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Bridget Spargo

Integrative Nurse Practitioner


HEALTH IS THE NEW WEALTH & BALANCE IS YOUR CHOICE”.

“HEALING & HEALTHCARE ARE MY PASSION

Driven by the passion to find a solution to managing stress, Balanced Healing became a reality. Built on the strengths of my conventional Nursing background & many years within the corporate environment – it has become more apparent to me – more so now than before, that we need to be looking at healing as an integrative & holistic treatment plan – I like to think of it as a lifestyle management program.

With a sound clinical background founded on my Diploma in General Nursing & Midwifery and of late a more complementary approach to healthcare incorporating Naturopathy, Diploma in Advanced Nutritional Principles, Certification in Auricular Acupuncture, Intro to Neuroscience coaching, Bach Flower Remedies and various other adjunctive modalities, I am able to offer a complex & layered but simple holistic approach to managing your & your family’s health requirements to ensure a healthier happier you.


    Intellectual Wealth & Qualifications:


    Qualifications:

    * Diploma General Nursing & Midwifery (Mar 1988 / June 1989)
    * Diploma Marketing (Oct 2002)
    * Bachelor’s Degree – Administration & Marketing (Oct 2005)
    * Introduction to NeuroScience Coaching (Dec 2014)
    * Kinesiology (L1) (Nov 2014)
    * Integrative & Traditional Medicine – Naturopathy (Aug 2015)
    * Dispensing for Healthcare Professionals (Sept 2015)
    * Iridology (L1) (Aug 2015)
    * Diploma in Personal Nutrition (Jun 2016)
    * Accudetox Specialist Certification (Nov 2016)
    * ACLS (current)
    * Advanced Diploma In Nutritional Principles (2018)
    * Bach Flower Remedies (L1) (2018)
    * Certified GAPS Practitioner (current)


      Affiliations

      SANCA” (South African Nursing Council)

      South African Nurses Council

      BHF”(BHF – Board of Healthcare Funders (088 000 0575542) Board of Healthcare Funders

      SPNP”(Society of Private Nurses Practitioners) SPNP

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      SUN SMART - PART 2
      Part 2 of the Sun Smart Series we discuss the damaging effects of the sun, sunscreen & SPF and how to effectively protect yourself from the sun.

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      SUN SMART

      Now that the holiday season is almost upon us it is important to discuss your skin, the largest organ in the body and how to obtain optimal skin health & protection.

      LAYERS OF THE SKIN

      The skin has three layers:
      ·The EPIDERMIS, the outermost layer of skin, provides a waterproof barrier and creates our skin tone.
      ·The DERMIS, beneath the epidermis, contains tough connective tissue, hair follicles, and sweat glands.
      ·The deeper subcutaneous tissue (HYPODERMIS) is made of fat and connective tissue.

      THE PURPOSE OF SKIN

      +It keeps the insides IN & the outside OUT – provides a BARRIER
      +PROTECTS US – The skin functions as our first line of defence against toxins, radiation and harmful pollutants. The skin contains cells that provide immune functions to protect against infections. Our skin has the ability to identify and destroy foreign substances that may potentially be harmful to the body.
      +ABSORPTION – Thousands of pores on the surface of the skin can absorb vitamins, acids, water and oxygen in order to provide moisture and nourishment to our skin.
      +EXCRETION – The skin is the body’s largest waste removal system. Toxins are released through the sweat glands and pores.
      +SECRETION – The skin secretes sebum, a mixture of oils that keeps the skin soft and supple. The layer of sebum on the outermost layer of the skin is known as the acid mantle. When intact the acid mantle has a PH that ranges from 4.5-5.5. The acid mantle is acidic in nature to protect the skin from outside invasion.
      +REGULATION – The skin regulates the body’s temperature by sweating; when water from sweat on the skin evaporates it gives off heat and cools the body. The body’s temperature increases or by shivering or getting goosebumps when the body is cold. The contraction of muscles releases energy that warms the body.
      +SENSATION – The skin contains millions of nerve endings that transport stimuli. These nerve endings allow humans to detect sensation such as heat, cold, pain and pressure.

      SKIN COLOUR

      MELANIN: The pigment that gives human skin, hair, and eyes their colour. Dark-skinned people have more melanin in their skin than light-skinned people have. Melanin is produced by cells called melanocytes.

      Everyone has about the same number of cells that make melanin, but not everybody makes the same amount of melanin. The more melanin your skin makes the darker your skin. How much melanin your body makes depends on your genes, which you get from your parents. Melanin is why you get a tan or burn.

      Dark pigmented people living in high sunlight environments are at an advantage due to the high amounts of melanin produced in their skin. The dark pigmentation protects from DNA damage and absorbs the right amounts of UV radiation needed by the body, as well as protects against folate depletion.

      SUNLIGHT & MELANIN

      Sunlight modifies melanin
      Have you ever wondered why your skin colour changes when exposed to sunlight? Well, it turns out that this important pigment reacts to the exposure of ultraviolet light, so when receiving solar radiation absorbs UV rays to minimize damage to the skin, which modifies its original colour and makes it much more intense and dark

      The Process has a positive aspect in that it protects the skin and the body in general from suffering deep burns, although its prolonged exposure to the sun can cause an adverse reaction in the cells, turning them into carcinogens.

      The lack of melanin and its consequences
      When we have little melanin in the body the consequences are visible, a lack of extreme melanin occurs in the form of albinism, however, a considerable deficiency of it can also manifest as vitiligo, a condition that can reduce the existing pigment in certain areas of the body.

      In addition, a lack of considerable melanin in the epidermis can cause the early appearance of grey hair, while its excess can trigger the appearance of age spots.

      SUN EXPOSURE
      It feels good to lounge in the sunshine, but it can hurt your health in the long run. Over the years, too much time outdoors can put you at risk for wrinkles, age spots, scaly patches called actinic keratosis, and skin cancer.

      A tan may look nice, but that golden colour is due to an injury to the top layer of your skin.

      When you soak up the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays, it speeds up the ageing of your skin and raises your risk of skin cancer.

      SUNBURN
      Sunburn (First-Degree Burns) There’s no guesswork about whether you’ve got a sunburn. Your skin turns red, it feels hot to the touch, and you may have some mild pain. uIt’s called a first-degree burn when it affects only the outer layer of your skin. To get some relief from pain, try a cold compress, or apply some moisturizing cream or aloe.

      Sunburn (Second Degree) A second-degree sunburn damages deep layers of your skin and nerve endings. It’s usually more painful and takes longer to heal. You may have redness and swelling. If blisters form, don’t break them. They might get infected.

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      Stay tuned as next week we will discuss the ageing effects of sun exposure.
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