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Do you think it might be your hormones?

Posted by Dr Michelle Woolhouse on 1 August 2018
Do you think it might be your hormones?

Hormones are really very important to the health of everything organ and system in the human body. So what are they and what do they do?  Hormones are quite simply chemical messengers, that transfer information from place to place, think "Australia Post".

Hormones are responsible for regulating our sleep, our sexual functions, our reproductive cycles, our sugars, our fats and our energy systems. Some examples include insulin, thyroid hormone, oestrogen and melatonin.

We even have hormones that regulate our blood pressure, our kidney function, our mineral levels, our inflammation levels and our emotions.

So how do we know if hormones are an issue?

Because hormones are designed to communicate certain unique messages, when they don't function well, the patterns of symptoms are similar. Ie when your hormones are out of balance, the symptoms you feel during the pre-menstrual times, ie irritability, sore breasts, fluid retention, chocolate cravings, headaches etc are akin to deficiencies in progesterone and possibly excesses in oestrogen.   Another example is the thyroid gland, which produces hormones that regulate how much energy we have for our metabolism. If you are suffering from constipation, fatigue, dry skin, poor sleep, easy weight gain and lowered mood, this may indicate an issue with your thyroid gland.

So how do I know?

Discuss the patterns of your symptoms with your GP, certain tests, either blood, urine or saliva can indicate if you have an issue.

So what can be done?

The good news is that hormones usually get upset due to poor lifestyle choices, like too much sugar, alcohol, caffeine, stress, lack of sleep, and also in the presence of abnormal nutrient levels. They may also be out of balance in the case, where your immune system and inflammation levels are too high, which can also upset the balance.

If you would like to find out more, or feel like you need to spend some time exploring whether your hormones may be at play in your current health issues.  Why not book an appointment to see one of the integrative Whole Medicine GP's and take the next step towards a holistic approach to your well-being.

Posted in: Women's Health Chronic Illness Health and Well Being Family GP  

Whole Medicine - What is an integrative GP?

Posted by Dr Michelle Woolhouse on 25 July 2018
Whole Medicine - What is an integrative GP?
Integrative medicine is a philosophy of health that focuses on the individual patient and combines conventional western medicine with evidence-based natural medicine and therapies within the current mainstream system.

An Integrative GP reaffirms the significant relationship between the doctor and the patient. It is a complete emphasis on the whole person. Integrative medicine isn't alternative medicine as it is informed by the latest scientific evidence, and it makes use of all available and researched therapeutic interventions, other regulated health care professionals and disciplines to achieve optimal health and well-being.

It takes into account the physical, psychological, social, emotional, environmental and spiritual wellbeing of the person with the aim of using the safest and evidence-based treatments available for optimal long term health.

To find out more or to book an appointment contact our friendly team at Whole Medicine on 03 5986 4229.

Posted in: Women's Health Preventative Medicine Men's Health Children's Health Chronic Illness Health and Well Being Family GP  

Integrative approach to local health care

Posted by Dr Michelle Woolhouse on 20 July 2018
Integrative approach to local health care

This article will appear in the Mornington Peninsula Magazine August 2018 Addition.

Whole Medicine Article in Mornington Peninsula Magazine

Mornington Peninsula residents now have access to one of the country's most modern medical clinics Whole Medicine. The medical practice was relaunched earlier this year after being founded as Peninsula Holistic General Practice in 2009. Founder and principal GP Dr Michelle Woolhouse says: "Whole Medicine takes an integrative approach to health care. This means using a combination of general practice with evidence-based holistic principles to help men, women and children be well."

Dr Woolhouse obtained her medical degree from Monash University in 1996 and is a fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. She is also a fellow of the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine and has post-graduate training in hypnotherapy, acupuncture and mind-body medicine.

Whole Medicine provides a range of family GP services, preventative medicine, skin health treatments, community health talks, mind and body retreats and more. Dr Woolhouse explains. "Our health philosophy is to address the whole spectrum of a person's life, including emotional, physical, mental and environmental factors. We are passionate about helping local families and businesses take a holistic and comprehensive approach to health."

Professor Avni Sali AM, director of the National Institute of Integrative Medicine, says: "This is modern medicine. It is not just about trying to treat a person's cancer, ulcer or asthma; we are looking at the whole person." The team of highly qualified GPs who have additional expertise in evidence-based natural medicine offer patients longer, interactive consultations and work with them to help uncover their best self. The clinic includes modern rooms, an in-house dispensary, onsite minor surgery and skin care facilities and easy access to specialists, hospitals, procedures and investigations if required.

To book an appointment at Whole Medicine call 03 5986 4229.

Posted in: Women's Health Preventative Medicine Men's Health Children's Health Skin Health Chronic Illness Health and Well Being Family GP  

New guidelines for prostate cancer screening

Posted by Dr Michelle Woolhouse on 30 June 2018
New guidelines for prostate cancer screening

Thanks to the rising media attention, most men are aware prostate cancer is on the rise. But yet most guys do not know what they need to do to screen for the disease and make sure they don't have it.

New guidelines have been put out to help guide men in the screening process.

A screening program is not a perfect test. It is designed to pick up the majority of abnormalities without being too invasive or causing any risk of harm. This is why we screen often to increase the chances of picking up the disease in it's early stages. The up side of this is that a screening program is a very safe thing to undertake, the down side is that a small percentage of cases are missed.

In prostate cancer screening, there is another issue,  that we might pick up diseases that would not have evolved into a significant disease, putting people at risk of having to undergo treatment for a disease that was never going to amount to much.

So should men get tested?

So for those that wish to be screened, and are willing to take the risk of being over diagnosed should take the test.

What age should you start the screening program?

It is recommended for those men that don't have a family history of prostate cancer, the screening starts at aged 50.  For those that do have a family history screening starts earlier. Please talk to your doctor about what age is appropariate for you?

What does the screening test involve?

Well this is the most important factor, most men know that the old way to screen for prostate cancer is a digital examination of the back passage but the good news is this has been changed.  That's right, there is no need to do a rectal examination to men that don't have symptoms of prostate disease. All that needs to be done for those men who wish to be check out is a simple blood test.

So come in and make an appointment to see the doctor to discuss this very important screening opportunity.  Contact Whole Medicine on 03 5986 4229.

Be well

Posted in: Preventative Medicine Men's Health Chronic Illness Health and Well Being Family GP  

The flu jabs have arrived

Posted by Dr Michelle Woolhouse on 28 May 2018
The flu jabs have arrived

Some facts

Vaccines are the most effective way to prevent the spread of influenza in the community. Every year the virus adapts to it's environment, meaning the vaccine needs to adapt too to maintain its virulence. 

Last year the 2017 flu season was with worst we have seen in years, prompting new recommendations for the community. 

The flu vaccine doesn't contain live virus, so you can't get the flu from having a flu shot.

Taking good quality probiotics along side your vaccine has been shown to improve the immunity you get from it.

When is the right time to get the flu shot?

The government are concerned that because of the hype from last year's flu season, people are getting the flu shot too early. If you get the shot too early your immunity may start to wane in the early spring, just when the virus is starting to develop new strains and new defences.

So when is the right time to get a shot?  Now is the perfect time to get your protection up to date.

Is there anything else I can do to help protect me from the flu?

People with chronic disease are more likely to get the flu, so it makes sense to try to be as healthy as can be, eating a whole-food plant based diet, regular exercise, good sleep habits and optimising nutrient levels go a long way to supporting your internal immune system.

Who is eligible?

Eligible for all over age 65 and those with certain chronic conditions, speak to your doctor. For a full list if eligibility click here.  At Whole Medicine we are bulk billing your flu shot appointment, however there is a fee of $20 for the vaccination if you aren't eligible for a free one.

Will I feel poorly after I get the shot?

Some people report feeling a mild cold like feeling for a few days after the flu shot. To prevent this try taking some extra vitamin C and zinc both before and after the vaccination, this will help you get back on track quicker.

Where do I get it?

We stock the vaccine in clinic, so simply make an appointment by calling 5986 4229 or book online.

 

Posted in: Women's Health Preventative Medicine Men's Health Children's Health Chronic Illness Health and Well Being Family GP  
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