Issue 141

The Newest Laser, Pearl, Reverse Aging Skin: With Clinic Aesthetic!

Beauty is not just in the eye of the beholder. These days, beauty may increasingly be in the hands of your doctor.

Since 1997, there has been a 446 percent increase in the number of cosmetic procedures performed. Non-surgical treatments, which account for 83 percent of all procedures, are popular because they can be performed in an office setting with minimal recovery time.

One of the major reasons behind the huge demand for such procedures is sun exposure, which is the primary cause of skin ageing.

The invasive resurfacing lasers were introduced about 12 years ago. Although they achieved dramatic cosmetic results, they also had undesirable side effects and lengthy recovery periods.

A few years later, non-invasive laser treatments became available. These lasers required no down time but needed several treatments, and the results were not as dramatic as with invasive lasers.

The best of both worlds may be found in a new laser, Pearl. Clinic Aesthetic is currently the only clinic in Queensland with a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon and Registered Nurses fully trained in the Pearl procedure.

This new laser treats a variety of skin conditions including fine lines, wrinkles, brown spots and sun damage, as well as improves the overall skin texture in only one or two treatments. Patients report noticeable results in less than one week.

After the treatment, patients report that their skin looks brighter and fresher and feels much softer. Many patients also report they are receiving unsolicited, favorable comments about their skin. People who didn't know they had a laser procedure are saying, "Your skin looks really good. What have you done?"

For more information, Visit Clinic Aesthetic 550 Stanley St South Brisbane P:07 30103388 or E:




Natural Therapies for Osteoarthritis: By Nirala Jacobi ND ( USA)

Are there any natural treatments for the aches and pains that come with old age?

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a degeneration of the joint itself and is characterized by loss of cartilage and alterations of the bone below. Any joint can be affected but weight bearing joints (knees, hip, spine) are most commonly involved. The hands are also often affected and can develop the classic nodules of the disease.

OA differs from rheumatoid arthritis in that it is mostly a disease of "wear and tear" vs. the aggressive autoimmune nature of the more inflammatory rheumatoid arthritis.

Having an insidious onset, OA affected joints will usually start making themselves known by being quite stiff in the morning which is relieved by motion. As OA progresses and more cartilage is destroyed, pain and swelling will often set in. OA of the neck and back (spinal OA) can be particularly painful as nerves and vascular structures can be compressed which can lead to referred pain in the shoulders and arms.

The disease process can often be arrested or significantly slowed by focusing on regenerating the collagen matrix which is composed, in part, of substances called "glycosaminoglycans" and "proteoglycans". The suggestions below will primarily focus on enhancing these collagen structures.

DIET: achieving optimal body weight is obviously a treatment goal as excess weight exerts added pressure on weight bearing joints. A general whole foods diet rich in fiber and complex carbohydrates is recommended. Eliminating foods from the Solanaceae (night shade) family can also bring significant relief in susceptible individuals. It is believed the alkaloid solanine contained in tomatoes, potatoes, eggplants, bell peppers, and tobacco can cause joint irritation by inhibition of normal collagen repair. It will not work for everyone but eliminating these foods for a period of 3 weeks may be effective for some.

Although not scientifically validated, sugar can be a huge culprit in joint pain (often perceived as osteoarthritis) Clinically I can tell many anecdotes of cured joint pain cases by the simple avoidance of all sugar.

Dark red or blue berries contain anthocyanodins and proanthocyanodins, compounds that give them their deep red-blue color. These are remarkable in their ability to strengthen the collagen matrix and inhibit inflammation.

WATER: The cushioning synovial fluid within the joint capsule needs to maintain proper hydration.


Glucosamine sulfate, chondroitin, SAMe (s-adenosyl methionine) and MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) are sulfur containing compounds that support glycosaminoglycans and proteoglycans and therefore help repair the collagen matrix. MSM seems to also have an anti-inflammatory effect not unlike aspirin on the joint. It is important to note that glucosamine sulfate is not cheap to manufacture. If you have tried it without effect it may be due to a poor quality supplement. 1500 mg per day of a good quality glucosamine sulfate can often bring significant relief in as little as 1-2 weeks.

Vitamin E has also shown beneficial in joint pain. Studies have shown that 600 IU of vitamin E has the ability to inhibit lysosomal enzymes (cause breakdown of collagen matrix) and stimulate the deposition of proteoglycan.

Vitamin C: deficient intake of this vitamin is common in the elderly and can result in altered collagen synthesis and compromised connective tissue repair.

Vitamins A, B6, Zinc, and copper are nutrients required for collagen repair and maintenance of normal collagen structures and are therefore necessary.

EXERCISE: Walking (in good, supportive shoes) and swimming are 2 great non-impact sports that can maintain flexibility and circulation.

: Prolo therapy is an injection of dextrose and procaine into the joint to strengthen intra-capsular ligaments and inhibit inflammation. Often one injection can bring pain relief of several weeks to months.

In Germany it is often accompanied by homeopathic preparations, which further potentate its therapeutic action. An example of a conventional injectable agent is Synvisc, is a gel-like substance that provides a cushion between the two articulating bone surfaces.

In conclusion, osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that often shows up later in life as a result of wear and tear on the joint. Natural therapies can often help reverse and stabilize the affected joint by providing necessary nutrients.

(c) 2008 Nirala Jacobi

(07) 3368 1740 Address: 113 Enoggera Terrace Paddington Queensland

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You're Not Going Crazy - your Hormones are!: check out Mass Attack!

PMS is something that many women have 'learnt to live with' - accepting monthly changes to their mood, appetite, energy and sleep patterns as an annoying but inescapable part of life. In Australia, it is estimated that up to 75% of women experience PMS at some time. The good news is PMS can be easily and effectively treated with diet, exercise and Natural Medicines.

What causes Premenstrual Syndrome?

The psychological symptoms Studies show that women with PMS have lower levels of progesterone and allopregnanolone. Lower levels of allopregnanolone, therefore, may contribute to the mood disorders many women experience in the premenstrual phase. Mood symptoms are further exacerbated by the elevated levels of oestrogen as oestrogen stimulates the Central Nervous System, making you ONE FIESTY WOMAN!

The physical symptoms

Although the physical symptoms of PMS are well recognised, the combinations of neurological and endocrine factors that cause these symptoms are not necessarily well understood. For example, elevated prolactin is associated with breast tenderness, fluid retention and irritability. Prolactin naturally elevates during the luteal phase and may be further increased by oestrogen, stress and hypoglycaemia (blood sugar imbalances).

Aldosterone also contributes to symptoms of fluid retention, contributing to weight gain and bloating. Neurological factors, including altered endorphin activity, combined with subclinical hypoglycaemia are thought to trigger food cravings, binge eating and fatigue.

Natural Medicine to the rescue…

Along with dietary changes, Mother Nature has provided a solution. Herbs such as, Bupleurum, Angelica & Vitex are effective treatments for PMS.

So if you are finding that each month PMS rules your life & if your weight is out of control, perhaps it's time you turned to 'Mother Nature' for a helping hand.

Narelle Stegehuis, CEO of MassAttack, is a practising naturopath specialising in the research and development of natural treatment programs for women with hormonal imbalances, which have contributed to such symptoms as weight gain, cravings, anxiety & mood swings. Reviewed by the Australian College of Natural Medicine, Narelle was the recent recipient of the Australian Naturopathic Excellence Award 2006.

With the help of Massattack, Mandy lost 20kilos in 22weeks and now looks and feels great.

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Short and Sweet:Cheesy Mediterranean Meatballs!

Serves 4 - 6


1 carrot, peeled and roughly chopped 1/2 zucchini, roughly chopped 1/2 onion, roughly chopped 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil 1 x 700ml bottle tomato passata* or crushed tomatoes 1/2 cup beef or chicken stock 500g minced beef 1 cup fresh breadcrumbs 1/4 cup flat leaf parsley, chopped 1 egg, lightly beaten salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste 200g Australian mozzarella cheese, cut into 2cm cubes 100g Australian feta cheese, crumbled 100g kalamata olives, pitted and halved 2 tablespoons extra chopped parsley for serving


1. Blend vegetables and garlic in a food processor. Heat oil in a heavy based casserole dish and add three quarters of the chopped vegetables. Cook over low heat for 2 minutes until softened. Stir in passata and stock, simmer for 10 minutes. 2. Combine remaining vegetable mixture with mince, breadcrumbs, parsley, egg and seasonings. Knead thoroughly with your hands for 2-3 minutes or until the mixture is very sticky. Shape the mixture into golf ball sized balls and stuff each with one cube of mozzarella ensuring that the cheese is fully enclosed. 3. Place the meatballs into the simmering sauce, cover and bake at 180°C for 20 minutes. Turn the meatballs and return to the oven uncovered for a further 15 minutes. 4. To serve, sprinkle meatballs with combined feta, olives and parsley. Accompany with creamy polenta, rice or pasta. Notes * Tomato passata is also known as “Sugo” or “Italian style cooking sauce”.

Laughter is the best medicine!

There was once a young man who, in his youth, professed his desire to become a great writer. When asked to define "great" he said, "I want to write stuff that the whole world will read, stuff that people will react to on a truly emotional level, stuff that will make them scream, cry, howl in pain and anger!" He now writes error messages for Microsoft Corporation.


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Necessity is the mother of taking chances. " -- Mark Twain, author

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Hannah’s Chance Foundation aims to raise valuable funds for medical research into rare types of cancer, called sarcomas. There are various types of sarcomas, all of which are very aggressive and almost 50 per cent of sufferers do not survive. The establishment of Hannah’s Chance Foundation was the dream of Hannah Ciobo, daughter of Australian swimming great Tracey Wickham and Robert Ciobo, and Hannah’s husband Tom O’Driscoll. Hannah fought very bravely against the rare synovial sarcoma for three years until she lost her battle on 2 October 2007, aged 19. Tom suffered from Ewings sarcoma, but fortunately is now in remission.



In the next issue of "Naturally Happy"

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  • Introductory Offers!
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