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From the editor's desk

Another year ends and now it is time to reflect on the goals we have achieved and the areas that we may need to improve on in the future.

2005 has been a busy year in the clinic. I have come across the most enthusiastic, ecologically orientated, practising skin therapist and cosmetic chemist I have ever met- Mimi Gyergyak. She is the founding director of a rapidly growing company - Bio- Pacific Skin Care. Her knowledge and three decades of experience and research were an eye opener for me on the importance of natural skin care, free of commonly used harsh chemicals.

In March I introduced the Bio-Pacific Skin Care product range to my clients and, after the appropriate training, the Dermatherapy treatments.

This edition features the article ‘Is your daily beauty routine taking years off your life?’ and reveals the toxicity of some ingredients in commonly used personal grooming products and how you can help yourself to detox the body especially after the Christmas overindulgence.

2005 has been a year of study. Receiving a certification in cosmetic acupuncture has allowed me to introduce the acupuncture face lift to my treatments menu.

This year I also have learned more about Japanese acupuncture, in particular the Toyohari style, by attending a workshop in Christchurch NZ. I receive up-to-date information on healing techniques from blind Japanese teachers. Again I was impressed by their refined sense of diagnostic touch and heightened sensitivity.

The combination of my daily clinical findings and the shared experience of other practitioners at frequent Toyohari Branch study group meetings and small monthly meetings here in the clinic, has given me the opportunity to constantly broaden my knowledge of this fascinating ancient art of healing.

This year the clinic will be closed at 7.00 pm on the 21st December and will reopen on the 9th January 2006 at 9.00 am.

Make sure you are well stocked with the products and herbs you are using.

At this special time of year I would like to thank all my past and present clients, colleagues and friends for their tremendous support during the year.

I sincerely wish you all a very merry Christmas & healthy and prosperous New Year.

Good health from the inside out

Joanna

 

Inside the issue:

The following is meant as information only, for any health issues please consult a registered health practitioner.

Is your daily beauty routine taking years off your life?

Our skin is often described as an organ of communication as well as protecting the body from the external environment. The skin plays a key role in a number of body processes. It expresses our emotional state and when it turns blue it conveys our temperature. When we hear kind words from an object of affection we flush as the blood rises skyward in a bid to emulate a fountain of joy.

The skin is the main organ of sensation, keeping us attuned to the external surroundings through millions of sensitive nerve endings and providing the means of registering sensations, such as pain, temperature etc. The nerves also regulate, via the autonomic nervous system, the sweat glands and the blood supply. The skin is involved in the immune responses, reacting to the constant harassment from inside and out by the factors that create inflammation such as lack of sleep, stress, dehydration, excessive sun exposure, air pollution, inadequate nutrition, harsh chemicals in skin care products

The latest medical research reveals that inflammation is the key to the whole mechanism of every disease as well as the ageing process.

Our skin requires special attention, because it can dry out or can produce too much secretion from sebaceous glands or form pigmentation and spots due to excessive sun exposure. But what we are putting on our skin?

Be aware- your daily beauty routine could be taking years off your life.

Many personal skin care products contain dangerous chemicals such as carcinogenic (cancer causing) acrylamide, triethanolamine and Teflon (called by the ecologists the ‘new DDT’) that are easily absorbed into the blood stream with added penetration enhancers. The best selling skin care brand, Olay is attracting a great deal of media advertising. The Regenerist is Olay’s top brand and contains all of those dangerous chemicals.

According to Olay’s reports, four Regenerist products are sold in the UK every minute.

These dangerous chemicals in skin care products are easily absorbed into the blood stream; they can be stored in fatty tissue or organs such as the liver, kidney, reproductive organs and brain. Scientists are finding industrial plasticisers such as phthalates in urine and in breast-tumor tissue, and antibacterials such as Triclosan and fragrance chemicals like the hormone-disrupting musk xylene in human breast milk.

Medical research is proving that fragrances can trigger asthma; that the detergents in shampoos can damage eye tissue; and that hair-dye chemicals can cause bladder cancer and lymphoma. An even greater number of substances in personal care products are suspected to present potential risks to human health from this known effect on animals.

(Sourced from article” How toxic is your bathroom” by Pat Thomas- the health editor of The Ecologist. Her series 'Behind the Label’ appears in the magazine every month.)

I really encourage you to read more about what is behind the label of personal care products in everyday use at: www.theecologist.org

Not only our skin absorbs shocking amount of toxins, but another big load of poison is absorbed by our digestive system by consuming common supermarket foods full of preservatives, pesticides and herbicides contamination, growth hormones, artificial colorants and sugar or sugar substitutes not to mention fast foods and alcohol etc.

Detoxification has been recognized as a necessary component in obtaining wellness. Many of my clients are beginning to understand that to have radiant summer skin it is crucial to clear away the toxic deposits from the body and switch to organic food and skin care products.The good news is that the skin is also the biggest eliminatory organ, helping to remove the environmental toxins stored in the adipose (fat) tissue.

I believe that it is essential to cleanse the body of a lifetime’s accumulated wastes, before it is capable of effectively utilising nutrients, supplements and Chinese herbs.

If you are concerned about detoxification treatments or healthy, natural skin care products you may choose to give Joanna’s services a try, or purchase the gift voucher for someone you care about.

Following is the list of de-tox treatments available in the clinic:

  • Scandinavian sauna often called ‘de-tox box’ is beneficial for reducing toxin deposits especially of heavy metals as well as improving skin tone, reducing cellulite and assisting in weight control.
  • Salt glow body treatment - full body scrub using sea salts sourced from the lowest depression of the Earth, the Dead Sea - the richest source of natural minerals and trace elements.
  • Dead Sea mud wrap called “Cleopatra’s secret”, works as a big poultice that draws out the toxic deposits stored in the adipose tissue as well as infusing the broadest range of minerals (the same minerals found in the ocean and in human blood). The benefit is equal to a six hour swim in the ocean.
  • Lymphatic drainage air pressomassage treatment that effectively targets cellulite deposits and lymphatic congestion, thus clearing cellular waste and helping to decongest the vascular and lymphatic circulation, resulting in detoxification and oxygenation of the tissues.
  • Acupuncture and Chinese herbs were used for centuries as an effective detoxification method. They can control the level of hormones such as cortisol and insulin and increase the level of neurotransmitters such as serotonins and endorphins as well as strengthening the body immune system.
  • Joanna’s Holistic Facials. Especially the lymphatic facial, releases congestion in specific “neurolymphatic reflexes” along the stomach and gallbladder meridians and helps to eliminate impurities from the body and face. This facial is effective for puffy eyes, swollen face, blemished or acne skin.
  • Dermatherapy treatment is especially beneficial for people with acne. The treatment combines with targeted Bio-Pacific skin care product drowning out the toxic deposit of inflammation, giving progressing improvement of the condition.

Herbs of the season

Available at Joanna’s Clinic

COOLBLUE Liver de-tox 60 capsules x 500 mg

Dosage: 2 capsules, twice daily, morning and afternoon

  • De-toxifies Liver
  • Regulates the free flow of vital energy and relieves constriction
  • Reduces irritability and impatience
  • Relieves pain due to stress
  • Increases gut peristalsis
  • Regulates Liver function
  • Improves the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Chinese herbal medicine has been treating the Liver for over 1800 years. It has long understood the value of de-tox and has developed a wide range of herbs to help purify and repair the Liver. COOLBLUE combines 12 major Chinese herbs with the Western herb MILK THISTLE to repair Liver damage, detoxify poisons from pollution and from poor eating and drinking habits. COOLBLUE also regulates the flow of vital energy to reduce irritability and aggression as well as calming the mind.

Ingredients:

  • Cyperus has an inhibitory effect on the uterus, causing uterine relaxation. It also stimulates gastric and salivary secretion.
  • Citrus aurantium and Citrus reticulata are expectorants and reduce ‘Damp'. They both have an inhibitory effect on histamine release from mast cells and relieve abdominal distension.
  • Amomum eliminates ‘Damp' and improves appetite and digestion.
  • Magnolia has anti-inflammatory properties, can reduce prostaglandin E2 and leukotrien-B4 levels and suppress thromboxane-b2 formation. It also has a central muscle-relaxation effect.
  • Aucklandia and Alpinia reduce abdominal distension and promote digestion. Both reduce pain due to abdominal congestion. All of the above herbs have been shown to successfully treat gastric and duodenal ulcers.
  • Corydalis exerts an analgesic action by inhibiting the reticular activating system. It has a sedative and hypnotic effect and reduces abdominal spasms.
  • Melia and Aquilaria increase bowel motility and promote peristalsis and the release of bile from the gall bladder.
  • Bupleurum is a sedative, analgesic and anti-inflammatory. It blocks the increase in capillary permeability induced by histamine. It also stimulates CRF from the hypothalamus and ACTH secretion. It can treat acute pancreatitis, pleuritis, gastritis, acute cholecystitis and hepatitis.
  • Sylymarin protects the liver by acting as an antioxidant and by promoting the growth of new liver cells. Silymarin also helps with the digestion of fats. It appears to help keep harmful substances out of liver cells.
  • Silymarin also called milk thistle, can help prevent or reverse liver damage caused by alcohol, recreational drugs, pesticides, some poisons, or hepatitis.
  • Silymarin has been used (especially in Europe) to treat hepatitis, liver damage due to alcoholism, and poisoning by certain types of mushrooms.
  • Silymarin, an antioxidant flavonoid complex derived from the herb milk thistle (Silybum marianum), has long been used as a liver tonic. Two new studies show that it can reduce insulin resistance (the underpinning of adult-onset diabetes, hypertension, and hypercholesterolemia) and diabetic complications. A third study reports that it may have some anti-cancer benefits as well.
  • Silymarin also treats non-insulin-dependent diabetes (NIDDM). Insulin resistance is constantly fairly high in patients with NIDDM and hepatic cirrhosis.
  • Silymarin has been shown to be a powerful antioxidant with a long history of use in treating liver disorders.

Tips for the summer

The hot Queensland weather challenges us to acquire strategies for preventing accelerated aging and skin damage. These tips are important for most of the year not only for summer skin protection and rejuvenation.

Tip # 1: Hydration
Water keeps your skin plumped up and is necessary for your body to produce energy for digesting, absorbing, transporting nutrients and eliminating wastes and toxins from the cells. If you don't drink enough water, your cells will be less able to receive the nutrients they need for energy. Even moderate dehydration decreases the resting metabolic rate resulting in weight gain of two pounds every year. To stay well hydrated 8 – 10 glasses of pure water is recommended. If plain water doesn't appeal to you, try spicing it up with a squeeze of lemon or lime.

Tip # 2: Sun exposure
20 minutes of outdoor activity is the healthy way to ensure the required daily dose of vitamin D from sun exposure. Make sure to avoid the midday burning sun rays. Uneven pigmentation usually begins in the late 30’s because the function of the skin cells melanocytes, that produce the pigment melanin, starts to decline and this makes it more difficult for your skin to fight sun damage. Chemical-free sun screen should be your number one anti aging cream, but remember to thoroughly cleanse your skin once you are back indoors.

Tip # 3: The villains
The latest medical research reveals that inflammation is the key to the whole process of every disease. Consumption of high Glycemic Index (GI) carbohydrates can be linked to accelerated ageing, weight gain and a host of degenerative diseases. This diet-driven inflammation leads to small cumulative changes in your proteins (such as collagen tissues) due to the glycation process that cross-links the collagen fiber, giving birth to wrinkles.

If you like to keep your body swimming suit slim, taut and terrific, and your face younger looking, you must cut down on snacks that contain carbohydrate; dietary sugar and starches such as: ice cream, soda, breads, pasta, cereals, bagels, pastries, rice cakes, potato chips, pretzels, cookies, cakes, desserts, juices and similar foods. These all cause rapid elevation in blood sugar, resulting in a burst of age accelerating cellular reactions. Also stay away from corn-based foods. Corn contains omega-6 fatty acids, which have been found to increase cancer growth. Corn and soy are often genetically modified crops.

Before making your New Year resolutions you may consider the detoxification of the cumulative effect of all these villains so popular in the festive season.

Tip # 4: The good guys.
Antioxidants are Nature’s anti-inflammatory, which means that a diet rich in these age-fighting nutrients will keep your skin summer smooth, supple and youthful. For a beautiful and glowing complexion add colours to your food but to avoid the rapid rise of blood sugar, consume only low GI fruit and veggies that are also high in anti-oxidants:

Rainbow berries and melons but especially cantaloupe are rich in vitamins and anti-oxidants. Cantaloupe also provides unique hydration to the skin. Strawberries have the highest total antioxidant power among major fruits and protect the body from free radicals that cause cancer and clogged blood vessels.

All berries are excellent for you - they’re high in anti-oxidants and they actually keep you young. Kiwi fruit is very versatile in the health field; it’s a good source of potassium, magnesium, vitamin E and fiber. Its vitamin C content is twice that of an orange.

When vitamin C levels are depleted, people often feel tired. One study found that women with low vitamin C levels felt more energized after receiving vitamin C daily. "They felt better and they had more energy," said Carol Johnston, PhD, assistant professor of food and nutrition in the family resources department at Arizona State University.

Other low GI foods rich in vitamin C include raw red or green pepper, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts.

Another healthy recommendation is a small handful of almonds daily. They are rich in manganese and copper, both of which are essential cofactors of an enzyme called superoxide dismutase. This enzyme helps keep energy flowing by inhibiting free radicals inside cells' mitochondria (the energy-producing area of cells). They also contain riboflavin, another important component of energy production. For better digestion soak them in water overnight and use this water to cook rolled oats. I recommended the traditional old fashioned rolled oats. They are loaded with soluble fiber, a key to slowing down carbohydrate absorption and keeping blood sugar levels steady. Personally, I pour boiling water over rolled oats and almonds, allow to soak overnight, adding a dash of natural yoghurt in the morning for my healthy cereal option.

The well known anti-inflammatory properties of omega-3 essential fatty acids also help you burn body fat rather than store it. You can increase intake of it by consuming fish daily especially salmon, or by taking a high dose of fish oil capsules. According to Dr Perricone, a recent study suggests that astxanthin- the powerful anti-ageing antioxidant found in high doses in wild salmon - is 10 times more effective than other carotenoids, and 100 times more powerful that vitamin E.

To keep your skin glowing this summer, let’s go sizzling BBQ salmon on a bed of organic green salad (rocket & cos lettuce) dressed with extra virgin olive oil and freshly squeezed lemon juice.

Tip # 5: Excellent Skin – how to achieve it
To keep your skin beautiful this summer, avoid using chemically loaded common skin care products. Instead, use chemical-free, organic skincare such as Bio-Pacific. For dehydrated, sun-damaged skin, use Collagen Gel and Placental Plus Cream with superb nourishment of ‘mps’ protein delivered from the sheep’s placenta, exclusive to Bio-Pacific skin care products (available at Joanna’s clinic).

For summer-stressed skin, try our unique Dermatherapy facials that will gently infuse the product to deliver superior hydration and restore radiance, resulting in soft, supple skin.

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