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Health and Wellbeing Newsletter June 2019

Hello friends,

In this issue:
  • Why is anxiety so common? Part 2.
  • Product highlights from the Website - 
  • Coming Up, FREE gift and Live events!

"Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind" ....Bruce Lee

We are settling down in the Sunshine Coast, and its living up to its name - really is a beautiful spot.

Let's read on...... 

Why are so many people struggling with anxiety? (Part 2)

Continued from last month.........

Balance your Gut Bacteria

Anxiety-692Another huge topic that has been a regular talking point in recent years. The science around different strains of bacteria shows some very interesting links to a whole range of health issues that many people thought couldn't possibly be related to our gut microbiome.

Up to date studies have found that the gut is in charge of many things, this includes producing neurotransmitters and once again we are learning loads of interesting facts about neurotransmitters.

The use of antibiotics, various chemical residues in our food and of course chemicals we are exposed to generally through food, air and water and even wifi and EMF's all have the potential to alter the microbiome and interfere with the beneficial bacteria within our gut, these factors can work against our body and its natural serotonin production.

One of the neurotransmitters that is thought to be lacking in anxiety and depression is serotonin. 
Having healthy gut bacteria is critical to assist with the production of serotonin.

The age old idea of eating fermented foods may be helpful. The more modern approach of taking probiotics is also a positive way to influence this, I still get a dose daily of either some form of fermented food and/or my daily "InLiven".

Getting some form of naturally occurring probiotics into your system to aid in balancing or rebalancing your gut flora on a regular basis is the prudent thing to do.

Balance Your Thyroid

thyroid diaI have written about our thyroid gland and common problems in the past, and if you took any of that information on board you will remember that a huge percentage of the general population has a thyroid problem, under active or hypo-thyroid conditions affect many women and men. The over active or hyper thyroid condition, while not as common is still a significant factor for many and it is known that an excess amount of thyroid hormone can make us extremely anxious, irritable and on edge. It's commonly attributed to Graves’ disease, but can also occur in the all too common auto-immune condition generally referred to as Hashimoto’s.

In the early stages of Hashimoto’s, thyroid cells are broken down by the auto-immune activity and this results in the release of thyroid hormones into the bloodstream.  While this process is occurring there will be thyroid hormone surges along with wildly swinging moods, eventually as the immune system gets a hold(and in the process damages the thyroid gland) the thyroid levels will begin to drop back to hypothyroidism.

Assessing thyroid anti-bodies in the blood is the way to determine what is happening here. 

You know that I am a big fan of appropriate mineral supplementation, and in this situation one of the things that can be incredibly helpful with rapidly reducing the attack on the thyroid gland is good old selenium.

You do need to use adequate amounts, for example one study found that over the course of three months supplementation, thyroid antibodies were reduced by 50 percent. With this in mind the daily dosage most suitable will most likely be between 200-400mcg.

As with anything our body produces, thyroid hormones are one of those things that has an "optimal level" in your body, so for those on some form of thyroid medication due to TSH levels that appear either elevated or suppressed, I suggest you work closely with your Dr to adjust thyroid hormones to get things just right, you will find this time well spent as levels that are too high or too low indicate an imbalance of thyroid hormone levels and have been associated with various symptoms, including anxiety.

Magnesium Supplementation

Mag diasporalNow we are getting back to basics, maybe I should have started with this point as it is still one of our foundational things, minerals and mineral ratios are absolutely essential in everything our body endeavours to do. Do I need to give you a dose of research?

Did I hear you say "yes"? Research does in fact suggest that a magnesium deficiency may be associated with anxiety.

There have been several studies(in fact probably a lot more than we realise) have found feelings of fear and panic can be greatly reduced with an increased magnesium intake.

We know that magnesium plays an important role in the brain, where it helps create strong neurological pathways.

Perhaps even more interesting is the knowledge that our body’s stress response system and all its associated parts - you may see this referred to as the "hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical axis" or HPA - are controlled by magnesium!

This could provide some explanation as to why a magnesium deficiency could lead to increased stress and anxiety when the HPA axis is out of balance. I see this often when I am testing - the poor old adrenals are often just not coping until magnesium is added to the protocol.

Other signs of a magnesium deficiency include headaches, insomnia, constipation, and menstrual cramps.

We really can't leave this one out of the mix and I often recommend using a magnesium supplement to start the day, or at bedtime if you have insomnia or a racing mind that plagues you when you’re trying to fall asleep. The citrate version is almost always my preferred source and is also best if you tend to be constipated as it can have a mild stool softening effect.

The other form on its own that I do use (less often) is magnesium glycinate, more appropriate if you have normal bowel movements or a tendency towards diarrhea and also for those with a genuine concern with blood sugar control(even so my go to for most is the magnesium citrate).

There is some data that suggests for some people, magnesium glycinate can worsen anxiety symptoms, its worth noting but may be largely anecdotal. Obviously if you notice that your anxiety increases after taking magnesium glycinate, then definitely get things checked and try switching to magnesium citrate.

Manage Your Stress Response

Super Adrenal Stress FormulaSo how do we manage stress!!! What I am referring to are the things we can use to give our body a little extra support when under duress, using adaptogenic herbs for example can give important support to the over worked adrenal glands and potentially reduce anxiety.

Tell tale signs that may suggest your adrenals would love some herbal support is if you are easily overwhelmed, annoyed, anxious, or irritated by others. That sense that everything is annoying and importantly you find EVERYONE a total "pain in the butt" and/or demanding.

Sleep is very important when it comes to giving your adrenals a fair break so that is the first thing to work on, but if extra sleep doesn’t solve the problem, or isn’t possible consider another one of my favourite ways to support the adrenals: taking adaptogenic herbs.

An adaptogen is simply a substance that can increase the body’s ability to cope with different types of stress, including physical and emotional stress.

To be considered an adaptogen, a herb must have the following characteristics:

  1. Be non toxic to the patient at normal doses.
  2. Help the entire body cope with stress.
  3. Help the body to return to normal, regardless of how stress is currently affecting the person’s functioning.

The really cool thing about herbs is that they both tone down overactive systems and boost under-active systems in the body, we refer to this as an ability to modulate and herbs are known to help normalise the all important HPA axis.

Examples of adaptogenic herbs that may improve your body’s ability to cope with stress include:

  • Ashwagandha(Indian Ginseng)
  • Oats(Avena Sativa)
  • Rhodiola
  • Reishi mushroom,
  • Ginseng, - Korean(Panax) or Siberian(Eleuthero)
  • Licorice,
  • Maca,
  • Schisandra

When these herbs are combined with the correct vitamins and minerals a significant difference may be felt, and if used appropriately herbs may assist in helping move you back on track to a happier, healthier you.

Learn to practice Mindfulness

More and more people are becoming familiar with the term and it describes being and having an awareness of the present moment, as a good friend says - "being in the very, very now".

Quite simply its' the act of observing our thoughts and feelings, and importantly developing a way of noticing but not  “reacting” to them. When done properly you will be inviting all of your senses to be fully aware of the sounds, sights, smells and feeling of everything in your world and accepting this simply as being.

An import
Mental ant part of the learning is that we alone are the only one that controls our reaction to ANYTHING!

By learning and practicing mindfulness you will be able to recognise scenario's that in the past may have taken you into a full on reaction and change this into an appropriate response - or even better - a lack of response, thereby taking deliberate control of your thoughts, feelings and emotions, a very helpful tool to have in your "tool box".

Tools for achieving mindfulness could include:

  • Yoga
  • Being immersed in Nature
  • Meditation
  • Creating a Vision Board
  • Art - this could be drawing or some other creative skill
  • Listening to music

Essentially, if you can shut down your stressed out, worried brain for just a matter of minutes, there will be many benefits over the long term. I recall a term used by a colleague, we are Human "beings" and not Human "doings" and this encapsulates mindfulness quite nicely - being not doing.

Deal with Past Traumas and Emotions

Anxiety could be the result of past events. Any trauma that isn’t properly processed when it occurs has the potential to mess us around.

It may even be something that for outsiders looking in may appear to be nothing at all - but because of our age or disposition at the time we took it on board a certain way - and believe me when I say that minor "traumas" can often be the things that cause ongoing stress and anxiety over long periods of time, potentially big and small trauma's or lessons for us that are yet to be learnt are simply another form of stress and "toxin".

If this resonates with you I suggest you do some work with a practitioner that has skills in this area.

When I consider an unresolved emotion, or an emotion that is locked in place as a result of some traumatic incident, I find it helpful to compare this to a toxin that your body would like to get rid of, an emotional toxin. The effect over time is the same as harbouring a chemical toxin, it blocks normal energy pathways and causes dysfunction and potentially disease.

So while there are purely physical manifestations of all types of problems such as a broken arm or the flu, there will generally be an emotional component as well. In some cases the emotion is a minor part of problem, but potentially it could be the key that requires unblocking to allow you onto the path of healing.

We all know our whole body is a complex system, and quite simply we can’t ignore our mind and emotions.

There are many tools available to help with "Emotions", my clinical work in this field includes:

  • EFT - Emotional Freedom Technique, EFT, also known as "tapping"
  • ERT - Emotional Repolarisation Technique - a process that quickly identifies "truths" for you to work on
  • Emotion Code - a simple, quick process to clear trapped emotions

If any of these things sounds interesting for you then do reach out for help, thats what we do :)

That concludes part 2 of this rather long article, I hope you have found it helpful and of course if it feels appropriate please share it around. We will be offering some specials for the remainder of the month to complement the article. See Below.

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The variety of FREE online events these days is mind boggling, and in this information age we really have the opportunity to improve our understanding on a whole range of topics. There are 2 main topics this month, both BIG and one is already running (I know, I'm once again a little behind with getting this newsletter out:)

The first one:

This series has already started and is delivering some excellent content, so if you have a chance I encourage you to gather together and watch this, potentially some life saving tips and info.

The Anti-Cancer Revolution.
Anti-Cancer Revolution
When diagnosed with cancer, most people STILL CHOOSE chemotherapy and radiation to fight it.

MAKE SURE you also understand what naturopathic oncologists and integrative doctors are doing to fight cancer -- because it's time for an anti-cancer revolution!

--->>The Anti-Cancer Revolution (register for free now!) is online and free from June 17-23, 2019.

Join us to learn from the world's top natural healing (and living) experts, integrative doctors and naturopathic oncologists. They'll share natural ways to support your fight against cancer using nutrition, oils, homeopathy, cellular detox, fasting, ozone therapy, botanical chemo, hyperbarics, epigenetics and more!

The Anti-Cancer Revolution is for YOU, if you want to:
● Supplement conventional approaches with natural methods
● Find an entirely natural approach
● Cease being frustrated by the lack of options
● Reduce side effects and prevent relapses

WHY ATTEND? Your host, Ryan Sternagel, received devastating news for his son's first birthday: stage IV cancer. His family was already living what they considered a "healthier than average" life: good food, active, happy.

Ryan deeply researched the disease and how to protect his son from the damage of conventional treatments. Ultimately, they shifted every aspect of their lives to remove the cause. Now, he'll share what he has learned (and continues to learn) from the world's natural health and healing community!

Join me in the revolution to learn more about:
● Root causes and targeted therapies
● Asking more informed questions of your health pros
● Choosing the right foods and supplements
● Anti-cancer environmental and lifestyle changes
● Reducing toxicity and increasing treatment efficacy
● Understanding alternative treatments
● Cutting-edge cancer testing (to avoid relapse!)
● And more! You're not alone.

There are answers. We can heal together! --->>Learn natural anti-cancer strategies when you register for free today!

Hope to "see you there" 

P.S. When you register today, you'll also UNLOCK Ryan's powerful, 10-page eChecklist, The Ultimate Cancer-Proof Home eChecklist, to help remove toxins from your home, starting today! 


The second event happening a little later, starting at the beginning of July and is a topic that not many of us understand.
As a naturopath I have developed skills to allow me to dig and find answers and herbs that can deal with quite specific pathogens, but its a fascinating changing world we we get down to the nitty gritty.

Viral and Retroviral Summit

Learn more right away and up-level your knowledge:
Get Dr. Jay Davidson's 10-page Ultimate Supplement and Detox Guide to Viruses and Retroviruses, and discover herbs and supplements to help you combat illness!
--->>Click here to download your free eGuide to viruses!

Generally, retroviruses cause immune deficiency. They can affect very specific parts of our immune system, causing a multitude of illnesses. With lost immune protection, parasites, bacteria and other types of viral pathogens have a greater opportunity to impact your health.
Retroviruses are unlike typical viruses and are often responsible for deadly diseases including cancer, leukemia and AIDS.

In this 10-page eGuide, Dr. Jay will walk you through retroviruses, the various herbs and supplements for support, what to do for regular viruses and everything you need to know about EBV. That's why you should grab this eGuide today!

And, you'll also save a seat on July 1st for the start of the free, online Viral and Retroviral Summit -- over 25 experts focused on the prevention, treatment and reduction of symptoms from viruses and retroviruses! --->>Gain IMMEDIATE ACCESS to this 10-page viruses eGuide!

I would love to hear your questions after reading or watching this series, we are here to help.

P.S. Don't miss out on Dr. Jay Davidson's 10-page Ultimate Supplement and Detox Guide to Viruses and Retroviruses, when you click here to grab it now!

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Our settling into winter in the Sunshine Coast is working well and we have already been blessed with warm days, dolphins and whales at our local beach and an operational broadband connection so we are all set up to support you in whatever way we can, reply to this email if you would like to arrange an appointment.

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Please check us out on Facebook and "like" our page - We share many tips, tools and cool stuff, and keep you updated during the month with some interesting articles and additional snippets of topical information, there is even the odd laugh and some pretty pictures too
Have a look and join in on any conversations that may be rolling:)

What about YouTube?

Here is a short snippet from a BBC documentary, it never ceases to amaze me some of the amazing things that insects are able to achieve


DEALs of the MONTH

To offer support for those who may be on edge or dealing with some degree of anxiety, here are some specials that may be helpful. We are offering all of these items with $$ off for the remainder of June, happy shopping:)

Active Elements 2.3
BioTrace Elemental Selenium
BioTrace Magnesium Citrate
Douglas Magnesium Glycinate (you will need to be logged in to access this product)
PRL Adaptogen R3

Thanks for your support!

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Yours in good health

Love from Gary and Andy

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Andy Pentecost, Transformational Life Coach/Author/Animal Communicator
Gary Beck, Naturopath/Healer

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