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Liver health in Spring

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the seasons are each associated with a particular organ system, and the Liver is the organ of Spring.  We tend to feel quieter and less active during the winter months but with the arrival of spring we should begin to feel re-energised and more alive.

Healthy liver energy is strong, decisive and free-flowing – the type of energy you need to set goals and motivate yourself to achieve them.  If your liver is unbalanced or sluggish you will feel irritable, depressed and lack motivation.

Poor liver function symptoms

Some other common signs your liver energy is out of balance:

If you are suffering from any of these springtime patterns your body is crying out for a course of rebalancing treatments from your acupuncturist!

What we can do for your liver health

Visit Katherine Barley at Holden HealthCare; she will assess your liver health using Traditional Chinese Medicine methods, and offer a programme of acupuncture and lifestyle routines to put you back on track.

Give your kids and family the protection you need this winter

How to Boost your Natural Immune System to avoid Colds & Flus

I have mentioned in previous e-letters and blogs that boosting your natural immune system function is a key component of health and disease prevention, and this is particularly true during the winter flu season. School kids are often prone to these infections, being grouped together in class breathing the same air as other kids, many who are immune compromised already with a cold or flu! As recently discovered by researchers, once your Natural Killer (NK) cells, a specific type of White Blood Cell, reaches a certain threshold, which appears to be around 10 percent, you will not get the flu even if you’re exposed to flu viruses. These NK cells can be boosted with a wide range of high vitamin & mineral & antioxidant containing foods, especially those listed below.

Augmenting your NK cell function also becomes increasingly important at either end of the human lifespan, as new borns, infants, school kids and the elderly are more prone to lower levels. NK cell levels tend to naturally decline with exposure to stress, and in those who don’t exercise, eat well or who have had repeated infections.

This is in large part why infants and seniors are more prone to influenza and other infections, because their levels of NK cells are lower than the adult population. NK cells play a very important role in cancer tumour prevention as well. So, in addition to optimising your natural immune system by boosting Vitamin & Mineral levels, consider eating more of the NK cell-boosting foods listed below. Doing so could go a long way toward avoiding colds, flus and other infections at this time of year. It is very important to give your school age kids a welcomed boost of these nutrients during the Winter season.

Zinc & Vitamin C are well known to help boost the immune system, and school age children are often low in both. Now they are available as a tasty powder. This delicious sprinkled on breakfast or in smoothies or shakes.

Call us about our specials on Naturopaths Own Daily C powder.

Vitamin D3 is very safe and hard to overdose on, and it as important than Vit C for preventing colds & flus. Optimising Vitamin D3 levels has received more publicity in recent years, and with the lack of sunlight in Winter this is an obvious area you can now easily boost, with pleasant tasting liquid forms to optimise your levels. A simple blood test can tell what your levels are, the ideal level for adults, according to naturopaths, is at least double the medically recommended level.  Being fat soluble it takes at least a few weeks to get into your system, so rapidly absorbing forms are the best way to go. Ask for our suggestions on which are the better Vit D3 brands to get optimal absorption quickly and easily.

Pro & Prebiotics have an NK boosting effect and help improve gut health which is a large part of our immune systems capacity, so this is an important area not to overlook. School kids (and adults) with a sweet tooth or who like junk food snacks end up feeding and growing the wrong bacteria in our gut that erodes health & immunity. Boosting the good bacteria in our intestines with a pleasant tasting powder makes sense and really does give your immune system that much needed boost. Easy to use, sprinkle on breakfast or add to smoothies or shakes daily in winter. Even off the spoon is fine and easy for school kids! We have a special on a combination of both pro & prebiotics called Naturopaths Own Probiotic Immune Repair powder its easy to take and now cheaper than ever! Call us about our winter specials.

Echinacea & Garlic are also well known to help boost immunity, so adding these into your diet is going to help as well. Echincea is ideal as a herbal tea, let the bag steep for as long as possible and fresh garlic bulbs or paste in hot soups and stews is a great idea. Eating a sprig of parsley afterwards will nip the garlic breath in the bud.

mun and daughter strong immune system

Half Price Special session for the School Holidays only!

July Winter School Holiday Special! Save $150!

Mums or Dads bring yourself in for a 30-min Wellness check at Half Price and bring 1 child in for FREE at the same time! I will do the Antioxidant scan on both of you, do your HAQ assessment as well as do an AK nutrient test on your child to assess their immune nutrients levels at this crucial time of year. That’s $75 of testing for your child for FREE! But only applies to appointments made and kept during the school holidays in July. Book NOW so you don’t miss out!

Call Jax on 09 282 3588 or email us to book now before the school holidays and this offer have gone!


photo credit: donnierayjones Mommy and her Milly via photopin (license)

Aah, the holidays –  after Christmas & New Year, some of us have enjoyed Auckland Anniversary weekend, and those of us in New Zealand have Waitangi Day off to look forward to on 6th February.

Even if we don’t go away on holiday, we can still enjoy a “staycation”. It is a good opportunity to take stock of our lives, re-evaluate & perhaps re-set the course for the coming year. This may be in the form of establishing small good habits (eg, ensuring there is no food or dirty dishes left on the kitchen bench before leaving the house) to bigger things, like reducing portion sizes or committing to a regular exercise regime, or deciding whether what we do for work is really what we want to be doing with our lives.

The Build-Up of Stress

The build-up to Christmas and the summer holidays can be a very stressful time, something noted in an article in “The Listener” by an overseas author just before Christmas 2017; they marvelled how, unlike the Northern Hemisphere, we have Christmas, New Year, summer holidays and the end of the academic year all at once – no wonder many of us feel under pressure.

The summer break can be a good opportunity for us to examine how we manage our stress and we can explore coping strategies which suit us best. Stress is something we all have from time to time – some people more than others. Sometimes it can be good (helping us focus to meet a deadline), sometimes not so good (eg trying to fit too many things into one day, or making a presentation to a boss or to colleagues or to a public audience). Scientifically speaking, stress is an evolutionary adaptation to help us survive. It temporarily increases awareness & can improve physical performance for short periods of time. It speeds up the heart rate, breathing & raises blood pressure, which keeps us alert and tense. However, this is not meant to be sustained for long periods of time, as it can initiate health problems such as anxiety attacks, hypertension & obesity.

Some of us are stressed more often, & some of us stress out about everything. We can feel stressed even when there’s nothing specific we can identify as the cause – we are just tense and anxious all the time. This is where stress has evolved into chronic stress. This is nothing to be guilty about, it just is, and sometimes we need to seek support from an outside source. This is where making an appointment with a health professional comes in.

In some cases, going down the medical route may be appropriate. A visit to a GP may result in medication, perhaps only short-term, to give you space to sort yourself out. A GP may also refer you on to a specialist.

Natural Ways

However, in many cases, a visit to a naturopath for an overview of where you are at and for a safe place to discuss the problem & the factors contributing to it and to put in place a holistic plan is a good place to start. Naturopaths will discuss with you your lifestyle and help identify hotspots which may be causing distress & disturbing your equilibrium and then help you troubleshoot accordingly. You can be assured that you will be treated with respect and compassion, and of course everything discussed remains confidential. We look at diet, exercise and how you spend your down-time & tailor-make a strategy. It may be surprising just how effectively a little regular exercise can decompress stress and anxiety!

Meditation (or prayer) may provide answers. The adrenalin we experience when we are in stress mode is directly counteracted by meditation, which induces the exact opposite thing in the body; it slows down breathing, heart rate and reduces blood pressure.

Meditation does not have to be a big commitment – just a few minutes a day can make a big difference. It’s enough just to establish the habit.

Also, disregard the popular myths about “emptying the mind”. Meditation is about being present and paying attention to your thoughts.

In our clinical practice we have had some excellent results with clients who have chosen to go with guided meditation or imagery; they choose a setting which they particularly relate to and conduct themselves through a progressive meditation or pathway. This can be done either still and quiet in a room in your house, or, if you are that kind of person, it can be an active meditation, that is, done while walking. There are many apps you could look at, or ask your naturopath.

Then the idea is to try & apply the mindfulness mindset to your life in general; practise calming your mind and centring yourself whenever you can.

Sometimes when you come to talk to us about stress and anxiety management, as well as diet, exercise & lifestyle discussion we may prescribe a herbal formula, herbal tea or a supplement designed to help you relax.

The beginning of the year is a great time to address the issues of stress and anxiety, to take control and put a plan in place. If this is something you need help with, please do not hesitate to call us on 09 282 3588 to book an appointment with Marion or David.

By David Holden, Senior Naturopath & BioChemist

Learn to pace yourself . . .

We see if happen to friends and family every year and I have to ask “Why don’t people learn and do things differently next year?”.

What I am talking about is getting stressed out over Christmas, spending too much on gifts and regretting it, putting on too many extra kilos from over eating & drinking, having arguments with the in laws or the teen kids or grand kids, not being organised on how to do Christmas Day or New Year’s Day with the family or friends or generally taking on too much in preparation for the big days ahead.

Having been in the Wellness Sector now for nearly 30 years full time next year (yes we are having a BIG party to celebrate later in 2018, watch this space!) I know only too well how people go over the top and blow their budgets, or their waistlines at this crazy time of year in the Western Calendar.

I would strongly suggest people do 3 things to reduce stress and make life so much easier for Christmas and New Year Celebrations and the long hot summer days coming soon (we hope!):

1.    Set a budget for Xmas expenditure and DON’T go over it! You can best achieve this by planning ahead and taking advantage of Xmas sales and if you do what I do, I give my son a voucher from me for a certain dollar value on Xmas day inside a real card (not an e-one) so that he can spend it on heavily discounted products on Boxing Day sales! He has done this the last 5 years now and had gotten some great bargains on his own accord. Smart!

2.    For losing weight after the holidays have finished, you have 3 strategies that work but some of them might not work for you:

A)   Either don’t eat or drink as much so you don’t put on so much weight over the celebrations anyway, OR

B)   go for it then do the 5:2 Fast Diet approach and practise intermittent fasting for 2 days a week after the hols and you can lose easily 1kg a week for as long or as short as you want till your target weight is met. OR

C)   you can crash and burn and pick up the pieces when its back to work and the summer break is a long distant memory. Your choice which one or any combination of the above.

3.    Plan ahead! Make lists of what gifts you want to give and when just a card will suffice or an e-card (many are free on line these days, but the nicer ones you have to pay $1-2 for so they are still very cheap). You know the old cliché “If you fail to plan you are planning to fail” and this is so true for expenditure over the Xmas hols.

We are doing a weight loss special that really works early next year that includes the 5:2 Diet book which is brilliant as part of the deal, more on that later in our January 2018 newsletter. . . This approach is much easier for people of any age to do successfully.

As we age we gain fat and lose muscle a lot more easily so we have to work a lot harder at losing those extra kilos we have gained and the smart ones put strategies in place to pace themselves and not put on as much weight as they would otherwise do anyway!

So I hope this helps and have a great pre-Xmas season and don’t blow the budget or the waistline too much please!

Happy Silly Season

David 😊


Holden HealthCare is offering a Silly Season Wellness Check Special over Xmas.

Call us on (09) 282 3588 for more details.

By David Holden, Senior Naturopath & Biochemist, specialising in Naturopathic Oncology

Breast cancer – incidence and known causes

As the stats show, 1 in 9 Women will develop some form of breast cancer in their lifetimes. Breast Cancer is now the most common Cancer of all time on planet Earth. In New Zealand, 3,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year.


One of the many reasons is that breast tissue being mainly comprised of fat, stores toxic chemicals that we are exposed to on a regular basis, especially if you live in a large city. If you live in a rural area where chemical sprays are being used, like most of rural New Zealand; then your risk is even higher! What can we do to prevent developing breast cancer?

This is the $64M dollar question and the answer is – heaps!

Cleaning up your diet, getting regular cardiovascular exercise, having a good mindset and taking specific supplements all make a huge difference to a Woman’s risk profile. If you have a close family relative (mother or grandmother, aunt or sister) who has had a scrape with any type of breast cancer then you are at increased risk.

If you want to decrease your risk of breast cancer then take action and change your lifestyle and get regular check-ups by qualified health professionals who know what to look for. Many breast cancers leave a tell-tale dimpling (or orange-skin) effect on the surface of the breast or a discolouration that health professionals are trained to detect. Have a look at this:

Actions you can take to help stay Cancer Free


Stop eating all forms of sugar on a regular basis, odd treats for birthdays and Christmas & Easter are fine, it’s what you do every day that makes all the difference. Cancer cells thrive on sugar so the less you eat the lower your risk.

Cut out soy in your diet as one of the most aggressive types of breast cancer, ER+ve (Estrogen Receptor positive) breast cancer, thrives on phyto & xeno estrogens found in soy products in high quantities and chemicals in some processed foods and food packaging.

Eat a lot more high antioxidant rich foods in your daily diet. These include carrots, beetroot, all types of leafy greens, garlic, turmeric, ginger and the best of the lot is organic blackcurrants & blueberries. Being organic is important as berries have a high surface area that traps a lot of chemical sprays so never buy them unless you know they are organic or you wash them very thoroughly before eating with warm water and let them soak for 5 minutes to help lift off any spray residues. At HHC we do a specific Antioxidant Laser Scan test in our clinic with ALL new patients to make sure their levels are optimal, elevated and high. If not we educate them on what to do to increase them circulating in your blood stream. See Super Smoothie recipes on our website.
Eat more broccoli and especially broccoli sprouts several times weekly as these are shown to help decrease breast cancer risk.

Reduce your alcohol consumption. Alcohol is strongly linked to increased risk of all cancers not just breast cancer. Especially avoid binge drinking.

Don’t smoke anything! Tobacco or weed, both are toxic to the lungs and eventually the breast tissue.


The research shows that if a Woman does 40 mins of Cardiovascular exercise DAILY her breast cancer risk is reduced by 40%!! This is a huge % and should be discussed with every Woman who is ever at risk or diagnosed. The reason is the exercise pumps the breast tissue up and down pumping built up toxins out of the breast, reducing toxic residues by flushing them out of breast tissues by the bodies amazing lymphatic system.
Get fit quicker with less effort by using HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) as promoted by the now world famous Dr Michael Mosley, the BBC World doctor. Watch this YouTube video for more info from the man himself.

Ancient Chinese Tai Chi or Chi Gung is also a wonderful way to exercise unwind and relax while exercising very gently. Even the over 80’s can do this easily so there is no excuse.


Mindfulness or having a peaceful response to stresses is vital to reduce cortisol release from the adrenal glands that feeds cancer cells to grow and divide.  Learning how to meditate and to let things go that bother you is a vital life skill.

Please visit and take their FREE 5 day meditation course sent to your email inbox daily over 5 days to learn how to do this easily & regularly.


Take a regular dose of Vitamin C to neutralise cancer cell formation and to help detox your system from chemical exposure on a daily basis. The new Lypospheric Vitamin C is by far the best but good quality Daily C powder is a close second. See our webstore for both.

In winter take Vitamin D3 supplements as this is one of the best nutrient life insurance policies and is one of the most powerful immune boosting vitamins you can take.

Take a quality Women’s Multi-Vitamin like Metagenics Femme Essentials to ensure your immune system has all it needs to be very active and alert.

There are others you can take but these need professional advice and prescription as a lot of people take what they don’t actually need. Get scientific testing done to find out what you do actually need in the way of supplements and which ones you should avoid.


Avoid the contraceptive pill over age 40 if at all possible. Maybe ask your partner to have a reversible vasectomy so you can still have unprotected sex, if you have a regular sex partner, and not be at risk of a “geriatric pregnancy”. Or look at an IUD instead of the pill.

Avoid HRT wherever possible as it increases all types of female cancer risk significantly.

Avoid wearing underwire bras all the time. Breast tissue is designed to bounce to pump the lymphatics that clear toxins out of the ducts in breast tissue. Using a sports bra is another option when exercising as these compress the breast rather than stopping it from moving when exercising like an underwire bra does. Go bra less after work and at weekends for a change.

Stop using anti-perspirants that contain aluminium. Most commercial brands have at least 30% aluminium in them to make them dry on the surface of the skin quickly. Read the label on yours now, you may be surprised! When you exercise or it’s a hot summers day your pores open and the aluminium goes straight into the breast tissue which is very close to the armpit. Aluminium blocks the breast ducts and can allow build-up of toxins in the breast tissue, creating fertile ground for breast cancer to develop. Use herbal deodorants instead.

Regular breast self-massage and self-examination especially around ovulation is a smart move. Many breast cancers are picked up by aware Women who examine themselves regularly. Get to know the shape and texture of your breasts and what is your normal. Then abnormalities stand out more easily and you can go to your doctor and ask for a professional breast examination and if necessary early tests.

Mammograms are controversial in some circles as some people believe that when the breast is compressed during a mammogram the breast ducts are squeezed and this can make some cells burst – so if they have an early stage cancer it can be spread. Further research is needed but as the cancer industry has so much invested in early detection and mammograms it is unlikely that the authorities and the Ministry of Health will ever admit to this but alternatives do exist called breast thermograms. These detect minute changes in breast tissue temperature using an infra-red camera. The theory being cancer cells are hotter than normal cells and will show up as red hot spots on the thermogram. Ultra sound is another safe way to detect changes in breast tissue. As women age their breast tissue changes and loses its elasticity as well as increasing the chance of breast cancers to form with increasing build-up of cellular toxins from our environment, both inner and outer.

Stay within 10% of your ideal BMI (Body Mass Index). If you are overweight lose it with the 5:2 Fast Diet as it really works. For more information, watch another YouTube video by Dr Michael Mosley.

Doing regular annual detoxes in Spring or Autumn is a smart move especially if you have increased risk or are over 50.

Remember early detection is ALWAYS best regardless of how you treat breast cancer once it has been detected. All these lifestyle improvements above will certainly give you more peace of mind knowing that you are doing all you can to improve your chances of not getting diagnosed and if you do, of beating it naturally and more easily and with less medical interventions. After all who wants to have their breasts removed or to be exposed to toxic radio or chemotherapy if you don’t need to?

Natural is Best!

If breast cancer is caused by build up of toxins and stress – as the evidence shows – then it makes perfect sense to avoid and manage these factors. In short, try to live as naturally as possible. By living as Nature intended, you will not only have more energy and wellbeing, you may find you live a happier and more contented life.

If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, support and help is available. See here for further information.

David Holden has authored numerous articles on holistic health, wellness & wellbeing over the decades since he started practise nearly 30 years ago and specialising in naturopathic oncology since 1997. Blending the best of both medical and naturopathic / alternative medicine has always been the goal with both sides offering their own strengths when it comes to cancer diagnosis and treatments. Getting to causes as well as symptoms has always been the clinical goal. To this end David works with a range of hand picked professionals, all with different and dovetailing skill sets to help achieve the clinical goals of getting and keeping cancer patients well wherever possible. Natural is always better and keeping medical interventions to a minimum unless absolutely necessary is the aim.

Senior Naturopath David Holden offers ten things to think about if you have been diagnosed with cancer.

  1. Change your diet – cut out all sugars from processed & packaged foods, fizzy drinks, milk chocolate and any form of added sugar as it feeds cancer cells directly and is the #1 dietary intervention for ALL types of cancer. You can use Stevia safely instead but all other sweeteners need to be used very sparingly if you are serious about reversing cancer!
  2. Unload your emotional / mental stresses by using various Mind-Body techniques like Meditation, Prayer, Tai Chi, Yoga, Qi Gung, Massage, etc. We have experts that can help you with this well trained in a wide variety of Mind-Body techniques just ask! Learn Meditation: visit and do their FREE 5 day email “how to meditate course”.
  3. Take several specific high quality dietary supplements that will support, boost and activate your immune competence quickly like Vit C, Vit D3, Selenium, Zinc, ALA, NAC and a wide variety of Medicinal Herbal Medicines that need to be tailor made specifically for your case, there is NO one size fits all with cancer!
  4. Ask for professional help! You wouldn’t try and fix a complex modern motor vehicle that needs to be hooked up to a sophisticated diagnostic computer1 as you wouldn’t have the equipment or the knowledge. Go to reputable well qualified and experienced practitioners who know what they are talking about and have a proven track record of help with your specific type of cancer. If in doubt, ASK!
  5. Start exercising if you aren’t already. Research clearly shows that women who have had a brush with breast cancer can reduce their reoccurrence by 40% on average with just 45 mins of Cardio exercise DAILY. Why isn’t this taught in Medical Oncology wards throughout the world? Because no money can be made from it or any exercises patented for profit that’s why! Watch and learn about HIIT on YouTube
  6. Get real about the side effects of conventional Medical Oncology treatments as most are very toxic and will shorten life. Chemotherapy is extremely profitable for drug companies and money is a very strong motivator to use it and many doctors pressure patients to have it with no other options offered. This is an insult to our intelligence as unfortunately chemo on its own is largely ineffective according to a 5 year Meta-Analysis done by Dr Ralph Moss and like antibiotics is overused by Oncologists world-wide for a wide range of reasons too detailed to go into here. This does NOT include the new Immuno-Therapy drugs (e.g. Keytruda for Melanoma and lung cancer) that are proven performers and do save and lengthen life significantly at a price. Most are well into 5 figures for a month’s supply so unless you have comprehensive health insurance or a fat bank account these therapies are largely unaffordable by most people, unless funded by the tax payer which more and more are. If in doubt, ASK your Medical Oncologist!
  7. Balance your pH as cancer thrives in an acid environment. We have sophisticated testing strips and pleasant and safe tasting Alkalising powders and sachets that work well and quickly to help until lifestyle interventions kick in reducing the need for these in many cases with the appropriate repeat testing and measuring.
  8. Do explore the wide range of Alternative and Complementary therapies that are out there for cancer as many are very effective at symptom control and management and many will help stimulate a remission in many cases if the cancer is treated in the early stages (1 & 2). Those most effective according the WHO are TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture), Hypnotherapy / Mind-Body Medicine and Dietary, Nutrition and Naturopathic Lifestyle interventions as most of these broach the causes of the cancer not just treat the symptoms.
  9. Detoxification is a vital part of a Holistic Treatment Regime with all types of cancer. Many cancers are caused by Xenobiotic toxins like Pesticides, Insecticides, Heavy Metals, Solvents, Exhaust fumes and the myriad of over 4.7 Billion other toxic chemicals that are all too common in our modern 21st Century environment. Most exposures are preventable or at least treatable but unfortunately are largely ignored by Western Medical Oncology. These can be accurately detected and removed with sophisticated testing and treatment in expert hands. This is what we do best at Holden HealthCare!
  10. Get specific Naturopathic Oncology & Integrative Medical Treatments for cancer that have a scientific evidence base and are proven to work like Mega dose IVC & Vit D3 / GSH / GcMAF / Medicinal Cannabis / Ozone / B17 Laetrile / Salvesterols / Artemesin / TBL-12 / MMS, etc. Every case is different and needs expert help to tailor make a program for you and your specific case. If you don’t know about these you owe it to yourself to educate yourself about them as most Medical Oncologists have no idea how effective these treatments are because they are not trained in their use unfortunately!

This list is not exhaustive but is a good start! For help or any questions please contact us

By David Holden, Senior Naturopath & BioChemist

specialising in Naturopathic Oncology

That’s the stats and it needs to change, and the reality is you are the only one that can make your own stats change. Lifestyle Medicine is the science behind lifestyle and how it affects your health and the impact it makes on it. Diet, exercise, relaxation, mindfulness, meditation, attitude all make an enormous difference on gene expression and whether you will get what your parents had. These are all areas your GP has had little training in as a rule. Naturopaths & Health Coaches do extensive training in all these areas and know well their impact on health stats and outcomes.

This Blue September for Prostate Cancer awareness do something about your risk and get tested via a simple PSA blood test and prostate exam if you are over 50 and especially if you have a family history of a father or grandfather or uncle who had or has prostate cancer. If you have a partner with a risk profile in the immediate family then ask him to get tested, it could save his life!

In the early stages BPH (Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy) or swelling of the prostate gland can be helped a lot with Lifestyle Medicine. Usual symptoms are the dribbles when peeing, having to get up at night to pee urgently, reduced urinary flow and /or pain or discomfort in the prostate area & sexual issues. This condition isn’t life threatening but it is a bloody nuisance and can make many Men’s lives a misery, especially at night and can play havoc with their sex lives.

Here at HHC we use advanced testing and scientific analysis to accurately assess your lifestyle and its impact on your health & wellness. If you show elevated risk we can teach you how to reduce it significantly. It really is a case of getting things early and acting sooner than later to get the best results with your health short, medium & longer term. Think of your health as your best investment. Without it, saving for retirement is, frankly, futile if you won’t live long enough or aren’t well enough to enjoy it. You spend money on your vehicle and toys so spend on you and reap the benefits.

Book you or your male partners Prostate Month Blue September Wellness Check-up this month and save over $125! It may be the best investment in your health you ever made!

BOOK NOW call 09 282 3588 or email us

By David Holden, ND, MS, Senior Naturopath & BioChemist

This is a Health Issue we should ALL be concerned about especially in Prostate Cancer Blue Month.

As a health aware male Health Practitioner, I see way too often men who finally come in for a Wellness Checkup when they have been sitting on a major health issue for far too long.  Unfortunately, it has reached the stage where it is already hugely impacting their quality of life.  Only due to pressure from their wife, partner, sister or daughter, do men agree to seeking help, IF they finally listen.

Men can be fastidious about maintaining their vehicles and homes though ironically, they ignore their most important asset – their health!  Without good health, all the money in the bank is worth little if you are unable to be around to enjoy it with family and friends.

I have had many very wealthy Men come and see me after a serious health diagnosis, offering me vast sums of money if I can cure them and take their health problems away with a magic bullet.  In some cases, I have to tell them I can’t because they have left things too late! It takes 10-20 years for the body to develop most cancers and advanced CVD (Heart disease).  If men received regular health checks much can be done during these years to change the course of your health history for the better.

Like investments, car, and house maintenance your body and mind need constant attention as you get older. Please give your dad and/or partner a nudge if he hasn’t been for a checkup for over a year, especially if he is over 50. Small issues can develop into big ones when we avoid addressing them.  Most health issues can be dealt with quickly if caught early.

Does your Father or Partner identify with the following?

If the answer is yes, now is your chance to show him some love and shout him a heavily discounted Wellness Check up with someone who knows what to look for. I see advanced cases of Prostate Cancer / CVD / and /Diabetes every day of the clinic week. Addressing these early is ALWAYS best.


Minor health issues like snoring, beer belly, that disgusting rash or itch that doesn’t go away, smelly farts, poor eating habits and excessive coffee, energy drinks or alcohol consumption all can develop into serious health issues if not nipped in the bud early.

Women who are still mostly in the role of primary caretakers for infants and toddlers naturally extend this to themselves as part of their feminine nature.  Health statistics are evidence of this.  Mothers visit health practitioners with their children more frequently than fathers do. Women are in the habit of nipping things in the bud and dealing with them by getting professional advice far more quickly than men are. This is one major reason why women outlive men according to Worldwide Statistics. Women are used to taking care of themselves and others more. They are more interested in preventative health care which is what Alternative & Complementary Medicine is ALL about.  Alternative medicine encourage Nutrition, Lifestyle changes, Mindfulness, Herbs and Supplements instead of drugs wherever possible.

Changing the culture for male health is going to be a generational thing. “Metrosexual” and Gay men are far more health aware these days and there are a lot more treatment options than there have ever been.  Doctor, Naturopath, Herbalist, Acupuncturist, Chiropractor, Osteopath, Massage Therapist, who do I go to for what and when?? It is great to see more younger men not only taking an active interest in their cars and sports but also their health, vitality, skin care and grooming.  This is a positive sign of future trends which we should all encourage.

We would like to offer you this great opportunity to purchase a Wellness Check-up for our $99 special (saves over $100!) is a smart way to be proactive with your health.

You will be able to identify the following:

In all cases prevention is way better than cure so encourage the men in your life to get checked out.  Statistics indicate people most likely to read this article are Female!

Our $99 Wellness Check up Special with Senior Health Practitioner David Holden includes:

  1. Blood Pressure test, with diet, lifestyle & supplement advice on how to drop it naturally without drugs.
  2. Getting your lipids (Cholesterol) tested and how to drop it if elevated without drugs.
  3. Specific Oxygen Test (determines fitness and if you are at risk of CVD / Cancer) and what to do about it if low.
  4. Antioxidant Laser Scanner Test with our new high tech S3 Scanner to see if you can improve the Antioxidants in your diet to prevent all major diseases.
  5. Casting an eye over your diet and recommending some food substitutes where necessary to boost your health & wellness score. Small changes over time give BIG results!
  6. Reviewing your pre-filled out HAQ (Health Appraisal Questionnaire) and discussing any areas that may need attention now or in the future. Nip potential health issues in the bud now.
  7. Testing your VLA (Vitality, Longevity & Anti-Ageing) score and finding out your Biological Age.
  8. Get your Quantum Health Score done to see if any of your internal organs need support or a change in lifestyle to reduce the risk of disease over time

This testing and discussion takes a full 60 minutes and is one of the best gifts you can give your Dad / Father / Husband / Brother – the gift of Health!

A printed out report with recommendations is given as a part of this Wellness Check up.
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By Dr. Deven P Sharma, MD, MD (AM), FCMA, FRSPH, FCLM.

A new study by researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine has found regular moderate exercise also has anti-inflammatory benefits. They have found that a 20-minute session of moderate exercise can stimulate the immune system which then produces anti-inflammatory cellular response. This has encouraging implications for chronic diseases like arthritis, fibromyalgia and more pervasive conditions such as obesity.

The research stated that the anti-inflammatory benefits of exercise have been known to researchers, but finding out how that process happens is key to safely maximising those benefits. Inflammation is an important part of the body’s immune response to injuries, foreign invaders and damaged tissue; however chronic inflammation can lead to serious health issues related to diabetes, celiac disease, obesity and other conditions. The study shows that exercise does not need to be intense to have anti-inflammatory effects  – just 20 minutes of moderate exercise including fast-paced walking appears to be sufficient.

This is an important new finding, as feeling like a workout needs to be particularly intense or a long duration may have been off-putting for those who suffer from chronic inflammatory diseases, who particularly benefit from exercise. However, it should be noted that patients with chronic inflammatory disease should always consult with their physician concerning their treatment plan. But knowing that exercise can provide these benefits is an important consideration. Needless to say a very cheap form of natural anti-inflammatories!

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Reference : Perspectives in Public HealthMay 2017-Vol 137-No3 ; Royal Society for Public Health, London E1 8AN , England.

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