February 2020 Clinic News
What a summer it has been! I hope you have all stayed safe from the fires, and cool from the crazy heat, and dry from the epic rainfall we have had in the last few days.
I know many of you have been impacted by the fires in different ways, please get in touch if you need some support. It has felt important to sit and digest with our community how this summer has impacted them.
We have the free community drop-in clinic TOMORROW – Tuesday 11th from 12pm to 2pm. Stop by if you need anything! I’ll be there with a cuppa tea waiting for you!
The clinic has been back since mid-Jan and we have been busy. If you’re looking for an appointment but struggling to find a suitable time please email or call 0402 191 049 to get in sooner, or add yourself to a waitlist.
Currently, the clinic is closed on Mondays and Fridays. Kyoko and Vanessa, the wonderful women who answer all your calls and requests at New Leaf are available Tuesday-Thursdays and Saturdays.
Community Drop-In Clinic
Our next free community clinic is – Tuesday 11th Feb between 12 and 2pm.
Feel free to stop by the clinic in Marrickville to get some help or just have a chat.
Our Drop-in clinic is open to everyone. You don’t have to be an existing client of the clinic, we love meeting new people. We love helping babies, kids, teens, adults – everyone is welcome.
NEW ARTICLE: A Bit of Bitter
Let’s talk about BITTER FOOD. Do you know why bitter foods are good for you?This week saw the return of our Vege Box after a long summer break. It means we’ll be getting amazing fresh and tasty seasonal veg on our doorstep every fortnight. I love my vege box guys, as many of you know (shout out to Shane & Mindy) and I miss them terribly over the summer when they take a well-deserved break.
NATUROPATHIC CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
I’ve put together a bit of information on the recent Coronavirus outbreak – have a read of it here. The best things you can do to stay healthy are simple steps.
- Hygiene: Wash your hands often with soap and water. Always wash your hands before preparing food and before eating. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cough hygiene: Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands. If you don’t have a tissue, it is better to cough into your shirt sleeve; not your hands and always wash your hands after coughing or sneezing.
- Food hygiene: Ensure that you use a different cutting board for meat and vegetables. Clean your cutting boards well. Avoid sharing water, food, or products (glasses, cutlery, hygiene products) with someone who has a respiratory infection.
- Clean surfaces: Whether grocery shopping, flying or exposed to something new, clean and disinfect all objects and surfaces that you touch.
- Avoidance: Avoid close contact with people who are sick. If you have a cold or flu stay home to limit your risk of spreading the infection to others and to support the healing process. Avoid large crowds when the risk is high. If you choose to wear a mask, choose a mask that covers both your nose and mouth – and change it frequently.
Lung Protection Tips
I’m still seeing patients with lung weakness due to the fire season – here are our top recommendations for protecting yourself:
– Vitamin C – please take extra than your usual fruit & veg
– Omega 3s – very supportive for lung function! From fish, nuts, seeds or supplementation.
– Come and grab some herbal lung tonics!! Please – these are great. To support your lungs – speak to us!
– N-Acetylcysteine – wonderful antioxidant protection
– Stay inside – Don’t do too much exercise or exert yourself.If you have asthma please check in with your GP to reassess your medication… you may just need a bit more at the moment.