Meet Sam, a gorgeous Hawke’s Bay 9 year old boy full of life. You may have seen his story, unfortunately Sam has been diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia. Sam needs treatment at Starship Hospital for the next 3 years. What is worse is that Sam’s Dad, Derek, has undergone treatment for male breast cancer in 1995 and 2009 and his Mum, Helen, was also diagnosed and fought breast cancer 2½ years ago. Sam has 2 siblings who have had most of their childhood memories linked in some way to cancer.
We all have our ups and downs in life but it is important to remain emotionally well for overall wellbeing. Mental illnesses include depression and anxiety and affect many people around us. It is important that if you have one of these conditions that you ask for help from a health professional. However, there's more to good mental health than avoiding or treating mental illness.
We work under the same roof as Alison from Healthy Eating so the other day when she suggested holding a presentation on how to be the best you can be, we were naturally excited (look at the end for your invitation). I started reading through her success stories and realised time and time again, medical conditions that seemed untreatable or caused terrible quality of life, were often reversed once certain foods were removed from the person’s diet. So to understand food intolerances a little more, here’s a Q&A with Holistic Nutritionist, Alison Cowell.
There is so much information and controversy about managing menopause symptoms that it all gets very confusing. Today I thought it would be good to take a look at the evidence for different treatments. The hormones estrogen, progesterone and testosterone affect our mood, weight, food cravings, sex drive and overall wellbeing and quality of life. Throughout our lives the levels of these hormones change, notably at menopause.
Pain is a signal that something is not right in our body and may be caused by injury, illness, disease, hormonal changes, emotional upset or stress. The first step is finding out and understanding the cause of the pain. If it is a one-off headache or the pain is from a physical injury such as muscle strain, then treatment can be straight forward ... Chronic pain is pain that has continued for three months or longer and is present most days of the week.