Tuesday 19 March 2013



Everybody know many people or are one of those with chronic back ache, muscular problems and pain, neck pains, limited movement in limbs, sort feet etc...

Many people won't take action and accept a discomfort in their life as being a part of life. Although I truly believe that we all have the born right to feel amazing, we do have a responsibility to ourselves to understand that only we can help ourselves and this takes proactive measures. Most often we solve our own problems but sometimes these proactive measures mean that sometimes we need to involve a professional to advise us on the road to well-being.  When our car is broken we call a mechanic for computer problems we have IT technicians. For health issues there are health professionals.

Physical pain can have many different reasons, consulting a health professional such as an osteopath to take proactive measures is a step on the road to feeling great. Or if you feel that the mechanical aspect of osteopathy will not solve your problems, speak to somebody with knowledge of different therapies to direct you to an appropriate therapy.

At the therapy room we have such a service, a free 15min consultation helping you to be proactive reaching your right of feeling great. Email us at info@thetherapyroom or call 01223315400

Other proactive health tips are:
-Research the world of knowledge of the internet.
Bear in mind that often multiple health problems are related.
-Many health issues disappear after dietary adjustments
Less refined foods, more vegetable, quality protein intake
-stagnation due to a lack of movement can cause many problems
starting exercising, or change the type or intensity of exercise.

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Tuesday 12 March 2013

Estrogen dominance

#Estrogen Dominance – (not just a female problem)

-Acceleration of the aging process  -Allergies -Breast tenderness  Decreased sex drive
-Depression  -Fatigue  -Fibrocystic breast  -Groggy thinking  -Headaches  -Hypoglycemia
-Infertility  -Irritability  -Memory loss  -Miscarriage  -Osteoporosis  -PMS 
-Thyroid dysfunction (often undiagnosed or misdiagnosed as hypothyroidism)
-Uterine fibroids  - Bloating  -Sinus problems -(middle)weight gain  -Migraines
-Insulin resistance - Can also be a problem pre-menopausal or menopausal

Concept: Estrogen  and progesterone work with each other either as opposites or as complementing hormones. These two have essential roles to play not just for our reproductive system but also weight gain and weight loss and (more specifically progesterone) for mood, brain function. An imbalance where often the high estrogen causes progesterone to be overshadowed or low progesterone which leave estrogen unopposed.

Definition: Estrogen dominance is a condition in which a woman can have deficient, normal, or excessive levels of estrogen, but to little progesterone to balance the estrogen levels. It means a predominance of estrogenic effects as opposed to progesterone effects. It is the balance of these that matters.

Common causes:
·         Stress (excessive stress hormones upset the balance)
·         Xeno-hormonse exposure (exno-hormones are non-human, synthetic/non-biological compounds that act in the body like they are hormones) pesticides, receipts, plastics, cosmetics.... These are extremely common in our environment
·         Use of contraceptives
·         HRT (hormone replacement therapy)
·         Adrenal fatigue
·         Poor diet
·         Consumption of bad fats  e.g. trans-fats and fried fats
·         Nutritional deficiencies
·         Menstrual issues
·         Obesity (some fat cells can make estrogen)
·         Digestive issues

Some of the point above are also relevant for men. Resistant weight, low libido, man boobs, depression and most of the symptoms above.

The good news is that there are solution.
If the picture of symptoms fit you, get in contact with the therapy room we have some really good therapist who can help you.

The Therapy room team,

(Author: Robert Tempelaar)

Sunday 10 March 2013

Centenarians: what can they teach us?

Below I have posted a link to some two minutes audio plays from 8 centenarians. Trying to convey their message is impossible so I recommend you to take this 16 minutes or so or only watch Esther Tuttle and Hazel Miller. http://tinyurl.com/2ey659k   

The forgotten (ignored) wisdom of the elders in society is a crime to ourselves. In the ancient Indian language, prajnaparadha means: crimes against wisdom. One of these crimes is ignoring the wisdom from our elders, this has brought us to a point where most of us are essentially emotional babies, the ability of great change and growth without guidance = destruction, emotional, physical, ecological, environmental. More illness than ever, more depression and anxiety than ever this whilst our environment is crumbling to shit around us (excuse my language) is there a connection? Well of course there is...

Our elders had the same amount of challenges but their challenges were mostly about survival and creating some comfort. This generation doesn’t have to worry about survival and has comfort compared to them but the way we spent and earn money leaves us feeling empty handed and feeling out of control. Perhaps the biggest change is media imposed norms and values and mechanical, electrical, visual and auditory and sensory distraction leaves the need for reflection of how we feel in our skin and why we feel like that and the consequent: what can or should we do about this, behind. Well... the need is still there, this is an essential part of evolution and adaptation, but fundamentally missing in most people, due to modern life distractions.  

Here Nutritionist, herbalist, life coaches, hypnosis, psychotherapy, acupuncture, mind-body therapies and many more are filling a gap, all in their own right look at disease and ill-health in what is call holistic way (this word has negative hippyish connotations) but in essence it brings life back into living. Less about being robots of the monetary system, and being discarded when you stop to fulfill a monetary function.

Smiling, laughing, quality time with friend and family, unconditional joy and care, consciousness of ourselves how we feel in our skin and what we ourselves would really like to feel like and like to do.

Emotional obstacles
Physical obstacles
Ill health
Dis-ease in any form

All play an important part in regaining life and health.

Hormonal issues, depression, High blood pressure, arthritis, anxiety, autism spectrums disorders, diabetes, weight issues, chronic physical injuries, auto-immune conditions...

How to get back on track recovering from or managing an physical or mental illness, relative benign or very serious is always possible along side, beyond mainstream medical care or as a sole therapy in many case much more efficient.  Give yourself the chance to feel great again. At the therapy room we have many different therapies and amazing therapist. For those who don’t know where to start there is also a free service that helps you choose if and what therapy would best help you. Make an appointment today!

The Therapy room team

Author: Robert Tempelaar ND Dipherb

Wednesday 6 March 2013

Menopause and perimenopause

Menopause and perimenopause.

Unfortunately these two words are dreaded in western society and have bad connotations, yet for some women, they never seem to think about these words and graciously flow through those years. Adopting and accepting each new stage of our life and looking at it from a point of new possibilities rather than a dreaded sign of aging. We may be able to reduce the speed of aging but we cannot, stop the natural transition of our social position within society, in this regards it works the same for males. Mentally fighting against this creates more problems than it solves, especially when you are one of those women who seem to have pulled the short straw in terms of (peri)menopausal symptoms. There is good news and bad news, the good news is that with the correct lifestyle changes this can be a thing of the past, the bad news is that it take a certain amount of commitment, certain supplement alleviate, speed up the reduction of these symptoms and in some cases are a plain necessity.

Menopause and perimenopausal symptoms are to some degree expected within the western world but not this has much more to do with our lifestyle not being conducive to graceful aging (male and female) rather than just a part of being an aging women.

Oestrogen reduction is often blamed, certainly this hormone is one of the biggest changing factors as the ovaries slowly start to produce less hormones but there are more hormones with greater or equal importance.

The problem with oestrogen is that we only need a tiny amount at any time in our body, it needs effective removal by the liver, if for whatever reason this removal is impeded, problems occur. Middle weight gain, increased risk of oestrogen dependent cancers, reduced thyroid function, oedema, tiredness, foggy brain, insulin problem by the fact that is it opposes progesterone, which is the hormone we want and has great positive and anti aging and anti depressant effect (retaining bone density better than oestrogen) when there is a correct oestrogen/progesterone balance.

Two organs that work in harmony with the ovaries through a women’s life are the adrenal (stress gland) and the thyroid (metabolism gland) when either of these is compromised in function it almost expected there can be major or minor menstrual or menopausal symptoms. This is not just but the lack of correct functioning but more the common reason of why we have problems with these glands that creates the issues. Supporting these 2 will invariably reduce menopausal symptoms, when applied correctly. This is not a one case fits all this needs to be decided on individual based of presenting symptoms and/or on diagnostic results.

A low thyroid function (hypothyroidism) has many of the same symptoms as perimenopause, together they can magnify the transition in a unwanted way. The adrenal slowly begin to take over from the ovaries to maintain the desirable hormones in from perimenopause to menopause. A lifelong of excess stress can reduce to capacity of the adrenals to function optimally and therefore reduce its capacity to fully serve its function it is meant to perform going into (peri)menopause. A stress is anything that forces our body to work to maintain balance, a bad diet is an equal bad stress as a mental stress.

Xenoestrogens and endocrine disruptors are chemical substances, plastics found in most drink bottle, tin can lining, certain pesticides, even found is some receipt paper. These have the ability to, as the name suggest, disrupt endocrine function, and increase the bad type of oestrogen, further disruption the delicate hormonal balance, further increasing the risk of a unpleasing menopausal transition.

Adopt a diet
-Aim for 10 fruit and veg daily
-Quality protein
-NO sugar soda drinks NOT ONE, cheating is a word this means doing something that you are not meant to do to give you a benefit. These drink do nothing more good than tickle the tongue and destroyed to body invariably.
-have a breakfast with quality protein, protein shake, eggs, good handful of nuts in porridge.
-reduced alcohol to only social situations.
-no more than one coffee daily (ideally non)
-Eat good fats (good fat do not make you fat)

-stress management
-liver support
-check thyroid function (doctors often don’t test for the right hormones)
-check for adrenal fatigue.

Vitamin D, B6, Zinc
Progesterone cream
Vitex Agnus castus
Asparagus racemosa (black cohosh)
Withania somnifera

Seek professional advice before buying (mostly because if you don’t you are likely to buy something you don’t need, it will not work and you will waste money)

Other helpfull therapies:
Metabolic typing
Herbal medicine
For menopause with a strong stress element the below therapies can be extremely effective
Mind- body  therapies

If you feel inspired and want to make a change but do not know where to start, make an appointment with a therapist, the therapy room has a free service which can help you decide what therapy is best for you. Call or email us.

The Therapy room Team,

Autor: Robert Tempelaar