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The importance of a menstrual cycle

The Secret Powers of Ovulation (It’s Not Just for Making a Baby) September 11, 2019 by Dr Lara Briden Ovarian hormones estrogen and progesterone are highly beneficial for health. That means that natural ovulatory menstrual cycles are beneficial for health because cycling is the only way to make ovarian hormones. Does that surprise you? Men make their … Read more

Premenstrual moods & Progesterone

The following article was originally posted on the blog of Lara Briden – The Period Revolutionary. Her book is Period Repair Manual. Why Progesterone Is Both Good and Bad for Mood (and How to Treat PMDD) April 23, 2019 by Dr Lara Briden Progesterone calms the brain and promotes sleep. At the same time, progesterone might be … 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

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

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

Fibromyalgia relief with minerals

Women with Fibromyalgia Have Lower Levels of Calcium, Magnesium, Copper, Iron and Manganese in Hair Mineral Analysis Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder suffered by many thousands of people, predominately women, which is still poorly understood. Fundamental symptoms include fatigue and musculoskeletal pain with a heightened tendency to anxiety and depression. Modern life, often high in stress … Read more

Mum’s diet determines child’s health

The following statistics are also relevant to Australian mothers and are a call to awareness that the health of our children is directly influenced by the mother’s dietary and lifestyle habits. Mums who eat high-fat, high-sugar diets may be putting future generations at risk for metabolic problems, even when their offspring eat healthy diets, a … Read more

Every woman is different

Do you know the full extent of the physiological impact of the OCP? I see a lot of women who are on the Oral Contraceptive Pill (OCP) or other form of hormone treatment, including implants or injections. Whether these women are on OCP for contraception, skin or ‘hormonal balancing’, they are often aware that it … Read more