Your smartphone could be good for your mental health

<img src=”https://thehealthlodge.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/phone-690091_1280.jpg” alt=”phone-690091_1280.jpg” /> Joanna Rodriguez, University of Surrey and Nadine Page, University of Surrey When it comes to mental health, technologies such as smartphones and social media networks are almost always discussed in terms of the dangers they pose. Alongside concerns expressed in the media, some experts believe that technology has a role in […]

What is Blastocystis?

Blastocystis spp. infection- Blastocystosis Blastocystis spp. is a group of parasites that is sometimes found in the lower intestine (large bowel). Infection with Blastocystis spp. is called blastocystosis. Blastocystis spp. is thought to be transmitted through oral-fecal contact from poor hand washing and hygiene practices, ingesting contaminated food or water, and exposure to animals. Our […]

What are eating disorders? Treating with mainstream and complementary medicine

What are eating disorders? Eating disorders are a complex and serious group of mental illnesses associated with significant problems with eating habits, weight management practices, and body image. People with eating disorders have extreme attitudes towards food intake, weight, and body shape. These factors become unhealthy preoccupations, interfere with daily activities, and negatively impact quality […]

Motor Neurone Disease – integrative treatment approach

What is motor neurone disease? The muscles that allow us to speak, breath, swallow, and move around are all controlled by nerve cells called neurones. In motor neurone disease (MND) these neurones stop working normally. Muscles need to be used to stay strong and function properly, and without neurons to activate them, muscles gradually weaken […]

What is ulcerative colitis? An integrated treatment approach

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a general term that covers a number of conditions that involve inflammation of the bowel. The two main types of IBD are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. In this week’s blog we will discuss ulcerative colitis, and you can find out more about Crohn’s disease in last week’s blog. What […]

What is Coeliac Disease?

Coeliac disease is a chronic disease of the small intestine (also called the small bowel) caused by intolerance to gluten. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, oats, rye, barley, spelt and kamut. Cause of coeliac disease  As we mentioned above, coeliac disease is caused by an abnormal immune reaction to the protein gluten. In […]

What is Crohn’s Disease – An integrated treatment approach

In the next two blogs we will be discussing inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). IBD is a general term that covers a number of conditions that involve inflammation of the bowel. The two main types of IBD are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. In this week’s blog we will discuss Crohn’s disease, and you can find […]

Hyperthyroidism – An integrated treatment approach

To understand what hyperthyroidism is, it is important to first understand what the thyroid is, and the role of the thyroid in the body. The thyroid is a small gland located at the front of the neck, just below the Adam’s apple. The thyroid is responsible for releasing two thyroid hormones, T3 and T4. These […]

Hypothyroidism – An Integrated Treatment Approach

To understand what hypothyroidism is, it is important to first understand what the thyroid is, and the role of the thyroid in the body. The thyroid is a small gland located at the front of the neck, just below the Adam’s apple. The thyroid is responsible for releasing two thyroid hormones, T3 and T4. These […]

Parkinson’s Disease

What is Parkinson’s disease? Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord). Parkinson’s disease results from the death of certain nerve cells in a part of the brain known as the substantia nigra. Normally, these cells produce an important chemical messenger called dopamine. Dopamine carries messages between […]

What is Depression? Part 2: Simon DuBois, Psychologist

Differentiating between depression and sadness A good way to think about the experience of sadness and whether that experience has become truly problematic is to consider the extent to which that sadness interferes with the capacity to maintain involvement in fundamentally important things that make up daily life. If you are unable to maintain your […]

Medical and Alternative solutions for Chronic Pain

I have spent many years searching for an answer to my chronic pain, and it has been a long and lonely road. There is not an area of my life that has not been changed by chronic pain. I have lost friends, and it has stopped me playing sports and enjoying my social life. I […]

Naturopathic treatment for hayfever

Hay fever is one of those conditions that people just learn to live with.  The constant sneezing, itchy eyes and runny nose can be extremely debilitating.  Unlike other allergies, it is a condition that is generally caused by our environment and often no matter how diligent we are with keeping the home dust and mould […]

Medical and Alternative care – Depression

Having been in practice for many years its easy to take for granted what the alternative health industry has to offer to our clients. I was reminded of this fact when I met a new patient yesterday who came seeking support to address his depression. He came thinking that medication was the only way his […]