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Two Pointers for Addiction Management

Forever fascinated by the neurobiology of various mental health presentations, addiction included, two medical news items caught my attention this week.  If you've ever heard me speak on addiction, in somewhat simplistic terms, it is very much about the reward centre...

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Double Trouble for Hypothyroid?

So we already know that thyroid problems can start in utero, right…but a recent Medscape review (the fountain of thyroid information that I frequently drinketh from 😉 ) on Hypothyroidism in childhood taught me a couple of big things I hadn't known before!  The...

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The ‘Circle of Life’ of Mentoring

https://youtu.be/B2MK-XKOaaw This mentoring community that I am a part of, I absolutely love and together we make good companions on this road that too often we often find ourselves travelling In isolation. So I wanted to put together this little fun video here to get...

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Our Door Is Open – But Closing Soon!

While I am a sponge for new information I do have my moments... delusional moments when I think, ‘I am done learning’. These are usually very short lived, maybe an hour, half a day?  Inevitably, patients and the practitioners I have the honour of mentoring snap me out...

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Exploding Brain Juice

Does your brain feel like it's going to explode, spilling brain-juice everywhere, when you do 2 weekend conferences in a row? Or is that just me?  I have returned to my desk after the Integria Symposium and then the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine...

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Your Burning Zinc Questions Answered

Most practitioners are pretty knowledgeable about Zinc and are quick to recognise a deficiency and the opportunities for zinc supplementation as an effective therapy and those same practitioners are often plagued by nagging questions that come up, in spite of loads of...

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The Year for Inaugural Innovative Integration?

  While the positive ripple effect of the ANS is still being felt (and - yes the video package is just about to be released, so prepare for another big ripple!!), there is another inaugural education event trailing hot on its heels!  Hopefully you've already...

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Finding Your Why

  As an organiser of the Australian Naturopathic Summit I wasn't immune to the content.  In fact, like so many other practitioners we keep hearing from, I think I am forever changed...and that's not just my adrenals talking!!  All the speakers' insights continue...

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Uncovering Unhealthy Bones Earlier

Recently, while I was touring around the country talking all things Acid Base (!), I spent a bit of time talking to practitioners about the limitations of our current protocols and assessment tools for detecting 'Bad Bones'.  I was surrounded by a sea of nodding heads...

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My Masterchef-free Kitchen

Anyone who knows me will tell you that unlike many praccies, I don't double as Food Diva.  I cook yes...in abundance and I have been told on may occasions my food is 'delish' and no one leaves hungry but I focus my energy on preparing food that is super easy, highly...

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Don’t Focus on Solving Your Problems

The structure of the recent, wonderfully received, Australian Naturopathic Summit came to me when I was riding my bike along one of the beautiful back roads of Mullumbimby, freewheeling downhill in the glorious sunshine.  Like the cartoons, the format of the...

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Are You Questioning CoQ10?

I like to fancy myself as a bit of Supplement Sleuth!  I love working with herbs, nutrients and nutraceuticals rather than pharmaceuticals but I am not blinded to the fact that manufacturers and suppliers, whatever their form of medicine, are large competitive...

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Buckets of Busy Mums

I know my busy mum patients think I am probably not to be taken literally when I say, 'Cook buckets of extras every time you step foot inside the kitchen', but I am.  My slow cooker and my 'buckets' are two of my favourite kitchen resources I couldn't live without....

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Are We Setting Patients Up to Fail?

  Fresh faced students, new graduates and seasoned practitioners alike, are forever reminding me of the challenge we experience as practitioners when it comes to instigating real change in our patients health related behaviours ... the change we KNOW will make a...

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The Bugs are Biting Back!

All health professionals are aware of increasing resistance in bacteria as a result of our overuse of broad spectrum antibiotics in both prescriptions and our livestock industry but increasingly we're hearing about evidence of resistance in microbes of a variety of...

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With or Withania You?

Cheesy I know! 😉  However, recently the issue of knowing when to use Withania somnifera & when not to, came up again in mentoring so I thought it's probably a good one to share.  Withania, aka Aswagandha or Indian Ginseng, has become a favourite adaptogenic...

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Retinol – Feared or Forgotten?

  I've always been a bit of a fan of Vitamin A but this has grown again in the last year or so, having seen some great responses to short term high dose treatment during active infections or when trying to break a cycle of chronic reinfection.  For me, and I...

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Eating Disordered Patients – But Not As You Know Them?

  I think most of us visualise the clearly malnourished young woman, when we think of eating disorders however, while anorexia nervosa is something to be on the watch for, our patients are presenting increasingly with more unusual, atypical patterns of disordered...

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There’s Nothing Alive in this Kitchen!

From the giddy holiday highs to the lows!  As you know we kicked off these school holidays with a birthday celebration at Stradbroke Island...time travel forward just a short distance to the end of school holidays and you'll find us we've now taken up residence in the...

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Microbial Madness

The understanding that certain infections produce mental health presentations is not a new one. However, based in part on observations of some of the features of tick borne diseases (TBD) such as Lyme like illness, a reawakening of the role for infection in psychiatry...

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Just Do It! (Motto for Successful Teen Feeding)

Question: What has 22 legs, 11 mouths, sounds like your tv, radio and CD player are all playing at their loudest deafening volume together and an appetite like a small army?   Answer: the 11 teens I took to Stradbroke Island to celebrate my twins 16th birthday! Yes,...

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