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We’re Unveiling Exciting New Changes to Group Mentoring…

OH YES!!...we are rolling out a 'new look' for RAN Group Mentoring in 2019. We're not losing any of the good stuff!, so don't panic! We are keeping everything that so many practitioners love from the past 6 years of Rachel's group mentoring (wow..have I been doing it...

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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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Breaking Wind News – Tracked Straight to Your Phone!

Is this the way of the future for health practitioners interested in patients' digestion…? "The team developed an ingestible electronic capsule to monitor gas levels in the human gut. When it’s paired with a pocket-sized receiver and a mobile phone app, the pill...

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Is Your GP Doing it Tough Right Now?

If you receive the free Medical Observer newsfeeds you'll know what I'm talking about.  Here are some recent headlines: I stand accused of rorting Medicare.  This is what it's like A GP is sued after doing everything right — except her notes  After-hours funding...

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No Holiday For The Thyroid

Just because most of us have been on holidays doesn't mean the thyroid knowledge wagon has stopped or even slowed!  Always amazed at what we continue to discover about the complex working of this amazing gland and how its health impacts so much of the rest of the body...

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My One-Woman-ABBA-Show

I'm getting a sore neck from this, but looking back at 2017 and looking ahead to how I want 2018 to be, is of course perfectly appropriate for this time of year.  And if we don't take this opportunity for a little bit of reflection and review then we risk our growth: ...

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So You Think You Know How to Treat Iron Deficiency?

And then you don't, right? Because if my experience is anything to go by, there are some patients that just don't respond to the usual iron repletion strategies. Depending on how low their ferritin is, this can then precipitate 'practitioner panic' (we've all had it...

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And not a moment to soon…

Are you hearing me?  Yup, it's been a BIG year..and to think I don't even have the ANS technically to blame this year!! How about you? But listening to myself say this to people, in my wrap-up of the year-that-just-was, I am thinking....Has anyone EVER got to the end...

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We’ve Got Spots!

Following a huge co-ordination and curation effort we have finally confirmed all of our group mentoring positions for 2018 EXCEPT: Tuesday 10.30am (AEST) Group has 3 positions left!** Tuesday 1pm (AEST) Group has 1 position left! Wednesday 10.30am Group has 3...

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Two Women Over 70 Walk Into A Room…

No this is not a joke. The room they enter happens to be the clinic space of a practitioner I mentor.  The older women are friends, both originally from the UK and they sit in on one another's consultations sharing many of the same experiences: grief over loved ones...

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Is there an integrative doctor in the house?

We’ve got a Brand New Specialist Mentoring Group starting up in 2018!  This new 1hr our monthly online meet up with like minded doctors across the globe to go over cases, offers us an opportunity to meet your mentoring needs in the best way possible and truly accelerate your knowledge and skills in integrative medicine.

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This Is Not Going Away

PPIs are one of the prescribed medications in Australia but the concerns are escalating.  Not just from a naturopathic or nutritional perspective regarding the extraordinary concept of lowering gastric HCl by approx. 80% but much much more worrying concerns.  I talked...

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Could it be Reflux?

Chronic coughs, rhinitis, postnasal drip or even asthma?  Have you ruled out silent reflux? Aka laryngopharyngeal reflux. Patients experiencing silent reflux don't present with heartburn or any typical GORD features but ultimately suffer from a similar failure of the...

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Can You Help Me Out Here?

Can you help me out here?  My memory has failed me.  Someone, somewhere (Mel? Syd? Auckland? Online during a mentoring session? In a Mullumbimby supermarket?!), in the past month asked me for this paper documenting the increased pain perception reported by subjects...

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The Vindication Vibes

I've been known to give calcium more attention than most and now I feel vindicated. Serum calcium, of course is not a reflection of your calcium intake, calcium losses nor overall calcium status. In this regard it is totally useless.  But my fixation is about what...

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It Won’t Happen Overnight but it Will Happen

...Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) that is! That's the ad we really need broadcast on prime time tv.  On par with osteoporosis and other conditions that 'seemingly appear out of nowhere' in people's 60s and beyond, there's a potent combination of ignorance (patients) and...

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We Have A Winner… Among Many!

Last week I threw down a challenge.  Following on from the ruffling of many feathers regarding Jason Hawrelak's report that dietary saturated fat increases uptake of endotoxins from the gut,  I provided his reference list in support of this claim, effectively saying,...

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