A recent review found that most patients who waited up to 48 hours before taking antibiotics didn't need them. Doctor Geoff Spurling from the University of Queensland said that “The findings of this review are reassuring on all these fronts. Antibiotic use fell from 93% in the immediate antibiotic group to 31% in the delayed antibiotic group. This is a really big reduction.”
“In 11 trials and over 3,500 participants, there was no increase in complications with a delayed script," he said.
Australians are some of the biggest users of antibiotics in the world, which is causing a huge antibiotic resistance problem. A study by the Medical Journal of Australia found that over two million antibiotics are unnecessarily prescribed each year to Australians with colds.
“Compared to other countries with similar health systems, Australia uses an awful lot of antibiotics for respiratory tract infections. Many of these scripts are unnecessary,” Dr Spurling said.
Antibiotic resistance already contributes to tens of thousands of deaths each year,
“For some infections we are on our last line of defence with no new antibiotics in the pipeline. Imagine if we were unable to do routine orthopedic surgery, treat cancers with chemotherapy, or if people started dying from an infected skin cut or a urine infection,” Dr Spurling said.
“Delayed antibiotics is a safe and effective strategy which can make the job of reducing antibiotic use easier."
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We believe that the best solution is for people to strengthen their immune system. Please read our article on 'Why a Good Immune System is Vital for Your Health'.
B vitamins have always been very important in pregnancy, such as B6 for morning sickness, and folic acid to prevent spina bifida in babies.
Now scientists at the Victor Chang Institute in Sydney have found that a deficiency of a molecule known as NAD is a major cause of women having multiple miscarriages, or babies being born with heart, kidney and spinal defects. This vital molecule is important for normal development of organs, and you can get it by taking B3.
The scientists gave pregnant mice with the NAD gene knocked out a regular dose of B3, and they found it prevented miscarriages and birth defects, over-riding the genetic block. The head of the Victor Chang Institute, Professor Bob Graham, said the discovery could potentially help millions of women around the world.
Studies from the United States have shown up to a third of women have low levels of NAD in their blood and aren't getting enough B3 vitamin in their pregnancy supplements.
For more information, visit this ABC News Article on the research.
However, please note that
If you are considering starting a family, we recommend seeing one of our Brisbane naturopaths to check you are getting the right levels of B3 and other essential pregnancy nutrients (such as folic acid, iodine, zinc, etc.) in your diet or in your supplements.
We have recently achieved the milestone of having 10,000 clients! Here we are presenting our 10,000th client, David, with vouchers for a free massage, acupuncture treatment and naturopathy session.
Thank you to everyone who has come into the clinic over the years, and allowed us to become part of your lives (client number one still visits us monthly!).
It is probably a good time to reflect on our journey to get here. All of my life I have had a strong desire to help others, and I loved the idea of using nature to heal the body. So soon after the start of my adult life I decided to become a full-time natural therapist. After graduating as an acupuncturist, I started treating clients from a room in my house, but this felt unprofessional. I also wanted to raise the standing and profile of natural therapies, so 21 years ago I moved to the Westlake Professional Centre and established Centenary Natural Therapies Clinic. Having other therapists meant that we could improve the lives of many more people than I could treat myself, so I found a Brisbane remedial massage therapist to work there as well. Originally the clinic had no proper rooms, only curtains, and there was no air-conditioning, so in summer we had to keep the front and back doors open to get a breeze through, and in winter we froze! We were next door to a vet, and sometimes the mournful howls of a dog alone in a cage would resonate through the clinic. Not ideal conditions! But I soon renovated the clinic, putting in 3 treatment rooms, air-conditioning, carpet, nice furniture, etc.
My philosophy was always to provide the highest standard of treatments possible, so I embarked on a quest to find the best therapists that I could (which still continues today).
So the clinic steadily grew in quality, reputation and client numbers. Five years ago, I decided that we needed larger, purpose-built premises, so we moved to the Jindalee Village shopping centre. The new clinic has 6 treatment rooms, and we used an interior designer to optimize the appearance. Each room has extra sound-proofing, is computer networked, and the 5 rooms for massage and acupuncture all have electric treatment tables. We now have 2 massage therapists, 4 acupuncturists, 2 naturopaths, and 3 reception/admin staff at our clinic. I am proud of each of them, not just because they are great at what they do, but they are all great people as well, which is even more important.
We constantly strive to provide the highest quality treatments possible, and I believe that our dedication to excellence has led us to achieve our reputation in the community, and win 9 separate awards for our services and customer care.
If you have any type of health problem, we would love to see if we can sort it out for you. Just book in for a free Comprehensive Assessment, and we can check what is going on, what has caused the problem, and the best way to sort it out. Have a great life!
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