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Symphony of Possibility Sessions
With Dr Cristina Cooper
Cost: $100 per hour, $150 per 90 minutesThese sessions, designed by Dr Cooper aim to help you find new pathways to health and wellness.
- Would you like new possibilities of living that are greater than you could have imagined?
- Would you like more ease, joy and glory in your body and your life?
- Do you feel stuck and have no idea how to get around the stuckness?
- What are health and disease for you and could they be something else other than what you have defined them as?
- What if you always had a choice no matter what?
- What if you were the composer of your reality?
- What if you were willing to see the gift of you and everything in your life?
The underlying motto of Access Consciousness is "Empowering you to know that you know."
These "Symphony of Possibility" Sessions are about energetic empowerment.
If this sparks an interest, all which is required is to come to a session with something you want to change and a curiosity to try something different.
Each session lasts 60-90 minutes and begins with a short dialogue to become clear what you are asking for and what we are creating together.
For more information about SOP, this is a link to its creator Dr Dain Heer. https://drdainheer.com/what-is-the-symphony
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The immune system is a complex whole-body system that is mainly housed in the gut wall and through the body via the antibody system, white blood cells and lymph nodes. These collections of tissues are the source of our immune defence. When we are deficient in certain vitamins and minerals we know that this has a negative effect on the immune system.
Vitamin D is a remarkable vitamin that our bodies make from the sun. If we sun avoid due to fear of skin cancer, excessive indoor time or covering our skin we may be deficient in Vitamin D even in this sunny country. Vitamin D deficiency is associated with a poorer immune response.
Zinc has long been used as an anti-viral agent, however, it has fallen from "fashion" as more pharmaceutical medicines have taken its place. Zinc is currently being research in the ICU units in some Melbourne Hospitals. Zinc is commonly deficient as our soils are over-farmed and with the latest dietary trend heading to vegetarianism, we are finding a lot of zinc deficiencies. Zinc stores within the white blood cells and acts as a first-line defence against viruses.
Vitamin C is a ubiquitous anti-viral agent and is a potent anti-oxidant used to mop up inflammation and cell debris caused by the immune system's defence actions. Vitamin C also supports mucous membrane healing, which may play a role in the COVID-19 mechanism in more severe cases.
Others lifestyle medicine interventions have all good evidence to support optimising immunity, such as adequate sleep, nature-based exercise, good air quality, stress management, and connection with those we love. Our immune systems are dynamic and provide an omnipotent healing presence inside all of us.
So along with following the DHHS guidelines, such as social distancing, wearing a mask in public, restricting contact with others, avoiding crowds and washing hands frequently and vigorously, there may be some good evidenced-based interventions worth considering. For more information and individualisation please book an appointment and speak it through with your practitioner.
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Zinc is a fantastic antiviral in its own right. It was used commonly in the past, prior to antibiotics, but in mainstream it is rarely used anymore. It is not unusual to be deficient in zinc, even with a well rounded diet, as Australian soils are commonly in low supply. Zinc is rapidly used up in viral infections and when in low supply lead to recurrent or prolonged infections.
Vitamin D is a vitamin we make in our bodies from sun exposure. It is actually a pro-hormone rather than a vitamin. It is vital for immunity, brain development, and acts as a potent fat soluble anti-oxidant. Vitamin D deficiency increases the risk of COVID-19 infection, along with increasing the risk of more serious symptoms.
Vitamin C is also not officially a vitamin, it is chemical that is made in most mammals, but due to a "mutation" hundreds of thousands of years ago, humans, alongside guinea pigs, salmon and fruit bats no longer make it. It is a potent anti-oxidant and is anti-viral, anti bacterial and even antifungal. When the immune system is overwhelmed by infection, vitamin C is released from the white blood cells in massive amounts, it is used to support the white bloods cells and also assists in mopping up the inflammation caused as waste products of the immune defence.
Vitamin C in high doses can stop viral infections in their tracks. Intravenous Vitamin C is a safe and effective treatment for overall wellbeing, liver detoxification support, immune support and inflammation. Speak with one of your Whole Medicine GP's about whether Vitamin C is something you would like to try.
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3 million Australians are living with anxiety or depression
And this number is probably growing by the second. We are living in the most uncertain times in living history and this is bringing up uncomfortable feelings for many in our community. It is well known that excessive stress negatively impacts our immunity; this is yet another reason for us to embrace effective stress management skills.
There has never been a better time to explore our vulnerabilities, our uncomfortable emotions and the courage that comes from being supported.
- Learn new skills.
- Develop new ways to cope, and support ourselves.
- Develop long term strategies for optimal mental health.
- Increase our self-esteem and self-compassion.
- Improve our productivity.
- Learn relaxation skills.
To support people and to help those affected harshly by this pandemic, Dr. Michelle Woolhouse is conducting a 6-week online group consultation relating to anxiety management.
Thorough exploration of the scientifically validated whole person approach to anxiety management.
- 7.5 hours of contact at a regular time each week.
- Maximum of 10 people only per course.
- Cutting-edge science and insight on the areas of the mindfulness, the body-brain, and self-compassion.
- Practical tools such as breathing exercises, and other mindfulness-based experiences.
- Experiential exercises including guided awareness practices such as body awareness and other awareness-based skills.
- Receive a recording of the guided meditations done throughout the course.
- Wednesday 9am -10.15am
- May 6th - June 10th
- Via Zoom meetings
- Only 10 spots available
- You will be sent a zoom link, please arrive about 5 minutes before starting
Please note that there is no out of pocket fee for this program. To book please call reception on 03 5986-4229
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There are a lot of mistruths circulating in the community at the moment and we thought that we should take this opportunity to support you in understanding the importance of optimising healthcare during this COVID-19 pandemic:
Firstly there is a myth that people needing healthcare should stay at home to avoid overloading the health system or contacting the virus in a clinic or hospital.
There is nothing further than the truth. It is very much encouraged and always has been, that people SHOULD NOT stop coming to see their GP. Stopping seeing your GP during a pandemic is a major concern.
Regular screening, prevention and treatment are all very much needed to keep the medical system going and minimise the enormous strain that may occur when this whole pandemic/social isolation program ends. Regular general practice will be under enormous strain when this all ends if we don't maintain our regular healthcare visits. This is especially true for all chronic disease management such as asthma, mental health issues such as anxiety and depression, heart disease, diabetes, auto-immunity and cancer care to name a few. Never has there been a more important time to support your immune system by maximising chronic disease management and supporting overall holistic health principles.
In short: seeing the doctor for your chronic disease is very important, especially during this pandemic.
Some patients have interpreted the recommendation to stay home to mean that their chronic conditions don't need care or aren't a high priority and that monitoring with testing can wait. This is potentially risky, as good chronic disease control might make the difference between overcoming infection or becoming overwhelmed by it.
Patients with chronic disease should be attending for pathology tests and health monitoring, and care planning and review appointments with the nurse are also available.
Some people are anxious about attending their doctor because they think they can contract the virus from walking in open spaces in public to get to the clinic. Some people are fearful of leaving the house, while others fear that a clinic waiting room is a high risk. At Whole Medicine, our doors are locked, every person entering the building is triaged, their temperature is taken and social distancing is upheld at all times. This includes monitoring of the staff and GP's as well. Exposure to the virus is regarded as someone who has been in close face-face contact for over 15-30 minutes.
Given these systems are now in place, which includes:
- Triage online and by phone to separate outpatients who may have had contact with coronavirus patients, or who have had recent travel.
- Upper respiratory tract infections or fever, the likelihood of being in a room with a subclinical carrier is an incredibly low risk.
Patients should be reminded that healthcare can now be provided over the phone in many cases, which can provide comfort for those needing to remain in touch with their doctor but anxious about attending.
Telehealth is a timely innovation that GPs can use to prevent patients from falling behind in their care.
Call reception for further information 03 5986 4229.
We are here to support you through this, please don't hesitate to ask for help.
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