I have written in the past on the risks associated with some forms of sunscreen, and the toxic products that they can contain.  Well this short article discusses some of the more common nasty things you’ll find in many beauty products.  Disturbingly many of them are linked to cancer, skin irritations and infertility.  Click here to read more (external link).

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This is a presentation that Dr Holmes gave to Preston Garden Club in 2012 about the spine and how to keep your spine healthy.  He begins with reviewing the spinal structures.  He then talks about how to protect your back, including providing actual exercises and back care tips.  The talk focuses on back care in the garden but the principles can easily be applied to other areas of life as well.

Listen on the website or download to your computer.  Alternatively subscribe via iTunes by clicking the iTunes logo at the top of the sidebar.

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Hi, Dr Matthew Holmes here from the Diamond Valley Brain Centre.

New research out suggests that chronic childhood stomach aches are linked to anxiety and depression.

15 to 20 percent of people experience chronic pain in the upper abdomen, and are more likely to suffer from anxiety or depression than their peers.

There is a direct connection between the gut and the brain via the vagus nerve. Gut disturbance can affect brain function and vice versa.

Research show that chronic inflammation rewires the brain to become more sensitive to stress. Food intolerances can lead to chronic gut inflammation. These need to be investigated and dealt with.

We’ll link to a good article on diet in the show notes. However if your child is suffering chronic stomach aches, have the problem addressed so they don’t suffer problems later in life.

This has been another health bite from the Diamond Valley Brain Centre.

Anti-inflammatory Diet

 

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This is a presentation that Dr Holmes gave to Preston Garden Club in 2012 about the brain and how to keep your brain healthy. He starts by discussing the various regions of the brain and gives an overview of their functions.

He then continues, discussing what your brain needs to be healthy including:

  • Stimulation
  • Healthy foods
  • Oxygen
  • Exercise

He reviews how to achieve each of these. Some of the advice relates specifically to gardening but is easily applicable to almost anyone. He also discusses stress and why it is so damaging to the brain.  Listen on the website or download to your computer.  Alternatively subscribe via iTunes by clicking the iTunes logo at the top of the sidebar.

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Hi, Dr Matthew Holmes here from the Diamond Valley Brain Centre.

Cardio exercise could reduce your cancer risk.

Apart from improving your heart and brain function, cardio or aerobic exercise could reduce you chances of getting liver cancer.

This pairs up with other research suggesting that having metabolic syndrome increases your chances of getting liver cancer.

Metabolic syndrome is a condition where you have cholesterol problems, issues controlling your blood sugars, high blood pressure and obesity.

The great news is that exercise helps reduce your chances of metabolic syndrome as well.

So be sure to get 20 minutes of aerobic exercise a day.

This has been another health bite from the Diamond Valley Brain Centre.

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Hi, Dr Matthew Holmes here from the Diamond Valley Brain Centre.

Today we are doing a bit of a special on sugar.

Our awareness of the effects of sugar have increased over the last few years, and evidence suggests that sugar is more damaging than fat. It’s easy to think you don’t eat a lot of sugar however most processed foods contained some added sugar that may be hiding under such terms as:

  • corn syrup,
  • dextrose,
  • corn sweetener,
  • maltose,
  • malt syrup,
  • glucose,
  • molasses,
  • sucrose,
  • syrup,
  • and high fructose corn syrup

Many of these are the fructose form of sugar which appears to have greater negative effects.

Fructose is complete metabolised by the liver and turned into fat. This is the true cause of many people’s weight issues.

Fructose is also raises uric acid which is linked to high blood pressure, raised cholesterol and chronic low grade inflammation. And chronic low grade inflammation is linked to stroke, dementia and other degenerative conditions.

So what can you do?

Reduce your sugar intake – particularly fructose. In addition to the list of hidden sugars mentioned earlier, many fruits are high in fructose. Check out the link below giving a list of fructose levels in fruit.
Also avoid obvious causes such as soft drinks and other sweet foods.

This has been another health bite from the Diamond Valley Brain Centre.

Resources.

Amounts of fructose in fruit article.

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Vestibular neuritis is the third most common cause of vertigo. We often see it and its consequences in our vertigo and dizziness practice.  To raise awareness of this condition we have created this infographic. You are welcome to use this infographic on your site, provided you follow the directions below.

Vestibular Neuritis Infographic

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<img src="http://dvbc.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Vestibular-neuritis-infographic.png" width="1254" height="4321"> 
<p>Infographic about Vestibular Neuritis - by the team at 
<a href="http://dvbc.com.au/free-infographic-vestibular-neuritis"> 
Diamond Valley Brain Centre, focusing on treatment of vertigo, click here to view the original.
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Meniere's Disease Infographic

Meniere’s Disease is a common cause of vertigo and dizziness.  We often see this condition in our practice and research suggests that it can often be helped with the vestibular rehabilitation therapies.  You are welcome to use this infographic on your site, provided you follow the directions below.

Meniere's Disease Infographic

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BPPV is a common cause of vertigo and is one of the main types of vertigo we see in our clinic. We created this infographic to shed light on this debilitating condition.  You can use this infographic on your site if you follow the instructions below.

Infographic about BPPV - benign paroxysmal positional vertigo

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Transcript

Hi, Dr Matthew Holmes here from the Diamond Valley Brain Centre.  Today we have a bit more of a news format for you. We discuss some new research around chronic fatigue syndrome, the effect of bad air on the brain, and look at a job not to take if you have a balance problem. Let’s get to it!

Interestingly new research is suggesting that chronic fatigue syndrome may not be linked to a viral infection as once thought, but may actually be due to nervous system dysfunction. An Australian study published in the PLOS ONE journal found dysfunction in the autonomic nervous system in chronic fatigue syndrome sufferers. Specifically the fight or flight sympathetic nervous system was over active. This suggests that CFS sufferers may benefit from biofeedback therapies to retrain the autonomic nervous system.

Bad air has been shown to have negative effects on brain function and health. This makes sense given what we discussed last time about good oxygen levels being important for avoiding dementia. So be sure to steer clear of polluted environments for long periods of time.

Lastly, for our patients who suffer from balance disorders, this is one job that isn’t for you. The German company Siemens is installing some wind generators that are almost 200 metres tall. If you find pictures looking down from heights off putting, look away now. Imagine that view from your workplace. I’m sticking right here I think.

Thanks again for watching and this has been another Health News Update from the Diamond Valley Brain Centre.

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