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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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A Hat Trick Week for Gilbert’s Syndrome… Guys and Gals

Sometimes we wonder who put the invisible sign up out the front of our practice, right? The one that says...absolutely everyone with Condition 'Z' come and see me, now!  I'm sure you know what I'm describing.  Well this week I have hit the trifecta, performed a neat...

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$200 Off Just for You

When Dr. Christabelle Yeoh says, 'Hey, we all need to up-skill in Mitochondrial & Metabolic Medicine, Gut and Immunity & Healthy Ageing,' and then invites  a dozen or so absolute experts in each of these fields to speak at the 8th Science in Nutritional Medicine...

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A Guide to Globulins

Globulins…ever thought much about them?  Me neither really unless they were clearly below range which made me consider immune impairment but recently Dr. Michael Hayter, who I am co-presenting the Diagnostics Master Class (Health Masters Live) with, inspired me to...

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Getting to know Billy Rubin!

I often say that if my surname was Rubin I wouldn’t be able to resist calling my son Billy. I am sure the joke would be lost on 90% of people & certainly on my poor child who might never forgive me but never on me – I get a giggle every time 🙂  Recently, I’ve been...

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Something on my MINDD

I briefly mentioned in a previous post Dr. Robyn Cosford’s inspiring opening speech at this year’s MINDD conference.   A key point she made was the growing gap between what’s regarded as normal and what is actually healthy.  Having worked in general practice for...

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P5P V Pyridoxine supplements – when and why?

I’ve been curious about the push towards using so-called ‘active forms’ of B vitamins over the last 10 years in nutritional medicine – particularly with regard to B6 (pyridoxal-5-phosphate) and B2 (riboflavin 5’-phospate aka FMN) in light of substantial research...

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MINDD moments 2014

I was honoured to speak at the MINDD conference again this year.  MINDD is an organisation that really sets itself apart by providing incredible hands on support for parents, carers and practitioners in the area of integrative mental health management and one of the...

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Picking up Parasites?

Many of you would now be aware of the shift from culture (stool MCS) to gene-based stool testing (stool PCR) which has now become available under Medicare subsidy. While this has been an exciting development that promised greater accuracy for the detection of...

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Jacka & Jerome – Naturopathic trailblazers

A few years ago I heard Felice Jacka, Associate Professor (Deakin University), speak about her research linking mental health to certain Western dietary patterns and possibly many of you have already heard me rave about her work.  This year I had the pleasure of...

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An Iodine Revolution?

Also presenting at the Science of Nutrition in Medicine Conference this year was Professor Eastman who is a world-renowned Australian endocrinologist with a primary interest in global iodine deficiency. He is also Deputy Chairman elect of the International Council for...

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Fenech on Folate

A key speaker every year at the Science of Nutrition in Medicine Conference is Professor Michael Fenech, who is a research group leader at the CSIRO.  He’s internationally regarded as an expert in understanding the relationship between DNA damage and nutrition. If...

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Dear Doctor …

As most of you know, I’m a big fan of establishing good communication with the other practitioners (GPs, psychologists, osteopaths, specialists etc.) also caring for my patients and what began as occasional letters that I found exasperatingly difficult & time...

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Gluten-Intolerance-Intolerance

In the Byron shire we have a fabulous local comedian called Mandy Nolan who makes a lot of fun of the health and food fads that regularly sweep this area and one of her favourite catch-cries is “I’m gluten intolerant-intolerant, if I meet another person who tells me...

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Young White Men & Missed Mental Health Diagnoses

We’ve all heard about the higher incidence of mood disorders (depression, anxiety etc.) in women and chances are we’ve all seen this reflected in the dominance of female clients who present seeking help but what’s this really telling us?  Many of us are aware that men...

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Hold the Date

2014 is well and truly zipping along & we wanted to let you know Rachel is lined up for some great seminars and webinars this year.  Here are the next few off the rank so you can join us in anticipation and set aside the dates: Biomedica N-Acetyl-Cysteine Webinar...

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The Problem with Fish Oils in Mental Health

About a decade ago there was a lot of excitement about using fish oils in the management of mental health, so much so even the American Psychiatric Association developed recommendations suggesting that people with mood, impulse control & psychotic disorders should all...

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The Selenium Mercury Relationship

Do you still eat & recommend fish as part of a healthy diet? I do.  Of course these recommendations have now become species-specific and include other key criteria such as ‘wild not farmed’ and ‘local not imported’ in response to increasing concerns about contaminants...

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What a difference a Doctor makes!

Be warned…whinge ahead! One of the things I’m asked most often by naturopaths is about my experiences & interactions with doctors regarding shared care of patients.  The question typically arises because they’ve been on the receiving end of less than ideal...

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Keep an eye out for high prolactin

Seeing female patients with anxiety/depression, irregular menstrual cycles and perhaps marked PMS?  How about male clients with decreased libido, low measurable testosterone and perhaps even impotence or infertility?  All of these signs and symptoms could actually be...

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Why aren’t they doing what I told them to?

Our patients are faced by more health & nutrition messages via multiple mediums than ever before yet escalating rates of obesity & lifestyle related disease highlight the failure of these. It would seem behavioural psychologists are right when they assert that...

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Rachel’s range of zinc related material

As Rachel says in this month's From My Desk to Yours, "I had to do it sooner or later, we have to talk about Zinc." Rachel has been talking about Zinc for years. Here are some of the items you might like to catch up on to brush up your background on this important...

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What’s a little Zinc between friends?

Ok – I’m excited!! A recent meta-analysis of seventeen epidemiological studies (n=1,643 depressed individuals and 804 controls) investigating zinc levels and depression found that depressed individuals had lower plasma/serum zinc levels than non –depressed people...

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