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My One-Woman-ABBA-Show

I'm getting a sore neck from this, but looking back at 2017 and looking ahead to how I want 2018 to be, is of course perfectly appropriate for this time of year.  And if we don't take this opportunity for a little bit of reflection and review then we risk our growth: ...

The Rachel Arthur Mentorship Program Honour Roll for 2017

Recognise your own name or someone else's on this list? Dear 2017 Group Minties aka Mentees.   I have always struggled with the term, 'mentees'...seems too American or something and this morning when I was out walking, I had a light-bulb moment - I am proposing a...

So You Think You Know How to Treat Iron Deficiency?

And then you don't, right? Because if my experience is anything to go by, there are some patients that just don't respond to the usual iron repletion strategies. Depending on how low their ferritin is, this can then precipitate 'practitioner panic' (we've all had it...

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This is Why I Love My Job!

On Sunday there were deafening bells going off in my brain. By Monday they were going off in 11 others. Alessandra: "Holy s#*t this has just ticked so many boxes for a couple of Rx resistant patients. Thank you!" Tess: "Me too – finally the gut and pain connection...

Let’s Stop Normalising Abnormal Breasts

Let's play a little word association game: I say 'Fibroids' - you say, 'Oestrogen'.   I say 'Cyclic Breast Pain' and you say, 'Ouch!' [because it just slipped out] but then you say, 'Prolactin', right?  Me too.  Prolactin driven breast pain's most characteristic form...

Who Me….Ageing???

My partner and I have a well rehearsed script whenever he is suffering from man flu, he says, "Am I going to die?" and I say "Yes, just not today." First world peoples tend to specialise in the denial of several absolutes: like time & death.  As Professor David...

Seriously..this $%*# is still happening

Setting: Local cafe Scenario: Run into friends of friends who join us in the sunshine for a cuppa & we're discussing the finer details of chai (western version V the real streets of Delhi stuff), tumeric lattes etc etc. as you do.  I comment on how unpleasantly strong...

Can You Diagnose This Deficiency?

While I did diagnose this one correctly, I didn't get 100% in this quiz - Can you? Speaking of the devil, Medscape, has this great little visual quiz to test your knowledge about physical signs & other hidden clues of nutritional deficiencies. While we all know there...

‘Take Me To Your Master!’

I am frequently asked what scientific journals I subscribe to and often by the same practitioners over and over, because they can't reconcile my answer: "None".  Yet I constantly have my head in the scientific literature, right?  The two are not mutually exclusive,...

‘Sup with Zonulin?

Watch the gap!  You know I love a good diagnostic test probably (way!) more than the next person but I am slow to come around when there's suddenly a 'new-kid-on-the-block' that every functional testing company wants to offer you. This is how I felt about serum...

When it Quacks like a Duck…it Could be a QIR!

Yet another sensational week of group mentoring last week.  Holy guacamole...these cases just get more and more tasty! So much to talk about on every case presented, we all learnt buckets from a smorgasbord of conditions including: sudden onset thyroiditis (with a T4...

Money V Meaning

At the end of last week I spent 3 days engrossed in intensive ANS planning for 2018. As you can probably imagine these planning days are incredibly exciting, creative, stimulating processes.  If everyone involved had brain PET scans performed during these discussions,...

Taking a Stand!

This year I've given up sitting & I couldn't be happier or more annoying.  I've become one of those evangelical people that wants to now spread the word as far as possible.  I bought a standing desk and it's radically improved my energy at the end of every work day...

Working on the Edge

May was the month of teenage girls presenting with severe digestive problems, especially 'food intolerances',  leading to avoidance of specific foods and at times significantly reduced food intake overall.  As integrative health practitioners,  validating and creating...

Pyrroles…I Recant!!!

This year has been a steep learning curve but this is exactly as I had hoped and planned for.  I strapped myself in for my roller-coaster ride,  a series of intensive upskilling initiatives undertaken with mentors and experts in specialist areas, and I haven't hurled...

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