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Inflammatory Bowel Disease relief

In lay terms, the following research discusses the benefits of a healthy plant-based diet on relieving the symptoms and damage related to bowel inflammation. In particular, the G.E.M.M. protocol, available only through specially trained and accredited practitioners, has proven highly successful in relieving and regulating digestive imbalances. While there are many products available that fall … Read more

Cancer’s financial burden

How Can We Afford Cancer Treatment? Cancer costs a lot of money.  The following breakdown in the financial cost of cancer highlights the imbalance between the current focus on expensive and invasive treatment -v- prevention.  Awareness and education about factors that contribute to the development of cancer coupled with lifestyle and dietary advice to help … Read more

The gut, microbiome and muscles

We have heard about the gut-brain axis, but what about the gut-muscle axis? And most importantly, how does it work and what conditions does it work in? A 2017 review investigated the role of the gut microbiome in sarcopenia and whether there is a gut-muscle axis that may be involved in its pathogenesis.1 Primary sarcopenia … Read more

Heartburn – low not excess stomach acid

The human requirement for vitamins, minerals and other nutrients remains relatively constant throughout adult life. Unfortunately our ability to properly digest food and absorb vital nutrients declines with advancing age. Surprisingly, one of the most common age-related causes of impaired digestive function is the reduction of hydrochloric acid produced by the stomach. Hydrochloric acid (HCl) … Read more

Is it worms or a behaviour disorder?

Chronic pinworm infection can lead to disruptions in mood, behavior and sleep, particularly in children. Recognize some key manifestations of this often overlooked, insidious co-infection. A common presentation, often undiscovered and ill-perceived, may relate to parasitic or worm infections and the complications known to arise from it. Although often asymptomatic,2 this article aims to shed light … Read more

Can Naturopathy help me?

Recently someone commented that when reading articles about natural medicine, the use of words such as “may help”, “may relieve” and “may support” a particular condition or symptoms did not create a lot of confidence in them towards complementary therapies.  The Australian regulatory authorities and TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration) do not permit the use of … Read more

Exposing hidden heavy metal toxicity

Heavy metals are so ubiquitous in our environment that everyone is exposed to them.  They cannot be avoided completely and are found in virtually everyone to some degree.  Sources of heavy metals range from environmental, occupational, household (including  foods, water, paints, cosmetics, etc), medical and hobbies. Heavy metals can enter the body through inhalation, intestinal … Read more

IBS and Anxiety

Research is linking gut and mental health problems revealing more and more studies that highlight the importance of a holistic approach. The psychological burden associated with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is high, with estimates that up to 60 percent of sufferers experience comorbid psychiatric illnesses such as anxiety, and almost 40 percent contemplate suicide.1 Rectal … Read more

Things are changing

Shifting Climates, Foods, and Diseases: The Human Microbiome through Evolution Human evolution has been punctuated by climate anomalies, structuring environments, deadly infections, and altering landscapes. How well humans adapted to these new circumstances had direct effects on fitness and survival. Research is showing how the gut microbiome could have contributed to human evolutionary success through … Read more

When is a period not a period?

3 Signs Your Period Is Not Really a Period   by Dr Lara Briden Irregular periods? They might not be periods at all. Instead, they might be the breakthrough bleeding of anovulatory cycles. What does that mean? A real period is the bleed that comes at the end of an ovulatory menstrual cycle. In other words, it’s the bleed that … Read more