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Thyroxine Replaced Patients Left To ‘Set & Forget’?

Too many times we see thyroxine treated patients on the ‘set and forget’ setting. Often, they’re taking the same dose they started on a decade or so ago, in spite of weight changes, ageing of course and new comorbidities. They’ve undergone limited monitoring, with...

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One Small Step For Our Clients?

When I look back over how I've raised my kids there are a few serious 'what tha...' moments - like the time I thought shopping with a child in rollerskates was doable...I mean she loved those rollerskates and she was amazingly agile and good...just not quite good...

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‘Getting’ Gilbert’s Guts

So I had to look all the way back in the UU30 back catalogue to 2013 to find my original Gilbert's Girls recording talking about this common polymorphism and how it might present in your practice but I haven't exactly been quiet on this one since then.  In the last 5...

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What’s Eating Gilbert Now?

  I've had my nose in all the research on Gilbert's Syndrome again..watch this space...in the interim just thought I'd share this image and a couple of important details I may not have been able to convey when you last heard me talk (very fast!) about this important...

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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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Don’t get me started …

    Ever wondered where on earth (or Mars?!) I came from?  As much as I can't keep quiet on some topics, my personal journey to here has been a bit of closed book to many.  Recently during an interview with Andrew Whitfield-Cook from FxMedicine, which was supposed to...

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Does Saturated Fat Increase the Uptake of Endotoxins?

In an ASLM Tweet I shared this weekend, I mentioned our own 'Gut Guru', Jason Hawrelak reported dietary saturated fat (including coconut oil) increases GIT endotoxin uptake and boy did that stir the pot!  The social media switchboard lit up! It's ok I know there isn't...

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1 Egg, 1 Banana

I've been travelling a lot for work lately, so in my absence my teens have been under the influence of others and as a result they've returned with new & improved habits.  This one is gold: 1 egg  + 1 banana beat egg & add to mashed banana pour into a hot pan, coated...

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Are you feeling your AGE?

Ever got to the end of a day or a week and felt like this?  Or woken up to find your skin looking like this?! Just quietly, me too.  When my son was about 3 he was sitting in the back of my car with my mum (she would have been in her early 70s) and he asked how people...

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It’s the Additives, Stupid!

Ever wondered what Dr George Lundberg, professor of medicine, past editor of JAMA and current editor in chief of Medscape thinks about the relationship between food additives, your digestive health and your overall mortality? Me neither!! But this is worth the 7 mins!...

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The Naturopaths are Coming!

Scrolling through the extensive list of speakers for the upcoming Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine conference, I see many familiar names and faces … impressive researchers, academics, health specialists, writers, business leaders … and I’m just talking about...

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Is This You?

When I was studying my undergraduate I sat at the front of the class, especially for the medical sciences.  My chemistry lecturer tried to talk me into transferring to chemistry.  My biochemistry lecturer tried to convince me to become a biochemist.  But what I loved...

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The Guts of the Problem

Felice Jacka is onto something.  You might know her as the daughter of Judy Jacka (naturopathic trailblazer who established the SSNT), you might know her as the Australian researcher who really started the bigger international scientific conversation about diet and...

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NONZ/NZSN 2017 Conference

Kia ora tātou! Yes, that's right! I’m heading off again to the land of the long white cloud. I’m very excited to be part of the Inaugural Conference that the New Zealand Society of Naturopaths and the Naturopaths of New Zealand are hosting 9-10th September in...

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This is Why I Love My Job!

On Sunday there were deafening bells going off in my brain. By Monday they were going off in 11 others. Alessandra: "Holy s#*t this has just ticked so many boxes for a couple of Rx resistant patients. Thank you!" Tess: "Me too – finally the gut and pain connection...

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Let’s Stop Normalising Abnormal Breasts

Let's play a little word association game: I say 'Fibroids' - you say, 'Oestrogen'.   I say 'Cyclic Breast Pain' and you say, 'Ouch!' [because it just slipped out] but then you say, 'Prolactin', right?  Me too.  Prolactin driven breast pain's most characteristic form...

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Who Me….Ageing???

My partner and I have a well rehearsed script whenever he is suffering from man flu, he says, "Am I going to die?" and I say "Yes, just not today." First world peoples tend to specialise in the denial of several absolutes: like time & death.  As Professor David...

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Seriously..this $%*# is still happening

Setting: Local cafe Scenario: Run into friends of friends who join us in the sunshine for a cuppa & we're discussing the finer details of chai (western version V the real streets of Delhi stuff), tumeric lattes etc etc. as you do.  I comment on how unpleasantly strong...

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Can You Diagnose This Deficiency?

While I did diagnose this one correctly, I didn't get 100% in this quiz - Can you? Speaking of the devil, Medscape, has this great little visual quiz to test your knowledge about physical signs & other hidden clues of nutritional deficiencies. While we all know there...

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‘Take Me To Your Master!’

I am frequently asked what scientific journals I subscribe to and often by the same practitioners over and over, because they can't reconcile my answer: "None".  Yet I constantly have my head in the scientific literature, right?  The two are not mutually exclusive,...

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‘Sup with Zonulin?

Watch the gap!  You know I love a good diagnostic test probably (way!) more than the next person but I am slow to come around when there's suddenly a 'new-kid-on-the-block' that every functional testing company wants to offer you. This is how I felt about serum...

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When it Quacks like a Duck…it Could be a QIR!

Yet another sensational week of group mentoring last week.  Holy guacamole...these cases just get more and more tasty! So much to talk about on every case presented, we all learnt buckets from a smorgasbord of conditions including: sudden onset thyroiditis (with a T4...

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Money V Meaning

At the end of last week I spent 3 days engrossed in intensive ANS planning for 2018. As you can probably imagine these planning days are incredibly exciting, creative, stimulating processes.  If everyone involved had brain PET scans performed during these discussions,...

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Taking a Stand!

This year I've given up sitting & I couldn't be happier or more annoying.  I've become one of those evangelical people that wants to now spread the word as far as possible.  I bought a standing desk and it's radically improved my energy at the end of every work day...

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Working on the Edge

May was the month of teenage girls presenting with severe digestive problems, especially 'food intolerances',  leading to avoidance of specific foods and at times significantly reduced food intake overall.  As integrative health practitioners,  validating and creating...

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