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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, condition...

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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 their...

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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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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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The Best Form of Charcoal

This weekend I re-experienced an incredibly potent therapeutic intervention firsthand.  We drove 40 minutes inland to vamp under the stars (that's between camping and glamping and has nothing to do with vaping!) That was a good start. Breaking from the 'norm', looking...

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Are You a Premature Evaluator?

  I was lucky enough to hear Jason Hawrelak's excellent presentation at the Australian Naturopathic Summit last weekend, titled: A Case of Blastocystis Infection - Or Is It?  Timely, highly valuable, immediately usable, provocative education (just how I like it 😉 )...

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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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