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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

Depression is a Disease of Energy Production

by Jurriaan Plesman, BA (Psych), Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr The incidence of depression in Australia has often be underrated. According to a report by the Australian Bureau of Statistics of 21 April 2004, over 18% – that is one in nearly five adults – of all Australian adults had experienced a mental disorder during

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Treatment of a Low Self-esteem

by Jurriaan Plesman BA(Psych), Post Grad Dip Clin Nutrr The best way of overcoming a low self-esteem is to treat both a possible biological angle and psychological angle. A low self-esteem seldom exists by itself. If you have a biological disorder, of which you may not be aware and which could date back to your

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Alcoholism (Addiction) is a Treatable Disease

by Jurriaan Plesman, BA (Psych), Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr. Although this article mainly concerns alcoholism, it equally applies to any addiction. Contrary to popular opinion many scientists consider alcoholism to be a specific disease in the literal sense of the word. Of course this may not sit well with people who believe that alcoholism

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HHAA Brochure

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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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How to Prevent Diabetes

By Dr George Samra, MB, BS (Sydney), FACNEM Source: Transcript of a lecture by Dr Samra published in The Hypoglycemic Health Association Newsletter Volume 16 No 2, June 2000. I wonder how many people here know much about Insulin. When it was discovered, for example? [Audience member During the war?] 1921, I’m sure there was

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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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The Serotonin Connection

By Jurriaan Plesman, BA(Psych), Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr I will attempt to describe briefly The Serotonin Connection as asequence of psychological and biochemical events in the development of emotional disorders. Most of the statements below can be verified by scientific studies, but some are still controversial, especially the relationship between insulin resistance and absorption

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): A Disease of Body and Mind

By Jurriaan Plesman, BA(Psych) Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr   Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is usually treated by a combination of medication and psychotherapy. However, drug-therapy generally only mask symptoms without doing much to “cure” the underlying biochemical disorder that is responsible for the symptoms. Some experts believe that PTSD is even incurable. (Sharon

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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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Hit or Miss Supplements for Depression

By Jurriaan Plesman, BA(Psych), Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr Depression is a serious illness and should always be treated by proper qualified health practitioners. The quest for alternatives medication for depression stems directly from the general dissatisfaction of drug therapy. Antidepressant drugs are beneficial to about 40% of patients, according to some studies I have read.

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Hypoglycemia

By Jurriaan Plesman, BA (Psych), Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr. Post Traumatic Distress Disorder can be defined as: PTSD or post-traumatic stress disorder can occur as an acute disorder soon after a trauma or have a delayed onset in which symptoms occur more than 6 months after the trauma. It can occur at any age

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Silent Diseases and Mood Disorders

By Jurriaan Plesman, BA (PSYCH), Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr Index Abstracts studies mood disorders & Nutrition, Addison’s Disease,  Adrenal Exhaustion, Alllergies, Alzheimer’s Disease, Andropause, Autism, Basal Temperature test for Hypothyroidism, Batten Disease, Biotin Deficiency,  Bisphenol A affects moods, Brunner’s Syndrome and violence,  Candidiasis, Carbohydrates Metabolism, Disorders of,  Celiac Disease, Chemicals in the environment, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome,

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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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Hypochondria and Hypoglycemia

By Jurriaan Plesman BA(Psych), Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr   Here is a definition of hypochondria by Ingvard Wilhelmsen, MD, Ph.D “A person with hypochondria is preoccupied with physical health and body. The diagnosis is used when a person during at least 6 months believes, fears or is convinced that he has a serious disease

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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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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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Depression – A Nutritional Disorder

By Jurriaan Plesman BA(Psych), Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr If you ever wonder why so many people are suffering from ‘treatment resistant’ depression it is because mainstream medicine and psychology can offer only ‘palliative’ remedies. They mostly treat symptoms only and not causes. Depression is usually triggered by a stressful event, which is then often

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The Connection Between Depression, Addiction and Hypoglycemia

By Jurriaan Plesman BA(Psych), Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr There is very little in the scientific literature that spells out the connection between depression, drug addiction and hypoglycemia. The reason seems to be that the ‘hypoglycemia’ is as yet not recognized by mainstream medicine as a classifiable illness, despite the fact that many health practitioners

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Hypoglycemics and Alcoholism, Drug Addiction and Shoplifting discussed by Dr George Samra

From: Samra, Dr George (2002), THE HYPOGLYCEMIC CONNECTION II, One Stop Allergies, Sydney, Australia (Dr George Samra’s Books) Page 99-100 On Alcoholism and Drug Addiction and Shoplifting A major aim of treatment is to cure addiction to drugs and alcohol. Drugs include caffeine, marijuana, all forms of narcotics and even sugar. Hypoglycemic patients, because of

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