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Q: If a patient says they can only tolerate 7 foods…

Q: If a patient says they can only tolerate 7 foods...how many did they start with? A: Typically about 20 No, this answer doesn't come from some complex mathematical formula...it comes from appreciating the low dietary diversity of those eating a Western diet.  When...

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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 Soup...

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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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One Direction Is So Last Decade…

With many of the mentoring sessions I run, I suspect there's often a misperception that the learning is one way. Part of what thrills me about being a mentor is all the learning opportunities I am personally presented with. Recently, I had an exceptional example. You...

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The wait is nearly over…

It is with great excitement & enthusiasm that I'll be speaking at the second independent Australian Naturopathic Summit being held in Lennox Head, NSW on the 24-26th August 2018. You'll have to wait until Sunday though...and I'll be sharing the stage with Dr Nirala...

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Real vs Research

  A discussion in the Australian Medical Observer this week has got me thinking about the huge push for evidence-based Medicine to form the foundation of our naturopathic practice.  Now as you well know, I am a lover of science, and I enjoy immensely when scientific...

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It Had to Happen

Right? I've been banging on about our kidneys for years now - only to be met with a deafening chorus of practitioners of all sorts chanting, "Yes! What about renal health & the best way for us to support it?!  We haven't been trained in this!!"  I hear you and I'm...

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NAC can knock negative symptoms down!

WOW!! Did we hear that right??! Medical doctors are branching out in their search for effective treatments for schizophrenic patients.  You see while most of the drugs available currently for this condition are aimed at reducing ‘positive symptoms’, however they can...

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Tools to Master Mental Health

I’ve just completed the Mastering Mental Health tour in May with Nutrition Care. The last 16 years I’ve been focusing on Mental Health and have seen a lot of patients who present with this as their primary issue. We have so much to offer mental health in our...

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Are worms sending kids mental?

A recently published case study takes out the 'WOW! Factor Medal' for its extraordinary illustration of just how impacting simple silly old lil' (I'm being tongue in cheek of course) threadworm (aka Enterobius vermicularis) can be on a child's mental health. "The...

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Special offer for RAN subscribers…

Not long ago, Kathryn Simpson and I were sharing a hotel room on yet another work trip to somewhere. The lights were out, it was way past our bedtime and we were just gasbagging incessantly like a couple of teens, when a thought pops into my head: "Hey Kathryn, back...

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Getting Down & Dirty on Worms…

These little blighters are getting a lot of airplay this month and rightly so.....! Oh Em Geeeeeeeee....so much misinformation out there!! It's time to set the record straight Worm infestations never conjure up a pretty picture in our minds although a video of humans...

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Sheesh….I Need New Material!

Help!!! I'm about to share the stage at the 3rd International Acid-Base Symposium on the 25th-27th Jun, with the best acid-base researchers in the world, all of whom I actively stalk (well read and recite everything they've ever published but close enough!) I'm...

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The Blame Game

Quite the month for it, I hear. My inbox has run hot with practitioners deeply concerned about some serious finger pointing that's been going on. The fingers in these instances have belonged to medical practitioners and the direction they're all pointing, is seemingly...

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Good Morning San Francisco!

  Good morning San Fran!!! 🙂 You know me...I'm notorious for challenging outdated ideas in our fabulous integrative health landscape and along the way, trying to introduce new ones that are backed by better scientific evidence. I regularly get asked to speak in spite...

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When Going Vegan is Best…

  How many times have you heard me suggest a vegan diet as the most effective and sensible dietary intervention for a condition....yup...not often but here I am saying it now.   I had a great one-on-one session with a long-term mentee yesterday to discuss a case of...

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Have I Got Your Attention Now?

You know I'm not one to raise my voice and make scene. Ok, I always raise my voice and make a scene, but only when I think something really warrants our attention and the issue of under-recognised, under-estimated and mismanaged chronic worms, demands our attention. ...

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What in the GFR is going on with this reference range?!^#@

Goodness Friends Really (GFR) - where do we start talking about the GFR (Glomerular Filtration Rate)! This is the standard way to estimate the competency of your kidneys, in particular their ability to filter waste from the blood. There is SO much to say and not quite...

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Less Iron Proves More in Some BUT Not All Patients

I need to clear the air, to clarify.  If you've listened to my So you think you know how to treat Iron deficiency podcast and implemented a less frequent dosing regime and it's worked like a treat for your patients, like Tina....HOORAY! And if you tried out this...

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A Guide (at last!) to Picking Up On Pyrroles

Got fair skin and white spots on your nails and go a bit off-grid in stressful situations? Thinking it's pyrroles? Well, you're probably wrong!  Man. I've been waiting a long time, since being introduced to the pyrroluria biochemistry and diagnosis over a decade ago...

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Wondering About The One That Got Away?

Luckily I still had the file. After seeing patients for a couple of decades, I have to get periodically ruthless with the shredder for those I haven't seen in a long time and 7 years qualifies as a long gap between appointments but when I saw her name in my calendar,...

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A Hat Trick Week for Gilbert’s Syndrome… Guys and Gals

Sometimes we wonder who put the invisible sign up out the front of our practice, right? The one that says...absolutely everyone with Condition 'Z' come and see me, now!  I'm sure you know what I'm describing.  Well this week I have hit the trifecta, performed a neat...

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