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Monday, August 13, 2007

High Blood Pressure

It's becoming more and more common for young people in their 20s and 30s to be diagnosed with high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

The orthodox medical approach to these conditions is to prescribe drugs to address these symptoms. Often only rudimentary advice is given to lifestyle and diet (both of which are major causes of these conditions). However, many young people who have high blood pressure and/or high cholesterol have reasonably healthy lifestyles. So why do they have these symptoms?

With my clients I take a naturopathic approach to these problems. The liver is the organ which produces cholesterol in the body, and breaks down unused cholesterol into bile. It is very important to pay attention to the health of the liver when treating someone with high cholesterol. Fibre is also vitally important in making sure excess cholesterol (in the form of bile) is taken out of the body with the faeces. Nutritional therapy programmes are very successful in lowering cholesterol, using a combination of supplements and dietary changes. I have always believed it is better to tackle the root of the problem rather than to take a medication to mask the effect of the symptoms, and this is always my approach.

High salt intake is a cause of high blood pressure, and one of the most important dietary changes when treating high blood pressure is to greatly reduce salt intake. But some of the healthy young people that I come across with high blood pressure do not have diets high in salt, so what could be the cause of their problem? Magnesium is a mineral that is often ignored by the orthodox medical profession, and it has myriad important roles in the body. One of its functions is in regulating blood pressure and sometimes simply taking a balanced magnesium supplement can reduce blood pressure to normal levels. I have seen this time and time again with my clients.

High blood pressure is also a condition that can be caused by stress and emotional pressures. There are few drugs that can be prescribed to alleviate these factors (without resorting to antidepressants and tranquilisers). Health Kinesiology is a fantastic therapy to help reduce stress and internal emotional problems that could be contributing to high blood pressure, and in my opinion it is a much better option than the anti-hypertensive drugs that are so commonly prescribed.



PS: Of course, it is always important to see your doctor if you have any of these conditions so that they can check there is not a more serious underlying problem, and to prescribe accordingly. And always check with your doctor or nutritionist before taking a nutritional supplement for a particular health concern.




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Dorset Cereals




You may have noticed the incredibly successful re-brand of Dorset Cereals in the past few months. In fact, Dorset Cereals has been highly commended in the Brand Revitalisation category in The Marketing Society Awards for Excellence, 2007. The new packaging is very attractive and on one occasion I had to stop myself from buying a variety pack of mini Dorset Cereals just because they looked nice! This re-brand has not come without a price though; there has been an increase in price of about £1 per pack.

However, they have just launched a new type of cereal made with spelt flakes. Spelt is an ancient type of wheat, the predecessor of the modern wheat we use today. Spelt has a fragile gluten structure that is more water soluble than modern wheat making it easier to digest. Ideal for anyone wishing to eat less wheat. Some people who can't tolerate wheat in its modern form have no difficulties with spelt.

I have tried this cereal, and it really is delicious. It's great on it's own, or a good idea is to mix it in with your own homemade muesli. This would make a fantastically tasty, high fibre, healthy breakfast option!




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Kinesiologist

Last month I completed my final assessment in Health Kinesiology, and have since been very busy with new clients who want to experience this wonderful therapy. Initial responses from clients have been very positive, and it is a very popular therapy.

I am currently running a special offer for previous and existing clients where until the end of September, an initial consultation is £35 instead of the full price of £50. This also applies to all the people who
left me their details at the Camden Green Fair.

Health Kinesiology (HK) can be used to treat almost any concern you have, both physical, psychological and emotional. It works on a very deep level within the body, unblocking and strengthening subtle energy pathways. When these pathways are working properly, the body has the capacity to heal itself.

It also has some special uses, for example there are specific corrections that can be done to help repair and strengthen weak neural connections in the brain that might be causing dyslexia, poor co-ordination or difficulties when driving. These corrections can be especially helpful for sports people to help them develop better hand/eye co-ordination.

Alongside these specialised uses of HK has excellent results with treating such conditions as IBS, PMS, eczema, aches & pains, dizziness & vertigo, high blood pressure, stress, allergies. The list goes on and on.

If you are interested in trying something completely different to address your health and wellbeing concerns, then why not try HK? And if you are not sure if it is for you or not, I would be happy to have a no obligation chat to run through any queries you might have.




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