September 28, 2016

Teens at Greater Risk of Depression Playing on Their Phones at Night.

Story at a Glance. Researchers at the University of Glasgow have reviewed social media effects and the effect on teenage depression, anxiety and reduced sleep. Adolescence can be a period of increased vulnerability for the onset of depression and anxiety, and poor sleep quality may contribute to this. While overall social media use impacts on sleep quality, those who log on at night appear to be particularly affected. This may be mostly true of individuals who are highly emotionally invested. It’s always been a pretty tough gig being a teenager, raging hormones, peer pressure, changing body shapes, it’s a veritable […]
September 28, 2016

Mum’s Gut Influences Her Unborn Baby.

Story at a Glance. Scientists have studied mice to observe if the maternal microbiome affected their offspring’s immune system during gestation. Offspring born to the infected mothers had increased numbers of innate lymphoid and mononuclear cells in their intestines and different patterns of gene expression in their guts. The study concluded that maternal microbiota shapes the immune system of her offspring. We used to call it gut flora but now it’s referred to by the very scientific name of microbiota. We’ve been researching the role of microbiota and its connection with our immune system since the late 1990’s. If the […]
September 23, 2016

Have We Been Conned By The Water Myths?

Story at a Glance. Whilst there is no doubt that water consumption is imperative for the survival of the human body, there are some well-ensconced myths about water consumption. Your thirst will be your best gauge as to whether you require more water. Tea and coffee add to your water tally, not take away. Dehydration from caffeine is one of the biggest myths It’s a regular sight these days to see the ubiquitous water bottle carried around like a second limb. It’s almost the accessory du jour. Supermarket shelves are stacked with a plethora of option; spring water, sparkling water, […]
September 22, 2016

Why Do We Jerk As We Fall Asleep?

Story at a Glance. Once you are asleep your body experiences sleep paralysis. Scientist believe that as you fall asleep your waking brain battles with your asleep brain and fights the paralysis, causing your muscles to jerk. People who drink too much alcohol or coffee and who are stressed or very tired tend to jerk more as they fall asleep. It’s an interesting question. Most of us, actually up to 70% of us have experienced twitching or sudden jerking movement as we’re falling asleep. Sometimes that happens as a result of dreaming we are falling, or tripping over, and other […]
September 21, 2016

WHO Under Rates Level Of Exercise Needed.

Story at a glance. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends at least 600 metabolic equivalent (MET) minutes a week of activity. The researchers from the University of Washington have found it’s five times more than WHO recommends in order to lower the risk of disease. The recommended amount is about 3,000 to 4000 MET minutes per week to reduce the risk of disease. We all know exercise is important. It’s not just good for our waistline but health benefits abound, it’s good for your heart, your brain and your general emotional health. But how much is the right amount? And […]
September 16, 2016

Fat Grandpas Pass on Love of Junk Food.

Story at a Glance. Overweight grandfathers impact the health of their grandsons. Grandsons given junk food negatively responded quite rapidly to the exposure of junk food showing fatty liver disease and pre-diabetic symptoms within a few weeks. The study showed a paternal link only. Epigenetics is the study of how inherited genes switch themselves on and off due to internal or external environments. And it’s in this area of science that has been looking at the harmful legacy parental obesity can pass on to future generations. With over 14 million Australians now obese, it’s food for thought.Blame it on the […]
September 15, 2016

People Who Exercise Have Bigger Brains.

Story at a Glance In a new study, people who weren’t physically active in their midlife had brains smaller than their peers twenty years later. As we age our prefront cortex and hippocampus get smaller, but exercise may make the brain bigger. People who had lower cardiovascular fitness and higher blood pressure and heart rate response to fitness had small brains nearly two decades later. Just when you thought pumping iron was only good for giving you big guns, science goes and gives us yet another reason to hit the gym. The benefits of exercise just seem to keep on […]
September 6, 2016

It’s Not the Caffeine in Coffee We Need to Talk About. It’s the Chlorogenic Acid.

Story at a glance Coffee is a highly complex beverage with hundreds of compounds; caffeine only makes up 2% of the coffee bean. Cholorogenic Acid (CGA) is a phenolic compound found in coffee that makes up about 12% of the bean. CGA has been shown to lower the risk of type 2 diabetes as well as having antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic properties. Caffeine is the drug of choice for anyone wanting to get out of bed in the morning without feeling like Grumpy from The Seven Dwarfs. It’s the nectar that makes our mornings worthwhile and our mid-morning slump […]
August 18, 2016

Being Bored Is Good For Kids

Story at a glance 1.    Extracurricular activities may be depriving your children of using their innate imagination and intelligence. 2.     Psychologists are suggesting that over scheduling kids is unnecessary and ultimately a disservice to them. 3.     Boredom is crucial for developing internal stimulus, which then allows for true creativity.  “Mum I’m bored!” It’s probably the catch cry of the school holidays, not to mention the weekends and anytime after school that your kids are not booked into some sort of extracurricular class. Particularly in our middle class world, there’s a propensity towards over committing our children to a rigorous engagement […]
August 9, 2016

Denmark, The World’s Happiest Country.

Story at a glance Denmark rated happiest place to live by UN World Happiness report after rating highest in seven categories. They have strong economic growth that is harnessed by paying high taxes that are used to support the general community at large. They have a national word Hygge that means self-care, cosiness and enjoying life, which underpins their social fabric.   No small task to be the happiest place on earth but the Danes seemed to have romped it in, coming first on the UN World Happiness Report for 2016. So what’s so special about Denmark that has all […]
August 4, 2016

6 Ways To Increase BDNF

Think of BDNF as a high performance protein powder that helps you build muscles at the gym, but for your brain cells. Instead of it influencing the size of your biceps it influences the quality and quantity of your brain cells. Your brain pumps out a series of neurotrophins. Neurotrophins are a family of proteins that are involved in making neurons. Whilst there are a variety of neurotrophins at work in your brain, BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor) is regarded as the most active and the most important protein in your body. Without it you cannot make new brain cells. And […]
August 2, 2016

Living Low Chemical – The Cosmetics Edition

The quest for health and wellness has many of us heading down the road of the organic or low chemical. It’s a smart choice, as pesticides and herbicides are thought to have some very real effects on health. But often, it’s the little things that sabotage our organic efforts. Ground zero can be cosmetics – the chemical soups that we put on our skin in order to ‘get cute’ of a morning. First up, know beauty comes from the inside. Therefore you’re cute already (insert other beauty-related platitudes here). If you’re still not keen on quitting cosmetics (and we don’t […]
July 26, 2016

Avocado Consumption Shown To Reduce Risk Of Metabolic Syndrome

There was a time in the history of food when ‘fat’ was the dietary equivalent of a swear word. As monounsaturated fats make up 77% of the calories in the humble avocado, its popularity waned [1]. However, the role of good fats in the healthy human diet are making a welcome comeback and with it comes a surge of research as to the health benefits of foods like the avocado. Among them is the news that avocado consumption may reduce the risk of metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is the name for a group of risk factors that raises a person’s […]
July 21, 2016

Struggling To Remember? Repeat It Out Loud

Did you have to sing the alphabet song to learn it? Or perhaps recite the times tables out loud. These tasks were commonly met with more than a few eye-rolls, but it turns out the teachers were on to something. A study recently published in the Journal of Consciousness and Cognition revealed that the simple act of repeating something to someone else can help you remember it. Memory loss has been treated as a part of aging for quite some time. But now we know that neural plasticity can offset this. Various strategies like exercise and sleep have been known […]
July 14, 2016

How Addictive Is Cheese And Other Food? 

A recent study has proven the addictive qualities of many popular foods. Unsurprisingly, highly-processed foods, or foods high in sugar, fat or glycaemic load were found to trigger areas of the brain involved with addiction. The actual top ten list varied somewhat from the perceived top ten list, but still the study revealed why certain foods keep us running back to the fridge despite our repeated vows to give them up.  The answer appears to be the link between glucose levels and the areas of the brain involved with addiction. The speed at which sugar and fat can be absorbed in the system can trigger […]
July 5, 2016

Leptins: How They Could Be Sabotaging Your Weight Loss

The weight loss formula is about as simple as it gets. If we consume more calories than we burn, we gain weight. If we burn more calories than we consume, we lose it. Yet for many of us, shifting unwanted kilograms just isn’t that easy. There could be many reasons for this – hormone imbalances, inflammation, or thyroid problems in some cases – the list goes on. Before you go questioning your willpower, or giving up on your dietary resolve yet again, there’s something else you might want to pay attention to: something called leptin. Leptin is a hormone produced […]
June 30, 2016

Chronic Stress – The Effects On Your Brain

The hormone that wrecks the most damage on your brain and like a domino effect, on your body, is cortisol. Cortisol is a steroid hormone. It’s made by your two adrenal glands, one each found on top of your kidneys. But cortisol isn’t a bad hormone. In fact, when cortisol is under control, it’s a life sustaining adrenal hormone, essential for your body’s homeostasis. It’s in charge of your body’s anti-inflammatory process, it manages your immune system, it regulates your blood pressure and it works with the hormone insulin to regulate your blood glucose levels. Frankly, it is essential for life. But […]
June 24, 2016

Combining 2 Passions to Raise Funds

Dr Rob is a guy with a vision to bring together two things he loves – chiropractic and endurance sports – to “show his support for the important work the Foundation does”. We’re so excited to follow his journey and watch him participate in an amazing 4 day ultramarathon event in the Northern Territory. The Run Larapinta Stage Race is a race through some of the most beautiful scenery that Australia has to offer.  Rob began training for triathlons at the age of 13 in his home town of Corner Brook, Newfoundland in Canada, and it quickly became his passion. […]