Sick Home – Healthy Home

By , April 15, 2014

Over the last 50 years humans have changed the face of the earth. The chemical revolution has brought us many consumer delights, but these have come at a very high price when you consider their affect on our future health and wellbeing.

This chemical revolution is still happening today, causing an increasing number of health issues and epidemics, resulting from any number of 75,000 plus and growing, commonly used, potentially toxic synthetic chemicals, released into our environment or applied directly to or into our bodies each day by consumer products.

Many years ago Samuel Epstein asked us, “Are you even aware that Australia has no regulations concerning the safety of ingredients in the products we use in the home?” Back in 2009 the Obama administration began looking at new guidelines in Congress in updating the 33-year-old law that governs how the Environmental Protection Agency controls toxic chemicals. Broadly, the principles were that chemicals need to be reviewed for safety using strong science-based standards, to protect human health and the environment.

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A Healthy Digestive System

By , April 12, 2014

Helping people achieve a healthier home and a healthier body [a central focus and mission of the Savvy Team] requires the ability and understanding to help them achieve that optimal physical function, which depends absolutely on a healthy, functional digestive system. The rapid rise in childhood diseases has been linked to many problems in the home, and there is much research that points to nutritional deficiency, toxicity, and possibly infection or inflammation as being the main culprits.

Families have long had need for a preventative healthcare regime, simple enough for them to implement on a day-to-day basis. One that focuses on improving cellular health by optimising nutrient intake while minimising toxins in the home, one that clears the detox channels of the body and allows the body to heal. That’s where the Savvy Team come in.

The Savvy Team are a business and community group of independent members who operate entirely from referrals, word-of-mouth and free community information sessions, and they provide regimes that help people improve their digestion and look after their body as a whole. Continue reading 'A Healthy Digestive System'»

Does Death Begin In The Colon?

By , April 6, 2014

My original exposure to the warning that “Death begins in the colon” and the further investigation of it that I undertook, came after hearing if from Dr. Bernard Jensen, D.C. who, in some circles, is referred to as the “Father of Colonics”. But the term has also been ascribed to physicians in ancient Egypt, and said to be espoused by Hippocrates, the apparent father of modern medicine, whose teachings link many illnesses to problems with the digestive tract, and the lack of optimal functioning of the body.

If not death, then perhaps at least disease and ill health might have a lot to do with the much overlooked function and health of the digestive tract. And the way to achieve that simply and effectively, does depend on the Savvy Team’s three-step process. The strategy of optimising nutrient intake while minimising toxins is also the central focus of the Savvy Team.

The Savvy Team point to the research showing that these days, children, and especially those coming from families with a history of “brain-immuno-gut disorders”, are also being affected with paediatric disorders such as ADHD, Asthma, allergies, autism, chronic illness, depression, learning and language delay, and digestive and behavioural disorders. All of these conditions are now proven to be triggered by toxins, malnutrition and infections as well as inflammatory conditions and stress. While their diets may be ‘good’, they are almost always found to be low in nutrition. Continue reading 'Does Death Begin In The Colon?'»

Your Microbiome And You

By , April 4, 2014

“You could be sitting alone and still be completely outnumbered for your body is home to trillions upon trillions of tiny passengers – bacteria. Your body is made up of around ten trillion cells, but you harbour a hundred trillion bacteria.” says the Science Discover Magazine, in a fascinating article on the Microbiome: Your Body Houes 10x More Bacteria Than Cells.

Did you know that for every gene in your genome, there are 100 bacterial ones? The human microbiome is the population of more than 100 trillion microorganisms that live in our gut, mouth, skin and elsewhere in our bodies. The total number of genes associated with the human microbiome exceeds the total number of human genes by a factor of 100-to-one.

This is your ‘microbiome’ and it has a huge impact on your health, your ability to digest food and much, much more. We, in turn, affect them. Everything from the food we eat to the way we think, from the drugs we use to the way we’re born, influences the many species of bacteria that take up residence in our bodies over our lifetime.

Wikipedia lists the micro biome as: “the ecological community of commensal, symbiotic, and pathogenic microorganisms that literally share our body space.” These microbial communities have numerous beneficial functions relevant to supporting our life. Science has only now discovered that they are needed (in fact essential) for us to digest food, to prevent disease-causing bacteria from invading the body, and to synthesize essential nutrients and vitamins.  Continue reading 'Your Microbiome And You'»

Apples Ain’t Apples: Nutritional Issues In Health

By , March 26, 2014

Get back to the basics of nutrition, says the men’s body and soul online magazine. As the article points out ‘the basics of health and nutrition are, in fact, rather basic’. We suggest you check out the basics, and make sure you are giving your body those ingredients that help you look and feel your best.

You don’t need a degree to understand the need for nutrition. The US Centre For Disease Prevention and Control says nutrition is important for everyone. We have certainly been saying that for several decades, as the incidence of diseases rise alongside the increase in levels of toxicity, especially in the home environment, and the levels of nutrients in our foods decrease. These two key factors play the major role in 21st century diseases and syndromes according to a recent WHO report. Continue reading 'Apples Ain’t Apples: Nutritional Issues In Health'»

The 17 Essential Qualities of A Team Player: Summary

By , March 18, 2014

Most things in life require an ability to get along with other people. “No man is an island’ as the saying goes. Being able to do more than just get along with people is a necessary skill should you want the rewards that leading a team brings, no matter what your career, no matter what industry you are in. As a follow-up or even a companion to ‘The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork‘, the information in ‘The 17 Essential Qualities of A Team Player’ is essential reading for anyone working within a team environment.

“You cannot build a great team without great players.” says internationally recognized leadership expert, speaker, coach, and author of more than 60 books, primarily focusing on leadership, John Maxwell, as he begins ‘The 17 Essential Qualities of a Team Player’“You can lose with good players, but you cannot win without them.”

By modeling the behaviour you expect from your teammates, you will soon be able to use this book as a training manual, to help them develop these qualities too. Anyone who displays all seventeen qualities will be a great team player and will stand out from the crowd. As Maxwell says, “God-given ability may be out of our control, but the ability to work as a team isn’t.” Your willingness to be a team player will impact the speed of your advancement.

Developing a better team always begins with yourself. Improving your own team playing skills will add value to your team, and if you have (or desire) a leadership role on your team, this is especially important. Embody the following qualities of a team player as John Maxwell lays them out, then helping your team mates do the same and you will see the whole team excel.  Continue reading 'The 17 Essential Qualities of A Team Player: Summary'»

When Things Don’t Go As Planned

By , March 17, 2014

Have you heard the Yiddish proverb: “Man plans, and God laughs?”

Some of your best-laid plans quickly can unravel especially when it comes to something as critical as retirement planning. So you thought you had it all covered . . . and then the GFC happened and your dreams of a solid financial future and a financially secure retirement disappeared. Sound familiar?

But what happens next? What happens when your path to retirement doesn’t go as planned? The Savvy Team might have some answers for you, so make sure you email us on  Continue reading 'When Things Don’t Go As Planned'»

Australia’s Journey To Retirement: How About You?

By , March 15, 2014

Lifestyle is a very personal thing – luxury living for one is a modest lifestyle option for another. However, choosing the lifestyle you want and financially funding it are two very different things. People everywhere live the life they can afford – throughout your life, if you want a more salubrious lifestyle, you have to save more or have more. It’s the same in retirement.

So have you secured or prepare for the retirement lifestyle you desire?

According to a new white paper released by REST Industry Super in January, 2014, only 14 per cent of Australian Baby Boomers feel financially prepared for retirement. What is even more disturbing is that despite those people ‘feeling financially prepared’, the survey revealed an astounding 49 per cent of singles and 61 per cent of couples have totally underestimated how much they would need to fund a ‘comfortable lifestyle’. Of the 1200 people involved in the survey, 51 per cent say they feel they are somewhat prepared financially and a further 35 per cent saying they are completely unprepared.

”What we found is some sizeable gaps between what Baby Boomers are envisaging as funds required for their retirement and what the reality will be,” said REST CEO Damian Hill.  Continue reading 'Australia’s Journey To Retirement: How About You?'»

19th Century Advice: Look After Your Bowel

By , February 18, 2014

Sir William Arbuthnot Lane, M.D., an innovative and respected physician, knighted for his improvement of many surgical techniques and honored by his colleagues, spent the last twenty-five years of his life trying to convince the medical community that nearly all chronic disease stemmed from chronic intestinal stasis (the delay of the contents of the intestinal canal long enough to produce an excess of toxic material from putrefaction, thus causing absorption of this stagnation hi the circulation beyond what the organs of elimination can deal with). These poisons produced from the putrefaction, he concluded, polluted the blood stream producing degenerative changes in every single tissue of the body and lowered the body’s resistance to “deleterious organisms.”

Sir William Arbuthnot Lane, born near Inverness in 1856, was regarded at his peak as the best abdominal surgeon in England and was called on to operate on Royalty, politicians and many society figures of the Edwardian era. Lane became one of the greatest virtuoso British surgeons of the 19th century, not to mention one of the most controversial: he mastered orthopaedic, abdominal, and ear, nose and throat surgery, pioneered surgical treatment of fractures in Britain, designed instruments still used today.  Continue reading '19th Century Advice: Look After Your Bowel'»

How Bad Is Australia’s Gut Problem?

By , February 13, 2014

Having good health is very different from only being not sick.” said Seneca the Younger in 50 AD. And that statement needs to be remembered as we examine the state of the nation’s health. So just how bad are the problems associated with digestion and digestive health issues in Australia?  

According to an Australian 2010 study, the estimated incidence  in Australia of just one of the many issues related to gut health – IBD – is high, even compared to other countries with considered high incidences of IBD. The earliest physicians in Ancient Egypt believed that illnesses were the work of gods, evil spirits and sorcery. This was challenged by the ‘father of Western medicine’, Greek physician Hippocrates, who argued that , rather than punishment from supernatural forces, illnesses were the product of environmental factors, diet and living habits. The Savvy Team agree with this simple 2000 year old philosophy.

The ABC’s Four Corners recently aired a controversial documentary (The Autism Enigma) on how gut bacteria might affect autism, but what else is it affecting? Recent research into the connections between the brain, the immune system and gut dysfunction have created a whole new area of research that has led to a growing awareness of the importance of the gut flora, now known as your microbiome.  The human microbiome includes viruses, fungi and bacteria, their genes and their environmental interactions, and is known to influence not only human physiology but also it’s psychology. Your gut affects everything else going on in your body. Continue reading 'How Bad Is Australia’s Gut Problem?'»

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