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Tired all the time? Is it Hypothyroidism?

Tired all the time? Is it Hypothyroidism?

The thyroid gland is a small glandular organ that sits at the front of the throat. It produces the hormones T3 and T4. These govern the body’s metabolic processes, including growth and energy usage. A poorly functioning thyroid may fail to produce enough T3 and T4, which can lead to a number of symptoms. These symptoms are quite vague, and so are often missed or misdiagnosed. A person may simply

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Can what you eat now affect your baby in 30 years time?

Can what you eat now affect your baby in 30 years time?

Most pregnant women are aware that what they eat during their pregnancy can have a large impact upon the health of their future children. We now know, for example, that good levels of folate help to prevent birth defects like spina bifida, and that omega 3’s are good for a child’s developing brain. But new research is starting to show that a mother’s diet can also affect her baby more

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Herb-Drug interactions: Natural doesn’t necessarily mean safe

Herb-Drug interactions: Natural doesn’t necessarily mean safe

It is a popular belief that because herbs are natural, they are safe and don’t necessarily have any adverse effects. As more scientific evidence is being gathered on the chemistry of herbal medicines, it is becoming evident that certain herbs can indeed change the way some prescription medications work. This is known as a drug-herb interaction. In some cases, these interactions can cause the prescription medication to be excreted from

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Osteoarthritis and Natural medicine: The latest Scientific findings…

Osteoarthritis and Natural medicine: The latest Scientific findings…

There is now irrefutable evidence demonstrating the effectiveness of both herbal and nutritional medicines in managing the signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis. Several double blind, randomised controlled studies have been conducted now showing that herbs such as Salix alba (White willow), Harpagophytum procumbens (Devil’s Claw) and Zingiber officinale (Ginger) have shown symptomatic benefit in this condition. Zostrix, a topical preparation of the fruit of Capsicum frutescans (Chilli) has shown a

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How much protein?

How much protein?

A question that many athletes ask of Naturopaths is: ‘How much protein should I have in my diet?’. Each athlete, depending on their particular sporting event, has different requirements regarding optimal body weight, lean tissue mass, energy intake and expenditure. The current debate on what is the appropriate ratio of the three major nutrients in the diet (protein, carbohydrate and fat) is still raging and researchers are divided on how

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