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Methylation and Histamine sensitivity

Do you have a sensitivity to pollen in the air at various times of the year? How about skin reactions to certain foods or things you touch that can respond to claritine or other antihistamine medications?  Watery eyes, runny nose or post nasal drip? Do you have a weak stomach? Maybe a history of panic attacks, depression or mental fatigue? If so, you might have a sensitivity to (or build up of) Histamine - a chemical naturally produced by the body, and consumed in foods. The problem is often a genetic limitation in processing and excreting histamine from the body, which is often linked to a process called under methylation. Undermethylation and its many consequences can cause a wide variety of symptoms in different people.

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Bedwetting in children

A common children's condition we see at the clinic is bedwetting (nocturnal enuresis). It is normal for children below the ages of 4 or 5 to lack control of their bladder, however, if this continues after the age of 5, it could signify a problem. Primary enuresis is described as bedwetting in a child beyond 5 years old who has never been able to establish good bladder control. Secondary enuresis is described as a bedwetting relapse in a child who was previously toilet trained.   There are several alternative medicine therapies that have published reports on treatments for bedwetting. These include:   Dietary modification Craniosacral therapy Acupuncture  

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Best Sleeping Positions

Many patients ask what position is the best to sleep in for their particular problem. This often also leads to discussion on which are the best pillows and which are the best mattresses. Lets begin by looking at the body's natural curves- because the best position is usually one that supports these curves appropriately. On the drawing to the right it can be seen that there are three main curves in the spine when looked at from the side. The neck (cervical spine) and low back (lumbar spine) curve backwards and are called lordoses, while the mid back (thoracic spine) curves forward. Click on the links for a review on common postural distortions and scoliosis.   Sleeping in a position that supports these curves and maintains a neutral position would be ideal, however the condition and type of mattress you sleep on as well as the type of pillow you use will also influence this. Lets look at each position in turn.

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Vitamin B12

What is Vitamin B12? Vitamin B12 (Cobalamine) is a water soluble vitamin, first described by British physician Thomas Addison in 1855. He described a deficiency of this vitamin to be associated with macrocytic anemia (anemia associated with enlarged red blood cells); glossitis (tongue and throat inflammation); and neurological symptoms such as mental fatigue, memory failure, dizziness, vertigo, loss of balance and muscle weaknesses among other symptoms.

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Childrens Developmental Milestones

  KNOWING YOUR CHILD'S MILESTONES: SIGNS of DELAYED DEVELOPMENT   The following brief list may help you to notice any delays or abnormalities in your child's progress and prompt you to have them checked by a suitably qualified health care provider:   0-3 months: not smiling by 8 weeks not calming down, at least for a little while, when picked up being unusually floppy or stiff having different muscle tone or strength in an arm and leg on one side compared with the other side having unusually 'good' head control due to stiff muscles always holding fingers in a tight fist not startled by sudden noises having feeding problems beyond 'normal' range – find out more from your Child and Family Health nurse crying for long periods, or ongoing problems settling being unusually 'good' and not demanding not watching your face when you speak to them by 3 months not making sounds other than crying by 3 months.

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