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Rethink the Ink?

Virginal skin, as my sister calls it, is on the endangered list.  She also predicts that as a result, it will be a highly sort after commodity in the future and I agree but our reasons are a little different. Hers are aesthetic and mine are well, health-based. I...

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Beware the Silent ‘M’

Did you read something fabulously non-work related over the break?  I did. Basically opening any book by Isabelle Allende evokes a Pavlovian relaxation reflex in me - ok admittedly some salivation as well!  Then I decided to seamlessly segue into some work-related...

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Rachel has left the building…

  Relax, no one is leaving RAN central - they've deadlocked all the doors (!) but I’ve left another online abode I built and time-shared in last year….The Worm Whisperer…which is exclusively focused on educating the public about worms. Not the compost ones, but...

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Keen to Catch the Early Worm in 2019?

  Sheesh...who turned down the music and turned on all the lights...are the holidays seriously over??! That’s right, pack away the Christmas tree (somehow), drag yourself away from your (endless tennis/cricket watching) meditation practice and start looking at...

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Oh No…Not Her Again!!

Oh no, it's her again 🙁 I mean the chick in the photostock image not the other 'her', me. I know. It's the end of another mammoth year, you're tired, worn out, used-up all your brain-power quota (a little projection?) and I can hear you begging for mercy when I start...

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All I Want for Christmas…Is Some Recognition & Respect

  Yes them's fightin' words. It's 6 days til Christmas and we've all got way too many things to do before Santa visits, right? But this will take you 1 minute and takes precedence over finding excuses not to attend Christmas parties, half-crazed-mad present...

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  Have you heard what everyone is saying about the "Update in Under 30 Podcasts"? But more importantly, have you heard about "Update in Under 30 Podcasts"... fullstop?! If you've somehow missed out on being a subscriber & receiving these monthly gems over the...

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Back to ‘Basics’ for New Year Resolves?

Sheeeeeshkebab I squirm at the whole premise of new year's resolutions.  If you understand a little about the process of behavioural change, you'll appreciate that there's no magic dust (or firework pollutants!) you are going to get sprinkled with between pre and post...

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Chew

Ask me to name a lymphatic herb other than Cleavers and Poke Root and I might struggle (sorry Sue!) but some other things stay with us forever. One of my stayers pops into my head every time I eat a carrot.  Every time I make my partner or my kids eat a carrot.  Every...

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Are you Listening for the Good News?

Want to start 2017 with some good news?  Sometimes working with patients challenged by mental health I get scared.  A well-known colleague of mine introduced me to the notion of the 'clinician in crisis'. The practitioner who, in the face of their patient's...

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One Bite At A Time

The standout gift I got this year for Christmas without a doubt was my very own copy of Sarah Lantz & Tabitha McIntosh's,  One Bite at a Time  - Reduce Toxic Exposure & Eat the World You Want.  Every time I walk past it on the table a strange force compels me...

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I Am Quitting

I've decided to resign, to quit, to call it a day. It's a big decision and it may come as a surprise to some of you but it's a timely one.   You see, it's actually good business practice to figuratively or literally quit your job at the same time each year.  Schedule...

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Are You Ready For Lift-Off in 2017?

It's officially official! The Rachel Arthur Mentorship Program for 2017 is in the loading dock ready to launch & we kick off with our first session on January 30. We are soooooooooooo excited & we have just a few spots left.  If you haven't heard as yet we...

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One News Item I Just Had to Share

I think of you most mornings.  You see I'm totally in the habit of checking abc online news when I wake and frequently expel several 'Oh my goodnesses', before even getting out of bed.  Here's one that made me want to jump out of bed and instantly share them with...

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Taking Care Down There

Often we assume our patients know at least the basics about health - especially about things soooo seemingly basic...that we fear mentioning them would offend and make us look like someone trying to teach grandma anything!  But there are some instances where I've...

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Somewhere Over the Teenage Rainbow

The other night my 16yo daughter was reading through bits of reading matter that had made it home from the recent ASLM conference - one in particular was all about contrasting dietary guidelines of key western countries and comparing these using a more naturopathic...

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Prolactin – But Wait There’s More!

As an add on to my recent blog, I thought you might find this other detail about prolactin levels (PRL) interesting.  Several studies including a one published in 2009, have demonstrated a positive correlation between PRL and increased CVD risk in both men and...

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Are Hormones Driving the Autoimmune Bus?

Back a few weeks ago I had the pleasure of presenting at the Integria Symposium and the even greater pleasure of listening to some of the fabulous speakers ...you see I've heard my stuff before! 😉 The 'Mosaic of Autoimmunity' was delivered by the very funny and...

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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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