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The Bone Protector

If you watch television or read newspapers and magazines, you will no doubt have read/heard reports that natural medicines don’t work.  That, when it comes to our health, the only option we have involves taking synthetic, chemically-manufactured drugs.  However, human beings have been using what nature has to offer for thousands of years – very … 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

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

Magnesium deficiency – 8 signs

The Challenge of Magnesium Deficiency Review these 8 commons signs of magnesium deficiency to see if they sound familiar… Headaches From slight passing tension to intense migraines, headaches can indicate low magnesium levels. This is because magnesium is essential for muscle relaxation and cellular function. Muscle pain and cramps Muscle pain and cramping can arise for … Read more

Hormones: more than just reproduction

When talk turns to hormones, most people think reproduction, monthly cycle, moods or the wife/girlfriend from hell. Truth is that our hormones are involved in a multitude of functions in the body. Most of these go unnoticed, at least until things get out of whack. At the heart of every woman’s health is her hormonal … Read more

Muscle or joint pain relieved naturally

How can Naturopathy help with musculoskeletal injury? Musculoskeletal system refers to our muscles, tendons and ligaments, as well as bones and joints. Pain can occur in many ways, including:  sprains, fractures epicondylitis, bursitis, tendonitis, tenosynovitis [RSI], rotator cuff syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis Chronic pain often begins with inflammation and, if not … Read more

Getting the Balance Right

Regulating our body’s pH or acid:alkaline levels is essential to good health. pH regulation is possibly one of the most under-estimated and misunderstood issues in our physiology, yet it is fundamental to every aspect of human health. You may be familiar with statements like “it’s important to alkalise your body” or “acidity is the cause … Read more

Magnesium – essential yet often deficient

Up to 60% of Australians, Americans and Europeans are deficient in magnesium, a mineral that is essential for so many different metabolic pathways and bodily functions that it should really be a public health priority. Magnesium deficiency is associated with: preterm labour high blood pressure muscle cramps anxiety constipation diabetes osteoporosis, and countless other common … Read more

Menopause focus

Due to the concerns with Menopausal Hormone Therapy (MHT) use, it is understandable that the transition into menopause is a time where many women may seek out complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) to help manage symptoms and improve their quality of life. Of course the holistic approach incorporates diet and lifestyle modifications, exercise and mind-body techniques. … Read more

A heavy burden

Comments on The Courier Mail,  QWeekend article “A heavy burden” by Elissa Lawrence, May 2-3, 2015.   This story related to six members of one Brisbane family who have had weight-loss surgery to help with obesity.  The type of surgery undertaken is called a sleeve gastrectomy which involves surgically removing nine-tenths of the stomach.  The … Read more