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[19 Feb 2018 | Comments Off on A new tip to reduce Chronic Pain levels | ]
A new tip to reduce Chronic Pain levels

Researchers have found a link between a super common food additive and chronic pain. A study of chronic pain sufferers found that when they reduced their intake of the flavour enhancer GLUTAMATE.
The results of reducing glutamate intake was compared with the use of painkilling medications, and was reported to be roughly the same.
To find out if there is glutamate in your diet, look for the following names:
Glutamate is also a naturally occurring chemical in some foods, like soy sauce and parmesan cheese, but is more commonly found as a food …

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[25 Sep 2017 | Comments Off on Preventing Falls and Hip Fractures | ]
Preventing Falls and Hip Fractures

A recent analysis of the impact of falls has revealed some pretty scary statistics. According to the review, 5% of people who break their hip in a fall die when in hospital, and 25% die within a year as a result of the disability it causes.
Further to this, more than 10% go on to be admitted to aged care facilities. And you don’t need to be old to suffer these effects; the study found that more than a third of people aged 50 never regain their full mobility. One quote …

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[4 Sep 2017 | Comments Off on Are you taking too many painkillers? | ]
Are you taking too many painkillers?

The answer is probably yes! According to a recent article on the Sydney Morning Herald website, “Millions of Australians are taking too many painkillers”. And some of these medications have quite serious side effects. Here are a few key quotes from the article:

“taking higher doses of something like ibuprofen or aspirin, you’re at a higher risk of gastric bleeds, stomach ulcers and bad indigestion”
“Paracetamol is actually really toxic once you get to certain doses, affecting people’s livers in ways that are not easily reversible, and people can die.”
“Ibuprofen-codeine tablets, such as Nurofen …

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[1 Aug 2017 | Comments Off on Knee Arthritis – Do Injections Help? | ]
Knee Arthritis – Do Injections Help?

A new study has looked at whether getting a steroid injection for osteoarthritis (OA) in the knee is beneficial. This is a reasonably common procedure for OA and is often used to see if surgery can be put off.
In the study, a group of people aged 45 and over were given injections every 3 months for 2 years. There were 2 groups; 1 was given a steroid, the other given a placebo. In the group given steroid injections, the researchers found that not only did it not help with pain, it …

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[21 Sep 2016 | Comments Off on Can sugar increase inflammation levels? | ]
Can sugar increase inflammation levels?

In this first article of a series on how sugar impacts your health, I’m going to start by looking at the role a high sugar diet plays in inflammation. I first developed an interest in this link when patients would mention in passing that they had noticed an improvement in their pain levels after doing a sugar detox. They were doing the sugar detox for other reasons, but found this added benefit occurred as well.
After hearing this a bunch of times, I started looking into it, and it didn’t take …

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[11 Oct 2015 | Comments Off on Vitamin D Slows Cognitive Decline | ]
Vitamin D Slows Cognitive Decline

A new study, which followed 382 75 year-olds for 8 years, has concluded that low levels of vitamin D “may accelerate cognitive decline in older adults”. The subjects were examined to test their episodic memory, semantic memory, visual perception, and executive function.
They found that participants with signs of dementia had lower levels of vitamin D than those with either no cognitive impairment or only mild cognitive impairment.Also, “insufficient vitamin D was linked to much faster declines in episodic memory (recollection of people, places, and events), and executive function (your ability …

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[26 Jul 2015 | Comments Off on How many of us have Disc Herniations? | ]
How many of us have Disc Herniations?

As an Osteopath I see a lot of people with disc injuries. People are understandably concerned about doing damage to their discs, as they play an important role in the structural integrity of the spine, and live very close to nerves and the spinal cord, so they can cause a lot of pain and other problems.
There have been a number of studies where researchers take members of the general population and perform scans on them. they are trying to find out how many people actually have a particular injury. For …

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[9 Feb 2015 | Comments Off on Can you increase your life expectancy? | ]
Can you increase your life expectancy?

New research suggests it could be very simple to add up to 8 years to your life. 8 more times you get to celebrate Christmas with your family, 8 more years of travelling to enjoy, 8 more years watching your grandchildren grow up. Or if you’re my Nanna Joyce (pictured), 8 more years of Singapore Slings!
The research, which followed 17,000 people for 30 years, identified the components that make up the unhealthiest lifestyle. These were physical inactivity, smoking, poor diet and alcohol use.
For a 65 year old who doesn’t …

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[7 Dec 2014 | Comments Off on Is running bad for your knees? | ]
Is running bad for your knees?

Apparently not! Even I thought it was but the results of a new study (to read it click here) have found that “not only does running not cause osteoarthritis in the knee, it may even help to keep the problem at bay”.
The study followed 2863 people and found that “runners, regardless of the age they were when they ran, had less knee pain and osteoarthritis.”
This supported another previous study of 74,00 people from 2013 which “found that running significantly reduced the risk of both osteoarthritis and knee replacement.”
Some other choice quotes …

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[6 Aug 2014 | Comments Off on Paracetamol for back pain? | ]
Paracetamol for back pain?

I guess a lot of you saw the recent articles (such as this one in The Australian) questioning the effectiveness of Paracetamol for back pain. This is newsworthy because it is probably the first thing a doctor would recommend for back pain, so we want to know if it actually works. It has very few side effects, if any, so it’s almost certainly not going to be dangerous to take, but according to this new research, there may not be much point.
The study in question looked at 1,600 people with …