Article Medically reviewed by Dr. Gavin Chan (MBBS, cosmetic physician, liposuctionist)
Templestowe Lower and Berwick Clinics
Dr. Gavin Chan has a background in intensive care, anaesthesia, and emergency medicine. Since 2004, Dr. Chan has provided cosmetic procedures, including anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, liposuction, fat transfer, skin needling, and laser treatments. He is a doctor trainer for various dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections.
We are treating the signs of ageing with advanced technologies in conventional medicine methods and further addressing the underlying causes from an internal position. The various hallmarks of ageing such as wrinkles, loss of elasticity, some pigmentation and skin texture and tone are symptoms of changes in cellular function. These expressions in appearances can relate to hormonal imbalances, vitamin insufficiency or the inability to uptake and convert various elements used in cellular functions.
Through a serious of pathology tests, hormone tests and other sample testing your practitioner can identify areas requiring supplementation or IV nutrition.
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- Ageing from the inside, why our cells determine how we look
- Nutrition’s contribution to ageing
- IV therapy
Naturopathy is a field of complimentary medicine where a holistic approach to treating the body is utilised. Naturopathy is based on the theory that the human body has the ability to heal itself if it is supplied with the correct environment and the basic ingredients that can repair or build cells. Naturopathic medicine is focused with treating the cause of an illness and aims to treat the body as a whole.
Through various methods of testing, including pathology tests, hormonal tests and extensive history taking, the naturopath is able to uncover the cause/s of the patient’s concern. The cause of an illness could be chemical,structural or even emotional. The aim of the is to discover the root cause/s of the illness and provide a resolution to the situation by removing the cause. Common causes include:
- poor lifestyle
- poor dietary choices
- illness or disease
Completing or enhancing nutritional deficiencies by adding in nutritional or herbal supplements, tailoring your diet and exercise increases the body’s ability to heal and rebuild itself.
What can a Naturopath treat?
Women’s health conditions: menopause, PMS, PCOS, painful or irregular periods.
Pain conditions: migraine, headaches, back, neck and joint pain, sciatica, fibromyalgia, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, facial neuralgia, jaw pain, plantar fasciitis and more…
Chronic ailments: arthritis, hay fever, allergies, sinusitis, insomnia, stress, anxiety, depression, thrush, poor immunity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, irritable bowel and more…
Skin conditions: Naturopathic care for a wide range of skin ailments like eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis and acne. And also to enhance the health and vitality of your skin with dietary advice and cutting edge vitamin, mineral and herbal supplementation.
Weight management: professional weight management to suit you and your lifestyle. Get experienced advice and the weekly follow up you need to keep you on track.
Healthy aging and wellness care: ideal for those of you who have realised that maintaining your health with regular care, testing and cutting edge supplementation is the smart approach.
Ageing from the inside, why our cells determine how we look
Ageing is a result of the damage, both internal and environmental, to our cells. A large degree of this damage is attributable to the way our cells are nourished, with the correct balance of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to provide them with the right building blocks to repair and restore themselves in the face of damage. The dryness and plasticity of the skin is a key indicator of how that person’s cells are dealing with the effects of cellular damage. In other words, if a person’s cells aren’t functioning at an optimal level premature ageing will occur.
There are many different reasons for cellular damage from disease to what we eat. Malnourishment is one of the biggest influences on a cells health and behaviour. This isn’t the same as malnourishment seen in a third world country however this is on a much lower level, when the body doesn’t receive the correct amounts of particular nutrients. Malnourishment can result from an unbalanced diet, poor absorption in the gastrointestinal tract or incorrect supplementation.
Cells that aren’t receiving the correct nutrients or the correct quantities required will function at a lower rate, provide less support to the body’s functions, reduced ability to repair and restore damaged cells and will produce and release excess free radicals.
Combine this information and you will see that the condition our cells are in directly reflects the way we age, not just on the inside but weight loss leading facial volume loss, loss of elasticity and hydrations leading to wrinkles and a reduced ability to restore the epidermis with fresh young cells creating poor skin quality.
Nutrition's contribution to ageing
If you consider the fact that ageing causes malnourishment and malnourishment causes premature ageing you can see the importance of providing our cells with the nutrition they need. Screening each individuals symptomology, pathology tests and other samples such as hair and urine highlights the areas of deficiency and enable your practitioner to tailor a health program to your needs. The aim is to balance your cells nutrition levels, reduce free radical productions, increase antioxidant intake and increase functioning. This balance eases the malnourishment/premature ageing cycle, reduces free radicals and the oxidative stress on the body and maintains vitality as we age.
What are free radicals?
Free radical production is a normal part of metabolism, problems arise when excess levels are produced. These are created when a cell isn’t functioning efficiently and results in what we call free oxygen. These free oxygen’s cause substantial biological damage attacking the cells and proteins, this reduces the way the body can function. Each time a free radical attacks it creates a secondary free radical molecule. Our body combats the free radicals with antioxidants, we naturally produce enough to combat normal free radical production and neutralise the damage. When the body is being attacked by excess free radicals the rate of damage and ageing is significantly increase and we need to nourish it with the right levels of antioxidants.
What is oxidative stress?
Oxidative stress is the level of stress free radicals put on the body, it occurs when your body has too many free radicals and is unable to produce enough antioxidants to combat the damage being caused. This oxidative stress can lower the threshold of degenerative diseases, increase the susceptibility to organ disease and negatively impact the metabolism at a cellular level.
What causes malnutrition?
- Disease and drugs (prescription and illicit): effects cellular metabolism, alters blood chemistry and reduces the bodies ability to absorb nutrients in the gastrointestinal tract.
- Diet and abundance: Too much or too little of a nutrient will impact the way it is absorbed, not absorbed or used within the body. Balancing your nutritional intake is important as some vitamins and minerals require the presence of another to be utilised by a cell.
- Age: As we age the natural absorption process becomes less effective.
To achieve a new state of well being, maximised quantity and quality of your life, you must not only treat the symptoms, but also the underlying cause of your concerns. Based on your practitioners assessment of your history, pathology results and symptomology a complete health plan will be designed to target key areas of deficiency causing premature ageing, reduced energy and reduced vitality. Your complete health plan prescribed may involve dietary and lifestyle changes and the use of natural medicines such as supplements.
Supplements are used to complete or enhance the vitamins and minerals required for cellular function and optimised health. It allows these nutrient levels to be maintained within particular concentrations and with regular reviews and alterations to your prescription as you progress in your health program it gives control to the homeostasis within the body. When you have the correct balance of nutrients they will begin to enhance your cells functions improving your quality of life, skin quality, weight management and reduced oxidative stress.
Supplement programs can be tailored for:
- Detoxification Therapy.
- Healthy ageing and wellness care.
- Weight loss.
- Women’s health.
- Pain conditions.
- Chronic ailments.
- Skin conditions
IV Nutrition Therapy draws its success by bypassing the digestive tract, providing an easy and quick method for direct absorption of important nutrients by the target cells. IV nutrition includes the administration of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and other micro-nutrients directly via the blood stream. It is a highly controlled method of delivery producing rapid results in your blood chemistry.
Who should have IV therapy?
Anyone can have IV therapy to target a number of concerns. It is particularly beneficial to:
- Pre and post surgery patients: increases the ability and speed of the body to repair and recover.
- To enhance any health programs incorporating supplementation.
- Patients with digestive problems: people who have food intolerances, GI tract disease or poor absorption benefit from IV as they bypass the digestive tract that causes their mal-absorption.
- Patients with illness: illness or disease causes stress on the body, requiring additional energy from the cells to fight the sickness, providing direct nutrition will help the body fight the disease and repair