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Are You A Sucker For ‘Secret Herbs & Spices’?!

Are You A Sucker For ‘Secret Herbs & Spices’?!

Me neither. I value transparency in all things impacting my health.  So when the 'Colonel' tells us the magic is in not knowing...I think....hmmmmmmm, no thanks! Similarly, when the provider of a test tells us, 'We'd like to give you independent scientific support for...

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(Wo)Man Down?

(Wo)Man Down?

Here's a newsflash: It's only mid-February. And if you're like many of the health professionals I regularly talk to,  currently you're feeling something akin to jet-lag but rather than just your circadian rhythm being out of sync, it's bigger than that, it's your...

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Is Copper the Culprit in ADHD?

Is Copper the Culprit in ADHD?

Sometimes I think I must be psychic..or is that psychotic? Don't answer that, it's a bad Byron Bay in-joke.  I had literally just recorded my Update in Under 30 Copper in Kids and this excellent new study was published that same week, assessing and comparing trace...

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Getting More Bang From Your Patients’ BP

Getting More Bang From Your Patients’ BP

While we may not all be pathology proficient, overwhelmingly we do take or record blood pressure, right?  It's such an easy but essential inroad to understand something more about patients' cardiovascular system, and indeed their nervous system, when prone to the...

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‘Copper Excess’ In A Child?!….Really??

‘Copper Excess’ In A Child?!….Really??

Copper deficiency happens in kids, so does copper toxicity and both are serious concerns, but do we know when to accurately call either?  First, we have to know 'normal'. If we know what normal Serum Copper values look like in children, then we can easily spot those...

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In Need Of A Better System?

In Need Of A Better System?

When you start doing this with your patients' pathology results, you know your client records are turning into a big hot mess and more importantly your ability to see the wood for the trees is seriously under threat!  Private labs don't play nicely with one another...

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Putting Young Heads on Old Shoulders

Putting Young Heads on Old Shoulders

Do you know this saying but the other way round? My dad said it often enough and always with such an exasperated tone that it's got its own dedicated lobe in my brain. Almost. Lately, however, I've been reflecting on how much I learn from people younger than me, both...

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…& Stop Giving Them Manganese!

…& Stop Giving Them Manganese!

  It's like that split-second you close the door and realise you've locked the car with the keys still inside, or the whole reason you rang someone pops back into your head just after you put the phone down.  Yes after the opportunity to draw breath over the...

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Ironing Out Some Old Misunderstandings

Ironing Out Some Old Misunderstandings

It's that time of year when we tend to set our intentions both personally and professionally.  For me, between the many meals, pressies and dunks in the river, I slip into some 'silent work'. In particular, I find myself flagging a couple of key areas that I want to...

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So, What Kind Of Drunk Are You?

So, What Kind Of Drunk Are You?

I know, timing, huh?! It's almost like I've been sniffing around your recycling bins but I didn't need to of course, at this time of year it's a fairly safe bet you're madly winding it back a tad from your most outrageous annual alcohol imbibing. And so are all our...

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Dear 2019 Minties (ahem) Mentees

Dear 2019 Minties (ahem) Mentees

Turn-up the sound, lean back (as there are quite a few names here) and watch it all the way to the end!, Click here and enjoy our little video to honour each of our mintees (aka mentees) in 2019.  https://youtu.be/219EbNQhGBI   Use the force...... well, maybe...

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I Was Wrong

I Was Wrong

I take my job to heart.  When someone asked me recently to choose the single value that spoke most to me personally I couldn't seem to go past, 'Purpose'.  I feel very honoured to have contributed to the learning of so many health professionals in their undergraduate...

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We Know – But Do They?

We Know – But Do They?

When a teenage girl presents seeking her first oral contraceptive pill (OCP) script, what information is she privy to that enables her to make an informed decision? Read the insert inside the box? Please. Which 50 year old, let alone 15 year old does that? Forget it!...

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Too Simple To Be Sensible Science?

Too Simple To Be Sensible Science?

  This year I heard a great quote that hit the spot for me: anyone who offers you a simple solution to a complex problem is lying or misguided, the solution to a complex problem will inherently be complex. Dang! I'm frequently reminded of this in relation to many...

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While You Were Sleeping

While You Were Sleeping

Remember the days when we had the brain all back-to-front & upside down?   Anatomy & physiology told us it was an island, completely protected by the blood-brain-barrier from pathology in the rest of the body, that it was incapable of regeneration after damage...

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Your Bigger Role In Mental Health: Beyond the Bottles

Your Bigger Role In Mental Health: Beyond the Bottles

When I returned to seeing clients after my stint working in the pharmaceutical world of antidepressants & antipsychotics I was truly excited by the potential in our dispensary. 18 years later I remain just as excited. But what I hadn't yet understood was just how...

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How Low Can You Go…With Cortisol?

How Low Can You Go…With Cortisol?

Assessing Adrenals can be hit and miss, especially given that even more so than other labs, timing is everything.  That's why endocrinologists typically won't look at anything less than a 24hr urine collection. If the total output is deemed to be high = Cushing's and...

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Iron – Another Important Discovery

Iron – Another Important Discovery

Yet another super-helpful part of Iron-Land has been mapped!!  Ever struggled to correct chronic iron deficiency in athletes or even just weekend warriors?  Yep, me too. One of the key barriers being the 2-3 fold rise in hepcidin in response to exercise. Hepcidin...

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Are You Going Hot & Cold On Thyroid Cases?

Are You Going Hot & Cold On Thyroid Cases?

What's the most common thyroid disease you're seeing in practice?  Nope, try again. I'm serious.  There would be very few of us who'd get this right without cheating. It's nodules.  Current figures suggest 1/2 of all us middle-agers have them and by the time we're 80...

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