Posted in Health and Well Being

Depression and Anxiety is not just in your head

Posted by Dr Michelle Woolhouse on 28 October 2018
Depression and Anxiety is not just in your head
A young 15 year girl whom we will call Yvonne comes to see me with her Mum at the clinic about 6 months ago. Her Mum was desperate for some support for her. My patient was complaining of anxiety, poor school attendance, doing poorly with her grades and having some sleep and social issues.The girl was also complaining of tiredness, interrupted sleep, feeling agitated and at times feeling overwhelmed and a little depressed. She had already seen the school counsellor but didn't feel there was any trigger for her emotions, things were OK at home and school, and there was no bullying, cyber or other issues that were causing any alarm.

So this is a fairly common scenario these days, with nearly 1/5 teenage girls suffering from anxiety and as many as one in three girls suffering from low self esteem. So is this simply a normal part of being a teenager or is there more that can be done to try to support Yvonne's mental, physical and emotional well-being.

On further questioning we found out that Yvonne was eating pretty badly, she was skipping breakfast and at school was living on soft drink and take away foods, like meat pies, hot dogs and hot chips after school. She was getting colds all the time and finding them hard to shake, her skin was breaking out with pimples, her tummy felt bloated at times and she felt like she was always in a bad mood.

So by incorporating a holistic model of care we did some simple measurements of nutrients for Yvonne and found that her zinc, b6, magnesium and vitamin D and even iron were all on the lower side of normal.

Acknowledging this and giving the right supportive doses of supplementation, Yvonne's mood, energy and vitally all started to pick up, and with some additional supportive counselling and encouragement, Yvonne's diet was improved and even her periods pain improved.

Looking at the whole picture: means taking the extra time to understand the underlying biochemistry and inter-relationships between the environment, the person, their diet and the internal and external stressors that occur during these sensitive times like the teens.Seeing Yvonne a few weeks ago, she mentioned she hadn't had a cold all winter!

For more information about becoming a regular patient at Whole Medicine please call 5986 4229. Be well.

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Posted in: Children's Health Health and Well Being  

Got more than one burning question about your health?

Posted by Dr Michelle Woolhouse on 22 October 2018
Got more than one burning question about your health?

Meet the Rosebud GPs with time for your whole health story

If you're proactive about your health, you might like to meet Whole Medicine's integrative GPs.

Dr Michelle Woolhouse
MBBS, FRACGP, FACNEM, FASLM
Dr Woolhouse founded the clinic in 2009 to provide Mornington Peninsula residents with a holistic medicine option. After completing her medical degree in 1996, she became a fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioner's (RACGP), and of the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (ACNEM) and the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine (ASLM). Dr Woolhouse also has post graduate training in hypnotherapy, acupuncture and mind-body medicine.

Dr Preveena Nair
MBBS, FRACGP
After completing her medical and surgical training in 2008, Dr Nair undertook post graduate training in nutritional medicine and mind-body medicine. Her special interests include women's, sexual and mental health, prevention and paediatrics.

Dr Caitlin O'Mahony
MBBS, DRANZCOG, FRACGP
Dr O'Mahony is an integrative GP and shared care practitioner who focuses on nutrition, mental health, sexual health, chronic illness and stress management. She was the inaugural Deputy Chair of The Water Well Project for refugees and asylum seekers.

Dr Angela Tallarida
MBBS, FRACGP
A Mornington Peninsula local, Dr Tallarida is passionate about how modern science is revealing the evidence behind ancient wisdom and practices like meditation and yoga. She specialises in mental health, chronic pain, stress management, gut health and travel medicine.

Medicare rebates apply for all services.

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

Do you want healthy, happy hormones?

Posted by Dr Michelle Woolhouse on 25 September 2018
Do you want healthy, happy hormones?
Do you suffer from:
  • Hot flushes, forgetfulness, joint aches and palpitations?
  • Sweet or chocolate cravings?
  • Afternoon fatigue?
  • Waking through the night?
  • PMT?
  • Lowered mood?
  • Excessive bloating, swelling or weight gain?

If so, your hormones may be playing a role.

Healthy hormones are one of the cornerstones of good health and well-being. Did you know that hormones affect every living cellular being? Good hormonal health is associated with good mental health, optimal performance, good energy and sleep to name a few, they are even associated with regulating our cravings and helping us find the perfect partner.

The other beautiful thing about hormones is that they all love talking to each other, so the health of one system affects the health of the other, for good and for bad.

Names such insulin, progesterone, melatonin, gherelin, thyroxine and cortisol are but a few of the crucial hormones that are at play when considering our optimal health.

But how do we affect our hormones, what can we do to make sure they are working as well as they can? Well this is where lifestyle, food choices, mental health, sleep, relaxation and other factors come into play.

Because hormones played a role in cellular health since time began, nature has evolved with nutrients, herbs and other vital things to help us along our way.

If you would like more information, why not come along to an intimate night with Dr Michelle Woolhouse and her colleagues. She will talk you through all the inter-connection that you need to know to understand and optimise your hormonal balance and your well-being.

Date:Thursday 11th October 2018
Time: 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Location: Frankston Library, 60 Playne Street Frankston
Cost: $30

Only 20 tickets left! Click here to secure your tickets.

 

Posted in: Women's Health Preventative Medicine Health and Well Being Family GP  

Do you suffer from sleep apnea?

Posted by Dr Michelle Woolhouse on 25 September 2018
Do you suffer from sleep apnea?

Did you know that sleep is one of the most important factor for long term mental and physical health?

Even short-term sleep deprivation is associated with a poorer productivity and poorer mental health. Sleep is a vital time for rest, rejuvenation and cellular repair. It is during sleep that our immune system does it's finest work, alongside the liver detoxification, hormonal balance, emotional regulation and gut function.

Alarmingly teenagers and even small children are getting into bad sleep habits and are recurrently suffering from sleep deprivation affecting their learning, social functioning and mental health. In fact, sleep apnea is one of the most significant inter-relational factors in Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD).

Sleep apnea is one of Australia's most under diagnosed chronic health issues. The reason being apart from fatigue, most sufferers don't know that they have interrupted sleep, because the waking last only seconds but can be as frequent as 60 times an hour. This is called micro-wakings. Micro-wakings are not recalled and the sufferer often wakes fatigues, has increased daytime sleepiness and lower production.

Sometimes sleep disturbance when it happens over a long period of time can be an underlying cause of chronic fatigue, chronic depression, difficulty losing weight and treatment resistant high blood pressure.

Sleep apnea is also associated with an increased risk of sudden death, heart attacks and strokes.

At Whole Medicine we have invested in the latest sleep diagnostic machine and are offering home sleep tests for as little as $180.00.

If you are interested, please talk to your GP or simply make an appointment with our practice Nurse, Heather 03 5986-4229.

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

Looking for a different approach to your health?

Posted by Dr Michelle Woolhouse on 24 September 2018
Looking for a different approach to your health?

When treating your symptoms isn't enough

Whether you are a new mum, a baby boomer or a business owner, everyone wants to be well.

But, sadly, chronic disease is Australia's biggest health challenge with heart disease, obesity, cancer, cognitive impairment, arthritis and diabetes at epidemic proportions.

Dr Preveena Nair, Whole Medicine GP (MBBS, FRACGP), says the key to staying well is to take care of the whole spectrum of your health including the physical, mental, emotional and environmental factors.

"However, if disease does strike we are determined to address the underlying reasons why," she explains.

"With every episode of a diseased condition, we help patients understand what went wrong and how this could be prevented from happening again."

To do this, Whole Medicine doctors are empowered to treat all of the medical issues a regular GP does, but also practice evidence-based natural medicine to provide a holistic approach to your health.

If you need:

  • A doctor who in addition to their medical degree also has skills in evidence-based natural, non-drug therapies
  • An open-minded investigation into the cause, not just the symptoms
  • A detailed gathering of information to ensure your treatment plan has your big picture in mind
  • Caring doctors and nurses who allow the time to listen, support and educate every patient
  • Access to the best specialists, hospitals, procedures and investigations if required
  • Modern rooms and a relaxed environment
  • A selection of appointment times, fees and services to suit your needs
  • Access to an in-house dispensary

Contact Whole Medicine to book an appointment 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  

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