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You Record Something Then This Happens…

You Record Something Then This Happens…

I had to say to a mentee just yesterday, "You're going to see the topic for the Update in Under 30 this month and think it's inspired by your patient but it was actually about the 3 other cases I'd seen this month, before yours!"  Yep...I'm talking about thyroid...

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More Punch in Progestins?

More Punch in Progestins?

This week's wonder-full paper and light-bulb discovery was prompted by a 34 year old woman with a history of Depo Provera injections over several years to control unruly menstrual bleeding and pain. She was subsequently diagnosed at 28 with osteoporosis. That's not a...

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Group Mentoring…What’s it all about?

Group Mentoring…What’s it all about?

https://youtu.be/sN-sel64IGc   For all those Mentoring Virgins 😇 out there wanting a clearer understanding of what it's really like to be part of my group mentoring, this video is a little snippet from a session with one of my groups. This year has flown...

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Will Hair Testing Nail Your Patient’s Nickel Problem?

Will Hair Testing Nail Your Patient’s Nickel Problem?

How might your patients' Nickel exposure wreak havoc with their health?  What might that look like?  It may be lurking behind labels like IBS, non-coeliac gluten sensitivity, contact dermatitis of unknown origin,(with or without alopecia) or even CFS. "Then how does...

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Get Plugged Into The Brain’s Trust…

Get Plugged Into The Brain’s Trust…

Forehead USB not required. Phew.  All that is required, is a real thirst for new knowledge, rapid development of your diagnostic skills and a willingness to commit an hour every month to tap into your new Brain's Trust: Rachel and a collection of colleagues with a...

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Are You Dancing With The ‘Devil’s…Copper’?

Are You Dancing With The ‘Devil’s…Copper’?

  Kupfernickel. It's the original German name for Nickel and it literally translates to 'Copper Nickel'  which inferred it to be the 'Devil's Copper'. There's an interesting story behind this of course and lo and behold the explanation (as is often the case with...

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Zinc’s Dark Side

Zinc’s Dark Side

There I said it.  It was always going to happen. I'm ok, thanks for asking.  This week we had a case of a woman diagnosed with MS in her late 20s. That was 5 years ago and she's been medicated ever since with an immunosuppressant and she is understandably very nervous...

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Is A Diagnosis Always Helpful?

Is A Diagnosis Always Helpful?

  If you know me, you may wonder if I've recently undergone a personality bypass.  I am passionate about diagnostics, pride myself on 'making the invisible visible' through better understanding of pathology markers and confirming the true nature of the...

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SAMe Strikes Again!

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?

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?

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?

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

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…

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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This Brain’s On Fire

This Brain’s On Fire

I was at the Medicinal Cannabis (MC) in Mental Health Conference run by GHI on the weekend and I have to confess, I inhaled.  Seriously, deeply, inhaled. Just as I had hoped, this was a very high level of information on this important topic, delivered by outstanding...

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There’s Someone Else

There’s Someone Else

  Breaking up is hard to do (sounds like the name of a song!) but it shouldn't be! I got an email this week from one of my gorgeous long-term mentees in the vein of a ‘Dear John’ letter.  She carefully, beautifully gently let me know... “I've found someone...

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