Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) is important in metabolism of proteins, lipids and carbohydrates. It is required for nerve and cognitive health, protects immune function and prevention of anemia. It can be found in a wide variety of foods – beans, grains, nuts, fish, meat, vegetables, and non-citrus fruits, so it is rarely deficient in those whoContinue reading “Vitamin B6”
Pellagra is the old-fashioned name for sun damaged skin, with dermatitis and ulcers. It is usually associated with a deficiency in Vitamin B3 (niacin). A painful, swollen tongue, anxiety, depression, loss of appetite or diarrhoea may also occur. An article in The New England Journal of Medicine (Damian, 2015) reported that the risk of developingContinue reading “Skin and Vitamin B3”
Could one of the symptoms of magnesium deficiency be anxiety? Magnesium is also an impressive infection fighter. It is needed for our cells to synthesise proteins, enable nerve impulses, and efficient muscle function. Magnesium intake is at a low amongst Americans and Australians and it’s believed that this is, in part, due to a major shift fromContinue reading “Magnesium”
Polio and Post-Polio Sequelae: The Lived Experience Dorothy Woods Smith, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, QTTT, Associate Professor EmeritaUniversity of Southern Maine, Portland, ME, 04103 Published in the Journal of Orthopaedic Nursing, Vol.8/No.5, 1989, pp. 24-28Excerpts from this Journal edition Treatment for PPS My concerns are shared by other polio survivors, and are not unfounded. There is generalContinue reading “Caution with drugs and exercise”
Depression is characterised by extreme tiredness, bouts of despair and negative thinking. It ranges from feeling low or sad to a debilitating illness. It is important to recognise the early symptoms because the illness quickly escalates into a loss of insight and control and feelings of guilt and lack of self-worth.