For your diary

Here are details of our upcoming talk at the Jellyfish, Buckfastley.
THURSDAY April 20th 7.30-9.30
Clare Shippey
Herbal Home Remedies
An evening discussing home herbal remedies with medical herbalist Clare Shippey. We’ll look at how to use botanical remedies made from familiar kitchen herbs in the treatment of common ailments. The evening will include an ointment making demonstration and plenty of opportunity for questions and discussion.
Clare Shippey is a qualified medical herbalist living and working in South Devon.
Talks cost £3.00 including refreshments.
Free for Seed Volunteers

Overcome over-active thyroid

I have been working as a nutritionist-herbalist at the Haven Heath Clinic since last November.

Although I can help and treat various conditions and illnesses, I specialise in the treatments of gall and kidney stones, weak immune system and my big favourite, the treatment of over-active thyroid.

It is my favourite because, like many people, I suffered the consequences of an over-active thyroid. If you are in this situation, you may be familiar with symptoms of itchy skin, weight loss, tremors and palpitations, feeling unusually hot and extreme fatigue. Your thyroid guides the speed of your body’s metabolism. When it becomes over-active, it produces more hormones, telling the rest of the body to go faster and therefore making you feel as if you are running marathons back to back every day.

From these symptoms, doctors will organise a blood test to check thyroid levels (TSH, T3, T4). Be encouraged to ask for a complete test of your blood levels as often the liver function will be struggling too (and ask for a copy of your results to take home).

But based on thyroid results alone, the suggested treatments will be : beta-blockers which block the effects of the excess thyroid hormones; anti-thyroid drugs (methymazole, propylthiouracil (PTU)) which actually interfere with the thyroid gland’s ability to make its hormones. The later are usually very effective at controlling hyperthyroidism within a few weeks but, apart from side effects, hyperthyroidism will come back as soon as treatment is discontinued. So it is often a life time treatment with radioactive iodine treatment being offered as an alternative. And of course, if that doesn’t work there is the last resort to surgery where the thyroid gland is removed, and hormone replacement will have to be taken (thyroxine) for the rest of your life.

Has anything positive been achieved? I am convinced it has not and for that reason, I refused all conventional treatment and went all out for nutrition and herbal treatment.

Once you start your natural treatment, you will start feeling better within a few weeks as thyroid hormones levels go down. But this treatment aims at resetting your thyroid in the way it should function and so it could tale at least 6 months to bring the hormones levels back to normal for a lasting effect. That means they will stay normal even when you stop the herbal treatment and even when you go back to eating a normal healthy diet.

I did it on my own and it is certainly worth doing. You can be well again and drug free. You will need dedication and firm determination but you can do it.

If you decide to commit to this, I will be happy to come along side you to help and encourage you.

God bless you all.

The real side effects of antibiotics

We all know how antibiotics help us fight infectious diseases, save lives and reduce suffering. Although they will continue to do that, they are also over prescribed and particularly on young children up to 6 years old. When they are used repeatedly, they can create problems such as :

  • Antibiotic-resistant bacteria. These bacteria have changed to become stronger and more virulent causing diseases which may persist with chronic symptoms of illness.
  • Destruction of friendly bacteria. The multitude of friendly bacteria (many in our gut flora such as Lactobacillus) in our body helps us fight against unfriendly bacteria. Antibiotics are not selective and they destroy all bacteria unfriendly or not. So after a treatment using antibiotics it is a good idea to reintroduce friendly bacteria to the digestive system with an acidophilus supplement or simply with live yoghurt.
  • Yeast growth. One problem leads on to another. In the absence of strong friendly bacteria to control the population of unfriendly bacteria and yeast, these may overgrow and bloc the proper functioning of the immune system. There appears a higher risk of becoming ill.
  • Immune suppression. The repeated use of antibiotics can undermine our own immune system and increase the likelihood of a repeat infection. Ideally, the use of antibiotics should be reduced but in any case it would be good to support our immune system with vitamins, minerals and herbs.
  • Nutrient loss. The use of antibiotics creates a new environment in the digestive tract and it may not be as functional as it should (showing signs of digestive irritation, diarrhoea, or dysfunctional intestinal flora). The loss of vital nutrient needed by the immune system may then contribute to the making of a vicious circle whereas the weak undermined immune system is not getting enough nutrients and becomes even weaker.
  • Food allergies. These can be due to genetic predisposition or to immune system disorder but it can also be caused by malabsorption, poor digestion, repeated food exposure and poor integrity of the intestinal wall. Our immune system is normally capable of recognising what is our own from any intruders it may need to fight back. But it has been shown that partially digested food protein can travel across the intestinal wall and into the body where it will be confronted as an intruder. Now, many factors can cause the intestinal wall to be damaged and these include abnormal gut flora and decrease in normal gut flora. Both, as discussed earlier can be linked to repeated use of antibiotics.

    Food allergies can be treated. First by identifying the problem food and eliminating it from the diet to decrease inflammation. Secondly, an appropriate treatment can be decided to boost the immune system, heal and strengthen the mucous membranes including intestinal walls.

These issues tend to develop from an early age but if left unattended, adults may still suffer with it. Here are some symptoms associated with food allergies : gas, diarrhoea, colic, constipation, irritable bowel or irregular stool pattern, chronic bladder infection, chronic earache, runny nose, sinusitis, wheezing, chronic bronchitis, chronic repeated infections, acne, eczema, itchy skin, painful joints, backache, cramps or headache, migraines, depression or anxiety, hyperactivity, poor concentration or insomnia.

As usual, if you feel you or someone you know are struggling with any of these symptoms, think positive. It can be treated with food, supplements and herbs. Just get in touch for more informations as treatment needs to be tailor specially for you. And if any of you have seen Food Hospital on TV, then surely you will feel inspired to use your food as your medicine.

For your diary

THURSDAY 7th April 7.30-9.30
at Jelly Fish Production Studio in Buckfastleigh
Rune Lekkerkerker
Integrate healing into your daily life
Through understanding how our state of mind affects our health, we empower ourselves, and learn to be in control of our own health and life. Combined with simple but very effective Qigong exercises this will be a healing filled evening.
Rune Lekkerkerker
As a Traditional Chinese Medicine Therapist (Acupuncture, Tuina (massage), nutrition) I am specialised in ‘Wu Shen’ (The Five Spirits), a study based on ancient Daoistic wisdom to understand the human consciousness on a very deep level.
I am also a Yuan Gong Qigong teacher and work as a Yi-Qi Therapist.
Cost £3.00 including refreshments.

How we think about illness and health.

I read a book by Dr Agus called The end of illness. I feel very strongly that our medical system is letting us down. It is the biggest profitable business failing. And I think like Dr Agus that we have got so use to it, we are now thinking about illness and heath in a way that fits the system even if it isn’t helping.
So like Dr Agus, I want to ask “Has the time come for us to stop thinking about illness as something the body ‘gets’ or ‘has’ but rather to think of it as something the body does?”

Our body is a very sophisticated creation, slightly different for each of us, but it does not come with any instruction or maintenance manual.
We have to learn to know for ourselves, how our own body works. That means stop thinking we can feed it just about anything without consequences.

What we eat, drink and do with our time is what makes our lifestyle. Our body is sensitive to it and reacts by giving symptoms more or less strong depending on how our body feels.
Now we can choose to be in tune with our body and listen to the complaints and think back to find what caused it. Or we can choose to ignore it and simply take a pill to shut it up.
How many signs and symptoms can we ignore and take drugs for before some really serious illness makes us stop. Our body is making us feel really ill because it has been abused so much it can’t take it any longer. So what makes us think that giving it more drugs will solve the accumulated problems (signs) our body has been trying to communicate to us?

I think it is worth thinking about how much we would give to be healthy, fit, feeling good, full of energy and happy with our body as a whole.
It is possible you know! And sometimes it only takes a few changes in what we eat, in how we organise our time to avoid high stress level, or in our lifestyle.
Let me know what you think. As a nutritionist-herbalist, I can help but ultimately, it is your body and who can know it better than yourself; you have to first make the decision to be the one doing (making the changes) with my help.

I look forward to hearing from you and/or reading your comments.

Food for thoughts and herbals for health!

Herbs are rich in the minerals and vitamins as well as other micro-nutrients which enable the body in its own particular laboratory to manufacture as and when required all the substances necessary to combat dis-ease in all its forms and manifestations.
So the micro-nutrients which are found in these herbs not only give the body the means to cure, they also help to maintain healthy cell structure and so prevent dis-ease and build up immunity to attack.

 

Nutritionist-herbalist?

What is nutrition?

The art of choosing our food to gain more control over how we feel, how we age, how we resist illnesses and how many years of active life we can enjoy. What we eat not only affects our day to day health but also helps determine the quality and the length of our life.

As the media give us more access to the results of decades of research, we are more aware of the effect the world we live in has on our health. We know that asbestos is an environmental hazard, that UV rays from the sun can cause skin cancer, and that smoking can damage health in various ways.

We are also learning more about how nutrition and the ways in which food is grown and prepared affect our general health and life expectancy.

Today, most of us understand that eating is not just about putting fuel in the tank to keep going, as if we were a machine. We wouldn’t dream of filling up our car with the wrong fuel, so how can we learn more about what happens to our body when we feed it the wrong food?

There’s a very subtle relationship between food and the human body. Minor changes in eating habits can lead to major changes in health.

Nutrition is still a young science but it is clear that there are few illnesses that diet can’t help to prevent, cure or at least make more bearable. As well as having a role in the struggle against heart disease, cancer and arthritis, food and the way we eat it can also help to conquer stress, insomnia, infertility and low energy levels.

In the last few years, I have learnt more specifically about using food for

  • strengthen the immune system for all ages,
  • help children with behaviour and/or learning difficulties,
  • type 2 diabetes,
  • thyroid problems,
  • respiratory conditions (colds, chest infections, catarrh, asthma),
  • weight control,
  • aches and pains (headaches and migraines, sciatica, neuralgia, growing pains,… arthritis),
  • coping with allergies and intolerances.

What is herbalism?

In a time of drugs and chemicals, herbalism is a path to safe treatment which respects the oneness of life. It reveals and uses the gifts of nature for holistic healing, based on the relationship between plant and human, plant and planet, human and planet.

Holistic medicine can only be truly holistic if the perspectives it embraces acknowledge the social and cultural context in which the illness and the desired healing take place. The patterns of thought, behaviour, work and culture that are the sources of the disease and better known as lifestyle, must be taken into account. Herbal medicine can help retune the body in a positive environment where healing is being promoted as a whole for lasting effect.

Dr A Vogel said, “To live according to the principles of nature is much more than a technique. It requires respect and sympathy for Creation.” I like the idea that my garden is a living pharmacy and I have often found that combined with good food, plants are amazingly powerful remedies and yet very soft in their effects.

Feedback from patients :

“I am the father of an 11 year old son who has suffered Migraine headaches over the past few years and have been told by local GPs that using Paracetamol and Ibuprofen tablets would help the problem and slow it down to hopefully disappear in time. Very little success!
However, I have spoken recently to Mrs Corinne Cole and she has advised me that the use of specific tissue salts could help sooner and in a better way.
We tried immediately and the problem has all but disappeared over a period of around 6 months. My son and I are both very grateful to Mrs Cole and wish to thank her for her useful information.”
From Chris Bowden, Caretaker at Wincanton Primary School

“As a mother of a young daughter, I have found Corinne’s knowledge and advice invaluable at times. From help with teething supplements through to suggestions regarding nutrition and diet. She is immensely helpful and has been spot on solving all our niggling health concerns.                       From Suzi Davenport-Hill ”

“What a relief.                                                                                                        What a relief somebody can treat the whole person and not just the symptoms.                                                                                                                      I have two daughters. My eldest daughter has very bad hay fever, her eyes swell up, irritation in the back of the throat, runny nose, because of this she suffered with nose bleeds. My youngest suffered from nose bleeds.   The nose bleeds were at times never ending, you were amazed at how must blood could come out of such a small nose.                                               Corinne treats the whole body, because if one thing is out of kilter then all of the body is running under strain. My eldest daughter now takes minerals for her hay fever and nose bleeds. The hay fever is not cured but she has noticed the symptoms are not as bad as they were, the nose bleeds are non existent now. If we do get one it is over in a minute and one tissue is enough.                                                                                                                     Over all we have found a great improvement.                                                From Mandy ”