All our practitioners  deal with a full range of issues arising in General Practice, though each has their areas of special interest & expertise. Please check out below a little information about our GP's along with Information with links that explain a little to do with their practices & Interests.

 

Dr Ron Bleier has extensive and ongoing specialist training, and years of experience, in the fields of Japanese Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. His main interest lies in providing care for the whole person.

Dr Louise Bleier has a diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and extra training in Paediatrics, Western Herbal Medicine, Counselling and Hypnosis. Dr Louise has a very special natural connection with children. She is also skilled in dealing with emotional (or mental) health issues, and assisting with breaking unwanted habits.

 

Dr Liz Stringer has special interests in allergy and nutritional medicine, especially how these relate to general health, mental health, behavioural issues and autism spectrum disorders. If you are willing to commit to caring for yourself through natural supplements and lifestyle changes, Dr Liz will do her best to steer you in the right direction.

Please go to our Practice Information tab for more information on BioBalance.

Interesting Links you may want to visit:

BioBalance - http://www.biobalance.org.au/ 

Gabby Harris is a midwife (registered nurse) and nurse practitioner, and working with the GP's, is able to conduct medical consults, prescribe medication and order pathology and imaging.  Gabby provides excellent care in many areas including antenatal checks, vaccination, wound care, ear care, and minor procedures. Gabby has a conscientious and caring approach, and is a favourite with many of our patients.

Information For Our Patients

How Getting Up Earlier Can Change Your Whole Life

 

If you had to guess, out of all the falsehoods and fibs and omissions in the history of the world…

What would you say is the greatest lie ever told?

Okay, okay, I’ll tell you.

For late risers, it’s a no-brainer. 

“I’ll get up early and do that.”

You see, those out there (especially right now, when New Year’s resolutions are at their peak performance levels) trying to cram more into their schedules — workout routines, meal prepping, new hobbies, longer sleep — usually try to add them to an imaginary morning schedule.

But if you struggle with getting up early, that can feel almost impossible.

So many factors contribute to difficulty peeling the covers off and getting up before you absolutely have to — sleep disorders, stress, sleep deficiency, depression, chronic pain, and good old force of habit. 

And there are tons of ways you can retrain your body to get up earlier (more on that in a later post.)

One of the best motivators is understanding exactly how getting up earlier can change your life for the better. 

Let’s explore some of those benefits now…

Your Work Life Improves

Studies have shown there’s a correlation between getting up early and success at your job. 

When you get up earlier, you have more time to become fully alert before you have to go to work, which means you don’t spend time at work adjusting to being awake. 

It’s different for everyone, but on average, sleep inertia (transitioning from sleeping to being completely awake) lasts between 2-4 hours. You want to allow time for melatonin in your body to dissipate. 

Your brain is at its lowest cognitive function during the sleep inertia period. If the first 2-4 hours of your work day are spent in this groggy state, it can be difficult to start being productive in the middle of the work day.

You Become Better at Setting and Keeping Long-Term Goals

A study done by a biologist at Harvard tested the proactivity of early risers.

What he found is they are more likely to set future goals for themselves, take personal ownership of those goals, have higher self-confidence, and feel more motivated to take on new tasks.

Not only that, but early risers are much better at seeing potential problems and mitigating them in advance. 

You Reduce Your Overall Stress Levels

Living by the circadian rhythm of your body and the Earth is good for you.

Lots of studies show that people who get up early actually change their sleep schedules, go to bed earlier, and enjoy deeper, more restful sleep.

And when you sleep better, your body replenishes what it needs and keeps the brain functioning at its strongest. In fact, good sleep is directly associated with a better memory, better critical thinking, and a more positive outlook.

And since you’re more likely to get a full 7-9 hours of sleep by going to sleep early and waking up early, you decrease your body’s production of cortisol, the stress hormone, which is produced in higher quantities when you’re sleep deprived. 

You Build Positive Habits

People who get up early tend to have healthier routines. 

Think about it like this: if you have two hours in the morning to shower, read, drink your coffee or tea or water, make a healthy breakfast, get your blood circulating, or whatever else you’d like to fit in… 

You probably will. If you only have 20 minutes to get to work after you wake up, you’ll mentally save those activities for when you’re off the clock again. 

When you’re tired and frustrated and want to rest your brain and body, it’s much easier to justify grabbing takeout, binging television, or hitting a happy hour.

You Experience Peace and Quiet

If you’re awake when everyone else is awake, it can be hard to find a moment to yourself.

Especially if you have a family.

The effect that silence has on the human brain is almost immeasurable. During several studies, scientists found that not only does a quiet atmosphere help with an internal sense of calm…

It also assists in the growth of new brain cells, builds the brain’s memory center, and aid in the process of weighing and evaluating information to make smarter decisions.

Spending quiet time with ourselves in the morning is critical to developing a self-actualized personality.

There are so many other benefits we could highlight to getting up earlier…

It even makes you prettier! (Better sleep leads to better skin.)

But ultimately, if it’s a personal goal for you, you’ll have to decide what motivates you the most.

And stay tuned for a post on how to retrain your body to rise with the sun...

ARTICLE TAKEN FROM "The Urban Monk" - Lucy Schlessinger

 

 

THE GUT MICROBIOME EXPLAINED

 

It was not long ago that talking about gut health and microbiome (bacteria and fungal organisms) was once considered to be "out there" and a bunch of "woo". These days even specialities such as paediatrics, psychiatry and neurology are noting the importance of these organisms in their field.

A healthy population of the right microbiome in the gut equates to a happy and healthy you. So how do you ensure you have good gut health and promote the right bacteria? If possible, we can give baby the right start in life – a vaginal delivery optimises pick up of the beneficial bacteria from mum and if this is not possible "seeding" the baby with swabs from mum has now become common practice. Breast feeding and ensuring the baby's environment is not too sterile is best. The use of antibacterial wipes, hand washes, sanitising gels should be limited to where essential such as food preparation or in a health care facility. The use of mild soap and water washes should be promoted in the home.

Eating a Mediterranean style diet (lots of vegetables, fruit, smaller amounts of wholegrains, oily fish and limiting meat) of unprocessed food and organic where possible (at least minimise the dirty dozen) to limit intake of chemicals such as pesticides, regular intake of prebiotic foods is thought to be key for the healthy microbiome.

Probiotics are not necessary if the diet is good and while they have been shown to help promote the natural defences of the gut as they pass through, they don't play a part in colonising the gut. 

Having fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kvass, kefir, kombucha and jun as part of the diet is thought to be as beneficial as taking a commercially produced preparation. Prebiotics such as the soluble fibre, inulin found in Jerusalem artichokes, chicory root and dandelion greens, resistant starches as in potato starch and plantains help keep your gut microbiome and in turn keep you in the best of health.

My advice is to limit the use of antibacterial products in the home as these have a detrimental effect on the gut microbiome. This includes limiting triclosan containing products such as toothpastes that have been shown to decrease beneficial akkermansia colonies even in small quantities.

We benefit from exposure to soil in many ways and we should let children get muddy and dirty during play. Adults should get into gardening for their soil exposure and not be too meticulous in washing off the produce prior to consumption. Pet owners have been shown to have more diversity in their gut microbiome and this has been attributed to contact with soil organisms that animals have on their fur.

Other practical steps to optimise the gut microbiome include having regular (at least daily) bowel movements, restricting eating periods to ensure a minimum of 12 hours of fasting and the use of digestive bitters prior to eating.

Antibiotics and illness such as gastroenteritis can have a detrimental effect on the gut microbiome, however if the measures outlined above are instituted, this is only short term and studies show restoration within days. One interesting theory that has emerged in the research in this field is that the appendix plays an important role as a reservoir of healthy bacteria when the microbiome has been affected.

Gut microbiome testing can be used clinically to aid in management such as in cases of suspected irritable bowel syndrome, dysbiosis or metabolic syndrome. I tend to use the smartDNA tests such as smartGUT microbiome test https://www.smartdna.com.au/smartgut-microbiome-test/ and IBS Detector test https://www.smartdna.com.au/ibs-gut-detector/ as they are offered by an Australian company, well validated for our population as well as being cost effective. You can organise this testing with your functional medicine practitioner.

Article Written by By Dr. Aparna Hegde 
Cosmetic & Integrative General Practitioner, Educator A5M & ACAAM, Advisory Panel Member A5M
MBBS, FRACGP, MPH & Tropical Medicine, Dip Aviation Med, ACAAM

BioBalance

Building on earlier research and treatment experience of Dr Carl Pfeiffer at the Princeton Brain Bio-Center, Dr William Walsh founded Health Research Institute in Chicago, Illinois, USA in 1982 and set up the associated non-profit outpatient treatment clinic, Pfeiffer Treatment Center (now closed), in 1989. Dr Walsh established the Walsh Research Institute in 2008 after leaving HRI-PTC to further his research work and train doctors.

The treatment involves assessment of each patient's body chemistry imbalances using a range of laboratory tests of blood, urine and hair samples, along with physical examination, medical and life history data. Individualised complementary nutritional supplement programs aimed at balancing the patient's body chemistry are prescribed on the basis of these assessments.

Follow-up studies of representative patient samples have indicated a high level of effectiveness for the treatment, finding that recovery or significant improvement was achieved in a high proportion of cases, often enabling conventional drug dosages to be significantly reduced and, in some cases, phased out in consultation with the patient's doctor. Many thousands of patients have been successfully treated using this approach.

If you would like to make an appointment for a consultation and find a doctor in your area.

The Process

  • It will be necessary for you to provide a complete patient history including all symptoms experienced and to have blood tests, urine tests and a sample of hair taken for testing. There are about 100 different test results produced from these samples.

  • Your selected Doctor will order the required tests.

  • Your first appointment will require about one hour and your Doctor will explain the procedure to you.

  • At the follow up appointment your test results will be available and your Doctor will be able to advise you of the outcome, and in most cases will give you a program of nutrients, vitamins, minerals and amino acids to follow. This program will be reviewed periodically.

  • It is most important that your maintain your medication while on a nutrient program. It is also most important that you are regularly compliant with your nutrient program.

Contact your Doctor if you have any queries on the results you are experiencing.

The Therapeutic Value of Visceral Manipulation

Visceral Manipulation (VM) was developed by world-renowned French Osteopath and Physical Therapist Jean-Pierre Barral. Comparative studies found Visceral Manipulation beneficial for various disorders.

Acute Disorders:
Whiplash  /   Seatbelt Injuries  /  Chest or Abdominal Sports Injuries  /  Concussion  /  Traumatic Brain Injuries

Digestive Disorders  /  Bloating and Constipation  /  Nausea and Acid Reflux  /  GERD  /  Swallowing Dysfunctions / Women's and Men's Health Issues  /  Chronic Pelvic Pain  /  Endometriosis  /  Fibroids and Cysts / Dysmenorrhea  /  Bladder Incontinence  /  Prostate Dysfunction  /  Referred Testicular Pain  /  Effects of Menopause / Musculoskeletal Disorders  /  Somatic-Visceral Interactions  /  Chronic Spinal Dysfunction / Headaches and Migraines  /  Carpal Tunnel Syndrome  /  Peripheral Joint Pain  /  Sciatica

Pain Related to:
Post-operative Scar Tissue  /  Post-infection Scar Tissue  /  Autonomic Mechanisms / Pediatric Issues  /  Constipation and Gastritis  /  Persistent Vomiting  /  Vesicoureteral Reflux / Infant Colic  /  Emotional Issues  /  Anxiety and Depression  /  Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

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