Turmeric is obtained from the dried Curcumin longa L. (ginger family) and is well recognised as a curry spice. Curcumin is widely consumed as a food ingredient and has a long history as a spice with medicinal purposes in China and Southeast Asia. Turmeric is comprised of 3 curcuminoids (curcumin, demethoxycurcumin and bisdemethoxycurcumin), sugars, proteins, volatile oils (natlantone, tumerone and zingiberone) and resins. Of the 3 curcuminoids, curcumin is the most active lipophilic polyphenol compound which is quite stable in the acidic pH of the stomach. Read the rest of this entry »
The relationship between the contents, metabolites, barrier and immune response of the gut and organs and function in the body are becoming well understood, albeit there are many nuances yet to be quantified.
One area in which the dynamic interaction between the gut and organs is rapidly rising up the knowledge tree is the ‘liver and gut axis’. In large part this is due to the increase in the prevalence of liver related inflammation, of which non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is becoming a global problem. Read the rest of this entry »
Loss – what does it mean to you, what does it mean to the people you are helping? It likely means many things, because loss will be contextual and personal, but what happens when love, health, companionship, career or opportunity whatever their category and classification, dissolves under the interminable forces of time and change, be it by acts of sabotage, obfuscation, entropy, death or by some other, obscure or deliberate demise? Read the rest of this entry »
Almost 3 of the 10 people you will see walking around your home or coming to seek health have a hidden problem – a fatty liver without alcohol being the primary cause. Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver (NAFLD) we propose is the fingerprint of the impending collapse of developed societies. It is the liver’s direct expression of metabolic syndrome and for most people it’s a great unknown. Read the rest of this entry »
The term “moral injury” was first used to describe soldiers’ responses to their actions in war. It represents “perpetrating, failing to prevent, bearing witness to, or learning about acts that transgress deeply held moral beliefs and expectations.” Read the rest of this entry »
Are you a cat or dog person?
– why is this of any interest to you as a practitioner and why would you care other than if you are bonded with one or both of these species? Well, it seems that there is a cat dependent parasite that has the ability once you become its host to potentially alter your thoughts and moderate perception of risk and whilst this has been known for some time in terms of its manipulation of its host (mainly rodents) to ensure progeny – more and more data suggests it also impacts on human thoughts and patterns of action!
Its common, wide spread and likely if you are a cat lover to be invested in your survival right now! Read the rest of this entry »
The unspoken concern of many people in their middle age is the loss of cognitive function, resilience and flexibility. If you are watching family or friends become detached from their environment, memories and independence you will already know that this process is distressing and challenging, as all associated parties are also pulled into the complications and care. Read the rest of this entry »
Whilst it may seem a strange combination of subjects, there is a connection. For people to maintain social engagement and interaction where ‘belonging’ is a natural and desired outcome there needs to be some cohesion, a ‘sticky’ thing that provides the glue that we require and need for the generation of health and contentment. Fibre derived from our diet in the form of fermentable compounds fills the same role for our dominant occupying population, who are also dependent on communication, interaction and social bonding – yes, the bacteria, viruses and other organisms residing in your gut. Read the rest of this entry »
If you have ever felt exasperated at the resistance to change in personal behaviour that would alter the trajectory of someone’s choices, health and wellbeing, you are not alone.
Hundreds of books, thousands of articles, millions of consultations and trillions of frustrated inner thoughts have been presented as solutions, explanations and disillusionment. So, what we are saying, is you are not alone. Indeed, you may be someone that finds internal rationalising easy and yet finds the momentum needed to change your own behaviour to alter your life’s trajectory impossible – so how do we engage people we have been asked to help to make and sustain positive change? Read the rest of this entry »
If the purpose of your professional life is to induce the induction, management and sustainability of health and vitality, not simply the absence of disease, you must first look in, and then project out.
The establishing of a core set of principles that shape, and in part define who you are will be determined by various intersecting influencers, life related experiences and the learnt or inherited ability to critically review and appropriately contextualise these values. Read the rest of this entry »