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Articles written by Jurriaan Plesman

If you want to read articles written by Jurriaan Plesman about the connection between mood disorders and nutrition followed by a course in Psychotherapy then click  Articles written by Jurriaan Plesman BA (Psych), Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr   and also see his Index and also Looking for Alternative Doctors. Always discuss with your Doctor

Psychological Projection and Hypoglycemia

by Jurriaan Plesman, BA(Psych), Post Dip Clin Nutr We are genetically programmed to look for causes of our feelings in our immediate environment, which in psychological jargon is called “psychological projection”. It is the foundation and source of delusions and hallucinations and misinterpretation of our environment. It really means in psychology our tendency to exclusively

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Assumptions in Psycho-Nutritional Therapy

Jurriaan Plesman BA(Psych), Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr   The various forms of psychotherapy all derive from the philosophical assumptions of therapy. Most psychotherapists have often a unique and personable view of personality based on these assumptions. It would be very difficult to find a hypnotist who would question the assumption that we have a

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What is Rational Cognitive Behaviour Therapy? A short interpretation

By Jurriaan Plesman BA(Psych), Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr   Rational Cognitive Behaviour Therapy or RCBT is a very powerful technique in psychotherapy to help people overcome emotional problems. In order to understand the origin and its rationale we need to have a quick look at “Behaviorism” a school of of psychology which aims at rendering psychology

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Treatment of Anxiety, Gambling, and Phobias

by Jurriaan Plesman BA (Psych), Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr   Anxiety defined Anxiety Seeking behaviour Adrenal Exhaustion Free-floating anxiety Gambling and The Gambling Pigeon Phobias Systematic Desensitization Imaginal Desensitization Relaxation Therapy: how to We will try to show how best we can treat ourselves of the debilitating afflictions of anxiety and phobias. If problems arise the

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Psychotherapy: Summary of the Self-Help Psychotherapy Course

If you want to study the Self-Help Psychotherapy Course, start reading the article 1-9 below at the rate of one per week. Keep re-reading again and again in order to make it part of your automatic thinking. Assumptions in Psychotherapy Principles of Psychonutritional Therapy What is RCBT? A short interpretation Transactional Analysis then onto Toward Intimate Relations

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Principles of Psychonutritional Therapy

Jurriaan Plesman BA(Psych), Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr   I see personality problems in a rather holistic way, meaning that most symptoms are just that…symptoms. I usually reject arguments such as because “as child I was neglected, therefore I feel neglected now”. This ignores the fact that NOW you are an adult and you can

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What is Transactional Analysis

By Jurriaan Plesman, BA (Psych), Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr Psychotherapy differs from other kinds of counselling in that a change in behaviour and feelings is brought about with reference to a theoretical model. Thus there are a number of different types of psychotherapies depending on the models used by the therapist and client. The

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Values Clarification

By Jurriaan Plesman BA(Psych), Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr   We seldom hear people walking around saying they are happy. Unhappy people are usually aware of their unhappiness. Values clarification tries to answer questions such as: what am I trying to achieve? What would make me happy? What do I really want out of life?

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On Being Assertive

By Jurriaan Plesman BA(Psych), Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr   To benefit from this program it is essential that the reader is familiar with “Transactional Analysis” and “How to Improve One’s Self-image” listed in the “Psychotherapy” section. Awareness of a possible underlying metabolic disorder that may affect behaviour should first be attended to. People with

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How to Improve One’s Self Image

By Jurriaan Plesman BA(Psych), Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr   As we have seen in the article on hypoglycemia the first consideration in the treatment of any ‘psychological’ problem is the person underlying health. Many physical problems contribute to a low self-esteem. The next step looks at a person’s self-image, which is at the base

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Communication and Counselling

By Jurriaan Plesman BA (Psych), Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr In order to satisfy our basic physical an social needs we need to be able to establish close relationships with people from whom we derive gratification of our needs and values. Without these kinds of relationships life would be meaningless to most people. Having overcome a metabolic

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Sexual Abuse and Treatment

By Jurriaan Plesman BA(Psych), Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr The community demands that men who commit horrendous crimes, such as rape and pedophilia, be brought to justice and sentenced, so as to protect all members of society against their predatory behaviour. The question is what happens to these men after they have been placed under

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Video Interview: Dr Samra on Allergies

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Video Interview: Dr Samra on Hypoglycemia

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Information Paper on Hypoglycemia

THE IMPORTANCE OF TIGHTLY REGULATING BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS It is vitally important for the body to maintain blood sugar levels within a narrow range. If the blood sugar level falls too low, energy supply to all tissues, and particularly the brain, is impaired. If the blood sugar level is too high, this is damaging to

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Information Paper on Hypoglycemia for Schools

  Does your child suffer any of the following symptoms: Nervousness Irritability Exhaustion Faintness Dizziness or feeling “spaced out” Tremors or feeling “shaky” Cold sweats Depression Migraine headaches Insomnia Digestive disturbances Forgetfulness Mood swings Anxiety Aggression Violence. Anti-social behaviour Sugar addiction Epilepsy Mental confusion Limited attention span Learning disability Lack of concentration Itching and crawling sensation on

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Link: The right diet – by prescription

The following link is to an article published in the Sydney Morning Herald on February 2, 2012. The last paragraph is particularly interesting! http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/diet-and-fitness/the-right-diet–by-prescription-20120201-1qt9u.html “Australian researchers are learning how the chemical properties of food can interact with individuals to keep us healthy or make us sick. … Both of these diets were tested in the same

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Golden Staph Infection (MRSA) and Possible Treatments

Notes by Jurriaan Plesman, BA, Psych, Post grad Dip Clin Nutr Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) also known as Golden Staph infection is a very difficult bacterial infection to treat and resistant to a large group of antibiotics. It is said to have developed as a result of years of antibiotic treatments. It is especially a

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Romantic Rejection: Trigger for Depression

Jurriaan Plesman, BA (Psych), Post Grad Dip Clin nutr Romantic rejection,  like any traumatic event such as a death in the family, may give rise to a grieving process, that may need considerable time for a healing process to complete. Although not as severe as as the grieving process in response to the death of

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Why Addiction to Marijuana?

By Jurriaan Plesman, BA(Psych), Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr In the drug subculture there is a strong belief that smoking marijuana is simply a recreational activity and is non-addictive. It is true that not all potentially addictive substances leads necessarily to addiction. For instance, alcohol is an addictive drugs, but not everybody who drinks alcohol

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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Notes by Jurriaan Plesman BA(Psych), Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr from Sensible-Alternative Naturopathic Clinic Suite 1, Berry Rd Medical Centre, 1A Berry Road, St Leonards NSW, Australia. 02 9438 3448 Policystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal condition, not a problem of the ovaries. Women with PCOS have a high risk for depression, and affective

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Sugar Craving: a Disease of Energy Production

by Jurriaan Plesman, BA(Psych, Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr The cravings we sometimes have is a sign that the body is looking for certain nutrients in order to manufacture the feel good neurotransmitters , such as serotonin. This goes to show that neurotransmitters are assembled from ingredients in food we ingest, and this is one

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Treatment of Drug Addiction

By Jurriaan Plesman BA(Psych), Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr This web site, which is a self-help web site, aspires to help a drug addict or alcoholic overcome his addiction. If the client so wishes he could choose a tutor, friend or therapist to help him going through this program. It aims at the person who

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Why Alcoholics Drink?

By Jurriaan Plesman BA (Psych), Post grad Dip Clin Nutr It is essential, that the treatment of alcoholism or for that matter any addiction or mental illness, must be accompanied by the hypoglycemic diet. The idea that there is relation between diet and alcoholism has been around for a long time, but has also been

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Self-Help Website for Personal Growth

hyopJurriaan Plesman, BA(Psych), Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr This article shows how this web site can be used as a self-help web site for personal growth. It will also give a general overview of the site. It covers both the biological and psychological aspects of mood disorders.  A fundamental principle in this web site is that

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References for Mood Disorders and Nutrition

By Jurriaan Plesman BA(Psych), Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr For those who are interested in the nutritional aspects of mental illness, here are some more references. See also INDEX of Specific Topics and Research and; Research Evidence for Hypoglycemia Before making any changes in your treatment discuss articles at this web site with you healthcare practitioner,

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Looking for Complementary Health Practitioners

Find: Name, location, Names not in particular order. FOR ONLINE COURSES IN NUTRITIONAL MEDICINE SEE: http://www.paramountcollege.edu.au One way is to google search for “complementary” or “alternative” doctors: “complementary doctor” and your “location”. If you want to add a Clinical Nutritionist (or doctor) to this list here let me know at: jur@hypoglycemia.asn.au.        

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Management of Chronic Pain

by Jurriaan Plesman BA(Psych), Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr. Always discuss any suggested herbal remedies with your doctor as they may cause side effects to certain medications. Pain is a natural signal that there is something wrong in the body that needs attention. The first step is a thorough check-up with a doctor to find

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Nutrition

by Jurriaan Plesman, BA(Psych), Post Grad Dip Clin Nutrition I see the phenomenon of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in terms of underlying metabolic disorders that can be treated without recourse to drugs. OCD can be described as a wide range of symptoms that compels a person to act or think in repetitive ways also known

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