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Video Presentation  Holistic View of The Liver
– by Matthew D’haemer ND

A fascinating video presentation for practitioners on using iridology and energy healing for Liver issues as presented at the 19th Annual Symposium in April 2016..

 

Hydrotherapy – by Abigail Francis and Roger Gross

We are grateful to Abigail and Roger for offering us the opportunity to upload their presentation on Hydrotherapy which was recently presented at the GNI Symposium in April 2016.  It contains much up to date information on Hydrotherapy and draws from their visits to the Germany Kneipp site.  There is a 4th section yet to update but there is much to go on for the moment.  Enjoy!

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Stress and The Liver Presentation  Stress and the Liver – by Hakim M. Salim Khan, M.D. (M.A.), M.H., D.O., F.G.N.I.

 

Cereal Concerns?
– by Gabi Heyes

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photo credit: Bob.Fornal via photopin cc

Question: The safety of cereal was recently brought to my attention in the book Nourishing Traditions. Is cereal safe?

Answer: There are two unpublished studies regarding the safety of cereal, one involving puffed wheat and the other involving corn flakes. Both of the studies were performed on laboratory rats. The first experi- ment had results that are quite startling, involving dysfunction of the pancreas, liver, kidneys and eventually death. The sec- ond experiment had neurologi- cal and psychological outcomes such as schizophrenia, convul- sions, aggression and death.

Foods for arthritis relief
– by Georgie O’Connor

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Cauliflower. Photo credit: OliBac via photopin cc

There are lots of fabulous foods to choose from that will provide oodles of phytonutrients, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, such as pears, apples, berries, spinach, carrots and sweet potatoes…Two
to three portions of oily fish a week such as salmon, mackerel or sardines will provide the necessary essential fat, omega-3, that will ensure any inflammatory response is appropriate. If you’re vegetarian, use ground flaxseed or chia seeds. Onions, garlic, turmeric and ginger will add depth and zing to each and every meal and pack a powerful anti-inflammatory punch. You can also use ginger to flavour teas or just steep it in hot water with lemon for a refreshing alternative to regular tea. Consider increasing your consumption of green tea, to keep the anti-inflammatory nutrients coming between meals…. read more

Fatigue & Iridology Video Presentation
– by Matthew D’haemer ND

A fascinating video presentation for practitioners on using iridology for cases with energy problems and fatigue… view video here

Thinking of studying naturopathy – but do you know what it is?
by Jackie Day ND, DNI, MH, FGNI

It’s not nutritional therapy and it’s not functional medicine: or is it? Naturopath Jackie Day, ND, MH, NI, FGNI, FNNA, MAMH, chair of the General Naturopathic Council, explains the scope of modern naturopathic practice – and introduces a new opportunity for qualified practitioners to earn an ND.

Sometimes you get an answer you didn’t bargain for. When preparing this article I asked several people “What does a naturopath do?” A response I didn’t see coming was “Aren’t they all hippytrippy?” So that’s who all those people ramping through the muddy fields at the Glastonbury Festival are. My question was a serious one, because in the UK the huge benefits f consulting a naturopath seem to be poorly understood, but why?… read more

Naturopathic assessment – investigating biochemical, structural and emotional integrity
by Jackie Day ND, DNI, MH, FGNI

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photo credit: The Infatuated via photopin cc

“My GP thought it was hyperthyroidism.  A week later she confirmed it was an autoimmune disorder called Graves Disease. I felt so ill, I didn’t think this could happen to me.”

Sarah was a busy working mother of two young children in her mid-forties. Her stressful job as a consultant carried a great deal of responsibility. She would arrive home at 19.15, get the children ready for bed and then she’d work again, feeling that if she didn’t put in this extra time it compounded the stress the next day. At times her digestive system felt so locked up that she couldn’t eat and felt nauseous. She started to become breathless easily and people thought she was unfit, though previously she’d been a keen runner. By August 2010 she felt she couldn’t cope any longer and ended her contract in November…. read more

 

Naturopathic Identification of a Life-Threatening Condition
– by Angela Bradbury D.Hom., MBRI, FGNI, ND, MAMH, FICNM

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photo credit: JeremyMP via photopin cc

Eighteen-year-old Sam had been labelled ‘a malingerer’ by the medical profession. He had been offered a place at university to study Economics and Politics but over the period of a few months he had become increasingly unwell, with severe stomach pain. When I met him, he was on the verge of losing his place at university because he was unlikely to be well enough to commence his studies.

Repeated medical investigations, including a gastroscopy and tests for Helicobacter pylori had been carried out as a stomach ulcer had been suspected, but each test came back negative, and there was no suspicion of gall-stones. Antacids proved to be of no help whatsoever. His pain was an intense burning sensation that frequently was so bad that he needed to lie down…. read more

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Eat Right & Be Slim
– by Hakim M. Salim Khan, M.D. (M.A.), M.H., D.O., F.G.N.I.

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Vegetables. Photo credit: computix via photopin cc

Natural medicine, especially Tibb, takes a genuinely holistic view of food and health. The human being at the centre of the discussion is classified by their unique temperament and body type (mizaj). It also recognises that each person metabolizes food in their own specific way. Being over-weight or suffering obesity is an indication of your imbalance from this natural temperament.

Modern nutrition classifies foods by their material and chemical forms hence grouped into proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins & minerals.  Although this grouping provides us with some information in practice, apart from a few benefits, this simplistic and artificial classification is not much of use, therefore ignoring the most important factors: the human being and their individuality… read more

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The Naturopathic Assessment
by Jackie Day ND, DNI, MH, FGNI

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photo credit: HereIsTom via photopin cc

All too often digestive problems are misdiagnosed. An accurate assessment of these conditions can bring not just rapid relief of longstanding symptoms but, as this naturopathic case study shows, much wider health benefits.

Sally had spent over half her 62 years plagued by increasing food and chemical allergies. The almost immediate reaction is swelling of her fingers, causing the skin to burst open, leaving painful cuts; hydrocortisone cream and dressings provide limited relief. She had almost come to terms with having to put up with allergies for the rest of her life so her reason for a naturopathic consultation had more to do with tiredness, skin rashes, gall-bladder gravel, and low immunity… read more

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Integrated Naturopathy – homeopathy, herbs and nutrition
– by Angela Bradbury D.Hom., MBRI, FGNI, ND, MAMH, FICNM

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photo credit: dorena-wm via photopin cc

Anne, aged 70, had a considerably overloaded gall-bladder. Her medical specialists were reluctant to treat her surgically because of high blood pressure and an inherent cardiac weakness. She was also dramatically susceptible to reactions from drugs. Hence the medical referral, my hands not being tied, and the bonus of medical monitoring.

Anne is a retired nurse who is stoically stubborn with a great sense of humour. Although born and bred in Jamaica, she had trained and worked in the UK all her working life. Partly thanks to her Caribbean upbringing, Anne taught me a lot. For example, when I explained… read more

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Cauliflower. Photo credit: OliBac via photopin cc

 

Making Friends with Food
– by Hakim M. Salim Khan, M.D. (M.A.), M.H., D.O., F.G.N.I.

It is through proper use of food and good digestion that a person builds and revitalises their self and body. In order to have and maintain the right weight a person needs to have a positive and healthy relationship with food. These guidelines will help you to achieve this.

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SAD – Winter Blues:  the ‘other’ culprit
– by Jackie Day ND, DNI, MH, FGNI

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photo credit: Nietnagel via photopin cc

Episodes of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) develop during winter and improve in spring so reduced exposure to sunlight due to shorter winter days is the usual culprit. But, if we don’t think further than ‘light’, we may miss opportunities to help sufferers. Typical symptoms being low mood and lack of energy, SAD is classified as a type of depression; the conventional treatment is likely to be antidepressants such as Prozac. Is the trigger just reduced exposure to light, or could there be other contributory factors?

Let’s look first at the sunlight connection. One theory relates to the effect light has on the hypothalamus which controls mood, appetite and sleep. In people with SAD, a lack of sunlight and a problem with certain brain chemicals inhibits the hypothalamus… read more

 

 Weight management – a problem as old as time  
– by Jackie Day ND, DNI, MH, FGNI

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photo credit: Alan Cleaver via photopin cc

We all know that most people who are overweight have eaten too much, or eaten the wrong types of food, or a combination of both. But what about those people who have genuinely stuck to the dieting rules but the weight insists on sticking to them? Experts have put forward varying explanations over the years. Current theories include genetics and chronobiology.

It is accepted that some people are genetically susceptible to weight gain, though no-one is genetically doomed to obesity, they just need to follow a genetically appropriate diet and exercise regime. Nutrigenomics is the identification of genes that are involved in physiological responses to diet and the genes in which small changes, called polymorphisms, may have significant nutritional consequences. Nutrigenetics is concerned with the effects of our individual genetic variations in response to diet and other sources of nutrients. It is the study by which dietary components communicate with the genetic material and how genetic variations affect interactions between these bioactive dietary components and the health and disease potential of a person… read more

 

Case Studies

Naturopathic Case Study: Hypothyroid & Food Cravings

Read how a female patient diagnosed with hypothyroidism, with symptoms of headaches and lethagy, felt inspired to take control of her health through dietary.  This lead to a greater sense of wellbeing and improved energy levels… read more

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Naturopathic Care for Type 2 Diabetes

A study reported on the reasons for the successful diabetes self-care approaches provided by Naturopathic practitioners.  Although this particular study focused on type 2 diabetes, the naturopathic approach is consistent.  Elements common to the success of the naturopathic approach were stated to be… read more

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Naturopathic Case Study: Chronic Fatigue

A mother of two children with debilitating chronic fatigue decides to consult a naturopath for her condition.  She learns that her strict vegan diet may need adjusting in order to help promote healing of her condition… read more

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Naturopathic Case Study: Depression, Anxiety, Panic Attacks

A mother suffers from depression, anxiety and panic attacks after escaping a violent relationship.  Through dietary changes, homeopathy, herbs and EFT she managed to overcome her condition… read more

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