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Whole Medicine puts women's wellbeing in the spotlight
When women have family, friends and colleagues depending on them, it can be difficult to find time for yourself.
To help, Dr Michelle Woolhouse, Whole Medicine integrative GP, urges Mornington Peninsula women to put themselves first during Women's Health Week from 3 7 September.
"This is the perfect time to follow up on any overdue health checks such as cervical cancer screenings, skin checks, your breast health, diabetes tests, emotional support, bowel cancer screenings, bone mass density scans or blood pressure checks," she says.
"Remember, in order to look after others, sometimes we just have to put our own health priorities first!"
Here are three more ways to focus on your wellbeing this week
1. SHELVE IT
Try to stamp out at least one unhealthy habit such as smoking, sugar, skipping breakfast, being overly sedentary, drinking too much alcohol, excessive worry or not getting enough sleep.
2. MOVE IT
Finding time to exercise can be difficult when family, work and other commitments are mounting up, but it's key to long-term health and prevention of disease. You can always break down the recommended 30 minutes of daily exercise into three 10 minute bursts of moderate activity.
3. FEEL IT
Taking some time out to look after your emotional wellbeing is vital for your overall health. Give yourself permission to do something just for you read a book, practice yoga or learn to meditate, go for a beach walk, meet up with friends whatever makes you feel good.
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. Contact our friendly reception team on 03 5986 4229.
Medicare Rebates apply to all services.
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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.
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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.
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This article will appear in the Mornington Peninsula Magazine August 2018 Addition.
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.
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This article will appear in the Mornington Peninsula Magazine August 2018 Addition.
Over the past 15 years the internet-based positive health movement has:
- Inspired us to review our dietary habits in a fast food-loving culture;
- Encouraged us to slow down in a pace-obsessed world; and,
- Emphasised the importance of lifestyle when it comes to our health and well-being.
But what about when health becomes an obsession, when all we think about is being optimally healthy, when we feel stressed, anxious and overwhelmed if we can't find a healthy option to eat, or our established healthy habits are blocked for a reason we can't control? This is what we call health anxiety.
Signs of health anxiety
- Worry about your health constantly?
- Feel concerned that your doctor or medical tests may have missed something?
- Request medical tests for things the doctor doesn't believe you have?
- Need any relevant tests to be repeated more frequently than recommended?
- Constantly look at health-related information on the internet or in books and magazines?
- Avoid anything to do with serious illness, such as medical TV programs, movies and visiting loved ones in hospital?
- Frequently check your body for signs of illness, such as lumps, tingling or pain?
Health anxiety means that you are stressed about your health and are not receiving any comfort from the healthy things you are doing in your life. You feel afraid of getting an illness in the future and feel out of control with regards to preventing it.
It is common to be concerned about our health, but when it starts detrimentally affecting our mental and physical health then addressing this as an independent factor can be a very important part of the treatment program.
Managing anxiety is an essential part of most people's long-term health journeys. If you feel you would benefit from learning more about managing it and how the anxiety biochemistry may be part of the condition you are trying to treat, call 03 5986 4229 to make an appointment and speak to your GP about learning the best way to manage your health.
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