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When Going Vegan is Best…

  How many times have you heard me suggest a vegan diet as the most effective and sensible dietary intervention for a condition....yup...not often but here I am saying it now.   I had a great one-on-one session with a long-term mentee yesterday to discuss a case of...

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Have I Got Your Attention Now?

You know I'm not one to raise my voice and make scene. Ok, I always raise my voice and make a scene, but only when I think something really warrants our attention and the issue of under-recognised, under-estimated and mismanaged chronic worms, demands our attention. ...

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What in the GFR is going on with this reference range?!^#@

Goodness Friends Really (GFR) - where do we start talking about the GFR (Glomerular Filtration Rate)! This is the standard way to estimate the competency of your kidneys, in particular their ability to filter waste from the blood. There is SO much to say and not quite...

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Less Iron Proves More in Some BUT Not All Patients

I need to clear the air, to clarify.  If you've listened to my So you think you know how to treat Iron deficiency podcast and implemented a less frequent dosing regime and it's worked like a treat for your patients, like Tina....HOORAY! And if you tried out this...

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A Guide (at last!) to Picking Up On Pyrroles

Got fair skin and white spots on your nails and go a bit off-grid in stressful situations? Thinking it's pyrroles? Well, you're probably wrong!  Man. I've been waiting a long time, since being introduced to the pyrroluria biochemistry and diagnosis over a decade ago...

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Wondering About The One That Got Away?

Luckily I still had the file. After seeing patients for a couple of decades, I have to get periodically ruthless with the shredder for those I haven't seen in a long time and 7 years qualifies as a long gap between appointments but when I saw her name in my calendar,...

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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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Is This How Other People Feel?

One thing that you need to know about me is that I consider myself pretty healthy...surprise! :0) As in, I wake with energy, I love exercising and on a typical day I am blissfully ignorant of my digestive system..as in it doesn't speak to me via oohs aahs gripes and...

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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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