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SAMe Strikes Again!

If my dispensary was on an island and could only stock 3 items, S-adenosyl-methionine would make the cut.  That's how important this nutraceutical is to my practice and has proved itself to be to so many of my patients.  Regularly, I cross paths with practitioners who...

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A Case of Stoned Sperm?

Tonic. Homeostatic modulator.  These terms and concepts, which have a long tradition in herbal medicine (and let's be clear, were considered yet another example of the wishy-washiness of the modality) are being appropriated by some areas of mainstream medicine right...

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Are You Being Foxed By An Ox…alate Result?

Ok here's some tough Tuesday talk..not all tests are valid.  Tougher still...not all of the mainstream nor the functional pathology ones.  I am talking across the board here. Each and every pathology parameter requires good knowledge about its strengths. limitations...

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How Many Hats Have You Worn Already This Week?

  My current count is about 13. Lucky for some? Patient advocate, referral point, primary prescribing practitioner, behavioural change motivator, wise business counsel, good empathetic listener, fearless myth buster, researcher, head chef to a group of...

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When the Body Attacks the Mind

  Following an important weekend of discussing mental health from a more balanced perspective (that's my new less provocative term for 'integrative' or dare I even mumble...holistic) in Perth for ACNEM, I remain alert but not alarmed of how much is still to be...

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Oxalate Overload? The next steps…

When patients present feeling worse every time they DIY a Green Detox, as the practitioner, you're likely to be sniffing around reduced oxalate tolerance as a differential. Rightly so.  But what about the patient with joint pains and disproportionate fatigue who has...

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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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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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