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Real vs Research

Real vs Research

  A discussion in the Australian Medical Observer this week has got me thinking about the huge push for evidence-based Medicine to form the foundation of our naturopathic practice.  Now as you well know, I am a lover of science, and I enjoy immensely when...

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ABB…Which Ages are Affected and What Effects at Each Age?

ABB…Which Ages are Affected and What Effects at Each Age?

Just back from Slovakia and I am a little EXCITED & a giant bit KEEN TO SHARE!!!! Thank goodness we have a tour planned for Aug/Sept so I don't have to sit on this incredible info for too long!! I had already been delving into the impact of mild acidosis across...

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It Had to Happen

It Had to Happen

Right? I've been banging on about our kidneys for years now - only to be met with a deafening chorus of practitioners of all sorts chanting, "Yes! What about renal health & the best way for us to support it?!  We haven't been trained in this!!"  I hear you and I'm...

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NAC can knock negative symptoms down!

NAC can knock negative symptoms down!

WOW!! Did we hear that right??! Medical doctors are branching out in their search for effective treatments for schizophrenic patients.  You see while most of the drugs available currently for this condition are aimed at reducing ‘positive symptoms’, however they can...

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Tools to Master Mental Health

Tools to Master Mental Health

I’ve just completed the Mastering Mental Health tour in May with Nutrition Care. The last 16 years I’ve been focusing on Mental Health and have seen a lot of patients who present with this as their primary issue. We have so much to offer mental health in our...

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Are worms sending kids mental?

Are worms sending kids mental?

A recently published case study takes out the 'WOW! Factor Medal' for its extraordinary illustration of just how impacting simple silly old lil' (I'm being tongue in cheek of course) threadworm (aka Enterobius vermicularis) can be on a child's mental health. "The...

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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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PPIs and broadening adverse events

The last two decades have seen the introduction and rapid rise in popularity of the proton pump inhibitors (PPI) for GORD & gastric ulcers.  While clinical trials prior to their approval and release didn’t reveal much in terms of adverse reactions, being not...

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By popular demand

Many of you have been asking if we could make my presentations available for download instead of on CD. You can now do both! The Rachel Arthur Nutrition (RAN) store on the website now has downloadable audio and CD-audio sections where you can buy my presentations. You...

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Visit our facebook page

Visit our facebook page

We have finally taken the step into the brave new world of social media with the Rachel Arthur Nutrition facebook page. The first step is to reflect the posts that we add to this site and our newsletter. We will let you guide us as to what you would like to see us do...

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No change in 25(OH) D levels in spite of supplementation?

Scenario: Patient presents with low baseline 25(OH)D levels, let’s say 40 nmol/L and you prescribe a high  dose (e.g. 5000IU/day) bioavailable vitamin D supplement and retest in 3 months but the 25(OH)D levels haven’t improved…what do you do now? Sound familiar?  It...

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Have you checked the children?

Over the last year, I’ve seen paediatric patients with various presentations (alopecia, behavioural issues etc.) whose thyroid results have seemed out of whack e.g. TSH values in the 3s and 4s.  I noticed as well that each pathology company provided a slightly altered...

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Looking into Dis-ease in Women

Looking into Dis-ease in Women

This week, care of Health Masters, I am delivering the first part of a 3 part webinar called ‘Clinical Case Analyses in Women with Anxiety’. I originally wanted to call this brand new seminar series Dis-ease. The idea was in response to the large number of female...

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The Canary in the Mine – Assessing Androgens in Men

Often I find practitioners are a bit mystified by the male hormonal milieu and their skills at interpreting androgen results are patchy compared with their confidence in female hormone investigation.  Yet, just like in females, understanding the sex hormones is a...

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Communities need for happiness can amplify negative moods

Societies promotion of happiness and happiness campaigns puts expectations on people of how they should feel.  Expectations of happiness may be making sad people feel worse. Psychologist, Brock Bastian from the University of Queensland and colleagues, have...

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Honey for a night-time cough

Upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs) are a normal part of childhood that often disturb sleep, parents and children alike, but a simple dose of honey may just be the remedy needed.  A recent study published in Pediatrics (Aug 6 2012) has confirmed that honey is...

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Numb feet reveal deeper woes

Mid-40 female presents with acute onset pain in both feet and hands. Questioning reveals that she has experienced episodic numbness in her feet over the past 2 years.  Patient suspects gout but blood urate levels are normal and patient’s diet and lifestyle not...

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Coeliac disease presents as behavioural problems

Recently I started seeing an 8 year old girl diagnosed with ODD and ADHD as well as impaired IQ at 6yo.  Notable features include: She has variable bowel and bladder control - often coming home from school with wet pants and a Bristol type 1 stool in her underwear. ...

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Snoring kids may need help

Parents should be aware persistent snoring is not normal in children and should be investigated. Researchers, whose results appeared in the journal Pediatrics May 2012 found that two- and three-year olds who snored loudly at least a couple of times per week tended to...

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Limitations of serum B12 testing

The limitations of serum B12 testing have been reported for some time. When testing for deficiency, Serum B12 does not give an accurate picture unless there is an overt deficiency and even then not consistently.  This is because the majority (approx.70%) of B12 in the...

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