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There’s Someone Else

  Breaking up is hard to do (sounds like the name of a song!) but it shouldn't be! I got an email this week from one of my gorgeous long-term mentees in the vein of a ‘Dear John’ letter.  She carefully, beautifully gently let me know... “I've found someone...

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Lots to be Said for Boring Basics

Horses not Zebras.  You've no doubt heard me repeat that quote which is famous in medical schools, something to the effect of, "When you hear a heard of animals outside your door, think horses not zebras"...unless of course you are practising in Africa might I suggest...

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A Low Oxalate Diet Is Not A Healthy Prescription

Until it is. Following on from my frolicking in frocks made of my favourite oxalate-rich foods around the Alps, let's be clear these are great, healthy and health-promoting inclusions in ours and our patients' diets. Until they're not. Just like FODMAP avoidance is...

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These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things…

Beetroot & Spinach & Lovely Bright Berries Rhubarb & Buckwheat & Baked Sweet Potato Black Tea & Green Tea & All My Dark Chocolate Sins These are a few of my favourite things!! Sounds like a kitchen roll-call at my house...how about yours?  And...

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It’s Not Rocket (Dental) Science!

With the increasing weight of evidence pointing to a potent pathogenic portal between our mouths and every other part of the body, whether that be in terms of cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, appendicitis, even a growing case for Alzheimer's disease, we...

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Wondering Who Shouldn’t Fast?

    Remember biochemical individuality folks? That great core underpinning principle of naturopathic & integrative nutrition. We should always keep this in front of mind, when something utterly fabulous for absolutely everyone pops its head up.  Like...

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Mind Your P’s and P’s

  Do you know that saying, 'mind your Ps and Qs?'  It basically means mind your manners and I heard that a lot as a kid 😉 But what we really need to hear now, as practitioners and promoters of healthy eating and wellness is really, Mind your P's and P's because...

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ACNEM Super Discount for you!

  ACNEM’s annual conference is almost upon us and this will be a jammed packed weekend of fascinating talks and lots of great networking. Evolving Landscapes of Nutrition in Medicine – ACNEM Conference 2019 in Melbourne 24-26 May This year there is a range of...

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Chaos to Clarity – Transforming Your Case Taking

  As health professionals who take the time & have the incredible attention to detail to capture the 'whole health story' of each patient, we can end up with vast amounts of information for every client: detailed medical histories, broad systems-reviews,...

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Go West!

  Ok I need to straight up apologise for the 80s pop culture (and I use that last term loosely) reference.  That was uncalled for...especially because this message might need to be heard most by those next gen naturopaths who weren't even born when mullets had...

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Naturopaths Need to Reclaim Wellness

When I was studying my under-graduate I imagined my clinic was going to be full of them: well patients wanting to maintain or even improve upon their wellness. Turns out...not so much...all the really really sick people have taken their spots and the former has been...

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Have you heard? It All Comes Back to the Gut

How often were we told this in our training?  And how often have we found this to be true in practice?  And now suddenly, it seems, the medical researchers (at last!) are rapidly coming around to this core concept?? Our microbiome is suddenly the hottest property on...

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Look What’s Just Dropped!

a. Some hip new (truly undanceable) track b. Every herbalist's jaw at my table at the NHAA conference gala dinner, when I got almost all my Latin binomials right during the trivia quiz?...and after some champagne, that's a particular achievement  c. My jaw, when I saw...

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Let’s Get Down And Dirty

I arrived home from the Farmer's Market this week ready to cook a little number I like to call 'egg dinner' (fancy I know 😉 ) and found my organic bunch of kale, covered in dirt. Ok, admittedly, there was a small reflexive, barely-audible-beyond-immediate-neighbours,...

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Finding the Inner Herbalist

My career path has taken me a long way and in a very different direction from the one I started on.  During my uni days I wildcrafted herbs, enthusiastically made potions and, yes as the semi-famous story goes, even misidentified one wild-crafted species and...

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A Dash of Milk Madness?

So this is not news to most people who know me but I don't like taking things out of people's diet. As a result, in a room full of naturopaths & integrative medicos, I might be voted the least likely to use the phrase, "No Gluten or Dairy for you!" [said with the...

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Talking Turkey About My Pet Hate

Let's talk turkey about our pharmaceutical Pet Hates, mine are Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs). They irk me more than any other drug class. It's not entirely rational. Let's face it, they have some stiff competition but for some reason, in my mind, they almost always...

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No. 1 If You Are a Parent, Get Yourself a Team

Hear Hear...on all levels, right. But this is actually the first recommendation of an easy to read patient resource for families dealing with adolescent depression, that you and your patients can access here.  As lovely as the picture above makes parenting look, the...

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ACNEM Training Revamp

My second speaking gig for 2019 is approaching at a vertigo-inducing speed (hey...wait..someone stole January??), heading to Hobart as part of the NEW primary training course that ACNEM have created and will be rolling out this year around the country. I am really...

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Let There Be No Bad Blood(s) Between Us

So you've gone to all the effort.  Be that writing referral letters suggesting some pathology investigations might be warranted or you've coached your patients endlessly to get copies of ones done elsewhere so that you may be privy to their findings. Worse still,...

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Wind: Could You Define Excessive?

While we're on the topic...I tend to think, that as good as we are at asking a lot about a patient's health, we can always do better.  One of the classic pitfalls for practitioners is having to rely so much on patient self-reporting: Is your period heavy,moderate or...

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An Eye for An Eye &…A Stool for A Stool

  How long?  How long must we sing this song?  I'm feeling a bit 80s anthemic  and righteous.  It turns out that patients' bowel movements could be improved by using a foot stool?!! Who said that?? Only every naturopath, ever. Right? But now medical researchers...

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Rethink the Ink?

Virginal skin, as my sister calls it, is on the endangered list.  She also predicts that as a result, it will be a highly sort after commodity in the future and I agree but our reasons are a little different. Hers are aesthetic and mine are well, health-based. I...

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