Childhood vaccinations and the flu jab have been a hot potato for many years, and parents can struggle with making a decision as to whether it is healthy or not. No parent wants their child to become severely ill, so the vaccine appears to be the best route.
Also, as explained by the DoH, it does protect vulnerable groups such as the elderly if children are vaccinated.
Is your child already sick?
If you child has had anti-biotics, steroids, anti-histamines or other medications for immune system problems, then I would be cautious. Their immune systems would already be weakened which means they are more likely to have a reaction to the vaccination.
It is perfectly acceptable to ask the health practitioner to delay the vaccination until the child is better to give them the best chance with their immunity. Practitioners do resist delays, as it can interfere with their programme of work, however you do have the authority to delay.
Vaccinations, particularly childhood vaccinations, are a very personal decision and are an invasive procedure introducing chemicals into a young developing body.
Do your own research about vaccinations.
If there is a food intolerance double check the ingredients.
If there is a latex intolerance check the packaging.
Even microscopic introduction of products can cause reactions.
BE INFORMED about the flu jab.
At what age should children have the nasal spray flu vaccine?
In the autumn/winter of 2017-18, the vaccine will be available free on the NHS for eligible children, including:
I heard on the news today that you only needed to chew 50 times for three mouthfuls to digest your food well. it also claimed that the other mouthfuls didn't need to be worried about. I was very alarmed at this, particularly as the individual making the claim as an 'expert'. The problem with making these claims is that patients with gastric conditions may take this into consideration and this could cause them a great deal of trouble.
For example, IBS,diverticulitis, colitis or gastritis, where the digestive tract or colon is inflammed, would be even more irritated if poorly chewed food was swallowed for the larger part of a meal or snack.
So, why is chewing food well so important?
People may make expert claims on the television, but these tend to be sweeping and not patient led, so beware.
Mental Health Awareness Week
When we say mental health we all have different opinions on what that means. Mental health has a huge range of sub-categories, in the same way the autism or eating disorder has many labels. Unfortunately, because of this difficulty understanding mental health it is very much still a hidden and unsupported groups of symptoms.
The range of symptoms associated with low mental health is enormous, and often the medical profession will simply prescribe anti-depressants as a plaster to cover up the problem.
Lack of Energy
OCD / ADHD
Change in Appetite (increase or decrease)
These are just some of the symptoms, there are many more.
How does food effect how we feel ?
Our diet can have an enormous effect on how we feel. Here is a quick list of some of the problems food can bring about.
Fats & Oils - The essential fatty acids also known as the omega oils, play a fundamental role in our mental health. Diets high in saturated fats such as palm oil, corn oil, rapeseed oil have been shown to contribute towards poor mental health for some individuals. Olive Oil and oily fish such as salmon, pilchards, mackeral are all easy ways to add the right oils into your diet.
Vitamin D - Lifestyles plays a part too; lack of daylight, clothing, foundation makeup on the skin contributes to a lack of exposure to daylight so we cannot produce vitamin D. Vitamin D is another key player towards good mental health. GET OUTSIDE - walk to the shops, take the dog out, walk to the station, reduce cover up make up ladies, expose your face and hands to daylight.
Sugars - Diets high in the quick hit sugars found in biscuits, pastries, sweets, cakes, most fast foods will provide an energy high or spike, but your energy will also plunge quickly, making you feel tired, low mood and low motivation. Some people can feel aggressive or angry when they have the quick hit sugars, and children can become hyperactive and naughty.
Green Vegetables and wholegrains are best as they provide B1 (Thiamine) Zinc and Folate which are all associated with helping improve mental health.
This is not a definitive list, as each individual has individual needs.
As a Consultant Nutritionist I can help guide you to make changes to your diet to help your mental health. It is a wonderful and simple route to feeling good and better in yourself.
Counsellor Caroline Aby can also help with Counselling at The Therapy Clinic Rooms, Faversham, Kent
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Insomnia is one of the most searched for resources on the internet. Does this show that the population has a lifestyle that is preventing sleep? Computers, mobile phones, Ipads are taken to bed and these devices will over stimulate the brain before we sleep. Also, intake of stimulants drinks during the day and quick hit sugars will take their toll on sleep.
A good healthy work/life balance can help prevent insomina.
It can be prevented with lifestyle changes and those changes are easy to implement.
How To Combat Insomnia:
1 - 2 hours before bedtime avoid watching the TV, using your mobile, Ipad, Laptop or other IT device.
This cuts down the stimulation to the brain, and helps your mind start to switch off ready for sleep.
Avoid caffeine, alcohol or high sugary foods 3 hours before bedtime. Insomnia or inability to sleep can be caused by the stimulation of ingested substances.
Relaxing sounds almost too easy. However, many people go to bed or prior to their bedtime without feeling relaxed. Lifestyles can mean we are anxious, stressed even angry prior to sleep. This is a sure pre-cursor to Insomnia. Take time to be calm, quieter and relaxed as you prepare for bed. Mindfulness and or medication can help you achieve this and avoid Insomnia.
Happy people are less likely to have insomnia. So strive to be happy! Have some fun.
Counsellor, Caroline Aby at The Therapy Clinic Rooms could help you resolve some difficulties which are keeping your awake and causing Insomnia. Click on the 'Services' menu above to contact her to book a Counselling Appointment.
Massage or Reiki are also wonderful ways to relax and release tension. This in turn helps you sleep and combat Insomnia. Click on the 'Services' menu above to contact our Practitioners.
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This is a very interesting article about Insomnia. Click on the link below to open.
Blind Baking Pastry is part of the pastry making process which some of us haven't across. In this video, Lorraine demonstrates blind baking, which will stop her gluten free pastry from going soggy when the flan mix is added.
To Supplement or Not to Supplement, That is the Question
I recently read an article in a national newspaper claiming that 46 % of Britons are taking some form of supplement. That is approximately 1 in 2 people. The supplement industry is big business, and it is often tempting too self prescribe.
A balanced, varied diet should enable individuals to eat and drink enough vitamins, minerals and omega oils to ensure a healthy lifestyle and weight. However, our food comes in many forms, such as ready meals, rip and go packets etc., and it has at times travelled many miles or been intensively farmed, so the nutritional value can be reduced. Research has claimed that some of the food in our shops has nutritional deterioration or reduction by as much as 50% in some cases.
We are very exposed too marketing, research and fads, which can lead to people buying supplements in the hope that they will help to alleviate a health problem, or maintain their existing health. We have much more access to information about our health, and supplements are readily available, so it goes without saying that supplements will be self-managed.
There are many brands to choose from should you decide to take a supplement, and many of the high street shops now sell them.
Supplements and what you pay for:
The cheaper brands won’t have the quality or strength of the higher end brands, and they also come with other differences:
Extracting natural nutrients to use in supplements is an expensive process, so the cheaper supplements are chemical copy cats. This means they are not as easily absorbed by the body, so their health benefits are significantly less. Cheap B12 supplements is an example of this as the cheap form (cyanocobalamin) has only approx. 20% absorbancy. 80% is excreted.
Cheaper brands are rarely in capsule form as this is again a more expensive process. Tablets are cheaper to make and can contain bulking agents which are difficult to digest, causing gut problems.
Some brands do provide good quality tablets with no additives Lamberts Healthcare and Cytoplan are two such products.
The Omega Oils, such a fish oils, Star Flower Oil are very sensitive too light and oxygen exposure so correct storage is essential. Cheaper brands tend to be in clear bottles and I have seen some shops even place their oils in the window and sunlight. This can mean that the oil in the capsules is rancid and rendered useless. Rancid oils can actually cause damage to the human body.
So how do I choose the right supplement?
Choosing a capsule type supplement is a good place to start.
If it is an oil make sure the container is not clear and the display shelf is not in sunlight.
Improve your diet first, as nature really does provide balanced nutrients.
Don’t get carried away.
If you are unsure visit your local Nutritionist or Health Food Shop so you can ask questions before make a purchase.
I recently had too prepare fat free foods for my partner, as he was planning for a cholescystectomy (gallbladder removal). He had experienced three very severe episodes of pancreatitis as well, so we decided to remove as much sugar as possible, other than sugars found naturally in food. I decided to do the new eating style with him, to make it easier and too support him.
At first, even as a Nutritionist, I wondered what on earth I was going to do to keep up with variety and flavour. The Gallbladder has a function where it helps assimilate and store bile to help digest fats. By eating low to no fat we were hoping too rest the organ and also shrink the liver, so key hole surgery would be easier. We store fat in the liver, so if it is engorged, it is harder for the instruments for gall bladder surgery to be used.
I decided to get some food items in which would boost flavour, act as digestive support, and rotate my main meals around these. I also cooked extra so that lunch was generally a smaller version of dinner so I was certain my partner didnt stray away from the plan (he doesn't cook).
I bought a good quality non stick frying pan and roasting tin, so I could still do a 'fried egg' without the oil, and I could roast chicken or fish etc, by adding cherry tomatoes to the roasting tin, which would burst to add liquid to the tray and flavour too any sauces.
Some great products which replaced fatty foods were:
Lemon Juice used instead of olive oil.
Fat Free Quark to replace cream, cream cheese and act as a sauce base.
Lemon Grass, Fennel Seeds, Ginger and Turmeric to add flavour and introduce their gallbladder supporting qualities.
Lime Zest and Black Pepper for flavour.
One meal which I cooked was Thai Curry using Quark gently heated with 0% milk, Lemon Grass and Coriandar for the sauce and you really couldn't taste the difference from this version and a fatty version.
We often associate fat and oils with flavour, crispiness and colour, but by using other ingrediants I managed too adjust existing recipes by tweaking the ingrediants.
As a Nutritionist I do feel that this eating style has reinforced how easy it can be making changes. You can still cook lovely tasty meals. My only concern was the lack of essential fatty acids in this style of eating. We added 1000 mg capsule of Omega 3,6,9 to his regimen as this meant we could monitor his gallbladder activity. Gallbladder dumping can mean very severe urgent bowels, so by removing the oils from the food and adding them in a controlled way we could control and avoid this as much as possible.
I hope this article gives a little inspiration to readers who have gallbladder problems, may be pre operative and worried about the changes. I will be writing up some of the recipes and posting them, so watch this space.
Cancer Massage Therapy
Tracey Westell from Blissfully Holistic has teamed up with the Harmony Trust to offer Cancer Massage Therapy. This style of massage is tailored to suit patients needs with regards too their health and cancer, and their cancer treatment.
The clinic is designed too offer reassurance, safe massage and an opportunity for total self indulgence, away from the worries that cancer can bring about.
If you would like to know more about Cancer Massage Therapy please telephone Tracey, the information is below.
You may have heard the latest announcment in the news that the public are advised to take Vitamin D throughout the Autumn and Winter months, particularly if we have a less sunny summer.
Vitamin D has a limited presence in food, and there are individuals who are at higher risk of deficiency due to diet and lifestyle effects:
So, I strongly suggest you consider whether your diet and lifestyle provides enough exposure, afterall prevention is better than cure.
Contact: Consultant Nutritionist, Victoria Shorland 07789512825 for more information.
I recently went too a wedding and it struck me profoundly how committed the Bride and Groom were. They invested a huge amount of effort into the appearance of their wedding and all the paraphernalia that it entails, but they also made an enormous but effortless amount of committment too people and time. So not only had the Bride and Groom made a committment too each other, they also made a committment too their 'life' and values; which seemed to be reliability, honesty and communication.
How can this relate too Nutrition and my Clinic I hear you ask. I am wondering if committment to our internal self is something which is fundamentally lacking, as we are so focused on the external appearance, we neglect our health.
Well, today I had a patient not attend, they just simply didnt turn up, no phone call, no email, no letter. They had invested energy into making the plan, but made no committment too following it through. I wondered that if they were not committed to themselves and their health, which they have proved by not attending, then does it reflect on their lifestyle, health and communication - I think the answer is yes. They clearly didnt value themselves and their health enough too attend, or if they couldn't attend to communicate this.
So, the summary to my little ditty, is that if you do not make committments to the simple things in life, such as appointments, then will you fail to make committments to other important things in life such as health.
It's never ceased to amaze me that patients will cancel an appointment with regards too their health in order too have their hair done or nails painted. So they make a committment to their external appearance, to the detriment of their internal health.
Maybe, if people learnt to reverse this, they would see a healthier, leaner future.
Just a thought ..........
Victoria Shorland (Consultant Nutritionist) Faversham,Kent 07789512825
Victoria Shorland, Nutritionist and Allergy Consultant.