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Fabafterfifty: Natural Therapies

  1. Herbal help this festive season

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    By Maya Daghighi for CNM (College of Naturopathic Medicine).  It’s that time of year again when we are all trying to escape irritating sniffles, colds and flu. Luckily there is an abundance of wonderful herbs and spices you can use to boost your immunity and stay healthy throughout the festive season, and beyond. Did you know that many of the every day herbs that you have in your kitchen cupboard have anti-viral properties? They can be highly effective against a number of influenza strains and respiratory viruses, and should be on the top of your shopping list. Ginger root is a powerful antiviral and antibacterial herb that can help reduce fevers and relieve colds and inflammation. It’s best used freshly chopped with your hot food or in smoothies, or...
  2. E-Cigs: What’s all the Hype About?

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      As bad habits go, it’s never too late to make a positive change to your lifestyle. Of these habits, nicotine is undeniably one of the most lethal, draining years off the life of smokers all whilst they prematurely age. On average, long-term smokers will lose a decade of life to the habit.   However, let’s not despair and say that there’s no point in quitting if you’ve been a smoker for quite a while. It’s estimated that every cigarette smoked can take 11 minutes off your life, so if you say smoked 11 a day and now began to stop, that’s a month you could get back every year.   Thankfully, rejecting cigarettes (or cigars if you prefer!) has never been easier. Should you still crave that nicotine fix, then it’s...
  3. Reducing your risk of Alzheimer’s Disease.

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    By Gemma Hurditch for CNM (College of Naturopathic Medicine). Dementia is NOT a normal part of the ageing process. It currently affects three in ten people over 70 years of age, with approximately 70% caused by Alzheimer’s Disease . Circulatory disease (ie. stroke) accounts for the majority of other cases. The causes of Alzheimer’s Disease are poorly understood and there is currently no cure. The naturopathic view of health, which emphasises prevention, is that all disease starts with disruption to the body’s balance, and that the two pillars governing health are toxicity and deficiency.? It is for that reason that naturopaths advocate eating a wide-ranging, healthy, balanced diet consisting ideally of organic whole foods, and reducing toxins in our everyday lives as far as we can. Increasing B Vitamins High blood levels of...
  4. Are you missing out on life due to incontinence?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon ‘You only get old when you stop being busy’. This was a quote I was deliberating over coffee with attendees of a roundtable discussion put together by Depend, to talk through their research on how women deal with incontinence. I hadn’t realised just how apt this conversation was until I heard the views and stories of the women taking part in the panel discussion. Incontinence impacts your activities and self confidence What if you are one of the 10 million women in the UK living with incontinence? We discovered it can impact your life and confidence, prevent you from doing the things you love, limit your activities and make you feel old before your time. The panel openly discussed and shared their personal experiences of incontinence and how it...
  5. Acupuncture for relieving Menopause symptoms

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    By Acupuncturist Amanda Hair,  Entering the menopause as women move away from child-bearing age can bring its fair share of challenges. Physical and emotional changes which can affect our already busy and stressful lives can lead some of us to consider taking hormone replacement therapy, rather than managing the transition naturally. It also seems that the trend for women experiencing peri-menopausal symptoms is happening earlier, in our mid to late thirties, yet the age for having gone through the menopause remains the same, late fifties to sixties. So, it’s possible that many women could be experiencing the hot-flashes, mood changes and sleep disturbances up to ten years earlier, and do so for longer than previous generations. Why is this happening? One explanation is that as a nation we are...
  6. Can hypnotherapy help alleviate menopause symptoms?

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    Article by Angela Atkinson The Menopause: a hot topic. The menopause: that period in a woman’s life when her periods stop and she’s no longer able to conceive without the appliance of medical science. It’s a similar and familiar story for many women. The ovaries either fail, become damaged or are surgically removed with inevitable changes in hormone levels following. The consequences of these changes vary to a large extent from woman to woman. The menopause then is a hot topic – in every sense of that phrase. Night fever There’s a range of symptoms associated with the menopause. They range from a loss of libido – or an increased libido (a symptom yes but is it a problem?!) vaginal dryness, sleep problems, and anxiety. But if there’s two things responsible for the most...
  7. Ways to deal with vaginal dryness during menopause

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    Many women will have suffered from vaginal dryness by the time they experience menopause. Menopause is one of the main causes of uncomfortable symptoms such as burning, itching and pain during sexual intercourse. Although it is also possible for younger women to suffer from vaginal dryness, the reduction of oestrogen levels brought on by menopause is generally the cause for these unpleasant symptoms. Reduced oestrogen levels lead to a lack of adequate moisture in a woman’s genital area. There is a decrease in the amount of milky white fluid released by a woman’s body to protect the genital area. This means that the mucosa is more susceptible to bacteria and viruses as well as a higher rate of infection. The sexual organs also undergo a change. This can include vaginal atrophy, meaning...
  8. 8 Lifestyle Changes to help Reduce the Risk of Breast Cancer

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    By Gemma Hurditch for CNM (College of Naturopathic Medicine). According to official 2016 statistics, 1 in 8 women in the UK develops breast cancer. So what natural dietary and lifestyle measures can we take to reduce our risk? Fast.  Being overweight or obese is a risk factor for developing breast cancer. Maintaining a sensible weight is protective against many forms of cancer. Intermittent fasting or the 5:2 diet is a good way to lose excess weight and keep it off. Nightly fasting of 13 hours without food also appears to reduce the chance of breast cancer reoccurrence. Eat cruciferous vegetables. Compounds found in members of the cruciferous vegetable family; (broccoli, cabbage, Brussel’s sprouts, kale and turnips), contain anti-cancer properties, currently under investigation for breast cancer therapy. Keep cooking times to a...
  9. Review of Turmeric Plus Supplement

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    Review by Ceri Wheeldon I am not a great fan of taking supplements, but had read so much about the benefits of turmeric that I have taken Turmeric+ for a month. I posted my initial thoughts after a week where I had surprisingly  noticed a significant improvement in my psoriasis (this was not one of the benefits of turmeric I had previously read about, and am pleased to say that the improvement has continued…the psoriasis patches are now barely noticeable. But what of the benefits I HAD read about. Well in some instances the benefits are hard to measure as they said to be: The benefits of Turmeric are said to be: Act as anti-flammatory Increase anti-oxidant capacity Boost brain power Lower risk of heart disease Help arthritis Help joints Dr Michael Moseley is apparently exploring the impact of turmeric in...
  10. Herbal help for a sharp memory

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    By Jill R. Davies for CNM (College of Naturopathic Medicine). Maintaining a healthy brain and a good sharp memory is something we would all wish for. The herb Ginkgo has received much public attention in recent years in connection with its ability to promote better mental clarity and recall, particularly in age-related memory loss. Ginkgo can be helpful on a number of counts. One of the herb’s main attributes is the ability to increase the flow of blood through ageing blood vessels, particularly in the brain.  This enhances memory, mental agility, alertness and other brain functions and eases some types of depression.  It aids the work of neurotransmitters in the brain, which in turn helps memory agility and enhancement. It also helps speed up the rate of information transmission, thus improving...
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