Please vie our chart below. if you have any questions, please give us a call.
There are lots of things that you as a parent can do and change at home to help your baby or toddler's skin conditions heal quicker.
Please vie our chart below. if you have any questions, please give us a call.
by Dr. Alicia Smit
Special Interest: Dermatology / Skin disorders
Concerned about a rash that's appeared on your baby's skin? “Oh no what's that?" you may ask. One day your baby's skin is clear and smooth but the next day there's an unknown rash, swelling or discharge on the skin.
The human skin acts as a defensive barrier against all sorts of elements, from bacteria to sun, but it takes about 2 years from birth for that epidermis to get up to speed and function effectively.
When it comes to your baby’s skin you can depend on one thing: It's guaranteed to erupt into a rash during the first year. Not surprisingly, the number of infants experiencing skin disorders is rising and over 30% of unscheduled visits to the paediatrician’s office are caused by skin problems.
The growing reality for many parents, however, is learning to help their children handle irritating skin disorders. Although many parents have found ways to temporarily suppress symptoms, many have now become determined to resolve their child’s skin condition altogether. Eliminating a skin condition takes a great deal more effort than suppressing the symptoms, but the reward is once again seeing that perfect, baby soft skin on your child.
With infant skin care, the saying is "less is more."
1. Nappy RasH
Of course, no baby escapes the most common skin issue--nappy rash. The diaper area is warm and moist, while adding irritating poop or urine and you've got the perfect environment for breakouts.
A yeast nappy rash can also happen if your baby is taking antibiotics as they kill the good bacteria that normally keep the yeast in check.
Yeast is a fungus that lives on your skin and in the intestines, and when you have a warm, moist environment like in the nappy area, it can cause a bit of a rash. The rash will begin as tiny red spots that multiply and mass into a solid red blotch which may include pus-filled bumps.
Milia normally appear a couple of days or weeks after birth since the oil glands on your baby's face is still developing.
Approximately 40% of infants develop milia.
Milia are tiny, white spots that may appear usually across your baby’s nose, cheeks, chin, forehead, or around the eyes.
Milia looks raised, but if you touch them, they will feel smooth and flat.
Your baby's milia spots should clear up on their own within a month or six weeks.
3. Molluscum contagiosum
Molluscum contagiosum is a viral infection that causes a mild skin rash. It is spread by direct contact with the lesion of an infected person/baby or by contact with a contaminated object.
If infected with the virus, your baby is most likely to get these spots on the belly, chest, around the bottom and genital area or on the inside of joints (such as on his inner elbows and behind his knees).
Molluscum contagiosum looks like shiny pink pearls with a dimple in the middle or a pus-filled centre. They can range in size from 1mm to 10mm across and can continue to grow over several weeks, there are rarely more than 20 spots on the body.
Don’t worry it usually clears up within 18 months without treatment. If the lesions are itching, bleeding, or making your baby uncomfortable make an appointment with your Homeopath.
Eczema can appear anywhere on a baby's body starting around 3 or 4 months, though it's not usually found in the diaper area. Up to 20 percent of babies will develop this very itchy rash.
The rash has dry, itchy, red, and cracked areas of skin, which can sometimes ooze fluid and bleed.
Eczema usually occurs in flare-ups, your baby's skin may have red and itchy patches of skin most of the time, but during flare-ups these areas worsen and may need more intensive treatment.
5. infantile acne
If pus-filled pimples along with whiteheads and blackheads, surrounded by reddish skin appears after the first few months, it's called infantile acne. The pimples are likely to appear on your baby's cheeks, but may also appear on his forehead, chin, and back.
Your baby's acne can become more pronounced when he is hot or fussy, or if his skin is irritated by saliva, milk residue, or fabric that's rough or that's been washed in strong detergent. Baby acne will go away on its own without treatment.
6. Chicken pox
The first symptoms of chickenpox can mimic any condition. It starts off with a fever, nausea, headaches, muscle aches and a loss of appetite, which can last for two weeks before the rash appears.
A chickenpox rash starts as little red spots that develop tiny fluid-filled blisters in a few hours. They will show on your baby's face and then spread to her body appearing in groups.
Chickenpox is a very contagious disease, caused by the varicella-zoster virus and mainly affects children. They will be infectious until the blisters dry out — about a week — and are covered in scabs.
It will go away on its own, but you can help to relieve your baby’s symptoms.
7. Cradle Cap
If your baby has cradle cap, it will look like a very bad case of dandruff. It is common in newborns, and can show up as a red area on your baby's scalp, covered with greasy, yellow, scaly patches. The condition isn't painful or itchy. Over time the scales can start to become flaky so they rub off easily, just like dandruff, but often with bits of your baby's hair attached.
Cradle cap can cover the whole of your baby's scalp. It can also appear on your baby's face and neck, and around her nappy area, armpits, and nose.
The cause of cradle cap is not known. One contributing factor may be hormones that pass from the mother to the baby before birth. These hormones can cause too much production of oil (sebum) in the oil glands and hair follicles. Cradle cap usually clears up on its own in a few months.Cradle cap isn't contagious, and it's not caused by poor hygiene.
8. hand, foot and mouth disease
Hand, foot and mouth disease is a mild illness caused by one group of the coxsackie viruses. It gets its name from the little small, blister-like sores that develop on the hands and feet, and in the mouth.
The blisters in the mouth can be very painful and your baby may not want to drink or eat, accompanied with a mild fever for a day or two and a general unwell feeling.
Hand, foot and mouth disease is very contagious and easily passes from person to person. It usually takes between three to five days for symptoms to appear once your baby is infected. Hand, foot and mouth disease will be uncomfortable for your baby, but rest assured that it’s not a serious illness.
You’ll probably want to call your Homeopath, to check and confirm that it is hand, foot and mouth disease.
Measles is caused by the rubeola virus, the signs and symptoms appear 10 to 14 days after exposure to the virus. Appearance of events:
However, occasionally measles can cause other problems such as: diarrhoea, vomiting, an ear infection, an eye infection, febrile convulsions and laryngitis.
Pulsatilla 1M and Morbillinum 200CH are used as homoeopathic prevention for measles instead of the MMR vaccine. If your baby has measles, consult with your Homeopathic practitioner immediately. Depending on your child’s personal case the Homeopath will decide on which homoeopathic remedies to give.
10. Rubella / german measles
Milder Measles – only lasts three days.
German Measles is a contagious viral infection best known by its distinctive red rash. German Measles is caused by a different virus than measles, and is neither as infectious nor usually as severe as measles.
Mild fever, Headache, stuffy or runny nose, inflamed red eyes and enlarged tender lymph nodes at the base of the skull the back of the neck and behind the ears.
The rash is a fine pink rash that begins on the face and quickly spreads to the trunk and then the arms and legs, disappearing in the same sequence.
Dr. Alicia Smit
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Richard P. j. b. Weller, J. A. A. Hunter, Mark V. Dahl; Clinical Dermatology 2008; 81.
Hoeveel werkende ma’s, wat hul babas en kleutertjies daagliks by dagmoeders moet gaan aflaai, loop hulle nie op die een of ander dag vas teen die “verset” van so ‘n betrokke klein mensie nie? Oor die jare het daar eintlik min verander om hierdie situasie vir ‘n mamma beter te maak.
Hier volg ‘n gesprek tussen my en my kleuter van destyds:
Ek: “Gaan jy môre weer lekker by tannie Christa speel?”
Kind: (Kopskuddend) “Hmm Umm.”
Ek: “Ja toe, man.”
Kind: “Ek klaar by tannie Kista peel het, tannie Kista nou genoeg gehad het.”
Ek: “Nou wil jy môre terug na die babaskool toe gaan?”
Kind: “Hmm Umm.”
Ek: “Nou waarheen wil jy môre gaan?”
Kind: “Tug na jou toe, Mamma.”
Ek het ‘n paar kenners onder wie ‘n maatskaplike werkster, ‘n opvoedkundige, ‘n sielkundige en ‘n kleuterskoolonderwyseres met die volgende vrae genader:
Wanneer kan ‘n ma weer gaan werk?
Daar is nie ‘n ideale tyd om terug te gaan werktoe nie. Dit is ‘n persoonlike besluit wat oorweeg moet word na aanleiding van die volgende:
Kan ek aanhou borsvoed ?
Ja, jy kan. Maar moet dit nie alleen prober doen nie. Daar is baie mammas wat suksesvol borsvoed, uitmelk en voltyds werk. Maar dit is nie vir almal maklik nie.
Neem foto’s, laat dit uitdruk en hou ‘n album op datum. Blaai gereeld daardeur. Die brein registreer die gelukkige tye met mekaar en versterk sodoende die wete van ouerbetrokkenheid in die kind se lewe.
Die kwessie van beskikbare tyd
Aangesien dit in vandag se tyd vir die meeste gesinne onmoontlik is om ‘n tuisbly ouer te bekostig het ek gaan kyk na maniere om rondom hierdie uitdagings te kom deur goeie benutting van beskikbare tyd.
‘n Woordjie oor Pa
Navorsing wat in die laat tagtigerjare in Amerika gedoen is, het getoon dat jong paartjies saamstem dat man en vrou mekaar in die huishouding moet ondersteun en kindersorgpligte gesamentlik moet behartig. Tog is dit so dat die werkende vrou meer as 40 maal soveel tyd aan huiswerk en kinders bestee as haar eggenoot. ‘n Opname oor ‘n tydperk van drie jaar van 1400 gesinne met kinders onder 11 jaar, waar albei ouers werk, het getoon dat net een uit elke vyf pa’s hoegenaamd met die kinders help. Dit is steeds twintig jaar later ‘n groot probleem in die meeste huishoudings. Alhoewel die nuwe geslag pa’s ‘n meer moderne aanslag het en die nuwe geslag ma’s baie fermer hulle mans betrek, bly die finale verantwoordelikheid steeds die ma s’n.
Wat van ma?
Ma’s wat uit vrye keuse gaan werk, het dikwels meer emosionele konflik as ma’s wat buitenshuis werk weens finansiële druk. Hoe ook al, die meeste ma’s voel skuldig en hartseer om hulle kinders af te laai om te gaan werk.
Kinders moenie dink dat Ma se ‘n leë gat is waarin sy verdwyn en wat haar ongelukkig maak nie. Gesels met jou kinders oor jou dag by die werk.
Dit sal help om te weet dat navorsing getoon het dat kinders van wie albei ouers werk, nie noodwendig slegter daaraan toe is as kinders wie se ma’s tuis bly nie. Dit gaan natuurlik gepaard met ‘n aantal voorwaardes:
Maniere om die situasie te verbeter.
Bepaal jou prioriteite
Die feit dat jy ‘n tuis-mamma is maak nie noodwendig ‘n “goeie” ma van jou nie. As ‘n vrou nie die temperament het om self haar kinders op te pas nie behoort sy iemand goed te betaal om dit vir haar te doen.
Elke werkende moeder moet nogtans haar prioriteite bepaal. As haar kinders deur haar werk benadeel word, moet sy haar werklas verminder. Ongelukkig sien ons dikwels die gevaartekens te laat.
Vroue moet hande vat en saamwerk, saambid vir die dag wanneer elke vrou die geleentheid gewaarborg word om die eerste drie jaar by haar kind deur te bring, heeltyds of deeltyds, met voldoende geld, status en geen verlies aan werknemersvoordele nie.
Tot dan sal daar vroue met skuldgevoelens in kantore bly sit en ander met frustrasie tuis en dit tot nadeel van ‘n gesonde samelewing.
“The pleasant feeling of mission accomplished has fully rewarded me and all I can do now is mourn the mass of blind spirits that obstruct the truth; I don't nourish any feelings of rage agains them, though. “
So here you are a very concerned mommy with a drooling baby. Your baby is not well for a while now and on and off she has a funny poo nappy, some fever bouts and at times she is just so niggly with no apparent cause. Everybody seems to put the blame for all these symptoms on teething. How can all of this be caused by teething while it is going on for months now and still no toothy?
WHAT IS TEETHING
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
Teething symptoms vary and can range from severe to nothing at all. Most children will experience at least one of the following symptoms as their teeth prepare to make its way through their gums:
It is completely normal for your baby to get her first tooth at 18 months. And there are rare cases when an infant is born with teeth. For most children, however, that first tooth will appear around six months.
70% OF BABIES GET TEETH ACCORDING TO THIS GUIDELINE:
6 months: lower central incisors – cutting teeth
7 months: upper central incisors
7.5 months: lower lateral incisors
9 months: upper lateral incisors
12 months: lower first molars (bicuspids) – grinding and chewing teeth
14 months: upper first molars
16 months: lower canines (cuspids)
18 months: upper canines
20 months: lower second molars
24 months: upper second molar
There is no such thing as a new tooth cutting its way through bone and flesh. What actually happens is that remodeling of the tissue takes place and a pathway for the tooth emerges. The belief that tension on the gums played a prominent role in teething symptomatology was widespread. As a result, surgically cutting the gums in order to open up a path for the emerging tooth was a common procedure until the late 19th and early 20th century in developed countries. In some less developed regions around the world, the gums of infants were still frequently sliced open and the teeth removed.
What about fever and teething? Studies have shown that teething causes, at most, a mild temperature elevation. If your infant has a true fever (above 100.4F or 38 Celsius) it is unlikely to be caused by teething, especially if it continues for a number of days.
The same question applies to diarrhea and teething. Again, the available data doesn’t support teething as a cause of true diarrhea. If your child has a diarrheal illness, it is most likely to be caused by a virus.
In my experience as a mother and a nursing sister I can tell that those who had babies and experienced the feeling of total confusion and helplessness when that baby presents with all these so called teething-symptoms will confirm that the symptoms mentioned above are definitely very challenging during the teething phase.
SO WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?
Because you might miss something serious while blaming it on teething. Tonsillitis, otitis and bladder infections are common conditions that present itself during the teething phase.
WHAT CAN BRING RELIEF?
WHAT NOT TO DO
THE HOMOEOPATHIC APPROACH
A homoeopathic remedy is a diluted substance that is known to cause the symptoms you are wanting to cure. There are more than 600 remedies to choose from.
A homoeopath is well trained in matching the patient accurately to the correct remedy.
There are a number of remedies and OTC formulae
Today we are going to focus on two: Chamomilla and Pulsatilla
People who need chamomilla
People who need Pulsatilla
OTC’S ON THE MARKET
Luckily there are some of these homoeopathic companies who made it easy for the laymen and women. The ideal remedy will probably be in the complex, but until you can get to a practitioner who is able to choose the remedy more accurately, the OTC will do it for you.
Cesranol – This is for a high need baby who will respond positively to any chamomilla based remedy. This remedy is especially useful if the baby has loose stools while teething.
Sedaped – Has an anti-inflammatory action and works on the nervous system.
If teething is accompanied by cramping and loss of appetite, give tissue salt no 8 Mag phos in addition.
If teething starts later than 10 months, give Calc phos, tissue salt no 2.
The teething phase with all its challenges is a normal part of your baby’s development. Try and do what you can to bring relieve to your baby and find support from family and friends to help you cope during this time. But on the other hand keep in mind that this is a phase that will pass and do not feel that you should be able to have a perfect solution at all times.
My Two Hats:Thoughts on health and wellness from Teething: Myths, Facts, Do’s and Don’ts
– BY SISTER ALIDA – NATUROPATHIC HEALTH CARE CENTRE.
The "Rule Of Threes."
So here you are a very worried mom with a screaming baby and everybody is telling you a different story about colic. You do not want to be a neurotic freak, but just now your baby has colic, what then….?
WHAT IS COLIC?
The cause of colic is unknown. Researchers have explored a number of possibilities, including allergies, lactose intolerance, changes in the normal bacteria found in the digestive system, a digestive system that hasn't fully developed, anxious parents, and differences in the way a baby is fed or comforted. Yet it's still unclear why some babies have colic and others don't. I like to agree with the explanation that the first three months after birth is just another “trimester”. At birth your newborn's digestive system is still very immature and It will take about another three months for the digestive system to adjust to the circumstances outside the womb. Fussing and crying is normal for infants, and a fussy baby doesn't necessarily have colic.
In an otherwise healthy, well-fed baby, signs of colic include:
What to do:
Often a fussy, hungry and irritable baby in the evenings is mistaken for a colicky baby. To allow your baby to cluster feed between 18h00 and 22h00 might just solve your problem. If I could turn the clock back a couple of years, I would have done things so much different. I would make sure that I prepare myself, my household and my family to allow for a few hours of exclusive feeding time with my fussy, needy baby. Another point I want to make is: Your baby’s need for more frequent feeds is not a sign that your milk is not sufficient or that your milk is too “weak”. We do know that cluster feeding is just nature’s way of increasing your milk supply during times your baby needs it, but it is not a sign that you should switch to bottle feeding or give extra feeds.
When to worry
THE HOMOEOPATHIC APPROACH
If we understand the stages through which a new born baby’s digestive system develops, then it is easier to stay calm when baby has reflux, gas, diarrhea and some discomfort. Crying is your baby’s only way of telling you something is bothering him. It does not always mean he is experiencing serious discomfort. Check first to see if he is too cool or warm, hungry, gassy, or tired, or if he needs a diaper change.
Colic improves on its own, often by age 3 months. Unfortunately, there are no proven treatments that consistently help every baby, but a visit to your local homoeopathic clinic will be very beneficial to yourself and your baby.
The practitioner will work out a formulation for gas and cramp relief, as well as something to calm the tummy nerves.
If you want to look around in your health shop or pharmacy for a homoeopathic remedy, make sure some of the following simplexes are in it:
Gas and cramp relief
Calming the tummy nerves
Digestive Enzymes. Dygestive Enzymes are normally a non-animal broad spectrum formulae of digestive enzymes aiding in the digestive processes in the gut.
Please remember that the colicky stage will pass and you can only do your best. Don’t judge yourself because you are not coping well. Your next challenge is soon to come. In our next talk, we shall discuss teething.
“There is no better evidence of the good action of a remedy, than mental improvement”
So here you are, a beginner mom and you are starting to realise that it is all about a series of tubes leading from the mouth to the anus. You are almost sure that your little baby’s whole existence is caught up in that one tube… And you are so right!
One of the first things you noticed after you took your precious baby in your arms was the “root reflex” It is seen in a newborn baby when the corner of the mouth is stroked and the baby turns its head in the direction of the stroking. This helps the baby find the bottle or the nipple to begin feed. Then when the roof of the mouth is touched, the baby will suck.
During my years of working in a homoeopathic practice, I have learned that most of the troubles you are going to have to deal with originate in the digestive system. For this reason I find it to be very important to understand your baby’s gut early in her life. Let us start at the beginning of life.
DURING THE GESTATION PERIOD
At 8 weeks’ gestation, that most important tube is starting to form along with the stomach and by week 10 the stomach starts to produce digestive juices and enzymes. Early in the second trimester, around week 13, the digestive system’s structures are fully formed and in the right places. Baby begins to suck and swallow amniotic fluid and the muscles and organs that make up the digestive system start to contract. Baby also pees every 40 minutes. In the final weeks of pregnancy, the digestive system gets ready for its own first delivery: meconium starts to build up in the intestine. This is baby’s first bowel movement. Instead of food, it’s made up of the stuff your baby collected in the intestines while in utero (like old blood cells and skin cells), which is why it looks so drastically different from the baby poop yet to come.
FIRST WEEKS AFTER BIRTH
At birth your newborn's digestive system is still very immature. As a result, he may lose up to 10 percent of his body weight in the first days of his life, as he adjusts to using his digestive system. Because a newborn's stomach is small, your infant needs frequent feedings. Breast milk is high in fat because that is the most efficient way for your baby to meet his caloric needs. Your baby’s tummy is about the size of a small marble at birth and until he is about 4 months old, your baby’s tummy can hold only small amounts of milk at a time. Too much milk during feedings can cause your baby to spit up or be fussy.
THE OPEN GUT
The “open gut” hypothesis has not been supported by good evidence, but it may be a good idea to keep that possibility in the back of your mind. It is said that a baby’s gut is permeable until the age 4 – 6 months to allow breastmilk particles to move through the gut walls. An immune response is caused in order to grant passive immunity to the young baby. It is believed that if a baby eats solid foods too early in life, this very same process may cause an overreaction of the body’s immune response, leading to allergies and auto immune conditions.
NORMAL GUT ISSUES in babies (AND WHEN IS IT ABNORMAL)
reflux in babies
Spitting up can happen when your baby:
What to do:
When to worry:
diarrhea in babies
The rotavirus is normally responsible for the most cases of diarrhea in small children. It is normally found in children between ages six months and two years. Other common causes for diarrhea in small children are milk allergy, lactose intolerance and antibiotics.
What to do:
When to worry:
Suspect a milk allergy or lactose intolerance when a diarrhea lasts for more than two weeks without a fever or any signs of infection.. Please note, there is a huge difference between the two and you will have to get professional help and a diet adjustment in both cases
Dehidration is often more fatal than the illness itself. When you see any signs of dehydration as described above, give more fluid
constipation in babies
Constipation is not measured by the frequency of the stool, but rather by the look of it. The stool will be small, dry and hard and you will notice that your baby is struggling to pass the stool.
It is more common in formula fed babies and may also occur when solids are introduced.
Most medications given for pain and fever also cause constipation.
What to do:
When to worry:
the homoeopathic approach to normal gut issues
You will notice that your homoeopathic practitioner will always look at the full picture and not only at the specific complaint.
If you read through the different homoeopathic remedies, you will see that the same remedy that is prescribed for constipation can also be given for diarrhea.
Nux vomica, for instance, is a good example. It is prescribed for all kinds of digestive disorders depending on the specific type of person who needs the treatment. Silica is another one that can be given in both instances of diarrhea and constipation. When the practitioner starts asking you questions about your baby’s sleep pattern and all over happiness, her reaction to strangers and her emotional wellbeing, then it is because your doctor is trying to match your baby with just that correct remedy.
In your health shop or pharmacy you will find several complex Homoeopathic remedies. If you are trying to solve a mild condition, it is quite fine to buy them.
For infants with diarrhea, they should contain some of the following simplexes:
Calcarea carbinicum: Chronic diarrhea and sour, undigested stools. For infants who are teething and for overweight children.
Chamomilla : For colicky or teething infants. For children who scream or hit and are extremely angry and for irritable and hypersensitive adults. The person’s face will be red and flushed. The diarrhea is hot, green and watery, smells like rotten eggs and is accompanied by abdominal pain and gas.
Mercurius solubilus: Burning watery stools and sometimes slimy blood-stained stools. Infants may have green stools. Offensive odor. Children will experience pain before, during, or after a stool and have frequent or constant urging and a never-get-done feeling. Anus is raw from burning stools. Symptoms are worse in the evening and at night.
Podophylum: Watery, urgent, profuse and explosive diarrhea accompanied by much gas. When diarrhea accompanies teething in children.
Silicea: For breast feeding infants who get diarrhea from mother's milk.
Homoeopathic remedies for infants with constipation should contain some of the following simplexes:
Calc-carbonica: When your baby seems to be not bothered at all in any way by being constipated and the bowel just seems inactive. The constipation may accompany teething as well or not. They may have trouble digesting milk or be sensitive to lactose or milk protein.
Lycopodium: This is where the baby will be irritable with the constipation. Very gassy. Lots of burping and/or farting alongside the complaint. They will also be clingy and fussy in general from the discomfort and their abdomen will be distended or hard as a rock.
Nux-vomica : For an impatient, determined baby. Can be irritable but is independent rather than clingy. This baby will be trying to will strain and push but nothing will come out.
Opium: For stubborn constipation in infants, due to inaction of the intestines. When passed they are little, hard, dry, black balls. It may get worse from gas building up in the upper part of the intestines.
Silica : When stools are hard, small and dark and are produced with much strain and effort. . Use if the constipation starts up coinciding with difficult and slow teething. Use if your baby's appetite is poor and they are not gaining weight satisfactorily.
Please remember that your new born baby’s gut is still developing and many of the gut issues will pass by the time everything is nicely in place, anything between four and six months of age. Now that you know how homoeopathy can assist in ordinary gut issues, we can focus on baby colic in our next talk.
Easing off a juice cleanse is important. It is best to start with raw salads and fruit for a few days, plus maybe some lightly steamed vegetables with brown rice.
Now you know how good a cleansing diet can make you feel, you should try to maintain a more disciplined approach to what you put in your body.
It is recommended that you replace one meal of the day with a raw juice one week post-fasting.
Day 1: Green Juice
Day 2: Tomato-Vegetable Juice
Day 3: Strawberry cucumber juice
Day 4: Blueberry-Cabbage Power Juice
Day 5: The Green juice
Day 6: Ginger-Beet Juice
Day 7: Carrot-Orange juice
About 70% of the cells that are responsible for your immune system are located along the lining of your gastrointestinal tract. Having a healthy gastrointestinal lining not only helps boost your immune system, it helps to reduce bloating, constipation, flatulence, and could even help you lose weight and improve your overall health.
There are four steps for achieving a healthy gastrointestinal lining and immune system.
The first step is to remove harmful toxins from your diet; you should remove anything that could be causing damage to your digestive process. This includes excessive caffeine, alcohol, unhealthy fats, processed foods, wheat, gluten, low fat products, dairy and sugar products.
After removing harmful foods from your diet, focus on repairing damage to your gut and your intestinal lining. Eat more foods that are known to help heal the stomach. This includes foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids and other healthy fats, such as fish or avocados. Aloe Vera and a good quality turmeric supplement are known to improve the health of your gut and heal the lining of your stomach.
Every day, you should try to include at least one or two servings of foods that can help repair your intestinal lining.
Replenishing healthy gut bacteria is one of the most important steps to healing your gut. A healthy intestinal tract should contain about 80-85% good gut bacteria. Having a better balance of healthy bacteria can boost your immune system and heal digestive disorders. Taking a high quality probiotics supplement is helpful in replenishing your healthy gut bacteria. In order to increase the natural production of healthy gut bacteria, include foods that already contain good bacteria (kerif, cabbage, fermented foods).
The final step is to replace digestive enzymes.
Boosting the levels of healthy digestive enzymes will further improve your digestion and ward off leaky gut syndrome. Adding more organic salt to your diet should give you more hydrochloric acid and other beneficial enzymes.
Juicing allows your digestive system a rest from processing foods that:
Take longer to digest
You might be intolerant to or;
Might cause an allergic or acidic reaction in the body
These are namely refined sugars, refined carbs, alcohol, caffeine and diary. Without having to process these, your body can then digest live juices in about 15 minutes and focus on ‘detoxing’ your cells.
If you don’t eat many raw fruits and vegetables each day you may be mineral or nutrient deficient. Juicing allows you to get a host of vitamins and minerals into your body consistently, which will mean you will be feeding your cells exactly what they need.
Although you lose the benefits of consuming fibre when drinking your juice, it takes less energy to digest food in liquid form. Heating and cooking vegetables also reduces or destroys some of their enzyme content, which some say can impede digestion. With juicing, it’s believed that these food enzymes are not only preserved, but your digestive system also gets a “rest.”
When you drink fresh vegetable and fruit juices you are greatly reducing the digestive process that normally occurs when you consume food. The fiber has been removed leaving the nutrient-dense juice that is easily digested. The vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and enzymes of fresh juice are easily transported across the intestine walls into the bloodstream, where they become available for use by the body.
An additional benefit is that juice requires little to no energy expenditure in order to digest and absorb the nutrients. This provides extra energy that can be used for healing chronic health problems.
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By Sister Alida – Our registered nurse Naturopathic Health Care Centre, Hazelwood, Pretoria
So here you are, a young first time mom with your brand new baby and the only thing you want… is to do everything right.
You have read a pile of baby magazines and you are subscribed to a few email newsletters to help you stay on track. You are attending baby stimulation classes and go to workshops and somewhere along the line somebody mentioned Homoeopathy. Yet another new topic to explore.
In my career as a nursing sister working in a homoeopathic practice, I have seen a number of little children whose parents were desperate. Their kid is six months old and already finished her third course of antibiotics. Often people come to the homoeopathic practitioner as a last resort.
It would be great if we could get our patients early, teach them what to look out for and help them to understand the value of the body’s own healing properties. My ideal is to have parents who can act as first line healers in their own homes. If we can achieve that, the world would be a better place.
The first thing to understand is the illness:
An acute disease develops in a short period of time. It is important that you learn to observe the circumstances during the early stages of development because your homoeopathic practitioner will ask about the following:
Parents should learn to watch out carefully for the symptoms, realise that the body’s own defense mechanism already kicked in with an inflammatory response causing a raised temperature, pain, swelling, tiredness, etc. We are going to discuss the whole issue around fever in future talks.
The homoeopathic approach to acute diseases is to find a remedy or a complex of remedies that support the immune system in that specific area. Most pharmacies keep homoeopathic complexes to treat almost any minor ailment and it is quite okay to keep some of those little bottles in your medicine cupboard. It is a combination of remedies in low potency that can be taken frequently according to the acuteness of the situation.
In most cases the illness will start improving within 24 hours, starting on a mental level. In other words, when you see your child does not moan anymore and starts looking happier, then you know that there is a turn for the better.
A chronic illness develops over a longer period of time and it lasts for several months to years. A chronic case is more complicated to treat and will almost always need professional help. Chronic disease has often to do with an over response of the body’s immune system. You need a knowledgeable health care practitioner who are not only able to find the correct homoeopathic simplex , but who also has a good understanding of the physiological mechanism of the body and are able to tackle the condition from a different angle like for instance the digestive system.
Why does homoeopathy work?
To answer this question we must look into the history of homoeopathy. It all started with Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, who qualified in 1791 as a medical doctor. He practiced medicine for about nine years, but became increasingly disillusioned by the cruel and ineffective treatments of his time. At this point I must remind you that medicine and medical treatment in those days were not what we are used to these days. They made use of plants and herbals of which some of the side effects were very dangerous and even poisonous.
Dr. Hahnemann left practice and focused on studying, writing and translation work. To make a long story short, he started experimenting on himself. For that he used Peruvian bark, known as Cinchona. Homoeopaths call it China.
Hahnemann then observed that Cinchona produced in a healthy person the symptoms of malaria, the very disease that it was known to cure, a discovery which was a cornerstone in the development of homoeopathy. He referred to it as similia similibus curentur, meaning let like be cured with like. This principle became the first law of a system he called homoeopathy. (Homoios – similar and pathos – disease.)
He started experimenting with smaller and smaller doses, until he got rid of the side effects, but now it no longer effected a cure. He then developed a new method of dilution. Instead of simply stirring the substance after each dilution, he shook it vigorously. This shaking he called succusion and the liquid he called a potentised remedy. He found that the more he dilutes the remedy, using the method of succusion, the more effectively his remedy cured. He believed that the shaking released the energy of the substance and dissipated its toxic effects. This of cause is difficult to understand, difficult to explain and difficult to accept. How can anything so dilute have any affect? Yet despite opposition homoeopathy survived and spread remarkably quickly – because it was remarkably effective.
Important Principles, mode of action:
The classical homoeopath would give one remedy at a time, trying to match as much as possible symptoms of the patient with as much as possible characteristics of the remedy. This is time consuming and hard work, but once a practitioner gets the hang of it, it becomes most rewarding.
OTC’s on the market
Luckily for you, you do not have to become an expert before you can help your child. There are complex remedies on the market that contains a combination of simplexes altogether aiming for the same target. The ideal remedy will probably be in the complex, but until you can get to a practitioner who is able to choose the remedy more accurately, the OTC will do it for you.
When to self-medicate and when to seek professional help.
This is something that is different for every person, depending on one’s knowledge, or lack thereof, but also one’s personality and nerve. For instance, if you bump your toe, you are not going to ran off to the doctor. But if the toe becomes hot and red and the pain persists for several days, you might suspect a fracture. Then you might consider going to the doctor. And then there are still a few who will say: What will the doctor do? Take an x-ray, confirm the fracture and bandage it. I can do it myself. …
While it is always important to seek professional advice for serious injuries and situations, don’t forget that even here, homeopathy can help. A few doses of the needed remedy while the ambulance is on the way can make all the difference when every minute counts.
Now you have an idea of what homoeopathy is about. In the next talk we are going to discuss a few general conditions and remedies that work well on those conditions.
At Wilna Pretorius Pilates Studio, based in our offices in Hazelwood, Pretoria,
we focus on making pilates enjoyable, informative, challenging and making exercise a way of life, not a chore or a burden.
For those of you who don’t know what Pilates is all about and if it is something that you would be interested in, here is some information about Pilates and our Pilates classes.
What is Pilates?
Pilates is a form of exercise, developed by Joseph Pilates, which emphasizes the balanced development of the body through strength, flexibility, and awareness in order to support efficient, graceful movement.
Pilates can play a key role in overall health and fitness. It is a form of exercise that focuses on the individual’s needs in relation to alignment, posture, toning, sport specific training and general health.
The benefits of Pilates include the following:
Pilates emphasizes correct form while exercising and all the Pilates moves require you to engage virtually your whole body. With so many exercise variations and progressions you may have a hard time getting bored with Pilates.
who can join my pilates classes?
Anyone between the ages of 14 and 85 years of age can join my Pilates classes. Pilates for younger children is no longer really Pilates as their concentration span is very short and the exercises then become more movement based.
can you join my classes if you have an injury?
I am experienced and have detailed knowledge of injuries and anatomy/physiology, as I am also a qualified Biokineticist. This ensures that you receive client specific sessions as well as exercises that will benefit the injury and not be contraindicated to the injury. Therefore, Pilates is safe when you have an injury, as long as the instructor is experienced and knowledgeable.
how much does pilates cost?
Good quality Pilates does not come cheap. You get what you pay for, however there are studios that charge excessive amounts of money for sessions and the qualifications are not up to standard. At my Pilates Studio based in Pretoria, there are many options to choose from, ranging from private to group classes. To find out more about the fees at Wilna Pretorius Pilates Studio, Pretoria please contact us or click here for our Pilates Class Standard Rates.
How do I know I am attending classes at a great studio?
The first rule is that when you leave the session, you feel that the instructor targeted your specific needs while informing you of what they are doing. Another important factor is that the instructor has a comprehensive knowledge of anatomy/physiology and explains anatomically what is going on in your body and what they are working on. You will know if you instructor is passionate and professional- the more information they can give you, the better.
Can i do pilates if i am overweight
Pilates is a form of exercise that can accommodate people of all shapes and sizes. If you feel uncomfortable exercising in front of others, opt for private Pilates sessions.
What do I need to do if I want to start with Pilates classes?
Your first session that you will attend will be a body assessment. This session is an hour and a half long and in this session your instructor will be assessing the following:
During this assessment, the instructor will also gather information from you regarding past injuries, any aches or pains, your exercise history and what goals you would like to achieve.
This assessment is not about pointing out all of your faults but rather to gather information on what is needed to get your body to its ultimate balance for efficient movement as well as what is needed to reach your goals.
So, are you ready to get moving? Contact Wilna Pretorius Pilates Studio in Hazelwood to make your appointment. You won’t be disappointed!
Contact person: Wilna Pretorius
Telephone number: 072 722 6696
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the difference between Hay Fever, Allergic Rhinitis and Sinusitis?
Remember that “itis” normally refers to infection. So when we think of sinusitis, we know that 80% of cases is a viral infection causing inflamed mucous membranes, over production of mucous and congestion. About 20% of cases are caused by bacteria.
Hay Fever, seasonal allergy and allergic rhinitis all refer to an overreaction of the immune system to a harmless substance like pollen, resulting in a histamine secretion. Histamine reaction is your immune system’s way of getting rid of the allergen. As a result of that, your mucous membranes become inflamed, red and swollen. A watery discharge streaming out of the nose and the eyes. Eyes are red and itchy and a lot of sneezing may occur. Your body is now really trying to do you a favour by getting rid of the invader.
Furthermore, your immune system is not stupid. It has a clever way of dealing with its “fears”It produces little “guards” by the name of immunoglobulins (Ige). Next time when it notices some pollen dust, cat hair, etc., those antibodies are ready instantly. Before you even know that spring is in the air, the whole cascade of reactions take place and you sit with your watery eyes, runny nose and your sneezing.
Conventional treatment includes.
Simple Steps for Managing Hay Fever
There are several self-help measures that cost very little which you can do yourself to help with hay fever. They are:
In homoeopathy, we treat by the law of similars. “Homeopathic Law of Similars is based on certain characteristic symptoms being the key to choosing a remedy.
A substance which may in a large dose cause undesirable symptoms, can in homeopathic potency repel these similar symptoms out of your system and the body rebalances and heals. Law of Potentization-homeopathy uses the smallest dose to effect a cure. By extreme dilution and Homeopathic potentization, curative properties are enhanced and poisonous and undesirable side effects ameliorated.”
By now you should be able to think about something that you have in your own kitchen that causes burning , watery eyes and runny nose, causing you to run for an open door, looking for some fresh air …. Yes chopped onion. Our homoeopathic remedy for these symptoms would be Allium Cepa, which is nothing other than red onion. Allium Cepa is prescribed for exactly that.
Onions and garlic can be used for their homeopathic effect – the symptoms they cause, they can also treat. Both contain natural compounds that reduce the inflammation of hay fever. Add them liberally to your meals or, if you are up to it, eat them by themselves to reduce nasal irritation and streaming eyes.
In our arsenal we also have a few other remedies that are well indicated in the treatment of hay fever.
Your homoeopayhic practitioner
Because you may find it difficult to sort through your symptoms and all the different remedies available, an appointment can be made with a homeopath that will assess your symptoms in full and make a constitutional prescription to help you get on top of the problem once and for all.
Leaky gut and it's complications
As an alternative health care doctor with a great interest in functional medicine, I see many patients in my practice suffering from chronic conditions for which they do not have any hope left. “I have tried everything”, “You are my last hope”, “I have been to every doctor”, “you must help me”, “I am desperate” are the phrases that I hear so often, if not on a daily basis.
To these phrases, more than not my response generally is “as a result of your lifestyle, medication, diet and stress you might be suffering from a leaky gut”
Before we look at what a leaky gut is, let’s look at your gut in its normal anatomy and physiology. Although extremely complicated I will try and break it down and simplify it.
Intestinal health is the optimal digestion, absorption and assimilation of food.
The gut like the skin is one of the largest barrier organs that protects the body from external invasion from bacteria, viruses, parasites etc. On top of that it need to rid the body of toxins, produced as by-products of your metabolism. While doing all this your nutrients need to be absorbed into your blood stream to maintain your health and functions.
This mainly happens within the small intestine via finger like projections called villi. Villi increases the surface absorption area. On top of Villi you find microvilli which is where nutrients are absorbed. In between these projections are small junctions called tight-junctions. This is where the nutrients pass from the lumen of the intestines into the blood stream into our cells. Toxins and large undigested particles can’t pass through these junctions and are thus passed out via the stool, as demonstrated in fig 1.
Like I always demonstrate to my patients. Imagine your hands were your gut with your fingers your microvilli. In-between the fingers are the tight junctions carefully regulating your nutrient absorption. Nothing falls through the fingers because of the skin connecting them. As demonstrated in fig 2.
What is a leaky gut then?
The basic short and sweet function of your immune system is to protect the body from pathogens or invaders that will cause harm to your body. Remember that your gut is rich in immune cells. Your entire body is protected from these invasions by only that one, thin single cell layer of the villi. When stretched open it can roughly cover the size of a tennis court. So basically your body is protected from a sewer by only one layer of cells. This is the exact reason why up to 80% of your immune function is active in your gut.
Once a toxin or “pathogen” enters the gut and your very delicate ecosystem within your gut can not deal with this, or an imbalance is created, your immune system is activated causing micro inflammation within the gut. This damage or inflammation causes damage to the tight junctions, creating a hole within the single layer of cells, resulting in toxins, and undigested food etc leaking through into your blood stream. This results in a massive immune response against all the foreign particles which will result in systemic inflammation. As demonstrated in fig 3
Should this response carry on, over time your immune system will be hypersensitive leading to things like eczema, sinusitis, headaches, rash, and depression to more chronic things like autoimmune disease, cancers etc.
Triggers or causes of Leaky gut
Signs that you might be suffering from a leaky gut
By: Dr. M Swanepoel
I do neuropsychological assessments and provide psychotherapy from an integrative framework for:
· Children and Adolescents
· Adults (including the elderly).
Depending on the need of the client, I provide:
· Individual Psychotherapy;
· Family Therapy;
· Couples Therapy (gay and straight); and
· Group Therapy.
I work with all psychiatric diagnoses and have a particular interest in working with adolescents and adults who are striving to work through childhood wounds in order to lead a more fulfilling life. I also have a special interest in working with individuals with low self-esteem and issues with guilt and shame.
I worked as an Occupational Therapist for 10 years from 2000-2010. I worked at Denmar Psychiatric Clinic providing individual and group therapy. I also worked in private practice with children and at a school for children with emotional and learning problems. I worked mainly on improving the quality of life of people struggling with psychological discomfort.
In 2008 I obtained my Honours degree in Psychology, cum laude, through UNISA; and in 2013 I obtained my Masters degree in Clinical Psychology, summa cum laude, through UNISA. I completed my internship at Sterkfontein Psychiatric Hospital in 2013 and my year of Community Service at the community clinics in Bronkhorstspruit and Dark City in 2014.
COMMUNITY SERVICE AT TSHWANE DISTRICT, REGION C: Bronkhorstspruit Clinic and Dark City Clinic
Neuropsychological assessments and psychotherapy with individuals, families, and couples of all ages and diagnoses but particularly:
· Sexual abuse of woman and children;
· Severe, acute trauma;
· Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; and
· Complicated Bereavement.
I designed, implemented and evaluated a programme which addressed adolescent school girls with the aim of empowerment of the community by encouraging survivors of sexual assault to speak out without shame and fear and with the necessary support.
INTERNSHIP AT STERKFONTEIN PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL:
I worked in the Forensic Unit of Sterkfontein Psychiatric Hospital for eight months where I did:
· Psycho-legal work, including high profile neuro-psychological assessments and report writing for the court;
· Psychotherapy with state patients in the form of individual-, group- and family therapy with patients of ages ranging from 18 to 65 and all diagnoses including state patients suffering from severe psychopathology and higher functioning state patients waiting for re-classification and placement.
I designed, implemented and evaluated a programme designed for state patients diagnosed with severe mental illnesses which is currently being written up for publication.
I worked for four months in the Dual Diagnosis Unit designed for patients suffering from a substance abuse disorder and a concurrent mental disorder where I provided individual-, group-, and family therapy for patients of ages raging from 20-60. I also did psychological assessments.
For 12 months on a weekly basis I did neuropsychological assessments and provided psychotherapeutic input at community clinics for individuals, families and couples of all ages and all diagnoses but in particular:
· Complicated Bereavement;
· Personality Disorders; and
· Mood- and Anxiety disorders.
I obtained theoretical training in the following subjects:
· African Epistemology; Basic Therapeutic Skills; Community Psychology; Ecosystemic Psychology; Marriage and Family Therapy; Neuropsychology; Psychological Assessment; and Psychopathology
I obtained practical experience in the following:
PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS:
- Investigating the effects of a group therapy programme designed for a ward with in-patients in a forensic setting diagnosed with severe mental illnesses (co-authors: Dr. DCJ Hoffman & Prof. U. Subramaney) .
o In process for publication
o Presented at the South African Psychology Congress (PsySSA) (2013&2015)and at the African Regional Conference of the International Association for Group Psychotherapy and Group Process (IAGP) (2015).
- The Importance of differentiation of the self of the psychotherapy trainee.
o In process for publication
o Presented at the International Congress of Psychology (ICP)( 2012); at the Southern African Students' Psychology Conference ( 2013) and at the European Congress of Psychology (ECP) ( 2013) in Stockholm, Sweden
- Ensuring viable structural coupling with a community by gaining entry from a respectful position of informed not-knowing.
o In process for publication
o Presented at the Southern African Students' Psychology Conference ( 2013) and at the European Congress of Psychology (ECP) July 2013 in Stockholm, Sweden.
- DVD review: Virginia Satir: The use of self in therapy (co-authored with Niel Victor), published in:
o New Voices in Psychology Vol 8 (1) 2012, pp.129-131; and
- Congress report: Honey and Saffron: The 13th European Psychology Congress, Stockholm, Sweden 9-12 July; published in:
o New Voices in Psychology Vol 9 (1&2) 2013, pp. 130-133
B.PSYCH HONS (UNISA); MA. CLIN PSYCH (UNISA)
Address: 13 Hazelwood Street, Pretoria (Menlo Park area)
Telephone: 071 152 5443
PRACTICE NUMBER: 0600334
Anxiety in children
Not all fear is bad. In fact, a little fear serves as an insurance policy. "Without fear, we'd jump headlong into things we shouldn't," says Tamar E. Chansky, PhD, author of Freeing Your Child from Anxiety.
Ages and stages.
Babies and toddlers have little to worry about. For children to worry, they have to imagine the future and bad things that can happen in it. Some of them might fear sudden loud noises, heights, strangers & separation.
Fears of an Infant or Toddler
· Loud noises or sudden movements
· Large looming objects
· Changes in the house
Fears During Preschool Years
· The dark
· Noises at night
· Monsters and ghosts
· Animals such as dogs, insects
Fears During School Years
· Snakes and spiders
· Storms and natural disasters
· Being home alone
· Fear of a teacher who's angry
· Scary news or TV shows
· Injury, illness, doctors, shots, or death
· Fear of failure and rejection
School children could fear failure, criticism, exams and physical harm. Children over age eight are more likely to have worries. Worries are when a child thinks about past or future situations. Fear usually occurs in the present.
Cause of anxiety and fear.
1. Biological: Some people are more likely to be anxious. It runs in the family .
2. Parenting styles or modelling: children look at you to see how they should react.
3. Life events. Situations that caused trauma. Even a film or story .
Children hear everything you say and mimic everything you do, so give them a good example.
Ways to support your child
1. Acknowledge your child’s fears.
2. Gently encourage your child to do things they feel anxious about, but don’t push. (Use the stepladder approach.)
3. Praise and give rewards for little victories, don’t criticise their fear or anxiety.
One simple thing you can do to maintain calm is to establish a predictable routine. Also, minimize the numbers of caretakers in your child's life. Strong bonding with your child -- through regular touch, eye contact, and talking or singing -- creates a foundation of trust, helping to inoculate your child against future anxiety, too.
Approach the fear in steps. Resist the temptation either to overprotect. Instead, give your child opportunities for direct, safe experiences. Talk to a dog's owner and ask, "Is the dog friendly? Can we say 'hi'?" "Or, ask your child, 'Is the dog's tail wagging? That's the sign of a happy dog.'" If you have a friend with a dog, let the "sleeping dog lie" -- and let your child observe. That allows a safe entrance to the world of dogs.
1. During 2nd halve of the night
2. Ages 5 – 6 when they become aware of real life
3. Remember it is a normal way of dealing with life’s stresses and does not point out bad parents.
How to deal with nightmares
1. Reassure, talk , rub, rock
2. Teach coping skills, positive thoughts, relaxing skills (imagine lying on a beach) By developing her own stories that incorporated deep-breathing, affirmations, and muscular relaxation, she was able to greatly help her own children.
3. Keep monster spray at hand, play Imagine magic.
4. Avoid scary TV shows or storybooks before bedtime
How to deal with fear of dark
1. Play fun in the dark: hand figures, treasure hunt.
2. Discuss all fears during the day and practice skills, helping with self confidence.
3. Give a security object like a soft towl, blanket
4. Leave night light on, keep doors open.
How to deal with children sneaking to parent’s bed.
1. Try to convince him to stay in his bed
2. Stay with him for a while.
3. Check on him regularly predictably, for trust
4. Set up a star system and give a reward
5. Deal with the issue during daytime by giving reassurance.
When to be concerned about anxiety in children
When it is interfering with his social life or school work or friendships, it is time to discuss the matter with your health care practitioner. Remember that psychosomatic symptoms develop normally during first school years and that these odd stomach pains or headaches are not necessarily signs of concern.
Rescue Remedy (2)
This homeopathic stress relief preparation has been used safely and effectively for generations and it comes in a number of convenient forms to suit your particular application: oral drops, a spray, a topical cream, as a lozenge, and in chewing gum form.
Rescue Remedy is a blend of 5 of the original 38 Bach Flower Remedies, developed by Dr. Edward Bach a medical physician, turned homeopath and researcher in the 1920's and 1930s.
Dr. Bach was an advanced physician for his time and we owe him a great deal for his research on mental and emotional causes of dis-ease. If you would like to learn more about his life and his research, please visit the Bach Centre.
Rescue Remedy is comprised of the following 5 individual flower remedies:
According to BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, like other homeopathic preparations, Rescue Remedy is considered safe for pregnant woman, infants, children and people with medical conditions.
How does Rescue Remedy actually work?
The science of homeopathy is actually based on vibrational and energy medicine.
There is no actual active ingredient in a homeopathic remedy, as the original ingredients have been diluted so many times that all that is left is an energetic and vibrational imprint. This is what makes it so safe, as well as so powerful.
1.Tamar E. Chansky, PhD, author of Freeing Your Child from Anxiety.
This week in our Mom and Baby workshops we will be discussing fear and anxiety in our children and how to best handle and treat the situation.
We will cover:
· Fear of dark, strangers, seperation
· Fear of monsters, thunder
· Bad dreams
· How to manage fear
· The benefits of Phosphorus
When: Tuesday , 4 August 2015
Time: 10h00 – 11h00
Join us for a relaxed informative session with some other mommies and babes. It takes place at our Health Care Centre, every First Tuesday of each month.
Refreshments are served
Please kindly give us a call to book your spot.
Why the bum?
1. Pelvic stabilisation
The gluteus maximus is the strongest and biggest muscle of the body. It plays an important role in pelvic stabilisation. Co-contraction of the gluteus maximus with the psoas major (see picture on the right) contributes to lumbo-sacral (lower back and pelvic region) stabilisation.
The gluteus maximus allows us to maintain an upright position. The gluteus maximus also provides lower back stability through its connection with the erector spinae (deep muscles in the back that keep the back upright). Some of its fibres are continuous with the fibres of the erector spinae. A contraction of the gluteus maximus will generate tension in the erector spinae muscle on the same side, providing stiffness to the spinal column.
The gluteus maximus is a hip extensor (hip extension is the movement where the leg moves towards the back of the body). The gluteal muscles play a very big role in sufficient and efficient movement. Weak gluteal muscles will cause movement problems and compensations that can lead to injuries.
Gluteal amnesia is a condition where your body can’t or forgets how to properly activate the gluteal muscles, whether it’s due to postural flaws or lack of use. As a result, you may lose the ability to move your hips through a full range of motion which adds stress to your knee, lower back, and even your shoulder joints!
There is a test you can do to determine if your glutes are weak. To start this test, stand in front of a chair (facing the chair) and with your feet under the chair and your knees touching the seat. Now squat down and try not to let your knees push into the chair. If you find that your knees are hitting the chair or you are even moving the chair, your glutes are not working properly. If the knees come forward into the chair, you are initiating the squat movement with your quads. This places unnecessary stress on the knees and ankles. The object of this assessment is to try to initiate the squat from the hips (i.e. stick your butt out before your try to bend your knees). Starting a squat from the hips will engage the gluteus maximus.
What causes the gluteal muscles to weaken?
When considering the human body, we know that some muscles are more prone to inhibition than others, and the glutes are one of these “easily-inhibited” muscles. Here are some of the reasons your glutes may be weak or inhibited:
Probably the biggest reason why the glutes shut down is due to inactivity. If you fail to consistently activate a muscle, and you fail to regularly activate a muscle to high levels of capacity, it will inevitably quit working properly. If you spend long periods of time sitting in a chair, then the front of the hips (psoas) become short and tight, while the back of the hips (gluteal muscles) become long and weak. Soon the body forgets how to use the gluteal muscles because it will divert the neural signal intended for them to a stronger muscle close by to do the job instead. Gluteal inhibition can negatively impact posture, and poor posture can further inhibit the glutes, thereby creating a downward spiral in gluteal function.
Pain is a huge inhibitor of the gluteus maximus. The glutes can become inhibited with just about any lower body or spinal injury. Following injury, most people simply keep on keeping on, and their movement patterns suffer. Rather than experiencing proper glute function during movement, they rely on other muscles to get the job done. This will cause many postural and gait compensations. The body is resilient and will find a way to prevail. Next time you go for an early morning drive, pay attention to the joggers. You’ll notice that not many of them appear athletic or possess good running posture. Sadly, most look like they’re “speed-limping.” This is due to compensating for, most likely, weak glutes.
What can happen if my gluteal muscles are weak?
Inhibition and delayed activation of the gluteal muscles can in time lead to weakness of these muscles. Gluteal inhibition negatively affects performance and lower body strength and is a root cause for many injuries and chronic pain. Injuries that can result from weakened glutes include:
Due to delayed gluteus maximus activity, the hamstring muscles become dominant during hip extension, which can cause hamstring strains. A lot of athletes that pulled a hamstring keep suffering re-injuries despite their focus and efforts to strengthen the hamstrings. They are reinforcing a compensation pattern instead of reactivating their inhibited glutes.
2. Low back pain
Gluteus maximus activation plays an important role in stabilising the pelvis during the task of lifting. Delayed gluteus maximus activation causes excessive compensation of the back extensors. The lower back becomes dominant and the glutes are neglected. The body is an interconnected system. If the muscles do not fire where and when they’re supposed to, other muscles compensate, which can result in strain or injury. For example – weak glutes can’t stabilise your pelvis, and cause it to tilt forward, putting pressure on your lower spine. The lower back can be injured if it is forced to do the hip extending job of the glutes.
3. Knee pain
The excessive internal rotation of the femur (inward movement of the leg) as a result of glute weakness increases the pressure on the knee cartilage.
4. Hip pain
Decreased force production from the gluteus maximus during hip extension could lead to increased force and wear and tear on the hip joint structures.
5. Lower-body malalignment
Weak glutes results in postural compensation which in turn leads to poor posture. Over time, compensation causes muscle imbalances, trigger points in muscles, and overuse injury.
Because of compensatory patterns it may be difficult to target and strengthen the glutes. Re-activating your glutes will improve your core stability, prevent lower-body injuries and enhance sport performance and daily activities.
During the “re-education” process, it’s important to have proper perspective. You might have been walking around with a gluteal imbalance for over a decade, therefore it’s going to take some time to rewire your body. If it takes a few months for the problem to normalize, so be it. Each session you’ll be a little bit closer to your goal, so be patient.
There’s a neural and muscular component to fixing the issue. When your glutes are weak, they don’t know how to activate. You need to get it easily-excitable through neural re-education, and then you can focus on increasing strength. If the gluteus maximus firing pattern is so far off that they cannot activate, doing squats and other types of glute exercises will only make the problem worse if you are not using the proper muscle at the proper time to achieve the motion. Retraining the brain to tell the glutes to contract (neuromuscular coordination) is an important part of beginning a glute strengthening program.
It is important to seek professional help when attempting any sort of rehabilitation, so consult your Biokineticist or Physiotherapist before starting an exercise programme.
Life • Health • Movement
The reason why we are not permanently ill is because we have an immune system. Our body is a pipe that starts at the mouth and ends at the anus. Most of our body activities happen inside and outside the pipe.
1. First line of Defense (Barrier or shell)
Skin, mucous membrane, hair in the nose and ears, body secretions like sweat, earwax and tears, urine, tummy juices.
2. Second line of defense
A battle between the invader and the immune system begins.
Inflammatory response: Increased blood circulation, bringing along the different White blood cells. (Leucocytes) The area becomes painful, hot and red and swollen due to the increase of blood and proteins. There are several different types of leukocytes (white blood cells): neutrophils, basophils, eosinophils, lymphocytes, monocytes, and macrophages.
3. Third line of defense
Immune response, anti- bodies are formed and a cell memory is built.
Keep in mind the three different lines of defense:
1. Hygiene, washing hands and don’t share crockery and cutlery.
Protect the mucous membrane – sleep with a humidifier in the room
Hydrate your body cells by drinking plenty of water.
Look after your gut by maintaining a good ph balance. Avoid sugar, eat raw veggies and take your pre- and pro- biotic.
2. Give the inflammatory process time, do not suppress it.
Good diet rich in Zinc, Omega 3 and Vitamin C. Exercise rest and sleep.
All the above measures feed and maintain the body cells, lymph cells and blood cells that is needed to fight the battle.
3. Give the Immune response time to develop. Don’t take unnecessary antibiotics
Make use of alternative therapies like homoeopathy. (Huis renovate story)
The Homoeopathic approach
The classical homoeopath would give one remedy at a time, trying to match as much as possible symptoms of the patient with as much as possible characteristics of the remedy. This is time consuming and hard work, but once a practitioner gets the hang of it, it becomes most rewarding. Complex remedies on the other hand contains a group of remedies, all targeting the disease in order to bring about the desired results.
Echinacae is a well-known remedy often used to improve the immune system and many homoeopathic formulations contains Echinacae.
Echinacea is a genus, or group of herbaceous flowering plants in the daisy family, Asteraceae.
The generic name is derived from the Greek word ἐχῖνος (echino), meaning "sea urchin," due to the spiny central disk. These flowering plants and their parts have different purposes. Some species are cultivated in gardens for their showy flowers, and some are traditionally used to treat and prevent common cold, flu, and other infections.
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Kelly, Kindscher. "The Conservation Status of Echinacea Species" (PDF).USDA. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
The Plant List search for Echinacea
Perry, Ann. 2010. Exploring Echinacea’s Enigmatic Origins. United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service
In the first few weeks of pregnancy, the embryo develops three layers of cells.
· The Endoderm: it will eventually become your baby's digestive system.
· The Mesoderm: it is the source of the sex organs, bones, kidneys and muscles.
· The Ectoderm, or outer layer, develops into the nervous system, hair, skin and eyes.
At its most basic level, the digestive system is a series of tubes leading from the mouth to the anus.
By about 8 weeks’ gestation, that tube is starting to form along with the stomach.
By about week 10, the stomach starts to produce digestive juices and enzymes. For now, your baby is getting all his nutrition from you, via the placenta and umbilical cord (and he’s sending the waste right back into the placenta). Her own digestive system won’t take over for real until she is born and starts consuming breast milk or formula.
Early in the second trimester, around week 13, the digestive system’s structures are fully formed and in the right places. Now it’s time for practice: Baby begins to suck and swallow amniotic fluid and the muscles and organs that make up the digestive system start to contract. He also pees every 40 minutes. These are all tasks that baby will rely on for digestion once she’s out in the world, consuming breast milk, formula and eventually solid food.
The digestive system continues to practice its waste management duties, but it won’t be fully ready for prime time until your baby is born and starts taking all her nutrition by mouth (instead of by umbilical cord).
Still, in the final weeks of pregnancy, the digestive system gets ready for its own first delivery: meconium starts to build up in the intestine. This is baby’s first bowel movement. Instead of food, it’s made up of the stuff your baby collected in his intestines while in utero (like old blood cells and skin cells), which is why it looks so drastically different from the baby poop yet to come.
During gestation, your baby received nutrients and disposed of waste products through the placenta. At birth, this changed abruptly, but your newborn's digestive system is still very immature. As a result, he may lose up to 10 percent of his body weight in the first days of his life, as he adjusts to using his digestive system. Because a newborn's stomach is small, your infant needs frequent feedings. Breast milk is high in fat because that's the most efficient way for your baby to meet his caloric needs. Ounce for ounce, fat contains over twice as many calories as proteins or carbohydrates.
Your baby’s tummy is about the size of a small marble at birth. After three days, it is about the size of a ping-pong ball, but still can’t hold much.1
Until she is about 4 months old, your baby’s tummy can hold only small amounts of milk at a time. Too much milk during feedings can cause your baby to spit up or be fussy.
Spitting up can happen when your baby:
· Burps (this is called a wet burp)
· Eats too much
· Swallows too much air
There is no reason to worry about these common causes for your baby spitting up. It is not painful, and most babies do not even realize they have done it. As long as your baby is healthy and gaining weight, it is simply part of the development process. It might seem like a lot, but the amount of liquid your baby spits up might not be as much as you think. One tablespoon is normal, but it looks like a lot.
WHAT IS COLIC?
The cause of colic is unknown. Researchers have explored a number of possibilities, including allergies, lactose intolerance, changes in the normal bacteria found in the digestive system, a digestive system that hasn't fully developed, anxious parents, and differences in the way a baby is fed or comforted. Yet it's still unclear why some babies have colic and others don't.
The "Rule Of Threes."
When infants cry for three or more hours a day at least three days a week for three weeks or more, it could be colic.
Colic generally begins at 2 to 3 weeks; it is unusual after 3 months.
Fussing and crying are normal for infants, and a fussy baby doesn't necessarily have colic. In an otherwise healthy, well-fed baby, signs of colic include:
· Predictable crying episodes.
· Intense or inconsolable crying.
· Crying that occurs for no apparent reason.
· Posture changes. Curled up legs, clenched fists and tensed abdominal muscles.
· It usually starts a few weeks after birth and often improves by age 3 months. By ages 4 to 5 months, the majority of babies with colic have improved.
THE HOMOEOPATHIC APPROACH
If we understand the stages through which a new born baby’s digestive system develops, then it is easier to stay calm when baby has reflux, gas, diarrhea and some discomfort. Crying is your baby’s only way of telling you something is bothering him. It does not always mean he is experiencing serious discomfort. Check first to see if he is too cool or warm, hungry, gassy, or tired, or if he needs a diaper change.
Colic improves on its own, often by age 3 months. Unfortunately, there are no proven treatments that consistently help every baby. Treatments that have been tried include:
· Gas & Cramp -relief medications:
· Calming the tummy nerves
· Probiotics. Probiotics are substances that help maintain the natural balance of "good" bacteria in the digestive tract. This kind of treatment is relative expensive so do not experiment without seeking advice from a knowledgeable practitioner.
· Carbo vegetabilis is indicated for flatulence, and burning crampy, stomach pain.
· Magnesium Phosphoricum is used to treat abdominal bloating and flatulent colic.
· Strychnos nux-vomica is indicated for flatulence, symptoms that are associated with mental strain and rritability.
All the above remedies are found in Natura Magen.
· Arnica montana relieves stomach pain and abdominal discomfort associated with loose stools and aversion to touch.
· Calendula officinalis quietens apparent hunger in a baby who has just nursed.
· Centaurium erythraea helps relieve gripping abdominal pains and colic with excessive flatulence and which tends to be more severe at night.
· Matricaria recutita (Chamomilla) is indicated for painful teething, regurgitation of food, abdominal distension and colic accompanied by loose stools.
All the above remedies are found in Natura Cesranol
- Banisteropsis caapi relieves nervous hypersensitivity.
- Cuprum aceticum helps treat spasmodic pains in stomach and abdomen.
- Magnesium phosphoricum has anti-spasmodic and analgesic action on all muscular tissue and treats twitches, and spasmodic, colicky pain.
- Veratrum viride has anti-congestive action and treats twitches and hiccoughs.
- Verbena officinalis has a general anti-spasmodic properties.
- Zincum metallicum acts on the central nervous system to treat muscular twitches, difficult teething, hiccough and flatulent colic.
All the above remedies are found in Natura Sedaped
A good support system gives you a much needed break when your baby’s crying becomes overwhelming. Ask for help from your partner or a family member to get relief or sleep when you need it. If the crying makes you feel like you might lose control, calmly and safely place your baby in a crib, and step away briefly to collect your thoughts and calm down. Feeling overwhelmed is only temporary — never shake an infant.
All content here, including advice from doctors and other health professionals, should be considered as opinion only. Always seek the direct advice of your own practitioner in connection with any questions or issues you may have regarding your own health or the health of others.
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“Science hadn’t given me a framework for understanding how a minute amount of a substance could alleviate pain or the flu; much less facilitate emotional or spiritual transformation. But over the past 20 years, I’ve watched homeopathy assist hundreds of patients with their healing process.” ~ Dr. Carrie Demers, MD, is a holistic physician who blends modern medicine with traditional approaches to health.
Most households have a first aid kit containing plasters and ointments. You may wish to make up your own homoeopathic home kit as well, building on it as you need them and as you gain knowledge and experience.
Homeopathy will prepare you for most minor emergencies. All that remains is for you to practice – the more you practice, the more you learn, the better you become. Your homoeopathic practitioner is just a phone call away and the friendly staff at the Naturopathic Health Care Centre is always willing to assist.
While it is always important to seek medical advice for serious injuries and situations, don’t forget that even here, homeopathy can help. A few doses of the needed remedy while the ambulance is on the way can make all the difference when every minute counts.
30 common ailments, accidents and injuries:
1. Anaphylaxis: Aconite; Apis Mellifera.
2. Bedwetting: Causticum, Belladonna, Rhus Tox
3. Bites and stings: Apis Mellifera; Arnica; Canthharis; Ledum.
4. Blisters: Cantharis; Rhus-tox.
5. Bruises: Arnica; Ledum.
6. Burns and scalds: Cantharis; Urtica-urens.
7. Colds & Coughs: Aconite, Euphrasia
8. Cuts, scrapes and puncture wounds: Arnica; Calendula; Hypericum; Ledum.
9. Dental Work & surgery: Arnica; Hypericum; Ruta, Staphysagrae.
10. Dehidration: China
11. Electroshock: Phoshorus.
12. Eye injuries: Arnica; Ledum; Euphrasia; Symphytum.
13. Fatigue and exhaustion: Kali phos, Arnica, Nux vom
14. Food poisoning: Arsenicum-album; Nux-vomica.
15. Fractures: Arnica; Symphytum.
16. Headache: Belladonna, Nux Vomica, Glonoin
17. Heat stroke or exhaustion: Belladonna; Glonoin.
18. Hyperventilation: Aconite.
19. Motion sickness: Cocculus; Tabacum.
20. Nosebleeds: Arnica; Phoshorus, Hypericum
21. Nausea and overindulgence: Nux-vomica
22. Panic and Shock: Aconite.
23. Skin conditions: Rhus tox, Urtica urens
24. Sleep problems: Chamomilla, Valeriana, Hypericum
25. Splinters and thorns: Silicae.
26. Sprains and strains: Arnica; Hypericum; Ledum; Rhus-t; Ruta.
27. Teething: Calc carb, Chamomilla
28. Toothache: Arnica, Belladonna, Hypericum
29. Travel sickness: Cocculus, Tabacum
30. Wounds: Staphysagria
30 Common First Aid Remedies:
The following remedies are some of the most commonly used homoeopathic remedies to treat people in first aid situations. Study them and choose only ten for a start. Keep in pillule form for stability as you are not using them all the time.
1. Aconite: is a good remedy when chills, fevers, coughs, croup etc. come with a rapid onset. Also a great remedy for mental/emotional fright or shock after bad news, or an accident.
2. Antimonium Crudum: Works very good for sunstrokes – heat strokes. A very good summer remedy.
3. Apis Mellifica: Can be used for various types of swelling and inflammation caused by animal or insect bites and stings.
4. Argentum nitricum: Stomach upsets. The rushed and hurried diarrhoea, sickness, bloating, flatulence and headache you might get from nervous anticipation. It’s wonderful for pre-driving test, or pre-flight nerves.
5. Arnica: It is basically for any physical shock or trauma. Give first in any accident or injury, for bruises, bumps and bangs. Use in ointment where the skin is unbroken, if broken use Calendula.
6. Arsenicum album: One of the leading remedies for diarrhea, especially from food poisoning and flu. It is a perfect remedy to relieve “upset tummy” from unfamiliar foods.
7. Belladonna: Illnesses that come on suddenly and violently, resulting in throbbing pain, redness and swelling. Belladonna. Ear problems are especially prevalent; the sufferer will literally be driven mad with pain. It is particularly useful in measles and almost specific for scarlet fever, though these illnesses are no longer common. Most sunstroke responds well to Belladonna.
8. Calcarea Carb: for slow difficult teething in children.
9. Calendula: It is nature’s own natural antibiotic and also stops bleeding very well. Use in an ointment form for open wounds, cuts, sores, burns, and similar injuries. Helps relieve infection.
10. Cantharis: For burns, particularly ones that blister.
11. Carbo Veg: is a number one remedy for resuscitation. It is also called the "Homoeopathic corpse reviver". This remedy has saved many lives. Symptoms at their most extreme are complete state of collapse due to oxygen starvation. Body is cold, pale or blue.
12. Chamomila: A favorite child’s remedy particularly for ear ache and teething.
13. China: for dehydration. Complaints often arise after loss of fluids / severe dehydration (e.g. after fever or diarrhea).
14. Cocculus: For sea sickness and travel sickness.
15. Colocynth: For colic, tummy aches, diarrhea.
16. Euphrasia officinalis: Comes from the herb, eyebright, and relieves persistent pain following the removal of a foreign object, or irritated, streaming eyes and nose.
17. Glonoinum: Suits heat stroke in which there is a congestive headache, surging of blood to head and heart, and pulsating pains.
18. Hepar Sulphuricum: For sore throats, or loss of voice.
19. Hypericum: Never to be used on open wounds. Also works well for nosebleed. It can be taken before and after dental extractions and any other surgery. Have great anti-tetanus properties. For injuries to parts with high nerve fibres such as the mouth, tongue, fingers, etc. Great for the "caught the finger in the car door" or any other "crush" injuries. For paper cuts, it closes them up immediately.
20. Ledum: Puncture wounds and blunt trauma to the eyes. Insect bites and stings.
21. Nux vomica: Stomach upsets, headaches and hangovers caused by over-indulgence.
22. Phosphorus: Bleeding wounds/nose bleeds. Phosphorus stops bleeding virtually instantaneously.
23. Rhus tox: Bruised, sore muscles and joints. This patient has stiff, sore joints and muscles but is better for movement. Rhus tox can be used for skin conditions that present like “poison ivy” rashes, for example chicken pox and shingles.
24. Ruta grav: Strained joints and ligaments. Ruta helps with ligaments and tendon injuries, where Rhus tox is more muscular.
25. Silicea terra: The ‘homeopathic scalpel’. When used for embedded foreign substances it helps the body expel them.
26. Staphysagria: Lacerated wounds. It can be used prophylactically for open surgery. Keyhole surgery would be better with Ledum.
27. Symphytum officinale: The main remedy for fractures once the bone has been set. – don’t use before, use Arnica instead. Also useful for punctured or ruptured eyeballs.
28. Tabacum: A good motion sickness remedy when there is nausea, dizziness, chills, and sweating. Symptoms are worsened by tobacco smoke.
29. Urtica urens: Skin conditions. As the name suggests this is useful for urticaria, but only the sort that produces little vesicles and/or raised lumps like nettle rash. It’s great for “prickly heat”. Urtica can be used for minor burns and scalds as well.
30. Valeriana officinalis: Most commonly known for it sedative properties, Valeriana officinalis may be prescribed for nervousness, stress, anxiety, hysteria and insomnia. It may also help with muscle cramps and reducing blood pressure.
Dosage and directions:
1. Potency: If you are just starting out with homoeopathy it is recommended that you stock your kit in the 12th potency. If you are more experienced you may choose to stock some remedies in the 30th potency.
2. Frequency: It depends on the intensity of the complaint – the more intense the symptoms, the more frequent the dose.
3. Golden rule of homeopathy: is that once symptoms start to improve, stop taking the remedy. Only re-dose if improvement slows or symptoms start to return. This approach avoids too-frequent doses of the remedy that may cause an aggravation – a temporary intensification of symptoms. While aggravations are usually mild and not harmful, they are also unnecessary and show that too much of the remedy has been taken.
http://homeopathyplus.com.au/Fran Sheffield, homeopathic Consultant and Educator
http://www.britishhomeopathic.org/Carol Jackson MRPharmS DFHom (Pharm)
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Homeopathic First Aid Kit - 10 essential remedies. BY Dr Carrie Demers.
THE SHIP® FOUNDATION was established as a training school for Clinical, Counselling and Educational Psychologists registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) in September 2001. The HPCSA accredited THE SHIP® FOUNDATION with CPD status in 2002.
Human beings have been endowed with spontaneous healing processes in the bodily system, but have been mistakenly taught to deny the spontaneous rebalancing mechanism. In the same way as sutures keep the lips of a wound together, the SHIP® facilitator creates an environment within which the internal spontaneous healing process of the client may follow its natural self-normalizing sequence and in this manner allow the emotional wound to heal itself. SHIP® focuses on the activation of, and spontaneous release of the repressed information.
Ultimately it is the connection of the client with his or her repressed material (the two sides of the wound) that brings about healing. The facilitator continually guides (facilitates) the client to remain in this healing space of self-normalising activity of the system and to reclaim these past filed trauma experiences. The spontaneous healing process within the client is therefore allowed the opportunity to express (release) repressed information, to release trauma experiences and to move towards rebalance.
The practical benefits of SHIP® as psychotherapy model in everyday practice are the following:
SHIP® is applicable to the treatment of a variety of psychological symptoms, problems and DSM-5 disorders. It is a practical form of psychotherapy that does not focus on pathology but on healing and growth.
SHIP® provides structure for the psychologist and client. It creates feelings of security with clients. SHIP® creates a space for individual differences and the client’s own pace. It is non-judgemental and follows the client’s own rhythm and tempo and respects the client’s feelings throughout.
It provides a focus on cognitive, behavioural, emotional and bodily experiences and is therefore an integrated and holistic approach It activates a spontaneous healing process in each individual and does not only offer temporary solutions in the form of short lived coping techniques and dissociation. It focuses on psychological integration and freedom from painful and hurtful experiences.
SHIP® unlocks and provides access to the power of the unconscious (disconnected) functioning of clients. This contributes to permanent healing. This is one of a few psychotherapy perspectives that can claim this.
It is culture free and therefore appropriate for use across all culture groups in South Africa and respects the client’s own frame of reference. SHIP® can be used with all age groups and has different categories that specialise in age appropriate psychotherapy.
It helps to heal the past that contaminated and dictated a person’s life. It helps a client not to be a victim and slave of his circumstances and provides him with control over his life. SHIP® releases a great deal of positive energy within the self. It unlocks wisdom and the client experiences freedom that will allow him to accept the self and others. SHIP® improves self-validation and the client’s emotions are less fluctuating.
Freedom from chronic physical and psychological symptoms takes place as well as freedom from projections. Chronic life crises disappear and creativity in personal lives and careers are unlocked.
It helps the client feel comfortable with the self and being more assertive to the degree that one no longer feels threatened by other people. The client becomes more spontaneous and the constant sense that something inside of him is holding him back all the time disappears.
SHIP® breaks the destructive and negative patterns and themes in a client’s psychological functioning and behaviour.
Applications of ship®
A huge asset of SHIP® is its broad spectrum of application possibilities. One of the big contributing factors is that symptoms are not only regarded as pathology but signs of healing, integration and spontaneous healing reactions. SHIP® does not claim to be everything to everyone but it has proven over many thousands of psychotherapy sessions to be helpful in the following application scenarios, problems and symptoms that clients present with and seek help for.
1. Irritable bowel syndrome
2. Headaches: Migraines (vascular); Tension (muscle contraction)
3. Self image and assertiveness
4. DSM-5 Disorders, e.g.
1. Post traumatic stress disorders
2. Anxiety disorders and problems
3. Mood disorders
4. Somatoform disorders
5. Sexual dysfunctions and problems
6. Sleeping problems and disorder
7. Personality problems and disorders
8. Panic disorders and panic attacks
9. Eating disorders
11. Impulse control problems
12. Identity problems and disorders
5. Impacts positively on intimate and marriage relationships
6. Psychological burnout
7. Rehabilitation and adjustment e.g. the consequences of accidents, operations, injuries, etc.
8. Life crises and adjustment e.g. divorce, death of loved one, family murder, terminal illness, loss of job, financial crisis, etc.
9. Aggression problems
10. Destructive behavioural patterns and habits
11. Stress problems
12. Bronchial asthma
13. Peptic ulcers
14. Irritable bowel syndrome
15. Headaches: Migraines (vascular); Tension (muscle contraction)
16. Self image and assertiveness
17. Psychological burnout
18. Rehabilitation and adjustment e.g. the consequences of accidents, operations, injuries, etc.
19. Life crises and adjustment e.g. divorce, death of loved one, family murder, terminal illness, loss of job, financial crisis, etc.
20. Aggression problems
21. Destructive behavioural patterns and habits
22. Stress problems
23. Bronchial asthma
24. Peptic ulcers
25. Eating problems / weight problems / obesity
26. Acute trauma
27. Chronic pain e.g. low back pain
28. Low energy levels
30. Personal growth
31. Healing of painful and hurtful experiences that happened in the past
32. Interpersonal problems.
It is important to understand the limitations and consequent contra indicators for SHIP®. Screening and assessing of clients is just as an important factor of effective treatment as the psychotherapy itself. The following are contra indicators:
- Organic mental problems and disorders
- Lack of motivation and focus on psychotherapy
- No need for long term psychotherapy
1. Dr. JOS. (2002). SHIP® : The age-old art of facilitating healing. Pretoria: JOS Publications.
2. JOS (2004). Workshop 1: SHIP® Back to basics; Introductory Lectures – Continued.
3. SHIP® website: www.ship.org.za
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