Health gut, healthy body, healthy mind

Faecal samples provide large-scale clues to the human microbiome Researchers involved in the American Gut Project (AGP) have created the largest open resource network on the human microbiome with, as of 2017, 15,096 samples provided by 11,336 citizen scientists across 45 different countries – primarily from the United States, United Kingdom and Australia.1 Citizen science…

Breast milk – the foundation of a healthy child

The first feed, Colostrum, is a thick yellowish pre-milk substance which lines the newborns intestinal tract with a healthy dose of beneficial bacterial antibodies. Breast milk can take up to 5 days to ‘come in’, the pituitary gland controls the release of prolactin, stimulates milk production and oxytocin which stimulates the ‘let down’ response.  Breast…

Helicobacter pylori – the bacteria that may have met its match

Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is the most common bacterial infection worldwide, colonising the gastrointestinal tract of more than 50% of the global population.1 A highly adapted, spiral shaped, gram negative bacteria,2 H. pylori can persist in the stomach of an infected person for their entire life and, in about 70% of cases, be completely asymptomatic.1,3…

Heavy metal contamination of prenatal vitamins

Recent research showed contamination of over-the-counter pre-natal supplements and one prescription brand.  In Australia, the brand most frequently prescribed by medical practitioners is Elevit.  While no brand names appear in this research article, it does highlight the need to seek professional advice and purchase quality products. In Australia, naturopaths have extensive training in the body’s…

New study: Breast cancer & Chemo

The following article is provided for information purposes.  Professional advice is required, enabling any person diagnosed with cancer to make an informed choice. The article is generally correct but only specific testing will demonstrate which patients will benefit or which will need chemotherapy. The New-York Times:  By Denise Grady June 3, 2018 Many women with…

Addiction: Kicking the Habit

Guest post written by:  Michelle Peterson Kicking the Habit:    Health Tips for People in Recovery The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a US federal agency tasked with preventing deaths, illnesses, and disabilities that result from drug use and untreated mental disorders, recently released a report from its 2016 Survey on Drug…

Celery: the saviour?

If people knew all the potent healing properties of celery juice, it would be widely hailed as a miraculous super-food. Celery has an incredible ability to create sweeping improvements for all kinds of health issues.  Celery Juice Stands Alone  Celery is truly the saviour when it comes to chronic illness. I’ve seen thousands of people…

Anxious high school students?

When people, adults or students, present with mental health concerns often the first line of treatment is medication.  However, the humble Vitamin C should not be overlooked, in particular with anxiety-related conditions.  Not only does Vitamin C support healthy adrenal function, it also combats inflammation and oxidative stress.  Furthermore, considering the often nutritionally-deficient diets of…

Chemicals that change your child’s brain

  Exposure to common hormone-disrupting toxins in pregnancy and early childhood has been linked to the increased incidence of brain development disorders reported in the last decade.1  Recent data expands upon the link between endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) and maternal thyroid hormone signalling during early pregnancy, and how it impacts offspring IQ and influences possible neurodevelopmental…

Unhealthy eating habits lead to poor NAPLAN scores – study

An Australian study has confirmed what we already suspected: that eating nutrient poor foods results in poor academic outcomes, particularly in the areas of reading, numeracy and language (spelling, grammar and punctuation).  The study, only just published, was conducted in Adelaide with the participation of 26 schools and a total of 528 children aged 9…