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So here I go again – talking about the gut, which as most of you have already guessed is a favourite topic of mine!   And with good reason – the more we find out about our gut health, and the delicate balance of flora (bacteria) in our gut, the […]

Could An Imbalance Be Causing Your Gut Problems?


No, not the kind that you’re thinking of!   While I consider them no less ‘magic’, I’m actually talking about medicinal mushrooms.   You might be surprised to learn that some of the herbs we use as remedies strictly speaking aren’t actually ‘herbs’ at all – and certain mushrooms fall […]

The Good ‘Shrooms


2017 was an infamous flu season, both here and abroad. Here in Australia we saw a spike in the number and severity of flu cases, with so many people falling ill – even those who normally escape these kinds of infections. With this in mind, I’ve been seeing plenty of […]

Why We Get Sick – And What To Do About ...



Allergies and intolerance (to foods, chemicals, and even medications and supplements) are considered to be among the fastest-growing chronic conditions in Australia - and these types of issues are only expected to become more common over the coming years.  It especially concerns me how many of our young people seem […]

Reactivity & Intolerance


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We all have an a year that in many ways we’d like to forget – an ‘annus horribilis’ as the Queen would say.   In some ways, 2017 was mine.   Whilst in many ways it was a good year – my twins finished their final year of high school, […]

How Yoga Saved Me


Find your way to true healing.   We all want to see results quickly when we start making changes to our health.  The motivation to eat healthily, get some regular exercise, lose weight, take up meditation or yoga kicks in – but sometimes these good intentions fall by the wayside […]

The Missing Ingredient? Time.



Depression is unfortunately an extremely common condition these days.  It is estimated that almost a quarter of all Australians are affected by depression and/or anxiety.1  These disorders can greatly reduce a person’s enjoyment of life, and interfere with work, family, relationships, personal wellbeing, and more.    To make matters worse, […]

Depression: How Turmeric & Saffron May Help


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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 Metagenics 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 […]

Vitamin D Helps Prevent Asthma and Infections