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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...

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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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One Small Step For Our Clients?

When I look back over how I've raised my kids there are a few serious 'what tha...' moments - like the time I thought shopping with a child in rollerskates was doable...I mean she loved those rollerskates and she was amazingly agile and good...just not quite good...

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‘Getting’ Gilbert’s Guts

So I had to look all the way back in the UU30 back catalogue to 2013 to find my original Gilbert's Girls recording talking about this common polymorphism and how it might present in your practice but I haven't exactly been quiet on this one since then.  In the last 5...

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What’s Eating Gilbert Now?

  I've had my nose in all the research on Gilbert's Syndrome again..watch this space...in the interim just thought I'd share this image and a couple of important details I may not have been able to convey when you last heard me talk (very fast!) about this...

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One Direction Is So Last Decade…

With many of the mentoring sessions I run, I suspect there's often a misperception that the learning is one way. Part of what thrills me about being a mentor is all the learning opportunities I am personally presented with. Recently, I had an exceptional example. You...

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Nutritional Science & Debate in Action

  Last weekend I attended the Science of Nutrition in Medicine Conference in Melbourne https://nutritionmedicine.org.au/enews/2015-02-06-Program.html and for those of you that didn’t make it I can tell you, it wasn’t your regular CPE event.  I’m not sure if the...

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Top 10 Investigations in Mental Health Patients

One of the most common questions I’m asked is whether I have a ‘set list’ of tests that I request for every patient.  Of course there is no ‘one size fits all’ in health & each patient presents with their own novel combination of issues & investigative...

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Learning the Language of Men’s Endocrine Health

  We should all be as skilled in investigating & treating male hormone imbalances as we are female ones, yet this is often not the case.  A lack of confidence in this area, which seems to be an issue for many, in particular will compromise our ability to...

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Managing Your Random-Regulars

So often in mentoring I hear about patients practitioners have struggled to treat primarily because of irregular points of contact....you know the type, the client who is an Irregular Regular or Random Regular, booking in to see you just once or twice a year or just...

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What’s New in K2?

It seems like K2 is the supplement on everybody’s lips right now and for good reason.  This is particularly true in Australia where we’re seeing a flurry of new K2 products on the market thanks to a relatively recent TGA approval for this particular form of the...

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A Great Time To Be A New Practitioner

"Health issues are rarely one individual textbook condition like they were during my studies.  The interaction of the body is complex, and Rachel has given me valuable insight into how to link various pathology markers & physical aspects together.  Test...

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Do you mind if I record our appointment?

I read an interesting news item in Medical Observer this week about the increasing number of patients either overtly or covertly recording medical appointments on their smart phones.  Have some of your patients already asked if they could do this?  Mine have and I’m...

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Winning the Acid War

You might have heard me talk about using an ‘upstream’ rather than ‘downstream’ approach in nutrition – the concept is very naturopathic… look at the water source and address things there rather than just tweak things downriver! One of the most important upstream...

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The Sleep Prescription

How often do you find yourself writing sleep prescriptions for your patients?  I do – frequently. I’ll include in my recommendations something like – ‘nap for 20 minutes every alternate day’ or, ‘commit to getting into bed 1 hour earlier 3 nights this week’ or...

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New Mentoring on a Monday

Howdy everyone, thanks to popular demand (and perhaps something some people have against Tuesdays!! 🙂 ) we've opened up a new group on the 2nd Monday on every month at 1.30pm NSW time for mentoring.  It's brand-out-of the bag-kinda-new with a small group of...

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Optimal Thyroid Function In Pregnancy?

Thyroid function is critical to successful conception, healthy pregnancies, babies and mum's post-partum wellbeing, so we need to take the time to ensure we’re monitoring it properly. First of all you need the right tool for the right job & that means we need...

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Is This Your Month to Start Mentoring?

We’re ready to begin another year of group mentoring from this Tuesday and we’ve got just 6 spots in total still available across all our time slots! Maybe you’ve heard the buzz about the sessions from some of our mentees over the past few years & are tempted but...

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What to make of long-term low CRP

Ever had those patients… young, slim, fit…I won’t go so far as to say ‘well’ or otherwise they probably wouldn’t be seeing us right?  But not overtly inflamed and yet when you measure their CRP, it registers.  The average CRP of ‘healthy’ adult populations is reported...

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PCOS families – are your male patients affected?

We now suspect that many of the drivers behind PCOS are heritable components – a genetic vulnerability passed from parents, possibly one but often both. This growing understanding has identified a phenomenon referred to as ‘PCOS families’ i.e. a family in which at...

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Extra info on 2014 CD Deal

We've had a lot of inquiries regarding our end of year CD special.  So just to clarify - here's the deal and below that how to make it happen! 🙂 Purchase any 2 CDs before Jan 31st and receive one complimentary Premium Audio Recording of your choice  OR purchase 4 CDs...

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End of Year CD Clearance

As we head rapidly towards the change over of our calendars we would like to offer you a special on the very best educational recordings from 2014 - buy 2 CDs before Jan 31st and receive one complimentary Premium Audio Recording of your choice  OR purchase 4 CDs and...

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Recognising A Tendency to Iron Overload Earlier

We've just had another mentoring case in which a 40 something female with deficiencies of almost all other minerals but 'pretty normal ferritin levels'  presented with a range of endocrine problems and arthralgia.  Sounds as if iron's not the problem right?  Except...

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Mental Health – The Real Story

“Two great speakers – inspirational in the first half and bang on in the second – I now know how much I don’t know” Just out now in time for Christmas…no seriously though… this year I had the good fortune to team up with Biomedica and in particular Rachel McDonald and...

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