Depression and the Gut Brain Connection

The Gut and Brain Connection in Major Depression

MaesGutBrainDepression[2] Copy

No Comments




Longevity By Jason Mallia PhD

Longevity Love and other stuff! by Dr Jason Mallia IMD PhD Naturopath and Integrative Medicine

Longevity is a term thrown around to describe the length of time a person may life in their lifetime . What it does not describe is the state of wellness a person may have on this process . Now , the question is, would we still  be want a long life or longevity with ill health? , ,most would probably say NO , what do you say ??? In my experience as a clinician and a student of life  feel that there are several important factors that increase our life span and potential for wellness in this time , a popular book called  the blue Zone decribes some of these.

They include things such as:

A diet rich in Phytonutrients

Red Wine

diet rich in Omega 3 from fish

a daily spiritual practice such as going to church

community and a social network .

Im my day to day practice what I see that is often deficient is the need for a Life purpose, a Passion  and Love .People often come in with health conditions related to stress that is connected to these things . I ask many people do you love your job? and many respond with the answer no way its just a JOB and “thats why im here my job is stressing me” !. At this point we have the discussion about what job would you rather be doing and why are you not doing it ? After some time re-evalauting many come to the realisation that they need to follow their passion rather than just an income in their job .

The other area is the feild of LOVE, I often see diffuculty in this area or lack or this in their life weather it be in their job or in their relationships . I see many people with poor or broken relationships that is in turn starts affecting their health . When they have love in their life they seem to have a purpose and direction and rarely are unwell , when  love is non-existant  certain conditions arise causing ill health .

So when we think of health Wellness and longevity , ask your self what aspect of longevity is needing attention and start spreading the LOVE !

 

 

 

No Comments




Stressed, tired and fatigued, sleep not fixing it ? you may need a holiday!

Many people now days suffers from stress, tiredness and fatigue and can not seem to break the cycle.

There are many known causes including , past viral infections, toxicity, emotional stress and simply just overwork !

In most cases rest , a change of diet or herbal meds can improve a condition, but many people don’t realise how important taking time out is .

As clinician I burnt out early as a result of working too many days and not taking enough time for me , now days I have a balanced work /life ethic to offset this happening .

For some to get back on track it is required to take a month or two off work and get away to ensure stresses are minimised . I often recommend patients take a well earned holiday .

To ensure you get the most out of your holiday I recommend the following:

  • take a break to somewhere relaxing , rather than a faced paced have to do holiday . Somewhere tropical is ideal
  • Ensure where you go has nature and fresh air to help you rejuvenate your cells from the negative ions
  • avoid too much alcohol and coffee
  • take a siesta every day to catch up on sleep
  • book yourself in for a yoga or massage session
  • take walks and exercise daily in the forest or  by the sea
  • drink plenty of water .
  • Do not take work things with you such as reading and other work related items !
  • enjoy yourself and relax as much as possible
  • try and avoid using an itinerary this will only make you feel regimented like your daily life
  • Practice some kind of spiritual activity , meditation, praying or other

 

My recommendation is that people take small regular breaks rather that 1 large break when all else has failed this will ensure you recharge regularly . For those on a budget try doing day trips to the sea , or blue mountains , if you can stay the night this is recommended .

And remember don’t forget take your supplements with you!

Jason Mallia Sydney Naturopath Acupuncturist

 

No Comments




Feeling Tired and Flat as a result of the change in Weather?

Many people complain of feeling flat when the weather cools down . In Summer  due to the warmth your Qi (or energy) and Blood move around the body freely keeping you energised and healthy .However when the cold kicks in if a person has an underlying cold condition they may suffer as a result of stagnation of ther Qi and Blood . Symptoms may include , feeling flat , tiredness, acheing  joints, depression and other  . As a result many also dont get outside to replenish their vitamin D levels and become vitamin D deficient. Recent research has shown a link between Low plasma vitamin D and Depression .

Some tips to keep well this winter

  1. Eat Warm Soups with Ginger (asian style soups)
  2. Drink Warm Water , herbal teas rather than coffee
  3. Avoid cold foods such as salads and fruit \
  4. do not eat straight from the fridge
  5. Exercise in the Sun
  6. DO Bikram Yoga or Thai Chi in a Warm room
  7. Get a weekly massage or Acupuncture to help Circulation
  8. get your Vit D checked if your dont feel happy

Jason Mallia PhD naturopath Sydney

No Comments




Is your practitoner Qualified for the Job ? Part 2

When searching for a practitioner as mentioned in my previous post it is essential they are not only qualified for the Job at hand but also are the right type of practitioner for the type of conditon you have

Below is a list of Practitioner qualfications and Associations to look out for  

  • Massage Therapist (Associations ATMS , ARM , AAMT ) Qualificiations D.RM, D SIT, BA HSc Comp Med , BA Musc thpy
  • Naturopath (Associations ATMS, ANTA, NHHAA)  ND, ADv Nat, B HSc (naturopathy) Ba Hsc Compl Medicine  
  • Acupuncturists (Associations AACMA, ATMS, ANTA) Adv Dip Acup , Advanced Dip TCM , BA TCM , BA HSc (TCM) Dip Ac , Advanced Dip AC and OT)
  • Chiropractors  ( Associations CAA) DC , M CHIRO
  • Homeopaths ( Association AHA , ATMS , ANTA ) Adv Dip Hom, Dip Homeopathy , BA Hom
  • Medical Herbalist ( Association ATMS, NHAA, ANTA) Dip BM , Dip Herb Med, Adv DIp West Herb Med , Master of Herbal Medicine

For more information about qualifications , please dont hesitate to call the clinic

1 Comment




Is your Practitioner qualified for the Job ?

Over my 15  years of practice it has come to my attention that Qualification for a particular modality is extremely important especially in todays day and age where financial gain is the primary focus for some individuals  . Would you let a plasterer do a job of a builder? I think not.  

When it comes to healthcare you would like to think that most people check the qualifications of the attending practitioner. Further more you would also normally  think the best of the practitoner doing the treatment for you . The reality of it is many do not check of the person is duely qualified leaving them open to possible issues related to care that is not appropriate .  

Tips for selecting the right practitioner

  • Use your intution this is never wrong if you get a bad vibe them its usually correct
  • Check that the practitioner is qualified in the modality that they are practicing and have the right to title and practice
  • Check the practitioner is registered with a reputable association ATMS NHAA ARM AAMT CAA AACMA
  • Ask the practitioner how many years experience have they had in this modality and is it evidenced based practice , this will give you the right to refuse treatment if you are not satisfied
  • Get a referal from a reputable source
  • Check them out online and check association they have
  • If they are registered healthcare practitioners ask for their registration number

 

No Comments




Integrative Eastern and Western Medicine

Integrative Eastern and Western Medicine

From the Book Concepts of Integrative Medicine by Dr Jason Mallia PhD

Integrative Medicine is also referred to in the practice of Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and Modern Western Medicine. Combining both disciplines in theory and in practice can be very difficult however very achievable in an integrative approach to health. The main challenge however today is the language barrier as much of the TCM knowledge and philosophy is not easily translated into usable western medical practice.

There is not yet enough research to support some forms of TCM for western medicine understanding to advocate its use in conjunction with Western Medicine practice however it is well regarded in Complementary medicine circles as a great adjunct to other modalities. These include Naturopathic, Osteopathic and chiropractic medicine.

 With these challenges TCM still has found its way into the mainstream with many medical doctors recommending its use. In Australia TCM practitioners are government accredited practitioners and is covered by health insurance. Several Integrative Medicine wards have emerged inAustraliaincluding use of Acupuncture and other complementary medicines as part of an integrated approach to healthcare. In the coming years a hospital first of its kind will be opening in Sydney Australia which has the objective of providing Eastern and Western Medicine treatment and research.

Mainstream research into TCM has mainly been in the area of pain using Acupuncture, and many studies support its use in various pain conditions. This is not to say that Acupuncture works only in this area. TCM can help in a wide variety of conditions and thousands of years of use support its efficacy. The approach however of TCM practitioners differs greatly from that of Western Medicine.

For example a patient may present with clinical depression diagnosed by Western Medical practitioner. TCM theory is based on the ancient study of the meridian system and the interconnections to the organs and tissues, diagnosis of the patient is obtained by understanding the patient’s clinical pattern from their physical signs and symptoms. These include the Pulse, Tongue, hot and cold principles, smell and other. An understanding of a patient’s pattern of illness is then built based on these findings  

A  TCM practitioner may refer to the Western Diagnosis of Clinical Depression as a  pattern of Liver qi Stagnation with wood affecting earth, Or  liver qi stagnation with heat .The approach on the other hand by Western medical is to focus on the symptoms and the biochemical imbalance  that constitute the prescription of neurotransmitter balancing drugs or psychiatry referral .

 

In TCM an individual is assessed and once the pattern identified it is treated using a variety of therapies including Acupuncture, cupping and Moxibustion on various points to treat the pattern imbalance. In the Case of Liver qi stagnation Liv 3 is a common point used for the condition which helps patients with depression.

 

As recent Study at theUniversityofTechnology Sydney(Dr Kirk Wilson Etal Acupuncture in the treatment of Depression) looked at an integrative treatment of Clinical Depression using SSRI medications and Acupuncture

Patients were treated over an 8 week period and given 12 treatments of acupuncture alongside their prescribed SSRI medication. After the treatment 89.66% of the subjects reported significant improvements to symptoms compared the group who received no acupuncture and SSRI medication alone  

In conclusion patients with Diagnosed Clinical depression exhibiting Liver qi stagnation as their TCM pattern diagnosis, Acupuncture is shown to be an effective adjunct therapy which may reduce dependency on SSRI Medication.

Integration of TCM into a workable care plan for patients does have its challenges however very beneficial to the patient when done effectively

 

 

 

Integrative TCM and Western Medicine Case Studies

36 Year old female 

Presenting Signs and Symptoms 

Neck and Shoulder Pain and Headache, Frontal Sinus headache and sub occipital pain, with anxiety and depression, mild chronic lower back pain,low energy

Blood Type A

Medications Ventolin and Lexapro SSRI (long term use has tried coming off drug with no success) using a lot of pain medication (NSAIDS) 

Western Diagnosis

Depression, Anxiety ,OCD , Asthma,

Naturopathic Diagnosis Subluxation of C1 vertebra on right, pelvic rotation anterior on the right , Leg length discrepancy on right leg, Muscle hyper tonicity in Trapezius , levator scapulae and upper cervical muscle groups .Liver and general toxicity due to poor diet , stress , medication, dehydration , Gut dysbiosis related to poor diet and medications, Stress and tension related to life stresses

Lifestyle/Diet 

Red meat , little water , Tomatoes, and foods not suitable for blood type

TCM Differential Diagnosis 

Tongue Pale 

Coat  Sticky coating

Pulse Soggy

Liver yang rising heat rising

Liver chi stagnation

Chronic kidney chi deficiency

Spleen qi deficiency

Acupuncture treatment Plan

Move liver qi , tonify kidney spleen

Ashi Points/ Gb20 ashi gb21 bitong

Liv 3  Ki3  Sp 6  bladder 20 bladder 23 ,PC 5

Physical Therapies

Myofascial soft Tissue manipulation in upper neck , traps and entire spine

Re-Alignment of twisted pelvic and subluxation using the Dorn Method

Acupuncture was given on local pain points and according to pattern diagnosis.

 

Western/ Naturopathic treatment

Patient instructed to reduce NSAIDS and replace with

Natural Anti-inflammatory (Metagenics inflavanoid) take up to 8 daily to manage pain and minimize liver stress

Drugs to be continued as prescribed

Diet Blood Type A diet given , drink more fruit and vegetables and drink less coffee and more water

Western Herbal Medicine given to support eliminatory organs and support stress containing,

St Marys Thistle 80

Rhodiola,60

Yellow dock 30

Oats 30

200ml

7.5 ml BID

Supplements

Metagenics CalmX (containing high dose magnesium and Ph regulating nutrients . 2 scoop BID

Homeopathic Gel for pain applied topically

Results

After the first treatment detoxification tiredness followed however pain had been reduced and less Pain Medication was required over subsequent visits.

Subsequent visits showed gradual improvement in Pain from a 9/10 to a 0/10 un medicated with NSAIDS.

Patients symptoms well managed while on treatment of natural medication and SSRI medication, however suggested working with her Doctor to slowly reduce Antidepressants while we are supporting her Emotional Symptoms

Up until this point effective and quick results where achieved with and integrated approach

 

 

Glen 68 Yr Old Female

Presenting Signs and Symptoms 

Heavy smoker,SOB, Recently admitted to hospital for 02 therapy due to low blood oxygen ,Dry cough ,Cant sleep on sides due to pain ,Cellulites ,Legs on fire, Fatigue ,Cramps , Joint stiffness

Blood type O negative

Western Medical Diagnosis

Emphysema , treatment Oxygen therapy

Medications nil

Supplements Magnesium Vit D

Western Naturopathic Diagnosis

ES Teck Scan

Respiratory acidosis, metabolic acidosis, hypoventilation, Hypoxemia

Food intolerances, Hypertension, Liver inflammation, inflammatory bladder, decreased kidney function, increased PTH, Low 02 and ATP brain head area, arterial acidosis, electrolyte imbalances, Mis-alignment of L3 L4 L5 vertebra

Live Blood Analysis

Symplasts (high levels)

Microcytosis (severe)

Anocytosis (severe)

Atypical Lymphocytes (high)

 

TCM  Diagnosis 

Tongue cracked lung area sides red 

Coat  absent

Pulse weak

Acupuncture treatment Plan

Lung yin deficiency

qi stagnation

points

lung7 , kid 6 , liv 3 , bl 15 23

Weekly treatments using the above model

 

Western Naturopathic Treatment

Target Ph and peripheral system and tissues

Oxygenate the blood

Decrease inflammation

Vasodilatation, increase energy to cells and improve fatigue

Replenish electrolytes and detoxify acids and toxins

Support kidney function and elimination

Increase 02 to head and improve mood, treat cough

Dorn Method Re-Alignment of Lumbar vertebras contributing to peripheral pain

4 weekly Follow up

 

Herbal Medicines

Adhotoda 200

Coleus forsikoli 100

Liquorice root 100

Panax gensing 100

500ml

7.5ml BID

Supplements

CalmX 2 teaspoons BID (magnesium powder with Ph regulating minerals)

Cell Food 15 drops UID (02 drops)

Renoxl 1 BID (kidney tonic)

Hemagenics 1 (iron supplement)

D3

Tyrosine

Infavanoid (antiinflammatory herbs)

Metabolic Kit (tissue cleansing homeopathic)

 

Integrative Follow up 4 weeks later

 

After 4 weeks, Pain had markedly reduced from her joints, Patient was able to walk

With less SOB, Patient has been advised to stop smoking and hypnosis was

recommended.

4 Comments




Potatoe and Tomatoe Lectin Found to affect as much as wheat

http://www.naturalnews.com/037597_wheat_lectins_inflammation.html

No Comments




Miranda Kerr’s (Blood type) dieting tips

Miranda Kerr’s (Blood type) dieting tips

By Elle Halliwell

 Miranda Kerrs (Blood type) dieting tips

 

Model Miranda Kerr tells why she believes the blood type diet is best for her.

She has been blessed with more than her fair share of good looks, but Australian model Miranda Kerr says following the blood-type diet is the key to maintaining her lean, healthy physique.

Before Kerr captured the attention of the modelling world, the Gunnedah, NSW-born beauty had her sights set on a career in nutrition. She had even enrolled at the Academy of Natural Living in Queensland to study nutrition and health psychology.

The 26-year-old started following the blood-type eating plan six years ago after her naturopath gave her the book, Eat Right 4 Your Type (Putnam) by Peter D’Adamo. “It made a lot of sense to me so I started following the recommended eating plan and I just found I had so much more energy than I’d ever had; I was feeling really great,” she says.

According to naturopathic physician D’Adamo, the diet is based on the premise that certain foods are more compatible with particular blood types.
The diet’s celebrity followers include Demi Moore, Elizabeth Hurley and Courteney Cox Arquette.

People with type-O blood, which D’Adamo claims is the earliest human blood group, are said to benefit from a diet similar to the first humans, who ate a protein-rich diet, while type-B adults should stay away from wheat and chicken. The diet recommends AB blood types should eat small meals frequently and be aware of combining their food correctly.

Kerr, who has type-A blood, follows the book’s recommended vegetarian-based diet, which is high in organic vegetables, fresh juices and legumes. Despite her hectic schedule, which involves regular air travel and long days, the Victoria’s Secret model says her diet and exercise regime is easy to follow and says she carries healthy snacks wherever she goes.

“Some of my favourite snacks are organic almonds and blueberries, half an avocado with sea salt, and I also love eating Fuji apple pieces with almond butter and agave – it feels like a treat but it’s really good for you,” she says.

Kerr, a Nichiren Buddhist (a Japanese school of Buddhism), who meditates and practises yoga regularly, says low-impact, calming exercise is also recommended for people with an A blood type.

“I practise yoga daily; I do half an hour in the morning plus half an hour of meditation,” she says. “Dedication is key for me because with my constant travel schedule I find it very grounding and energising.”

The blood-type diet is viewed with scepticism by the medical fraternity. “There is no scientific link between your blood type and what you should be eating,” says Sharon Natoli, dietitian and director of Food & Nutrition Australia. Natoli says the diet is not recommended as a long-term eating plan as entire food groups are missing from some of its blood-group meal plans.

Tara Diversi, spokesperson for the Dietitians Association of Australia, says people with Kerr’s blood type who are following the vegetarian-based A-type diet need to ensure they are eating plenty of protein- and calcium-rich foods, as well as legumes and grains, which are high in amino acids.

While Kerr follows the diet closely, the David Jones model says she occasionally indulges. Her weaknesses include dark chocolate Lindt balls and her nana’s steak pie. “I believe in a balanced life – it’s not about depriving yourself – so I eat 80 per cent organic, nutrient-rich foods and 20 per cent indulgence foods,” she says.

Another important part of Kerr’s diet is noni juice, which she says helps her combat everything from pimples to jetlag. “Whenever I’ve been sunburnt or had a pimple I’d soak a cotton ball in it and place it on my skin and it would be really soothing,” she says.

Kerr is such an advocate of the juice that it has become a core component of her new skincare range, Kora. Kerr has worked on the range, which has been produced in Australia, for the past three-and-a-half years. “Noni juice is scientifically proven to heal on a cellular level and it’s also beneficial for skin health,” she says. “It just made sense to have it as a key ingredient in my products.”

 

No Comments




Health Conditons

Health Conditions

Here at the clinic we help people manage a wide variety of Conditions, It is important to point out that we employ the Hippocatic approach to disease management being to “ treat the person an not the illness” .

We find that best results are achieved when we assess each person individually as not two diseases are alike . For example several people may have Diabetes however each patient has their own indivual expression and cause of the disease. With this understood patients can be given a management program uniquie to their own needs . NOT simply a one drug fits all approach .

With the above in mind one can understand that most conditions can benefit from Integrative and Naturopathic treatment ,  even with the simplest of changes according to the individual , wether it be a comprehensive program or a simple dietary change.  

Conditions commonly Managed in our clinic

  • Arthritis
  • Autism
  • Acne
  • Allergy 
  • ADD and ADHD
  • Anxiety and Stress
  • Anemia
  • Abdominal Distension
  • Auto Immune Disease
  • Adrenal Exhaustion
  • Arythmia
  • Back Pain
  • Bacterial Infections
  • Blood Deficiency
  • Bloating
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Cancer (Support)
  • Common Colds and Flus
  • Childhood disease
  • Cholesterol High
  • Constipation
  • Dermatitis
  • Depression and Stress
  • Digestive problems
  • Diabetes
  • Energy Low
  • Female Health Problems
  • GORD Gastro Oesophageal reflux disease
  • Gallbladder Disease
  • Gut Problems
  • headaches
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Hepatitis
  • IBS
  • Infertility
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver Disease
  • Male Health problems
  • Malabsorbtion
  • Nutritional Deficiency
  • Nervous Exhaustion
  • Obesity
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Pain all kinds
  • Prostatic Hyperplasia and Prostatitis
  • Parasitic infections
  • Psoriasis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Slipped or inflammed Discs 
  • Systemic Lupus Erythmatosis
  • Thyroid imbalances (hyper thyroid and hypothyroid
  • Vitamin Deficiency
  • Stress

 

No Comments