Children’s Health and supporting our bodies through Winter
Welcome to our June Newsletter!
For those of you who missed my interview on the Natural Healing Show at the end of April, listen here to the recording. And for those of you who might prefer to see me on Youtube, you can watch it here. It’s a 45 minute interview so I’d encourage you make a pot of tea, sit back & relax! DO feel free to share with others who may be interested in finding out more about Homeopathy & your feedback is always welcome.
As well as discussing how and why I came to practice Homeopathy & “What is Homeopathy” Catherine Carrigan asked me about the “Your Health Your Choice Campaign” and why this is so important www.Yourhealthyourchoice.com.au. If you’ve not yet visited the website & signed please do so, we have achieved a tremendous 80,000 signatures but need 20,000 further before the end of June. See article 5.
Children’s health features this month, both with a condition called PANDAS. PANDAS stands for paediatric auto-immune neuropsychiatric disorder associated with streptococcal infection. The child’s immune system responds to a strep infection by producing antibodies against the strep bacteria and those antibodies attack not just the streptococci but also brain cells that have receptors on their surface that look just like strep. See article 5 on Pandas & how Homeopathy may assist children with this diagnosis.
Moving into winter we see a sharp increase in the presentation of URTI’s in clinic. The upper respiratory tract (URT) consists of the nose, mouth, throat, larynx and trachea. URTI is the most common infectious illness in most populations and the primary reason people miss work or school. Although generally short lived, symptoms of URTIs, such as fever, sore throat, headache and cough, are sources of distress for both adults and children and are costly in terms of time off work and school.
The acute cough following a URTI can continue for several weeks. Children are especially susceptible and may have as many as eight or even more episodes each year. Most URTIs are caused by a self-limiting viral illness (such as influenza and rhinoviruses) with symptoms lasting 7 to 10 days; however, complications such as otitis media, pharyngitis, tonsillitis and sinusitis are frequently treated with antibiotics.
The World Health Organisation has warned for the past decade of the increasing need to find alternatives to routine antibiotics as the time is approaching where antibiotics will no longer be effective. I met Alison Fixsen in Malta last year ar HRI (Homeopathic Research Institute) Conference & again recently in London at SOH 40th celebrations, AGM & seminar. Dr Alison Fixsen is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Science and Technology at the University of Westminster (UoW) and an experienced healthcare practitioner as well as researcher.
Her research on whether Homeopathy might offer viable treatment for URTI’s concludes that the study findings show at least equivalence between Homeopathy & conventional treatment for uncomplicated URTI cases, with fewer adverse events & potentially broader therapeutic outcomes. In light of antimicrobial resistance, Homeopathy offers alternative strategies for minor infections & possible prevention of recurring URTIs. See article 1 for further information and full text.
Echinacea is a herb with many health benefits including building & maintaining immunity during these winter months. See article 4 below & call 07 3378 1300 or email me if you need your supply of this wonderful herb replenishing this month. Wishing you all a very health & happy winter & for those of you in the northern Hemisphere a wonderful Summer!