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Two Women Over 70 Walk Into A Room…

Two Women Over 70 Walk Into A Room…

No this is not a joke. The room they enter happens to be the clinic space of a practitioner I mentor.  The older women are friends, both originally from the UK and they sit in on one another's consultations sharing many of the same experiences: grief over loved ones...

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Is there an integrative doctor in the house?

Is there an integrative doctor in the house?

We’ve got a Brand New Specialist Mentoring Group starting up in 2018!  This new 1hr our monthly online meet up with like minded doctors across the globe to go over cases, offers us an opportunity to meet your mentoring needs in the best way possible and truly accelerate your knowledge and skills in integrative medicine.

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This Is Not Going Away

This Is Not Going Away

PPIs are one of the prescribed medications in Australia but the concerns are escalating.  Not just from a naturopathic or nutritional perspective regarding the extraordinary concept of lowering gastric HCl by approx. 80% but much much more worrying concerns.  I talked...

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Could it be Reflux?

Could it be Reflux?

  Chronic coughs, rhinitis, postnasal drip or even asthma?  Have you ruled out silent reflux? Aka laryngopharyngeal reflux. Patients experiencing silent reflux don't present with heartburn or any typical GORD features but ultimately suffer from a similar failure...

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Can You Help Me Out Here?

Can You Help Me Out Here?

Can you help me out here?  My memory has failed me.  Someone, somewhere (Mel? Syd? Auckland? Online during a mentoring session? In a Mullumbimby supermarket?!), in the past month asked me for this paper documenting the increased pain perception reported by subjects...

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The Vindication Vibes

The Vindication Vibes

I've been known to give calcium more attention than most and now I feel vindicated. Serum calcium, of course is not a reflection of your calcium intake, calcium losses nor overall calcium status. In this regard it is totally useless.  But my fixation is about what...

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It Won’t Happen Overnight but it Will Happen

It Won’t Happen Overnight but it Will Happen

...Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) that is! That's the ad we really need broadcast on prime time tv.  On par with osteoporosis and other conditions that 'seemingly appear out of nowhere' in people's 60s and beyond, there's a potent combination of ignorance (patients) and...

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Hypothyroid Without a Trace?

Hypothyroid Without a Trace?

  Another young female presents in my clinic with a newly diagnosed thyroid cancer and has been recommended urgent thyroidectomy.  Her story...

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We Have A Winner… Among Many!

We Have A Winner… Among Many!

Last week I threw down a challenge.  Following on from the ruffling of many feathers regarding Jason Hawrelak's report that dietary saturated fat increases uptake of endotoxins from the gut,  I provided his reference list in support of this claim, effectively saying,...

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Don’t get me started …

Don’t get me started …

    Ever wondered where on earth (or Mars?!) I came from?  As much as I can't keep quiet on some topics, my personal journey to here has been a bit of closed book to many.  Recently during an interview with Andrew Whitfield-Cook from FxMedicine, which was...

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Does Saturated Fat Increase the Uptake of Endotoxins?

Does Saturated Fat Increase the Uptake of Endotoxins?

In an ASLM Tweet I shared this weekend, I mentioned our own 'Gut Guru', Jason Hawrelak reported dietary saturated fat (including coconut oil) increases GIT endotoxin uptake and boy did that stir the pot!  The social media switchboard lit up! It's ok I know there isn't...

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1 Egg, 1 Banana

1 Egg, 1 Banana

I've been travelling a lot for work lately, so in my absence my teens have been under the influence of others and as a result they've returned with new & improved habits.  This one is gold: 1 egg  + 1 banana beat egg & add to mashed banana pour into a hot pan,...

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Are you feeling your AGE?

Are you feeling your AGE?

Ever got to the end of a day or a week and felt like this?  Or woken up to find your skin looking like this?! Just quietly, me too.  When my son was about 3 he was sitting in the back of my car with my mum (she would have been in her early 70s) and he asked how people...

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It’s the Additives, Stupid!

It’s the Additives, Stupid!

Ever wondered what Dr George Lundberg, professor of medicine, past editor of JAMA and current editor in chief of Medscape thinks about the relationship between food additives, your digestive health and your overall mortality? Me neither!! But this is worth the 7 mins!...

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The Naturopaths are Coming!

The Naturopaths are Coming!

Scrolling through the extensive list of speakers for the upcoming Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine conference, I see many familiar names and faces … impressive researchers, academics, health specialists, writers, business leaders … and I’m just talking about...

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Is This You?

Is This You?

When I was studying my undergraduate I sat at the front of the class, especially for the medical sciences.  My chemistry lecturer tried to talk me into transferring to chemistry.  My biochemistry lecturer tried to convince me to become a biochemist.  But what I loved...

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The Guts of the Problem

The Guts of the Problem

Felice Jacka is onto something.  You might know her as the daughter of Judy Jacka (naturopathic trailblazer who established the SSNT), you might know her as the Australian researcher who really started the bigger international scientific conversation about diet and...

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