Dietary relief for arthritis & musculoskeletal pain

There’s a ton of ideas floating around social media about the best diet for chronic health issues. Some have research to back them up, many don’t. So, when I read this recent paper reviewing the studies that found positive effects of dietary changes on pain intensity in musculoskeletal pain (MSK) I was one happy practitioner!Continue reading “Dietary relief for arthritis & musculoskeletal pain”

Food marketing to kids?!?

Have you ever perused the food options on the shelves of the supermarket looking for the healthiest option, and then read the ingredients only to find it was loaded with sugar…or something that sounds like sugar but you just can’t be sure? A recent Australian study (Pulker et al., 2018) sought to understand the impactContinue reading “Food marketing to kids?!?”

Throwing the baby spinach out with the bath water

Recently I went into a well known supermarket looking for some leafy greens to go with the dinner I was cooking. I scanned the shelves and all I could see was packets of baby spinach, rocket or mixed greens, neither on their own, both mixed with baby spinach. I felt like I was in aContinue reading “Throwing the baby spinach out with the bath water”

Stress impacts our gut bugs

A new study from Nature Scientific Reports indicates that stress may be as unhealthy to our gut microbiota as a bad diet. The study was carried out on animals but may have implications for humans. The researchers set out to evaluate the factors that impact on the gut microbiota and found that female mice exposedContinue reading “Stress impacts our gut bugs”

Memory enhancing EVOO

I am regularly regaled with the benefits of Coconut oil (predominantly a saturated fat) but personally I am not a fan. By all means moisturise with it, use it as a mouth cleanser, rub it through hair etc, but don’t eat too much of it. The purported health benefits just don’t stack up in theContinue reading “Memory enhancing EVOO”

An after-meal stroll can help improve diabetes

The causes of chronic pain are many and varied but a condition I see with increasing frequently is chronic pain associated with diabetic neuropathy. This isn’t particularly surprising given the significant rise in Type 2 diabetes in Australia. Treatment usually focuses on improved blood-sugar control and nerve support with the aim of slowing progression andContinue reading “An after-meal stroll can help improve diabetes”

Constipation, pain and the digestive benefit of Figgy Pudding

Almost everyone suffers from constipation at some point in their lives, some of the classic symptoms including hard stools, missing a day or days at a time, difficulty going to the toilet or a feeling that your bowel motion isn’t quite ‘complete’. For up to 20% of the population this becomes chronic, and is aContinue reading “Constipation, pain and the digestive benefit of Figgy Pudding”

Healing Stewed Apple

Diarrhoea or constipation, abdominal pain and bloating are symptoms commonly associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). This conditions affects up to 15% of individuals at some time in their life and is frequently associated with anxiety, stress and poor emotional well-being. The gut symptoms, emotional impact and inflammation associated with IBS can lead to chronicContinue reading “Healing Stewed Apple”

Managing sensitive skin

Up to 40% of people describing themselves as having sensitive skin and many more reporting an adverse response to a personal care product at some stage. From a dermatologist perspective, the term “sensitive” refers to those with skin that reacts or is intolerant to the use of some or many cosmetics. Sensitive skin can occurContinue reading “Managing sensitive skin”