Health Articles — Autoimmune

IBS - Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Posted by Melissa Callaghan on

  ____________________________________________________________________________ IBS - Irritable Bowel Syndrome It is known as a "functional disorder" as there are no visible signs of any disease when the bowel is examined but it doesn't work properly. There are definite signs and symptoms that a person experiences indicating that there is a change in functional quality but no visible evidence. A colonoscopy is usually conducted to rule out other diseases such as autoimmune conditions Ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. . The most important thing to know is...... . YOU DO NOT HAVE TO LIVE WITH IT I have helped sooooo many patients who thought...

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Infertility - finding the cause is the first step

Posted by Melissa Callaghan on

  ____________________________________________________________________________   The environment needs to be just right for the egg to be fertilised otherwise it becomes extremely difficult and stressful which makes it harder to conceive. This is where a Naturopath comes in. Some reasons for infertility in women include Genetic mutation - Stress - Anxiety - Depression - Absence of menstruation - coeliac disease - poorly controlled diabetes - some autoimmune diseases - tobacco use - alcohol use - PCOS - Endometriosis - oestrogen dominance - low progesterone - fibroids - A lot of the problems mentioned above are a consequence of a genetic mutation. Finding...

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Subclinical Hypothyroidism - Blood test results are good but symptoms are still there!!!

Posted by Melissa Callaghan on

  ________________________________________________________________ Subclinical Hypothyroidism As a Naturopath I feel that it a very important for everyone to have an understanding of what all of the thyroid hormones are doing not just TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone). Further testing may be required to gain an understanding of this, if these tests haven't already been done in the past.  Often is the case that testing has been done for thyroid and you have been told everything is normal, this usually means that what has been tested is within the "reference range".  There is a big difference between reference range and optimal range.  Quite...

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Heavy periods connected to underactive thyroid

Posted by Melissa Callaghan on

  Heavy periods connected to under active thyroid Your period tells me a lot about your health - especially your thyroid.   Thyroid hormones affect every cell in you body   The reason you may feel not quite right when you thyroid is dysregulated is because every cell in your body is also feeling dysregulated.  It is also the reason why thyroid issues have so many signs and symptoms, because they impact so many different areas of the body. Thyroid hormones play a large role in menstruation and one of the major signs is whether your period is heavy or...

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PCOS and Thyroid

Posted by Melissa Callaghan on

   PCOS and Thyroid In my clinical practice the two main areas I see that affect women are both hormone related and include the thyroid gland and the reproductive system. What is interesting is that these two areas are actually connected and your body needs to be treated as a whole not just in one specific area, eg oral contraceptive pill or thyroxine. It is not often that I see a case of PCOS without also seeing hypothyroidism signs (usually undiagnosed) in the same person.  What is interesting is that both of these conditions are in very different areas of...

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