Banishing Headaches & Migraines

A multi-modality approach was one of the best ways I found to help Headaches & Migraines

Many years ago I used to suffer lot of debilitating migraines and headaches. Actually if I did get a headache, I was thankful because that was never as bad as a migraine, that could make you bed ridden with a head feeling like ten hangovers accompanied with the vomiting and light sensitivity. Even when the migraine had subsided I still felt washed out and like a train had run over me. Thankfully I haven’t had a migraine for many years and all thanks to a combination of chiropractic, acupuncture and diet and lifestyle changes.

Like many migraine and headache sufferers, mine were most likely caused by a neck injury, or whip lash, along with blocked sinuses. Current research shows that most headaches and migraines have a neck injury or neck complaint as a predisposing factor. Some neck injuries could go back to childhood or even a traumatic birth and you might not even know about it.

While neck related issues seem to be a major cause, there are many other contributing factors such as poor diet and lifestyle habits. Too many high GI carbohydrate foods and highly refined foods that interfere with blood sugars, can also cause headaches and migraine. Certain chemicals and additives in foods can also exacerbate headaches and migraines too. Let’s not forget how alcohol can be a big factor in headaches and migraines too. 

Lack of fluids and inadequate hydration can also be a big cause of headaches and migraines too. While water is important to hydrate us, water alone is not enough. We need to make sure we get electrolytes into us as well. These need to be proper electrolytes, not lolly water such as sports drinks such as gatorade and powerade. 

An imbalance of hormones, or hormonal surges, can also cause headaches and migraines and can be a big problem for women around the time of their menstrual cycle. 

One other area that is overlooked is that the sinuses are inflamed, or blocked and the associated inflammation and blockage is causing pressure and pain and causing headaches and migraines. This is a big one for many people and sadly, all too often, it is overlooked. A simple CT scan of the paranasal sinuses can see if the sinus cavity is blocked. If the sinus cavity is blocked by polypoid disease, or obstruction, it may require surgical intervention. 

Lastly the biggest headache producer of all….STRESS!

Stress will tighten up those shoulder and neck muscles and then constrict all the blood flow to the head and the next thing you know it is headache and migraine city.

Which ever way you look at it, headaches are caused from an imbalance in the body and need to be rectified. Unfortunately too many people use the band aid treatment of painkillers to try and deal with the mighty headache or migraine. Nobody can argue with the painkilling properties of a dose of panadeine forte or a pethidine injection. I’d had many a trip to the doctor to get a shot in the behind. It was either that, or my head felt like it was about to explode. Worse still the pain often gets that bad that dying would be a relief. Well, that’s how it seemed anyway. I’m sure anyone who has suffered a really bad migraine wouldn’t have minded ending it all to get out of pain.

The only problem with painkillers, is they really don’t look at fixing the cause of the problem. Not only that, all painkillers have long term side effects that can be very bad for your health and some medication can be very addictive.

Like any health problem you have to look at treating the cause and not just the symptoms. A headache or migraine is actually the symptom of a much bigger cause. The problem for most people is that they only treat this problem symptomatically or seek help when they get a migraine or headache. It is the good old band aid approach to health care.

So how do you treat headaches and migraines and try and prevent them from coming back?

The answer as I’ve said is using a multimodality approach use the ancient wonders of Acupuncture, the more modern practices of Chiropractic and addressing dietary and lifestyle changes. Like any health related condition, the management of headaches and migraines require a series of treatments to fix this problem, not a one off when you are experiencing a headache or migraine. Unfortunately I used to be one of those people who only do something about my headaches and migraines when I was suffering one. This was until I learnt that if I had regular treatments while I didn’t have a headache, then the practitioners could get to the bottom of the cause of my problems and prevent a migraine from happening. I wish I’d learnt that lesson sooner.

You will also need to address any dietary, hormonal and lifestyle issues that may be also exacerbating, or causing your headaches and migraines too. This is how I now treat people and why I use a multimodality approach to assist people and give them the best results. 

Just like many people have a misconception about getting Acupuncture, because they have a fear of needles or it may hurt, many people have misconception of Chiropractic. For one, just like acupuncture, it doesn’t hurt. and two, it isn’t about cracking bones. No bones are cracked, only gently realigned by expertly trained doctors whom have spent 5 years at university to do so. Before your first treatment, a good practitioner will usually take a series of x-rays to evaluate what needs to be done before ever adjusting the body. This way the practitioner can accurately and precisely pin point the exact cause of your particular problem. Just like with any healthcare professional, a series of questions is asked to get precise evaluation of the overall cause of your particular issue and then only after a treatment plan formulated, is the patient actually treated. Just like Chinese medicine, chiropractic looks at the cause of the problem to treat the symptoms. This is why they go so well together.

When I finally did get my headaches and migraines sorted,  I found that it was a combination of acupuncture, chiropractic, diet and lifestyle changes that gave me the best results. This is why to this day that I firmly believe that with any health condition, headaches and migraines included, that a multimodality treatment approach is the only way to go. All of this can be done alongside medical treatment options as well. Of course the cause of migraines and headaches are different for each individual and this is why individual assessment and management protocols are needed for each person. This is why people need to see an appropriate healthcare professional and not try to manage headaches and migraines on their own.

If you need help with Headaches and Migraines, give our clinic a call and let’s assist you with getting the help that you so desperately need. 

Regards

Dr Andrew Orr

The Importance of a Good Quality Multivitamin

Does Your Body Need Nutrients?

With up to 80% of Australians and New Zealanders deficient inessential minerals, does your body need a nutrient top up? If you have been feeling low in energy, getting frequent colds or finding your stress levels increasing, your body may be in need of important vitamins and minerals to function at its best. You may experience a decline in health and be at an increased risk of developing certain health conditions if your nutrient status is low. Those with health conditions may also have higher demands for particular vitamins and minerals. The ideal way to replenish these key nutrients is to eat a healthy, balanced diet and take a high quality multivitamin and mineral supplement specifically targeted to your needs.

 

Nutrients Can Be Hard To Come By

A diet that is high in fresh fruits and vegetables can help provide you with plenty of nutrients and antioxidants. Unfortunately, many people have a low intake of fresh, nutritious foods, as busy lifestyles may tempt us to choose packaged and processed foods, low in essential nutrients. The plant based foods we eat may also be lower in minerals if they are of a poor quality or grown in mineral deficient soils. It can be hard to get all the nutrients we need from diet alone, so taking a daily multivitamin can complement a healthy diet for optimal nutrition.

Specifically For You

It is important to have a specific multivitamin and mineral supplement that suits you and your individual needs. When taking a multivitamin, it is important to choose one with therapeutic amounts of key nutrients to support you at different stages of life. Your Practitioner can recommend a multivitamin that is specifically formulated with your health in mind to suit all ages, from childhood through to older age. There are also targeted formulas for men, women and pregnancy with therapeutic levels of nutrients to help you maintain wellness, wherever you are in life.

Quality Not Quantity

The amounts of nutrients in a formula are just one part of the picture when it comes to choosing a good multivitamin and mineral formula. Other important factors to consider are quality and the forms of vitamins and minerals used.

  • To ensure you are getting the best supplement, it is essential that the highest standard of manufacturing process is used. It is also important that manufacturers test all raw ingredients, so that you can be confident that the multivitamin you are taking is the highest quality every time.
  • The forms of vitamins and minerals are important to consider when choosing a multivitamin. Each vitamin and mineral should be in a form that is physiologically active and absorbable, as not all forms are well absorbed. Magnesium bisglycinate, a form of magnesium, has high bioavailability and does not compete with other minerals for absorption, ensuring you are getting maximum benefit from your multivitamin.

Nutrient Rich Foods

A good quality multivitamin can complement a healthy diet and lifestyle. Remember, we are what we eat most commonly, so choose healthier options as often as you can:

  • Eat seasonal, fresh and organic foods as often as possible.
  • Choose two serves of fresh fruits and at least three cups of fresh vegetables daily. Making your plate look like a rainbow will give an abundance of essential nutrients and antioxidants to help maintain wellness.
  • Include protein rich foods at every meal and snack.
  • Enjoy one to two serves of starchy foods per day.
  • Include healthy oils, nuts and seeds in your diet too.
  • Drink a minimum of eight glasses of pure water per day and avoid excessive alcohol, caffeine, sugar and salt as these deplete nutrients from your body.

Compliment Your Day the Nutrient Way

It is important not to dismiss the benefits that a healthy diet and regular exercise can bring you. However today’s busy lifestyles can often lead us to require key nutrients in higher amounts than what is possible to achieve through diet alone.

A good quality multivitamin and mineral formula packed with therapeutic levels of highly absorbable nutrients and herbs may be just what you need to achieve optimal health.

At Shen Therapies we only recommend Practitioner Dispensed only multivitamin to ensure potency and quality and they are much better than over the counter supplements. 

 

 

Western Diet Permanently Alters the Immune System & Alters Gene Expression

For many years we have been trying to explain to people how their diet is a major factor in their current health and how a poor diet can actually cause expression of many inflammatory disease states within the body.

New research has shown that our immune system responses to the Western diet very similar to how it reacts to infection by dangerous bacteria. The research was led by the University of Bonn in Germany and published in the journal Cell.

One of the disturbing results of the study is that the longer we consume a high GI, highly refined foods, and Western diet, that it can make the immune system become hyper-responsive to inflammation triggers. We know that a diet in highly processed foods and refined carbohydrates actually causes high inflammation in the body.

The longer we eat this way, these long-term changes may contribute to type 2 diabetes, arteriosclerosis, inflammatory bowel conditions, cancers,  gynaecological conditions,  and several other conditions wherein inflammation is thought to play a part, and which have been linked to consumption of a highly refined Western based diet.

The Western diet altered gene expression

The new research showed that just after just 1 month, there were changes throughout the bodies that are similar to the strong inflammation reactions that occur in bacterial infections. The researchers showed that an unhealthy high GI/highly refined diet led to increases in certain immune cells, which were a sign of inflammation and an infection like process. They also found that the Western diet had switched on many genes in the body that would also express many disease states and inflammatory processes in the body.

The researchers concluded that  findings highlight the dramatic impact that the wrong kind of food can have, and that they have important implications for society, especially for children who grow up with this highly inflammatory based diets and consume them longer.

The researchers concluded that adults and children have a choice of what they eat every day. We should enable everyone, especially children,  to make conscious decisions regarding their dietary habits. The new research also highlighted that dietary habits and the foundations of what a healthy diet is, need to become more prominent in our education system and it needs to start at a younger age. We also need to re-educate adults on what a healthy diet is as well

At Shen Therapies, we can help people to know what a healthy diet is and this education is also passed onto people we help with inflammatory disease states. We always promote a Primal/Low GI/grain free diet to all our patients so that they can be healthier, have less inflammation in their bodies and live longer and happier lives

Tips for Healthy Eyesight

Your eyes play a significant role in your health and many people just don’t realise how important. There are many steps can be taken to ensure that your eyes are protected and remain as healthy as possible. At Shen Therapies have selected the best vision-boosting tips to help you protect your eyes into your later life

Many of us might not realise the fact that as we age, our eyesight will deteriorate. It is something we all must get used to at some stage in our life. But could we improve our vision, protect our sight, and prevent many of the diseases that compromise the health of our eyes?

Well, the answer is yes and we are going to show you how

1.Go for regular eye exams

The best thing you can do to look after your sight is to go for regular eye tests with a trained eye specialist who can detect early signs of problems.

Although your vision may appear to be healthy, there is no way to be 100 percent certain unless a trained professional observes your eyes.

Not only does an eye test determine whether or not you need glasses, but it can also spot eye conditions that can be treated effectively if detected early enough.

2.Eat vision-healthy foods

It is possible to eat your way to healthy vision. You often hear that eating carrots benefits the eyes, but there are plenty of other foods that are important for good eyesight, too.

Eating grapes has been tied to a lower risk of AMD.

Consuming a diet rich in fruits and vegetables has been shown to promote eye health. Dark leafy greens, in particular — including collard greens, kale, and spinach — contain lutein and zeaxanthin, which are antioxidants that help to prevent the formation of cataracts.

Evidence demonstrates that grapes and blue berries may also support healthy eyes. In a laboratory model of retinal degeneration, scientists showed that a diet enriched with grapes and blue berries protected the retina against the damaging effects of oxidative stress.

Other research indicated that grapes and blue berries provide higher levels of antioxidant protection for eyes than lutein alone and may slow or help to prevent AMD.

Studies have found that there are eye health benefits from consuming fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, halibut, mackerel, sardines, and tuna.

Omega-3 fatty acids may improve ocular surface inflammation and symptoms of ocular irritation that are associated with moderate to severe dry eye. They may also help vision cells to survive future disease or injury.

A great way to ensure you get enough omega 3 oils is to use high potency omega 3 supplements like the ones we use at Shen Therapies. We also have natural medicine formulas to help with healthy eye sight

3.Keep your weight under control

Being overweight or obese, not only puts you at risk of heart disease and a shorter lifespan, but it also puts you at a higher risk of developing conditions such as diabetes or other inflammatory disease states, which may eventually lead, deterioration of eye sight, or loss of vision.

Maintain a healthy weight to avoid obesity-related eye conditions.

It is never too late to get your weight under control by eating a healthful low inflammatory, low GI diet and exercising regularly to prevent vision complications.

Research conducted by the University of Melbourne in Australia and Leeds Beckett University in the United Kingdom discovered that considerable weight loss could potentially reverse eye damage caused by diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity.

Another study recently presented at the 121st Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, held in New Orleans, LA, reported that individuals who are physically active have a 73 percent lower risk of developing glaucoma than more sedentary individuals. This finding highlights the importance of leading an active lifestyle.

If you need help with losing weight and knowing what a healthy diet is, then you can book in for a weight loss consult. Have a look at our recent posts on our microbiome restore program too.

4.Wear sunglasses when outside

Sunglasses are often looked at as a fashion accessory, but the most important role of sunglasses is to protect your eyes from the ultraviolet (UV) rays emitted by the sun.

A report by the Vision Council in 2016 revealed that only 31 percent of people protect their eyes with sunglasses when they go outside.

When selecting sunglasses always look for shades that block 99–100 percent of UVA and UVB radiation and always buy from a reputable sunglass specialist outlet.

Whether you are heading to the beach, surfing some waves, hiking up a mountain, or just out in the sun with your friends and family, be sure to protect your eyes and wear the appropriate sunglasses.

5.Rest your eyes regularly

People who work at a computer screen all day often forget to blink often and end up with fatigued eyes by the end of the day. The National Eye Institute suggest implementing a 20-20-20 rule.

For every 20 minutes that you spend staring at a screen, look at something else that is around 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds to reduce eye strain.

Recent research, published in the Journal of Opthalmology, has shown that half of the world will be short-sighted by 2050 if we continue with the current trend of spending so much time on near-based electronic devices such as computers, Ipads and mobile phones. The study also suggests that spending more time outdoors and less time doing activities that require constant up-close focusing could be a strategy that may help to reduce the number of people who experience vision loss.

If you need to wear protective eyewear or glasses as part of your job, get into the habit of wearing the appropriate gear at all times to keep your eyes in tip-top shape and prevent damage or eye strain.

6.Protect your eyes

If you are mowing the lawn, or trimming the edges, or using power tools etc, please don’t forget to protect your eyes with the appropriate safety glasses. You need to protect your eyes at all time. If you need to wear protective eyewear or glasses as part of your job, get into the habit of wearing the appropriate gear at all times to keep your eyes in tip-top shape and prevent damage or eye strain.

7.Herbal Medicines & Supplements

There are specific herbal medicine formulas and supplements that can also help with improving your vision and helping with eye health. Acupuncture has also been shown to help with eye health, help with dry eyes and help with preventing degeneration. If you would like to know more, please give our clinic a call.

 

 

 

We are closing for a week – What you Need to Know

We are closing for a week – What you Need to Know

From Friday the 30th of June 2017 until Friday the 7th of June, the clinic will be closed as our new clinic is set up and renovations completed

We will open our new clinic doors on Monday the 10th of July 2017 at St Andrew Place. The new address is Suite 282, Ground Floor, St Andrews Place. 33 North Street Spring Hill.Q.4000

During this week off the clinic number 07 32795697 will be diverted to another number. We don’t as yet know our new number, but we will keep you informed about this too

During the week we are closed, you can still order products and supplements and Sereena and Rhiannon will be answering your emails and phone calls

With your herbal order forms, please email these to us as the fax will not be working in this time. Please email all queries and herbal order forms to info@shentherapies.com.au

We will be changing our email address and phone numbers at some stage, but at this time, all our numbers and email addresses are staying the same during the transition.

Please make sure you book ahead with your appointment for the week we start at St Andrews. It is going to be a busy week. If you haven’t been in a while, please let the staff know this too as you may need an extended consult.

Please note that we are only working out of 2 rooms at St Andrew’s Place so appointment times are a little different and we will need to know if you are running late. The appointment schedules will be changing slightly and we will have to enforce cancellation fees, if we don’t get adequate notice. SMS confirmations are sent daily about you appointments.

We are sorry for any inconvenience during this time. Some of this is out of our control unfortunately. Please give us a call if you need any supplements, need appointments, or need to chat to us about anything

We look forward to seeing you all in at our new clinic location soon.

Parking At Our New Clinic

We have had a few comments from people that they find it a bit scary to travel into Spring Hill and find parking. We know Brisbane people can be a bit fickle when it comes to travelling outside their suburb, but it really isn’t that far into Spring Hill and the parking isn’t that bad.

While we know Brisbane parking can be a bit over the top and sometimes hard to find, but we are here to ease your minds just a little bit.

For those who don’t know Spring Hill, it is actually less than 20 minutes from the current Jamboree Heights clinic, especially for those coming from the centenary area. The Legacy Way and ICB makes it a very quick trip.

When it comes to parking around our new clinic at St Andrews Place (Suite 282, 33 North Street), which is attached to St Andrews Hospital, there is plenty of places to park. 
There are 1 hour, 2 hour, 3 hour and 8 hour metered parking in the surrounding streets.

On Boundary street, just off North Street, there are 1 hour parking spots and near the Spring Hill Baths, there is also 2 hour parking. In the parallel streets to North Street, there is 8 hour parking and just over near the Roma Street parklands (about 1 minute walk away), there is 3 hour parking.

There is parking in St Andrews place but it is very expensive. You can however book online through secure parking and get some great discounts. There is also parking in St Andrew Hospital, which is a little cheaper and around $20 all day.

You best bet is to leave a little earlier and park in the meters.

You can also catch a train and catch the free city circle bus to boundary street and get off near North Street too.

The new clinic will be at St Andrew Place professional suites. The address is suite 282, ground floor, St Andrews Place. 33 North Street Spring Hill Q 4000.

We look forward to seeing you all there. Please don’t be a stranger. Don’t chance going anywhere else, or seeing someone you don’t know. We do hear about the shockers out there, so please don’t chance that.

We will also be giving you regular email and Facebook updates about our move and the dates we will be opening there. This Friday will be our last day at Jamboree Heights. Dr Andrew Orr is going to post up some last words soon, before the big move.
Phones will be diverted from the old number for a while too.

 

 

 

 

Final Word About Closing Shen Therapies at Jamboree Heights.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Final Word about closing Shen Therapies at Jamboree Heights.

– By Dr Andrew Orr

I just wanted to say a few words to everyone before we closed our doors at the Jamboree Heights Clinic this Thursday. We will be seeing our last patient at the Jamboree Heights clinic location this Thursday afternoon, 29th June 2017 and will be moving the clinic to St Andrew professional suites at Spring Hill.

We hope to be opened on the Monday 10th July 2017, if all goes well with the builders and the renovations. Please stay tuned for updates. The address will be Suite 282, ground floor, St Andrew’s Place. 33 North Street. Spring Hill. Q. 4074.

I do want to let people know that we aren’t moving just because people have asked us to move. That is part of it, but it really isn’t the sole reason we are moving.

For me, the move is a mixed bag of emotions for a few reasons. We started Shen Therapies back 1995 as a family business with my ex-wife Nicole and we started work from our small family home in Jindalee. During this time we also went to live and work in China work and study in 2 major hospitals in southern China. We had a toddler and one on the way when we returned. We then moved to Riverhills and then to the family home at Jamboree Heights, where we had the business set up downstairs at home. From there we bought the current clinic 6 months before my youngest daughter was born. We had outgrown running a home based business and needed the space to work from.

From there the business took off and we had lots of successes with Fertility, Pregnancy and health in general. We had lots of media attention over the years and we achieved our milestone of 10,000 plus babies, which was featured in the courier mail and on A Current Affair. This bought lots of couples to see us from all over Australia and worldwide. At one stage we were seeing 40 new couples per week for our fertility program. It really was mad. One of the TV stations websites crashed with the response and they came and did another story about this days after the initial story ran. So this has led to where we are today, with having helped over 12,500 babies into the world through our program

While Fertility, Women’s Health and Pregnancy has been our speciality area, we have helped lots of people with many different conditions over the years using a multi-modality approach with our treatments. Over the years I had started out to study medicine, then changed to study Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Naturopathy, Nutrition, Seitai, sports injury management and so many things that have let me be able to treat so many conditions. I have also had some great mentors along the way as well. Then I went back to medicine and completed a Masters in Reproductive Medicine and a Masters in Women’s Health Medicine through the faculty of medicine and UNSW. This has led me back to where I am today and just about to embark on the next stage of my journey.

Many people have asked why I am moving and I just want to be open about this so that people know why I have decided to move. It hasn’t been an easy decision to make. It was actually a hard one, but I believe fate has stepped in and led to part of this decision as well.

Over the last 6 years I have gone through a divorce, which is always hard and sad, and the clinic holds many memories, good and bad , so that is one of the reasons I decided to look at moving. I wanted a change and to get away from old energies and try and create a new life too. So I tested the market to see if I could sell the clinic and 2 days later it sold. Yep, 2 days. Big sign there.

I have also moved out of the Jamboree Heights area and I have 2 children who have finished school and venturing into University and my youngest in year 8, so there is that side of it too. Not living in the area and my kids growing up also made me think about moving and creating that change I needed for me.

I also did lots of study and hard work to complete a Masters in Reproductive Medicine and a Masters in Women’s Health Medicine and I also felt I was wasting some of that where I was too. People still saw me as just a natural medicine practitioner and not as a Reproductive Medicine & Women’s Health Specialist, which is what my qualifications entitled me to be called. My passion has always been in helping couples have babies and help women with reproductive and gynaecological and hormonal issues. But, I still loved helping people with other health complaints too. So there was that dilemma for me too

So after lots of thought I thought about rebranding and closing the Shen Therapies part of my business and decided to rebrand as just me. The business will now be called “Dr Andrew Orr”. I know I talked about this last time.

The old Shen Therapies was run as a family business and husband and wife team for many years, but now it was just me. So it made sense to bring my qualifications to the forefront and also just rebrand as me. All those years of study and time spent after hours, time away from family, and all the money spent needed to be now becoming the shining light and so it was time to close the old part of that chapter of my life. It was time for change on every level.

We were in at St Andrews a few years back, but obviously it just wasn’t the right time. But now it is. It is time for change and time for me to shine as just me. It will be great to be back with all the network of colleagues I work with and refer to and it will also help many of you with inter-referrals and so much more. Btw, the parking isn’t that bad, so please read the section about parking too

So for those that wanted to know, I am not moving just because people have asked us to move to the city. As you can see there are many factors have led to this and it is just time. The clinic house has been sold, so we had to move anyway

This is going to be a good move for myself and my staff and things will be a bit different when people come to see me. I am stepping it up a notch and it will be so much better for our patients on so many levels. It will also be good for me on a professional level. It is where I now need to be for so many reasons

So as we box up the clinic on Thursday afternoon, for the final move on Friday, it will be a box of mixed emotions for me. I will not only be closing doors on a place I have called work and a family business and in some ways a second home.

On Friday, Shen Therapies will also be ending and ‘Dr Andrew Orr’ will be beginning. While the name is changing, the heart and soul of what Shen Therapies was, will still continue you. It will be the same, but different

I just wanted to say thank you to all of you that have supported myself and my family over the years at Jamboree Heights. I have helped so many people over the years and helped so many babies and health conditions. Some of those babies are now grown up and coming to see me as teenagers. It has been so great to see families come to see us over the years and continue to come. I thank you all

I also want to thank all the staff that have worked for me. Some have been amazing, like Katie, Meg, Michelle, Susan, Nicola etc and some… well… all I can say is thanks anyway.

Thanks to all the wonderful practitioners over the years like Kertu, Kylie, Lisa, Devan (iron hands), Will, Krissi, Cara, Ryan and Anthea. I need to thank anyone who helped us along the way and there have been many.

I do need to thank Nicole and my kids for all their support into getting Shen Therapies where it is today. Without them, Shen Therapies would not have ever existed. Even though things have changed for all of us, I can say that we are still a family who started a really good business and still support each other.

I need to thank all my mentors and colleagues and also my current staff, Sereena and Rhiannon. I also want to thank all of my family and loved ones who have supported me over the last couple of years and along the whole journey.

The last few years and last few months have been a bit of a whirlwind and I am looking forward to having some of that settle down and enjoy some of the quiet life too.

So before the curtain closes on one chapter and reopens on the next chapter, I want to thank all of you and I hope that I continue to see you all at my next location and new chapter on my life. Please don’t be a stranger and remember that Spring Hill really isn’t that far to travel for those that live in Brisbane.

We really do have a unique service and something that others just cant provide on so many levels. Stick with the best and you will get the best results

Take care and thanks once again

Regards

Dr Andrew Orr

Reproductive Medicine & Women’s Health Specialist and so much more

– “No Stone Left Unturned”

 

Exciting New Changes – It’s Time For A Change And to Get Back to the Basics

 
 

 

 

About Dr Andrew Orr and Shen Therapies:

My passion is helping people, so I spent many years studying and updating my skills in order to achieve that goal. I started out as a qualified chef, then studied food science, went to study medicine, got ill and through my own health journey went and studied Chinese Medicine, Naturopathy, Nutrition and many other health modalities. I’ve worked in hospitals in China, travelled the world learning new skills, and also learnt off some of the best mentors and practitioners in this country.

This led to the creation of “Shen Therapies”, that started out as a small family business, run from home for many years, and then expanded after receiving lots of media attention. I then did my Masters of Reproductive Medicine and Masters of Women’s Health Medicine through the faculty of medicine at UNSW.

I also set up my own Herbal Medicine and Nutritional Supplement company – “ConceptShen” during this time too. Many of  you may have used these Practitioner Prescribed Only products during your treatments at Shen Therapies. They are also sold directly to other healthcare practitioners for dispensing in their clinics. They do need to be prescribed to uses them, just like many medications need a script.   

It’s been a long journey, but it has all been worth it to be where I am today. Now I can integrate all my knowledge to be able to help people here in our country and around the world. The hardest thing has been getting through to people that I am actually now a Reproductive Medicine Specialist and Women’s Health Specialist (medical-UNSW) and not just a complementary medicine practitioner. Acupuncture and other complementary medicine are part of what I do and not who I am. So when people see me it really isn’t the same as seeing a complementary medicine practitioner somewhere else. I actually have a specialisation that many people in the medical and complementary medicine profession just do not have and I can give a multi-modality approach that others may not be able to give either. It’s taken a long time, lots of money and lots of study to get these qualifications and arrive at this point and the hardest part is getting people to see who I am now, not what I started out as. Two masters degrees, Bachelor degrees, 1 advanced Diploma, 1 trade certificate and many other qualifications later has been years of hard work and effort and not something that many get to achieve in a lifetime so it’s time to shine and set myself apart, showcase my talents and be proud at what I have done and achieved.   

Over my 20 years in this profession, I have helped over 12,500 plus babies into the world, helped countless women with gynaecological conditions, helped thousands of women through pregnancies, and helped countless numbers of people with all sorts of health issues. That is what makes it all worth it. It is such an honour to be trusted to treat so many people, and their family and friends. 

Changes: 1. Rebranding: It  is important for myself to keep up with growing trends and to constantly adapt the business according to my own needs, but more importantly, patient needs. After some major changes, I have decided to rebrand under my own name, “Dr Andrew Orr”. I want to get back to just being me again, and doing what I do best. I want to bring the personal back and know every person that walks through my door. While I have had some great help, with some great practitioners, I believe that in order to grow, I need to get back to the basics. Shen Therapies will still exist as my company name, but I will now just be trading as “Dr Andrew Orr”.

2. Staff Changes Over the years we have had a lot of amazing staff members come and go, joining us within both the easy and hard periods of time. It is definitely a priority to have the staff possible to make your experience at Shen Therapies a good one. Many of you will have noticed that Anthea is no longer at Shen Therapies. We do wish Anthea all the best and thank her for all her hard work and effort over the years. She has been loyal and looked after Shen Therapies patients really well. It has been hard having to let her go as part of consolidating, as she was a dedicated worker who brought something very special to the Shen Therapies team.  We really do wish Anthea all the best in her own clinic and her own journey through this profession.

3. Online Platforms I have been doing lots of work outside the clinic with public speaking about Endometriosis, Gynaecology and Fertility issues, and looking at ways to streamline things to make it easier for people to access this much needed information, and also help those who have busy lives and have little time to visit Shen Therapies.   In an attempt to make my services available to people all around the world at any time, I have decided to develop an online platforms for Fertility and Gynaecology issues, that will be available soon. It will be exciting to see the final product.    

4. Ordering Practitioner Only Products There will also be some changes to the ordering of some practitioner only products and my staff will explain this to you when you next come in. I will also be putting this in the next newsletter too. Due to rising costs in post and transport, we can now have products delivered straight to your doorstep and cut down on wastage in the clinic too. My staff will also be calling people that haven’t been in to see us in a while, and also following up on existing patients. Just remember, regular appointments and taking your herbs and supplements are very important for your ongoing health.

Thank You! Lastly I just want to thank every one of our patients for all there support over the years and I hope to see your continued support in the future. It is always a pleasure to help each and everyone of you and I will be making sure you get the best service and treatments possible, now and into the future. We value every bit of feedback we receive, so if you have any ideas about how we can improve your experience, please let us know. I will be available most weekdays from 8:30 am and can see you after hours as well on Monday and Thursday. We will still be closed on weekends.   Thanks everyone and I hope to see you all soon. If you ever have any concerns, or questions, please know my door is always open, or you can drop me a phone call, or and email too. Thanks for taking the time to read this.  

Take care  

Regards Dr Andrew Orr  

 

 

Endometriosis Awareness – Ending the Silence

Endometriosis Awareness 

This month is Endometriosis awareness month and I have been invited to be a guest speaker for Endometriosis Australia and their endometriosis awareness campaign called “Ending the Silence.” Our aim is to bring awareness about this disease that is often overlooked. It is an issue myself as an endometriosis expert feels very passionately about. I treat women suffering from this disease every day and I hope that one day, endometriosis can be a word of the past.

Through awareness and education, let’s try and get women the early intervention and help they need sooner, rather than later.

What is Endometriosis
Endometriosis, which is an inflammatory gynaecological disease, by which endometrial like tissue grows outside the endometrium. It can spread outside the endometrium into the pelvis, bowel and intestines. It has even been known to get into the brain, joints and around the heart.This disease affects 1 in 10 women, often causing immense pain for them.

According to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologist Guidelines for the Management of Endometriosis, it can cause the following symptoms:

Heavy Menstrual Bleeding
Period Pain
Pain with sex
Ovulation Pain
Irritable bowel like symptoms
Bladder issues
Chronic fatigue
Pain with bowel movement

The disease can also cause other symptoms such as :

Bloated belly that looks pregnant around your period (known as endo belly)

Bloated belly that looks pregnant and you are told it is from certain foods, but it isn’t, or may be a combination of food and inflammation from endometriosis (also known as endo belly)

UTI like symptoms that aren’t a UTI

Bleeding from the bowel with your period

Low Iron with no explanation

Being told you have IBS, but you don’t have IBS

Migraines/Headaches that are worse around your period

Irrational mood swings

There are so many other symptoms that could also be pointers to endometriosis. 

This disease can also play major havoc with hormones and the libido. Many women with can have pain on intercourse which further lessens the desire around sex.
Women with endometriosis often have painful periods and can’t get out of bed, so if you experience this, there is a good chance that you actually have it.
Women with endometriosis can also have other hormonal disturbances such as mood swings, fatigue, restlessness etc. They can also have other symptoms such as migraines, headaches, dizziness, constipation, pain with bowel movements, joint pains and all manner of symptoms created from the inflammation that endometriosis is caused by and also creates

How Many Women Suffer from Endometriosis?
Endometriosis has now reached an all time high in its ever-growing presence. While the current research says that 1 in 10 women are affected by endometriosis, as an endometriosis expert, I believe, as do many others, that these figures may be grossly under exaggerated. Research also shows that a significant portion of women affected with endometriosis are asymptomatic (no symptoms) and may only ever get diagnosed if they are having issues with having a baby, or they may never be diagnosed at all. In addition to this, many women diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome actually have endometriosis and not IBS.

Many women have also been told period pain is normal and hence many never seek help for a condition that can be debilitating on their life and those around them. Women who suffer period pain and other menstrual related symptoms caused by endometriosis are often ‘missed’ and ‘dismissed’ by multiple healthcare professionals and it can take up to 12 years from onset of symptoms to a definitive diagnosis being made. Women with period pain caused by endometriosis have to live a life of pain, trauma and physical and emotional torment. Many of these women are barely getting through a day, let alone a whole month of exhausting symptoms related to this disease. Some sadly even turn to suicide.

The Western Medicine Approach on the Causation and Treatment of Endometriosis
To date, Western medicine does not know how or even why it occurs. The only solution that has been offered in the past was to laser it. This usually has a recurrence rate of up to 80%. Recently many doctors have been treating this disease by excising (cutting it out), which offers better relief with less recurrence. I do need to stress that when a surgeon is needed, it needs to be done by an advanced trained laparoscopic surgeon, who has had extra specialised training, and is an expert in endometriosis excision and management, and is not just any gynaecologist. This is where many go wrong and haven’t had the disease treated properly.

Despite the increased success in treating endometriosis through a surgical procedure, it still usually recurs in a majority of women.

So why isn’t the medical option alone working?

Primarily it is because they are just treating the symptoms and not the cause. You can take away most physical symptoms very easily, but if the real cause isn’t addressed at the same time, you have no chance of a full recovery. This includes emotional factors. In addition, many of the hormones that women are put on after surgery, mask the problem and can actually make it worse. By actually stopping the period, like many of these hormones do, there is an increased risk of further endometriosis growing. Sure, while you have no period, you have no pain or symptoms, but internally it is still there waiting to flare up again. Oral contraceptive pills containing estrogen must be avoided as they only add to making the problem worse. Progesterone only options should be looked at rather than a combined pill, if using hormones. These treatments also have limitations that include side effects in some women and contraceptive action for women desiring to conceive.

The Traditional Chinese Medicine Approach on the Causation & Treatment of Endometriosis
Firstly, I can only pass on what the Chinese have known and studied for 10,000 or more years, much longer than western medicine. They had the body and its internal organs mapped out longer before medical science in the west did.
In Chinese Medicine, they believe the liver governs the menstrual cycle, and that it also governs our emotions.They believe that through poor diet, lifestyle, medicines, environment etc, that these can then cause disruption to an organ in the body. Emotions such as anger, frustration, resentment, stress, irritability etc, can also cause the liver to be in disharmony. In Western Medicine terms, we know that poor diet and emotional factors can unlock predisposed hereditary issues, or dispositions through DNA recoding. Yes, diet can affect your DNA coding and so can emotional issues. Similarly we can reverse some disease states, and reprogram DNA coding through a healthy diet and fixing our emotional health.

When the liver is in disharmony, the Chinese believe it can cause blockages in our system. Western medicine now also believes that emotions can cause physical symptoms and we often see this is psychiatric, or body-mind medicine. These blockages then cause what we call stagnation. The Chinese believe that when the Qi (energy) becomes stagnant, it causes what they call Liver Qi Stagnation, and this is the cause of many gynaecological conditions such as endometriosis and PMS. As the Qi stagnation is left long term, it then affects the blood and turns it stagnant too. Imagine damming a river and the longer the water sits, the more stagnant it becomes because it no longer flows. This is where the Liver Blood Stagnation comes from and what they believe endometriosis is manifested from. When we look at endometriosis, it does present as blood clotting and pain. Basically it is like a varicose vein that has all that old, stagnant blood in it. The circulation is no longer moving and the blood now turns dark and causes pain.

Chinese medicine believes that not only is diet and herbal medicine needed to move the stagnant blood and help prevent the disease coming back, it also believes that the emotional component behind it also needs to be addressed. In Chinese medicine they use lots of warming and blood thinning herbs that are also anti-coagulants, but are also anti-spasmotics. The Chinese medicine also has herbs to help the liver function and also help with emotional wellbeing.

Chinese VS Western Medicine
The only difference between Chinese Medicine and Western medicine is the treatment principles. Chinese medicine looks at treating the cause of the issue, which means the symptoms get sorted by addressing the cause. Western medicine only treats symptomatically and therefore the cause of the issue is often not treated. That huge difference is why Chinese Medicine does get such great results. But like anything, it also depends on who you see and their experience in that field. But, I must stress that both medicines are equally as important and both are needed to get the best results possible. It is about a team effort and using a multi modality approach. It is also about finding your rich team too. I will talk about this now. 

Dr Andrew Orr’s Recommended Approach to Treating Endometriosis
Endometriosis has a highly variable disease state, and thus a multi-modality approach is needed to treat it. Targeting different pathways is likely to be important to move toward precision health (personalized medicine) in endometriosis. People with endometriosis need a team of people looking after them, not just one person and one approach.
For severe cases you will need to see a good advanced laparoscopic surgeon to get as much of the endometriosis cut out (not lasered). Surgery is a much needed option if the pain is severe because it helps get rid of the endometriosis that can be seen. However, it does not deal with the microscopic implants of endometriosis that can’t be seen, and this is why endometriosis is likely to occur again. This is where the Chinese Medicine can help. You then use the Chinese medicine to treat the microscopic implants of endometriosis and stop it progressing further and therefore treat the cause. This will be the primary treatment after surgery and help stop it from recurring. This can be done along side medical hormone treatments as well.

Following the correct diet can also aid this healing process. The modern Western diet consists of many foods with high GI levels, causing inflammation to the body and therefore fueling conditions such as endometriosis. There are all sorts of diets out there attesting to be the cure for endometriosis, but half are them are actually making it worse. Unless the diet is about reducing grains, high GI carbs, sugars, and increasing proteins, then it isn’t going to help endometriosis.

Lastly, see a good counsellor. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine will help both the physical & emotional side, but sometimes solution-based talk therapy is needed for the best results. I provide clients with a list of preferred gynaecologists and counsellors within my appointments with them.

To support my view on the treatment of endometriosis, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists guidelines for treating endometriosis now states that Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine is a recommended therapy. A multi modality approach really can help, but for anything to work more effectively, you too, have to make a commitment.

Who I am and Why this Means so Much to Me
I am a Reproductive Medicine and Women’s Health Specialist, and an Endometriosis Expert with over 20 years of experience in Women’s Health Medicine and treating and managing endometriosis. I know all too well the trials and tribulations women have to go through before someone actually listens and gives these poor women a proper diagnosis. I also have loved ones with this disease and have also lived with a chronic painful disease too. While I may not fully understand and feel what women with endometriosis actually goes through, I do know what it is like to live daily life with a painful chronic inflammatory disease that can rule your life on every level. 

The one thing I do want all women to know is that “Period pain IS NOT normal” and all too often women are told that period pain is normal. Nothing could be further from the truth. We need to educate women and young girls that period pain is not normal.

I have a motto of “Leaving No Stone Left Unturned” and I apply this to every patient I see with period pain, and those potentially suffering from endometriosis. I would like to see better education and awareness for the general public, but I would also like better education and awareness for healthcare professionals. I would like to see all healthcare professional use my motto and make sure that no woman is ever missed, or is dismissed with this horrible disease ever again.

I would like to conclude with one last message “ Women need to know that period pain IS NOT normal and that early detection and early intervention and treatment is the key to treating any disease properly.”

Lets end the silence about this horrible disease. Please support Endometriosis Awareness and this month please support Endometriosis Australia with their High Teas to promote endometriosis awareness. These High Teas will be run nationally on March 25th and in every capital city and some smaller cities also. Please see the Endometriosis Australia website for details (www.endometriosisaustralia.org) 

Regards

Dr Andrew Orr

The Brisbane Baby Maker, Endometriosis Expert and Women’s Health Crusader

“Leaving no Stone Unturned”

“Period Pain IS NOT normal”

Vitamin D deficiency increases risk of chronic headache

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date: January 4, 2017

New studies have shown that Vitamin D deficiency can increase the risk of chronic headache, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland. These new findings were published in he journal – Scientific Reports.

The researchers from the Kuopio Ischaemic Heart Disease Risk Factor Study, KIHD, analysed the serum vitamin D levels and occurrence of headache in approximately 2,600 men aged between 42 and 60 years. The research showed that in 68% of these men, the serum vitamin D level was below 50 nmol/l, which is generally considered the threshold for vitamin D deficiency. Those with low levels of Vitamin D were more prone to Chronic headache occurring at least on a weekly basis.

In Australia over 97% of the population are known to be Vitamin D deficient. This is because we are now staying indoors longer and sunscreens are also blocking some of the absorption on this necessary vitamin. Plus, you need to be outside in the sun at certain times of the day, for certain periods, without sunscreen on for proper absorption to occur. Our diet is another source of vitamin D and we are also lacking there.

Vitamin D deficiency is also linked to other chronic disease states and is a big part of people developing osteoporosis. Vitamin D is very much needed for healthy bones and also a healthy immune system

At Shen Therapies we can help people with all sorts of Vitamin, Mineral and Nutrient deficiencies and help you get back to optimum health in no time. We also carry a high potency Vitamin D supplement that will get your Vitamin D levels back to where they should be. We can also send you for blood tests to get your vitamin D levels checked too.

When was the last time you got your Vitamin D levels checked?

Parental obesity linked to delays in child development

Date- January 2nd 2017

Over 70% of adults in Australia are now overweight, or obese and not only did this pose significant health impacts for this adults, but studies are now showing that the genetic mode of inheritance is now having a huge physical, psychological and developmental impact on children of these adults.

 

Children of obese parents may be at risk for developmental delays, according to a study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health. The investigators found that children of obese mothers were more likely to fail tests of fine motor skill — the ability to control movement of small muscles, such as those in the fingers and hands. Children of obese fathers were more likely to fail measures of social competence, and those born to extremely obese couples also were more likely to fail tests of problem solving ability.

The study, appearing in Pediatrics, was conducted by scientists at the NIH’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).

The researchers noted that studies indicate that obesity during pregnancy may promote inflammation, which could affect the fetal brain. They also added that some studies have indicated that obesity could affect the expression of genes in sperm and this is passed on via the genetic and paternal mode of inheritance.

Because of the link between parental obesity and developmental delays being confirmed, physicians should be taking parental weight into account when screening young children for delays and early interventional services.

At Shen Therapies, lifestyle and weight management is part of our Fertility program and a major focus for the couple with their preconception care. Healthy eggs and healthy sperm come from healthy parents, which then goes on to make healthy children. I

If you need help with lifestyle, weight loss and help getting ready to have a baby, then call us at Shen Therapies today. We have helped over 12,000 plus babies into the world with our high successful Fertility Program and we can help increase your chances of having a successful pregnancy by 96.1%.