Stress & Moods



Today I saw a young lady in my clinic who reminded me of me…albeit a couple of decades ago.   It was her period trouble that brought her in to see me.  She’d suffered extreme pain since she first started her cycle in her teen years, and now a decade […]

Why Your Period Pain Is Not Normal


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With the increasing knowledge around these days about how our gut health impacts our whole body,  fermented foods have become extremely popular.  It’s now common to see kombucha (fermented tea) being sold in the cold drinks aisle in the local supermarket, sauerkraut at community markets and all kinds of yoghurts […]

Can Fermented Foods Be Bad For You?



Insomnia, or difficulty sleeping, is a common complaint, particularly amongst people who are dealing with a stressful, busy life, or are under a lot of physical or mental pressure. Poor quality sleep is a common problem, with around 6% of Australians estimated to experience issues with their sleep, and this […]

What Your Waking Time Says About You


Premenstrual syndrome, or PMS, is REALLY common.  So common in fact that most women assume that it is just something that is ‘normal’ that comes with being female. And it is something that has only recently been validated by conventional medicine – for many years the very existence of PMS […]

What Is Your PMS Trying To Tell You?


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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, and have […]

How Yoga Saved Me



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


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



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. So […]

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


Feeling flat, tired, worn out or exhausted all the time is simply no fun at all.   Our lives are so busy these days that it is easy to burn the candle at both ends, trying to keep up with our many tasks that require our energy and constant attention. […]

Why Am I So Exhausted?



Earlier this week I attended another fantastic seminar presented by Metagenics.     It was a summary of information covered at the International Congress on Natural Medicine - an event that is held annually, and is the biggest natural medicine seminar held in the southern hemisphere!  Unfortunately this year I […]

Stress and Mood Disorders


A thyroid gland that's not working as well as it should can affect so many other parts of the body, and it is a temperamental little thing – it is easily upset by stress, digestive problems, nutrient deficiencies and exposure to chemicals. And if your thyroid isn’t functioning well, you […]

How’s Your Thyroid?


Is your health a priority?   This is a question I think we should all ask ourselves now and then – ‘how much of a priority is my health to me, truly?’  And answer yourself honestly.   In this day and age I do believe that we have come to […]

Is Your Health A Priority?



Passionflower may help relieve anxiety and insomnia. The common pharmaceutical treatment for anxiety and sleeplessness is a drug known as benzodiazepines (the most well-known of these would be Valium).  However, these drugs are well-known for their risks of side effects, including the potential for developing a dependence or addiction, as well […]

Passionflower for Anxiety and Insomnia


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Growing your own herbal remedies is both easy to do and rewarding.  I keep a few ‘dual purpose’ herbs on hand in my herb garden, and I use them in both cooking and medicinally.   Making a herbal tea is simple - you just need a good-sized teapot with a […]

DIY Home Herbal Remedies


I always find that this time of year makes me cringe – on one hand,  it is nice to have children home for school holidays (no making lunches, checking homework and all those other tasks that seem to rule our lives during term) but also it is just a plain […]

Keeping Balanced During The Silly Season