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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

Fish Oils – Essential to every cell

Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for cellular health and function. As well as attenuating acute inflammation,6 they are required for foetal neurodevelopment,7 can prevent cognitive and mood disorders8 and minimise cardiovascular risk and all-cause mortality in adults.9 Despite this, 80% of adults do not meet the recommended daily intake (RDI) of 500 mg of omega-3. Interestingly, even this … Read more

Infertility on the rise

In Australia, infertility rates are on the rise, with one couple in six experiencing infertility1. Multiple factors have been attributed to declines in fertility rates (worldwide). These include; trying to conceive later in life, obesity, metabolic diseases such as diabetes, and environmental toxins2. The Australian Department of Health, has recorded a shift in the median … Read more

The Buzz on EMFs

With the widespread availability and use of wireless technology we are now exposed to EMF emissions at varying frequencies and strengths for extended durations 1, and there are increasing concerns being raised about the effects of these emissions on our health. This is especially concerning for young people, who have up to ten times greater electrical … 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

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 … 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

Breast milk – the foundation of a healthy child

The first feed, Colostrum, is a thick yellowish pre-milk substance which lines the newborns intestinal tract with a healthy dose of beneficial bacterial antibodies. Breast milk can take up to 5 days to ‘come in’, the pituitary gland controls the release of prolactin, stimulates milk production and oxytocin which stimulates the ‘let down’ response.  Breast … Read more

Chemicals that change your child’s brain

  Exposure to common hormone-disrupting toxins in pregnancy and early childhood has been linked to the increased incidence of brain development disorders reported in the last decade.1  Recent data expands upon the link between endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) and maternal thyroid hormone signalling during early pregnancy, and how it impacts offspring IQ and influences possible neurodevelopmental … Read more

Preventing eczema & allergies: eating right during pregnancy

Probiotics and Omega 3 supplementation in pregnancy may reduce risk of childhood eczema and allergies Women who take fish oil and probiotics in later pregnancy and during breastfeeding may reduce their child’s risk of food allergy and eczema by 30 and 22 per cent respectively.1 In one of the largest ever systematic reviews and meta-analyses … Read more