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04 Jan

Vitamin D – the Good, the Bad and the Cranky


Vitamin D is one of those new trends in prescribed supplements these days. Doctors are actively checking for Vitamin D in blood tests, and low levels of Vitamin D have been connected with depression, multiple sclerosis, some cancers, increased risk of asthma and tuberculosis. Very low levels of Vitamin D will cause rickets and bone thinning. But what is Vitamin D? Well, like Vitamin B, Vitamin D is actually a group of different molecular compounds – fat-soluble secosteroids in their case. Now you’ve probably heard how you can get Vitamin D from the sun, but out of the four Vitamin D-s, only D3 – or Cholecalicferol – is made in your skin by UV radiation reacting with cholesterol in the epidermis.  The other common Vitamin D – D2 (Ergocalciferol) comes from mushrooms and algae and the two are not necessarily interchangeable. The most important role for Vitamin D in the body is for the intestinal absorption of calcium and phosphate – the reason why it’s so closely connected with bone wastage – however in recent years Vitamin D has risen to prominence for its treatment of depression. Several scientific studies have found a possible connection between low levels of Vitamin D and ‘the blues’ that coincide with little or no sun during the winter months in the Northern Hemisphere. However, as yet, this connection remains clinically unproven.

But what’s the other end of the spectrum for this wonder vitamin? Too much Vitamin D can be toxic – and in extreme cases can lead to renal failure. Of course standing in the sun or taking your prescribed supplement isn’t going to do this, but if a lack of Vitamin D can cause depression, it could be surmised too much might also change our emotional state. Most of us living in the tropics have probably experienced ‘Mango Madness’ – those out-of-character temper tantrums we sometimes have when we’re ‘hot and bothered’ during summer. This volatility may be caused just by the impact of heat on the brain – however since it is more commonly noted among those toiling in the tropical sun, this summer reaction may actually be the result of excess Vitamin D. However, like its connection to depression, this assertion is not clinically proven. But try this as a little experiment – if you have noticed you are more aggressive during the summer, try thoroughly washing your exposed skin with soap. The Vitamin D forming in your skin can take 48-hours to enter the bloodstream, so if you’re already cranky, you probably don’t need any more. And while I’m not going to tell you to stop taking a prescribed supplement, if you notice you are suffering out-of-character aggression after starting a course of Vitamin D tablets, be aware the sudden ingestion of the supplement might be the cause.


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What is Bowen Therapy?

The Gentle Healing Technique

Bowen Therapeutic Technique (Bowen Therapy) is a dynamic system of muscle and connective tissue therapy that encourages the body to right itself. This technique involves a gentle roll over the muscle. By using a set system of these small moves from the base of the neck to the tips of the toes, the therapist stimulates the body’s innate healing system to realign and re-balance.

Bowen Therapeutic Technique (Bowen Therapy) is completely safe for the newborn baby to the frail and elderly. It is gentle, fast and an effective way to treat health concerns from sporting injuries to pain, stress and discomfort. Bowen Therapy stimulates the patient’s musculoskeletal system into realigning itself.

The beauty of Bowen Therapy is that it will not interfere and works well with all medication and/or dietary supplements and is gentle but powerful. A treatment takes about one hour.

What is the History of Bowen Therapy in Townsville, Queensland Australia?

Bowen therapy was first taught in Townsville in July 1991, by Bowtech Founders Ossie and Elaine Rentsch. Benjamin Setter was at that course and opened the first Bowen Therapy Clinic in Townsville, Queensland, Australia in November 1991.

Since then, Benjamin and the dedicated Crew of Bowen Therapy Specialists at Setter’s Health Centre, have travelled around Australia and around the World to train with the best in Bowen Therapy, so that they can continue to offer an outstanding Bowen Therapy service to the community of Townsville, Queensland.

Welcome to Setter’s Health Centre and congratulations on taking the first step to taking your health into your own hands. Setter’s Health Centre is a local business which has been providing Bowen Therapeutic Technique (Bowen Therapy) to Townsville and surrounding areas since 1991.

The aim of Setter’s Health Centre has not altered in 20 years. The aim at Setters Health Centre is to focus on what your goals are for pain and symptom relief, how these fit into your life, and how to help you and your body to achieve realistic goals.

Whilst our treatments help to activate your body’s innate self-healing ability, your body will require certain things from you to help it achieve this healing. While we aim to help you achieve your goals, we are the assistant and your input in achieving these goals is integral!

20 years of Bowen Therapy in the tropics

Over the last 20 years Setter’s Health Centre has continually offered Bowen Therapy to the beautiful city of Townsville in Queensland, Australia. At the end of November 2011, we celebrated 20 years as a Bowen Therapists. We would like to thank all of you who have walked though our door over the last 20 years and allowed us to help you through some very trying times in your lives. It has been a wonderful journey to be your Bowen Therapists and to watch as you have recovered from your injuries through Bowen Therapy.

Benjamin Setter

Practice Founder.

Vitamin D – the Good, the Bad and the Cranky

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