When it comes to skin conditions the most common ones seem to get all the attention; that being acne, eczema and psoriasis.
Today I wanted to talk about a skin condition that isn’t talked about but affects 20,000 Australians and New Zealanders, and that is Lupus (Systemic Lupus Erythematous, SLE).
I was prompted to write this article as I have heard the term ‘toxic people’ being used a lot in social media and even in conversations with patients in my clinic.
It got me thinking what does it mean to have a ‘toxic person’ in your life? Do they know they are ‘toxic’ or do they think that perhaps you are ‘toxic’?
Before I share the wonderful news that you don’t have to suffer from Chronic Fatigue forever, let me first define Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Chronic Fatigue. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a disorder of its own entity. It was poorly diagnosed for many years as tests in the GP’s office couldn’t simply give you the diagnosis, so as a result many people suffered in silence. These days it is much more accepted and there are criteria a doctor can use to better diagnosed Chronic Fatigue Syndrome symptoms. As for Chronic Fatigue this can be a symptom of an other disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, skin diseases such as psoriasis or any other chronic disease.
Recently I interviewed a wonderful GAPS diet practitioner for my podcast, Salubrious Skin with Dr Irene (episode will be uploaded next week).
It was an interesting chat about the importance of gut health for all aspects of our health.
This got me thinking and as a result spiked so many conversations in my clinic.
Is stress actually bad for our health or is it a great motivator to doing great things with our life?
We constantly hear stress is bad for us and most of us know stress can make us have sleepless nights, anxiety, chest pain, easily catching someone else’s cold/flu, headaches, making poor dietary choices and the list goes on.
Now this list can truly go on and on but IS STRESS ACTUALLY BAD FOR YOUR HEALTH?
Could the time of day dictate how you feel?
Well according to Chinese Medicine, there are 12 2-hour periods of the days that correlate to a specific meridian. When that period presents, there are symptoms that present when there is a deficiency in that organ system but the great news is if you make a few little changes, you can actually improve your health.
With so many of us struggling to fulfil our day to day duties we often worry it could be something more sinister with our health.
Before jumping into any conclusions, ask yourself could it be your thyroid?
May is Thyroid awareness month and this is a great time to get better acquainted with your thyroid gland.
I thought this was an important topic to discuss as many of my patients often ask me questions regarding chronic illness and relationships.
Often my experience with chronic illness comes up in conversations and naturally then does, “are you married? Do you have kids?”
So naturally the conversations turn to enquiry about how I have managed the two.
In my opinion, Summer is the best time of year, although this is a sentiment not shared by many.
Summer often leads to sleepless nights, constant perspiration and lethargy. For many with skin conditions, it can be a time where skin irritations worsen causing more embarrassment and shame.