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Immune Health

Reoccurring inflammation in the body, ongoing colds and flus, fungal infections, cancer, frequent herpes outbreaks, shingles and UTI’s, are all signs of a weak immune system.

The skin is often the body’s first line of defence and common skin aliments such as eczema, psoriasis and acne are things that tell us that something else is happening within the body that requires our attention. The immune system is our defence against internal and external pathogens and there are clinically proven methods to strengthen it.

Autoimmune conditions are when the body develops an abnormal immune response and starts to attack healthy cells. They can develop when we least expect it and do so usually at a time when the body is under additional stress. These diseases often have multiple triggers including genetics, environment and lifestyle. Its important to bear in mind those who have a predisposition to these diseases via their genetics still have the opportunity to experience relief from symptoms. Multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, mixed connective tissue disease, celiac and lupus can all go into remission with the correct environment and treatment. Lupus (SLE) is a condition I have a particular interest in, if you wold like to know more about my ongoing work with Lupus you can check it out here www.beatlupusnaturally.com

As a naturopath I initially aim to address the symptoms you are experiencing and provide some relief from them. Ongoing treatment is aimed at addressing underlying causes of disease in order to give sustained relief. A healthy and well functioning immune system is critical. Treating the underlying cause of the disease will help bring the body back into harmony and provide you with the quality of life you deserve.

Depression

Depression is sometimes experienced as a general lack of fulfilment in life and a loss of enjoyment from things you previously did with enthusiasm.

One in seven people in Australia will experience depression at some point in their life. The World Health Organisation estimates that depression will be the number one health concern by 2030. Depression can be influenced by a number of factors namely- chronic illness, genetics, stress, inflammation, vitamin or mineral deficiencies, thyroid abnormality, oestrogen and progesterone imbalances, drug or alcohol use, adrenal imbalance, medications, viruses and life events. Most cases are multi factorial and its likely that many things contributed to their cause.

My most immediate concern with such patients is the severity of their condition; once this is determined I can begin to work through the symptoms. Functional testing is often recommended in order to rule out any contributing factors such as hormonal imbalances or nutritional deficiencies. Through the use of mind-body techniques I will encourage you to find relaxation methods that work for you such as tai chi, massage or yoga. Dietary advice, supplements and herbs can be used to alleviate your condition, if you are on medication this is taken into account when designing your wellness plan.

I welcome referrals from counsellors, G.P’s, psychologist’s and other professionals as it has been proven a collaborative approach ensures the best care for clients.

Anxiety

Anxiety is often described as a feeling of heat, panic, palpitations, sweating, shortness of breath, tightening of the chest or shivering. It can be a frightening experience and often leads to a fear that it may happen again which can exacerbate the situation.

Often anxiety begins in adolescents and depression follows later in life.
Commonly people suffer from anxiety their entire life and feel it is something they must live with. This isn’t the case. There are many reasons behind the cause of a person’s anxiety; the good news is it can often be overcome.

Naturopathy can play a role in helping manage acute episodes and in the longer term reduce these episodes altogether. The key is to discover the underlying cause and this can often be discovered with functional testing.