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Each year a whole range of different influenza strains are produced worldwide. These changes make it difficult for our bodies to be protected as our immune system struggles to build up a natural defense against these new germs and viruses.Although influenza (i.e. ‘flu) is generally not dangerous, it can cause serious complications and even death, especially in those with a compromised immune system such as those who are ill, elderly or very young. We all saw to what extent the H1N1 influenza virus affected populations around the globe in 2009…Full Story
High cholesterol levels affect a big portion of our adult population. Undesirable levels often occur already in childhood – with some children being at higher risk due to a family history of high cholesterol.
Cholesterol is found in eggs, dairy products, meat and poultry. Egg yolks and organ meat (i.e. liver and kidneys) are high in cholesterol. Fish generally contains less cholesterol than meat, but certain shellfish also have high levels.Full Story
Cholesterol is one of the conditions we hear constantly on people’s lips, pooled together with other ailments such as high blood pressure and thyroid problems. So what is cholesterol? Cholesterol is a soft, waxy substance found in all parts of our bodies, known as a lipid. It is mostly produced by the liver from the fatty foods we eat, as these food products contain cholesterol. It’s important to understand that the body needs cholesterol at the right levels, making it vital for our health and well-being.Full Story
As important as it is for us to take care of our teeth and practice good oral hygiene habits, we need to do the same for our dogs and cats. Our furry friends are susceptible to broken teeth, tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease if their teeth are not kept clean. Gum disease can lead to serious health problems such as heart, liver, kidney disease, even organ failure.Full Story
Which works best for you? The subject of flu vaccination has caused its fair share of debate in recent years. Should one use conventional means to support the immune system, or look to nature to provide protection? We look at the potential risks of allopathic flu vaccination and investigate the advantages of the natural approach…Full Story
All small children experience tantrums – it’s their way of showing a healthy independence. If tantrums are handled properly they shouldn’t become too much of an issue (this is easier said than done when you have a million things on your mind plus a screaming child!). However, some children get frustrated quicker than others, and may resort to kicking and stomping to let you know what they’re feeling, making them especially vulnerable to having frequent tantrums.Full Story
Although we may not realize it, a little stress can be good for us – in moderation. That said, ongoing stress can wreak havoc in the delicate systems within our body.
Underlying stress can lead to a variety of physical symptoms – from skin breakouts and rashes to headaches, tension in the muscles and weak points in our immune systems, which can lead to us feeling run down and under the weather.Full Story
“I’m so glad I finally know why!” Are you suffering with constipation, aches, dry skin and lifeless hair? Always tired and have no energy? Are you struggling to keep the creeping pounds at bay? While these are common symptoms that may be due to any number of lifestyle factors, they could also simply be caused by an under-active thyroid gland.Full Story
Research shows that children thrive on routine, and need healthy boundaries to be maintained while they develop. While it’s a good idea to restore balanced everyday routine in the household as soon as possible following a holiday, it is equally important that this be done in a gentle and realistic manner.Full Story
Our beloved pets often mean the world to us – they are faithful companions and love us unconditionally. This makes it especially heart wrenching to see them in pain, or struggling to do what comes naturally – move freely.
Often pet owners find their pets suffering with the progressive problem of inflamed joints, commonly defined as arthritis. For humans with this condition, living a ‘normal’ life is still relatively possible… unfortunately, animals rely greatly on their limbs and joint pain can greatly affect a pet’s quality of life.Full Story