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You are viewing: News & Views - January 2011 - Level 2

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January 2011
News & Views
Feeling the winter blues & SAD?

It is not uncommon to feel rather sombre and despondent once most of the leaves have fallen and the daylight hours have shortened, heralding the inevitable shift to winter. People often complain of the winter blues when they feel less energised to carry out their daily tasks and have difficulty in getting up in the mornings! The seasonal changes bring about more extreme symptoms for some individuals, preventing sufferers from functioning normally. In these cases episodes of depression are experienced during the winter months only lifting in spring a condition which is known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD varies by latitude with those living further from the equator being more susceptible to the disorder. Thus 10% of the population within Canada suffers from SAD while only 2% of those living in the state of Florida experience this condition. The length of seasonal depression is also correlated to the length of the winter with for example the average SAD episode in London lasting for 5.7 months.

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SAD symptoms vary greatly between individuals but they are generally centred on extreme lethargy, often with a constant desire to sleep, during both day and night. Sufferers tend to be less productive during the winter months with an increased appetite and consequential weight gain.

So what causes SAD? The research into the root of the condition has centred on the hormone melatonin which is produced in the pineal gland in the brain. It is thought melatonin induces sleep - its production and secretion into the bloodstream is closely related to light with the hormone normally released at night as bright light suppresses. It is, therefore, understandable that its release is increased in those who live further from the equator with shorter daylight hours and less natural light.

Homeopathy has been proven to be very successful at helping sufferers of Seasonal Affective Disorder and some of the more prominent remedies are listed below as a guideline for more individualised therapy from your Homeopathic physician.

Homeopathics

  • Aurum metallicum - feeling of hopelessness, future looks dark, low spirits and lifelessness, lack of hope, feels no pleasure from social or emotional contact, weakness of memory, grumbles frequently.
  • Chocolate - overcome with sleepiness, difficulty in waking, feels open and vulnerable, strong desire to eat something sweet, feels like they want to hibernate, feels anxious about health matters.
  • Diamond - feeling of despair, disconnection, detachment, isolation, darkness, confused thinking  sense of failure with desires for the sun, sunlight and chocolate.
  • Frankincense - feelings of dread of the darkness, a sense of being lost, they feel that they are at the end of their tether, low, irritable, sad and grumpy, everythings a drag
  • Platina - morose, sad, weary of life, feels forgotten by friends and family, snappy, sharp-tongued, has contemptuous attitude, constantly tired, physically and emotionally numb especially at night.

Surviving the Big Freeze

Cold winter weather causes skin dryness, chilblains and in extreme cases frostbite  The
condition is caharacterised by a narrowing of the vascular tissues and restricted blood supply as a result of coldness.
When the skin reheats there is some leakage of fluid from the blood vessels into surrounding tissue causing inflammation and swelling resulting in chilblains.
Safeguards include:-

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  • 1. Make sure your hands, feet and ears are always warm
  • 2. Wear several loose layers of clothing to trap your body heat.
  • 3. Regularly moisturise your face and hands with cream.
  • 4. People on blood thinners must be extra vigilant.
  • 5. Reheat slowly avoiding rapid temperature changes. Do not put icy feet in hot water or use hot water bottles.

Homeopathics

  • 1. Use Tamus cream for whole chilblains and                                                      Calendula cream after they burst.
  • 2. Ferr-p 6X pills as a background remedy against inflammation plus.
  • 3. Agaricus 30C when there is intense pain from cold which is relieved by warmth OR
    Pulsatilla 30C if the skin is purplish, inflamed, itches intensely and worse from heat.

Beware of Flu Vaccination

There has always been a strong case against 'flu vaccinations with new side-effects emerging each season.

Australia has banned the immunisation of children due an alarming increase of vaccine caused vomiting, fevers and seizures. Finland is concerned that narcolepsy, (a nervous sleepiness disorder) is appearing in vaccinated patients whilst neighbouring Sweden is conducting a similar investigation.

The potential side-effects for adults are no less severe. Studies have shown that the chance of getting Alzheimer's is ten times higher following five flu shots due to their toxic mercury and aluminium content causing cognitive dysfunction.  Further reports suggest a 93.75% failure rate! Is it any wonder that people look for safer alternative methods to immunsation without side effects?

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Homeopathics

  • Aconite 10M - for exposure to cold winds resulting in a chill with fever and sweat
  • Arsenicum30 C - head cold and chill with sneezing and restlessness. Better from sips of water
  • Belladonna 30 C - high fever, red face, burning sensation, throbbing headache but thirst absent.
  • Bryonia 30 C - constantly thirsty, throat burns, chest cough, all movement painful. 
  • Eupatorium 30 C - bones ache, very thirsty with relief from sweat.
  • Gelsemium 30 C - Shaky and shivery, limbs feel heavy, exhausted and weak.


    For further information in order to make a fully informed choice contact
    (Alternatively pass this to any friend or colleague who could benefit from the information)

H4H

Dr. Peter Darashah

Ph.D.,M.Sc (Lond), B.Sc., DIHom (Pract), FBIH, MARH

Nutrition Consultant & Homeopathic Physician

Tel: +353 (0)87 2621943


Consultations held at:-
The Natural Health Centre, 34 Princes Str., Cork.

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Aspects of SAD (Anxiety)
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Aspects of SAD (Exhaustion)
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