Winter is here – and so are colds and flu

Ironically, we have had several patients cancel appointments in recent weeks due to colds or flu.

Thinking on this, we have come up with a service that we can offer to current patients to either help prevent or treat these infections promptly.

Andrographis Compound or Armaforce are both products than can be used to increase immunity generally or taken in high doses at the first sign of colds or infection.

Additionally, we have prepared a couple of liquid formulae to “grab off the shelf” so to speak.

One, a lung formula for coughs and lower respiratory infections, and another mix for upper respiratory infections; sore throats, runny nose etc.

We also have a great herbal throat spray that can assist with the symptoms of sore throats.

All of these products are available without a consultation if you are a patient of the clinic already. Oh and don’t forget to keep up your vitamin D through the winter months!

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Vitamin D: A Cheap & Effective Weapon Against Chronic Disease?

Health authorities in Europe have now decided that the majority of the population is so deficient in vitamin D that mandatory food fortification is being discussed. Finland started fortification over 10 years ago! However, fortification of milk with vitamin D was found not to be effective in spite of people drinking four glasses of milk daily.

Studies have confirmed that vitamin D deficiency is common, especially in northern latitudes, where the sun during the winter months is not strong enough to trigger the human body into synthesizing “the sunshine vitamin.”

Tasmania has the same problem as the Scandinavian countries. We do not make any vitamin D in winter.  Even in summer, we may not produce enough vitamin D because we hide from the sun.

Vitamin D and chronic diseases

Bone tissue requires vitamin D in order to absorb and retain calcium.

Vitamin D deficiency is associated with poor immunity and succumbing to the common cold or influenza.

Deficiency is also associated with cardiovascular disease and diabetes – deficiency fuels inflammation and insulin resistance and impaired glucose metabolism.

Prevention Cannot Start Early Enough

A recent study, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism in February 2015, concluded that low vitamin D levels in childhood may cause excess thickening of the arterial lining, leading to increased cardiovascular disease risk in adulthood.

Furthermore, low birth weight has long been known to correlate with increased risk of coronary heart disease in adults, and a meta analysis led by the University of Zaragoza in Spain revealed that vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy leads to a slight—but nevertheless significant—increase in birth weight.

Babies born to vitamin D-deficient women are usually also deficient in the vitamin, and, after birth, their meager body stores dwindle fast. A study carried out by the University of Iowa and published in Pediatric Research in August 2014 discovered that, at one month of age, infants’ vitamin D levels were just half that of their mothers’, which led the researchers to argue in favor of vitamin D fortification right from birth.

Supplementation is the only answer

Vitamin dosages are counted in international units or IU.

We recommend small children to be given 1000 IU daily and teenagers and adults 3000 IU daily.


Vitamin D: A Cheap & Effective Weapon Against Chronic Disease?

By Ewa Hudson, Head of Health & Wellness Research, Euromonitor International | June 16, 2015 The writing on the wall suggests it may be vitamin D’s time to shine.

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