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Proposed Changes To Health Fund Rebates   You may have heard last week that private health cover is in the process of a shake-up, and it has been proposed that the coverage for many natural therapies be discontinued.   Unfortunately, this means that rebates for naturopathy and herbal medicine, as […]

Using Private Health Cover? Your Rebate Is At Risk


Allergies – causing sneezing, wheezing and sinus trouble can really put a dampener on your day! And with around 14% of people currently experiencing recurring episodes of hayfever (a figure that is increasing each year), allergies certainly are not uncommon.   Unfortunately for those of us in the Toowoomba region, […]

Are Spring Allergies Getting You Down?


Did you know?   From 1st Feb. 2018, following a review by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), ALL painkilling medications that contain codeine will no longer be available over-the-counter, and will require a doctor’s prescription. This has come about because of safety concerns regarding the potential harm these medications can […]

Changes To Painkilling Medications



eczema
At this time of year, with the weather cooling down and the dry winds picking up, eczema and other skin irritations can really start to flare up.  Unfortunately, children are often the ones who suffer the most with this condition, and it’s certainly not nice to see little ones in […]

Eczema – It’s Not Just About The Outside


Anxiety is a condition that can really impact one’s enjoyment of life. And it’s a problem that is all too common – in fact, anxiety is thought to affect almost three times as many people as are affected by depression.     Unfortunately, the medical approach for anxiety is aimed […]

Natural Solutions For Anxiety


I’ve recently returned from a couple of weeks away in beautiful NSW, where I was lucky enough to attend the 2017 International Congress on Natural Medicine. This event oh-so-conveniently happened to be held in the Hunter Valley (lets just say that this naturopath received an education in local wine – […]

Your Gut is an Amazing Thing



Like many herbs that I use in my clinic on a day-to-day basis, Elderberry (Sambucus nigra) has been around for quite a while. Thousands of years, in fact. It is a well-known plant that was used by Native Americans, those living in medieval Europe and even right back to the […]

Elderberry For Colds, Flus…And More


I was recently scrolling through Facebook with my mind elsewhere, and noticed an article from our local paper. The article was talking about a lady who had recently lost quite a bit of weight, after having bariatric surgery. Funnily enough, it wasn’t the article that got my attention, rather, the […]

5 Reasons Why You Aren’t Losing Weight


burnout adrenal fatigue
Burnout.  It’s a very real and distressing condition, and something I see all too often. Our hectic, fast-paced lives these days are really not agreeing with our bodies at all – leaving us tired, worn out people.   And it is something that our modern science-based medical system really doesn’t have […]

Healing From Burnout



Zinc.  In my opinion it’s one of the most underrated and overlooked nutrients when it comes to health.   Thankfully, it happens to be one of the easiest minerals to assess for, and also one of the easiest deficiencies to correct with the right foods and if necessary, appropriate supplements.   […]

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Zinc (And Why You ...


Vitamin D
There have been a few interesting articles regarding Vitamin D in the media recently.  If you haven't seen them, here's a bit of a summary: Vitamin D reduces asthma 1 A review of several studies has shown that supplementing with Vitamin D resulted in fewer asthma attacks, with less need for […]

Vitamin D Helps Prevent Asthma and Infections


I recently attended a great seminar by Metagenics, entitled ‘Cellular and Systemic Bioenergetics: Effective Solutions for Clinical Fatigue’.  It sounds like a fancy name, but all in all it was a seminar that focused on why people feel tired a lot of the time, and what we can do about […]

Chronic Fatigue



Smoothies are great!   They are convenient, quick and easy, and you can change the ingredients according to what kind of mood you are in (in other words, they are perfect for us women!).   Using a protein powder to give your smoothie a bit of extra ‘body’ (or even […]

Cheat’s Guide To Choosing A Good Protein Powder


We're all familiar with probiotics...   Or at least, we should be!  There has been a lot of talk among health circles (and it even reaches mainstream news every now and then!) about the benefits of taking ‘probiotics’ – otherwise known as beneficial bacteria for your digestive tract, that can […]

Prebiotics – A Simple Stepping Stone To Gut Health


We all know yoghurt is a healthy food.  Or is it?   One of the questions I'm asked on a regular basis is which yoghurt is best to choose.  And with so many varieties on the market, each touting their own benefits, I thought it high time I wrote an […]

Choosing a healthy yoghurt



What's so great about liquid herbs?   One of my favourite things about being a naturopath is being able to mess around to my heart’s content with liquid herbs.  And chances are if you have seen me for an appointment at some time, you have headed home clutching a small […]

Liquid Herbs


If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you may notice that I have lots of ‘favourites’.  Which seems a bit funny, but I really find that there is so much to love about each and every herb that I use in my dispensary.  And while I use all […]

Herbal Favourites – Pomegranate


Christmas is just around the corner…   Over the past few weeks, I’ve had several clients express some apprehension about how they are going to cope with the extra temptation around the holidays, and the prospect of taking a backwards step with their health and well-being.   Whilst I understand […]

End The Year Feeling Energized, Not Exhausted