KEEPING AN EYE ON YOUR HEALTH, B Kalowski

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Content: The Hypoglycemic Health Association NEWSLETTER
Correspondence: THE HYPOGLYCEMIC HEALTH ASSOCIATION, P.O. BOX 8, SYLVANIA SOUTHGATE, N.S.W. 2224 Phone: (02) 553-0084, Fax: (02) 588-5290 PATRON: Dr George Samra
Volume 12 Number 2
June,1996
PRESIDENT: Secretary: Treasurer: Editor:
Steve McNaughton, BE (NSW) Derek Milham Kerrie Cook Jur Plesman, BA (Sydney), Post. Grad. Dip. Clin. Nutr.
Steering Committee Ted Grant
Members:
John Grundy
Joy Sharp
Catering Committee: Reg Grady, Sue Choc
The NEWSLETTER of the Hypoglycemic Health Association is distributed to members of the Association and to Health Professionals with an interest in nutritional medicine and clinical ecology.
Recently, a American psychiatrist claimed on National radio that Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) did not exist, followed by an Australian psychologist on the same program who asserted that it was all in the mind. This goes to show that we still have a long way to go informing parents of hyperactive children, now taking Ritalin, that there are alternative means of alleviating this devastating syndrome. This is a classic example of the battle between "nature" and "nurture", and "nutrition" ignored. The dilemma applies to treatment of so many other modern illnesses, such as schizophrenia, Alzheimer's disease and so on, where true medical research is blind. The Health Network OF AUSTRALIA (see page 3) has been formed to inform politicians in Canberra that 30 % of patients consulting traditional doctors already visit medical practitioners outside the mainstream medical system. These patients want Canberra to know, that they want to be able to choose between for instance heart surgery and Chelation therapy (latter not covered by Medicare), thereby saving the Government billions of medical dollars. The patient's choice depends on some medical knowledge. We aim to acquaint members with the basic principles of preventative medicine providing a basis of communication between the patient and wholistic medical practitioner. Because we are a voluntary organisation, totally dependent on membership fees, we urge those members who have not as yet paid to forward their fees ($15 p.a. per family & $10 for pensioners and student) to the Association as soon as possible. Your expiry date is shown in the left hand top corner of the address label. We also would like to receive some donations from medical practitioners as a show of appreciation for information provided in this Newsletter.
Our Next Public Meeting will be at 2 PM on Saturday, the 1 June, 1996 at the YWCA, 2 Wentworth Ave, Sydney and our guest speaker is Dr Robyn Cosford who will be speaking on the subject of "Down Syndrome: Inevitable mental disor- der or treatable metabolic disorder? A ray of hope!"
Dr Robyn Cosford is a mother of five with a close family experience of two Down Syndrome children. She graduated from Sydney University with an Honours degree in medicine, and has done pre- and post graduate studies in homeopathy, nutrition, herbalism and acupuncture. She has a particular interest in mothers and children, in particular children with behavioural and learning difficulties. Recent experience has shown her that Down Syndrome children are a particularcategoriesof these.
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Any opinion expressed in this Newsletter does not necessarily reflect the views of the Association. Previous Copies of the Hypoglycemic Newsletter Back issues of the Hypoglycemic Newsletters are available at the NSW State Library, Macquarie Street, Sydney. They are filed under NQ616.466006/1 in the General Reference Library Books for sale at the meeting Jur Plesman: GETTING OFF THE HOOK This book is also available in most public libraries Sue Litchfield: SUE'S COOKBOOK Dr George Samra's book The Hypoglycemic Connection (now out of print) is also available in public libraries. Contributions of articles by members and practitioners are very welcome. The Edi-
tor is interested in meeting any person aspiring to research natural medicine and contribute articles as a sub-editor to this Newsletter. The Newcastle branch of the Association are still meeting with the assistance of Bev Cook. They meet on the last Saturday of each month beginning 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm at the Hillsborough primary school. Enter the school from the Waratah Avenue. For further information ring Mrs. Bev Cook at 049-59-4369. Organise local meetings If any member would like to organise meet- ings in their local area or meet other members, we can help by advertising your name and phone number in this Newsletter. Entrance fee at meetings Because of increase in costs the Committee has decided to charge an entrance fee of $2 per person or $3 per family at our public meetings. Donations for raffle One way of increasing our income is by way of raffles. If any member has anything to donate towards the raffle, please contact Dr George Samra's surgery at 19 Princes Highway, Kogarah, Phone 553-0084. Barbara Kalowski won the Lucky Door Prize and Steve McNaughtonwon the Raffle Prize at our last public meeting on 2 March,
1996. Committee Members The Association is in need of your support and ask members to help out with sending the Newsletter to our members. We also need committee members and if you are interested please contact Dr George Samra's surgery at 553-0084. Research into illnesses Members who are interested to have an informative article written on a particular illness or disease, should contact the Editor, c/PO Box 8, Sylvania Southgate NSW. The editor is willing to research literature on the illness and report in the newsletter with the known traditional and complementary treatment . Or he may refer any medical question to an expert in the field. However, it must be understood clearly that treatment remains the responsibility of your doctor or health practitioner and that such articles are only designed to provide some enlightenment to the patient or to complement his/her discussion of the illness with the professional practitioner. The Association does not take any responsibility for any self-diagnosis or self-treatment undertaken by the reader on the basis of anything published in this Newsletter.
KEEPING AN EYE ON YOUR HEALTH Hugh Salisbury B.Sc.*
HEALTH encompasses much more than just remaining free of disease. Our perception of health arises from many areas, what we consider to be an acceptable level is determined by our health history, that of our family's and what is generally accepted as normal within the community. The World Health Organisation incorporates our well being on physical, mental and emotional (spiritual) levels into their definition of health1 . Health is a balance between these levels, health care providers are becoming more familiar with issues other than those on the physical level, but largely the onus remains on the individual to maintain this balance not only by seeking *Australian Biologics Testing Services 401/135 Macquarie St. Sydney N.S.W. 247 5322 *Herbal Solutions 45 Booth St Annandale N.S.W. 552 1918
assistance while experiencing ill health but by adopting strategies and attitudes while in health to preserve and enhance it. A wholistic approach to health aims at nurturing and supporting rather than reacting. This is particularly important with chronic conditions to prevent a gradual decline of health. Pathology test Specialist health services such as pathol- ogy are useful aids in diagnosis and monitoring, but are of limited value without clinical information and management strategies. High specificity of such investigations may allow contributing factors to remain undisclosed, and evaluating such isolated parameters makes it hard to make sense of the data in light of the whole. High sensitivity, while increasing our confidence in detection, raises questions about the significance of our results. The concept of Normal Range (NR) defines boundaries by which we compare results between individuals. For a given parameter, a person is consid-
ered normal if their result appears within determined deviations from the mean result of a random population (for example, within 95% of all results). However, symptoms indicating disease may manifest in individuals with parameters within the normal range, conversely individuals may have parameters consistently outside the normal range yet demonstrate themselves to be in perfect health. Self monitoring of glucose levels Frequent monitoring of blood glucose lev- els is essential in management of disorders of blood sugar metabolism. While self monitoring is undesirable as the sole means of monitoring blood sugar control, its convenience and acceptable accuracy makes it indispensable, as frequent monitoring allows the patient to take more responsibility for their own health. It is important for the individual to understand what is normal for themselves. Studies continually question the significance of results. While it is generally accepted that a blood glucose level of below 2.5 mmol/L
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FORMATION OF NEW HEALTH LOBBY GROUP HEALTH NET WORK OF AUSTRALIA Health Network Australia is a new national organisation which was formed on the 9th February 1996, following an initiative of Senator Christabel Chamarette to look into the various issues relating to health. Health Network Australia has been formed to work towards a fundamental change to Australia's health system. Health Network Australia is a coalition of organisations representing over 250,000 health consumers and providers Australia-wide. The network aims for a community-based health system that is inclusive and participatory. It reflects the diversity of consumer and practitioner needs and preferences. The focus is on consumer choice, information, prevention and access to the full range of services and modalities. It recognises the social, cultural and environmental influences on health! In particular, the following principles have been adopted: 1) The right of individuals to have access to the type of health service they prefer; 2) The right of individuals to have direct access to information related · to their own health and that of their dependents, · the death of their family members, · health services and health products, · therapeutic goods and therapeutic and diagnostic interventions, · in a form suitable and appropriate to their needs; 3) The right of individuals to refuse to undergo medical treatment; 4) Health funding that takes into account the wishes and needs of health consumers as well as the range of health providers;
5) Funding of medical research project that are directly related to humans i.e., human-based research methodologies as opposed to Animal Experimentation; 6) An emphasis on primary prevention and health maintenance rather than disease management; 7) Appropriate, affordable and ethical health care - i.e., community-based, personalised and culturally appropriate so that it ensures that health practitioners in their dealings with people take account of their special needs of Aborigines, Torres Strait Islanders, people from non-English speaking background, and people with disabilities; 8) Diversity, recognising the right of health practitioners to practise in their area of expertise; 9) A wholistic health paradigm that reflects the integration of bodymind-spirit; 10)Accountability of health providers to the people they assist; 11)Accountability of health-related product and service providers for the individual, social, environmental and global consequences of their products or services; 12)Accountability of medical researchers for the relevance and applicability of their research to human health problems; 13)Examination of the structure and powers of the Therapeutic Goods Administration with a view of removing restrictions on the right of consumer access to products and services and the right of practitioners to practise; 14)Funding of the development of a system of validation of effective medical treatments based on the Cochrane Collaboration Principles. The Health Network will identify obstacles to the achievements of these objectives. It will work to remove these obstacles. It will also carry out research, inquire into and receive any Government, Statutory Authority, Corporation or Person, epidemiological studies and/or adverse effects of therapeutic goods.
THE NETWORK WILL LOBBY PARLIAMENTARIANS AND GOVERNMENT ON BEHALF OF THE COMMUNITY, RECOGNISING THAT 30 % OF THE POPULATION ALREADY UTILISE HEALTH SERVICES OUTSIDE THE MAINSTREAM MEDICAL SYSTEM. We live in times of change. One of these changes is that individuals, groups and communities are taking back responsibility for their lives and their well-being. In the health area there is a need to redefine the meaning of health, mindful of the Constitution of the World Health Organisation and the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion. That means that health is not merely the absence of disease or infirmity - it is a state of physical, mental, spiritual and social well-being. Access to the means of good health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being. This requires a secure foundation in certain prerequisites, namely, peace, shelter, education, food, income, a stable ecosystem, democratic decision making, sustainable resource management, social justice, equity and a sense of place and community. Health Network Australia is part of the future of Australia's total health system and a voice for individuals and organisations that, in the past, may not have been heard. I have had the privilege of working as the convenor with the steering committee over the past 12 months during the development of the Network, and as a continuing member of the executive I will be active in ensuring the ongoing processes that have occurred. Dr Ian E. Brighthope Convenor of HEALTH NETWORK AUSTRALIA Contact: Anita Binnington, Interim Secretary Health Network Australia 23 Dowling St CANBERRA ACT 2602
Continued from page 2 (NR 3.5 - 8.5) is a good indicator of hypoglycaemia, subjects with poorly controlled diabetes have experienced hypoglycaemic episodes at blood glucose levels of 4.3 mmol/ L, and normal subjects, especially young females, may generate glucose levels as low as 2.2 mmol/L during a prolonged fast2 . The value of symptoms is therefore important, what is occurring at the time we experience ill health. A study appearing in the New England Journal of Medicine concluded that it is necessary to determine blood glucose levels at the time hypoglycaemic symptoms appear (adrenergic neural activation leading to weakness,
palpitations, tremor, perspiration and hunger) to achieve diagnostic significance. It was stated that reactive hypoglycaemia was very difficult to diagnose, but `Characteristically the symptoms improve when the patients follow a diet with high levels of protein and restriction of carbohydrates. While this study proposes difficult methods of diagnosis, it identifies dietary management as the key to avoiding hypoglycaemic episodes3 . Glucose Tolerance Test (GTT) The value of the oral Glucose Tolerance Test (GTT) has been disputed for many years4 but is still often the front-line test when investigating disorders of glucose metabolism.
Normal subjects often show transient hypoglycaemic levels, which as the former study suggests, may not be detected as blood is drawn at predetermined intervals. More recently it has been suggested that insulin levels should also be assessed during symptomatic episodes5 . This differentiates between scenarios of suppressed insulin secretion and inappropriately increased insulin secretion, and may yield more useful information than the GTT. This technique, while still impractical, gives us a greater understanding of the principles that govern overall glucose economy. Variability of self monitoring blood glucose levels, and frequency of past hypoglycaemic levels are significant predictors for severe hypoglycae-
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mia6 . Metabolic control by the individual is therefore paramount and incorporates diet and lifestyle management. While studies continue to gain more information about physiological control of glucose levels, they consistently mention the need for metabolic control. Technical assessment should never replace the experience and intuition of the practitioner and patient. Psychological and other factors Other factors are becoming evident that suggest psychological influences. A recent study associates emotional distress with post prandial hypoglycaemia. Suspected sufferers displayed normal GTT's while displaying higher adrenergic sensitivity and emotional distress as defined by significantly higher anxiety, somatization, depression and obsessive- compulsive scores than controls7 . The mind-body influence is becoming more apparent, our health is impacted on many levels, the wholistic practitioner pays attention to these levels to maintain balance. General health governs our reaction to the environment, while in health we can expect to react appropriately to various stimuli, a shift in balance may cause an inappropriate or insufficient response. Susceptibility is also involved, not everyone succumbs to the winter flu, but importantly, those that do succumb and recover well could nevertheless be said to be in reasonable health. When we are debilitated from long work hours or constant exposure to detrimental stimuli (unnatural light, electro magnetic radiation, fast food, smog etc.) we are more likely to succumb to disease. Our nervous system may for example place extra demands on our resources. Continual pressure will tax our health and lead to disease and pathological change. Heredity is also a force that predisposes us to disease expression. By supporting the systems under direct strain and others that may be secondarily involved we can reduce susceptibility and increase general health. Other diagnostic tests Novel tests are available that allow a gen- eral view of body function, assessing overall health while identifying areas of compromise. The Clot Retraction Test (CRT or HLB, after Doctors Heitan, Le Garde and Boland) indicates the level of oxidative stress on the body due to the presence of Reactive Oxygen Toxic Species (ROTS) or free radicals (FR). Free radicals are unstable, reactive molecules, often incorporating the element oxygen, which occur in the body as a result of physiological processes or are introduced as an oxidative load from the environment. The liver based enzyme detoxification pathway produces intermediate free radicals, as does the immune system in response to invading organisms. Free radicals may be ingested in the form of cigarette smoke or from other environmental sources. Inflammatory or degenerative proc-
esses increase free radical activity, and many researchers believe all destructive processes, including cancer, have a strong association with free radical activity. Anti-oxidants (vitamins A, C, E, beta carotene, selenium) reduce the damage caused by free radicals, and are supplied in our diet from various sources, mostly fresh fruit and vegetables. Supplementation is generally accepted as the best way to ensure sufficient anti-oxidant activity and is indicated in active pathological processes or if a person is exposed to environmental sources of free radicals. An overview of free radicals in health and disease can be found in Florence and Setright's book `The Handbook of Preventative Medicine'8 . Interpretative Notes Originally described in 1950 9 , the CRT was developed as a bedside Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate test (ESR), a commonly requested pathology test, found elevated with alterations to the charge on the red cell surface and other (especially immune mediated) processes. It was subsequently determined that retraction patterns differ between individuals, this was further associated with various pathological processes. A small finger prick sample is collected and viewed under brightfield, darkfield and phase contrast illumination. In health, the retraction pattern appears as an even distribution of red cells with dark lines of fibrin, much like the appearance of cracked clay. ROTS masses appear as areas of contrast resembling small pools of water. These masses indicate oxidative processes and are classified according to their: 1. Extent. 2. Location within the drop. 3. Colour. 4. Inclusions. The extent of the ROTS involvement is proportional to the degree of oxidative stress within the body, suggesting inflammatory or degenerative processes causing tissue damage. Treatment with anti oxidants and anti inflammatories reduce the oxidative stress and so also reduce the extent of ROTS involvement in the sample. Oxidation may be generalised or may appear associated with organs/systems. The periphery of the drop corresponds to superficial organs, the centre refers to deep organs. Oxidation in specific regions may indicate digestive disturbances, hormone imbalances, allergies and other disturbances, generalised oxidation suggests systemic involvement, such as in systemic auto immune diseases. Heavy smokers may progress from localised oxidation (in the lung) to significant generalised oxidation as damage becomes more widespread. The colour within the ROTS masses is noted. Rheumatoid arthritis and respiratory diseases display a blue or chrome tinge. Inclusions may be present within the masses. Needle like projections of fibrin indicate high loads on the liver, sialic acid `bubbles' appear if pancreatic function is compromised, necrotic tissue may be observed during
vigorous therapy such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy, fungal forms appear within the masses during digestive disturbances (an imbalance of gut bacteria). Other markers. Allergy and adrenal hyper-function show as small, translucent drops differing in size, appearing either toward the centre or evenly distributed. Colour variation of the red cell mass reflects various states of toxicity, including colon toxicity and heavy metal toxicity. Pallor of the sample suggests anaemia, and warrants further investigation. Endocrine (thyroid and reproductive organs), circulatory, and lymphatic markers reflect the current status of these systems. It is interesting to note that endocrine markers appear during normal menstruation, for this reason the test is performed outside menstruation. Poorly defined boundaries of the drop indicate lowered vitamin C levels, this observation may be utilised to optimise anti-oxidant therapy. The CRT provides the practitioner with important information on their patients current health status. Being an interactive test the patients view and discuss their results, and accordingly gain more understanding of their own health. Live Blood Analysis (LBA), used in conjunction with the CRT, provides more information regarding immune status, digestion, and blood cell morphology. While investigating routine haematological parameters, the LBA views blood under darkfield and phase contrast microscopy immediately after collection without the use of stains. Activity of blood cells can therefore be ascertained, and major features identified. Changes in red cell morphology (size and shape) indicate many conditions from simple iron deficiency anaemia to acquired disorders of red cell formation. Excessive red cell clumping is associated with poor digestion of fats and/or proteins, individuals with red cell aggregation often complain of poor circulation or are sensitive to changes of environment, and often improve when digestion is enhanced. White cell activity and viability is a unique investigation. Significant numbers of poorly motile or non viable white cells is often associated with general debility and lowered immunity, patients often complain of feeling unwell for a long time. More recently associations with such symptoms and unresolved viral infections (such as glandular fever) have been made10 , activated lymphocytes are often observed in patients with such symptoms. Infections manifest as a change in the white cell population or morphology. Other markers include crystals of various composition, the most noted being uric acid in rheumatic conditions. Lipid (fat) and cholesterol deposits may also be seen, associated with atherosclerosis. These novel tests, like any diagnostic test,
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are to be interpreted in the light of clinical findings. A broad view is often called for in the first line of diagnosis, the CRT and LBA provide sufficient range for the practitioner to gain a wholistic understanding of the situation. Involvement of the patient during the tests allows meaningful dialogue and offers greater involvement in ones health. References 1) The current W.H.O. definition of health is ` A state of optimal, physical, and social well being, not merely the absence of disease and infirmity'. 2) Service F. "Clinical review hypoglycaemias". J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 1993; 76: 269-272. 3) Boyle PJ et al. "Plasma glucose concentrations at the onset of hypoglycaemic symptoms in patients with poorly controlled diabetes and in non diabetics". N Engl J Med. 1988;318: 14871492. 4) Nelson RL. "Oral glucose tolerance test: indications and limitations". Mayo Clin Proc. 1988; 63: 263-269. Dr George Samra uses criteria of a fall in blood glucose over 2.8 mmo/L per hour or 1.9mmol/L per half an hour, being indicative of relative hypoglycaemia. G.Samra (1984), The hypoglycemic connection, Page 41 5) Polonsky K. "A practical approach to fasting hypoglycaemia".N Eng J Med. 1992; 326: 1020-1021. 6) Polonsky W. :"Frequency of severe hypoglycaemia in insulin-dependent Diabetes Mellitus can be predicted from self monitoring blood glucose data". J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 1994; 79: 1659-1662. 7) Berlin, I "Suspected postpandrial hypoglycaemia is associated with betaadrenergic hypersensitivity and emotional distress", J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 1994: 79: 1428-1433. 8) Florence T, Setright R. The Handbook of Preventative Medicine. 1994. Kingsclear books. 9) Boland. "A practical and inexpensive test for the screening of cancer". Br J Med. 10) Fark AR. "Infectious mononucleosis, Epstein-Barr virus, ad chronic fatigue syndrome: a prospective case series". J Fam Pract. 1991; 32: 202-209. Pheromones and female room-mates S. I .Fox THE influence of higher brain centres of the pituitary-gonad axis helps to explain the "dormitory effect" in which researchers have noted a tendency for the menstrual cycles to synchronize in women who room together. This synchronization of menstrual cycles does not occur in a new roommate if her nasal cavity is plugged with cotton, suggesting that the dormitory effect is due to the action of pheromones. Pheromones are chemicals ex- Continued on page 6
Herpes infections By Jur Plesman
Herpes simplex More than 70 viruses compose the herpes family. Of these four are important in human disease - Herpes simplex (HSV), Varicella zoster (VZV), Epstein-Barr (EBV) and cytomegalovirus (CMV). Herpes simplex known as cold sores or fever blister is caused by the virus Herpes simplex (HSV-1).Herpes comes from the Greek word, meaning `to creep'. The infection occurs in two stages. In the first stage blisters form on the inside of the mouth, then develop into painful ulcers. There is swelling of the gums with a general malaise often accompanied by a temperature. Illness is more noticeable among older people, but the attack is usually mild in young children. The infection subsides and the virus lies dormant in the skin. In the second stage the dormant virus is reactivated as a result of stress, usually a cold or exposure to the sun or wind. A blister forms on the edge of the lip or nearby, and then burst to become a typical encrusted cold sore. Cold sores present no serious risks. However, if during the first stage, when the body has no resistance to the virus, one touches an ulcer and then the eye it could cause the formation of an corneal ulcer. Women with HSV infection late in pregnancy may transmit the infection to the foetus. This could cause fatal inflammatory condition of the brain (encephalitis). Herpes genitalis is caused by the Herpes simplex virus (HSV-2) thought to be due to the HSV-1 virus in at least 10-40 percent of cases. After an incubation period of usually less then 10 days there is an itchy feeling on the shaft of the penis or on the vulva (the female exterior genitals), followed by the appearance of a crop of blister, firmly attached to the underlying skin which causes the pain. They can also occur on the thighs and the buttocks. After 24 hours the blisters burst and leave small, red, moist and painful ulcers, which often go on to form hard crusts. The glands in the groins may become swollen and painful, and there may be a general debility accompanied by a raised temperature. Healing usually begins 7-10 days after onset and is complete by 21 days. Healing may be slower with secondary inflammation. The infection affects both sexes and particularly people who have not had cold sores on the face. It is caught through direct contact with contaminated tissue, fluids (including sexual fluids), saliva, skin discharges and during sexual intercourse or through oral sex with someone who has cold sores.
HSV-1 has a recurrence rate of 14 percent, while HSV-2 has a recurrent rate of 60 percent. Herpes zoster (Shingles) Also known as Zonna, Acute posterior ganglionitis is an acute infection caused by reactivation of the latent chickenpox virus, varicella zoster virus, affecting mainly adults. . Therefore it can develop only in people who have had chickenpox at some time in their lives. The disease is characterized by the development of painful blisters that follow the underlying route of cranial or spinal nerves inflamed by the virus. The inflammation is usually on one side of the body (unilateral), although both sides may be involved. `Zoster' means girdle in Greek. The virus may lie dormant in the posterior root ganglia1 associated with thoracic (related to the chest) and trigeminal nerves2 . It is most common after the age of 50. While chicken-pox may be caught from a patient with herpes zoster, the converse is not true. The infection may be preceded by a period of 3-4 days of chills, fever, malaise and gastrointestinal disturbances. On about the 4th and 5th day blisters appear which follow the nerve root underneath the skin accompanied by severe pain. Most often the eruption occurs on one side of the chest area. But the infection may also involve the facial nerve roots, in which case painful blisters may appear on one side of the face. In all cases of shingles (or of all Herpes infections for that matter) a doctor's advice should be sought to prevent some serious repercussion to other organs such as the eyes or ears that may become affected. In rare circumstances it could develop into encephalitis. The scales and blisters may disappear after three weeks, leaving some scarring. The pain may also disappear but sometimes persists for months after the rash has cleared (postherpetic neuralgia). HSV becomes dormant within nerve ganglions and may be activated by radiotherapy, sunburn, sexual activities, extended grief, menses, stress, food allergy, drugs and certain foods. Traditional treatment: The problem with medical treatment is that by the time the diagnosis is made much of the damage is often already done. Another handicap is the speed with which the virus multiplies, hence the importance of early intervention. Chemotherapy has limited application. Some antiviral drugs such as idoxuridine
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(Herplex, Stoxil, Virasolve), used as a topical application as eye drops or ointment act by altering the cell's genetic material (a protein called DNA) so that the virus cannot use it to multiply. It is effective in Herpes zoster and Herpes simplex if applied early; it is too toxic for administration by means of injections. Acyclovir (Zovirax) is used in the treatment of herpes infections of all types. It is most commonly given in the form of an ointment, it reduces the severity of outbreaks of cold sores and shingles. It effectively relieves the pain and itching of genital herpes, however acyclovir does not prevent the infection from recurring. Acyclovir is activated within the host cell to a molecule which inhibits the further assembly of this virus DNA but does not interfere with the host cell's reproduction of its own DNA. The use of antiviral ointments may cause irritation and redness. Antiviral drugs given by mouth or injection can occasionally cause nausea and dizziness, but may disappear with continuing treatment. Complementary treatment a) Nutritional It would be helpful to combine traditional with nutritional/herbal supplements to assist the body in dealing with the infection. Every care should be taken to re-inforce the immune system by avoiding allergies, stress and an optimum diet. Sugar and refined carbohydrates should be strictly avoided. In treating Herpes simplex gentle cleansing with soap and water is recommended, but keeping lesions moist may aggravate the inflammation and delay healing. Drying lotions or liquids (e.g., camphor spirit or 70 percent alcohol) may be applied to oozing skin lesions. Do not allow skin contact - such as kissing - when others come close the affected areas while sores are moist. Don't share towels, face cloths or pillowcases. Always wash your hands after applying a salve. The following supplements may be helpful: 1) Beta-carotene (100,000 iu a day) which may advance the action of interferon, stimulate white cell antiviral activity and increase the circulating T-helper cells. These should be taken with B-complex vitamins (B3, B5). 2) Zinc and vitamin C with bioflavonoid ascorbate. (2 grams a day), together with vitamin B6. 3) Topical zinc application of 0.10-0.25 per cent zinc sulphate solution. 4) Vitamin E (400 iu a day) plus folic acid has been shown to decrease the pain and shorten the healing time of herpes lesions. 5) Acidophilus tablets. 6) Thymus extract(two tablets 3x per day) appears to increase the white cell response to Herpes simplex virus, natural killer cell activity and interferon production. 7) Lithium ointment (Lithium succinate 8 per cent solution three times a day) may be combined with zinc in topical ointment.
Lithium in the ointment helps to interfere with the replication of DNA-type viruses without affecting the host cells. 8) Some therapists recommend application of an equal mix of lemon and water directly to lip sores. 9) A lysine-rich/arginine poor diet is based on the fact that lysine (an amino acid) has an antiviral activity. Arginine-rich (another amino acid) protein appears necessary for replication of the herpes virus. Lysine (at a dose of 2 grams 2,000 mg) per day (obtainable from health food store or doctor) should be taken but when the diet is high in arginine, compared to lysine it may not be effective. In some patients' withdrawal from lysine may cause a relapse within 1-4 weeks. Note that large doses of lysine may increase cholesterol levels and these levels should be monitored when taking large doses of lysine. Generally, vegetables proteins have large amounts of arginine, whereas animal protein have balanced levels. Avoid arginine in: Almonds, Brazil nuts, Buckwheat, Carob, Chocolate, Cashews, Hazel nut, Lentils, Linseed, Millet, Cooked Oatmeal, Oysters, Peanuts, Green peas, Chick peas, Sesame, Sunflower, Walnuts. In herpeschoosehigh lysine/arginine ratio found in; Beef, Cheese, Fish, Fish fingers, Chicken, Cheddar cheese, Chicken, Eggs, Clams , Halibut, Lamb, Liver (beef), Milk, Lima beans, Red beans , Brewer's yeast, Mung bean sprouts, Pork (lean), Potatoes, Salmon, Sardines, Prawns (shrimp), Tuna, Turkey, Yeast. Most fruits have a lysine excess. Vitamin C is protective of lysine. 10) Herbal therapy Glycyrrhizic acid, a component of liquorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra) inhibits growth and cell-damaging effect of herpes simplex. It is in the form of Glycyrrhizic acid ointment three times a day. B) Homeopathy If the skin is blistered, red and itchy Rhus tox. 6 should be used. If the skin burns and stings, apply cold application such as Apis Mel. For severe pain and itching, use Mezereum. If the patient finds it uncomfortable to move and his appetite declines, Ranunculus may help. C) Aromatherapy Treatment should start at the very begin- ning when symptoms appear. Three drops each of geranium, sage and thyme in 20ml of carrier oil or lotion may be rubbed into the affected area. If skin is sensitive to touch it should be dabbed on gently. Alternatively, the same number of drops in a small glass of water may be helpful when poured onto the shingles, or applied as a compress. D) Acupuncture After the initial rash has subsided, the neuralgic pain can be treated by strong stimulation at points on the following meridians:
stomach, large and small intestines, and governor. Pain points next to the rash may also be used to relieve neuralgia. Foot Notes 1) A ganglion is a mass of nerve tisues forming a subsidiary nerve centre which receives and sends out nerve fibres. 2) Trigeminal nerves, also called fifth cranial nerve, nervus trigeminus or trifacial nerves are essential for the act of chewing, general and muscular sensibility of the face. It splits into into three branches; 1) opthalmic, 2) maximilar and 3) mandibular, roughly 1) around the eyes and forehead, 2) side of the face and 3) jaw respectively. Continued from page 5: Pheromones tracted by an individual which act through the olfactory sense and modify physiology or behavior of another member of the same species. Pheromones are important regulatory molecules in the urine, vaginal and other secretions of lower mammals which help regulate their reproductive cycles and behavior. The importance of pheromones in human physiology and behavior is much more limited, but - because of frequent cleansing, use of deodorants, and applications of artificial scents - is difficult to assess. From S.I Fox (1984) Human physiology, Page 269 Changing Diets By CSIRO Human Division of Human Nutrition Produced by J Stokes For at least a decade, nutritionists have been taking their message to the public - aided by governments and bodies such as the National Heart Foundation - in an effort to improve our health through the promotion of good eating habits. A casual glance in shopping trolleys would suggest that people have changed some of their perceptions of what is good or bad to eat, and retailers are increasingly catering to the new demand for `healthy' foods. Perhaps it's time to take stock of how we're doing, and find more precisely how eating habits have changed, and to what extent people's knowledge of nutrition has improved. Are there differences between the sexes and age groups, between city- and country-dwellers, or between different social groups in their patterns of nutrition and knowledge? An what remains to be done to improve the eating habits of the nation? In an effort to find out, Dr Kathrine Baghurst of the CSIRO Division of Human Nutrition in Adelaide carried out a survey in South Australia in August 1988. Of the 901 adults taken at random from the electoral rolls who completed detailed questionnaires, about half lived in Adelaide's metropolitan area, while the other half came from the rest of the State.
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As well as detailed questions on what they ate and how they prepared the food, Dr Baghurst and her team also asked the subjects whether they thought that they currently ate too much, too little, or about the right amount of various nutrients. For macronutrients - such as protein, fat and sugar - and for salt and fibre, just over half the subjects felt that their intake was about right. In fact, an analysis of their reported diet showed, only about 30% fell within the recommended guidelines. With complex carbohydrates - popularly referred to as starches - it seems we have less confidence in our own assessment: nearly half of the respondents stated that they did not know whether their intake was high, low, or about right. Only 1% thought that they ate too little. But, truth to tell, it turned out upon analysis that very few respondents were eating enough complex carbohydrates. Confusion also surrounded the term `energy' as used in nutrition. We have all heard of calories or kilojoules and many of us slavishly count them! But apparently plenty of people don't realise that these are merely measurements of the energy value of foods. One-third of all respondents felt that their calorie intake was `too high', but only 5% thought that they consumed `too much energy'. Not understanding that one is a measure of the other, many people think that calories are bad, whereas energy sounds good and `positive', and something we would all like to have more of! The survey showed that women consumed more low-fat products than men, and tended to cut the fat off meat and use less fat in cooking. However, despite this, the percentage of their total energy derived from fat was the same as for the menfolk. This was probably because they consumed more dairy products, cakes, pastries, chocolate, and salad oils. Using a means devised by sociologists for classifying people into five groups according to the status of their occupation, Dr Baghurst found significant differences between the socioeconomic classes. Men in the highest group professional and managerial people - ate more fibre and less fat than those in the lowest one, who predominantly unskilled manual or clerical workers. The middle three occupational groups consisted of semi-professional and skilled manual and clerical/sales people. In women, those in the lowest group consumed far more fat than those in the top four groups, which were all about the same in their fat consumption. Men tended to eat more cholesterol than women, and the lower their occupational group was the more of it they ate. Those in nonmetropolitan areas consumed the most. The top occupational category had a higher intake of wholemeal bread, reduced-fat milk, and fruit juice, while those in the fifth class ate more white bread, lamb, sausages, whole milk, sugar, sweetened soft drinks, and beer. However, members of the top group were not all good in their habits: they consumed more
The Challenge of New Foods Australian Gen-Ethics Network
A genetic smorgasbord is invading our meals, with new genes and chemicals never before in food. Irradiated foods are also allowed, case by case. Many gene-spliced foods may already be on your plate unlabelled - pork from pigs injected daily with synthetic hormone; processing agents from genetically engineered bacteria - rennet in many cheeses, and enzymes in bread and beer. Pork with synthetic human gene switches, potatoes with virus coat proteins, tomatoes and vegetable oils with bacterial genes for antibiotic and herbicide tolerance may also soon arrive. You have a right to know about new untested production methods, and labels - direct, complete, honest, effective, neutral - should give information which helps you choose your foods. But the National Food Authority (NFA) only requires labels on genetically engineered foods where your health is clearly at risk from known allergens and toxins, or over a religious taboo on meat. Hiding new processes from you is deceptive and dangerous if you are allergic. All new processes should be disclosed so you can take a `life-cycle' view of your diet and optimise benefits for yourself, the planet and society, with foods that:
· have a history of safe use (e.g.: not irradiated or genetically engineered); · have lower environmental impacts (e.g.: dolphin safe tuna; local organic foods); · are animal friendly (e.g.: non-animal tested, free range); · are nonallergenic (e.g.: free of msg or peanut proteins); · are not carcinogenic (e.g.: not charcoal grilled or nitrite cured meats). Organic foods are labelled, and irradiated food labels will say: "Treated With Ionising Radiation" or "Irradiated (name of food)". Process information is also voluntarily put on existing foods - pasteurised; frozen; dehydrated; salt reduced; to name just a few. Process labels on a new hightech foodstuffs do not impose on industry and are your right! Ask for food labels to include new production processes. Write to: Winsome McCaughey, Chair, NFA, PO Box 7186, Canberra MC2610, and write to you local member of Parliament. Ask for a free copy of The gene File! Australian Gen-Ethics Network c/- Australian Conservation Foundation, 340 Gore St., Fitzroy, Vic 3065 Tel(03) 9416-2222, Fax(03) 9416-0767
alcohol than the other social groups - mainly in the form of wine, port, and sherry - especially if they lived in the city. In general, women ate more vegetables, fruit, fish, poultry, cakes, pastries, and dairy products than men, who instead ate more cereal foods and meats. As you may expect, younger people tucked into more confectionery, snack foods, and soft drinks than the older generation, which made up with green leafy vegetables and more wholemeal bread and potatoes. On the basis on what the respondents reported that they ate, Dr Baghurst calculated their intake of various vitamins and minerals. The interesting finding here was that a surprisingly large number of people received less than 70% of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) - a level generally regarded as signifying a risk to health - for various important nutrients. Zinc was the element whose intake was most likely to be inadequate, with 40% of all women and 27% of men falling below the 70% level.
their diets provides a plentiful supply. Because of regular loss of iron in the blood through menstruation, women need more of the element than men, and for 18% of those surveyed the diet contained too little. None of the men fell below 70% of the RDA for iron. Folic acid, or folate - a necessary organic compound that we cannot synthesise - was also too low in the diets of 12% of the men and 14% of the women in the sample. Meat and dairy products are good sources of zinc and folate, and the decline in the consumption of these products in response to the nutritional message to reduce the intake of fat might have been responsible for the findings of the low levels of the two nutrients in the diets of so many. Recent studies in other `Western' nations have given similar findings. However, that does not mean that we need to return to high levels of consumption of animal products. Whole-grain cereals and nuts are relatively rich in zinc, while green leafy vegetable, bread - some will be relieved to hear - beer are examples of good sources of folate.
Deficiency of calcium was also a risk, with 17% of women and 11% of men receiving what is regarded as too little. As usual, iron showed up as an element for which women need to be alert to ensure that
Compared with the findings of similar surveys in South Australia carried out about 10 years ago, the typical diet has slightly improved. Consumption of fat and refined sugar has decreased a little, while that of fruit and fibre has increased. HowContinued on page 9
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Systemic Lupus Erythematosus By Jur Plesman
SYSTEMIC LUPUS ERYTHEMATOSIS1 (SLE) is an auto-immune disorder, which inflames and damages connective tissue in any part of the body. It is one of a group of disorders known as collagen diseases. One form is the discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE), which is a chronic skin disorder that most commonly occur in middle-aged women2 . Auto-immune disorders can be explained as the body rejecting part of its normal tissue for an unknown reason. SLE is closely related to rheumatoid arthritis. It sets up an intense inflammatory reaction in an attempt to reject the `foreign' body as in organ transplants. `Systemic' refers to the general system or condition, Lupus (lupus = wolf), refers to the lupine or wolf-like appearance of rash across cheeks and nose; and `erythematosus'(erythema = red rash) refers to red skin as often a rash appears. Exposure to the sun may aggravate that rash. Although SLE has a genetic component, it is not directly inherited like haemophilia. However, there is 1) a higher occurrence in monozygotic twins, 2) a higher incidence of SLE or other connective tissue disorders, antinuclear antibodies (ANA) and immune complexes in related family members. Environmental factors include: 1) The effects of sunlight which may provoke the disorder, 2) certain drugs can induce SLE, 3) the importance and effects of oestrogens, which may trigger the disease during pregnancy and the period immediately following childbirth (puerperium) and increased prevalence among fertile women, 4) the use of contraceptive drugs and 5) men with Klinefelter's syndrome3 having abnormal sexual hormones. In animal studies there is evidence of a viral infection, but in humans the findings are inconclusive. Symptoms SLE can only be diagnosed after a thor- ough medical investigation as its multiple and varied symptoms may be mistaken for other diseases. It causes inflammation of various membranes that surround the kidneys, joints, lungs, and other organs, such as the heart. It is capable of attacking any organ of the body and hence the symptoms may vary depending on what tissues are affected. In many cases the skin of both cheeks and across the bridge of the nose presents a `butterfly rash'. Other areas exposed to the sun also may show a rash,
such as mouth ulcers. Skin lesions are seen in more than two-thirds of patients. Alopecia or hair-loss is a pointer in 50 per cent of cases. If the joints are attacked it may be mistaken for rheumatoid arthritis, when kidneys are involved it may lead to kidney failure. The patient may feel down and depressed, with loss of appetite and weight. There may be a history of migraine and sometimes psychiatric disturbance. They may suffer from fatigue, damaged nails, loss of hair and have painful cold fingers. There may be a slight elevation of temperature. Less common complaints include conjunctivitis (inflammation of the translucent membrane covering exposed portion of eyeball), blurred vision, anaemia, reduced liver and kidney function, chest pain, abdominal pain, indigestion, constipation, depression and convulsion. Among the various manifestations of the disease arthritis is a common link, but unlike other inflammatory arthritis, symptoms may appear during pregnancy. There may also be a history of abortions. The incidence of the disorder is not clear. One source claims only 1 in 20,000 people may fall to the disorder. Females are affected six to eight times more frequently than males.4 Another source5 says the disease occurs more frequently in the Unites States and the Far East. American blacks are particularly susceptible, with a prevalence as high as 1 in 250 among females. Modern tests for antinuclear antibodies suggest that mild and complete cases are more frequent than previously thought. Specific blood tests can diagnose the condition. The ESR (Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate) is usually raised. Antinuclear antibodies can be detected in the serum of 90 per cent of patients. Treatment Exposure to sun should be avoided. Tradi- tional treatment is with drugs, such as aspirin, non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), corticosteroids, immunosuppressive, antibiotics for secondary infections, and anti-malarials (such as chloroquine6 , used for their anti-arthritis properties). The kind of treatment depends on the symptoms and the severity of the disease. Some people with mild lupus need no medication; others require treatment only during flare-ups. When the blood is affected plasma pheresis may sometimes be helpful. This is a procedure whereby blood is
removed from a vein, centrifuged to separate plasma from cells. Cells with replacement plasma is then re-injected. It takes about 2 hours and is painless. Kidney failure is probably the most severe complication of SLE, and sometimes may require dialysis or, if appropriate kidney transplant. Some of the newer immuno-suppressives have been successful in the treatment of SLE. There is no specific cure for SLE but about 9 out of 10 can expect to live a normal life for 10 years or more. Because SLE tends to reduce the body's immune system, the sufferer must be wary of any infection, no matter how minor. Many patients have long periods of remission for months on end, before a further relapse. After each attack there is a slightly more residual liver, kidney or heart damage, aggravating the condition. Nutritional aspects of the disease Being an auto-immune disorder nutrition aims at strengthening the immune system, and to avoid allergies. The nutritional approach to the disease must be on an experimental basis as applied to each individual. It is important to avoid sugar and to go on a hypoglycemic diet, having small snacks every three hours. Sugar should be replaced with fructose (or other alternative sweeteners) as this seems to stabilize the production of insulin. High levels of insulin suppress growth hormones7 beneficial to the immune system. Nutritional treatment is similar to polymyositis and dermatomyositis discussed in The Hypoglycemic Health Newsletter, March 1996, page 7. Animals studies have shown that a low calorie, low fat diet benefits mice with SLE. It has also been suggested that limiting proteins high in phenylalanine and tyrosine found in beef and dairy products may benefit humans as well.8 In the case of discoid form of lupus there is a case of three patients whose lesions flared up with sun exposure. They were given Beta Carotene, 50 mg 3 times a day, with complete clearance within a week.9 A low vitamin A diet seem to be related to an increase in IgM autoantibodies10 and other antibodies signifying a heightened immune response in New Zealand Black mice.11 Studies have been ambivalent in regard to calcium pantothenate supplementation (610 gm daily), but a trial under medical supervision may be worthwhile. Four patients receiving vitamin E, 900-
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1600 IU daily showed complete clearing, while 2 patients receiving 300 IU had no benefits.12 Vitamin E combined with pantothenate and/ or selenium have been shown to be helpful.13 Vitamin B12, 1000 mcg, I.M. twice weekly were found to be beneficial to three patients who failed to respond to oral or I.M. vitamin E.14 Dietary supplementation of fish oil or omega-3 fatty acids may have a dramatic protective effect on inflammatory disease such as lupus, both delaying the onset of renal disease and prolonging survival.15 Evening Primrose Oil with its high GLA content should also be tried. It was found that SLE patients have decreased serotonin levels, probably due to deficient conversion of tryptophan to serotonin. This may account for the depression. Perhaps this could be due to a B6 deficiency as this coenzyme is required in this conversion (not considered in studies). Tryptophan breakdown products may lead to auto-antibody production and the production of xanthurenic acid (which has been implicated in bladder cancer), hence tryptophan supplementation should be avoided.16 Alfalfa ingestion has been associated with aggravated SLE symptoms and should be avoided.17 It was found among 63 SLE patients that there was an increased frequency of clinical manifestations of urticaria (skin rash), pharyngitis (Inflammation of throat), conjunctivitis and food allergies compared to patients with other autoimmune diseases and normals.18 Hence it is important to assess sensitivities to chemical exposures. Reports show that significant remissions developed in SLE patients placed in an environmental control unit and/or following food eliminations and nutritional supplementation.19 Some SLE patients may be found to be deficient in hydrochloric acid, a major component of gastric juice, which helps digestion of proteins. This is often associated with deficiency or malabsorption of vitamin B complex. Supplementation with hydrochloric acid plus vitamin B complex resulted in improvement in 9 patients in one experimental study.20 German researchers have used an enzymes prepration called "Wobe-Mugos" containing among others bromelain with dramatic results in rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and lupus. Finally, having an autoimmune disorder Lupus patients should undergo tests to ascertain whether heavy metal overloads may inactivate enzymes involved in the immune system. Heavy metals such as lead, cadmium and mercury are thought to impair the immune system. One possibility - although subject to considerable controversy - is that amalgam fillings in teeth could leak mercury into the blood system, reach the brain and the nervous system affecting the patient's overall health21 . References
1) Pronounced "lupus er-e-'them-e-tosis". 2) DLE produces thick, slightly scaly, red- dened patches on the face, cheeks and forehead. It may spread to the scalp and cause alopecia (hair-loss). Sunlight makes the condition worse. It often disappear during the winter months. Nearly all patients with DLE remain in good health apart from the skin disorder and it rarely develops into SLE. 3) Klinefelter's syndrome - A condition in which the appearance of external genitalia is either ambiguous or at variance with chromosomal, gonadal, or genetic sex of the individual. Klinefelter's syndrome in the male is associated with chromosomal abnormalities e.g., XXY, XXXY, XXYY, XY/XXY. 4) Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 1971, page 1962 5) Davidson's principles and practice of medicine (1984) page 572 6) Chloroquine (Chlorquin, Nivaquin) most serious side effects when used over a long period are eye problems. Opacity of cornea can occur, but resolves when medication is halted. Antacids may reduce absorption of drug. Not safe when used during pregnancy and breast feeding. May lead to abnormalities in fetus. Interacts with alcohol and can cause liver damage. 7) Growth hormone (GH) is a polypeptide hormone released by the anterior (frontal) lobe of the pituitary gland in the brain. GH plays a crucial role in growth and repair as well as stimulating the immune system. The GH peaks during sleep especially in young people. Theoretically, more stable blood glucose levels stabilize insulin levels and thereby boost the beneficial effects of growth hormones during sleep. Pearson, D & Shaw, S (1982), Life extension: A practical scientific approach, Warner Books, page 373. 8) Corman, LC (1985), Semin. Arthritis Rheum (15)(1):61-69 9) Newbold PCH (1976), Brit. J. Dermatol.95:100-101 10) IgM or immunoglobulin M is one of the five humoral antibodies produced by the body and the largest in molecular structure. It is the first immunoglobulin the body produces when challenged by antigens and is found in circulating fluids. IgM triggers the release of immunoglobulin G (IgG) a specialized protein synthesized by the body to attack an invasion of bacteria, fungi and viruses. 11) Gershwin et al. (1984), J.Immunology 133(1):222-26 12) Ayers S, Mihan R (1978),Cutis 21:32125. There are several studies confirming the benefits of vitamin E, Ayers, s, Mihan R (1979) Cutis 23:49-54; Burgess JF, Pritchard JE (1948), Arch. Dermatol. Syphilol.57:953 13) For durther details see Werbach, MR (1987) Nutritional influences on illness, Third Line Press Inc, Cal pp 2926. 14) Block, MT (1953) Clin. Med. Jan 1953, 31-34 15) Robinson DR (1986)Med. World News, July 14; Robinson DR et al. (1985), Prostag-
landins 30(1); 51-75; Kelly VE (1985), J Immunol. , 134(3):1914-19; Pricket AD (1982) Trans. Assoc .Am. Phycisians 95;145-54, 16) McCormick JP et al (1976) Science 191:468-9 17) Malonow MR et al. (1982) Science, 216:415-17, Roberts JL et al.(1983) New Engl J Med 308:(22):1361 18) Diumenjo MS et al (1985) Alergol Immunopathol (Madr) 13(4):323-26 19) Cooke HM, Reading CM (1985), Int. Clin. Nutr. Rev 5(4):166-76. & Rea WJ, Brown OD (1985), Clin Ecology, 3(3):122-8 20) Allison JR (1945) Southern Med J 38:235-241. C2h1a)nGgaimngmadl,ieDtrs. :RC(1o9n9t4in),u"Deedntfarlocmauses pageo7f systemic disease", The Hypoglycever, theemaivceNraegwe sdlieettt-eart,leJausnt ein1th9a9t4S,tpaateg-eis2s-till higher5than recommended in fat, salt, and protein and lower than it should be in complex carbohydrate and fibre, and in various micronutrients. Unfortunately, many respondents were not aware of the deficiencies of their own diets, although most had taken in at least part of the nutritional message of the past. Reference The South Australian Nutrition Survey, 1988. Report to the South Australian Health Commission byJKu.Ir.rBiaagahnurstP, Sle.Js. Rmeaconrd,[JB. S.Ayr.ette and(PP.Asy. Bchag),hurPsto. s(Ct SGIRrOad: AdDeilpaidCe 1li9n88) TextNouf Ntru.]t,ritCioonuNnosteerleloprrinatenddfroCmlinaritcicalel by RogNeruBtreictikomnaisnti,nisCScIoRnOdumcatginazginae -sEeClf-OS, no. 6d2e,vSeulmompmere1n98t 9c/o90u.rse, at the To- tal Therapies Medical Centre, 19 Princes Highway, KOGARAH. This course runs every Tuesday afternoon from 2-4 pm. The course covers the following topics; · Nutritional aspects of disease and emotional problems · Self-esteem and how to overcome a negative self-image · Assertiveness training; how to be assertive without being aggressive in one' relationships · Communication at an emotional and deeper level, counselling · Values clarification: what are our aims, what do we value in relationships and what is important to us? Fees are $25 per session per person (Pensioners $15 and negotiable) Please contact the receptionist for bookings or Phone: 5530084 or 019-363-990
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Index of articles in the Hypoglycemic Health Association Newsletters as at March 1996
Author
Title
Date Page
Abbey, Dr Mavis (CSIRO)Antioxidants &Cardiovascular Disease
Sep 1995 10
Adelle Davis Sore Mouth and Tongue (extract: Let's Get Well)
Sep 1993 7
Alexander, Dr R C Thinking Makes It So
Nov 1987 2
Anonymous
A Member's Story
Mar 1988 2
Anonymous
A Prisoner Writes from a Victorian Gaol
Sep 1990 2
Asher, Dr E
Homeopathy: Self-Help for the Hypoglycemic
May 1989 3
Attwood, Elaine (SOMA)Letter by Author Who Attended Lecture by
Prof. Frederick Stare
May 1988 2
Baden, Daniel Free Radicals and Antioxidants
Dec 1994 2
Bassal, Dr N Report on Lecture on 12 March, 1988
May 1988 3
Blewett, Dr N Reply to L Grady's Representations re Cytoxic Testing
Apr 1986 6
Bonrank,P
A Case Of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Jun 1992 6
Brighthope, Dr I Food Allergies
Dec 1991 8
Brighthope, Dr I Company Drug Pushers
Dec 1992 8
Brighthope, Dr I Aluminium Babies
Mar 1993 7
Brighthope, Dr I Food Sensitivity & Juvenile Onset Diabetes
Jun 1993 7
Brighthope, Dr I Migraine
Jun 1993 7
Brighthope, Dr I Potentially Harmful Effects of Food Irradiation
Jun 1993 7
Brighthope, Dr I Chemical Wins
Sep 1993 4
Brighthope, Dr I Diethylstilboestrol daughter
Sep 1993 4
British Digestive Foundation, Understanding Ulcerative Colitis &
Crohn's Disease
Jun 1993 3
Buist, Dr R
Avoiding Problems with Special Diets
Nov 1989 11
Buist, Dr R
Who Needs Vitamin Supplements?
Mar 1990 5
Buist, Dr R
Cholesterol Reduction and Increased Mortality
In Coronary heart disease
Jun 1991 6
Buist, Dr R
The Cholesterol Myth (Bookreview)
Dec 1992 6
Chaitow,L
About Aspartame (Nutrasweet)
Mar 1993 6
Choice MagazineArtificial Sweeteners
Aug 1987 2
Cook,Bev
Bev Cook's Report
Jun 1992 5
Cozzi ND, Rita The Naturopathic Approach to Hypoglycaemia
Sep 1995 3
Dale,Dr J
Stress and the Immune System
Mar 1996 2
Davison et al. Letter from G W Davison & A Gillezeau
Mar 1989 7
Dobie, Dr P
Environmental Medicine: An Expanded Approach
to Allergies
Aug 1989 3
Donohoe, Dr M Detoxifying for Environmental Chemicals
Mar 1990 3
Duff,S
My Story
Dec 1990 2
Dwyer, Prof John What is myalgic encepholomyelitis/
Chronic fatigue Syndrome
Sep 1993 7
Editor
The Name HYPOGLYCEMIA under attack
Jun 1990 2
Editor
Dr Samra Exonerated
Jun 1990 3
Editor
List of Salicylate containing Foods
Jun 1990 10
Editor
Overview of the Manly Private Hopspital Allergy Clinic Sep 1990 7
Editor
Vitamin A under attack
Dec 1993 5
Editor
Alternative Medicine Now To Be recognised
Sep 1994 2
Editor
Every Little Drop Counts
Jun 1995 7
Editor
Water Heaters and Health Risks
Jun 1995 7
Fluhrer, Dr J Chelation Therapy
Sep 1994 3
Fluhrer, Dr J Natural Medicine: How to Help Survive Cancer
Sep 1995 9
French, R
natural foods for Health and Enjoyment
Mar 1989 4
French, R
How to Lower Cholesterol & Prevent Heart Disease
and Stroke
May 1989 5
French,R
Genes can be Damaged by Diet
Dec 1993 2
French,R
The First and Last Diet: Man's True diet
Dec 1994 7
Gammal, Dr Robert Dental Causes of Systemic Disease
Jun 1994 2
Gateley CA et als. Evening Primrose Oil and Breast Pain
Mar 1995 8
Harnett ND, Joanna Childhood Nutrition
Dec 1995 2
Hendler MD, SS Black Cohosh, Angelica/Dong Quai & Catnip
Mar 1996 11
Heyman, K
Diet and Cancer
Mar 1994 6
Howes, A
Surgery for the "ME" sufferer
Sep 1990 2
Hyperactvity/Add Attention Problems in Children
Dec 1993 4
Jacobs,J
Letter on Prisoners' Diet
Mar 1992 7
Jacobs,J
An Experiment At The Keelong Juvenile Justice Centre Jun 1992 5
Jacobs,J
Collins Gem Guide, Natural & Artificial Food
Additives-A review
Jun 1992 5
Kjeldsen Kragh et al Once More, Diet in Rheumatoid Arthritis
Sep 1992 7
Langer, S
Nutritional Dedication to Weight Loss
(Weight Metabolizers)
Jun 1995 8
Langer,A
Nutrition in Sport
Sep 1992 6
Lucy,R
Vitamins and Nutrients
Mar 1993 2
McInerney, M Introduction to Health
Sep 1993 2
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Jun 1995 6
McLeay, Dr A Hair Analysis, Vitamin, Mineral and Allergy Tests,
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McNaughton BE(NSW), Steve Plea to Retain the Name Hypoglycemic
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Mindell, Earl Cravings
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Mar 1994 9
Nutrisearch
From Beer to Crack
Mar 1994 9
Nutrisearch
Gallstones & Vitamin C
Mar 1994 9
Nutrisearch
Garlic & Intemittent Claudication
Mar 1994 9
Nutrisearch
Multiple Sclerosis & Prostate Cancer
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Jun 1994 10
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Pemberton, D Organochlorines in the Food Chain
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Pemberton, D Organo Chlorines In The Food Chain
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Plesman, J
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Nov 1988 6
Plesman, J
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Mar 1989 9
Plesman, J
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May 1989 2
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May 1989 4
Plesman, J
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Plesman, J
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Plesman, J
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Plesman, J
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Plesman, J
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Tryptophan Went The Comfrey Way
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Plesman, J
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Plesman, J
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Plesman, J
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Plesman, J
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Plesman,J
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Plesman,J
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Samra, Dr G Hyperactivity
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Samra, Dr G Fatigue (Lecture given to MINDS)
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Samra, Dr G Headaches and Migraine
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SOMA
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Stokes, J (CSIRO) Fish and Oil
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Vayda, Dr W Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
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Vayda, Dr W Stop The Mould
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Vayda, Dr W The Lady on the Skids
Mar 1992 2
Vayda, Dr W Psycho-Nutrition (Bookreview)
Mar 1993 5
Vayda, Dr W Introduction to Chronic Fatigue
Dec 1994 4
Whitmore, Trixie Chemical-Free Living
Jun 1992 2
Whitmore, Trixie Painting and Decorating
Jun 1992 7
Williams, Xandria K Living With Allergies
Dec 1991 7
Yates, Dr J
Name Of the Association
Apr 1986 5
Yudkin,J (Nutrisearch Bull) Heart Disease Sugar and Fat -
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