News

FOLIC acid supplementation – before conception and during pregnancy – prevents neural tube defects like spina bifida (which affects the brain, spinal cord or spine) and anencephaly (problems with brain and skull formation). Because these defects develop in the first month of pregnancy, when a woman may not even know she’s pregnant, it’s suggested that all women of childbearing age take a folic acid supplement; it’s also why many countries have introduced mandatory food fortification, including Australia. 

 

“This article appeared in the April / May 2017 Edition of Nature & Health, Australia’s original and best natural health magazine, http://www.natureandhealth.com.au/ #naturalhealth #wellness.

 

NEWS

BUILDING BETTER BONES

By Rosemary Ann Ogilvie

Intro: Building healthy bones is much more complex than simply eating calcium-rich dairy foods or taking calcium supplements. Calcium is in fact just one of many minerals involved in bone health, even though it tends to be the point of focus. Here we will look at the combination of nutrients, foods and activities that will ensure your bones retain their strength and health throughout your life.

Q: I’m a bit concerned that I may not be doing enough to ensure my bones stay healthy and that I don’t develop osteoporosis, mainly because I can only tolerate some dairy products, not all. Also, I don’t take calcium supplements because they tend to make me constipated. What else can I do?

To build and maintain a strong skeletal system, Osteoporosis Australia recommends eating three servings of calcium-rich dairy products per day as part of your normal diet: a 250ml glass of milk, a 200g tub of yoghurt, a 40g chunk of cheese. These can be full fat or low fat as each contains similar levels of calcium.

There’s no question that dairy foods contain a high level of easily absorbed calcium. But what if you don’t eat dairy: perhaps because you’re a vegan, or follow a paleo diet, or don’t tolerate dairy foods, or you simply don’t like them? Does this mean you’re doomed to a lifetime of taking calcium supplements, something else that’s not always well tolerated?
The answer is a resounding no – which may come as a surprise, conditioned as we are to the idea that the only way to ensure a strong skeleton is through a high intake of calcium from dairy foods and/or supplements.

The reality is, while calcium is important for healthy bones (and numerous functions in the body), it’s just one of a range of nutrients involved in bone remodelling: at least 12 minerals alone are believed to play a role in this process.

Nature’s Prescription

My prescription for building and maintaining healthy bones has always been to eat a wide variety of plant foods: fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, pulses and grains. This bounty from nature is not only an incredibly rich source of calcium, it also contains a range of other nutrients that work together synergistically: calcium is never found in isolation in plant foods. As an example, foods rich in calcium are also rich in magnesium, a mineral that works with calcium to maximise that mineral’s absorption.
A study reported in the May 2007 edition of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/85/5/1428.abstract) showed that women who obtain calcium from food sources have healthier bones and greater bone density than women who take calcium supplements.
Although participants who received at least 70 per cent of their daily calcium from food rather than supplements ingested the least calcium – an average 830mg per day, they had better hip and spine bone density than participants who consumed 1030mg primarily from supplements.
The reason for this is that calcium found naturally in food tends to be better absorbed than calcium from supplements, which is derived from inorganic sources.

Many of my clients find they suffer either constipation or diarrhoea when they take supplemental calcium, and this is because the body is not assimilating it. The calcium accumulates, which creates mineral imbalances. When calcium and silica are out of balance, kidney stones and foot spurs may develop. Other mineral imbalances or deficiencies can give rise to serious chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, gallstones, osteoarthritis, and type 2 diabetes.

A 2015 study from the University of Surrey found the abundant potassium salts (bicarbonate and citrate) present in fruit and vegetables play a key role in improving bone health. For the first time, the results also showed these potassium salts reduce bone resorption, the process by which bone is broken down, therefore increasing their strength. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/01/150114115340.htm.

Potent Medicines

So bypass the pharmacy and head straight for your neighbourhood greengrocer or local farmer’s market, because here you will find the most potent medicines of all. Stock up on leafy greens, which should be eaten every day as they’re a particularly high-value source of calcium: 100kJ of leafy greens contain more than three times the calcium of 100kJ of whole milk. As a bonus, greens contain vitamin K1, which is yet another vital nutrient for bone health.

But don’t stop there: choose a range of brightly coloured produce with the aim of eating several different coloured fruits and vegetables each day. And use onions extravagantly, for they contain gamma-glutamyl peptides, which are known to increase bone density.

If you own a juicer, buy celery, carrots and apples to make a daily mocktail that will provide you with the full range of vitamins and minerals you need. Or enjoy one at your local juice bar at lunchtime.
High-quality protein, too, is important as amino acids form part of the bone matrix. Oily fish such as salmon is an excellent choice as it provides omega 3 essential fatty acids, yet another important bone nutrient. Other valuable protein sources are free-range eggs, free-range chickens, and pasture-fed meat in moderation. Vegans should focus on lentils, nuts, seeds and fermented soy products such as tempeh.

For those who eat dairy, small amounts of low-fat dairy foods will further boost calcium levels. The dairy industry is doing a fantastic job with the wonderful ranges of low-fat products now available, for it means we can enjoy yoghurt and cheese without the risk of cardiovascular disease. Cheese, especially soft curd cheese, contains vitamin K2, a nutrient associated with bone density that is present in fermented foods, notably natto, a Japanese soy product that admittedly is not to everyone’s taste.

As for milk, it appears there are risks attached to its consumption, such as an increased likelihood of developing prostate cancer. A Canadian study found men who drank four 200ml glasses of milk a day have double the risk of prostate cancer (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4219618/). Milk was the only dairy product significantly associated with prostate cancer risk. Some evidence links milk to breast cancer, although research is contradictory.

Sunshine Vitamin

Vitamin D is critical for healthy bones as it promotes calcium absorption. Spend 15 minutes outside enjoying the morning sun, without sunscreen, and your body will manufacture the vitamin D you need for bone health and disease prevention.

Body Resistance

Another key factor is weight-bearing exercise. Ideally, use your time in the sun to go for a walk, or perform some resistance exercises using your body weight or free weights.
The wrists, hips and spine are the areas most vulnerable to fracture, so you may consider consulting a qualified fitness instructor to develop a regimen for strengthening these areas.

Sleep Soundly

Practise good sleep hygiene to maximise your chances of having a good night’s sleep. Insufficient sleep has been linked to chronic disease risk, and might also be an unrecognised risk factor for bone loss, suggests a study from The Endocrine Society published in April 2017. Prolonged sleep disturbance can lead to lower bone formation. (www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/04/170402111317.htm). Researchers found that after three weeks of cumulative sleep restriction and circadian disruption, healthy men had reduced blood levels of a marker of bone formation, similar to that seen in jet lag or shift work. The biological marker of bone resorption, or breakdown, was unchanged.

Lead investigator Christine Swanson, M.D., an assistant professor at the University of Colorado, explained this altered bone balance creates a potential bone loss window that could give rise to osteoporosis and bone fractures. “If chronic sleep disturbance is identified as a new risk factor for osteoporosis, it could help explain why there is no clear cause for osteoporosis in the approximately 50 percent of the estimated 54 million Americans with low bone mass or osteoporosis,” she commented.

And finally…

Ditch the processed junk foods, for they can create biochemical imbalances that weaken the skeleton.

Latest News

NEWS


You can be scrupulous about ‘sleep hygiene’, not eating or exercising late, and switching off all screens well before bedtime, but insomnia can still plague your nights. These are the best supplements that I recommend … Read More

“This article appeared in the April / May 2017 Edition of Nature & Health, Australia’s original and best natural health magazine, http://www.natureandhealth.com.au/ #naturalhealth #wellness.”

NEWS

Keeping Clinical Records

ATMS practitioners, regardless of being a provider with a health fund or not, are required to maintain full client records for each client treated. As a minimum this should include:

Keeping client/clinical records is an essential part of professional practice. Health funds also require the keeping of these records, and they form an important part in the client relationship to receive health fund rebates. All members should periodically review these requirements for Health Fund purposes, and ATMS has provided dedicated resources for members on our website, available here: http://www.atms.com.au/page.php?id=105

    • Client details (including full name, date of birth, gender, address and contact details including emergency contacts. For the first consultation a full case history should be taken).
    • Date of each treatment.
    • Nature of the illness / injury / reasons for seeking treatment.
    • Detail of each treatment and/or services provided. Some health funds request the specific Acupuncture points used and methods applied, the massage techniques used and parts of the body treated and for therapeutic goods, the specific details of the prescribed herbs and/or supplements with dosage.
    • Any advice or instructions given.
    • Details of any referrals made.
    • The outcome of previous treatment including improvements, baseline measures or outcomes reached.
    • Treatment time / duration.
    • Provider’s signature, initials or electronic signature.

 

As part of our ongoing compliance support for members, ATMS has also programmed the following webinars as part of our CPE Calendar:

Do’s and Don’ts of Clinical Practice, Betty Tannous,
7.00 pm to 8.30 pm Wednesday 3 May 2017
(http://omnovia.redbackconferencing.com.au/landers/page/2c5e55)

Clinical Case Notes for Complementary Medicine Practitioners, Keonnie Moore,
7.00 pm to 8.30 pm Wednesday 10 May 2017
(http://omnovia.redbackconferencing.com.au/landers/page/6f61d2)
 

 

 

NEWS

Independent film on Homeopathy ‘Just One Drop’ premieres in the UK

Just One Drop – a documentary film about Homeopathy, yesterday made its world debut screening in London, United Kingdom. This film takes its audience on the journey of Homeopathy, a system of medicine that is currently used by more than 200 million people.

The Australian Traditional-Medicine Society (ATMS), Australia’s largest national association representing professional practitioners of natural medicine, including accredited Homeopathy therapists, is expecting that this documentary will provide a platform for new conversations and global attention to Homeopathy.

Homeopathy is a holistic system of healthcare developed by a German physician and chemist, Dr Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843), based on the Law of Similars, sometimes expressed as “like cures like”. This law dates back to Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, and other well-reputed historical healers, that substances that produce symptoms in a healthy person can be used to treat similar symptoms in a sick person.

Thus, homeopathic treatment is believed to stimulate the body’s own ability to heal itself and so reduce future susceptibility to diseases.

Just One Drop takes a no-holds-barred look at Homeopathy, with personal stories and commentary from clients that have experienced and successfully used Homeopathy first-hand.

Expected to be released in Australia later in the year, ATMS urges all practitioners and Australian’s with an interest in natural medicine and Homeopathy to visit www.justonedropfilm.com and get involved in this global conversation on Homeopathy.

– ends-

Interviews with Peter Berryman, President of ATMS, are available upon request

Peter Berryman is qualified in Naturopathy, Homeopathy, Education, and as a Medical Scientist. Peter has spent 31 years in private practice so far. He has lectured in Homeopathy since 1990, and Medical Sciences since 2006. Peter has been an ATMS Board member since 2007 and sits on the Academic Review Committee as Chair, as well as serving on the Executive Committee, Finance Committee, Regulatory Committee, Continuing Professional Education Committee, Marketing Committee and the Complaints Committee

Connect with ATMS on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

http://atms.com.au

For media enquiries please contact Zadro

Emma Brown, Account Manager, Zadro
P: 02 9212 7867 | emma@zadroagency.com.au

 

Take appointments online with 1stAvailable

ATMS Members save up to 65% of standard fees

With an additional 60-day free trial

We are delighted to announce that ATMS has negotiated special commercial terms for members to sign up to Australia’s leading online healthcare appointment booking service, 1stAvailable.com.au.

1stAvailable.com.au is Australia’s leading online booking service, providing a convenient, easy to use, online healthcare search and appointment booking service available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from any internet-connected device such as a smartphone, tablet or personal computer. 1stAvailable is gaining traction with over 3.6 million patient appointments across different health care practices; and is passionate about improving client care, healthcare practice and practitioner productivity.

How will subscribing to 1stAvailable benefit my practice?

Not only will this deliver significant savings to ATMS members when signing up to the 1stAvailable solution, but this will help ATMS members lead the market in the adoption of online services. Register your interest, please click here for more details www.1stavailable.com.au/atms

 

BODY-MIND DETOX

By Rosemary Ann Ogilvie

Q: I feel a bit jaded after an amazing summer. Can you recommend a quick pick-me-up?

A mini detox may be just what you need – and before you form visions of days without so much as a morsel passing your lips: this body detox is very gentle. 

However, before we go any further, there is one caution: if you’re being treated for any medical condition, be sure to consult a qualified nutritionist or naturopath before starting on any detox program, even one as mild as this.

While not everyone agrees with the idea that periodic detoxification is necessary to give the liver a rest and clear accumulated toxins from the cells, there’s no denying that the practice – in the form of fasting – has been part of many traditional cultures for centuries.

Rigid detox regimes that involve fasting for many days are too extreme for most people, and indeed can be quite dangerous: today’s hectic lifestyle demands huge amounts of energy and food, of course, fuels that energy.

However, a relatively painless one-to-three day fast can be incredibly revitalising, and even allow you to shed a couple of kilos.

It’s as simple as this:

Drink a glass of warm water with the juice of half a lemon (optional) when you wake up.

Nibble on raw vegetables and two servings of fruit for the rest of the day.

For dinner, have a plate of steamed non-starchy vegetables seasoned with herbs, spices and lemon juice.

Drink plenty of water and herbal teas throughout the day. If you’re a habitual coffee drinker, chances are you’ll develop a headache from the caffeine withdrawal, so choose a time when you don’t need to be at your peak mentally.

In the evenings, take a long, relaxing bath. While the bath is filling, spend five minutes dry brushing your skin to stimulate the lymphatic system and promote the expulsion of toxins. It also leaves the skin glowing, and may help break down cellulite.

Using a natural bristle brush with a long handle, brush completely dry skin starting at the bottom of your body and work upwards. Brush the soles of your feet first, then your legs – calves and shins – using long, smooth strokes. Continue moving up towards the groin area, then over the buttocks, up to the middle back, over the stomach in a circular motion to stimulate the colon, up to the armpits, across the shoulders and over the chest, without brushing the nipples. Brush upwards along the back of the neck and gently over the throat.

Ideally, schedule a lymphatic-drainage massage during your detox to enhance the effects. If you’re up to it, do some gentle stretching or yoga as well.

During your detox, look closely at your diet and lifestyle habits and identify areas where they could be improved. Set a goal to eat foods as close to nature as possible, and ideally organically grown:

Additionally, resolve to exercise regularly if you’re not currently doing this.

Your Mind

One of the most liberating and energising things you can do is to release toxic emotions. It’s even possible that clearing these emotions may also clear pain in areas where those emotions are stored, notably the neck and shoulders.

If you’re holding onto anger, hurt, resentment, jealousy or regret relating to an incident, consider writing a letter to the person involved – but don’t send it to them: instead, delete it or shred it. If you feel you need to go through the act of sending it to get it out of your system, email or snail mail it to yourself.

Don’t allow resentments to build up in relationships, whether work or personal. Deal with things as they happen: always take responsibility for your feelings, and avoid saying anything you may regret later.

Limit the time you spend with toxic people who drain the life out of you, for life is too short to waste on them. Granted, this can be difficult when they’re family or work colleagues, but make a point of not accepting every invitation, and keep your visits brief when you do accept. On the other hand, aim to spend more time with people who enrich your life.

Be aware of the effect television news and current affairs shows have on you, especially at times like these when so many bad things are happening. They can easily cause you to sink into a morass of negativity.

Use brief meditations during the day to stay calm and centred. Many people find meditation difficult, that quieting an over-active mind is almost impossible. Ease into meditation slowly, aiming for just a few minutes to start with. Sit comfortably where you won’t be disturbed and ideally have something you can focus on, such as a candle, a flower, a picture or an ornament. Breathe slowly and deeply, focussing your attention on the object. When your mind wanders, gently bring your focus back to the object. Persevere, for you’ll come to value the calming benefits these mini meditation breaks can bring.

Nature & Health 2017 – Folic Acid

News

FOLIC acid supplementation – before conception and during pregnancy – prevents neural tube defects like spina bifida (which affects the brain, spinal cord or spine) and anencephaly (problems with brain and skull formation). Because these defects develop in the first month of pregnancy, when a woman may not even know she’s pregnant, it’s suggested that all women of childbearing age take a folic acid supplement; it’s also why many countries have introduced mandatory food fortification, including Australia. 

 

“This article appeared in the April / May 2017 Edition of Nature & Health, Australia’s original and best natural health magazine, http://www.natureandhealth.com.au/ #naturalhealth #wellness.

 

Categories: Latest News, News

BUILDING BETTER BONES

NEWS

BUILDING BETTER BONES

By Rosemary Ann Ogilvie

Intro: Building healthy bones is much more complex than simply eating calcium-rich dairy foods or taking calcium supplements. Calcium is in fact just one of many minerals involved in bone health, even though it tends to be the point of focus. Here we will look at the combination of nutrients, foods and activities that will ensure your bones retain their strength and health throughout your life.

Q: I’m a bit concerned that I may not be doing enough to ensure my bones stay healthy and that I don’t develop osteoporosis, mainly because I can only tolerate some dairy products, not all. Also, I don’t take calcium supplements because they tend to make me constipated. What else can I do?

To build and maintain a strong skeletal system, Osteoporosis Australia recommends eating three servings of calcium-rich dairy products per day as part of your normal diet: a 250ml glass of milk, a 200g tub of yoghurt, a 40g chunk of cheese. These can be full fat or low fat as each contains similar levels of calcium.

There’s no question that dairy foods contain a high level of easily absorbed calcium. But what if you don’t eat dairy: perhaps because you’re a vegan, or follow a paleo diet, or don’t tolerate dairy foods, or you simply don’t like them? Does this mean you’re doomed to a lifetime of taking calcium supplements, something else that’s not always well tolerated?
The answer is a resounding no – which may come as a surprise, conditioned as we are to the idea that the only way to ensure a strong skeleton is through a high intake of calcium from dairy foods and/or supplements.

The reality is, while calcium is important for healthy bones (and numerous functions in the body), it’s just one of a range of nutrients involved in bone remodelling: at least 12 minerals alone are believed to play a role in this process.

Nature’s Prescription

My prescription for building and maintaining healthy bones has always been to eat a wide variety of plant foods: fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, pulses and grains. This bounty from nature is not only an incredibly rich source of calcium, it also contains a range of other nutrients that work together synergistically: calcium is never found in isolation in plant foods. As an example, foods rich in calcium are also rich in magnesium, a mineral that works with calcium to maximise that mineral’s absorption.
A study reported in the May 2007 edition of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/85/5/1428.abstract) showed that women who obtain calcium from food sources have healthier bones and greater bone density than women who take calcium supplements.
Although participants who received at least 70 per cent of their daily calcium from food rather than supplements ingested the least calcium – an average 830mg per day, they had better hip and spine bone density than participants who consumed 1030mg primarily from supplements.
The reason for this is that calcium found naturally in food tends to be better absorbed than calcium from supplements, which is derived from inorganic sources.

Many of my clients find they suffer either constipation or diarrhoea when they take supplemental calcium, and this is because the body is not assimilating it. The calcium accumulates, which creates mineral imbalances. When calcium and silica are out of balance, kidney stones and foot spurs may develop. Other mineral imbalances or deficiencies can give rise to serious chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, gallstones, osteoarthritis, and type 2 diabetes.

A 2015 study from the University of Surrey found the abundant potassium salts (bicarbonate and citrate) present in fruit and vegetables play a key role in improving bone health. For the first time, the results also showed these potassium salts reduce bone resorption, the process by which bone is broken down, therefore increasing their strength. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/01/150114115340.htm.

Potent Medicines

So bypass the pharmacy and head straight for your neighbourhood greengrocer or local farmer’s market, because here you will find the most potent medicines of all. Stock up on leafy greens, which should be eaten every day as they’re a particularly high-value source of calcium: 100kJ of leafy greens contain more than three times the calcium of 100kJ of whole milk. As a bonus, greens contain vitamin K1, which is yet another vital nutrient for bone health.

But don’t stop there: choose a range of brightly coloured produce with the aim of eating several different coloured fruits and vegetables each day. And use onions extravagantly, for they contain gamma-glutamyl peptides, which are known to increase bone density.

If you own a juicer, buy celery, carrots and apples to make a daily mocktail that will provide you with the full range of vitamins and minerals you need. Or enjoy one at your local juice bar at lunchtime.
High-quality protein, too, is important as amino acids form part of the bone matrix. Oily fish such as salmon is an excellent choice as it provides omega 3 essential fatty acids, yet another important bone nutrient. Other valuable protein sources are free-range eggs, free-range chickens, and pasture-fed meat in moderation. Vegans should focus on lentils, nuts, seeds and fermented soy products such as tempeh.

For those who eat dairy, small amounts of low-fat dairy foods will further boost calcium levels. The dairy industry is doing a fantastic job with the wonderful ranges of low-fat products now available, for it means we can enjoy yoghurt and cheese without the risk of cardiovascular disease. Cheese, especially soft curd cheese, contains vitamin K2, a nutrient associated with bone density that is present in fermented foods, notably natto, a Japanese soy product that admittedly is not to everyone’s taste.

As for milk, it appears there are risks attached to its consumption, such as an increased likelihood of developing prostate cancer. A Canadian study found men who drank four 200ml glasses of milk a day have double the risk of prostate cancer (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4219618/). Milk was the only dairy product significantly associated with prostate cancer risk. Some evidence links milk to breast cancer, although research is contradictory.

Sunshine Vitamin

Vitamin D is critical for healthy bones as it promotes calcium absorption. Spend 15 minutes outside enjoying the morning sun, without sunscreen, and your body will manufacture the vitamin D you need for bone health and disease prevention.

Body Resistance

Another key factor is weight-bearing exercise. Ideally, use your time in the sun to go for a walk, or perform some resistance exercises using your body weight or free weights.
The wrists, hips and spine are the areas most vulnerable to fracture, so you may consider consulting a qualified fitness instructor to develop a regimen for strengthening these areas.

Sleep Soundly

Practise good sleep hygiene to maximise your chances of having a good night’s sleep. Insufficient sleep has been linked to chronic disease risk, and might also be an unrecognised risk factor for bone loss, suggests a study from The Endocrine Society published in April 2017. Prolonged sleep disturbance can lead to lower bone formation. (www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/04/170402111317.htm). Researchers found that after three weeks of cumulative sleep restriction and circadian disruption, healthy men had reduced blood levels of a marker of bone formation, similar to that seen in jet lag or shift work. The biological marker of bone resorption, or breakdown, was unchanged.

Lead investigator Christine Swanson, M.D., an assistant professor at the University of Colorado, explained this altered bone balance creates a potential bone loss window that could give rise to osteoporosis and bone fractures. “If chronic sleep disturbance is identified as a new risk factor for osteoporosis, it could help explain why there is no clear cause for osteoporosis in the approximately 50 percent of the estimated 54 million Americans with low bone mass or osteoporosis,” she commented.

And finally…

Ditch the processed junk foods, for they can create biochemical imbalances that weaken the skeleton.

Categories: Latest News, News

Nature & Health April/May 2017 – Ease Insomnia

NEWS


You can be scrupulous about ‘sleep hygiene’, not eating or exercising late, and switching off all screens well before bedtime, but insomnia can still plague your nights. These are the best supplements that I recommend … Read More

“This article appeared in the April / May 2017 Edition of Nature & Health, Australia’s original and best natural health magazine, http://www.natureandhealth.com.au/ #naturalhealth #wellness.”

Categories: Uncategorized

Keeping Clinical Records

NEWS

Keeping Clinical Records

ATMS practitioners, regardless of being a provider with a health fund or not, are required to maintain full client records for each client treated. As a minimum this should include:

Keeping client/clinical records is an essential part of professional practice. Health funds also require the keeping of these records, and they form an important part in the client relationship to receive health fund rebates. All members should periodically review these requirements for Health Fund purposes, and ATMS has provided dedicated resources for members on our website, available here: http://www.atms.com.au/page.php?id=105

    • Client details (including full name, date of birth, gender, address and contact details including emergency contacts. For the first consultation a full case history should be taken).
    • Date of each treatment.
    • Nature of the illness / injury / reasons for seeking treatment.
    • Detail of each treatment and/or services provided. Some health funds request the specific Acupuncture points used and methods applied, the massage techniques used and parts of the body treated and for therapeutic goods, the specific details of the prescribed herbs and/or supplements with dosage.
    • Any advice or instructions given.
    • Details of any referrals made.
    • The outcome of previous treatment including improvements, baseline measures or outcomes reached.
    • Treatment time / duration.
    • Provider’s signature, initials or electronic signature.

 

As part of our ongoing compliance support for members, ATMS has also programmed the following webinars as part of our CPE Calendar:

Do’s and Don’ts of Clinical Practice, Betty Tannous,
7.00 pm to 8.30 pm Wednesday 3 May 2017
(http://omnovia.redbackconferencing.com.au/landers/page/2c5e55)

Clinical Case Notes for Complementary Medicine Practitioners, Keonnie Moore,
7.00 pm to 8.30 pm Wednesday 10 May 2017
(http://omnovia.redbackconferencing.com.au/landers/page/6f61d2)
 

 

 

Categories: Latest News, News

Independent film on Homeopathy ‘Just One Drop’ premieres in the UK

NEWS

Independent film on Homeopathy ‘Just One Drop’ premieres in the UK

Just One Drop – a documentary film about Homeopathy, yesterday made its world debut screening in London, United Kingdom. This film takes its audience on the journey of Homeopathy, a system of medicine that is currently used by more than 200 million people.

The Australian Traditional-Medicine Society (ATMS), Australia’s largest national association representing professional practitioners of natural medicine, including accredited Homeopathy therapists, is expecting that this documentary will provide a platform for new conversations and global attention to Homeopathy.

Homeopathy is a holistic system of healthcare developed by a German physician and chemist, Dr Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843), based on the Law of Similars, sometimes expressed as “like cures like”. This law dates back to Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, and other well-reputed historical healers, that substances that produce symptoms in a healthy person can be used to treat similar symptoms in a sick person.

Thus, homeopathic treatment is believed to stimulate the body’s own ability to heal itself and so reduce future susceptibility to diseases.

Just One Drop takes a no-holds-barred look at Homeopathy, with personal stories and commentary from clients that have experienced and successfully used Homeopathy first-hand.

Expected to be released in Australia later in the year, ATMS urges all practitioners and Australian’s with an interest in natural medicine and Homeopathy to visit www.justonedropfilm.com and get involved in this global conversation on Homeopathy.

– ends-

Interviews with Peter Berryman, President of ATMS, are available upon request

Peter Berryman is qualified in Naturopathy, Homeopathy, Education, and as a Medical Scientist. Peter has spent 31 years in private practice so far. He has lectured in Homeopathy since 1990, and Medical Sciences since 2006. Peter has been an ATMS Board member since 2007 and sits on the Academic Review Committee as Chair, as well as serving on the Executive Committee, Finance Committee, Regulatory Committee, Continuing Professional Education Committee, Marketing Committee and the Complaints Committee

Connect with ATMS on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

http://atms.com.au

For media enquiries please contact Zadro

Emma Brown, Account Manager, Zadro
P: 02 9212 7867 | emma@zadroagency.com.au

Categories: Latest News, News, Uncategorized

Online Client Bookings Launched with 1st Available

 

Take appointments online with 1stAvailable

ATMS Members save up to 65% of standard fees

With an additional 60-day free trial

We are delighted to announce that ATMS has negotiated special commercial terms for members to sign up to Australia’s leading online healthcare appointment booking service, 1stAvailable.com.au.

1stAvailable.com.au is Australia’s leading online booking service, providing a convenient, easy to use, online healthcare search and appointment booking service available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from any internet-connected device such as a smartphone, tablet or personal computer. 1stAvailable is gaining traction with over 3.6 million patient appointments across different health care practices; and is passionate about improving client care, healthcare practice and practitioner productivity.

How will subscribing to 1stAvailable benefit my practice?

  • It will help drive new customers to you
  • It will reduce your no-show rate dramatically
  • It will improve the efficiency of your front desk staff (if you have any
  • It will enable you to take appointments 24/7, even when you are in a consult with a client
  • It will make it easier for your existing clients to book with you and will likely result in them seeing you more frequently
  • It will allow you to compete effectively in the market by being at the forefront of this changing trend
  • It will enable you to nurture your existing client relationships – they will love you for it!

Not only will this deliver significant savings to ATMS members when signing up to the 1stAvailable solution, but this will help ATMS members lead the market in the adoption of online services. Register your interest, please click here for more details www.1stavailable.com.au/atms

 

Body-Mind Detox by Rosemary Ann Ogilvie

BODY-MIND DETOX

By Rosemary Ann Ogilvie

Q: I feel a bit jaded after an amazing summer. Can you recommend a quick pick-me-up?

A mini detox may be just what you need – and before you form visions of days without so much as a morsel passing your lips: this body detox is very gentle. 

However, before we go any further, there is one caution: if you’re being treated for any medical condition, be sure to consult a qualified nutritionist or naturopath before starting on any detox program, even one as mild as this.

While not everyone agrees with the idea that periodic detoxification is necessary to give the liver a rest and clear accumulated toxins from the cells, there’s no denying that the practice – in the form of fasting – has been part of many traditional cultures for centuries.

Rigid detox regimes that involve fasting for many days are too extreme for most people, and indeed can be quite dangerous: today’s hectic lifestyle demands huge amounts of energy and food, of course, fuels that energy.

However, a relatively painless one-to-three day fast can be incredibly revitalising, and even allow you to shed a couple of kilos.

It’s as simple as this:

Drink a glass of warm water with the juice of half a lemon (optional) when you wake up.

Nibble on raw vegetables and two servings of fruit for the rest of the day.

For dinner, have a plate of steamed non-starchy vegetables seasoned with herbs, spices and lemon juice.

Drink plenty of water and herbal teas throughout the day. If you’re a habitual coffee drinker, chances are you’ll develop a headache from the caffeine withdrawal, so choose a time when you don’t need to be at your peak mentally.

In the evenings, take a long, relaxing bath. While the bath is filling, spend five minutes dry brushing your skin to stimulate the lymphatic system and promote the expulsion of toxins. It also leaves the skin glowing, and may help break down cellulite.

Using a natural bristle brush with a long handle, brush completely dry skin starting at the bottom of your body and work upwards. Brush the soles of your feet first, then your legs – calves and shins – using long, smooth strokes. Continue moving up towards the groin area, then over the buttocks, up to the middle back, over the stomach in a circular motion to stimulate the colon, up to the armpits, across the shoulders and over the chest, without brushing the nipples. Brush upwards along the back of the neck and gently over the throat.

Ideally, schedule a lymphatic-drainage massage during your detox to enhance the effects. If you’re up to it, do some gentle stretching or yoga as well.

During your detox, look closely at your diet and lifestyle habits and identify areas where they could be improved. Set a goal to eat foods as close to nature as possible, and ideally organically grown:

  • Fresh vegetables and fruit
  • Wholegrains
  • Omega-3-rich oils such as extra virgin olive
  • Oily cold-water fish
  • Free-range eggs
  • Low-fat dairy products if you can tolerate them
  • Small amounts of good-quality meat and chicken.

Additionally, resolve to exercise regularly if you’re not currently doing this.

Your Mind

One of the most liberating and energising things you can do is to release toxic emotions. It’s even possible that clearing these emotions may also clear pain in areas where those emotions are stored, notably the neck and shoulders.

If you’re holding onto anger, hurt, resentment, jealousy or regret relating to an incident, consider writing a letter to the person involved – but don’t send it to them: instead, delete it or shred it. If you feel you need to go through the act of sending it to get it out of your system, email or snail mail it to yourself.

Don’t allow resentments to build up in relationships, whether work or personal. Deal with things as they happen: always take responsibility for your feelings, and avoid saying anything you may regret later.

Limit the time you spend with toxic people who drain the life out of you, for life is too short to waste on them. Granted, this can be difficult when they’re family or work colleagues, but make a point of not accepting every invitation, and keep your visits brief when you do accept. On the other hand, aim to spend more time with people who enrich your life.

Be aware of the effect television news and current affairs shows have on you, especially at times like these when so many bad things are happening. They can easily cause you to sink into a morass of negativity.

Use brief meditations during the day to stay calm and centred. Many people find meditation difficult, that quieting an over-active mind is almost impossible. Ease into meditation slowly, aiming for just a few minutes to start with. Sit comfortably where you won’t be disturbed and ideally have something you can focus on, such as a candle, a flower, a picture or an ornament. Breathe slowly and deeply, focussing your attention on the object. When your mind wanders, gently bring your focus back to the object. Persevere, for you’ll come to value the calming benefits these mini meditation breaks can bring.