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Understanding Endometriosis

Understanding Endometriosis I am seeing more and more women with endometriosis in clinic. Statistically it is thought to affect 1 in 10 women, however many of those women remain undiagnosed (read my blog on living with an invisible illness here). Diagnosis can be challenging. Firstly, because doctors don’t always understand the degree of pain that women experience. Sadly I see many of my patients dismissed from the doctor’s office, leaving them feeling deflated, misunderstood and unheard. A diagnosis can only…

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Are you living with an invisible illness?

Are you living with an invisible illness? I see a lot of patients in clinic who have been let down by standard medical care because they don’t fit neatly into a box for a diagnosis.  Patients present with a list of symptoms, sometimes diverse and apparently unlinked, and often their blood work will come back as “normal.”  So the doctor tells them they are fine (or worse – that it’s all in their head) and sends them home.  Except they…

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Putting Your Health On Hold.

Putting Your Health On Hold. Across the entire health care sector, we are currently seeing many patients deferring treatment, including seeing their GP for regular check ups and monitoring of chronic health conditions. It makes sense though doesn’t it? Nobody wants to leave the house at the moment. Nobody wants to place any unnecessary burdens on our already overwhelmed health care system either. So they are putting off getting those blood tests, getting their blood sugar or blood pressure checked,…

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Choline Under The Spotlight.

Choline Under The Spotlight. Almost as famous (nutritionally) as the lesser known Hemsworth brother. (If you were about to Google it I’ll save you the trouble – his name is Luke). Choline has recently stepped forward from the shadows and into the spotlight. It has become the missing piece of the jigsaw puzzle for many of my complex cases and when I talk about choline with my patients, I usually get blank stares in return. So this blog post is…

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Is It Getting Hot In Here?

Welcome to peri-menopause. For most women, they won’t even really know they are going into peri-menopause. Peri-menopause is roughly the 2-10 years leading up to menopause (and menopause is said to have occurred 12 months after your period stops). For many women though, the symptoms are significant. Common symptoms of peri-menopause include: Anxiety Insomnia Weight gain Night sweats Low libido, vaginal dryness Heavy periods Fatigue Reduced ability to cope with stress Most people assume that oestrogen is to blame, however…

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OH MY GORD…Are you taking medication for reflux or heartburn? Then you need to read this.

Today I want to tell you a story. It’s actually the reason I eventually became a Naturopath. When I was a teenager, I was terribly unhealthy. I was a heavy smoker, I liked to drink, I ate crap and lived on coke. It’s not really a surprise to learn that I was grossly overweight and suffered from depression and anxiety at the time. At age 19, I moved to Bendigo to start university. I took this opportunity to quit smoking,…

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The BEST Christmas Pudding Recipe (No, seriously)

Christmas can mean many things to people, but for myself and my family it’s all about the food.  Both of my grandmothers used to lovingly make their puddings the old-fashioned way – from scratch – and when they passed away, our tradition was gone.  Sadly my mum missed out on the cooking gene (she will admit this herself) and was never interested in making them (honestly it was probably for the best that she never tried).  Enter: pre-made supermarket-bought puddings…

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Fibre – why you want more of this in your life

FIBRE & YOUR HEALTH Yes I know, it’s a boring topic BUT I am constantly talking about fibre to patients so I thought I’d write a blog post and share a few of my ‘top tips’ with you. Low fibre intake has been associated with numerous health conditions including inflammatory bowel disease, autoimmune disease and cancer. It is also implicated in hormonal imbalance (heavy and painful periods anyone?), high cholesterol and diabetes. And yet in Australia, our standard diet is…

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The importance of DNA testing as part of pre-conception care

AUSTRALIA’S GROWING EPIDEMIC. Issues with fertility and conception are increasing in Australia, as are the number of couples utilising IVF and assisted fertility treatments. Sadly, IVF isn’t always successful, because it isn’t just fertilisation and implantation that are the issue. For many couples, the quality of the sperm and ovum isn’t always optimal and issues with blood supply and nutrient delivery to the growing foetus may be impaired. This can also explain why some women experience unexplained recurrent miscarriage. NUTRITION…

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Thyroid Madness

Thyroid Madness Every second person who comes into my clinic has some sort of thyroid dysfunction (or so it seems – I might be exaggerating slightly, but you get my point).  Sadly, most of these women (it does affect men too) have been dismissed by a GP as ‘fine’ when they know they are ‘not fine’.  Why?  Because standard thyroid testing gives an incomplete picture of thyroid health and honestly, in most cases, it’s completely inaccurate.  I call it “thyroid…

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