26th April 2013 - Spring was yesterday . . .
After a beautifully sunny day yesterday, it's back to cold and rain today. Unfortunately that won't necessarily bring much relief for the millions of hayfever sufferers, as pollen released by trees such as Birch, falls back down with the rain! It's now estimated that up to one in three children in economically developed countries are affected by allergic rhinitis (hay fever), eczema and asthma - and this number is increasing! Itchy red eyes and throats and runny noses aren't much fun at the best of times, but if you are currently sitting exams - it really doesn't help. Anti-histamines are all very well but like all orthodox drugs they have side-effects, and because they can make you drowsy they are far from an ideal treatment for pupils, or drivers for that matter. The best solution is a homeopathic treatment, which can give you relief now and throughout the summer, without side effects, and can prevent a re-occurence next year! So email or telephone me now to book an appointment - just in case Spring comes back!
NEWSFLASH 17/4/13 - BIRD FLU BACK IN UK
Restrictions have been put in place at a Suffolk poultry farm after an outbreak of Bird Flu.
Tests are being carried out after signs of the disease were spotted at a Bernard Matthews farm.
Environment agency Defra confirmed it had been detected but said initial tests are negative for the H5 and H7 strains which are potential lethal for humans.
Movement restrictions are today in place at the farm, but officials have so far refused to reveal the exact location of it.
A spokesman from Defra said: “We are awaiting further laboratory test results from an on-going investigation into suspect avian disease at a premises in the South East.
“The premises remains under restriction pending further results.
“Public Health England are aware and are ready to take the necessary action pending further test results.”
The lockdown comes after fears of a new epidemic spreading from China where five deaths have been confirmed from the new H7N9 strain of the virus.
There have been a further 11 confirmed cases of the virus which has not previously been seen in humans – but as yet, no evidence of it spreading from China.
A spokesman for the company said: “Bernard Matthews can confirm that Defra have undertaken tests for avian influenza on one of its farms following notification by the company after some birds showed signs of ill health over the weekend."
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NEWSFLASH - EASTER HOLIDAYS
Half price "allergy" / food intolerance scans for babies, toddlers and children up to 16 during the Easter Holidays (usual price £65 - half term price just £32). Book as soon as possible as appointments are limited.
21st March - Flu and Winter hanging on.
If you already have my "anti flu tablets" then continue taking them fortnightly until the end of April this year, as it's going to be a very late Spring! If you haven't got them and want to help yourself stay well then remember to take your vitimin C daily and email me now
to order your homoeopathic anti flu remedies for just £18 for a year's supply.
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to read the article.
Now is the time for Spring Cleaning so how about treating yourself to a Spring Detox!?
Fluid retention, skin problems, puffy eyes, arthritic problems, fatigue, hairloss, lower backache and up and down blood pressure, can all be signs that your kidneys could use some extra help.
WHAT TO AVOID OR REDUCE -
Fizzy drinks, tea, coffee, wine, salt, tobacco, late nights and stress.
WHAT HELPS -
1.5 litres of filtered or bottled still water daily, and foods like:-
beetroot, fish, cranberries, asparagus which breaks down oxalic acid crystals (which can cause pain in joints, watercress, parsley, onions,rice, garlic, walnuts, ginger, root vegetables and green leafy vegetables.
Solidago Complex, a combination of four herbs which work synergistically in the body. Apart from Solidago (Solidago virgaurea) the herbs present in this fresh herb tincture are Birch (Betula pendula), Restharrow (Ononis spinosa) and Horsetail (Equisetum arvense). email me now
to order (10% off the usual price)cost £8.20 (plus £2.40 p&p).
Think Spring's a long way off? Well the daffodils are well up and the primroses have been out since Christmas! Last year was a bad year for many sufferers - but not for the ones who had homeopathic treatment early in the season. Yes of course you can struggle through using whatever helps alleviate your symptoms - see this Daily Mail article on Hayfever Treatments That Really Work
(includes some homeopathic remedies for self treatment of hayfever symptoms) - but if you want to avoid hayfever occurring in future years then you need deeper constitutional treatment by a qualified and experienced homeopath NOW. Ring me or email me now on 01323 842633 to discuss your symptoms or book an appointment, and make hayfever misery a thing of the past.
Don’t let stress get the better of you!
You may think that the best way to deal with stress is to avoid
stressful situations in the first place. Whilst, in some cases this
may be possible and indeed essential, in many other cases you
simply cannot avoid stress. Sometimes life events are out of your
control and in these cases, it is important that you are armed with
the very best defence to help support a healthy stress response.
Remember, it is not always the stressor that is the problem, often
it is our imbalanced response that creates the problem.
So what can you do?
Fortunately, there is an alternative to simply avoiding stressful
situations. Ultimately, how you manage the stress in your life
can determine the impact it will have on you. There are several
effective methods for dealing with stress:
Eating a balanced diet and getting adequate rest to help your
body repair and regenerate itself
Exercise, meditation and yoga are popular stress management
tools that might help you break out of a stress-induced
Taking specialised nutrient and herbal formulas that help your
body adapt to various stressful challenges by promoting a
healthy stress response.
Natural substances in foods, plants and herbs have been shown
to act as natural, safe inhibitors of stress hormones, whilst
others may act as energy boosters to help combat feelings of
exhaustion. Choosing the right formula for you couldn’t be
simpler once you’ve identified which of the three presentations
of stress applies to you.
Phases of Stress Symptoms :
You feel anxious, fearful, restless and tense.
Wired & Tired:
You feel anxious, irritable and exhausted.
You feel mentally and physically drained and exhausted.
If you recognise yourself as being in one of these phases - then I recommend that you have constitutional homeopathic treatment and nutritional support to help you cope with the stress. Prolonged stress can leave you vulnerable to many serious health problems in future, book a consultation now and break the cycle.
Phone me on 01323 842633 to get your free leaflet on beating stress and book an appointment to get stress back under control.
Beat the New Year rush. . .
Here's a novel idea - instead of trying to get an appointment to sort those troublesome digestive problems out in the New Year, when Christmas has taken its' toll - why not come and see me now and get started on dealing with Irritable Bowell Syndrome/bloating/nausea and discomfort and the stress that can all be aggravated by the festive season? Get ahead of the crowd and give yourself an early Christmas present, and start to feel better, more in control and more able to cope with all the added pressures (not to mention the rich food and alcohol)!
Until we start treatment you may need to avoid
• Tea, coffee and alcohol as these aggravate symptoms
• Raw fruits and vegetables in high quantities, as these
can be too harsh for the digestive system
• Citrus fruits and excess amounts of fructose (fruit
sugar) and sorbitol, which can aggravate symptoms of IBS (and yes beware the Christmas cake and pudding).
To start the road to recovery through homeopathy and nutrition email me or telephone 01323 842633 to book an appointment or request a free patient guide to resolving digestive problems, and have a happy, healthy Christmas and New Year!
Now is the time to start taking your homoeopathic flu tablets - I was reminded of this when the calls came in this week from all over the country from patients, some of whom have successfully used these preventative measures for well over a decade! So it's been a very busy week sending out the flu tablets - but there is still plenty of time to get yours for just £18 for six months supply. Just ring me on 01323 842633 and request your flu tablets for 2012/2013. For a small cost and with no side effects it can make so much difference to avoid a nasty bout of flu, particularly if, like many people, you don't like to use the conventional flu vaccination. Ring now - to beat the queue and be prepared!
GP's are now advising that the use of painkillers for headaches and migraines can actually increase the occurrence of headaches. They also report that it is very difficult for patients to break this vicious cycle, because when they stop the use of painkillers, the pain is very difficult to cope with. Fortunately headaches and migraines can be successfully treated by a professional homoeopath, without worsening the problem. Homeopathy can also be invaluable in supporting patients coming off painkillers and for that matter anti-depressants and many other drugs.
HOMEOPATHY AWARENESS WEEK
Homeopathy Awareness Week runs from today until June 21st. It's backed by celebrities including Gaby Roslin who says "I have used homeopathy for years for myself and my animals. Prescribed by a professional homoeopath it can be extraordinarily effective, even in some cases of severe disease. . .
Pollen levels are set to soar due to the wet weather that has held back many plants from flowering - until now that is!! So get your local honey and find those sun glasses. For more tips read my article on hayfever which is reprinted in the current enewsletter, and phone me now on 01323 842633 to book an appointment so we can cure your hayfever and free you from the annual misery of sneezing, itchy eyes and throat and bunged up feeling. Oh - and for those that asked - yes cats do get hayfever too (though often the symptoms are itchy sore skin)!
ASTHMA IN CHILDREN
This email to me at www.homeopathyforhealth.org.uk
is so typical that I thought it would be useful to reprint it here together with my reply.
Hi my name is simone, im contacting you regarding my 3 year old daughter.
Since she was 3 months old she has been back and forth from the doctors and hospital on a monthly basis due to her having asthma and suffering many chest infections. She seems to suffer a great deal, as soon as she gets a cold she then gets a chest infection and then her asthma gets bad,its like we go round in circles, i take her to the doctors, im told to see how she is and to go back if she gets worse, then i go back she gets antibiotics that dont work, then she ends up on steroids (plus she has inhalers) and then this still doesnt help and she then ends up in hospital on oxygen because she struggles to breath. Im at a dead end, i feel helpless and have tried all I can, yet it feels like im not being taken seriously, as even when my daughters in hospital she is still an extremely active child, yet she is suffering, obviously its even worse at night times and has got that bad in the night where iv had to call ambulances because her inhalers dont help. If theres any help or advice you could give me I would be very grateful.
Hi Simone – thanks for your email. Firstly, I fully understand your frustration and despair. Your experience is not uncommon, and sadly conventional allopathic treatment creates this cycle, which in it’s attempts to limit symptoms, does nothing at all to restore health – and actually gradually destroys it.
The good news is that any good homoeopath can help a child to overcome asthma. However, we often see children like your daughter, after they have got on this vicious cycle of conventional drug treatment, which makes our job harder and the child’s recovery take longer. Despite this, in time, with professional homoeopathic treatment, your daughter can safely be helped to drug free, emergency hospital visit free, good health.
If you would like to discuss treatment in more detail – please feel free to ring me on 01323 842633 for a free 15 minute consultation.
Keith Smith (L.C.P.H.,M.H.M.A.)
Ps. Don't forget that if you belong to a health insurance company like Simply Health
= you can claim back treatment fees.
It's Official - Hayfever season 2012 has arrived!
March 16th 2012
Hayfever has officially started! The great news is that with homeopathy - your hayfever can be cured - so that it won't return year after year! So to avoid having to take anti-histamines day after day for countless Spring and Summers to come, give me a ring now to get it sorted once and for all. Then, check out my self help tips
for relieving the misery of hayfever (on the Health News page).
Call me on 01323 842633 to arrange an appointment for constitutional homeopathic treatment to get rid of hayfever for good! Remember - unless you do something different - you'll carry on doing the same thing - sneezing!!
Concerns over vitamin D deficiency - A quarter of toddlers affected
February 1st 2012
Still confused about vitamin D?
The chief medical officer for England, Dame Sally Davies, is contacting medical staff about concerns young children and some adults are not getting enough vitamin D.
Government guidelines recommend some groups, including the under-fives, should take a daily supplement. If you are pregnant, have a breast fed infant, don't get outside much - or use sun screen when you do, or you are over 65 then you might be advised to supplement your vitamin D intake with D3 drops (available by telephoning or emailing me with your details at £8.95 plus p&p.) Click National Health Service guidelines
for official current guidelines. See also blog dated 6th January 2012 Vitamin D and Ricketts below.
Recent research found that many parents and health professionals were unaware of the advice. There has been an increase in childhood rickets over the past 15 years.
Also according to Dr Benjamin Jacobs, from the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, links to some cancers and heart disease are now being investigated.
Sore Throat? Get The Bugs Before They Get You!
An itchy or scratchy sore throat is often the first sign trouble for many us at this time of year.
Introducing Emergency Echinacea - the handy throat spray! - A randomised , double blind placebo controlled study carried out to compare the results of using an Echinacea based throat spray with those of a pharmaceutical throat spray in patients with acute sore throats showed that the herbal throat spray performed as well as its drug based counterpart. In fact 94% of the Echinacea group said that they would use the product again. I am pleased to be able to supply the newly registered Echinaforce Sore Throat Spray (also contains Sage leaf extract) for 10% less than the normal price i.e. just £8.09p plus p&p - just ring 01323 842633 (and mention this article) with your details to pay by debit card for next day delivery in most cases if you ring early enough.
Vitimin D and rickets.
6th January 2012
Rickets is not a disease of the past. In fact it is on the increase in the U.K.
The disease develops when growing bones fail to mineralize. In most cases, the diagnosis is established with a thorough history and physical examination and confirmed by laboratory evaluation. Nutritional rickets can be caused by inadequate intake of nutrients (vitamin D in particular); however, it is not uncommon in dark-skinned children who have limited sun exposure and in infants who are breastfed exclusively.
Nutritional rickets is treated by replacing the deficient nutrient. So mothers who breastfeed exclusively need to be informed of the recommendation to give their infants vitamin D supplements beginning in the first two months of life to prevent nutritional rickets. Vitamin D-dependent rickets, type I is treated with vitamin D. The aim of early diagnosis and treatment is to resolve biochemical derangements and prevent complications such as severe deformities that may require surgical intervention.
In summary - if you are a breast fed infant, don't get outside much - or use sun screen when you do, or you are over 65 then you might be advised to supplement your vitimin D intake with D3 drops (available by telephoning or emailing me with your details at only £8.95 plus p&p.)
Research on Crohn's disease
May 12th 2011 News - Vitamin D may protect against Crohn's Disease
An interesting article from Higher Nature
by Holly Taylor BSc(Hons) DipCNM MBANT
Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease that affects approximately one in every 400 people. While there is no cure, treatments focus on controlling the inflammation, relieving symptoms and prolonging remission time.
The condition is thought to stem from a problem with the immune system that causes an inflammatory response to the bacteria living in the gut. Now, results from Canada suggest that low levels of vitamin D, which is important for the immune system, may increase the risk of developing Crohn’s disease.
The scientists looked at the effects of vitamin D on two genes linked to Crohn’s disease. The beta defensin 2 gene is important for producing substances that fight microbes, while the NOD2 gene helps to alert the immune system to detect the presence of invaders.
During the study, the researchers discovered that if the NOD2 gene is deficient or defective, which is common in Crohn’s disease, the sufferer may have more difficulty tackling invaders in the intestinal tract. More importantly, they found that vitamin D is central to switching on the genes and, therefore, may help reduce the risk of Crohn’s.
The scientists concluded their paper by saying: “Siblings of patients with Crohn’s disease that haven’t yet developed the disease might be well advised to make sure they’re vitamin D sufficient.”
Hayfever tips for sufferers26th May 2011
I'm getting lots of calls at the moment from people struggling with the misery of hayfever. The great news is that with homeopathy - your hayfever can be cured
- so that it won't return year after year! This was the reason I hadn't seen one of my old patients this spring. When I chanced to bump into her on a visit to some open gardens (full of pollen I might add, she explained "I don't need to see you for hayfever treatment this Spring, as the homeopathy I had last year has got rid of it!" Not only that, she won't need to take anti-histamines day after day for countless Spring and Summers to come! Check out my self help tips for relieving the misery of hayfever
(on the Health News page) - and better still, ring me on 01323 842633 to arrange an appointment for constitutional homeopathic treatment to get rid of hayfever for good!
Remember - unless you do something different - you'll carry on doing the same thing - sneezing!!
Homeopathy's not just for humans. . .April 26th 2011
. The hottest dryest April since records began? The homeopathy and herbal supplies site for pets and other animals, www.naturalhealth4animals.com
reports large numbers of customers googling "hayfever in cats"
. Well why not? Pets respond brilliantly to homeopathy, so whether it's you sneezing, or your cat; use homeopathic remedies
such as Allium Cepa, Natrum Mur, Arsenicum Alb, Pulsatilla, Euphrasia, Silica or Mixed Pollen to give you and your pets relief. Just make sure as always, that you choose the remedy which most closely matches your, or your pets' symptoms.