Practitioner

David Henderson
David Henderson D.R.T. Dip. A.O.M.N., D.Rm, A.T.M.S.                            
                                       

practises Orthomolecular Medicine.

David has been active in the health industry for over 25 years. He studied Nutrition and Remedial Therapies at Nature Care College in Sydney and Orthomolecular Nutrition and Medicine under the late Dr. William Vayda.

David was invited to practise at the Complementary and Environmental Centre in St. Leonards, treating many disease states and was successful there for over 3 years before moving to the Essential Health Wellness Centre at Chatswood and eventually to Newcastle. He is very dedicated to applying his extensive knowledge and treatment to clients here in the Newcastle area, practising at Visionary Health.

** New treatment is now available for children with behavioural problems, such as ** ADHD, ADD, autism, anxiety, digestive disorder, dyslexia, eczema and learning delay.**

There are various bio-chemical pathways that are suboptimal, not 100% efficient in people, with many different symptoms, FATIGUE being the major symptom. These pathways involve:

  1. Sex Hormones: Dhea, Testosterone, Oestrogens, Progesterone, Pregnenolone etc.
  2. Thyroid Hormones: Can cause up to 30 symptoms when imbalanced.
  3. Adrenal Hormones: Cortisol aldosterone production and stress reactions, blocking many functions.
  4. Pancreatic Hormones: Insulin efficiency, syndrome x etc. affecting weight.
  5. Mitochondrial Cells: Used to produce energy in the body – need proper nutrition and specialised nutrients.

When we are young, our body’s bio-chemicals are generally with good nutrition and with a positive lifestyle are at our optimum levels. As we get older, the endocrine system producing these chemicals and hormones begin to change and become imbalanced and decline. Up the the age of 25 years we would expect to be at our optimum level of bio-chemicals and hormones; at 40 years of age we may expect to have 75% of what we had when younger, even at this age the 25% less function may be causing many symptoms; at 60 years of age we may only be producing 20% of the beneficial hormones we need for optimal health.

These changes cause suboptimal health, especially in the 5 pathways mentioned. Suboptimal health means one just gets along feeling below par. These pathways mentioned are in decline and many symptoms and general health problems may appear as a result. Some symptoms may include:

Fatigue, Joint & muscle pain, Fibromyalgia, Hot flushes, Cardiovascular, Blood pressure, Headaches, Depression, Insomnia, Libido, Hot flushes, Coldness, Skin, Hair & Nail problems, Memory & digestive problems etc. etc. etc.

Even at younger ages, many nutritional deficiencies and suboptimal health issues are encountered that need to be managed effectively, i.e. PMT, PMS, Acne, Asthma, Hormonal problems and weight loss.

Women these days, generally tend to be more educated about their health though still remain less knowledgeable about the workings of their body, feeling helpless and fearful of symptoms and locked into the medical establishments’ way of treatment. Many of these women may be administered anti-depressants which may not be needed.

Even when all the blood results come back, so-called “normal”, they may actually be sub-normal. Due to many years of experience, David is able to detect these suboptimal pathways and work out an individual treatment.

Many thyroid patients may go undiagnosed.

Dr Leonel Valansi                         

Dr Leo is an integrative GP committed to holistic lifestyle medicine that wherever possible seeks to use lifestyle as medicine to heal.

After many years of practicing streamlined general practice, he realised that he was needing more than just the usual care to get his patients better. In the search for more therapeutic options he found the desire to use both traditional and natural remedies, with sensible lifestyle measures to empower patients to heal, and promote wellness.

Leo believes that people thrive in wellness when they are healthy in mind, body and spirit, and as such seeks to address each of these areas as they relate to a person’s health. Leo incorporates all his knowledge in training as a general physician to incorporate concepts on this growing field of psycho-immune-neuro-gastro-endocrinology.

Having extensive paediatric and adult experience, Leo would love to be to treat your entire family. He has a strong interest in chronic disease (eg diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, obesity, autoimmune conditions, SIBO) prevention and reversal where possible, using evidence-based lifestyle interventions as first line therapy. Leo does a lot of work with mental illness and is also Bio-Balance trained.

Training and experience:
Fellowship in General Practice through the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM)
Fellowship in Advanced Skill Training in Adult Internal Medicine
Academic experience in teaching at ACRRM and is currently involved in teaching post graduates GP trainee from ACRRM training.
Additional training in Advanced Nutrient Therapy for Mental Illness using Pfeiffer/Walsh methodology to use targeted nutrient therapy to correct biochemical imbalances associated with mental illness and behavioural disorders.
Member of Australian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (ACNEM)
Member Australian Integrative Medicine Association (AIMA)

Phone (02) 4023 8043  Mt. Hutton Surgery, Lake Macquarie Fair

Call in to Visionary Health or phone 02 4969 5081 to make an appointment.