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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

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

Autoimmune Disease and Infection

The incidence of autoimmune disease is increasing with more than 100 autoimmune diseases now recognised in medicine.1  However, in the majority of cases patients are not tested or treated for infection.  Autoimmune diseases are now the third leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide.  Autoimmunity occurs when the immune system recognises and attacks the host … Read more

True Cinnamon -v- Cassia

This research provides an excellent example how different types of a herb have different actions on the body.  When you purchase cinnamon over-the-counter or on-line, you have no guarantee that you are actually receiving the species that will be beneficial for your health.  True Medicine only stocks products that have proven efficacy, are quality controlled … Read more

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) … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more