Thursday, 31 March 2016

The Maiwiru Foundation.

World Health Day on April 7th aims to increase awareness of the global diabetes epidemic. Whilst raising awareness of this issue I want to highlight the work of the Maiwiru Foundation. It started  it's work 100kms from Uluru in a town where it was observed that the locals, despite being a dry community, still suffered alarmingly high rates of Type 2 diabetes and kidney disease.

The people here started looking at the food, and especially the amount of sugar that passed through the doors of the local store. Over time, a 'Good Food Policy' was established and the amount of sugar in-store was reduced. Funding for a nutritionist was found, the locals were educated about food, took control over the foods the shop stocked and health in the community improved.

Fast forward to present day, due to government and policy change (basically funding cuts) this programs effectiveness has been diluted a bit, the nutritionist is no longer available and there is more sugar on the shelves.

How can I make a difference?

I will donate 20% of my profit that is generated on April 7th, World Health Day, to the Maiwiru Foundation. Actually, I will donate 20% of my profit generated the following Thursday, April 14th to the foundation also.

So if you've been thinking it's time to review your health, by coming in on the 7th or 14th of April you can make a difference to the health of others as well as yourself

Appointments can be made online or via the phone.

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Epilepsy Awareness Month

Given that March is Epilepsy Awareness Month I felt compelled to raise awareness about the 'nutritional' aspects of Epilepsy, especially in relation to those receiving anti-epileptic medications. These medications are often prescribed long term, to both children and adults, so it's  important then to track these patients nutrional status.

Why so?

There is a strong body of evidence linking anti-seizure meds to deficiencies of particular nutrients, especially folate, B12, B3, B6, zinc and Vitamin D. The research goes on to demonstrate that the drugs work better when any nutritional deficiencies are identified and corrected.

Based on this, you would think it would be a no-brainer to monitor the 'at risk' nutrient levels of those patients taking these medications long term, wouldn't you? Especially given that a large percentage of these patients are children and are vulnerable to nutrient deficiencies at the best of times. Seemingly not.

In the interests of best medicine, given that these patients often have little choice but to stay on these meds indefinitely, let's raise awareness about the drug-nutrient interactions and contribute to improved treatment rates via monitoring 'at risk' nutrients in these people regularly.