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Case Study: Shed For Life

By | 2017-09-26T16:52:50+00:00 August 25th, 2012|Weight Loss: Blog, Weight Loss: Case Studies|

My weight-loss journey began in May of 2010 when I hit a record 126.4kg. It didn’t seem to matter which diet I did my results were pathetic.  I decided to work with a nutritionist and shed a staggering 32kg over the next 7 months.  I felt amazing and had started to participate in my life rather than being a spectator.

At -32kg my body decided it had had enough and put on the brakes.  I couldn’t get my weight to shift any further despite increasing my exercise, making no significant changes to my eating patterns of the previous 7 months and continuing to drink lots and lots of water.  It didn’t matter what I tried nothing seemed to work.

I was really pleased with my results but at 165cm (5” 4’) and still weighing in at 94.5kg I knew I was still holding on to weight that shouldn’t be there.  I was still classified as obese.

Over the next 8 or 9 months I slowly put on about 5kg despite efforts to maintain or shed any further weight.  I investigated other possibilities such as my Thyroid function that might be causing me to be unable to shift any more weight.

Nicki had watched my progress on this journey and had watched me become increasingly frustrated with my lack of progress despite my best efforts. When she approached me about the Shed for Life programme I was initially very sceptical.

My biggest fear was that if I embarked on the Shed for Life programme that I would lose muscle mass. (This fear came from knowing that most diets result in weight loss occurring due to loss of muscle mass and that often people will end up with more body fat after they have finished dieting than they had before they started).  I was now actively playing Women’s Roller Derby so a loss of muscle mass for me was going to be completely unacceptable.

Nicki provided me with some literature to read so that I understood the concepts behind the diet.  She explained how the BIA machine worked and we agreed that if my muscle mass was significantly affected by the diet I could pull out at any time.

I embarked on my Shed for Life journey in October 2011.  It was amazing to literally just watch the weight falling off.  It was amazing to be eating so little and to not feel hungry at all.  It was amazing to be able to skate and carry out my normal daily routine without feeling fatigued and stir-crazy as you often can do on diets.  It was amazing to have friends commenting week to week on being “the incredible disappearing woman”.  After all the frustration of the previous 8 or 9 months this was exactly the boost I needed.  The motivation that is so difficult to maintain in most diets was there because the results were coming thick and fast.

Nicki was amazing.  She was never more than an email away if I had questions that needed answering, if I needed reassurance or if I just wanted to talk about my progress or my day.  I emailed her nearly every day with my progress.

My muscle mass?  Well turns out I didn’t need to worry about that at all.  The BIA machine provided me with the peace of mind that I needed.  In my biggest weight loss week I shed 5.5kg and only 500gms of that was muscle mass.  By the following week I had gained that back and then some.

I can’t recommend this programme enough.  I look at photos of me taken prior to starting the programme.  I know that these photos were taken when I thought I was looking pretty good.  I am surprised to see how thick I was through my upper body in these photos.  All of that thickness has now gone and I have definition between my boobs and my stomach!  I feel a million dollars.

I look at my BIA reports regularly and show anyone who is interested my progress via the reports.  When I started the Shed for Life journey I had around 50kg of body fat.  When I finished Phase 3 of the journey I had around 32kg.  AMAZING!!  I shed around 15kg on this programme – so quick and incredibly easy.  I shed 18kg of body fat.  I gained muscle mass.  I am more hydrated now than before I started this journey and my health risk has dropped from high to medium.  The BIA machine gives reassurance every step of the way about the changes that are occurring within your body.  It’s brilliant.

I am going to work with Nicki again this year to complete my weight loss journey.  Weight has been a issue for me for the last 22 years since having my first baby.  I now know that it won’t ever be an issue for me again.  I know what I need to do to be healthy and to keep that weight off and as long as I do those things I will succeed in my goal.  Even Christmas couldn’t trip me up!

I went derby skating again this week (January 11) for the first time since November and all the girls commented on me fading away.  My skating name, Legenderriere, they think is in danger of being unsuitable.  The comment that made me smile the most (and it’s miles from the truth) “Look at you, you’re practically anorexic!”  After being fat, uncomfortable and overweight for 22 years I’ll take that as a compliment.

 

Shed for Life - success story

…Our family’s one stop wellness shop…

By | 2017-09-26T16:46:28+00:00 May 3rd, 2011|Homeopathy: Testimonials|

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Nicki Walker – Enhance Health – Homeopath.

Nicki Walker is my 4th homoeopath (due to moving countries) and by far the best. She is a delight to visit, professional, intuitive, and easy to talk to. Most importantly, our family’s one stop wellness shop. There is no ailment we have thrown her way that she has not cured or eased immensely.

– Megan

 

…I feel that I can tell Nicki anything…

By | 2017-09-26T16:47:10+00:00 May 3rd, 2011|Homeopathy: Testimonials|

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Nicki Walker – Enhance Health – Homeopath.

I think that I benefit by using homeopathy because it helps me not only on the physical front but also on the emotional front which is extremely helpful when I’m going through school. Also I feel that I can tell Nicki anything and everything I need to.

– Emma  (Age 9, nearly 10)

 

…Homeopathy has transformed my life…

By | 2017-09-26T16:47:30+00:00 May 3rd, 2011|Homeopathy: Testimonials|

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Nicki Walker – Enhance Health – Homeopath.

Using Nicki and homeopathy has transformed my life over the last nine years. It was a significant help in my recovery from bad post natal depression. I have regained my health after years of difficulties with Chronic Fatigue. Now I have the confidence to do things I never thought I would do.

As a mother I have found homeopathy a great support. My daughter has been helped with a range of physical problems from eczema and asthma to childhood illnesses and glandular fever. I have also used homeopathy very successfully to support her emotionally, especially around issues at school.

Nicki is easy to talk and provides a welcoming and safe space.

– Claire

 

Homeopathy: Pregnancy, Labour and Post labour

By | 2017-09-26T16:54:17+00:00 March 16th, 2011|Homeopathy: Blog, Homeopathy: Preganacy, Labour and Post labour|

Homeopathic: Case study.

Pregnancy is a time when many women will first start to use homeopathy. Often this is because “mum to be” wants to minimise using medicines that may be toxic to the developing baby. This is especially important in the first 3 months.

There are no toxic effects from homeopathic medicines and as such pregnancy is a great time to start to use homeopathy if you have not already done so. Because homeopathic medicines stimulate the body to heal itself this can only be beneficial to the baby. Many midwives have a working knowledge of homeopathic medicines and will refer woman on to a homeopath for pregnancy care. It is my preference to see woman as early on in pregnancy as possible so that we have the opportunity to work in a preventative way right form the start of the pregnancy. In this way, woman are often able to avoid more harmful medications Our work is seen as complementary and we prefer to work closely each woman’s primary health care provider to ensure a healthy pregnancy for both mother and baby.

This article will cover the main health issues woman present with up to delivery. Labour issues and post birth care will be covered in a future article.

First Trimester

Pregnancy related conditions that are often treated in the first trimester include:

Nausea and vomiting

There are a large number of remedies that can be used successfully to assist woman’s body in the process of adjusting to being pregnant.

The remedy given will be matched to each individual woman’s symptoms e.g one woman may have nausea symptoms that include: nausea better for eating, worse in the morning, and 4pm, feels better lying down, thirsty whilst another woman may have symptoms that are: worse for eating, worse in the evening, better fresh air, irritable etc.

The number of doses of a homeopathic remedy will vary – I have treated some woman where the nausea and vomiting responded to 1 dose while other woman I have treated have required a few doses daily for say 10 days repeating when the nausea starts to return.

Cystitis

It is common to have frequency of urination due to the force of the pregnancy against the bladder. This usually requires no treatment. Urinary tract infections however can also occur and require treatment. This condition will respond very effectively to homeopathic remedies. Treatment should always be sought straight away.

Second Trimester

Growth starts to exert upward pressure against the contents of the abdomen, diaphragm and respiratory muscles this may lead to shortness of breath, heartburn and indigestion in the 4th and 5th months. Increasing pressure on the rectum and congestion in the pelvis may lead to constipation and hemorrhoids.

Digestive and Bowel Complaints

Heart-burn and constipation are two very common pregnancy related health issues. Constipation in pregnancy may be accompanied by hemorrhoids. These conditions are often usually quickly relieved with the use homeopathic remedies. Again the remedy used to treat 1 woman’s heartburn may be different to another woman depending on their individual symptoms. After a good response the remedy only needs to be repeated on return of symptoms (refer case below).

Thrush

Thrush and conditions such as genital herpes and many others are not confined to pregnancy, however, pregnancy is a time when they can become more frequent and of greater concern. It is also the time when it is preferable to treat with medicines that are not going to be toxic for mother or baby.

The treatment of these conditions homeopathically works again by treating the “whole person” by using homeopathically medicines to stimulate your body to heal itself. This form of treatment will benefit not only mother but baby also. Generally the remedy that helps to address these issues will also benefit other health issues that a pregnant woman may be facing. This is because the remedy helps you to restore balance.

Third Trimester

Rapid growth in the last trimester is accompanied by up to a 30% increase in maternal blood volume and cardiac output. The bones in the pelvis are widened and loosened. The baby drops back down into the pelvis increasing pressure on the bladder, rectum and legs.

Varicose Veins

All varices will have an increased tendency to worsen as the pregnancy advances. Some woman can suffer greatly with leg (varicose veins), anal (hemorrhoids) and or vulval varices. There are many very good homeopathic remedies that can match the worst cases and provide considerable relief to the sufferer.

Muscular and Joint Pains

Pains will occur to a greater or lesser degree from aches to twinges to pain. Pains may occur anywhere and anyone with an existing tendency will find their aches and pains exacerbated in pregnancy. Osteopathic treatment is very advisable with homeopathic remedies given to complement this treatment.

Other

Fluid retention, high blood pressure, toxemia, skin rashes, abnormal presentation and so on are possible in the late stages of pregnancy. These conditions require careful monitoring and may lead to hospitilisation in the worst cases.

Emotional Problems

Emotional problems can often re-surface during pregnancy after being tucked away safely for maybe years. These may be old fears, previous grief’s and/or traumas and so on. Starting a family is such a huge life changing step that it makes absolute sense that the past may present itself to be looked at. Pregnancy therefore provides an opportunity for personal growth and development. Homoeopathy has helped many woman, pregnant or non pregnant to overcome a wide range of mental and emotional issues from fears to depression.

I had a case early this year where a patient of mine rang to say that an old fear had resurfaced and both she and her midwife felt that she was not going to go into natural labour while the fear was so prominent. She was due to be induced the next day. I took her case by phone and prescribed the same remedy I had prescribed 2 years earlier for the same fear (which she had responded to very well – at that time the fear resulted in insomnia). The following morning I had a call to say that the extreme anxiety was gone and she felt that she could now go into labour and that’s exactly what happened with the birth of a healthy wee girl.

Case

Mrs J presented at 20 weeks with a number of health issues:

  • Constipation from early in pregnancy.
  • History of pyelonephritis with 2 previous pregnancies at 40 weeks and 30 weeks respectively. Treated previously by IV and oral antibiotics.
  • History of heartburn in previous pregnancies previously treated with Gavascon
  • Restless legs worse at night
  • Previously uterine infections post birth

Follow up 4 weeks later at 24 weeks

  • No constipation at all after 3 doses of her remedy.
  • Plan – repeat remedy in next potency up only on return of symptoms.

Phone Call 28 weeks

  • Itching all over worse between 6 and 8pm in the evening
  • Heartburn worse between 6 and 8pm at night with regurgitation up into throat, worse lying down in bed
  • Fidgety legs worse in bed
  • Plan repeat same remedy in the higher dose previously recommended

Follow up at 30 Weeks

Repeated remedy for restless legs, heartburn and itching skin. All symptoms went after a further dose of the remedy.

  • Mrs J had also started to develop right sided kidney – pain worse for coughing, sneezing, sharp pains. No fever. Drinking plenty of fluid. Had repeated her remedy and feeling like she is doing well.
  • Plan – kidney support given in low homeopathic dose (not in herbal form as this would not be advisable in pregnancy) and a higher dose of the same remedy to take only if needed.

Follow up a few days later by phone

  • All niggles in the kidney region cleared.

Follow up 35 weeks – Labour and Post Birth advice

  • Pregnancy 100% better emotionally and physically over previous 2 pregnancies.
  • Looked at previous 2 labours and post labour issues of cracked nipples and mastitis
  • Plan – Homeopathic remedies for birth and post birth given.

She would like to add the following:

  • Delivered a health baby girl weighing in at 8 pounds 13oz on 6 July 2002.

Post Script

Mrs J advised that she delivered a healthy baby girl weighing in at 8 pounds 13oz on 6 July 2002. Labour was excellent and a quick labour, no complications no problems at all. For the first time Mrs J experienced no post labour infection and said she was back on her feet much quicker than with her previous 2 pregnancies.

Homeopathic First Aid

By | 2017-09-26T16:51:32+00:00 December 13th, 2010|Homeopathy: Blog, Homeopathy: First Aid|

Homeopathic: Case study.

I was recently reminded by a neighbour, who has just returned from a tramping and kayaking trip, how wonderful homeopathic remedies are for First Aid use. She told me that while away she was ‘camp homeopath’ using homeopathic remedies everyday for herself and her travelling companions. She told me that she tells anyone and everyone about how effective they are.

There are a the myriad of problems associated with the great outdoors- sunburn, fire burns, stings, bites, over exertion, bruising, strains and sprains – the list goes on. She reminded me of my kayaking trip to the Abel Tasman Park 2 years ago. We kayaked for 5 days solid. I had never kayaked in my life before and with the use of Arnica I can say, with some amazement that I suffered NO ill effects – tired but no strained muscles or bruising!!

I decided that I should pass the information I gave my neighbour onto readers and hope that you and you family might benefit from this information too. I will cover the main homeopathic ‘First Aid’ remedies and their use.

Dosage

Some of the following First Aid remedies are best used in a cream form and some internally.

For internal use remedies can be purchased in liquid form (take 3-4 drops per dose or as directed), in tablet form or in pillule form (small pills take 1-2 pillules per dose).
For external (topical) use remedies can be purchased in lotions, creams and tinctures

Potency and repetition – the most important thing to remember is to match the symptoms of the injured person with the symptoms of the remedy (the remedy picture). Give 1 dose of the remedy in the strength (potency) you have available and repeat the remedy if the symptoms start to return again. Once improvement is evident you do not need to repeat the remedy further. In very acute situations you may need to repeat the remedy every 10 minutes.

If symptoms have not improved after the first dose then repeat the remedy for 3 doses before consult a professional homeopath as another remedy would be indicated or a different remedy strength or dosage regime.

I have given you a suggested remedy strength below where internal use is indicated. BUT the main thing to remember is to give the remedy in whatever strength you have. You should consult your homeopath or homeopathic pharmacy when putting your First Aid kit together.

If you can find an emotional symptom e.g. irritable and a physical symptom e.g. better for movement, worse with the least touch this can be very useful combination to finding the right remedy.

Remember- homeopathic remedies are a wonderful adjunct to conventional First Aid.. The use of homeopathic remedies have been found to speed the rate of recovery from many injuries. The usual checks need to be undertaken to ensure there is no internal bleeding or fractures and so on and remember RICE – Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. Remedies will not interfere with conventional medication.

Arnica

Arnica is always the first remedy we call on for bruising or soft tissue damage and trauma. Apart from obvious bruising arnica is great for any overexertion e.g. gardening, sports etc where you may have over done it and feel sore, tender and bruised all over. The bed feels hard and you can not get comfortable. You don’t want to be touched, you just want to be left alone, “I’m alright-go away” is a sure signal arnica is your remedy.

Specific uses include: black eyes; bleeding nose after a blow to the nose; sore muscles after unaccustomed exercise or exertion and acute sprains with bruising and pain.

Arnica should also be used to speed healing after labour and surgery including dental work.

The pain experienced is often “as if beaten” – fear to have anyone touch the area due to the pain.

Note: Arnica can be applied as a cream to minor bruises but should never be used as a cream on any open wounds – take the arnica internally in this instance. Arnica is more effective taken under the tongue for more serous trauma and any trauma that is more whole body e.g. effects from over exertion. Arnica purchased in the 30c or 200c potency is recommended for home use. I would use 200c for bad bruising, operations and unaccustomed over-exertion.

Aconite

A big remedy for emotional shock and fright and so is often useful in the first hours of a major trauma where the person has also received a big shock or fright – even if the person concerned received no physical damage.

Give the remedy internally as a 30c or 200c. Repeat the remedy if symptoms start to worsen again.

Calendula and Hypercal

Calendula is made from the calendula flower. It has marked antiseptic and anti-fungal properties. This can be used internally, as a tincture and as a cream or ointment.

Alternatively hypercal can be used which is calendula and hypericum combined for the same purpose. Adding the hypericum will help further with healing and pain relief.

Wonderful to apply to any open wound or abrasions e.g cracks on hands and heals, healing burns including sunburn. Calendula will promote healing and reduce infection. You can bathe with tincture diluted 1:10 of sterile water and then apply cream. If you only have one of these use what you have got.

You can also apply to sunburn to ease pain and promote healing.

Hypericum

Injuries to nerve rich areas of the body – fingers, tongue, genitals, coccyx. Specific uses include crushed injuries (e.g. fingers slammed in a door or by a hammer); the first remedy to think of if there is an injury to the tailbone or a puncture wound and any blow to the nerve rich areas e.g fingers.

Hypericum is wonderful after dental surgery, particularly if you have had a rot canal done or a tooth extracted. Please note, take hypericum AFTER the dental work as the anesthetic may not be as effective should you take it prior.

Pains are generally sharp shooting pains.

For these injuries take the remedy internally in a 30c or 200c potency

Rhus Tox

This remedy is made from poison ivy. This makes it a wonderful medicine homeopathically for sprains and strains. A must for sports people and for holiday injuries.

A remedy for sprains with a stiff painful restless feeling. The part – muscles and/or joints will feel very stiff

This is the remedy of first choice when the injury is worse for first movement and better after warming or limbering up and better for applying heat to the part e.g. soaking in a warm bath.

For this type of injury I would recommend taking internally in a 30c or 200c potency.

Ruta Grav

A great remedy for bruising to bones close to the surface of the skin e.g. shins, heel, hips, ribs etc. There may be deep bruising and great stiffness.

Ruta is also the first remedy to think of for tendon injuries to aid healing. Also useful for helping with the pain and healing of tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome and repetitive strain injuries especially when the wrist is affected.

You may need to decide between rhus tox and this remedy. If the stiffness is clearly better after limbering up then try rhus tox first.

For this type of injury I would recommend taking Ruta internally in a 30c or 200c potency.

Urtica Urens

This is a remedy made from the stinging nettle and has many uses in first aid.

Burns – any minor burns, where the skin is not broken e.g minor burns from the stove, BBQ and especially burns from being scalded with boiling water.

Urticaria – which is an itchy allergic skin reaction with a stinging burning sensation. Constant desire for rubbing or scratching. There may be white welts.

Where the area is small I would apply topically in cream form. If the area is large then take the remedy internally in a 30c or 200c potency.

Apis

This is a remedy made from the bee. The symptoms that indicate the use of this remedy homeopathically look like a bee sting reaction. This means the part will look red, often shiny red and swollen. The sensation of the area affected will be hot, burning and stinging.

Apis is therefore great for conditions such as:

Urticaria – which is an itchy allergic skin reaction that is red hot, burning, itchy and swollen. The part feels better for being cool and from cold applications and much worse for heat and touch. Often the remedy when the rash affects the face and mouth.

Stings and Bites – with marked redness, swelling and burning pains that are better for cold applications. The bite maybe a mosquito bite which you have had a bad reaction to.

Penetrating wounds – where the part is red or even purple and the part is swollen burning or stinging.

If the part is small you can apply apis cream or you can take the remedy internally in a 30c or 200c potency.

Ledum

A plant remedy made from Marsh Tea. It is used for the treatment of bruises and wounds, bites and stings, where typically the part feels cold to touch and much better for having cold applications.

Bruises – with severe pain, purple in colour and better for cold applications. Ledum may be needed after arnica in this situation. Ledum is therefore a wonderful remedy for a black eye when you want to put a cold steak on the eye for relief. For this type of bruise I would recommend taking the remedy internally in a 30c or 200c potency.

Puncture wounds – from stepping on nails, sewing machine needles, staples, injections into the muscles with complications. You can apply using a tincture diluted 1:10 with sterile water. It is important not to plug the puncture wound with cream as bacteria may get trapped in the wound leading to infection.

Stings and Bites – ledum is the main remedy for infections and inflammation from stings and bites e.g. spider bites, dog bites, cat bites and bites from any other animal where bleeding is minimal but the teeth have penetrated deeply.

For spider bites or stings you can use ledum tincture full strength. You can also take ledum 6c or 12c, 3 times a day for 3-4 days. It is important not to plug the puncture wound with cream as bacteria may get trapped in the wound leading to infection. Stop as soon as you are your symptoms improve.

If none of the above remedies seem appropriate your homeopath will be able to prescribe a remedy that matches your symptoms exactly.