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As September draws to a close, here is our Final post about Oral Health. So last week we discussed the link between Oral Health and Cardiovascular Disease. This week’s discussion is about another important disease link.

Study claims: The Cause of Alzheimer’s could be Coming From Inside Your Mouth
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In recent years, a growing number of scientific studies have backed an alarming hypothesis: Alzheimer’s disease isn’t just a disease, it’s an infection.
While the exact mechanisms of this infection are something researchers are still trying to isolate, a litany of papers argue the deadly spread of Alzheimer’s goes way beyond what we used to think.
Now, scientists are saying they’ve got one of the most definitive leads yet for a bacterial culprit behind Alzheimer’s, and it comes from a somewhat unexpected quarter: gum disease.
In a new paper led by senior author Jan Potempa, a microbiologist from the University of Louisville, researchers report the discovery of Porphyromonas gingivalis – the pathogen behind chronic periodontitis (aka gum disease) – in the brains of deceased Alzheimer’s patients.
It’s not the first time the two factors have been linked.

Impact On Pregnant Women & New Borns
pregnant mother

Due to the increase in hormone levels, particularly estrogen and progesterone, pregnant women are at greater risk to develop inflamed gums, which if left untreated can lead to periodontal disease. A five-year study conducted at the University of North Carolina found that pregnant women with periodontal disease are seven times more likely to deliver a premature, low-birth-weight baby.

The connection between poor oral health and overall health may not be limited to cardiovascular disease. Studies have linked periodontal disease and rheumatoid arthritis. In addition, a 2016 study found a link between the same bacterium and risk of pancreatic cancer. However, we’ll need additional research to figure out the importance of these observations.

Whether the link is direct, indirect or coincidence, a healthy mouth, and a regimen to keep it that way (including not smoking, and getting regular dental care) can help you keep your teeth. That’s reason enough to do what you can to make oral health a priority. Perhaps it will turn out to have other benefits though much of that remains speculative.
Stand by for more studies on the link between oral health and overall health. Until then, keep brushing, flossing and seeing your dentist.

To keep your teeth, gums and body healthy, we recommend the following:
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  • Provide your dentist with a complete health history, including any illnesses and medication use.
  • Brush your teeth twice a day with a good organic based toothpaste.
  • Floss daily to help remove plaque, the sticky film of bacteria that gets stuck between your teeth and under your gums.
  • Visit your dentist for regular checkups and your oral hygienist for professional cleaning to help prevent any problems and detect possible problems in their early stages. The mouth is often the location used to diagnose a variety of diseases.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet, which will help you maintain a healthier immune system, help prevent heart disease and slow diabetes disease progression.

A Clean/healthy Mouth will lead to a Clean/healthy Body

BALANCED HEALING can assist by screening the body to assess overall health status and recommend a suitable lifestyle programme to reduce inflammation & infection. We work in collaboration with a holistic oral hygienist for further diagnosis and treatment.

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NATIONAL NUTRITION AND OBESITY WEEK 2019

It is certainly encouraging and heartwarming to see the emphasis during National Nutrition week for 2019 to be focusing on the fundamentals of our core well-being and highlighting the use and consumption of WHOLE FOODS.

Despite what we know about the impact of food choices on our health, overweight and obesity are still on the rise in South Africa, alongside a host of preventable diseases that can be attributed to unhealthy lifestyles.

The message that a coalition of health professionals, including the Department of Health, is highlighting in October during National Nutrition and Obesity Week (9 to 19 October) is that, thanks to our industrialised food system, and far greater, ultra-processed and fast food choices aimed at our ‘convenience’, we’ve got further away from eating the whole foods that are really good for us.

This year’s theme is: "MAKE EATING WHOLE FOODS A WAY OF LIFE"

Read some facts that you may not be aware of @ https://zurl.co/jqJh

KEY POINTS
+Enjoy a variety of unprocessed or minimally processed food choices
+Eat plenty of vegetables and fruit every day.
+Eat dry beans, peas, lentils and soya regularly.
+Plan and prepare healthy home made meals rather than buying ready to eat food meals/snacks or eating out frequently.
+Always check food and beverage lables to read what your food and drink consists of.

At BALANCED HEALING we focus on the fundamentals of health with the pivotal emphasis being on our daily nutritional intake to be the main focus on health & wellness. Healing begins with adequate nutrition.

BALANCED HEALING is passionate about creating healthy eating habits and with individual consultation & tailor made planning, assist many people with their nutritional & Lifestyle management. Thus ultimately promoting healing of chronic or sub-clinical ailments such as inflammation, digestive issues and in the prevention of escalating disease processes in obesity driven ailments such as Insulin Resistance, Cholesterol management and some endocrine / hormonal disturbances.

For more information, please be sure to visit the Department of Health National Nutrition week 2019 web page: https://zurl.co/8BLb
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ADHD MANAGEMENT & ALTERNATIVE TREATMENTS

As it is International ADHD AWARENESS Month - let’s kick off this week with a topic close to my heart, as I too have a son that falls within the Autism spectrum. Many moons ago when he was little and struggling to meet his developmental milestones and causing havoc in his nursery school, we began the long & torturous road to trying to find out what was going on in his little mind & body…. The first LABLE was ADHD.

So it was test after test, therapy session after therapy session, Occupational, Speech you name it and of course the dreaded DRUG REGIME….We tried quite a few. I might add this did very little for him if anything at times made it worse… So here is a little input from my side as a mother and nurse, with many years of research and actually being in the trenches with other parents and teachers…. Here’s my 5 cents worth this week:

According to the Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Support Group of Southern Africa ADHASA), ADHD is understood to appear in 10% of the South African population and is found in all ethnic and socio-economic clusters.

Imagine what it would be like to realise that your child:
acts and thinks differently;

+says and does whatever comes to mind,
+Constantly interrupts while they are talking.

Imagine what it would be like to learn from his teacher that your child:

+is ‘rude and disruptive’,
+not capable of paying attention or following simple instructions in the classroom.

The frightening realisation that your child’s schooling career might be in jeopardy could drive you into the arms of a doctor. And when you take your child there, instead of a comprehensive medical assessment and blood tests, you may end up having a conversation about your child’s behaviour, and, after a few minutes, you could leave with an Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) diagnosis coupled with a prescription. You can bet that there’s a pharmaceutical solution offered up as a standard reactionary medical response.

I am not suggesting that some kids do or don’t have ADHD or that some kids might not actually be served well to take a medication. As a mother & practicing integrative nurse..dealing with this issue, it's clear that a small percentage of children will, in fact, do better in terms of socialization and academic performance when they are appropriately medicated. But the notion that we should accept the idea that medications should be given to all those who “act out” of the conventional mold in the academic measurement system….should be challenged on scientific, medical, and compassionate grounds.

Here’s the checklist of what I believe should happen before children get drugged:

First off "CUT THE SUGAR!!!"

Read the rest of the list here: https://zurl.co/hprC

At BALANCED HEALING, the approach is individual and focused. we utilize the dietary and natural supplementation avenues with some herbal remedies alongside the use of Bach Flower Remedies as well as Auricular acupuncture/pressure point therapy, while functioning within a reputable and professional referral base as and when other therapies are required or indicated.
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ADHD AWARENESS MONTH

It is the beginning of ADHD Awareness Month,
I couldn’t think of a better way to kick it off than sharing a poem written by one of our ADHD mamas, Andrea DeBaggis.

So much of our success in raising kids with ADHD depends upon your willingness to look at our children and their behaviours in a different light. Andrea’s poem does an amazing job helping us to do just that.

Think About It:
How can you reframe some of your own child’s frustrating behaviours?
How does this help you shift your responses?

"The Octopus
his eyes wander skyward
a toy always in his little hand
he fidgets and fiddles
and hums
through my voice"

Honey, did you hear what I said?
Mom, did you know that an octopus has three hearts?

"images and thoughts wash over his brain
like a rogue wave
sometimes they are slow, steady
barely cresting
other times they pound his shores like a hurricane
throwing life around him
off balance
churning and tossing the moments
like lost ships at sea"

Mom, that’s why they are so gentle.
Your shoes honey. You need your shoes.
Yes Mom I heard you.

"he hums
and looks away
past me and past this time and space
his thoughts are not on shoes
they are deep in the blue of the ocean
with a beautiful gentle floating
eight-armed creature

he has left my kitchen for another world
a beautiful place where he needs to be
for a moment
and I am worried about shoes
sometimes I want to ride the waves
wander
and think about the octopus
with him at my side
my guide
my beautiful boy
he journeys far and wide
and often
and I am always calling him back
but
he’s not ready to return
for shoes
or chores
or math
or dinner"

Mom, also, an octopus can fall in love.

"so I lean down with creaking knees and all the love I have
ease his foot into my hand
and put on his shoes
because
he is not done watching the octopus"

Read More @ https://zurl.co/a3Ev

[Credit goes to the: Honestly ADHD Group, based in Las Vegas, NV]

BALANCED HEALING’S next post will discuss a personal ADHD story and provide some advice on how to manage your child with this condition.
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PUT YOUR HEART & MIND IN YOUR MOUTH - FINAL

As September draws to a close, here is our final post about Oral Health. So last week we discussed the Link between Oral Health and Cardiovascular Disease. This week's discussion is about another important disease link.

A STUDY CLAIMS: THE CAUSE OF ALZHEIMER’S COULD BE COMING FROM INSIDE YOUR MOUTH

In recent years, a growing number of scientific studies have backed an alarming hypothesis: Alzheimer's disease isn't just a disease, it's an infection.
While the exact mechanisms of this infection are something researchers are still trying to isolate, a litany of papers argue the deadly spread of Alzheimer's goes way beyond what we used to think.
Now, scientists are saying they've got one of the most definitive leads yet for a bacterial culprit behind Alzheimer's, and it comes from a somewhat unexpected quarter: gum disease.
In a new paper led by senior author Jan Potempa, a microbiologist from the University of Louisville, researchers report the discovery of Porphyromonas gingivalis – the pathogen behind chronic periodontitis (aka gum disease) – in the brains of deceased Alzheimer's patients.
It's not the first time the two factors have been linked.

IMPACT ON PREGNANT WOMEN & NEWBORNS

Due to the increase in hormone levels, particularly estrogen and progesterone, pregnant women are at greater risk to develop inflamed gums, which if left untreated can lead to periodontal disease. A five-year study conducted at the University of North Carolina found that pregnant women with periodontal disease are seven times more likely to deliver a premature, low-birth-weight baby.�But wait, there's more!

The connection between poor oral health and overall health may not be limited to cardiovascular disease. Studies have linked periodontal disease and rheumatoid arthritis. In addition, a 2016 study found a link between the same bacterium and risk of pancreatic cancer. However, we'll need additional research to figure out the importance of these observations.

THE BOTTOM LINE

Whether the link is direct, indirect or coincidence, a healthy mouth, and a regimen to keep it that way (including not smoking, and getting regular dental care) can help you keep your teeth. That's reason enough to do what you can to make oral health a priority. Perhaps it will turn out to have other benefits though much of that remains speculative.
Stand by for more studies on the link between oral health and overall health. Until then, keep brushing, flossing and seeing your dentist.

To keep your teeth, gums, and body healthy, we recommend the following:

Read more @ https://zurl.co/GkcV

“A CLEAN/HEALTHY MOUTH WILL LEAD TO A CLEAN/HEALTHY BODY"

BALANCED HEALING can assist by screening the body to assess overall health status and recommend a suitable lifestyle program to reduce inflammation & infection. We work in collaboration with a holistic oral hygienist for further diagnosis and treatment.
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PUT YOUR HEART & MIND IN YOUR MOUTH

Continuing on with September HEART HEALTH AWARENESS month I would like to HIGHLIGHT the ORAL HEALTH AWARENESS aspect – Oral care also being a focal point for the month of September.

THE CONNECTION BETWEEN ORAL HEALTH & SYSTEMIC DISEASE
It’s not news that there is a significant link between one’s oral health and overall health. Though studies are ongoing, researchers have known for quite some time that the mouth is connected to the rest of the body. Your mouth is the entry point of many bacteria,

Periodontal disease is an infection of the tissues that support your teeth and is caused by plaque-forming bacteria in your mouth.

Study after study has shown that people who have poor oral health (such as gum disease or tooth loss) have higher rates of cardiovascular problems such as heart attack or stroke than people with good oral health.

WHY WOULD CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE AND POOR ORAL HEALTH BE CONNECTED?

A number of theories have been proposed, including:

• The bacteria that infect the gums and cause gingivitis and periodontitis also travel to blood vessels elsewhere in the body where they cause blood vessel inflammation and damage; tiny blood clots, heart attack, and stroke may follow. Supporting this idea is the finding of remnants of oral bacteria within atherosclerotic blood vessels far from the mouth. Then again, antibiotic treatment has not proven effective at reducing cardiovascular risk.
• Rather than bacteria causing the problem, it's the body's immune response – inflammation - that sets off a cascade of vascular damage throughout the body, including the heart and brain.
• There may be no direct connection between gum disease and cardiovascular disease; the reason they may occur together is that there is a 3rd factor (such as smoking) that's a risk factor for both conditions. Other potential "confounders" include poor access to healthcare and lack of exercise.

Read full article @ http://www.balancedhealing.co.za/put-your-heart-mind-in-your-mouth/

BALANCED HEALING can assist by screening the body to assess overall health status and recommend a suitable lifestyle program to reduce inflammation & infection. We work in collaboration with a holistic oral hygienist for further diagnosis and treatment.
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