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Detoxing – the body’s housekeeping

Every day, our bodies are exposed to pollutants and chemicals (external) and endogenous (internal) waste products. We process and eliminate most of these toxins as part of normal detoxification and elimination processes, via the liver, kidneys, intestines, skin, lungs and lymph. However, sometimes detoxification and elimination is impaired due to lifestyle, environmental and/or genetic factors.(1)…

Natural medicines under wrongful fire

On Monday 10 September 2018 the current Governments’ health insurance reform laws were passed by the Senate, which includes the approved removal of 16 natural therapies from the Private Health Insurance rebates. It will now be a straightforward process for those laws to be in place by 01 April 2019. NHMRC Review of Naturopathy  The…

Not all Supplements are Created Equal

About 42% of the Australian population take vitamins, minerals, and/or supplements in any given 6 month period. Most people trust that what they are taking is safe and trust the advice of their healthcare practitioner. However, questions are sometimes raised by savvy patients regarding safety and quality, and these questions are not unsubstantiated. At True…

Fitness and self care

The following article was written and submitted by Sheila Olson of fitsheila.com | info@fitsheila.com Photo credit: Pexels Balancing Fitness and Self-Care With Your Crazy, Busy Life It’s not exactly a secret that exercise is good for you. Exercise is beneficial to the body and mind alike. Studies have shown that physical activity and exercise can…

Balancing female hormones

From puberty, to periods, to menopause – hormones can pose a challenge for many women throughout their lives. You may be all too familiar with symptoms such as painful, heavy or irregular periods, premenstrual mood swings and bloating, hot flushes…and the list goes on. Female hormonal conditions are complex and frequently frustrating for women. While…

Mental health – anger issues and nutrition

Micronutrient Therapy for Negative Adolescent Behaviours It is a transformational time for our understanding of mental health disorders. They are no longer considered merely a chemical imbalance of neurotransmitter function but rather a broader interplay of factors which affect brain function.  Many emotional symptoms are in part the result of inflammation, gut dysbiosis, oxidative stress…

Pre-conception nutrition essential for a healthy baby

Nutritional and lifestyle factors at the time of conception are known to play a significant role in the pathogenesis and prevention of many reproductive failures, and are important determinants of embryonic and foetal growth.  In addition, there is now accumulating evidence which suggests that inadequate levels of maternal nutrients during the critical pre-implantation period and…

Why “Active” vitamins are best

In order for your body to utilise the vitamins you take, these must be converted into an active form.  Just like a new credit card needs to be activated before you can begin using it. Let’s look at Vitamin B6, also called pyridoxine.  For Vitamin B6 to be utilised by the body it must be…

Inflammation, not Cholesterol, Is a Cause of Chronic Disease

The varied biological role of cholesterol Cholesterol is considered so critical to cellular functioning that it can be directly synthesised by each cell in the body. Biologically, it has numerous and complex roles which includes; regulation of membrane fluidity; participating in signal transduction, intracellular transport and nerve conduction; and acting as a precursor molecule for…

Our children are becoming sicker

Chronic health conditions in children are rising Poor food choices,  allergy-based food avoidance and misguided parental food education frequently  result in a child’s sub-optimal nutritional status. For example, in 2014-15, only 5.4% of Australian children aged 2-18 years ate the recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables. Add to this, environmental toxin exposure, stress in…