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Ready, Aim…Don’t Fire!

Oral sex. There I said it.  Last month when I talked about Helicobacter pylori and where people might 'catch' this - if they didn't inherit the little critter from their mum or family as an infant - we thankfully were able to rule out kissing as a source of...

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Two Pointers for Addiction Management

Forever fascinated by the neurobiology of various mental health presentations, addiction included, two medical news items caught my attention this week.  If you've ever heard me speak on addiction, in somewhat simplistic terms, it is very much about the reward centre...

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Double Trouble for Hypothyroid?

So we already know that thyroid problems can start in utero, right…but a recent Medscape review (the fountain of thyroid information that I frequently drinketh from 😉 ) on Hypothyroidism in childhood taught me a couple of big things I hadn't known before!  The...

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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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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 important...

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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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The wait is nearly over…

It is with great excitement & enthusiasm that I'll be speaking at the second independent Australian Naturopathic Summit being held in Lennox Head, NSW on the 24-26th August 2018. You'll have to wait until Sunday though...and I'll be sharing the stage with Dr Nirala...

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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 scientific...

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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!

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

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?

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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Special offer for RAN subscribers…

Not long ago, Kathryn Simpson and I were sharing a hotel room on yet another work trip to somewhere. The lights were out, it was way past our bedtime and we were just gasbagging incessantly like a couple of teens, when a thought pops into my head: "Hey Kathryn, back...

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Getting Down & Dirty on Worms…

These little blighters are getting a lot of airplay this month and rightly so.....! Oh Em Geeeeeeeee....so much misinformation out there!! It's time to set the record straight Worm infestations never conjure up a pretty picture in our minds although a video of humans...

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Sheesh….I Need New Material!

Help!!! I'm about to share the stage at the 3rd International Acid-Base Symposium on the 25th-27th Jun, with the best acid-base researchers in the world, all of whom I actively stalk (well read and recite everything they've ever published but close enough!) I'm...

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The Blame Game

Quite the month for it, I hear. My inbox has run hot with practitioners deeply concerned about some serious finger pointing that's been going on. The fingers in these instances have belonged to medical practitioners and the direction they're all pointing, is seemingly...

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Good Morning San Francisco!

  Good morning San Fran!!! 🙂 You know me...I'm notorious for challenging outdated ideas in our fabulous integrative health landscape and along the way, trying to introduce new ones that are backed by better scientific evidence. I regularly get asked to speak in spite...

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