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Gut health

Weight issues: a heavy burden to bear (pun intended)

Weight issues: a heavy burden to bear (pun intended) Are you carrying a bit (or maybe a lot) of extra weight that you just can’t shift? Perhaps you used to lose weight easily before with dieting and exercise, but that isn’t working for you now? My story. I have struggled with weight issues since I was child, so I know what it’s like.  I have probably tried every ‘diet’ you can think of and have lost weight and then regained…

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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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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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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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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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