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Mental Health

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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Anxiety is a symptom, NOT a disease.

Anxiety is a symptom, NOT a disease. There are many reasons why people become anxious. Genetics, diet, lifestyle and environment are all key factors and they are all equally important. But the reality is that for many people they may take steps to improve their diet, lifestyle and environment with the goal of improving their mental health…and find nothing has changed. So today I want to focus on the missing link – genetics. Our genes regulate our hormones and neurotransmitters.…

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Screen addiction? How to disconnect for your mental health

  “A new study in the journal Child Development shows night time usage of a cell phone can increase anxiety and depression in teenagers and reduce self-esteem. This is the first study that shows a direct link between screen time and mental health.” You can watch the CBS report here.   It’s not just our teenagers who are affected I would say the majority of us are addicted to our devices.  And it’s not just to keep up with the…

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Preventing Youth Suicide

When I was a kid in the 70s and 80s, suicide or self-harming was pretty much unheard of. In fact statistics for child suicide under the age of 15 were never reported – because it didn’t happen. So why is it that suicide is the number one cause of death for our children today when it used to be car accidents and drug overdoses? And why have the rates been increasing every single year since the 1990s? It’s easy to…

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