In general, inflammation happens when your body reacts to something abnormal. Acute inflammation, which happens after an injury or infection, is an orderly, healthy process. Your immune system mobilizes to destroy foreign invaders and clean up damaged tissue, then quiets back down. Chronic, or systemic, inflammation is an unhealthy, chaotic process. It happens when your immune system is persistently on high alert and ends up damaging your body. Instigators include an unhealthy diet, lack of physical activity, unmanaged stress and lack of sleep, along with environmental pollutants.
For many of us in the UK, the annual ritual of putting the clocks back for daylight saving time can be accompanied by a distinct feeling of winter blues as autumn well and truly beds in. This might be felt as a lack of energy, reduced enjoyment in activities and a need for more sleep than normal. But for around 6% of the UK population and between 2-8% of people in other higher latitude countries such as Canada, Denmark and Sweden, these symptoms are so severe that these people are unable to work or function normally.
Dementia is an umbrella term for a decline in mental ability, manifested by symptoms like memory loss and difficulties with thinking. It is a terrible condition which affects both the lives of the victims and their family members.
You may remember first hearing about auricular therapy in 2006, when two plasters on Kate Moss’s right ear signalled that she might be receiving the treatment. But ear acupuncture dates back further than that; it’s been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years, treating everything from digestive problems to addiction and insomnia.
We all remember our first heartbreak. That sense of being so crushed we couldn’t breathe. One would think that heartbreak gets easier as we get older and wiser, but I've seen that it continues to be one of life’s stormiest passages. The pain of heartbreak feels very specific because it is specific. In fact, chemically it is very different from other types of loss.
As a Chinese medicine practitioner, as well as a trained psychotherapist, I've seen firsthand how helpful this ancient healing modality can be through modern romantic heartbreak.
This is a reminder to check you extended health benefits. Most plans roll over at the end of the calendar year, have you used yours up? The next few months get very busy. Book in now and secure the spots you want!
Hormones are the chemical messengers in your body that determine the health of your metabolism, how you maintain your weight, your stress levels, your body temperature, your mood, your energy, and your muscle growth. And those are just a few of the many bodily systems your hormones have control over!
Scientists in Belgium have made a recent discovery that goes a long way to understanding how sugar affects cancer.
In a paper published in the journal Nature Communications, researchers from VIB, a life sciences research institute, and Vrije University in Brussels found that a compound in sugar stimulates aggressive cancer cells and helps them to grow faster.
Led by Johan Thevelein, a microbiologist with VIB, this research builds on what scientists already knew about the Warburg effect, where cancer cells rapidly break down sugar for energy and to fuel for further growth.
In our clinics, we see a wide range of patients with all manner of pain and injury – however a large part of our work is centred on dealing with low back pain. Here are some simple tips on overcoming and preventing back pain that will help keep you in good shape and pain free: