Claudette's Specialties: Female and Male Hormonal Imbalances, PMS, Period Pain, Fibroids, Polycystic Ovaries/Syndrome, Endometriosis, Menopause, Prostate Problems, Low Libido, Natural Fertility Management: Contraception, Overcoming Infertility Problems (females and males), Preconception Care, Sex Selection, IVF support, Pregnancy Care: Pregnancy nutrition and remedies, Miscarriage support, Birth preparation, Doula: Childbirth support, Post-natal care for mother and child.

Timing Affects Breast Cancer Surgery

According to a study from the United States, "Breast cancer relapse and death occur more often and sooner among young pre-menopausal women. Breast cancer resected during luteal phase cures about a quarter more women than if the operation is performed during follicular phase." To read more, Oh et al. Discovery of candidate genes and pathways that may help explain fertility cycle stage dependent post-resection breast cancer outcome. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, 2009;118(2):345-359. do:10.1007/s10549-008-0253-5).

Chaste Tree & St John's Wort Benefits Menopause

A randomised, double-blind trial conducted in Australia involved 100 late-perimenopausal or postmenopausal women experiencing hot flushes and other menopausal symptoms. The women received MediHerb Chaste Tree (Vitex agnus-castus) and MediHerb St John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum) or placebo for 16 weeks. Preliminary results suggest they relieve PMS-like symptoms in late perimenopausal women.

ADHD Guidelines Pulled as Drug Company Payment Scandal

Controversial guidelines on ADHD have been pulled by the Federal Government following claims drug company payments to a doctor cast doubt over the draft's validity after one of the psychiatrists, whose research into anti-psychotic drugs helped form the guidelines, was accused of failing to reveal payments from drug companies. US-based child psychiatrist Dr Joseph Biederman is under investigation in America by authorities who have uncovered $1.6 million in payments. The US Congress investigation has found Dr Biederman failed to declare where all the money came from & has breached federal and Harvard University research laws.


Dangers of Canned Foods

The food processing world is reeling after a shocking new series of tests released by Consumer Reports revealed that many leading brands of canned foods contain Bisphenol A (BPA)—a toxic chemical linked to health risks including reproductive abnormalities, neurological effects, heightened risk of breast and prostate cancers, diabetes, heart disease and other serious health problems. BPA is used in the lining of cans and the toxin leaches from the lining into the food. According to Consumer Reports just a couple of servings of canned food can exceed scientific limits on daily exposure for children.

Dangers of Bisphenol A (BPA)

Research by the University of Rochester, published in the Journal of Andrology, found that males exposed to phthalates (found in dental sealants, composite fillings, soft plastic water bottles, baby bottles, vinyl flooring & PVC shower curtains) found a reduction in testosterone, feminizing their behavior. Male babies exposed to high levels of these chemicals, used to soften plastic, are much less likely to play typical boys’ games as they mature. A study funded by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health found that Chinese factory workers exposed to BPA had four times the risk of erectile dysfunction and seven times the risk of ejaculation difficulty. BPA leaches into food in nearly all metal containers (these cans are lined in soft plastic), even those cans marked “BPA-free” or “Organic.”

High Rate of Osteoporosis

25% of 65 year old women in the United States are diagnosed with osteoporosis which means a loss of 50- 75% of the bone from the skeleton. Today, more deaths are caused by osteoporosis than cancer of the breast and cervix combined. Unfortunately, the loss of calcium & other minerals from the bones is a gradual process which goes on steadily for a long time before it becomes evident until signs like loose teeth, receding gums, a fractured hip or rib. Contrary to popular belief, it is not only about the amount of calcium in the diet but the acidity or pH of the body that leeches calcium out of the bones. African Bantu women consume 350 mg of calcium per day, bear nine children during their lifetime & breast feed them for two years. They never have calcium deficiency, seldom break a bone, rarely lose a tooth... How can they do that on 350 mg of calcium a day when the National Dairy Council recommendation is 1200 mg? Contrary to popular belief, it is not only about the amount of calcium in the diet but the acidity or pH of the body that leeches calcium out of the bones. It is essential to also look at vitamin D, magnesium & trace minerals as well as reducing acidic sugars, alcohol, refined white flour products while increasing vegetables and fruit to provide these minerals.

Effect of Bite Size & Meal Duration on Food Intake

Research shows that significantly more is consumed when bite sizes are large (about 15 g) than when they are small (about 5 g). More is also consumed when oral processing time is short
(3 seconds) rather than long (9 seconds). Eating slowly and taking small bites may help reduce food
intake. To read more, Zijlstra N, de Wijk RA, Mars M et al. Am J Clin Nutr 2009; 90(2): 269-275.

A Mobile Phone on Your Hip Weakens Your Bones

The researchers found that bone mineral density was lowered on the side of the pelvis where the mobile phones were carried. The findings raise the possibility that bone density could be adversely affected by electromagnetic fields emitted by mobile phones. To read more,

Bran or Psyllium husks improves IBS?

New trial shows that soluble fibre (that absorbs water and softens becoming mucilaginous) like psyllium husks improves IBS, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, more than insoluble fibre eg, bran. To read more, Bijkerk CJ, de Wit NJ, Muris JW et al. BMJ 2009; 339(7721): 613-615.

Improvements in Insulin Response Decreased by Low Thyroid

A low thyroid function could explain why some individuals do not respond to changes in diet and exercise in order to lower their insulin resistance. To read more, Amati F, Dubé JJ, Stefanovic-Racic M et al. Med Sci Sports Exerc 2009; 41(2): 265-269.

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