28 Aug, 2017

Importance of Tummy Time for Babies

by Kate Wood

It is recommended that baby's are put to sleep on their backs to reduce the chance of SIDS, but often what this means is that baby's spend a lot of time on their backs (bed, car, pram, floor etc.), which can cause a "flat spot" (plagiocephaly). 

 

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18 Jan, 2017

9 Tips for Success

by Kate Wood

 

1.    Let the universe assist you - Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.”??Ralph Waldo Emerson - meditate, be grateful, use the law of attraction, manifest by surrounding your self in positivity

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02 Feb, 2016

An Integrated Journey Back to Health and Happiness - The Book!

by Kate Wood

Exciting news!!

Dr. Kate Wood’s new book called ‘An Integrated Journey Back to Health and Happiness’ will hit shelves soon. It is a book about her health journey through Lyme Disease but also has some great tips on how to get healthy and stay healthy from a physical, biochemical, emotional and spiritual perspective. There is information on how to shop organic and save, different treatments you could try to optimise your health, meditation strategies for wellbeing, how to dots yourself and your home and so much more!

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01 Dec, 2015

Starting your baby on solids

by Kate Wood

Starting your baby on solids

There is so much information out there as to when to start your baby on solids, what foods they should eat, what consistency the food should be and how they should be introduced. It can be very confusing and overwhelming! I have looked and chatted to many medical professionals, holistic practitioners, looked at our ancestral history and then applied some common sense to make choices for my son Maxim! I didn’t start Maxim on solids until he was 7 months old and I did feel some pressure from well meaning mums and doctors to start him earlier.The thing to remember is there is no magic formula that fits all babies, so looking for tell tale signs that your baby is ready, combined with parent intuition and common sense is the key! You know your baby best, so do your research and apply what you think is best for your baby. Watch your baby NOT the calendar. If you do feel pressured to start them early, then ask for research or extra information from the person you are talking to as often their information is based purely on opinion or “my doctor told me to” rather than researched knowledge.

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23 Jun, 2015

Running Smoother and Faster - Workshop & Seminar

by Kate Wood

In partnership with Vision Personal Training in Darlinghurst, Health Space Clinic Potts Point is offering a Running Smoother and Faster Workshop and Seminar. Join us to hear from Fernanda about nutrition for optimal performance, Alister for running shoes, interval training and race day preparation, and Olivia and Nick about injury prevention and management.

When: 10am on Saturday 27th June at the Vision Darlinghurst Studio,

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01 May, 2015

Floating - An Approach To Health You've Never Heard About

by Kate Wood

Float tanks

In my opinion, float tanks (aka isolation tanks) are one of the most amazing things you can do for yourself to get healthy and stay healthy! They are undervalued and not many people have even heard of them. I was in introduced to floating as an athlete. With all the training I did, I used to get sore muscles and sometimes found it hard to recover between training sessions and when traveling for races. The floats tanks helped infuse magnesium and other important minerals back into my tired and often aching body as well as give me much needed relaxation. I recovered faster, felt better and trained harder as a result! A float complements other treatments, such as massage, acupuncture and even yoga, so don't be afraid to team a float with other therapies for even better results.

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01 May, 2015

The Many Benefits of Far Infrared Saunas

by Kate Wood

Far Infrared Sauna

So what is the difference between an infrared sauna and any other sauna?

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31 Dec, 2014

10 healthy Habits to Start 2015

by Kate Wood

10 healthy Habits to Start 2015

By Kate Wood

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29 Oct, 2014

Understanding the Five Stages of Grief (and healing)

by Kate Wood

Understanding the Five Stages of Grief (and healing)

The stages of grief have evolved since their introduction and are a guide to dealing with grief not a set structure as everyone deals with grief differently. I add this here because although the stages of grief generally refers to the loss or pending loss of someone, when you lose your health the stages you go through are not too dissimilar. When I look back I can say dealing with the illness I went through all these steps and it was helpful to identify what I was feeling. Not everyone will go through every stage and each person will take different amounts of time to deal with each stage they go through. Some people might move through this process in a week and some may never ever get through it. By being aware of the stages it can help equip you to better deal with your grief or support a loved one through the grief process. Everyone at some time will experience grief and awareness can really help us to cope, accept and move on with life after constructively dealing with the emotions associated with grief.

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23 Sep, 2014

Meditation for Improving your Health and Wellbeing

by Kate Wood

Meditation for Improving your Health and Wellbeing

By Dr. Kate Wood

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29 Jul, 2014

Why Everyone Needs a Life Coach

by Kate Wood

Why everyone needs a Life Coach

By Kate Wood

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10 Jul, 2014

Water water and more water

by Kate Wood

Water water and more water

Most people know our bodies are about 72% water but did you know that your skin is 80% and your blood 90% water? All our physiological processes require water to function (such as temperature regulation, digestion, respiration and detoxification). Did you know that a 5% drop in body fluids can cause a 25-30% drop in energy? If you are hungry that can sometimes also be a sign you are dehydrated so if you are watching your weight or trying to lose weight then being hydrated can help keep your satiety under control too! Put bluntly water is one of the most important things you can put in your mouth if you want to be healthy, or live for that matter! Water works optimally to hydrate in its natural form - the only thing you can do these days (thanks to people adding things like fluoride which is a neurotoxin) to improve water is purify / filter it (which i also recommend). Even if you have a rain water tank it still hits the roof, runs through the gutters and pipes before it reaches your tap and your glass. This means it can be contaminated by whatever is on your roof, in your gutter, in your tank or from your pipes (this includes dead animals, rust, chemicals, copper and other heavy metals to name a few!). Altering water by adding anything to it (including adding lemon, vitamins, minerals, sweeteners or alkalising) all change the way water is processed and in most cases changes water from being life promoting to a diuretic - this means that instead of the body using the water to support vital physiologic functions, the kidneys excrete most of it instead!

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03 Jul, 2014

Oil Pulling

by Kate Wood

 

Oil Pulling

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30 Jun, 2014

Fluoridation - Friend or Foe?

by Kate Wood

 

Fluoridation - Friend or Foe?

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20 May, 2014

Lyme. Prevention is the best Cure.

by Kate Wood

Tips and Tricks to prevent and protect yourself from tick bites and contracting Lyme disease (and it's co-infections)

When in bushy areas minimise the amount of skin exposed by wearing light coloured long clothing so you can have the best chance of seeing if ticks do jump onto you.

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11 May, 2014

Ozone Therapy and Lyme Disease

by Kate Wood

Ozone therapy for Lyme Disease

Ozone Therapy is the use of ozone gas (03), which is a molecule that contains 3 oxygen atoms to help alleviate or treat symptoms of certain medical conditions. Ozone therapy has been used for a long time and dates back at least as far as the the first world war where it was used to treat german soldiers who had severe gangrene by putting the affected body part in a plastic bag filled with medical ozone. The first ozone machine was developed in the 19th century by Dr. Joachim Hansler and ozone was first inserted into the bloodstream around the 1940’s by Dr. H Wolff (now known as autohemotherapy). Ozone is even being used in pool systems now to kill microbes as opposed to high amounts of chlorine!

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05 May, 2014

HYPERTHERMIA: A cure for Lyme Disease?

by Kate Wood

HYPERTHERMIA:The information summarised straight from the St Georg Klinik’s website in Bad Aibling Germany) http://www.kstg.net/e/therapies/hyperthermia/systemic_whole_body_hyperthermia.html and includes my information and opinion.

  1. Introduction It is known malignant cells, cancerous tissues and microbes are heat sensitive and that under certain conditions they can be selectively destroyed by heat. Systemic whole body hyperthermia (SWBH) heats the whole body to a temperature of 41.6°C (106°F) and above. SWBH is used principally in advanced stages of cancer and is also used as a metastatic prophylaxis in high risk patients, e.g., young premenopausal women with breast cancer, lymph node involvement and negative hormone receptor status. SWBH also enhances the effects of an adjuvant chemotherapy or radiation treatment and has been found extremely useful in the treatment of Lyme Disease. SWBH can not be compared to the 'fever therapy', which is used in Natural medicine. During 'fever therapy' bacterial lysates are injected, which then induce the release of cytokines, which then brings about a fever reaction. This fever only reaches a maximum of 39°C (102°F), which is not sufficient to induce enough thermal damage within the cancerous tissue. It must however be stated that the immunological effect of this treatment can improve the general condition of the patient, resulting in a positive response.

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27 Jan, 2014

Doula Support During Pregnancy, labour and Early Motherhood.

by Kate Wood

What is a Doula and what do they do?

The word Doula comes from the greek language and means ‘woman’s servant or caregiver’. Traditionally birthing was a woman’s job and often the birth was attended by another female such as a mother, sister or friend. This inspired the formal training of a Doula (also known as a birth attendant) in order to have someone present to emotionally and physically support the woman but without the emotional attachment (so they don’t get caught up in the pain like family and friend’s tend to). A Doula believes in ‘mothering the mother’ and giving that woman the support she needs to have an amazing and enjoyable experience during pregnancy, through labour and into motherhood.

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24 Jan, 2014

Candidiasis

by Kate Wood

Candidiasis in Lyme Disease Sufferers

Most lyme sufferers are immunocompromised and have often taken multiple types of antibiotics over prolonged periods. The combination of the antibiotics wiping out all the bacteria in the digestive tract and the weakened immune defenses within the body often contribute to an overgrowth of yeast (most notably candida albicans), also known as candidiasis. Their growth is usually limited by the immune system and competition with other bacteria and in case of the skin its dryness (candida requires moisture to thrive). It is important to note this as everyone has some yeast in their body (mainly in the colon), along with millions of other types of ‘good and ‘bad bacteria in the digestive tract, which when in balance create an ecosystem allowing optimal digestion and protection from infection. If certain “bad” bacteria get out of balance, such as candida (which is a yeast-like fungi) and create an overgrowth, then the body’s balance is thrown out causing problems for the bowel and gut (and subsequently the immune system as its believed that 70+ % of our immune system resides in our digestive tract.). Candidiasis can be broken into mucosal (including thrush and vaginitis), cultaneous, onychomycosis (nail infections) and invasive (which occurs in severely immunicompromised patients and is either systemic with one organ involved or disseminated with multi system involvement). Symptoms of yeast overgrowth may manifest physically and behaviourly with various signs and symptoms.

Signs 

  • Thrush in the mouth including white coating on tongue
  • Thrush on the genitals
  • Skin rash or eczema
  • Red ring and itchiness around the anus
  • Rash or cracking between toes or joints
  • Nail infections
  • Itchy genitals 

Symptoms of Candidiasis:

  • Headaches
  • Emotional instability from unknown origin
  • Stomach pain
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Lack of sphincter control (wet pants)
  • Fatigue
  • Sugar cravings
  • Constipation
  • Boating / gas / digestive issue
  • Confusion / fogginess

Causes of Thrush:

Causes of yeast overgrowth include anything that affects the delicate balance of our digestive tract and/or immune function allowing yeast to proliferate such as poor diet/nutrition (especially excess sugar), dehydration, stress (physical, chemical or emotional), medications, lack of or poor quality sleep, poor detoxifying capacity, hormonal imbalance (e.g. from the pill and hormone therapy) and allergies to name a few. Candida in relation to chronic illness is not a new topic but allopathic medicine is slow to to agree that yeast can cause chronic conditions and also be caused by chronic conditions that have left the immune system weakened.

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20 Jan, 2014

Lyme Disease. Our Solution. St Georg Klink. Germany

by Kate Wood

A Lyme Disease Story to Inspire you

 

MY STORY

 

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17 Sep, 2013

Foods that may Boost Your Fertility

by Kate Wood

Diet is just one of many aspects that need to be addressed when planning a healthy conception. In terms of foods to boost fertility, every woman is going to be different with their nutritional requirements. 

However, I work closely with acupuncturists (in particular Maggie Godin who is a fertility expert) and the traditional chinese medicine approach is to build good blood flow and volume.  

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17 Sep, 2013

Sleep Recommendations & Support

by Kate Wood

8 hours is ideal: 4 hour sleep cycles & more if you are sick or stressed

Positive thoughts in your head: Meditate, affirmations, gratitude list, pray etc

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17 Sep, 2013

Two foods that our Health Space Experts would never eat!

by Kate Wood

Margarine

You probably know margarine is made from vegetable oils, which are oils extracted from seeds like rapeseed (canola oil), soybean, corn, sunflower, safflower etc. What many people don’t know is that these oils (unlike butter and coconut oil) can’t be extracted naturally or cold pressed, the oil must be removed using heating and many toxic chemicals.  

To make margarine, these oils are extracted under high heat and pressure, hydrogenated (so margarine can harden), steam cleaned (extracting vitamins and anti-oxidant but don't worry it leaves the pesticides there!), emulsified (smoothing the lumps), steamed and deoderised (removing the smell) and then bleached (removing the charming grey colour). Butter anyone?

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30 May, 2013

Endotoxins & Herxheimer Reactions in Healing from Lyme and Other Diseases

by Kate Wood

The full name is Jarisch-Herxheimer Reaction (after the founder) and the more commonly used term is a “herx”. There are many theories and ideas about what a herx reaction really is, what its caused by and what it means clinically. Essentially a herx reaction is an immune system reaction to the endotoxins that are released when large amounts of Bb are dying off due to effective treatment. The reason herx reactions vary from person to person is due to a couple of reasons.

Firstly each person has different pathogen loads - the more pathogens the more endotoxins are released when they die. Secondly a herx reaction is affected by how well your body is detoxing, so if the body can’t eliminate the endotoxins quickly enough (either through poor detoxification pathways or pure overload) then a herx reaction will occur. The severity and duration of the herx is once again affected by the above factors.

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04 Apr, 2013

Lyme Disease... You can heal yourself... naturally!

by Kate Wood

My name is Kate Wood and I was diagnosed with Lyme Disease last year and have had an interesting journey over the last 8 months. At this time, the Australian Government does NOT recognise Lyme as a Disease that can be contracted in Australia. This means there also isn’t a lot of information available that is specific to Australian’s trying to get diagnosed and treated.

Being a health professional has inspired me to write a book to help others like myself to recover from Lyme Disease, ideally naturally. Below is the introduction from my book that is in progress. If anyone is suffering with Lyme Disease, knows someone who is or thinks they might have it, please feel free to join our Lyme Support Group by emailing me at kate@healthspaceclinics.com.au. 

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