‘IBS’ (irritable bowel syndrome) is one of the most common complaints that I see in my clinic. I would estimate that around 80% of my patients suffer from some type of digestive complaint or discomfort. In fact, it is so common, that many people seem to believe that suffering bloating and frequent trips to the […]
So let’s jump straight into our second article for ‘Better Bellies’ month with a topic that is sure to spike your interest (and freak you out at the same time!). As Naturopaths, we find ourselves talking about ‘poo’, ‘bowel movements’, ‘number two’s’ or ‘stools’ very frequently. While causing some awkwardness for our poor patients, we […]
Welcome to a whole month of “Better Belly’s” I am very excited to be focusing on GUT health this month. Of all the issues I have seen in practice digestive related problems are of the most common and the research is showing more and more that underlying gut dysfunction can be at the root of […]
What is Hyperthyroidism?
Hyperthyroidism occurs when thyroid hormones are being over produced by the thyroid gland. Thyroid hormones regulate metabolism in every cell of the body and therefore hyperthyroidism will affect all bodily functions.
The thyroid itself is a butterfly shaped gland that is located below the larynx- in the throat. It is the only endocrine organ that stores it’s hormones in large quantities. The thyroid hormones include TSH (thyrotrophin) which is produced by the anterior pituitary, T3 (triidothyronine) and T4 (thyroxine). Hyperthyroidism usually presents with low TSH and high T3/T4.
Acne vulgaris is a disease that affects the skin’s oil glands. The small holes in your skin (pores) connect to oil glands under the skin. These glands make an oily substance called sebum. The pores connect to the glands by a canal called a follicle. Inside the follicles, oil carries dead skin cells to the surface of the skin. A thin hair also grows through the follicle and out to the skin. When the follicle of a skin gland clogs up, a pimple grows.
Sometimes it can seem like you are doing everything right but still not losing weight. There is nothing more frustrating and I do see a lot of patients who are not necessarily eating poorly and are doing adequate exercise but just not seeing good weight loss results. This usually will mean that there are some imbalances within the body that are inhibiting fat loss. Read more
Being a healthy child is adult’s work, so when the little people in our lives are unwell we want them to feel better pretty quickly. The toddler years can be pretty difficult on the immune system: an average of 6-8 colds every year is considered normal, with infections lasting between 3-5 days. As they get older their immune system matures, reducing the frequency of colds and flu’s per year. Read more
Endometriosis affects 1 in 10 Australian women and more then often is it misdiagnosed or even undiagnosed. This chronic inflammatory condition can be completely debilitating to a women’s life, mentally, emotionally and physically. An Australian government report stated that endometriosis annually cost $7.7 billion, with 2/3 of these costs attributed to loss in productivity, as it is not unusual for women with significant pain to take one or two days off a month. Read more
Bloating is one of the most common complaints that I hear from my patients. Many people seem to think that discomfort, feeling sluggish and bloating is a normal part of everyday life. However, this is definitely not the case. Bloating is a sign that your digestive tract is not functioning optimally and would benefit from some support. Read more