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Where Is That??!!!

Where Is That??!!!

Ever been guilty of having a 'man's look' for something?  I have. Particularly when it comes to the online omniverse! I can be a bit flaky at finding things right there on the page...allegedly! So for those of you who have a similar experience with my website &...

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Meet My Alter Ego

Meet My Alter Ego

Did I say, ‘Our Brain’? 🙄 Maybe it really should be, ‘Their Brain...on Drugs: what recreational substances reveal'. While infinite self-analysis is an occupational hazard for health professionals, when we use our detective powers for good not evil, our patient...

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I’m Against Absolutes

I’m Against Absolutes

And health, no matter which side you sit on, seems to be particularly plagued by them.  I (incorrectly) recall my 4 year degree as being a series of deep personal losses, some favourite food, then caffeine, then alcohol etc etc.😂 Likewise, I'm aware that...

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That ‘Throat Feeling’

That ‘Throat Feeling’

"My 7yo daughter was frequently distressed, telling me she had that 'throat feeling'." As you can imagine, mum offered up a smorgasbord of suggestions to help her try and describe it: Can you swallow ok? Does it burn or taste funny? Where is it? Is it hard, soft,...

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What Good Can Come From ‘Getting on the Gear’

What Good Can Come From ‘Getting on the Gear’

When was the last time you 'got on the gear?'. Wait, am I showing my age?🙄  The afore mentioned 'gear' could be beers or GnTs, weed or hooch, eccies or pingers, 'nose candy' or blow. I could keep going! While, anything beyond alcohol, might be purely a...

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This

This

There's probably some poignant lines from a rap song everyone knows that I could insert here but, alas, Gold FM doesn't play anything produced after 1999, so I'm none the wiser. What I'm trying to bring to mind, is the potential clash between our reality & our...

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FREE Introduction to Nutritional Psychiatry

FREE Introduction to Nutritional Psychiatry

I've been hatching this passion project for quite some time. In truth, I can probably trace its beginning back 2 decades, when I returned to practice, after working in psych meds for big pharma. I knew then I had something to say.  Because even then I knew that we, as...

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It’s Time To Go Home When…

It’s Time To Go Home When…

  THIS IS A NON-SERVING SUGGESTION!!! Supplements should not be chucked in together like this - clearly their stability testing Is based on being on their own in a closed bottle under controlled conditions - this is definitely a case of do as I say not as I do!!!...

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Nutritional Neuropathies & Much More

Nutritional Neuropathies & Much More

Burning, tingling, crawling, buzzing, humming, zapping, pins & needles, numbness: our patients often tell us about strange sensations they have in various parts of their body. It's typically not their major concern, but they mention it as an aside, a curiosity,...

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Last Words for 2021

Last Words for 2021

I'm ready to zip my lips 🤐 and ride off into the sunset of silly season. But first I wanted to tell you about the BIG PLANS we have ON THE BOIL!  Noticed a bit of a thyroid theme of late?  Last month I presented training in thyroid assessment for the 4th time...

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Urinary Iodine Curveball Corrected!

Urinary Iodine Curveball Corrected!

Example 1: Example  2: We love hearing from our fellow fearless friends on the frontline - working with lab results & pathology providers - everyday.  We recently received an SOS! from the Francesca Naish over yet another iodine assessment issue that you may need...

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Are You And Your Patients Stuck?

Are You And Your Patients Stuck?

There are some things we say so often to patients we could record them and just press <PLAY>  Like this daily dogma: 'When you're under stress, your demand for Magnesium rises and then in turn that can make you more susceptible to further stress, so we're going...

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Functional Medicine Falsehoods ⛔️

Functional Medicine Falsehoods ⛔️

An ideal T4 is 15 An 'anti-aging' DHEAs must be >7 A ferritin of 100 is optimal for women... I've heard it all, probably you have too, and far too often & too recently from practitioners who should have rationalised & researched their way beyond these...

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RIP 2021?

RIP 2021?

It's quite the meme of the moment and while I completely get the sentiment behind its original meaning, my take is a little different: Results in Practice 2021! How were yours? Here were some of ours from the cases presented in group mentoring: 💪 We correctly...

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When CKD C(omes) K(nocking) at your D(oor)

When CKD C(omes) K(nocking) at your D(oor)

And it will.  It knocked again on a practitioner's door last week.  She in turn knocked on mine. It turned out to be a very familiar story: Firstly: Patient presents distressed - recently a nurse applied the term 'Chronic Kidney Disease' to HER (note no one has ever...

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Were We Wrong – Is B6 Da Bomb?

Were We Wrong – Is B6 Da Bomb?

And not in a good way, right. While we've known about the potential for peripheral neuropathy with excess B6 supplementation since the 1980s, currently there's a seismic shift in our sense of safety even with previously regarded 'safe' levels.  You may have heard...

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Following The Fenton Fall-Out

Following The Fenton Fall-Out

I confess I was a chemistry nerd 'way back when', but my skill for stoichiometric calculations had sadly slipped by the time my kids needed help with high-school science & now my son, who's about to graduate from chemical engineering, is my 'chem-friend'...

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Made it to 100!

Made it to 100!

Ok, so maybe I don't quite look like this after 100 episodes & almost a decade of our Update in Under 30 series but sometimes, in the depths of researching & developing each episode I can feel like this!  The idea for this subscription series came out of a...

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The Breakfast Bench Test

The Breakfast Bench Test

You may have noticed I don't often have recipe raves, swap serving suggestions or generally dialogue about diet.  That's because about a decade into my career as a naturopath I hit food fatigue - my enthusiasm for explaining basic food swaps and increasing kitchen...

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