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ME Awareness

ME Awareness

This is ME Awareness Week.  Myalgic Encephalomyelitis is often confused with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromylagia.  Whilst they share some symptoms, there are some important differences.

ME often follows a viral infection and, in my experience, the people who suffer with it the most are high achievers who tend to power through problems, not listening to their bodies when they want a rest.  Because they don’t listen to their bodies, their bodies just seize up and force the rest.

Symptoms include mental tiredness, physical pain, forgetfulness, confusion and feeling disoriented.  There are many, many more and the sufferer can be debilitated sometimes for years.

It’s important to look at the emotional and physical factors of the problem to enable the sufferer to get back to full health and approaches include building core energy, dealing with ambition, drive and perfectionist traits, working at a cellular level, balancing blood sugars and adrenals, and reviewing diet.

If you think you may be suffering from ME, why not try one of my latest MP3s to help build you up?  Overcome ME can really help.

In addition, it helps to see a naturopathic, integrative therapist. Call me to see how I could help you.  0845 130 0854.  Or visit http://www.self-help-resources.co.uk/Health_Screening_&_Food_Intolerance_Testing.htm for more information.

Food Intolerance and Food Allergies

HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU HAVE A FOOD INTOLERANCE OR A FOOD ALLERGY?

Food Intolerances by Tricia Woolfrey

There is a lot of confusion about what a food intolerance is as opposed to a food allergy.

A food intolerance is a reaction in the digestive system, producing such symptoms as:

fatigue, bloating, energy dips, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, indigestion, water retention, difficulty losing weight, lack of concentration, poor memory, poor motivation, lack of clarity, depression, flatulence, belching, runny nose, catarrh, excessive mucus in the throat and sinus area, hay fever, eczema, asthma, chest infections, cravings, thrush, nail infections, verrucas, warts, skin rashes, PMT, moods, headaches, hyperactivity, palpitations, panic, raised blood pressure, insomnia, nausea

A food allergy, on the other hand, is caused by the immune system, rather than the digestive system and can lead to anaphylactic shock.  It can also be caused by bee stings and medication.  The reaction can be immediate, severe, and life threatening.  Common symptoms can be hives, swollen tongue or lips and/or fainting.   Even a trace amount can have this affect.  Common allergens are shellfish, eggs, milk and peanuts.  If you have a food allergy, it is likely that your doctor will prescribe an Exipen for emergency self-treatment.

Other than that, both conditions are usually treated in a similar manner – cutting out the offending item.  With a food intolerance, it may be possible to have small amounts of the offending food but, in developing a protocol for you, it would first of all be important to strengthen your digestive system so that you can tolerate a wide variety of foods in moderation.  I believe that the reason we have a lot of wheat intolerances is because it is all too-easy to have wheat as a main component of every meal and we are simply overloading our systems.

The cause of food intolerances can be varied from poor enzyme function, affecting your ability to digest food effectively, Celiac Disease (where a person is unable to digest gluten), food additives such as dyes, or sulfites in wine and canned goods, and stress.

If you think you may have a food intolerance, why not book a test.  With the Asyra Pro we can not only check which foods you are intolerant to but also check out your gastro-intestinal system to see if there are any weaknesses which need to be dealt with.  To book an appointment call 0845 130 0854.  For more information visit www.yourhealthuk.com or www.pw-hypnotherapy.co.uk.   Remote food intolerance tests can also be conducted.

© Tricia Woolfrey 2012

About Tricia Woolfrey

Tricia Woolfrey is an integrative therapist, an advanced clinical hypnotherapist, master practitioner in NLP, nutritionist, practitioner of food intolerance and allergy testing and author.  She has practices in Surrey and Harley Street, London.  She can be reached on 0845 130 0854 www.pw-hypnotherapy.co.uk.