Issue 179

How to Fight Off Cold & Flu: by Oxford Naturopathics!

What to do for colds and flu!

Need some help battling the winter bugs?

We all know the symptoms of the common cold: sneezing, sore throat, runny nose and fever. Although these symptoms are usually mild, colds and flu are the leading cause of doctor visits and missed days from school and work.

Dreading the winter months?

The common cold strikes many people every year, especially during these cold winter months. Many people often dread the winter months, not because of the cold, windy, wet weather, but because they suffer terribly with the symptoms of the flu or common cold. Keeping your immune system healthy by eating a well balanced diet and taking natural supplements can assist your body's natural immune function and get you through the winter months without suffering those terrible cold and flu symptoms.

Instigators of a weakened immune system

There are many factors that may contribute to the weakening of your immune system. In order to maintain a healthy immune system you should try to minimise these factors:

o Physiological, psychological and emotional stress

o Lack of regular exercise

o Lack of sleep, rest and relaxation

o Poor diet

o Nutritional deficiencies

An apple a day keeps the doctor away!

There is a lot to be said about this old saying. Maintaining optimal nutrition is extremely important in maintaining health, wellbeing and a balanced immune system. In order to give your body a fighting chance against the common cold, we suggest you follow these tips for a healthy immune system

o Eat a balanced diet high in fibre and complex carbohydrates, low in fat, with moderate amounts of protein. Eat fresh, wholesome, unprocessed foods.

o De-stress! Enjoy plenty of rest and relaxation.

o Exercise regularly.

o Increase water intake to six to eight glasses per day. o Supplement your diet with recommended nutrients and herbs.

How can we help?

When colds or flu strike, we recommend using natural supplements to help support and boost your body's natural immune function. Both the common cold and flu are caused by viruses and what many people may not realise is that antibiotics are not able to kill viruses; they are only able to help with bacterial infections. Fortunately there are herbs and nutrients that can help manage these viral infections.

o Herbal immune booster: The following herbs have been shown to kill the viruses which cause the common cold and flu and are now available from us in one convenient tablet.

o Andrographis paniculata is an Ayurvedic herb which has a long history of use for bacterial and viral infections. Clinical studies have shown it can reduce the severity and duration of the symptoms of colds and flu. Its anti- inflammatory properties contribute to its symptom- relieving properties.

o Picrorrhiza kurroa has been used traditionally in Indian and Chinese Medicine to help maintain a normal healthy immune system. It has been shown to exert anti-inflammatory and immune-stimulating actions.

o Sambucus nigra (Elderberry) has traditionally been used for its anti-catarrhal and fever-reducing actions to help relieve the symptoms of colds. It is indicated in catarrhal inflammation of the upper respiratory tract, such as the common cold/flu, sinusitis and recurrent or acute coughs.

o Nutrients for immune support: Zinc may be the most important mineral for your immune system. Zinc deficiency may cause a weaker immune response, predisposing you to a more lengthy or severe cold. In fact, optimal zinc levels have been found to inhibit the common cold virus. Vitamin C is also important as it increases the activity of infection fighting white blood cells. Vitamin C may prevent the common cold as well as shorten the duration of the symptoms. These two important nutrients for the immune system are available from us in a pleasant tasting powdered supplement.

So even if it is cold and flu season again, doesn't mean that you need to walk around with a throat that is on fire, a seriously stuffy head and a temperature that is through the roof. There are many natural supplements available to help boost your immune system, and prevention is much better than cure. Come and talk to us today about how you can get through the winter months fit and healthy.

Oxford Naturopathics & Wellness Centre

Suite 8 204 Oxford STREET

07 3899 9155



What Dogs Teach Us About Life!

"People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life -- like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?"

The Six-year-old continued, "Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long."

* Live simply.

* Love generously.

* Care deeply.

* Speak kindly.

* Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:

* When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.

* Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.

* Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy.

* Take naps.

* Stretch before rising.

* Run, romp, and play daily.

* Thrive on attention and let people touch you.

* Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

* On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.

* On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.

* When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.

* Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.

* Be loyal.

* Never pretend to be something you're not.

* If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.

* When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.


Am I Eligible for Allied Health Help Through My Doctor? by Victoria Gill from The Green Apple Wellness Centre!

Allied Health providers are professionals who help doctors provide the care needed for patients with chronic conditions through Medicare funded programs eg Enhanced Primary Care plans.

The doctor decides who is eligible for the plan based on knowledge of the patient's history of having a chronic condition for more than 6 months. This could be Type 2 Diabetes, osteoporosis, COPD, heart conditions, depression, forms of arthritis, asthma etc.

An example of an effective use of the Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) plan is the doctor's referral to the Exercise Physiologist for three sessions and to the Dietitian for two sessions. This enables the patient to self-manage their condition much better, by starting an appropriate exercise regime and a suitable diet, both tailored to their specific needs.

At the Green Apple Wellness Centre at Bald Hills in Brisbane, Allied Health providers i.e. Exercise Physiologists, Dietitian and Physiotherapist have been integrated successfully with natural therapies, Acupuncture and Remedial Massage, and with Fitness Practices.

Victoria Gill, who has owned and managed the Green Apple for more than 30 years has a passion for preventative health. Coming from a family of doctors from both grandparents, father, brothers, uncles and cousins, Victoria prefers to focus on the other side of the medical fence by providing physical activity and dietary opportunities for people who want to improve their health, often on referral from their doctor.

Victoria says, "The changes we see in people here, daily, just makes us want to keep expanding this sort of work. It is so rewarding!"

For more information about EPC plans and how easy it is to enroll in a sustainable exercise program, in a friendly, non-threatening environment with caring, professional people, phone 07 32611249 and ask to speak to Victoria.

21 Bald Hills Rd Bald Hills QLD 4036 (07) 3261 1249



Are your Tampons and Sanitary Napkins Harming You?: by the Aspley Wellness Centre!

Ladies, be aware of this. I received this interesting analysis of what makes a sanitary napkin and tampon, and I get the shivers thinking how women are regularly exposed to hazardous elements month after month for so many years! I will share with you the content of the email as I have received and let you decide whether or not there is any truth to what is said.

No wonder so many women in the world suffer from cervical cancer and womb tumors.

A woman getting her Ph.D. at University of Colorado at Boulder sent the following: 'I am writing this because women are not being informed about the dangers of something most of us use: tampons. I am taking a class this month and I have been learning a lot about biology and women, including much about feminine hygiene. Recently we have learned that tampons are actually dangerous. I'll tell you this - after learning about this in our class, most of the females wound up feeling angry and upset with the tampon industry, and I for one, am going to do something about it To start, I want to inform everyone I can, and email is the fastest way that I know how.

HERE IS THE SCOOP: Tampons contain two things that are potentially harmful: Rayon (for absorbency), and dioxin (a chemical used in bleaching the products). The tampon industry is convinced that we, as women, need bleached white products in order to view the product as pure and clean. The problem here is that the dioxin, which is produced in this bleaching process, could lead to very harmful problems for a woman. Dioxin is potentially carcinogenic cancer-associated and is toxic to the immune and reproductive systems. It has also been linked to endometriosis and lower sperm counts for men. For both sexes, it breaks down the immune system.

83% of adult females have infected reproductive organs and 62% of them are caused by the use of unqualified sanitary napkins.

In September 2008 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reported that there really is no set 'acceptable' level of exposure to dioxin given that it is cumulative and slow to disintegrate. The real danger comes from repeated contact.

Karen Couppert …'Pulling the Plug on the Tampon Industry'. (Google this and read for yourself)

"I'd say using about 4-5 tampons a day, five days a month, for 38 menstruating years is 'repeated contact', wouldn't you?"

Rayon contributes to the danger of tampons and dioxin because it is a highly absorbent substance. Therefore, when fibers from the tampons are left behind in the vagina (as usually occurs), it creates a breeding ground for the dioxin. It also stays in a lot longer than it would with just cotton tampons. This is also the reason why TSS (toxic shock syndrome) occurs.


If you ever wondered what were the ingredients that made popular brands so 'free and light and carefree', well here's the bit: The material that makes the pad so paper THIN, is cellulose gel. Yeap, it's not even cotton!

DO NOT wear the same pad for more than 3 hours of a maximum. After this duration, the genital area is prone to bacterial action and may result in cervical cancer or other complications!


Using feminine hygiene products that aren't bleached and that are all cotton. Other feminine hygiene products (pads/napkins) contain dioxin as well, but they are not nearly as dangerous since they are not in direct contact with the vagina. The pads/napkins need to stop being bleached, but, obviously, tampons are the most dangerous.

So, what can you do if you can't give up using tampons? Use tampons that are made from 100% cotton, and that are UNBLEACHED. Unfortunately, there are very few companies that make these safe tampons. They are usually only found in health food stores.

Aspley Wellness Centre supplies sanitary napkins that have 0 harsh and toxic chemicals and are100% biodegradable.

There are many, many health benefits from using Winalite pads

.The Benefit Of Anion

Anion in air is like vitamin in food, greatly benefits people's health and everyday routine, therefore, it is also being referred to as vitamin in air, which can facilitate body growth and disease prevention, the benefits are different to different organs:

To respiratory system: improves lung function. 30 minutes after anion intake, the lung is able to inhale 20% more oxygen and exhale 14.5% more carbon dioxide.
To cardiovascular system: significantly reduces blood pressure, improves cardiac muscle function and nutrition, facilitates the dilation of capillary vessel and the rise of skin temperature.
To nerve system: energizes whole body, improves sleep quality, eases pain and tension.
To metabolism: activates different enzymes in body, reduces blood sugar level, cholesterol, increases blood calcium, urine amount, increases the amount of nitrogen and creatinine in urine, accelerates bone growth, prevents scurvy, rachitis, vitamin insufficiency.
To blood: increases the number of white and red blood cell, haemoglobin, reticulocyte, blood platelet, globin, heightens PH reading, shortens blood forming time.
To immune system: improves reflex system and endothelial system, enhances body's anti-disease ability.


Compare to traditional chemical fibre surface or rough cotton surface, "love moon" sanitary napkin's surface is made from cotton that are softer, thinner and more comfortable.

Air-Permeability The base of "love moon" anion sanitary napkin is permeable to air but not to water, the hygienic level is greatly enhanced as a result, compare to the traditional air and water impermeable plastic base, "love moon" leaves no room for bacteria multiplication and gynaecological diseases.


The surface of "love moon" anion sanitary napkin can absorb twice as much as the amount of fluid traditional sanitary napkin can. Sufficient crystal-like particles could hold the penetrated water in, instead of let them side leak or back flow.

For information about safe Sanitary Napkins please don't hesitate to call me. (07) 3862 8818


Peter McDonald

Aspley Wellness Centre

shop C 589 Robinson Rd, cnr Mapellen St, entrance from Mapellen St.


Nourishing Your Relationship: by Clayfield Counselling!

Do you remember the magic of a new relationship, how the days seemed brighter just because you would see the other person when you finished work. Many have termed this time the "honeymoon period", a time when the needs of the other person are paramount to your own. But gradually along the way life has a habit of taking over, other priorities take its place work, children and unfortunately the relationship gets less and less attention. Till one day arguments start over the smallest of issue and people grow apart. Open communication:

The following scenario highlights the importance of communicating openly and honestly without the fear of upsetting the other person.

John and Mary have been dating for 12 months and are going to move in with one another. However when Mary sees some of John's furniture, she tells him that he cannot bring that "monstrosity" into the house. The item she is talking about a chest that John inherited from his grandfather and whilst it isn't beautiful it serves a function and means a great deal to him. But he compromises and gets rid of the chest, because he loves Mary and wants her to be happy. A relatively minor incident one might say, however a few years later John and Mary start fighting and John utters "you always make me get rid of the things in my life which are important to me, like the chest I inherited from my grandfather".

You see there were a number of mistakes made during this scenario: John never told Mary the history behind the chest and Mary failed to compromise on the issue. A touch of paint and some tender loving care and the chest could have worked in well with the other furniture. John and Mary made a mistake in not communicating with one another, had they been able to talk openly with one another a compromise that suited both of them could have been reached.

Other simple ways to improve and nourish your relationship are as follows,

Greeting one another at the door,

Saying good morning when we wake up and good night when we go to sleep,

Leaving notes for one another to find in the morning or after a long day at work,

Calling to say hello and especially if one of us will be late,

Not going to bed angry,

Hugs, kisses, and smiles throughout the day

These ideas sound simple enough, but most people make the mistake of over analysing the problem when it is often the simplest solution that works a treat.

If you and your partner are experiencing difficulties, relationship counselling is a simple alternative that can offer useful strategies to utilise in your relationship.

699-713 Sandgate Rd 07 3862 6622


Not Your Average Gym: By Livit Health Clubs!


Put simply by Livit's Club manager Turgut, "Healthy living and all its benefits comes from Balance, good food, active lifestyle and good times' Talking further with Turgut I was quite shocked to realize just how much false advertising and deception was really out there. So what then is good for you? What foods and at what times? what exercise is going to help me burn fat 24 hours a day by increasing my metabolism? why is it so hard to stay motivated coming to the gym?

There are just some of the questions Livit Health Cubs have answered and overcome for its members. Proving to the general public you don't have to on the TV to get outstanding results. Take Andrew Myers for example in just 4 months he has not just lost a whopping 17 kg but has lost 16 cm on his waist, 15 cm on his hips and lost 5% of his total body fat. So you would think Livit would have been satisifed. Well No! Recently Livit increased its classes and incorporated the latest in Class structures since Les Mills " Radical Fitness Classes'. No wonder livbit continues to bring great results to it members, doubling attendance records, with members losing well over 100 kg this year already.

Hot Tip

In addition to aerobic exercie you whould include some weight training which will help balance out your fitness routine and maxmise results.

Its not just for bodybuilders, weight training is essential for strengthening muscles and bones and will balance out your physique.

Call to organise 3 personal training sessions for just $29 each

Call 07 3855 9885

Level 1/471 South Pine Road Everton Park


Short and Sweet:Witlof with Garnished Eggs!


4 eggs 4 heads of witlof ¼ red pepper ¼ yellow pepper ¼ green pepper 8 olives 150 gram natural yoghurt 1 tsp mustard ½ tsp lemon juice Salt and white pepper 1 bunch parsley Hard boil the eggs for 10-12 minutes, plunge into cold water, shell and leave to cool. Wash and trim the witlof. Slice the witlof into quarters, drain well and arrange on four individual plates. Wash the peppers, remove the seeds and dice. Cut the olives in half. Beat the yoghurt with the mustard, lemon juice, salt and pepper, pour over the witlof and sprinkle with the diced red pepper. Cut the eggs in half lengthways and garnish with olives and sprigs of parsley


Laughter is the best medicine!

Painting the Church

There was a Scottish painter named Smokey Macgregor who was very interested in making a penny where he could, so he often thinned down his paint to make it go a wee bit further.

As it happened, he got away with this for some time, but eventually a Catholic Church decided to do a big restoration job on the outside of one of their biggest buildings.

Smokey put in a bid, and, because his price was so low, he got the job.

So he set about erecting the scaffolding and setting up the planks, and buying the paint and, yes, I am sorry to say, thinning it down with turpentine..

Well, Smokey was up on the scaffolding, painting away, the job nearly completed, when suddenly there was a horrendous clap of thunder, the sky opened, and the rain poured down washing the thinned paint from all over the church and knocking Smokey clear off the scaffold to land on the lawn among the gravestones, surrounded by telltale puddles of the thinned and useless paint.

Smokey was no fool. He knew this was a judgment from the Almighty, so he got down on his knees and cried:

"Oh, God, Oh God, forgive me; what should I do?"

And from the thunder, a mighty voice spoke..

"Repaint! Repaint!

And thin no more!"

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"Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th." - Julie Andrews, actress

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