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Nutritional Aspects of Depression: An Update

By Jurriaan Plesman BA(Psych), Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr Conventional treatment for depression or mental illness still revolves around either drug therapy or psychotherapy or both. The two could well be in conflict. Drug therapy – that appears to treat symptoms only – indicates that we are dealing with a biochemical imbalance. Drug therapy has

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Natural Cholesterol Lowering Remedies

By Jurriaan Plesman BA (Psych), Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr. Aloe Vera Anti-diabetic Natural Remedies (cholesterol lowering) Beta-sitosterol Bougainvillea spectabillis Caseari esculenta Curcumin Dihar Eugenia jabolana Fenugreek Fishoil (Omega-3) Garlic Guggul Momordica charantia Niacin Pantethine Policosanol Propolis Psyllium Red Yeast Rice etc. Sweet Broomweed Vanadyl sulfate Patients are advised to always discuss with their health

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Herbal Remedies for Mood Disorders

by Jurriaan Plesman, BA (Psych), Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr. Ashwaghanda, Baical Skullcap ,Camu-Camu, Chamomile,Damiana, Ginseng, Gotu Kola, Hops, Kanna, Kava, Lavender, Linden, Liquorice, Milk Thistle, Motherwort, Oats, Parsnip, Passion Flower, Pumpkin, Rhodiola, Schisandra, St John’s Wort, Siberian Ginseng, Skullcap, Sweet Tea Vine, Valerian, Vervain, Yohimbe The information presented herein is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the TGA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and

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Gambling and its Nutritional Treatment

by Jurriaan Plesman, BA(Psych), Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr As a retired Probation and Parole Officer I sometimes wonder what is worse:- alcoholism or gambling addiction? I have had clients who sold the family house without letting their wives know. Others resorted to bank robbery to finance their debts or stole huge amounts of money

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The Forgotten Factor in the Crime Debate

By Jurriaan Plesman BA(Psych), Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr NOTE: Crime and punishment is a political hot potato. Ultimately it is the community that will decide whether criminals should be punished or rehabilitated. So far professional counsellors have failed to convince the public that counselling works. One of the possible reasons is explained in this

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Rich Sources of Nutrients

  Jurriaan Plesman, BA (Psych), Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr. Another good source is Nutient List USDA National Nutrient Database See also Nutrient Source by percentages See also Index to Specific Topics and Research EAA = Essential Amino Acid Nutrients are in alphabetical order –> or Search for term. High levels are shown in italics, wherever possible,*

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The Nutrition-Behaviour Inventory (NBI)

By Jurriaan Plesman, BA(Psych), Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr Hypoglycemia or Insulin Resistance Syndrome can only be diagnosed accurately by the special Glucose Tolerance Test (GTT) as designed by Dr George Samra and described under the article Testing for Hypoglycemia and How the Doctor can Help. However this medical test is expensive and can be

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The Hypoglycemic Diet

  By Jurriaan Plesman BA(Psych), Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr What is known as the hypoglycemic diet should really be called the “Natural Diet”. This is the diet that humans have consumed over the millions of years to which our digestive system has adapted. It is supposed to give you all the amino acids, vitamins

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Hypoglycemia – Is It A ‘Cure All’ for Mental Illness?

By Jurriaan Plesman, BA(Psych), Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr The Hypoglycemic Diet has often been dismissed as a ‘one-fit-fits-all’, remedy for depression. This appears to please the pundits who wants to emphasize the complexity of depression. Such labels have seldom been used to describe therapy by single or even multiple drugs, such as the mantra

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Herbal Remedies for Diabetes and Hypoglycemia

 By Jurriaan Plesman, BA(Psych), Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr. Aloe vera, Avocado, Baical Skullcap, Bilberry, Bitter lemon, Black cohosh, Bladderack, Chicory, Cinnamon, Coconut Oil, Curcumin, Dandelion, Devil’s Claw (2 types), Fenugreek, Garlic, Ginseng, Gentian, Glucomannan, Green Tea, Gymnema sylvestre, Globe artichoke, Great Burdock, Holy Basil, Kudzu vine, Milk Thistle (Also for mood disorders), Mukul myrrh, Lesser burdock, Olive leaf, Onion, Prickle-pear cactus, Rantree Forest Herbs, San qi, Shallot, Siberian ginseng, Stevia, Stinging nettle, Sweet tea vine,  Tree onion The information presented herein is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been

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Glycerin (also known as Glycerine and Glycerol)

By Dr George Samra, MB, BS (Sydney), FACNEM An extract from Dr George Samra (2002),THE HYPOGLYCEMIC CONNECTION II, One Stop Allergies, Sydney. Australia Page 251. This book can be obtained here. Glycerin is a trihydric alcohol CH2OH-CHOH-CH2Oh. It is a clear colourless syrupy liquid with a sweet taste. It is soluble in water and alcohol,

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Finding Your Allergies

By Jurriaan Plesman BA(Psych), Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr   Sensitivities to food items is a common element hypoglycemics. Sufferers should avoid their allergies. The detection of allergies can be made by professionals or by a systematic investigation of the patient himself. This is a vast topic. I would recommend that you read books on

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Eating Disorders: Anorexia and Bulimia

By Jurriaan Plesman BA (PSYCH) Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr Eating disorders are a serious illness that can lead to suicide attempts as reported in a survey of 2,516 subjects by 3.5% of young men and 8.7% of young women. Crow S et als. (2008) It seems at first sight that eating disorders are brought

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Drug Addiction is a Nutritional Disorder

By Jurriaan Plesman BA(Psych), Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr   The most common assumption about drug addiction – and for that matter any addiction – is that it is due to a “mental” disorder that can be fixed by changing a person’s outlook on life, or change his attitudes and believes (religion). The idea that

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Dr Samra’s Books

Support the Hypoglycemic Health Association of Australia with the purchase of Dr George Samra’s books Being a charitable self-funded organisation by fee paying members, the Hypoglycemic Health Association of Australia is always strapped for money. The publishers of Dr Samra’s books, One Stop Allergies, has offered to donate any profits made from the sale of

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Diseases, Signs and Possible Association with Emotional Disorders

By Jurriaan Plesman BA (Psych). Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr Nutritional Therapy in the treatment of depressions is not merely about being on a “healthy” or “natural diet”, but aims at treating illnesses that may be associated with emotional disorders. If you suffer from depression and any of the illnesses mentioned here it is important

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Chronic Fatigue

By Jurriaan Plesman BA(Psych), Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), also called Adrenal Exhaustion,  refers to condition that is characterized by abnormal fatigue. When we work hard, or had strenuous exercises, or experience constant stress at work we may experience fatigue that we overcome by a period of rest or a by

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The Biochemistry of Insomnia

by Jurriaan Plesman BA (Psych), Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr Insomnia can be a most devastating experience. It has been estimated that one third of people suffer from chronic insomnia. Sleeping problems that last a couple of nights may be due to environmental stress or to excitement. Environmental stress can produce stress hormones, such as

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Beating Anxiety and Phobias

By Jurriaan Plesman BA(Psych), Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr   The mystery of having these strange anxiety attacks coming from nowhere can be explained by a sudden secretion of adrenaline into the blood stream. Adrenaline is a hormone that converts glycogen (stored glucose (sugar)) back into glucose in order to feed the brain. When your body

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Anxiety and the Autonomic Nervous System

by Jurriaan Plesman BA(Psych), Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr Finding term –> Ctr Find + Term When studying anxiety attacks and phobias we should make a distinction between real fear and irrational fear. I would like to elaborate on this using knowledge of biology as to what happens when we experience fear. When we are

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Anger Management: Nutrition and Psychotherapy

By Jurriaan Plesman BA(Psych), Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr Anger behaviour ranges from mild to severe; from verbal abuse, assault, grievous bodily harm, domestic violence, murder and even mass murder.  Many of my clients with untreated anger management problems finished up in jail with unintentional murder charges. Thus anger management problems should never be underestimated.

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What Can Be Done To Protect Your Memory: Alzheimer’s Disease?

By Dr Chris M Reading (Orthomolecular Psychiatrist) With permission from:  SOMA Newsletter January 2008. (Editor’s note: It is suggested that readers copy this article and present it to their doctor in case of suspected memory loss and/or Alzheimer’s disease. “? = check for”) The Sun Herald 13 January 2008 (byline Louise Hall) states “dementia affects

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Allergies: The Food and Disease Paradigm

By Dr George Samra, MB, BS (Sydney), FACNEM From Chapter 17 of Dr George Samra’s book “The New Hypoglycemic Connection” SUMMARY: The notion that food and disease have an intimate relationship is nothing new to traditional Chinese medicine. The food and disease paradigm is a new way of thinking about chronic illness. There appears to

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