Health Bytes


Knowledge is a journey without an end, which is why Dr David Nye and Dr Sandi Nye are always on the look out for new and better information about how we treat and heal our bodies. Health Bytes is their blog where they share their discoveries with you. Not finding what you are looking for? Request a feature topic for the next Health Byte!


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Why waft in winter: Using essential oils for health

Without a doubt, everyone is well aware of how many bugs inhabit our air space, especially at winter time. But are practitioners and the public equally aware, or well-motivated enough, to actually use the wellness-promoting essential oils at their disposal to their full advantage during the winter months?

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Craniosacral Therapy

What is Craniosacral Therapy? Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is a very gentle hands-on therapy which assists the body’s capacity for self-repair. This gentle approach does not use manipulation. The therapist listens, via the hands, to what is going on in your body, and identifies and helps to relieve pain or tension held there. You may feel Read More

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Oil pulling: A health-enhancing practise

Oil pulling refers to swishing oil in the mouth as a cleansing procedure, and is a form of natural oral hygiene that is way more powerful than simply brushing teeth, flossing and/or gargling. It is a simple and relatively inexpensive treatment that not only effectively combats yucky bacteria lurking in the mouth, but also simultaneously Read More

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The new food rules

Better science has led to clearer advice on what you should eat every day. 1. Don’t worry so much about protein There is no doubt that protein is essential in the diet, and is needed for repairing cells and healthy growth and development. Many people are anxious about not getting enough protein, especially if they Read More

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Fresh insights into cholesterol

Every single cell in the body is comprised of cholesterol. It provides cell membranes with their integrity, so that they don’t fall apart. Why do we continue to think that cholesterol is bad and to be avoided, if it is necessary for life? 1. Cholesterol serves as an anti-inflammatory, by preventing the formation of pro-inflammatory Read More

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The Truth about Statins

What are statins? Statins are a group of drugs developed to lower cholesterol levels by inhibiting the production of an enzyme (HMG-CoA reductase), which results in a decrease in cholesterol synthesis in the liver. Although initially thought to be a wonder drug, they have become the subject of much debate, regarding their relevance in lowering Read More

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Salvestrols – new hope for cancer

Salvestrols Salvestrols are a recently-discovered class of naturally derived compounds from plants, which have shown great benefit in treating a wide variety of cancers. They are safe and effective, and have been provided by nature to protect us against cancer. Salvestrols belong to a group of phyto-nutrients called phytoalexins. The well-known Resveratrol is also a Read More

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Metabolic detoxification

  Spring is known as the time for new beginnings, rejuvenation and shedding of the sluggishness of winter. It is also a good time to think of cleaning up the internal environment of the body. We live in a toxic soup whether we like it or not. Our air, water and food are full of Read More

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Essential oils for winter ailments

A common over-the-counter remedy is “Vicks VapoRub”, which is indicated “for temporary relief of nasal congestion and cough associated with a cold”.  The active ingredients in this product include the isolated constituents of camphor, menthol and eucalyptol, all of which can be found in particular essential oils.  Pure, whole essential oils are preferable for optimal Read More

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