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Pig Thyroid For Who?

Got any patients on Natural Thyroid Extracts (NTE)?  Me too…and I am finding it’s on the increase.  What’s the deal?  What do we need to understand about this form of thyroid replacement therapy to best monitor and manage those patients already on it...

Hear ye, hear ye…Adrenal Fatigue is Dead!

That’s the word on integrative medicine street.  I had a sense this was coming, not just a tightening of our terminology but also a challenge of the very concept of ‘adrenal burnout’.  Hear me out.   This important information was presented by Dr....

Welcoming a New Member to the Family!

I just want to scream with joy…and then keep on screaming with utter frustration!  Last week I presented the culmination of months of work looking into the extraordinary manifold relationships between thyroid health, fertility, pregnancy & post-partum health...
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Dump The Dairy But Not the Calcium?

  It’s not sexy but it is one of my favourite deficiencies. Favourite because it’s incredibly common…make no bones about it (tee hee)!  Favourite because a deficiency is actually reasonably easy to recognise once you know how (watch increasing phosphate levels...

Is there a role for you here?

A 33yo Female presents with severe long-standing diarrhoea, weight loss, fatigue and generalised musculoskeletal pain.  Initially without a medical diagnosis, however she’s been told by an ‘integrative practitioner’ that unusual African parasites...

Hold the DHA in Mental Health?

  About a decade ago there was a lot of excitement about using fish oils in the management of mental health, so much so even the American Psychiatric Association developed recommendations suggesting that people with mood, impulse control & psychotic disorders...

The Inclusive Specialist?

  Lots of great conversations with practitioners following my recent post on the need to specialise – really thought provoking & clarifying ones which makes me think it’s been a good conversation starter. Key things that have come up for people are: How do I...

Speak of the (Synthetic Folic Acid) Devil!

It’s just been reported on Medical Observer today that because of a ‘worldwide shortage of food fortification folic acid’ all Australian commercial breads covered by the mandatory fortification laws, will potentially be without this additional...

Unmetabolised Folic Acid – Should We Be Worried?

    Using products that contain synthetic folic acid (SFA)?  Worried about this?  There’s so much misinformation, fearmongering and hysteria out there I’m not surprised!  I’ve been bombarded this year by really experienced & cluey practitioners who have...

Ever Wanted to Pick Rachel’s Brain For An Hour?

Well now’s your chance!  Due to some of our regulars being away, suddenly a group mentoring session has opened up for tomorrow that offers you this fabulous opportunity! Running at 11.30am tomorrow at EST via Skype for 1 ¼ hours, Rachel will be holding a Q & A...

Is General Practice the toughest gig?

I will never forget a conversation I had with a GP colleague many years ago now, he looked tired and we were chatting about workloads etc. and he said to me, “If I had have known in uni what I know now about general practice I would have specialised!”  He then went on...

Why I wouldn’t use Vitex

    We had a great case in one of our graduate mentoring sessions the other day (thanks Kate 😉 ) , about a 40 something mum of 3 who reported to have cyclical mood and depression.  Further investigation of the case, however, revealed that some of the key...

Want Help With Your Grave’s Patients? Recording Available

So…a 55 year old female walks into your clinic only recently diagnosed with Graves disease but when you look through her old blood work it looks like actually she has had hyperthyroidism (or at the very least suppressed TSH) for some time prior.  She is...

Money and Meaning?

I had one of those conversations with a friend recently in which he was wondering out loud about what the point of it all is.  Now don’t panic…this is not ‘suicidal ideation over a cuppa’ kind of stuff … no this is the regular existential...

Do You Know Men Like I Know Men?

I’ve just completed a seminar series educating practitioners across Australia about how to recognise & correct sex hormone dysregulation in men & the response has been overwhelming.  Everyone seems to be in agreement that this subject was seriously...
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