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The Best Form of Charcoal

This weekend I re-experienced an incredibly potent therapeutic intervention firsthand.  We drove 40 minutes inland to vamp under the stars (that's between camping and glamping and has nothing to do with vaping!) That was a good start. Breaking from the 'norm', looking...

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Are You a Premature Evaluator?

  I was lucky enough to hear Jason Hawrelak's excellent presentation at the Australian Naturopathic Summit last weekend, titled: A Case of Blastocystis Infection - Or Is It?  Timely, highly valuable, immediately usable, provocative education (just how I like it 😉 )...

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How Do YOU Take Your Coffee??

If you've not seen Kitty Flanagan's skit on current coffee culture...it's essential viewing.  In true Kitty-fashion, she wants to simplify coffee ordering down to 2 basic lines - White or Black - says all our pretentious coffee orders; macchiato, skinny, decaf, half...

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The More You Move The Longer You Can!

I love it when new research supports my existing beliefs and bias, don't we all?! 😉   'Sitting is the new smoking,' emerged as a new war-cry a little while ago...then naturally, soon after came the nay-sayers, flooding the media with counter evidence. But you know I...

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Hunger Has Never Been This Comforting

    A recent Medscape review on the medical benefits of fasting, published in July, got me pressing pause on the food button. Now don’t worry, we’re not taking the “breatharian” path…but  for those of us perpetually well-fed people, going hungry has never seemed...

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Thyroxine Replaced Patients Left To ‘Set & Forget’?

Too many times we see thyroxine treated patients on the ‘set and forget’ setting. Often, they’re taking the same dose they started on a decade or so ago, in spite of weight changes, ageing of course and new comorbidities. They’ve undergone limited monitoring, with...

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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 think...

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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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A Disclosure

  Robert Bransfield MD DLFAPA  likes to start off his presentations with a full and frank disclosure about potential conflicts of interest.  After all, he is a well known psychiatrist and Associate Clinical Professor at Rutgers-RWJ Medical School, who is frequently...

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Sorry if I've been quiet for while but I promise have been very very busy!  The Australian Naturopathic Summit is getting tantalisingly (& frighteningly!!) close, and I'm just back from a great  Aus/NZ tour with Professor Vormann talking my heart out about Acid Base...

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A New Mental Health Education Initiative in July!

“Access the Experts with Rachel Arthur” is a month long intensive webinar series focusing on the best of Mental Health Education. Every Thursday night for the month of July, Rachel will be interviewing a hand-picked guest speaker about a particular area of expertise...

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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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