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Recent Posts

Benign prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)

By Lew Johnson, Pharmacist

BPH is a common condition affecting many men, and is characterised by frequent urges to urinate, due to the inability to completely empty the bladder and a weakened urine flow. Prostate enlargement puts pressure on the urethra and may cause urinary tract infections and kidney damage if left untreated.

, March 21, 2017


Co-Enzyme Q10

By Lew Johnson, Pharmacist

CoQ10 ,which is a fat soluble substance, resembling a vitamin, and is normally distributed widely throughout the body, and is utilised by the body to aid the transformation of food into adenosine triphosphate (ATP),which provides the energy for body function.

, August 23, 2016


Oh For a Decent Night's Sleep!

by Lew Johnson, pharmacist

In our practice we get a huge amount of requests for advice on possible treatments for sleeping disorders. Many people have tried various treatments including medical prescription medications from their GP. Some of the hypnotics prescribed medically such as Zopiclone, tend to work very effectively, but there is a risk of tolerance developing, where the body requires a higher dose to achieve the same effect. Unless there is a requirement to use these medications for severe or disabling insomnia it is always a good idea to get some advice on a more holistic approach to improving sleep quality in the initial stages.

, June 16, 2016


Magnificent Magnesium

by Lew Johnson, pharmacist

Today we are going to discuss the hugely beneficial effects of magnesium supplementation. We are going to look at groups where I feel magnesium supplementation could make a huge difference to their daily lives. It is well known that magnesium is utilised by the body for over 300 enzyme reactions and is a critical mineral for health. it is utilised by almost every organ in the body and especially the heart muscles ,lungs and kidneys. It is a fact that average magnesium intake in New Zealand is well below the recommended daily intake, perhaps due to the fact that our soils are generally deficient in this mineral and this deficiency is repeated consistently within the food chain.

, June 16, 2016


Let's Talk About Stress Part 2

by Robyn Dickson BHSc Comp.Med

In the last blog we looked at the 1st phase of Hans Selye's General Adaptation Syndrome, "fight or flight" This involved mainly the inner part of the adrenal glands (situated on top of the kidneys) which release Adrenaline and Nor-adrenaline. This week we are looking at the next 2 phases Resistance and Exhaustion. These phases involves mainly the Adrenal cortex (the outer part of the Adrenals) which releases cortisol and other corticosteroids. Remember that as we are all individuals, we all react differently. Some people thrive on stress while others just lose the plot! We all develop our own coping patterns which can be negative (addictions to drugs, food, spending, television. Blame, anger, outbursts etc ) or positive (relaxation techniques, exercise, diet, herbs, supplements, seeking appropriate help, changing attitudes that aren't working!).

, June 16, 2016


Let's Talk About Stress Part 1

by Robyn Dickson BHSc Comp.Med

We all suffer from it from time to time....or all the time! Stress can be EXTERNAL (Environmental, life experiences, dietary factors) or INTERNAL (Genetic predisposition, age, sex) What are our stressors and how does our body respond to them? Causes The causes are various and may be a single or combination of factors. The cause affects the severity and the length of the suffering. Short-term (acute) stress can be caused by a change in environmental or personal circumstances. This may be sudden or unusual, such a change or loss of job, changing schools, moving home, building a house, getting married, divorce, an unsuccessful relationship, an argument, pregnancy, childbirth, financial worries, Christmas, an accident, injury or illness of one's self or loved ones.

, June 15, 2016


Do You Love Your Liver ?

by Robyn Dickson BHSc Comp.Med.

February is here already! Well into the New Year and the start of the Chinese New Year of the Wood Horse. This is a time to enjoy the sunshine, beaches, holidays, celebrations and gatherings. It is also the month to love.............Your Liver! Especially after a little over-indulgence. Did you know that your liver is the largest gland in your body and the 2nd largest organ (2nd to skin) and weighs about 1.4kg. It has 10 functions which include; digestion, bile production, metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and protein, stores essential nutrients (eg vitamins D,E,K,A), immunity, production of clotting factors, degrades excess hormones and helps in synthesising some hormones, detoxification of drugs, chemicals, alcohol and other ingested toxins.

, June 15, 2016


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