Shining Light on Dementia and Traumatic Brain Injury

Shining Light on Dementia and Traumatic Brain Injury

We often take our health and independence for granted, but for many thousands of Australians affected by neurological disease or injury, even tasks such as making a cup of tea or remembering their way around a supermarket can be a distant dream.

Dementia Australia estimates that there were 436,366 Australians living with dementia in 2018, while an alarming 26,433 had younger-onset dementia. Tragically, the incidence of neurodegenerative disease is rapidly rising, as around 250 people are diagnosed with dementia every day. Given the devastating effects that these conditions have on individuals and their families, and sometimes harmful effects of medications, new approaches are desperately needed.

What if light could play a role? The need for safe, effective treatments has led to the study of Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT), also known as cold laser therapy or photobiomodulation (PBM). This therapy uses near-infrared light to boost the body’s natural healing ability.

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Coeliac Disease - What to do with a diagnosis

Coeliac Disease - What to do with a diagnosis

Coeliac Disease is an autoimmune condition whereby exposure to gluten, a protein found in wheat, triggers an inflammatory response in the lining of the digestive tract. This inflammatory response can cause damage to the cells, resulting in local irritation and inflammation, a reduced absorption of nutrients, and potentially heighten the risk of gastrointestinal cancers.

How is Coeliac Disease detected? Do you really have to be that careful with gluten and how do you protect your gut moving forward?

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Your Body is More Than A Temple – it’s a Healthcare System

Your Body is More Than A Temple – it’s a Healthcare System

Ask the average Australian if they’re healthy and most will answer yes. But in the past 15 years, our intake of fruit and vegetables has declined. In fact, says the Heart Foundation, we have a 92.9% inadequate intake of veg. [1] 

These statistics skim the surface but what they indicate is that we’re not particularly involved in, or engaged with, our health.

In 2016-17 there were 11 million hospital admissions in Australia. That’s 31 million days of patient care. [2]  We seem comfortable assuming ‘we’ll be right’ and then when we do end up in hospital we’re happy to leave it to the heavily pressured doctors and surgeons to fix us.

Can we really consider ourselves healthy when (a roughly equivalent) half of the population is in hospital at some point during the year?

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Your Health & Environmental Influences

Your Health & Environmental Influences

It’s no surprise that there are many things in this crazy world that are not good for our health - mentally, physically or emotionally. Being unaware, or complacent of your own well-being and of the influences that exist in our daily environment, can lead to on-going symptoms that you may consider to be “normal”.

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