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Did you know that 1 on Laubscher is a collection point for the Grace Factory? The Grace Factory is an NPO who provides maternity packs to moms im government hospitals. These packs include an outfit, vest, beanie, blanket, socks, nappies, wet wipes, bum cream, aqueous cream, baby soap, face cloth, breast pads and maternity pads. Any of these items can be dropped off at 1 on Laubscher for The Grace Factory. Check out their website:
On Mandela Day 2018, our team got together to celebrate our 67 minutes by cleaning up the litter in Laubscher Park, which is a beautiful park a stone's throw from our practice. Rachel, Caitlin and Jasantha, as well as Neil, our accounts manager, and William, our caretaker, joined together to pick up as much rubbish as we could from the park and its surrounds. We ended up with 7 full bags of rubbish! We really enjoyed being outdoors and contributing to making our community a better and cleaner place.
Go over to our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/1onLaubscher/), find our Mandela Day post, and comment, letting us know what you did this Mandela day!
We are slowly approaching the colder days of the year. Over the past few weeks, we have had more days where blankets of clouds have been hiding the sun and we have had to put on slightly more layers of clothes. I personally really enjoy winter and I am looking forward to it. Yesterday afternoon, however, while taking a break in the garden after a session, I could not help but think of people that are affected negatively by the darker weather.
Seasonal Affective Disorder is a form of depression also known as SAD, seasonal depression or winter depression. People with SAD typically experience mood changes with a seasonal pattern, typically occurring in the autumn and winter, when there is less sunlight and the days become short and dark. The symptoms remit in the spring or summer when the sunlight returns and the days become longer again. Although the condition is seasonally limited, some may have difficulties coping, and can become quite depressed.
People who battle with SAD often feel fatigued, even with too much sleep, and they may gain weight as a result of overeating and carbohydrate cravings. It is important to note that SAD symptoms can vary from mild to severe and can include many symptoms similar to major depression, such as:
1. Feeling of sadness or depressed mood
2. A notable loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed
3. There may be changes in appetite, typically eating more and craving sweets and carbohydrates.
4. Some people may experience changes in sleeping patterns, usually sleeping too much.
5. There is typically a loss of energy or increased fatigue, despite increased hours of sleep.
6. Increase in restless activity (e.g., hand-wringing or pacing) or slowed movements and speech.
7. Feeling worthless or guilty
8. Trouble concentrating or making decisions
9. In severe cases, thoughts of death or suicide or attempts at suicide
There are a number of effective treatments for SAD. Amongst these are, Light therapy, antidepressant medications, talk therapy or some combination of these. Because of the predictable pattern of the recurrence of SAD, it may help to begin with some form of treatment in the early autumn before the onset of symptoms. Furthermore, while symptoms will generally improve on their own with the change of season, they can improve more rapidly with treatment.
If you are concerned that you may have Seasonal Affect Disorder, book an appointment with Rachel: 011 682 3598.
On the 19th of May, I had the honour to speak about diet and its influence on our health, at the Mothers Of Children With Autism (MOCWA) High Tea. It was such a wonderful experience, particularly to be hosted by a group of such strong and community centred women. MOCWA have created a wonderful support group for Moms of children with Autism, and are active in making our country a better place for their children."
- Dr Caitlin Goodwin (Registered Homoeopath)
If you want to learn more about MOCWA or want to be part of a support group, please contact us at 1 on Laubscher for details:
011 682 3598
You can also find more details about MOCWA on their facebook page:
Have you had cold or flu like symptoms recently? We are at the time of the year when seasons are changing and this often means that many of us will experience the common cold.
Although exposure to cold viruses is necessary for developing a cold, the level of stress that you are experiencing at the time seems to play a significant role in whether the exposure results in a cold. By definition, stress is any uncomfortable "emotional experience accompanied by predictable biochemical, physiological and behavioral changes” (Baum 1990).
Cohen and colleagues (1995) found that the severity of the cold one contracts (measured by mucus production) was linked to intensity of stress and negative affect at the time of the exposure. In other words the more stressed you are at the time that you are exposed to the cold virus, the more severe your cold will be and the more likely you are to “catch the cold”. Research, dating as far back as 1936, in the original work of Hans Selye, demonstrates the detrimental effects of stress on the immune system. Humans under stress show more susceptibility to infectious diseases.
Guidelines for reducing stress:
1. Maintain healthy social relationships: Cohen et al. (2003) demonstrated in their study that the more sociable one is, the quality and quantity of your relationships affects whether you come down with the flu when you are exposed to it.
2. Exercise: The research keeps growing that exercise benefits our bodies and our minds. Being physically active can result in powerful change in how you manage stress. Physical activity increases the body's production of feel-good endorphins, a type of neurotransmitter in the brain, and helps in treating mild forms of depression and anxiety.
3. Meditate: Meditation as well as mindful prayer can help the mind and body to relax and center. Similar to exercise, research has shown that even meditating briefly can reap immediate benefits.