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Is it already your perimenopause?

by Sonia Chartier, on 5 October 2015, Menopause, Women's Health
perimenopause

co-written by Rick Olazabal, BSc, BN 

Perimenopause is the period—and associated bodily changes—leading up menopause (prefix “peri” = around). It can start as early as a woman’s late 30s or as late as her 50s.

This process varies in duration, lasting anywhere between 2 to 10 years. A common sign of perimenopause is irregular periods due to the hormonal fluctuation occurring. As your ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone, levels gradually decrease over this time, in theory; in reality, it’s more like rollercoaster of ups and downs…

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What is your PMS type?

by Sonia Chartier, on 5 October 2015, Women's Health
pms

co-written by Rick Olazabal, BSc, BN 

Over the past few years I’ve been asked to give several talks on women’s health issues. Being a topic that expends well across the realm of endocrinology I had no problem with it. The problem with that, however, is that I was “the guy” lecturing a group of women—the experts on this topic!

If you’re a lady, and most certainly you will be one if you’re reading this, I must apologize to you in advance. So, what can this guy tell you about PMS that you don’t already know? Well, let’s find out…

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Palm oil vs. the orangutan: Let’s act responsibly!

by Sonia Chartier, on 14 September 2015, Environment, Healthy Eating
palm oil

co-written by Marie-Claude Coupal,
Food Manager at A.Vogel 

Did you know that every time you wash your hands with soap, spread margarine on a piece of bread, snack on cookies, apply lipstick or light a candle, you are jeopardizing the survival of the orangutan?

All of these products contain palm oil, which is widely used in the food and cosmetic industries due to its many qualities:

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Get your back into it: Sciatica pain 

by Sonia Chartier, on 3 September 2015, Muscle and joint
sciatica pain

co-written by Rick Olazabal, BSc, BN 

Sciatica is the lovely name given to a condition wherein compression of the sciatic nerve leads to severe, stabbing pain that spreads from the buttocks to just below the knee—normally just on one side of the body.

The causes of sciatic pain are variable and encompass a wide range of underlying conditions like osteoarthritic bony spurs, disc herniation, trauma, narrowing of the spinal canal, spinal tumours, and chronic inflammation. Because nerves control muscle contraction, movement, pain, pressure, temperature any condition that affects a nerve will lead to a decrease of function in these areas (e.g. numbness, weakness, sharp/shooting pain etc.).

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Hyperactivity or normal behaviour?

by Sonia Chartier, on 10 August 2015, Children's Health, Healthy Living, Stress and sleep
hyperactivity

co-written by Irma Schutte

The noticeable change in the behaviour and performance of our school children is giving cause for concern. This change does not necessarily mean that children are less gifted than they used to be. There is no doubt that it arises largely from our changed environmental conditions, especially the ever increasing flood of stimuli to which they are exposed today.

These behavioural problems also spill back into their family lives. Anxiety, aggressiveness and opposition to any form of discipline are becoming more apparent in preschool children.

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