September – Prostate Awareness Month
Prostate Cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in males, and is an absolute killer, make no mistake. 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with it by the time they are 85 and the most at risk age (63%) are those men over 65. So… MEN… go see your GP and know the symptoms so you can talk about it.
GPs do a blood test to check PSA levels first and check your family cancer history, so start asking questions and stop imagining hilariously scary film scenes of GPs putting on gloves! Early detection and treatment are the key to a 95% chance of surviving more than 5 years, so in September, men of The Westsider – please go chat to your GP about your prostate health. Thank you.
Jennifer Cook – Director
Womens Health Week 2-6 Sept 2020
In western societies menopausal transition is often regarded as a negative, declining time. We could instead adopt the viewpoint of more traditional cultures, which regard menopause with respect, and as a symbol of wisdom and positive change. Research suggests that a woman’s expectations and views of menopause have a direct impact on the severity her symptoms. Herbal medicines have been used for centuries to support women as we transition.
My experience is menopausal transition can be a time for truly awakening to one’s self.
Christine Carley – Naturopath
Headache & Migraine Week 9 – 15th September.
Headaches and migraines are sadly to common but respond very well to acupuncture. Clinical trials have shown that acupuncture may be as effective as prophylactic medication and without the unwanted side-effects.
The acupuncture point I often use is GB20, also fabulously called “Gates of Consciousness”.
The points are located on the back of the neck, at the base of the skull and on either side of the spine. Apply pressure to both points with you thumbs. Also great for a stiff neck, eyestrain and for sinus conditions.
Clare Faux – TCM Dr.