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Vitamin E Update

Vitamin E is a group of eight compounds, α-, β-, δ-, ϒ-tocopherols and α-, β-, δ-, ϒ-tocotrienols, which are lipid-soluble. All vitamin E isoforms have antioxidative, antiproliferative, pro-apoptotic, anti-angiogenic and anti-inflammatory effects (2,3). Vitamin E, although not as effective as Selenium, is also a very useful aid in detoxification and in the reduction of methylmercury toxicity (1). Key sources of tocopherols are sunflower & rapeseed oil, whereas important sources of tocotrienols...

Boron is far from Boring!

An in-depth look at Boron, its role in the body, the environment and in Australian HTMA Boron: An overview Boron is a naturally occurring element. It’s found in the environment, combined with oxygen and other elements in compounds called borates. Borates are widely found in nature, and are present in oceans, sedimentary rocks, coal, shale and some soils. Boron is released to the atmosphere via volcanic activity and from geothermal steam. It’s estimated...

Optimum Nutrition for Healthy Ageing

Each person’s nutritional requirement is unique based on complex factors including current health status and nutritional levels, absorption, exogenous stressors including medication, heavy metal toxicity, physical and emotional stress, and so forth. Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis empowers practitioners to identify the specific nutrient mineral imbalances and toxic element burdens, thereby enabling treatment on a bio-individual basis. Distinct mineral patterns can be seen in patients with diseases associated with ageing. Early detection...

Mastering Molybdenum

Mastering Molybdenum (Mo) Molybdenum Antagonists: Ca, Cu, S, Hg, W Molybdenum Synergists: Ca, Na, Fe, Se, Co, Vit D, B1, B12, C, B9 HTMA Summary: Indicative of methylation pathways. Cheerleader for Zinc Mo had been shown to reduce copper levels – competes for absorption & increases excretion in Urine. Enhanced adrenal and thyroid activity may increase excretion of copper allowing Mo to accumulate even without high dietary intake. (8) Molybdenum is an essential mineral...

Children, Mineral Imbalances & HTMA

Undetected mineral imbalances in children and teenagers cause health, educational, behavioural and social issues. Many of these are preventable and can be minimised by understanding and managing diet. Hair tissue mineral analysis is the definitive tool used by practitioners to identify nutritional imbalances and to create a treatment plan for ongoing management. In a recent (2020) Polish study[i] it was found that an adequate intake of folates, vitamin D, vitamin E,...

The 2020 Slide into Summer!

  As this momentous year slides to a close, we’re all looking forward to some summer holiday downtime. This year commenced on the back of nationwide drought, with devastating bushfires. By February, the bushfires were under control and COVID hit. What can one say? As practitioners, we spend much of our time giving. The simple truth is that you can’t take care of others until you take care of yourself! Since travel, dancing, getting...

More Than Just Bones

Mastering Calcium

InterClinical eNews August 2020, Issue 109 Characteristics of calcium Calcium ranks fifth, after oxygen, carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen, in the mineral composition of the human body. It makes up 1.9% of the body by weight. We require an average daily positive calcium balance of 180 mg during the first 20 years of growth. Around 99% of total body calcium is located in the skeleton. The remaining 1% is distributed evenly between the...

Mastering Magnesium

Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral and is essential for good health. Approximately 600 enzymes depend upon its presence in our body in sufficient amounts.1 It affects many cellular functions including the transport of potassium and calcium ions. It modulates signal transduction, energy metabolism and cell proliferation. Magnesium has a huge role in bone mineralization, cardiovascular health and the nervous and neuromuscular systems. It participates in the metabolism of carbohydrates,...

Immune System Patterns in Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis

InterClinical eNews March 2020 Special Edition The wonder of our immune systemOur immune system is miraculous and complex. Research into how it functions reveals a sophisticated security system that constantly scans the body to identify and remove any threat to our well being. Receptors associated with the immune system are concerned with interrogating the environment for evidence of danger, infection or abnormal cell death. They are also present inside the cell where...

Nutrients and Herbs Supporting Immune System Health

InterClinical eNews March 2020 Special Edition What is a virus?  Viruses vary widely in shape and complexity. They do not contain the chemical machinery needed to carry out chemical reactions for life. Instead a virus carries only nucleic acid, with a set of genetic instructions, and a coat of protein to protect it. Enveloped viruses have an extra surrounding covering made of a lipid membrane. A virus must have a host...