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Magic Medicines?

I was just reading the results of a spot Facebook poll of GPs asking what the most wonderful medications ever invented are.  Once everyone got the customary "caffeine" gag out of the way, the rest of the nominations and auspicious award winners unfolded like a who's...

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That’s Not A Methylation Issue…

This is.   I think we're all going to scream when the next patient says, 'I've got an MTHFR', right?! Congratulations, I want to say, because you would be in much more serious trouble if you didn't have a copy... 'Oh, sorry, you mean you have a mutation on at least...

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I’ve Had a Gut Full of Glutamine!

"I always give some Glutamine to heal their leaky gut" Cue pained expression on my face.  No, I'm not a fan.  I take that back, I have no problem with the amino acid itself and I'm still in awe of its incredible multifaceted role in the gut.  What I do have a giant...

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A Mum, Dad & Their Son Walk Into Your Clinic

They've just come from the immunologist, having presented with extensive vitiligo in dad and early stage vitiligo now in their primary school aged son.  The immunologist, without running a single blood test, told them, 'Bad news, you both have autoimmune issues and...

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GORD, It’s Hard to Sleep In Pregnancy!

Just finished talking with the fearless fertility naturopathic specialist, Rhiannon Hardingham, who wanted to let me know that after listening to my Update in Under 30: Silent Reflux she's had a lot of success treating both GORD and insomnia in her pregnant patients....

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Iodine – Questions & Confusion Need Clearing Up!

That's me...always questioning the 'status quo' and Iodine is  the perfect example!  The interview I did on this important subject with Andrew Whitfield-Cook from FxMedicine, covers a lot of key areas of confusion & underscores why it's so critical all health...

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Bali Beauty Beware!

I've just come across yet another woman who has developed an unprecedented fungal nail infection  (Onychomycosis) in her toenails following a trip to Bali.  This infection is usually due to a species of tinnea that has managed to infiltrate the nail structure....

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More on Men…now from the Medicos

Medical Observer recently highlighted the increasing issue of Erectile Dysfunction amongst males and specifically made some points that I think we can all be in agreement about: Initiate the discussion - the more comfortable the practitioner is in asking about this...

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Imagine No Days Off…

A few weeks ago I was camping with my kids in rural northern NSW. We'd gone there for a long weekend to sail on the glorious Clarence river... yes that is literally what floats our boat! Anyway, thanks to a public holiday we all planned to stay on for the Monday,...

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The Case Is In – The Jury is Out

We have a case being presented on Monday at 3.30pm EDST on a 32yo Female presenting with hives, swollen lips and eyelids but minus the classic biochemical markers of allergy (IgE and eosinophil elevation)..what's going on?  To boot she has very high stress levels,...

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Sensational SAMe – National Tour in November

We're super excited to announce Rachel’s upcoming tour Sensational SAMe – Mental Health and Beyond with Nutrition Care & based on the incredible feedback about Rachel's last tour...you should be too! 🙂 "I love having the opportunity to share what I know about one of...

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Is Your Rep a Good Rep?

  Recently a practitioner lamented that because of her clinic location she didn’t see company reps very often & felt this was a barrier to her staying current with her clinical knowledge.  Of course, I had to beg to differ. We’re quick to judge the medical profession...

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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...

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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 were the cause of her...

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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 should...

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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 choose my...

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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 synthetic folic acid for...

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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 been losing...

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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 session...

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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...

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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...

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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 crises that many of us...

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