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It Had to Happen

Right? I've been banging on about our kidneys for years now - only to be met with a deafening chorus of practitioners of all sorts chanting, "Yes! What about renal health & the best way for us to support it?!  We haven't been trained in this!!"  I hear you and I'm...

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NAC can knock negative symptoms down!

WOW!! Did we hear that right??! Medical doctors are branching out in their search for effective treatments for schizophrenic patients.  You see while most of the drugs available currently for this condition are aimed at reducing ‘positive symptoms’, however they can...

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Tools to Master Mental Health

I’ve just completed the Mastering Mental Health tour in May with Nutrition Care. The last 16 years I’ve been focusing on Mental Health and have seen a lot of patients who present with this as their primary issue. We have so much to offer mental health in our...

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Are worms sending kids mental?

A recently published case study takes out the 'WOW! Factor Medal' for its extraordinary illustration of just how impacting simple silly old lil' (I'm being tongue in cheek of course) threadworm (aka Enterobius vermicularis) can be on a child's mental health. "The...

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Special offer for RAN subscribers…

Not long ago, Kathryn Simpson and I were sharing a hotel room on yet another work trip to somewhere. The lights were out, it was way past our bedtime and we were just gasbagging incessantly like a couple of teens, when a thought pops into my head: "Hey Kathryn, back...

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Getting Down & Dirty on Worms…

These little blighters are getting a lot of airplay this month and rightly so.....! Oh Em Geeeeeeeee....so much misinformation out there!! It's time to set the record straight Worm infestations never conjure up a pretty picture in our minds although a video of humans...

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Drop in for a Chat Tomorrow?

The New Practitioner Drop In Class is a monthly drop in class that focuses on providing an easy to access drop in opportunity for integrative health practitioners to participate in some of the most accelerated form of post-graduate education and clinically relevant...

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Emotional Pain…Pop a Paracetamol?

During a mentoring session this week a practitioner asked me, 'How could paracetamol relieve anger?'.  After the initial, 'What the..??.' reflex, I thought well the placebo response is really a wonderful thing, the potency of which should never be under-estimated. I...

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Finding YOUR point of difference

I really enjoy mentoring practitioners in business - it's a real privilege to be able to hear about each practitioners' aspirations and challenges.  A few weeks back I had the good fortune to speak with a fresh one!  A practitioner who has only been in business for a...

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Bone Broth Warning

Perhaps you've been keeping abreast of the bone broth debate?  The practice of preparing broths made from slow boiled animal bones and made popular by the GAPS diet as well as many Paleo advocates, has come under scrutiny thanks to a small pilot study that evaluated...

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Anti-Epileptic Medications & Nutrient Interactions 101

Ok here's a gripe I'm having currently.  I have a number of patients who are taking anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs) and most of these are children who require them for seizure control.  Naturally, working alongside such serious pathology and these critical medications...

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The Beauty of the Basics

Howdy practitioners - I've had an inspiring month of clients.  Not because I cured anyone, answered some major riddle previously unsolved by modern medicine or any of these enormous tasks we or our patients often set ourselves but rather because I got back to basics....

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I need a (Local) Hero!

Well here's a thought...the 'Superfood' nutrition movement has just about eaten the South Americans out of quinoa and the Pacific Islanders out of coconuts..isn't it time for a local hero?  I get a bit despondent when any new food is touted as a 'Superfood' anyway for...

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When I Would Give Withania A Miss

We kicked off mentoring this year with some great cases last week.  One was a pregnant hyperthyroid client.   During the session the wonderful practitioner mentions that the client is using Withania somnifera as required for anxiety. Insert sound of brakes screeching...

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Turning the Spotlight on the Low Dopamine Depressive

  Low dopamine as an underpinning cause of depression, anxiety and even addiction (illicit drugs, sex, gambling) has been gaining increased recognition in research.  In spite of this there are no antidepressants currently on the Australian market that address dopamine...

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The Awake Delta Wave Experience

There's taking a break and then there's taking a break.   For most of us Christmas does not fit the definition of a break but rather simply an altered version of our escalated pre-Christmas frenzy.  The crazy end of year work wrap up replaced by the equally crazy...

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Pssssst! I’ve got something very exciting to tell you…

It is with great excitement & enthusiasm that today I can announce the launch of our crowdfunding campaign for the first independent Australian Naturopathic Summit to be held in Byron Bay on the 27-28th August 2016 (check out our campaign video below!).  This Summit...

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Are you ready to accelerate your clinical skills in 2016?

It’s here!...The New Look Mentoring for 2016. We’re so excited to announce the new mentoring program for 2016, specifically designed to add more value and provide greater skills and knowledge acceleration to Integrative Nutrition Practitioners. Introducing the Rachel...

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A Duck Called Homer? (HOMA-IR)

Most of us know that measuring a fasting blood glucose to assess how well someone is managing their glucose levels is about as crude and insensitive as waiting for the smoke detector alarm to tell you your dinner is cooked!  If we wait to see an abnormal result here...

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Supersize Me SAMe!

If you're left wondering why on earth Rachel undertook the "Supersize Me Month" (see previous post here) then you may have missed her SAMe: Mental Health & Beyond tour.  It's funny really because one of the key areas Rachel discussed in this presentation is the...

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