Breast Cancer is the most common cancer afflicting women in New Zealand. I sincerely hope that we spread our attention and resources beyond more than awareness and ‘early detection and mammograms’ to widespread education of lifestyle factors that are so vital in maintaining health and avoiding disease – as individuals we have the choice!
At this time of the year there usually there is a lot of interest in the treatment of varicose veins. With summertime looming and the temperatures still not too warm to wear compression stockings, it seems an ideal time to treat varicose veins. Understand the signs, symptoms, treatment options for varicose veins including what can be done to prevent them.
Most of us do not get enough Omega 3 fatty acids from diet and the ensuing deficiency leads to problems like eczema, dandruff, dry and flaky skin and poor wound healing. The lack of moisture in the skin is NOT caused by lack of moisturising creams!
The average Kiwi man is six foot tall and bullet proof. Combine this with the ‘she’ll be right’ attitude; it can sometimes be too late when one is then faced with a major health event.
Of most concern will be cardiovascular disease, diabetes, body weight and prostate health.
The most important fact to bear in mind is that this risk of heart disease can be minimised by controlling the risk factors even if a family history of heart disease is present.
Research shows cultures that have traditionally supported a diet rich in fish oil – like the Asians and Alaskan American populations – have a lower prevalence of heart disease and mortality compared to European and U.S. populations where consumption of fish is lower.
New Zealand has one of the highest prevalence rates of asthma in the world: 15% of adults and 20% of children. However, the causes of asthma are still not fully understood.
Being a holistic doctor it is not in my nature to call any part in our body as the key organ because in reality our body systems are highly interconnected and for our cells to flourish, all parts must work in harmony. However, the brain is extremely important and it is becoming clearer that the brain is also deeply linked to the body and that the body and the brain profoundly shape each other. So if the brain is the body, if the body systems are in trouble, the brain will be in trouble too, and vice versa.
We need to get over our love/hate relationship with fat and develop a much more sophisticated understanding of fats that are good and how much is appropriate, and also avoid certain fats as much as possible.
Medicine has made rapid advances in the past few decades to increase the life span in developed countries to about 78 years, but this progress has largely come to a halt in the past decade – the real fact is that the new generation is, in reality for the first time, looking at a declining life span than their forefathers.