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Q: If a patient says they can only tolerate 7 foods…

Q: If a patient says they can only tolerate 7 foods...how many did they start with? A: Typically about 20 No, this answer doesn't come from some complex mathematical formula...it comes from appreciating the low dietary diversity of those eating a Western diet.  When...

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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 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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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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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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The ‘Circle of Life’ of Mentoring

https://youtu.be/B2MK-XKOaaw This mentoring community that I am a part of, I absolutely love and together we make good companions on this road that too often we often find ourselves travelling In isolation. So I wanted to put together this little fun video here to get...

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Blowing Over On A UBT

A few months back I seriously 'blew over'. Not on an RBT but on a UBT (Urea Breath Test).  In spite of it being not the kind of test you want to score top marks for, my result was in the high 2000s, when all I needed was around 800 to confirm, and anything over 50 to...

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And What Would That Look Like?

No, not this. But in setting up a dedicated new grad group mentoring platform for 2019, designed to help anyone who wants support transitioning from student to Naturopathic SuperPower (!)...here are some more details Monthly live, interactive, online tutorials...

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New Nat Grads – Uncover Your Naturopathic Super-Powers!

Alright, so I can't teach you how to leap tall buildings in a single bound but I can show you how you can make big leaps towards uncovering your Naturopathic Super-Powers! I often marvel on what I now know, that I wish I had been privy to as a new graduate and while...

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FAKE NEWS!…or just uncomfortable?..Read On

As an avid reader of medical news I face a barrage of headlines both domestic & international everyday.  I feel this is important for many reasons - not just so that I know what's being said about their medicine but what they're saying about ours as well! Anyone see...

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