MALE INFERTILITY

Male infertility is on the rise throughout the world, the recent increase is thought to be influenced by contamination of the environment with Estrogen via human waste products entering our waterways, and through our food chain, by meat and fowl that have been brought to maturity rapidly by administration of Estrogen.

Another modern-day influence has been the introduction of the fashion garment, the under pant, designed to provide firm support which lifts the testicles closer to the body.  The male reproductive system works best when kept cooler than the rest of the body, boxer shorts are a healthier under-garment option.

Infertility is caused if too few sperm are produced, normally only one in ten complete the journey from the vagina to the Fallopian tubes anyway.

Sperm are sometimes produced that are not strong enough to swim for very long and others can be a malformed shape which reduces the opportunity for conception.

Natural therapeutic agents recommended to improve the production levels and health of sperm are:-  Vitamin E, essential fatty acids, Zinc, various amino acids, the herbs Ginseng and Damiana, and raw eggs and milk.

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COLLOIDAL SILVER – A SUPER ANTIBIOTIC OR POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS FAD?

Colloidal silver is widely promoted as a super-antibiotic and a cure for everything by many American multi-level marketing and health food companies.

It is claimed that colloidal silver is virtually non-toxic, however silver toxicity from the indiscriminate use of silver products, industrial exposure and even environmental dietary sources, is well-recognized in medical literature.

Due to wide industrial applications, an historically high incidence of silver toxicity has been reported.

The current reference dose of oral silver exposure is 5 ug/kg/day with a critical dose estimated at 14 ug/kg/day for the average person, thus the maximal silver exposure for a 70 kg adult should be less than 350 ug/day.   As food and water supplies often provide as much as 300 ug of silver per day, additional forms such as colloidal silver, particularly when taken long term, can add an unnecessary and potentially dangerous exposure to consumers.

Silver readily denatures proteins by binding to reactive groups of proteins, causing precipitation.

Silver inactivates enzymes and is deposited in the liver.  Animal research has demonstrated that silver accumulates widely in the body.   Upon absorption the highest concentrations are found in the skin, liver, spleen and adrenals, with lesser deposits in the muscles and brain.

Silver deposits have been found in the walls of most blood vessels, kidneys, heart and testes, and has been reported to cause nerve defects including vertigo, gait disturbance, weakness, nausea, headache, tiredness, nervousness and abdominal pains.

Some researchers have suggested that Vitamin E or Selenium deficiency may increase susceptibility to systemic silver toxicity.

The potential long-term risk of toxicity from colloidal silver exceeds the benefits.

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THE MALE TRANSITION – ANDROPAUSE

Andropause, the equivalent of the female menopause, occurs around the age of fifty in some but not all men, biological changes take place similar to those in women, causing loss of virility, fatigue, hot flashes and night sweats, increased body fat, decreased bone and muscle mass and depression.

Testosterone is the predominant male hormone that at puberty stimulates rapid growth of bone and muscle, resulting in far larger muscle mass than women, facial hair, deepening of the voice and driving sexual desire.

Production of the androgen Testosterone peaks between 20 and 30 years of age and then slowly declines until the 50’s when the decline can be more rapid.

Testosterone blood levels vary widely, 11 – 37 nmol/L is normal and under 8 represents a deficiency.   With high levels of Leutinizing Hormone present, indications would be that the pituitary gland is trying to stimulate sluggish testicles; a series of three blood tests at 8 week intervals is necessary to understand trends.

Injections are the best short term option for 3 to 4 months, thereby reducing irritability and depression.   Long term, implants into fat depots of the abdominal wall or buttocks are safest the hormone enters directly into the blood stream, bypassing the liver.

Long term supplementation with Testosterone stimulates cell growth in the prostate gland, enlargement and the associated problems with the possibility of cancer need to be considered.  Screening for early signs of cancer are of utmost importance before commencing such Hormone Replacement Therapy.

The best approach men can take is, quit smoking, exercise regularly, maintain acceptable weight, take Vitamin E, Zinc, Selenium, Manganese, Ginseng, high B complex and a herb called Saw Palmetto.   Reduce stress levels, stress reduces production of Testosterone, and make love regularly as the more Testosterone you use, the more the brain will instruct the body to make.

Consult a Naturopath regarding correct, safe dosages of the above-mentioned herbs.

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SOY PROTEIN AND HEALTH

Soy’s naturally occurring phytoestrogens are a potential alternative to HRT.

The amount of soy protein that must be consumed in order to experience positive effects of menopausal treatment is disputed, but the average recommended amount is between 20 and 30 grams per day.

Soy protein in the diet might help reduce the risk of heart disease by more than 20%.   As little as 25 grams of soy protein in a day can significantly reduce blood cholesterol and heart disease.   A diet high in soy protein can reduce LDL cholesterol by as much as 12.9% which translates to a reduction in the risk of heart disease by more than 20%.

A recent study showed that soy protein-based sports nutrition supplements promoted and enhanced performance and strength in athletes, improved Iron status and maintained muscle growth, without increasing body fat.

 

EFFECT OF SOY/PHYTOESTROGENS ON WOMEN’S HEALTH

Soy protein with isoflavones compares favorably with traditional HRT for effects on cardiovascular disease and risk factors.

Soy protein with isoflavones do not appear to increase breast and endometrial cancer risk and may be protective.

Soy protein with isoflavones is less effective than HRT for reducing menopausal symptoms, preventing bone loss and genito-urinary tract symptoms.

Neither purified isoflavones nor soy proteins without isoflavones appear to have the same beneficial effects for cardiovascular disease and menopausal symptoms, as does HRT.

Uncertainty continues about the safety and efficacy of soy for bone density and cancer.

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MEAT ALTERNATIVES AND NECESSARY CONSIDERATIONS

On choosing to adhere to a vegetarian or vegan diet, one must be careful to include sufficient protein, Iron and Vitamin B12 in the daily food intake.

PROTEINS

Buckwheat, millet, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, sprouted seeds and grains, soybeans, peanuts, almonds, eggs, vegetables – especially green leafies, avocados, potatoes, fresh wheatgerm, brewer’s yeast and Spirulina.

IRON

Pine-nuts, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, parsley, soybeans, wheatgerm, yeast, apricots, apples, blackberries, dried peaches, raisins, prunes, bananas, walnuts, lentils, egg-yolk, molasses, dried peas, green leafy vegetables ie turnip greens, spinach, beet tops and alfalfa sprouts.

VITAMIN B12

Egg-yolk, Spirulina, bee-pollen, bananas, brewer’s yeast.

IRON BIO-AVAILABILITY – DIETARY FACTORS AND THEIR INTERACTIONS

HAEM IRON – Iron as Haemoglobin found in red meat, poultry and fish.

NON-HAEM IRON – Ferrous or Ferric Iron salts as found in non-animal sources including plant foods and supplements, is absorbed at the rate of 5% or less

1   Calcium – inhibits haem and non-haem iron absorption when intake at a meal exceeds 50 mg, with maximal effect at 300 – 600 mg.

2   Soy protein – inhibits non-haem absorption.

3   Egg – inhibits non-haem absorption by about 27%.

4   Polyphenols – inhibit non-haem absorption [ a cup of tea or coffee inhibits absorption by 60 – 80% even a few hours after a meal ], with ascorbic acid and meat counteracting the inhibitory effect.

5   Phosphate-bound Phytate – inhibits non-haem absorption.

6   Ascorbic acid and non-acidic Vitamin C – an enhancing effect on absorption.

7   Alcohol – enhances absorption of non-haem Iron.   The inhibiting effect of Poly-phenols in red wine will cancel the enhancing effect of alcohol.

8   Red meat, poultry and fish – increase non-haem absorption and to some extent counteract the inhibiting effect of Phytate.

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CONSTIPATION

From a Naturopathic point of view, constipation is existent if the bowels are not opened on a daily basis.

It makes good sense to have this expectation, considering the amount of food we consume throughout one day, let alone during two or three days.

When the faeces remains in the bowel for 2, 3, 4 days, the bowel must expand in all directions to be able to cater to the bulk, this can mean the beginnings of formation of diverticuli [bowel pockets], where the faeces can remain putrefying and harboring undesirable bacteria.   Inflammation in the bowel pocket can develop with accompanying pain, this is termed “diverticulitis”.

Due to consistent overfilling of the bowel and rectum, the over-stretched muscles of the bowel can become quite inelastic and flaccid, not able to peristals strongly and with such an “atonic” bowel it takes much longer to fill the enlarged area with faeces.   Peristalsis will not occur until pressure receptor cells in the bowel wall register fullness, and so the routine of irregular bowel action – constipation, follows the vicious cycle.

In this case, fill the bowel more quickly by taking indigestible fibre – Psyllium, 2 teaspoons morning and night, sprinkled on breakfast cereal or in fruit juice, drink immediately after stirring, before it gels, and ensure a daily water intake of 1.5 to 2 litres.

Conversely, constipation can be caused by the bowel structure being too thin and spindly to allow easy passage, this is called a “spastic colon”.

Other common factors contributing to constipation are:-   lack of exercise, slow thyroid function, dehydration, liver dysfunction, lack of bile if on a low fat diet, denying the urge, overuse of laxatives, worry, anxiety, over-refined food intake, food allergies, over-indulgence of animal protein and lack of vitamins B, Inositol and Vitamin K.

Usage of laxative foods and drinks is advisable ie orange juice, prunes soaked overnight or prune juice, Aloe Vera juice is most effective, Psyllium – the husks and hulls of an Indian corn, dried figs, yoghurt, Linseeds, sprouted seeds, raw fruits, whole-meal bread, licorice tea and the gently laxative herb, Senna.  A Castor Oil pack applied externally to the abdomen may assist.  Some laxative herbs can be quite vicious so use with caution and do not remain on them for too long.

If you have any questions or wish to purchase a top quality, effective laxative, please contact me on 0427 239 676

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DIET FOR ELIMINATION OF ALLERGENS

For a period of 12 to 16 days, eliminate all known common allergens from the diet ie wheat, gluten, corn, milk, dairy produce, egg, salicylate, shellfish, colorings and preservatives, nuts, alcohol.

Symptoms may worsen for the first 4 to 8 days due to withdrawal or a pre-existing infection; therefore it is advisable to commence the program during a period of low social activity.   Following the initial elimination phase of the diet, we will present to the body the challenge of various foods listed above.   Each food is reintroduced one at a time, and eaten in increasing quantities for 3 days.   If no symptoms are noticed, move on to the next challenge food.   Please record all symptoms and refrain from eating any foods that cause the slightest degree of discomfort.  Allow one day of recuperation after experiencing a reaction before testing the next food.

Test these foods for allergic reaction in the following sequence:

Dairy products – 3 glasses of  milk daily and if no reaction then test yoghurt, then cheese.

Wheat                –  eat 3 Weetbix daily with pear juice

Gluten cereals  –  oats, then barley, then rye

Eggs                    –  egg white introduced in small quantities, like omelette.

Yeast                   –  a teaspoon of yeast or Vegemite daily.

Salicylate           –  4 glasses of fresh orange or tomato juice daily.

Artificial color  –  lolly snakes, raspberry lollies, jubes.

Shell fish

Nuts

Alcohol              –  beer, wine, spirits

Always test first, the food that you are missing the most.

You may use cold pressed sunflower, safflower and linseed oil, and salt.

All water must be boiled or filtered before use.  Plain mineral or soda water may be used as desired.

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SNORING – SLEEP APNOEA

Snoring is one of society’s most devastating and underestimated health problems, affecting 44% of men and 30% of women.

In Australia alone, there are over 7 million snorers suffering the side effects of chronic oxygen deprivation due to airway obstruction during sleep.

This figure doesn’t include the millions of spouses who suffer chronic deprivation due to a snoring spouse.

Devastating health implications are associated with snoring, among the most alarming of these is the fact that chronic snorers have an eightfold risk of heart attack, compared to non-snorers.

Without appropriate treatment of the causative factors, snoring can progress to a more severe medical condition known as Obstructive Sleep Apnoea [OSA].

OSA represents a more severe obstruction that causes a 20 – 40% decrease in oxygen saturation during sleep.

In approximately 35% of heart attack and stroke patients, OSA contributed to their demise.   The high association [60%] of OSA with renal failure indicates an interesting relationship between this condition and kidney function.

Just as angina attacks are an ominous warning of significant heart disease, snoring is an indicator of chronic metabolic problems that need to be corrected to avoid degenerative disease progression, and to promote health and vitality.

Other signs and symptoms associated with snoring include:- decreased sexual function and drive, memory loss and lack of concentration, disturbed sleep patterns, fatigue and reduced energy, hypertension, sinusitis, irritability, depression, dry mouth, bad breath, headaches and diabetes.

Some patients cease snoring by excluding dairy products from the diet, or by excluding alcohol and/or by losing weight.  Others take the professional overnight sleep monitoring test and if advised, purchase the Sleep Apnoea machine, or an oral device designed by a dentist for their unique mouth, others have surgery to open their airways.  I have found by training myself to sleep on my side only, I hardly ever snore.

Best wishes with finding a solution that works for you, as you can see, it is very important for your health.

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MENSTRUAL DISORDERS

Menstrual disorders can be expected in some women because of the sheer complexity of hormonal and metabolic changes that take place during the average 28 day cycle.   If all is not in order, the following can ensue – depression, tension,  cramps, fainting, tender breasts, water retention, racing heart and backache, irregular or too heavy period.

Particularly involved in the treatment of such symptoms are:   Vitamin E (restores regularity, rectifies spot bleeding), Vitamin B6 (taken 10 days prior to menses to alleviate edema and swellings), Calcium and Magnesium (prevention of menstrual cramps), and Iodine, found in Kelp ( thyroid hormone deficiency can be rectified by sufficient Iodine, which can prevent irregular or profuse bleeding).

If the Estrogen/Progesterone ratio is incorrect, menstrual distress is usually evident; the herb Chaste Tree rebalances these hormones via the control station of hormonal ebbs and flows – the pituitary gland.

Essential fatty acids assist in the formation of prostaglandins which have an anti-inflammatory, anti pain action during menses, Evening Primrose oil is a great source.

When women experience a heavy period which to them is normal, they may require an Iron supplement.   Iron-rich foods are:  molasses, apricots, eggs, milk, wholegrains and nuts, parsley, spinach, prunes, dates, dried fig, olives, corn, walnuts, bananas and red meat.  Vitamin C aids absorption of Iron.

Women on a spartan diet and those exercising daily, too vigorously, have too low essential fatty acid quotient to be able to form sex hormones, malnutrition is also involved in a consequent cessation of menstrual flow.  Lack of Estrogen results in rapid thinning of the bones, preceding osteoporosis.

Smoking aggravates menstrual disorders as it robs the body of Iron, Vitamin C and Estrogen, smokers usually enter into menopause at a younger age than non-smokers.

Moodiness can be caused by low blood sugar levels, eating small, frequent meals will rectify this disorder.

Consult your Naturopath to ensure taking safe, adequate doses of any of the above herbs, vitamins and minerals.

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COELIAC DISEASE – GLUTEN INTOLERANCE

Coeliac Disease is a combination of factors which results in the degeneration of little finger-like projections in the first part of the small intestine that provide a means of absorption of an abundance of nutrients, hence it is considered a mal-absorption syndrome.

An intolerance to the protein part in most grains, called gluten, manifests itself in large, foul smelling, bulky, frothy, pale colored stools containing much fat.

It appears that Coeliac Disease is hereditary in many cases, usually diagnosed first in young to middle-aged adults, however, sometimes the symptoms can be traced to early childhood.

Patients may display fluid retention, abdominal distension, severe malnutrition, extreme weight loss, deficiency of Vitamins B, D & K and loss of vital elements in all body fluids.

Elimination from the diet of all gluten containing foods often brings immediate results of remission of symptoms, but others may have to wait months before the bowel re-establishes normal function.

Strict avoidance of the following foods is essential to recovery:-   wheat, barley, rye, oats, textured vegetable protein, malt, breadcrumbs and batters for fried foods, packaged sauces, gravies, instant coffee, mono-sodium glutamate, beer, gin, Scotch and Bourbon whiskey.

Rice, millet, buckwheat, quinoa, chickpeas and their flours and potato and soya flour are well tolerated.

Gluten free bread mixes are available at the supermarket, also gluten free spaghetti, pasta, biscuits and cracker biscuits.

A gluten free flour can be made combining 2/3 cup arrowroot, 1 cup cornflour, 2 cups rice flour, 2 cups soya flour and 3 cups potato flour.  Reduce cooking temperature by 20 degrees Celsius and increase the baking time.

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