Spotlight: Hashimoto’s Disease

This is the first mini-blog in a series on autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. The goal is to highlight the causes, risk factors and symptoms, and discuss common approaches to treatment and how Naturopathic care can support patients to alleviate symptoms and improve their quality of life.  Hashimoto’s Disease Hashimoto’s disease is the most common type of thyroid condition in Australia. It is also the number one autoimmune disease I see in clinic, with patients who have been diagnosed or who…

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How to break a bad habit (and make a new one) and get what you want.

How to break a bad habit (and make a new one) and get what you want. It’s January. The holidays are over, there are no more Christmas leftovers in the fridge (including my famous pudding – thank goodness, I was starting to look like one!) and we have welcomed in the new year with friends or family and possibly a few too many alcoholic beverages (no judgement here). For many of us we are back to work and school is…

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How Metabolic Disease Begins In The Gut.

How Metabolic Disease Begins In The Gut. Are you overweight? Struggling with high blood sugar, cholesterol or blood pressure? Wanting to avoid medication at all costs? Then this blog is for you my friend. Let’s start with a definition: Metabolic syndrome is an umbrella term that includes a cluster of symptoms such as excess weight/obesity, increased blood pressure, fatty liver, high cholesterol and/or triglycerides and blood sugar.  It is a major risk factor in the development of hypertension, type 2…

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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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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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Having Trouble Losing Weight? How’s your sleep?

* Did you know that poor sleep significantly effects insulin activity and your resting metabolic rate? Burning the candle at both ends, tossing and turning during the night, or even worse – insomnia – can lead to weight gain and type II diabetes. *  Insomnia is the inability to sleep and there are many reasons people may suffer with it, but here are a few common causes: poor sleep habits, a lack of bed time routine depression or anxiety lack…

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