7 Steps for Healthier Heart

7 Steps for a Healthier Heart!


One Australian dies every 12 minutes from it.

It’s the most costly disease for our healthcare system costing $1.8 Billion for medications alone in 2012. It’s the leading cause of death . . . and yet it’s largely preventable!

It’s Cardiovascular Disease!

Recently I was invited to speak to a group about the topic of ‘Heart Health’ and Cardiovascular Disease. It’s certainly a topic that I’ve had a keen interest in understanding, since I’ve had family members succumb to the effects of poor cardiovascular health.

Cardiovascular Disease is the leading cause of death in Australia, (plus most developed countries) and in addition it is a major cause of disability. According to the National Heart Foundation, CVD is responsible for 11% of direct healthcare expenditure with the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme paying out $1.8 Billion in medications for CVD in 2012 (21% of total benefits that year).

So it’s a very costly disease for the healthcare system and a deadly one at that.

So what can you actively do to stack the odds in your favour?

Well, here’s 7 Steps to get to started . . . 


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The Silent Health Saboteur

Surely if there’s an underlying cause of our widespread weariness, we should know about it?

“The reason doctors don’t flag it is because they’re taught in medical school that the adrenal glands are either working perfectly well or not working at all, which is a condition called Addison’s disease,” explains Dr Peter Dobie,  integrative GP and adrenal fatigue specialist. “However, an increasing number of doctors, myself included, believe there’s a grey area or intermediate zone of adrenal function where the adrenals are working, but not as well as they should be.

The adrenal glands produce around 50 different hormones, which influence everything from how we handle stress to our metabolism, inflammatory response, blood glucose levels, blood pressure and our fluid and electrolyte balance.

The adrenal glands have fundamental functions in the body and are primary to our immune system function, our reproductive function and even our neurological system. If they become exhausted, it can initiate a domino effect where many other systems start to go down,” explains Dr Sherrill Sellman.

Dr Sherrill Sellman naturopath and women’s natural health expert, is author of ‘Hormone Heresy: What Women Must Know About Their Hormones’, and ‘What Women MUST Know To Protect Their Daughters From Breast Cancer’. Dr Sellman will be visiting South East Queensland and we are hosting TWO events, one at the end of july and first week in August, so make you get along to hear her talk on all things hormonal, male and female. DOWNLOAD this flyer for more details.


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Does Death Begin In The Colon?

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. (more…)

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Why Progesterone For Men?

Progesterone occupies an important position in the pathway of hormonal synthesis in both men and women. When many of us think of progesterone, we think of it as being a hormone strictly for women. However men need progesterone too, as is explained in the following research. While most Progesterone in women is produced in their ovaries, it is produced in the adrenal glands in both sexes and in the testes in males. In fact, after menopause, the female body makes close to zero progesterone, while the male body makes more.

Not only is progesterone found in males, but men rely on the alleged “female hormone” to preserve their masculinity. In fact, did you know that progesterone is a precursor to testosterone – the male sex hormone? Also did you know that as men age and testosterone begins to decline, estrogen levels steadily rise? As estrogen levels increase, progesterone levels plummet. Therefore, as Progesterone is a precursor to testosterone, and testosterone levels in men decline with age, doing whatever they can to boost progesterone levels can be of great benefit for men, as this article explains.

Hormonal balance is like a jig-saw puzzle – without all of the pieces in place, it just doesn’t work. Hormones are cell messengers that carry important signals to different cells in the body. There can be a lot of things that go wrong in their communication, and these problems can be due to a multitude of factors, including: nutritional inadequacies, stress, toxicity, organ toxicity/malfunction, mineral deficiencies.


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New Research Substantiates the Anti-Aging Properties of DHEA

In 2007, the battle against Congress’s ill-conceived campaign to re-classify DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) as an “anabolic steroid drug” – an act that would have made this life-sustaining compound unavailable to the general public without a prescription – was won, and less than three years later, scientists uncovered even more research substantiating DHEA’s remarkable health-promoting benefits.

It’s called the fountain of youth, the super-hormone, the antidote to aging. It can help people look younger, feel better and live longer. Circulating throughout the human body, it is present at even higher levels in brain tissue. In fact, brain tissue contains 5 to 6 times more DHEA than any other tissue in the human body. As we age our DHEA production falls dramatically. DHEA can be helpful in treating auto-immune disorders, obesity, dementia, osteoporosis and chronic fatigue.  (more…)

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