not humans.
  6. Diary consumption has been linked to many different diseases such as asthma, ear infections, bed wetting, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, allergies, kidney stones, autism, crohn’s disease and Osteoporosis.
  7. The countries consuming the greatest amount of calcium through milk products are suffering the most from calcium deficiencies. These countries have the highest incidence of osteoporosis. Why would the countries with an overflowing supply of calcium-laden milk have the highest rate of calcium-deficiency diseases?
  8. Major studies suggesting a link between milk and prostate cancer have been appearing since the 1970s, culminating in findings by the Harvard School of Public Health in 2000 that men who consumed two and a half servings of dairy products a day had a third greater risk of getting prostate cancer than those who ate less than half a serving a day.
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Posted - Monday, September 08, 2008
I hear time and time again from people “I watched the secret and it didn’t it work for me.” And in every single one of these cases when I ask people do you truly believe you deserve what your working with, I mean truly believe in every aspect of your being that you deserve all the good things that your heart’s desire? Not one person could answer yes. Interestingly enough it’s the small things that trip people up not the big things. "Nobody trips over mountains. It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble. Pass over all the pebbles in your path and you will find you have crossed the mountain." Anonymous Kinesiology, Hypnotherapy, and Counselling are all excellent ways to help you overcome the pebbles that hold you back from manifesting your hearts desires! I know it has worked with my clients so far. Happy manifesting.
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