June 10, 2016

Boosting The Immune System – The Natural Way 

Heading into the thick of winter means one thing for those of us who aren’t fortunate enough to live in the tropics: people have more colds and flues. And, there are some ways that you can boost your immune system in this season.  There are a number of reasons that this season can knock the old immune system around: from lower temperatures, to more time spent indoors in groups and at the mercy of artificial heating that cycles viruses around office blocks [1]. We also take in less Vitamin D in winter, as sunshine is a little more difficult to […]
June 8, 2016

Neurogenesis – Making New Brain Cells

Mothers of newborns notice how impaired their memory is.  Old people report that their co-ordination and spatial awareness isn’t as good as it used to be.  And people under high levels of stress complain of similar symptoms, their memory isn’t as sharp, they struggle to recall simple events or conversations and their mental agility isn’t as quick anymore…  But why is that? Our brain is a highly complex organ.   In the centre of it you will find the hippocampus.  This is one of the powerhouses of the brain as it regulates our memory, learning ability and emotions. But it’s only recently that we […]
May 17, 2016

The Impact Of Screen Time On Children 

In many ways, today’s child is growing up in a vastly different world to that of their parents. The majority of us who spent our childhoods prior to the advent of technology grew up in a world that was rich in play, imagination, activity and nature. It was low on tech and high on all things sensory. If we dreamed of being a chef, we ‘baked mud pies.’ If we dreamed of being an explorer, our backyard was transformed into an untamed wilderness in the world of our imagination. If we dreamed of being a princess, we raided the dress […]
May 10, 2016

Justifying Your Guilty Pleasure: Chocolate Is Good For The Brain 

Story at-a-glance New research reveals that chocolate consumption has benefits to cognitive function. Benefits can include visual-spatial memory, scanning and tracking, abstract reasoning and working memory. Eating the right type of chocolate matters. So you pack your food with high quality fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds. You buy the meat that’s been fed the right kind of feed, and you stay away from highly processed foods or anything laden with food additives or sugars. But you’ve still got this one Achilles heel – you just can’t resist the pull of chocolate.  Stress less, friend! You are not alone and, as […]
May 3, 2016

Tech Advances: The FitBit 

Story at-a-glance  For the most part, we are blind to what happens after people leave our practice. Health practitioners are starting to see possibilities in the use of technology like the FitBit to fill this knowledge gap. The FitBit could have multiple possible research applications. The ability to gather and analyse health data may have potential to add insight to clinical practice. Ten years ago, the pedometer was the peak fitness device inspiring people to get moving. It had one function: to measure how many steps you took. This gave people a good, hard look at how much they were […]
April 21, 2016

The Benefits Of Fermented Foods  

Fermented foods seem to have taken the health-world by storm in recent years. Kombucha is no longer an obscure concept, but a health fixture in many households. While many prefer the bottled and purchased variety, others are dedicated in the home-fermentation process and laud the gut-healing effects that the fermented drink yields. But Kombucha is not the only fermented food, and gut health is no longer the only benefit.  In truth, fermented foods have been around for centuries. Some of the earliest records show Chinese workers eating acid-fermented vegetables while building the Great Wall of China. Ancient Greek writings include […]
April 19, 2016

Sneaky Ways To Introduce Mindfulness And Relaxation  

As health practitioners, we know stress can be bad for health. It can act as a barrier to adaptation and put undue pressure on the endocrine system. It can fire up the sympathetic nervous system designed only for fight or flight, and keep it fired up for an extended amount of time.  But try telling a stressed, busy, or under-pressure person that they need to relax and you just might find yourself faced with a swag of objections. Winding down just isn’t that easy for all people.  Here’s the thing: regardless of whether winding down is easy for a person, […]
April 12, 2016

The Role Of Chiropractic In Cross Fit – An Interview With Jamie Richards 

Since its inception roughly 14 years ago, Crossfit has morphed from a health-fad into a bona fide health movement that has swept the world. It claims to reap faster results in terms of health, fitness and weight loss due to its combination of Olympic lifting progressions, gymnastic skills and high intensity cardio workouts [1]. But Crossfit has a PR problem – rumoured high levels of injury.  Fans of Crossfit sing its praises. Critics of the sport are just as loud in their disapproval. In truth, good data on the injury rate of Crossfit has been a little slow to emerge. […]
April 5, 2016

Is It Time To Rethink The Saturday Morning Sleep-In? 

Findings from a new study suggest that a misalignment of sleep timing is associated with metabolic risk factors that predispose to diabetes and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease [1]. The study asked participants to sleep 12 hours out of time with their normal sleep-wake routine. It mimicked a phenomenon known as “Social Jet Lag” where work schedules or other environmental factors interrupt the person’s biological circadian rhythm.   The results are a cautionary tale, not only for shift workers or those who class themselves as night owls rather than early risers, but for those who like to splurge on weekend sleep-ins only to […]
March 31, 2016

Intermittent Fasting  

When it comes to diet, there are a lot of voices out there telling us what to eat, but since books like “The 5:2 Diet” burst onto the scene a few short years ago, there are now voices telling us how to eat. Mark Mattson, a Professor of Neuroscience at The Johns Hopkins University and current Chief of the Laboratory of Neuroscience at the National Institute of Aging, hopes that this latest diet trend is more than a fad. It’s called Intermittent Fasting and he claims it can make us healthier and more productive.  With extended life spans, comes a […]
March 29, 2016

New Study Reveals Endocrine Concerns Around Nailpolish

We’ve known for a long time that some petrochemicals pose not-so-good news for health. We have seen research revealing that some BPA’s (that hide in certain plastics) bind to oestrogen receptor sites and fool the body into thinking it contains more oestrogen than it does. And we have long held notions that cosmetics and perfumes could be hiding some subtle nasties of their own. A new research paper has revealed that a concerning endocrine disruptor hides in something that lives in many a bathroom cabinet. A newly emerging study has revealed that many nail polishes contain a potential endocrine disruptor. […]
March 24, 2016

Fat’s Back In Fashion But Balance Is Key 

Something happened at about the same time as the 1980’s opened for business. Low fat, no fat and skinny food and drink alternatives started lining the shelves in supermarkets. Diet soft drinks reigned supreme, all so the general population could enjoy all the perks of food but without the calories. Promising a reduction in heart disease, real food was quickly being replaced with highly processed chemical storms in convenient packaging. But for all the talk of lowered fat and calories, some things didn’t improve. Obesity statistics got worse. Cholesterol didn’t improve. Heart disease rates didn’t drop. In fact, these problems […]
March 22, 2016

Troy Miles: The Chiro Clicker Guy 

Career planning starts young, sometimes even occurring in childhood as youngsters pretend to be doctors, nurses, mums, dads, builders, dancers and an assortment of superheroes. These dreams, while cute in the carefree days of childhood, can often carry over into the more serious career planning process that takes place later.  But how do you encourage early aspirations for chiropractic, when a chiropractor’s best tool is their hands? It’s a question many a chiropractor has mulled over. The good news is that Dr Troy Miles has recently found a way to facilitate this – and its proving that innovation in this […]
March 17, 2016

Superfoods – How Much Is Too Much?

Enter the term ‘superfood’ into a search engine and you’ll get a plethora of slick articles telling you all about the ten superfoods you need to be eating to cure all your health issues, the fifty must-have superfoods you need in your pantry, and the list goes on. These antioxidant rich foods are praised for their detoxing properties and praised for their ability to help you slim down, bulk up, get pregnant, recover from inflammation, cut your risk of cancer and diabetes and much more. But nestled in amongst the ‘ten easy steps’ type blogs are some valid questions: are […]
March 15, 2016

Nuts About Nuts

Leading nutrition sources have some good news for us. Studies suggest that consuming a handful of nuts per day may reduce the risk of developing heart disease by 30-50% and reduce the risk of death from heart disease by around 20%. “This is based on the high proportion of healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats in nuts, and the low proportion of saturated fats, and is the results of studies comparing heart disease rates among people who eat nuts with those who do not [1].” In addition to this, there is preliminary evidence that suggests nut consumption of around 30 grams […]
March 10, 2016

Chronic Sleep Deprivation May Lead To Changes In Endocrine Stress

Sleep matters. This statement alone will cause gasps of surprise from … absolutely no one. But the degree to which sleep matters has been a topic of intense study for years. A recent study turned up some rather concerning findings – that the total amount of sleep has shrunk to around seven hours per person, per night [1]. We are, year by year, traipsing further and further away from the brain’s primal instinct – to sleep when the sun goes down and wake when the sun comes up.  Sure, this ideal is impossible for shift workers, new parents, insomniacs, students […]
March 8, 2016

Modern Ergonomics: Sitting Too Long At Work?

The British Journal of Sports Medicine recently released a paper on exploring the impacts of sedentary offices, highlighting the problem of sitting all day. The study urged employers to change the culture of their workplaces in order to increase the health and wellbeing of their employees.  The findings put forth in the paper (titled The sedentary office: an expert statement on the growing case for change towards better health and productivity [1]) brought together current evidence including long-term epidemiological studies in order to present employers with guidance on the important issue.   The crux of it is this: workers need to […]
March 3, 2016

Exercise And Longevity: Why It Matters And How To Improve

Can you sit down on the floor and then get back up again without using your hands or other supports? It might seem like an odd question, but a study in the European Journal of Preventative Cardiology has found that this simple exercise may predict longevity.  The study took 2,000 respondents ranging in age from 51-80, observed their performance in the ‘sitting-rising test,’ and subtracted a point every time they used hands, knees or forearms as a support to help them stand again. The resulting score was able to predict longevity in many cases.   “6.3 years later, 159 people died—the […]