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April 2016 update from MNMC.
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In this month's issue:

SUPPLEMENTS - Are they all the same?

HOW TO GET A GREAT NIGHT'S SLEEP

ANZAC BISCUITS - A modern twist





MediHerb Enhance

Vanilla Protein Powder - Whey Protein

Now only $40
(save $20)

 
 

Mukti Lip Butter - Cacao Vanilla
Organic, vegan and super nourishing!
Now only $16.95
(save $3)

The Key to Amazing Sleep!
By Dr. Kate Adler

Stiff neck in the morning? Waking up feeling tired and low in energy? Then perhaps it's time to re-evaluate your pillow!
 
Did you know we spend about 6-8 hours a night, every night, in bed on our pillow? That's almost 1/3 of our lives! If you are sleeping with an unsupported pillow - one that's perhaps too low or not the right fit for your neck- over time this can create stress and tension on your neck, shoulders and upper back. This tension affects overall neck curvature which over time can create pain, muscle tightness, headaches and sometimes even pins and needles into the hands.
 
Sleep is the time that allows cells and tissues in our body to repair. So not only is it important to sleep comfortably to take tension off your neck, but also to allow the entire body to reboot, refresh and repair!
 
A pillow should be designed to support your head and neck in a neutral position aligned with the rest of your spine. The height and texture of your pillow will vary depending on the individual person when laying on their side or back. A pillow should provide you with lasting support for your head and neck, without the need to continually adjust your position to get comfortable. Just like a good pair of runners or a toothbrush you will need to change your pillow over time as it starts to lose its support from constant use. Every 2-3 years you should reevaluate and change your pillow.
 
At MNMC, we have just ordered in a great new range of pillows. These pillows are fantastic as they come in an array of heights and density (including latex, memory foam and gel) to suit each individual. For more information about our pillows or to organise a time to discuss a pillow to suit your individual needs, please get in contact with our reception team on (03) 9686 2566.
MNMC Chiropractor Dr Kate Adler is able to assist with matching the best pillow to your spinal health needs.

Book in for your INITIAL CONSULTATION today!
Making Informed Decisions when Choosing Supplements
Written by Naturopath Emma Berry
   
There is a growing trend for consumers to purchase their natural medicine supplements online. Due to the diverse range of supplements that are now available from all around the world, it is not uncommon for individuals to find a supplement over the Internet that may be a cheaper option or more convenient – but is it equal in quality to a practitioner-only supplement?

The fact is Australian natural medicine companies are leaders in manufacturing herbal and nutritional supplements when compared to other countries such as the US, China or elsewhere.
 
Not all supplements are created equal (far from it!). The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) regulates natural medicines to ensure the quality, safety and effectiveness of the product. Supplements available online are not regulated by the TGA when coming from other countries, and manufacturing standards are not as stringent in other countries.

There are numerous factors to consider, other countries may:
  • Not screen for levels of heavy metals, pesticides or microbial containments.
  • Fail to contain levels of nutrients or herbs that are in a therapeutic dose range
  • Select a form of the vitamin or mineral that is poorly absorbed
  • Contain undisclosed, dangerous ingredients
  • Use the wrong herb entirely, not use the active constituent of a herb or may be adulterated with other unknown ingredients
  • Contain excipients (ingredients that stabilise a tablet and prolong shelf life) that are harmful to health or reduce the impact of its benefit
  • May be easily oxidised, this is a significant concern with particular oils such as CoQ10, vitamin D and fish oils, as it may indeed be detrimental to your health.
  • List supplements as ‘foods’ to bypass compulsory testing that would otherwise be performed for the safety of consumers.
 
Australian regulations insist upon the production of natural medicine supplements to a pharmaceutical standard. The TGA discourage purchases of supplements online as this poses a serious risk to unwell and vulnerable patients.
 
At Melbourne Natural Medicine Clinic we care about your health and wellbeing, we are professionally trained to responsibly prescribe products that comply with Australian regulatory requirements. Our naturopathic practitioners have access to an extensive range of nutritional and botanical medicines from manufacturers that source and produce high quality products and employ superior ethical standards.
 
Brands such as Medi-Herb, Metagenics and Orthoplex often surpass Australian standards by incorporating testing regimes that guard against substitution, adulteration and poor quality. They accomplish this by testing materials extensively throughout production:
  • Herbal ingredients are sourced from organically grown herbs and analysed prior to formulation to certify that materials contain high levels of the active constituents
  • Quality assurance protocols and advanced technology are used to detect microbial levels, pesticides, herbicides, heavy metals and radiation levels to ensure product quality criteria is met
  • Nutritional ingredients are tested to ensure correct composition
  • The end product is re-tested to confirm active ingredients have survived the manufacturing process
  • Measures are taken to ensure storage and handling of herbs protect the fragile active components
 
To be sure you are taking only the best, not wasting money on unnecessary, ineffective or harmful natural medicine supplements speak to one of our practitioners to take the guess work out of it for you – when it comes to purity, quality, taste, and sustainable sourcing we know our products. After all, this is your health, why take the risk!
A modern take on the ANZAC biscuit
Recipe courtesy of Sophie Guidolin
 
Ingredients
3 tablespoons coconut oil
3 tablespoons organic maple syrup
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon macadamia spread
2 eggs
1 and a half cups rolled oats
1/2 cup almond meal

Method
*Preheat oven to 150C. Line a rectangular tray with baking paper.
*Using a non-stick pan heat the coconut oil, maple syrup, honey, vanilla essence and baking powder together until it is frothing up and well combined. Remove from heat.
*Add in the macadamia spread and stir, allowing to cool. 
*In a mixing bowl combine the oats and almond meal. 

*Once the mixture has cooled off a little, add in the eggs combining the wet ingredients together before adding them to the dry bowl.
*Stir, combining the ingredients together into a biscuit mixture.
*Once combined, place the round biscuits on the tray and cook for 15-20 minutes until brown.

 

Enjoy these on the 25th April and remember those who have fallen, those still fighting and the families waiting at home.


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