Product Focus: Natural Remedies for Immunity and Allergies

You probably know the story. You’ve been working hard. You have not been sleeping too well. You have not been putting time aside for eating properly or preparing healthy meals. You’ve been buying just a few too many takeaways, and your coffee consumption has…

H is for Herbs

Every so often I like to focus on a novel way of introducing clients and blog readers to herbs. Some time ago I devised a method that is fun, interesting and rather systematic. It’s about educating the wider public and readership about herbs and it…

Facts about the skin and it’s importance

Skin is the largest organ of the human body, with a total surface area between 1.5 to 2m2. Each cubic centimeter of skin is home to approximately one million bacteria. Maintaining microbial balance is therefore crucial not only for healthy skin, but also for…

Infection and inflammation. The effect of chronic infection as a driver of not only acute inflammation, but also autoimmune disease.

The role of chronic infection as a key driver of the inflammatory aspects of skin lesions is understood by the healthcare community at large and often treated with powerful, broad spectrum antimicrobials. However, the balance of the commensal skin and gut microbiota and their…

Autoimmune disease, T helper cells, Disease states and natural medicine

The immune system is complex and highly developed, yet its mission is simple: to seek out and destroy potential invaders. Whilst immunity has the amazing ability to recognise and protect “self” tissue from pathogens, sometimes these recognition systems fail. Failure of our self-recognition can…

Why is ‘Diet’ a dirty word in Dermatology when dealing with Acne?

The role of diet in skin conditions such as Acne has always been controversial. The role of high glycaemic load carbohydrates in acne vulgaris, for example, has been hotly debated since the 1960s. Recent findings on the impact of glycaemic load on factors that…

Infection and inflammation – the double edged sword

The role of chronic infection as a key driver of the inflammatory aspects of ill health in the body is understood by the healthcare community at large and often treated with powerful, broad spectrum antimicrobials. However, the balance of gut microbiota and their role…

The Digestive System and Lymphatic Health Makes For Good Health

Practitioners of Natural Medicine always place emphasis on optimizing our patients’ digestive function in an effort to maximize many aspects of their health – and rightly so. Correct digestive function is essential to health, but equally important is the robustness of the eliminative channels…

Skin Conditions, Antibiotics and Corticosteroids

Unless you have walked in the shoes of a sufferer of skin conditions it may be difficult to understand the negative impact it can have on their quality of life. Modern society’s increasing focus and fascination on appearance increases the frustration that many patients…

The Bowel and Immunity

Naturopathic philosophy states that given the right conditions the body heals itself. When we deviate from the natural laws, our body’s ability to care for its self becomes weakened and disease, infection, low energy, depression and the long list of all that ails us…