Shining light on dementia and traumatic brain injury

Shining light on dementia and traumatic brain injury

We often take our health and independence for granted, but for many thousands of Australians affected by neurological disease or injury, even tasks such as making a cup of tea or remembering their way around a supermarket can be a distant dream.

Dementia Australia estimates that there were 436,366 Australians living with dementia in 2018, while an alarming 26,433 had younger-onset dementia. Tragically, the incidence of neurodegenerative disease is rapidly rising, as around 250 people are diagnosed with dementia every day. Given the devastating effects that these conditions have on individuals and their families, and sometimes harmful effects of medications, new approaches are desperately needed.

What if light could play a role? The need for safe, effective treatments has led to the study of Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT), also known as cold laser therapy or photobiomodulation (PBM). This therapy uses near-infrared light to boost the body’s natural healing ability.

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Your body is more than a temple – It’s a Healthcare System

Your body is more than a temple – It’s a Healthcare System

Ask the average Australian if they’re healthy and most will answer yes. But in the past 15 years, our intake of fruit and vegetables has declined. In fact, says the Heart Foundation, we have a 92.9% inadequate intake of veg. [1] 

These statistics skim the surface but what they indicate is that we’re not particularly involved in, or engaged with, our health.

In 2016-17 there were 11 million hospital admissions in Australia. That’s 31 million days of patient care. [2]  We seem comfortable assuming ‘we’ll be right’ and then when we do end up in hospital we’re happy to leave it to the heavily pressured doctors and surgeons to fix us.

Can we really consider ourselves healthy when (a roughly equivalent) half of the population is in hospital at some point during the year?

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Hashimoto’s and Grave’s Disease: Two Sides of One Coin

Hashimoto’s and Grave’s Disease: Two Sides of One Coin

Hashimoto’s disease and Grave’s disease are both conditions where the immune system damages the thyroid, a butterfly-shaped gland that helps regulate metabolism. Grave’s disease features an overactive thyroid and Hashimoto’s disease causes an underactive thyroid. Both conditions are distressing and can be dangerous, the question is, how can we prevent and treat them using natural or integrative therapies?

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I Have Fibromyalgia – What Can I Do?

I Have Fibromyalgia – What Can I Do?

Fibromyalgia is an often debilitating and isolating condition involving soft tissue pain and stiffness, particularly in localised tender points; unrelenting fatigue; cognitive impairment; and other symptoms that vary between patients. Once dismissed by mainstream medicine, fibromyalgia is now known as a disorder of central sensitivity.  To know that it’s not all in your head brings relief, but after being diagnosed, you may be left wondering, what’s next? What therapies are the most effective? Will things ever be back to normal?

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