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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

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

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

Aluminium – it’s everywhere …. but is it safe?

Aluminium is ubiquitous in the environment. In recent years, it has increasingly been incorporated in consumer products, foodstuffs, medications/vaccines and drinking water with a presumption of safety. This presumption is based on the belief that as is not overtly toxic in acute low dose ingestion, cumulative consumption must also be benign. However, is this assumption actually … Read more

Is your gut leaking?

Leaky Gut Syndrome is one of many diseases that results from chronic inflammation. Poor gut health and inflammatory bowel diseases can be significant causes.  Identified by naturopaths more than 25 years ago, leaky gut syndrome has now been recognised by the medical profession as Gut Permeability. Gut Health is Connected to All Aspects of Your … Read more

Is acidity making you sick?

How our lives have changed                                      100,000 generations:  hunters and gatherers                                            500 generations:   introduction of agriculture                                              10 generations:   industrial times                                                 2 generations:   eating highly processed foods While our lifestyles have changed, our genes do … Read more

Digestive Bitters

Digestive bitters have a long history of traditional use, but how exactly do they work?  Research explores how herbal bitters are able to stimulate our digestive secretions. Here are a number of theoretical models and the evidence behind them. However, bottom line is:  Bitter herbs work.  They help produce saliva which is the first biochemical … Read more