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Covid 19. Scientists Recommend Nutrients.

A panel of Swiss Doctors and Professors in co-operation with the Swiss Society of Nutrition have reviewed the scientific evidence and the role of micronutrients in supporting a well-functioning immune system for optimal health.

The recently published paper highlights that the global pandemic has made nutrition and immune support of particular relevance. The researchers point out that the Swiss population are at risk because of inadequate nutritional status particularly Vitamin D, Vitamin C, Zinc, Omega-3 and Selenium. No doubt the same will apply to many or all European countries.

There is a strong correlation between nutritional status and a well functioning immune system. The study addresses the urgent need to secure adequate nutrient status by supplementation as well as a balanced diet.

Reference: Prof. Mette M. Berger, Prof. Heike Bischoff-Ferrari, Dr. Islabelle Herter, Prof. Michael Zimmermann, Dr. Jorg Spieldenner and Prof. Manfred Eggersdorfer, ‘A Comprehensive approach for health in the Swiss population’.

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Vitamin D – SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)

A study as published in the ‘Journal Depression Research and Treatment’, supports the use of Vitamin D supplementation. Seasonal affective disorder or SAD is a recurrent major depressive disorder with a seasonal pattern usually beginning in Autumn and continuing into winter months. As sunlight decreases during the short dark days of winter, many individuals struggle with seasonal affective disorder or SAD. This paper presents an overview of SAD by explaining the disorder and commenting on treatment approaches including light therapy and Vitamin D supplementation. Many people with SAD have insufficient or deficient levels of Vitamin D.

This article discusses the benefits of Vitamin D supplementation during the Winter months.

Reference: Sherri Melrose, Seasonal Affective Disorder: An Overview of Assessment and Treatment Approaches, Journal of Dpression Research Treatment.

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row of five bottles of Colloidal Silver

Colloidal Silver – Traditional Use in Healthcare

A study published in the Journal ‘Antibiotics’ supports the use of silver as an option due to the increasing prevalence of bacterial resistance to antimicrobials. Silver has been commonly used throughout history to control infections. It has resurfaced as an antibacterial/antiviral/antifungal option in recent times.

Reference: Wilson Sim, Ross T. Barnard, M.A.T. Blaskovich, and Zyta M. Ziora, Antimicrobial Silver in Medicinal and Consumer Applications: A Patent Review of the Past Decade (2007–2017), Antibiotics, 2018

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Beta Glucan – Immune Defence

A study published in the journal Applied Physiology Laboratory, discusses the use of Baker’s Yeast beta glucan supplementation to support the immune system and decrease cold and flu symptoms after intense exercise. In order to meet individual health requirements and achieve optimal health it is always best to consult your CAM Practitioner.

Strenuous exercise such as running a marathon is known to suppress mucosal immunity for up to 24 hours which can increase the risk of developing an upper respiratory tract infection (URTI). The study outlined in this article demonstrates that beta glucan may reduce URTI symptomatic days and improve mucosal immunity post exercise.

Reference: Baker’s Yeast Beta Glucan Supplementation Increases Salivary IgA and Decreases Cold/Flu Symptomatic Days After Intense Exercise
Brian K. McFarlin1, Katie C. Carpenter2, Tiffany Davidson3,& Meredith A. McFarlin1

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Homeopathy & Respiratory Tract Infections

A study published in the Journal ‘Homeopathy’supports the use of homeopathic medicines for prevention of influenza and acute respiratory tract infections in children. Influenza and its complications are common at all ages. This clinical trial was carried out in Brazil with children aged from 1 to 5 years over a 12 month period. The test subjects were distributed into 3 experimental groups, (i) Homeopathic Complex (ii) Placebo (iii) Anti-influenza drugs. The results of the trial suggest that the use of homeopathic medicines minimized the number of flu and respiratory infection in children. The study supports homeopathic prophylactic potential and further study into this area.

Reference: Camila Monteiro Siqueira, Homeopathic medicines for prevention of influenza and acute respiratory tract infections in children: blind, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial.

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Men's Essence 30ml bottle from Australian Bush Flower Essences

Men’s Essence – New from Australian Bush Flower Essences

Following on the heels of Boost and Carers Essence is Men’s Essence, for men always on the go or for when there’s a sense of rushing, impatience or irritability. Ian White, a fifth generation Australian herbalist, has carefully and consciously chosen a combination of Red Helmet Orchid, Sturt Desert Pea, Little Flannel Flower, Bluebell, Boab, Yellow Cowslip Orchid, Blackeyed Susan and Flannel Flower for the new Men’s Essence. He also wanted to present an opportunity to help males feel more comfortable with both physical and emotional intimacy, encouraging one to be more physically active, to talk about and communicate their feelings. This essence can also work on both the bond between a man and his father as well as the bond between himself and his children, if he is a father.

Men’s Health & Men’s Essence

Anger and sadness are two emotions Ian, who has been practicing as a Naturopath since 1979, has witnessed over the years and which seem particularly relevant to men’s journies. The essence can help release deep-held grief and sadness, finding and expressing one’s feelings. It can help encourage playfulness in those who feel self-conscious or inhibited when it comes to expressing themselves. It also has the charms of enhancing one’s sense of humour.

Ian included Boab because of its potential for releasing old male stereotypes, something he feels is quite pertinent to this time. Boab can help shift generational negative family patterns, accessing and clearing  ensuing negative beliefs. Read more here about the individual essences included in Men’s Health in Ian’s recent Newsletter.

Australian Bush Flower Essences has been used successfully for many years to meet the needs of people living in the 21st century. There’s a lot of negativity, loneliness, trauma, anger and hurt held within. Flower essences can help break down these barriers, encouraging people to align with their Higher Selves, enabling a more productive, empowered and joyful life.

Explore Ian’s selection of Combination Essences here.

Boost Essence

Ian created the Boost combination remedy specifically for the current health crisis and the challenging and uncertain times we are now all going through. It was formulated to support and boost while the blend also helps bring about a sense of safety and assurance.
At the same time, there is also a great need and benefit in being able to stay grounded and connected to the Earth and Nature. Boost Essence also contains Fringed Violet to help provide psychic protection against the pervasive energy of panic and fear. This is especially appropriate for all the people who are very sensitive to other people and energies. Boost has a very calming and balancing effect and can help in the midst of change.
Ian has also noted that in Traditional Chinese medicine, grief and sadness are the emotions observed with having an impact on the subtle energies around the lungs. One of the deepest acting of all the Bush essences is Sturt Desert Pea, which works so powerfully on these two emotions. He has never added this single essence to any of their other Combinations but on this occasion, he felt it was appropriate.
This essences may also feel appropriate for all the health store workers, pharmacists, retailers and front-line workers who have continued to provide essential care for the many communities over the last three months. We hope it will be of valuable service to you all.

Carers Essence

We are pleased to have received Ian White’s latest flower essence offering, and just in time for the space we have all found ourselves in. When discussing the new Carers Essence, Ian has talked about how he would associate it with a mother of a young child or children; health workers or someone looking after their elderly or sick family members. However, in this current climate, there are also many parents who would normally be at work and are now having to stay home and look after their children. Many healthcare workers are finding themselves under increasing workloads with many overly concerned about their own safety as they help others.

During these times of emotional overwhelm and life changing circumstances, this essence supports the caregiver to feel their inner strength and resilience when they are feeling worn out and burdened by the responsibility of looking after another.The Carers Essence helps one to feel calm, optimistic, able to cope and also pay heed to and look after one’s own needs.

Vitamin C and Metabolic Syndrome

Vitamin C – Immune Function

A review article was published in the Journal, Nutrients which supports the use of dietary Vitamin C and supplementation. Vitamin C is an essential micro nutrient for humans and it is a powerful anti-oxidant. It contributes largely to immune defense. Vitamin C deficiency results in impaired immunity and higher susceptibility to infections. The study concludes that supplementation with vitamin C appears to be able to both prevent and treat respiratory and systemic infections. A CAM Practitioner can evaluate an individuals requirement for supplementation and create a suitable strategy to achieve optimal Vitamin C levels in the body.

Vitamin C capsules with bio-flavanoids are a popular holistic supplement recommended by CAM Practitioners.

Reference: Anitra C. Carr and Silvia Maggini, Vitamin C and Immune Function, Nutrients, 2017

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two bottles of Whole Health Cognitive Complex

Vitamin C – Cognitive Function

A study published in the Journal, Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience supports the intake of dietary and supplemental Vitamin C to enhance cognitive function. Alzheimer’s and Dementia are becoming increasing health concerns among the elderly community. Anyone over 60 years is particularly vulnerable to Vitamin C deficiency.

The study indicates a significant association between vitamin-C plasma concentrations and performance on tasks involving attention, focus, working memory, decision speed, delayed and total recall, and recognition.

Whole Health Cognitive Complex is a popular holistic supplement recommended by CAM Providers. It contains Vitamin C along with Amino Acids, B Vitamins, Vitamin D3 and Magnesium Citrate. This supplement tests positive by CAM Providers for restorative properties and may help with brain and mental activities such as thinking, learning, memory and judgement. A CAM Provider can evaluate a person’s health requirements and create a helpful strategy to achieve optimal health status.

Reference: Nikolaj Travica, Karin Ried, Avni Sali, Plasma Vitamin C Concentrations and Cognitive Function: A Cross-Sectional Study, Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 2019,11

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Immune & Emotional Protection

As the weeks pass by, we are all noticing the minor re-engagements or movement towards what will be our new environment for the foreseeable future. While an air of uncertainty lingers, we are certainly entering a period of transformation and change. This journey, whilst it may feel and be stressful and heavy, can be improved with the help of your Natural Healthcare Providers. Health shops and Pharmacies are gearing up to help pave a sufficient path for immune stability and emotional support. Vitamin C, Vitamin D and anti-anxiety remedies such as Nervous System Liquescence, ANX and Adrenal Liquescence may help soften the energetic blows the body has felt the force of over recent months. We may have been caught unaware at the start of the year but thinking ahead now will play a critical role in the long-term nature of this evolution. This is a time to protect our vital force energies, to speak our truth with kindness and to enhance self-intuition and welcome a degree of order and calmness to our physical, emotional and spiritual bodies.
The base chakra, the first of the major seven chakras of the body, located at the base of the spine, entertains our feelings of stability, security and is the most instinctual of our chakras. Here is our survival centre. It provides the link between our energetic system and the physical world and is our base for our life force energy. It helps us feel grounded and connected to our Mother Earth. Themes such as insecurity, exhaustion, worry, fear, anger and trauma are already prevalent amongst family and friends. There are plenty of gentle tools which respect the vital force and can help transform lower energies or negativity. Microflora Liquescence or IMS can help ground unstable energies, strengthen resolve when stress depletes us and enhance the environment for a stronger immune system. Zephorium’s Base Chakra Tonic is perfect for people who are feeling full of fear or finding it hard to stay focused. A healthy, vibrant and free-flowing base chakra empowers our Beings. Life is going to be different now. It is said that there’s no rainbow without a little rain. But if you pack an umbrella and wellingtons, and prepare to protect yourself, we will embrace a gentler experience together when the rainbow appears.

Optimizing Glutathione Status

A review article published in the Journal, Nutrients, discusses multi-component dietary interventions specifically designed to enhance glutathione status. The study outlines an exciting opportunity for clinical medicine and future research. Glutathione plays a crucial role in physiological processes leading to reduced oxidative stress, enhanced metabolic detoxification and a better performing immune system. Optimizing the levels of this critical antioxidant has been proposed as a strategy for health promotion and disease prevention. Research suggests that nutritional interventions including amino acids, vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and foods can have important benefits. Dietary supplements may also be useful.

New Vistas Glutathione is a popular holistic supplement recommended by CAM Providers as part of a personalised health plan for their clients.
Ideally, a CAM Provider can evaluate an individual’s health requirements and create a strategy in order to achieve wellness goals.

Reference: Deanna M. Minich and Benjamin I. Brown, A Review of Dietary (Phyto)Nutrients for Glutathione Support, Nutrients 2019, 11(9): 2073

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