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Where Do All The Nutrients Go?

Those 'still-believers' look away now.  One of the great myths, misconceptions and misunderstandings in nutritional medicine is that supplementation with specific nutrients will produce change specifically in one system, or pathway, which just happens to be the one...

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Time for Some Tipi Talks?

I've had a bit of 'a bee in my bonnet' this year. I heard that! Ok, arguably it extends a little further back...like my whole career! But if you've seen the topics I've been speaking on at conferences in recent months, you'll know exactly the soapbox I've climbed up...

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Secret Weapons for Integrative Practitioners

    What makes integrative health professionals stand out is that we take the time and have the attention to detail to capture the ‘whole health story’ of each patient.  As a result, however, we  tend to end up with vast amounts of information for every client:...

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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 every month or...

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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 a lot...

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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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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 Soup...

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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 are...

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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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Beware the Silent ‘M’

Did you read something fabulously non-work related over the break?  I did. Basically opening any book by Isabelle Allende evokes a Pavlovian relaxation reflex in me - ok admittedly some salivation as well!  Then I decided to seamlessly segue into some work-related...

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Rachel has left the building…

  Relax, no one is leaving RAN central - they've deadlocked all the doors (!) but I’ve left another online abode I built and time-shared in last year….The Worm Whisperer…which is exclusively focused on educating the public about worms. Not the compost ones, but the...

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Keen to Catch the Early Worm in 2019?

  Sheesh...who turned down the music and turned on all the lights...are the holidays seriously over??! That’s right, pack away the Christmas tree (somehow), drag yourself away from your (endless tennis/cricket watching) meditation practice and start looking at your...

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Oh No…Not Her Again!!

Oh no, it's her again 🙁 I mean the chick in the photostock image not the other 'her', me. I know. It's the end of another mammoth year, you're tired, worn out, used-up all your brain-power quota (a little projection?) and I can hear you begging for mercy when I start...

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All I Want for Christmas…Is Some Recognition & Respect

  Yes them's fightin' words. It's 6 days til Christmas and we've all got way too many things to do before Santa visits, right? But this will take you 1 minute and takes precedence over finding excuses not to attend Christmas parties, half-crazed-mad present buying,...

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Are You a Quercetin Queen (or King)?

Did you and all your patients survive Spring?  Have you had a chance to restock the shelves with all the big-gun-Quercetin-products for the next allergy onslaught...or maybe for patients presenting with other conditions that respond well to this, like leaky gut,...

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Someone’s Lost Might Be Your Found!

  As Britney so famously put it, 'Oops, I did it again!' I remember the actions on my to do list but not the intended recipients! D.O.H. I was talking with a practitioner the other day who lamented that she had never really learnt about stats nor how to assess the...

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Melatonin…Making Sleep Not Babies?!

Never say never, right.  Back in my old uni teaching days, I scorned the very notion of treating someone with 'actual melatonin'. Always in favour of upstream approaches over downstream, I was keen instead to give patients the 'ingredients & cofactors' so they could...

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Should We Tell Them About The Sugar?

Well who'd have thunk?!  I had no idea cigarettes contain sugar and turns out about 95% of smokers don't either, according to this recently published article! Now while we're not purporting this is going to be of caloric significance enough to prove a deal-breaker for...

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Don’t miss out…there’s one week left!

Don’t find yourself sad come November 15th when we close applications for Group Mentoring in 2019!! You still have a week left to to jump in! (if you haven’t already) and make this investment in building  your incredible naturopathic skill-set and subsequently, your...

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Spotting an ‘Off’ Claim in Record Time

While this ABC article is written for the public it's a great checklist to have written up somewhere to prevent against placing your confidence in the wrong sources of info. Just recently, I had a practitioner ask about the 'risks' of B12 dosing...& while B12 is...

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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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