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Winter Colds Are Coming!

Posted by mapphess on 24 April 2014
Winter Colds Are Coming!

Did You KNOW.....?

The average adult will get 2-4 colds a year.
The average young child will get 6-8 colds are year
There are thousands of different viruses that cause the common cold making immunisation
Most colds will last about a week and we get over them and go about our daily lives. If you
have other conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, asthma or are older, then they can be very
We recommend increasing fluid intake, resting as much as possible, limiting alcohol and caffeinated drinks and practising good hygiene
to limit the spread of the infection to your loved ones. See your doctor if it goes on too long or you develop more serious symptoms!
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. I don’t want to get sick 2-4 times every winter, so I take action every April!
Andrographis has become one of our favourite herbs for treating and preventing the dreaded lurgies that are coming our way with
the colder weather. Research has shown that it can not only reduce the severity of cold symptoms, but it may also help to prevent colds
when taken regularly.
Combined with other immune boosting herbs such as Echinacea and Olive Leaf, these ancient herbal therapies can be a very useful
addition to our modern way of life.
Depending on your preference, we can provide these herbal preparations in either the convenience of a high quality, standardised
extract in a tablet, or we can personalise a herbal formula just for you from our extensive herbal dispensary
For more information about this or any natural remedies, see Paul, Colin or Greg at Mapp & Hession Pharmacy in King St

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Chocolate Therapy!!

Posted by mapphess on 19 July 2012

Dark Chocolate For Your Heart!

Sometimes nutritionists can seem like spoilsports, telling us our favourite treats are bad for our health and should be avoided. If you're a chocolate lover, there is nothing to fear in a recent study that recommends a daily serving of dark chocolate for your heart. How can our favourite indulgence be good for us? Here's what the study discovered:

Dark Chocolate an Effective Preventive Therapy
In a research paper published in the British Medical Journal, Monash University researchers concluded that "blood pressure and cholesterol lowering effects of dark chocolate consumption are beneficial in the prevention of cardiovascular events" in high risk populations. Since cardiovascular disease is responsible for 29 percent of deaths worldwide, it is safe to say it is something all Australians should be concerned about.

Noting that no long-term, controlled studies of dark chocolate had been undertaken, the research team used the available data and a sophisticated "Markov model" to analyze the probable outcome of a diet that included 100 grams of dark chocolate consumed daily over a ten year period versus a chocolate-free diet.

How Dark Chocolate Can Prevent Heart Disease and Strokes
The purpose of the Monash University study was not to determine which specific ingredients in dark chocolate were responsible for potentially preventing cardiovascular diseases. Many earlier studies have indicated that polyphenols, particularly a group of polyphenols calle flavonoids, which "exhibit antihypertensive, anti-inflammatory, antithrombotic, and metabolic effects" are probably responsible for dark chocolate's effectiveness. In the body, flavanoids (or flavanols) stimulate the production of endothelial nitric oxide, a substance that causes dilation of blood vessels, which in turn lowers blood pressure.

High levels of flavonoids are found in cocoa beans,  the main ingredient in high quality chocolate products. This is part of the reason why dark chocolate, which contains more cocoa than milk chocolate, is emphasised. Researchers also recommend "premium quality" dark chocolate with not less than 70 percent cocoa be consumed. While premium quality chocolate is more expensive than cheaper chocolate bars, their research also determined that "chocolate therapy" was a cost-effective form of preventive therapy.

In a summary of the study published by Monash University (A dark chocolate a day keeps the doctor away), lead researcher Ella Zomer said: "We're not suggesting that the high-risk group use dark chocolate as their only preventative measure, but in combination with sensible choices, such as exercise." The ideal or "best case scenario" as indicated by their study model was the consumption of "100g of dark chocolate every day over a 10 year period."

Some habits are easier to get into and stick with than others. It's nice to know that, along with a healthy diet and regular exercise, a little daily "chocolate therapy" can help prevent heart disease as well.

Read more:

Article by Rob Schneider for natural therapy pages

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No Guts No Glory

Posted on 22 August 2011

Are you bloated after a meal? Suffer abdominal pain? Constipation or diarrhoea? Flatulence? Heartburn or indigestion? Itchy or inflamed skin?

Your gut could be lacking essential nutrients required for optimal health.

Ever since probiotics were discovered over 100 years ago, researchers have been fascinated by the relationship between the gut and our general wellbeing. They have moved on from a supplement you take after a course of antibiotics, to reducing the symptoms of a range of medical conditions:-

• Prevention and treatment of a range of diarrhoea
• Symptomatic relief of candidiasis
• Manage allergies, including eczema
• Prevent respiratory infections
• Reduce dental caries
• Support and strengthen the immune system
• Maintain healthy urogenital flora and manage urinary tract infections

There are several new and different strains of probiotics now available to treat gastrointestinal symptoms. There is a multitude of products, and professional advice is needed to make sure you get the right one for your particular symptoms.

Probiotics are not the only solution to the complex problems that your digestive system can produce. Supplements with strange names such as Glutamine or Quercetain as well as Fish Oil are important in the three stages of healing the gut.

1. Healing the inflamed intestinal mucosa
2. Preventing further damage
3. Re-establishing healthy intestinal flora

For further information log on to and click on the “Health” link for a range of gastrointestinal conditions.

Better still, call into the pharmacy in King St Murwillumbah and have to chat to Paul, Greg or Colin about the best way to get you back to feeling your best. Remember, “No guts, no glory!!”

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